It is school policy to encourage and foster 16+ students to use the equipment and learning programmes provided in order to develop their skills of working independently with teacher support. This is a vital skill for all those intending to follow a Higher Education course, and we strive to foster these skills from year 7 onwards.
Independent Work and Homework Policy
Every pupil is expected to complete Homework and Coursework promptly and to the highest standard possible. The nature of the tasks is varied and can include: writing an assignment, preparing and researching for a written or oral assignment, visiting a library, studying a television programme, revising, memorising information, studying and learning work done in class.
Pupils are expected to record each task in their Llyfr Cyswllt noting also the date for submission.
Your support as parents is very important in the process of helping complete Homework tasks. We ask you to look regularly at the Llyfr Cyswllt in order to help your child to organise his/her time outside school hours and to prevent a backlog of tasks. Ensuring a quiet place and sufficient time to help your child to successfully complete his/her tasks. We ask parents also to sign the Llyfr Cyswllt at the end of each week as a way of keeping the all important contact between home and school.
Illness or Accidents in School
A number of members of staff have a first aid certificate. If there is any doubt concerning a child who is taken ill or is injured at school then the parents are contacted immediately. If it is deemed necessary to transport a pupil to hospital, an ambulance will be called and the parents will be asked to meet the child at the hospital.
Every pupil in KS3 and 4 will receive specific opportunities to develop their Key Skills in Information Technology. These skills will be used across the curriculum to support work carried out in subject areas.
Arrangements are made, on a departmental basis, to make rooms
available during the dinner hour, under the supervision of teachers, to enable pupils to complete homework that they are unable to complete at home. We also encourage pupils to use the facility as a quiet place to work during the dinner hour. Here they will have the opportunity to ask teachers regarding any work where they may need assistance
In accordance with Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988, the Education Authority has formulated procedures to deal with complaints against teachers.
Copies of these are available on request from the Education Office, Ty Trevithick, Mountain Ash, Abercynon. Please follow the link below for the School's complaints policy and procedure.
It is suggested that problem solving should start with an informal discussion with the Attainment Standards Leader, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher. Every effort will be made to respond to and to resolve problems quickly and effectively. Parents who are still not happy can formalise the complaint by writing to the Headteacher.
Access to Documents
Parents who wish to see copies of the school’s policies and schemes of work, or the Governments statutory documents on education may do so, by contacting the Headteacher.
Sex Education is introduced through the medium of specific lessons and pastoral sessions as well as cross-curricular - as part of the national curriculum in Biology and also in discussion/project work in Welsh, English, Drama and Religious Studies.
A parent or guardian may withdraw their child from any lesson where Sex Education is taught.
Collective Worship and Religious Education
The school is not associated with any particular denomination. Religious education is provided, as a statutory requirement, for every pupil in the school, and meetings of collective worship are held daily. Any pupil who does not wish to attend assembly or a religious education lesson on the grounds of faith or culture will be exempt by providing a written request from his/her parents.
Pupils are NOT ALLOWED to use mobile phones in lessons or in the corridors.
Work Experience and Career Advice
As part of the school's Personal Future Programme each pupil receives detailed information and advice on courses and career choices. The careers programme is also a vital part of the selfassessment and individual action planning process which forms a part of the Progress File process.
In addition, Subject Choices Evenings are arranged in order to inform parents of Years 9, 11 and 12 of the options and choices at 14+ and 16+. Representatives from Higher and Further Education establishments and from the fields of business and commerce come to school in turn to discuss courses and to hold workshops with pupils. Training is offered to pupils on interview skills and work experience. Parents and/or pupils are welcome to make arrangements to discuss choices with the Progress Leaders, especially for Post 16 options.
Work Experience and Education Linked with the World of Work
The School offer experiences to children and young people that promote awareness and understanding of the world of work and education linked with the world of work.
Pupils in Year 10/11 and 12 are given the opportunity to arrange a week in a work placement.
Pupils with Disabilities
The SENCO and the Attainment Standards Leader for year 7 and 8 will consult with our feeder schools to ensure that the transition for pupils with disabilities is as smooth as possible. In accordance with our commitment to equal opportunities, we do not want our pupils to face disadvantage due to their disabilities and the SENCO regularly monitors the situation. Similarly the SENCO makes provision for pupils with Specific or Additional Needs but without a Statement.
Copies of the school’s Accessibility Plan can be obtained from the school on request.
Complaints Policy and Procedure