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Education is changing in Wales...

"The mission in Wales is to raise standards, raise the attainment of all children and ensure we have an education system that is a source of national pride and public confidence." - Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education

What is changing?

The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools and funded non-maintained settings (such as sessional day care settings like play groups and cylchoedd meithrin or private day nurseries registered to deliver education) in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools other than independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world.

There will also be changes to improve how we assess children and young people in education, teacher and practitioner training and accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.

Why must we make these changes? 

Evidence from international surveys, and evaluations from Estyn (the education and training inspectorate for Wales), suggest levels of achievement are not as high as they could be. 

The national curriculum was first introduced in 1988 before on-line shopping, Google and the Cloud. Now, work is different, technology is different, society is changing. The curriculum must prepare young people to thrive in a future where digital skills, adaptability and creativity - alongside knowledge - are crucial, especially as:

Since it was created, the curriculum has become narrow, inflexible and crowded, limiting creative approaches in schools.

We want children to enjoy learning, and develop skills, knowledge and emotional resilience.  By the age of 16, they should be confident, ethical individuals who play an active part in their community and society. They should be prepared to thrive in the new world of work.

When will it happen?

The new curriculum will be taught in all schools and funded non-maintained settings up to Year 7 from September 2022. It will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.

 

To find out more please click here...

 

Currently our school curriculum is divided into three stages through ages 11-18 (National Curriculum Years 7 to 13).

We have five lessons per day, each of 60 minutes duration. There are 25 lessons in the week.

Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and incorporates policies of the Governing Body and the Conwy Education Authority. Copies of National Curriculum Orders, school policies, and the curriculum statement of Conwy County Borough Education Authority are available for inspection at the school.

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Key Stage 3

The curriculum for these years is common to all pupils. It builds on learning undertaken in Key Stage 2 in partner primary schools and further develops the knowledge and skills required for study at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

All pupils study English, Maths, Science, Welsh, Design Technology, a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Music, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Education, ICT and Personal Social and Health Education.

Key Stage 4

All pupils continue to follow the core National Curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Welsh, Physical Education, Religious Education, ICT, Personal Social and Health Education. Pupils also have the opportunity to choose courses to be followed in Years 10 and 11.  

The Sixth Form

A large proportion of Year 11 pupils return to the Ysgol Aberconwy Sixth Form to undertake one or two year courses. The majority undertake courses which lead to four AS level subjects. An extensive range of courses are offered, including subjects in collaboration with other providers within Conwy.   

Homework

We believe that homework is an essential part of the school programme. We believe that it is important to encourage independent study, and we set out to make homework activities as varied as possible.

Homework can involve a variety of tasks. A homework timetable is provided for all pupils. It is the pupil’s responsibility to record homework in their homework diaries, which are checked regularly by tutors.

Years 7 - 11 Homework

Notes for Parents of Year 7-11 pupils:

  • Please encourage your child(ren) to start each homework task at the weekend so that they have time to ask teachers for help before their deadline
  • Meeting deadlines is a skill that children need your help in achieving, detentions will be set if deadlines are not met
  • Please encourage your child(ren) to present their work well - answers should be written out on paper, not squeezed onto the question sheet
  • Should your child(ren) require resources, such as: paper, coloured pens, etc., they should ask the relevant subject teacher or form tutor
  • Please contact Mrs Sewell (Assistant Headteacher) directly if you have any further questions or concerns

YEAR 7 : half an hour approximately per homework.

Week 1 English Science Welsh DT/PE
Week 2 MFL Maths History/Geography/RE
Half Termly Art/ICT/PBL

YEAR 8 : half an hour approximately per homework.

Week 1 MFL Maths History/Geography/RE 
Week 2 English Science Welsh DT/PE
Half Termly Art/ICT/Music

 YEAR 9 : forty five minutes approximately per homework.

Week 1 English Science Welsh DT/PE
Week 2 MFL Maths History/Geography/RE
Half Termly Art/ICT/Music

Year 10 : one hour approximately per homework

Week 1 Option 1 Option 3 English Science Maths Welsh RE
Week 2 Option 2 WBQ English Science Maths Welsh  
Option 1 : Wednesday, am       Option 2: Wednesday, pm       Option 3 : Tuesday, am

 YEAR 11 : one hour approximately per homework

Week 1 Option 1 Option 2 Maths Science Welsh English  
Week 2 Option 1 Option 2 Maths Science Welsh English RE 
Option 1 : Monday/Friday, am      Option 2: Monday/Friday, pm

Policies

These are Ysgol Aberconwy's policies on the following:

We aim to help pupils to continue their bilingual development. This enables pupils to consolidate their comprehension and grasp of the language for their personal enrichment and for the enhancement of their employment opportunities.

All pupils study Welsh to the end of Year 11 and are entered for the appropriate examination at the end of the course. Ysgol Aberconwy pupils achieve to a high standard in GCSE examinations in Welsh as a second language.

A bilingual policy will be followed:

  • in all official correspondence
  • in headings on all official notice boards
  • in school documentation
  • on all official signs
  • at morning assemblies
  • in initial responses to the public, both over the telephone and at meetings

Departments and staff are urged to use bilingual headings on notice boards etc.

Welsh as a second language will be taught to all pupils during compulsory schooling. Special arrangements will be made to assist newcomers to the area in their learning of the language.

Members of staff are urged to use the Welsh language in general, one to one ‘social’ conversations with pupils, where possible.

The school’s sex education programme aims to fulfil the purposes of the 1996 Education Act, as set out in Circular 45/94. Sex education is undertaken in order to:

  • provide knowledge about loving relationships, the nature of sexuality and the processes of human reproduction
  • prepare pupils to view their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner, set within a framework of values and an awareness of the law
  • help pupils to recognise the physical, emotional and moral implications and risks of certain types of behaviour
  • Encourage pupils to appreciate the value of stable family life, marriage, the responsibilities of parenthood and the need to behave responsibly
  • Understand the benefits of accessing different sources of information, support and advice

All pupils will take part in Ysgol Aberconwy’s sex education programme at various points during their time at school.

Equal opportunity is important, because without it schools fail to do justice to pupils or staff. It is fundamental to the purposes and work of a comprehensive school.

The purposes of the policy for pupils are to promote:

  • to promote equal opportunity for learning
  • participation in the life of the school
  • attainment.

The school endorses the County policy on Equal Opportunity.

The school will undertake the following monitoring and research in pursuit of equality of opportunity for pupils:

  • analysis of prior attainment data on entry
  • analysis of interim report grade distribution
  • evaluation of external examination results

The school will respond to issues raised by this analysis by planning staff training and by reviewing the organisation of teaching groups.

The school will monitor the provision and accessibility of extra-curricular activities for pupils.

The school admits pupils in accordance with the admissions policy of Conwy County Borough.

The policy states the following in respect of admissions criteria: in circumstances where the number of applications exceed the standard number, the Authority will consider the following criteria in the order listed:

  1. The LEA will maintain the links between certain infants and junior school, and between certain junior or primary schools and certain secondary schools.
  2. The LEA will consider the special educational needs of children (including those in respect of whom statements have been made under Section 7 of the Education Act 1981) and other special circumstances including medical or social needs.
  3. The LEA will allow younger brothers or sisters to follow older ones to the school the older child attends.
  4. Proximity of the child’s home to the school for which a preference has been expressed. The LEA will ensure, as far as possible, that a place will be offered at the child’s nearest appropriate school. In implementing this criterion, account will also be taken of transport arrangements and any potentially hazardous route between home and school.

The Well-being Policy is written in line with Appetite for Life and Welsh Assembly Government Legislation, to promote and sustain a holistic approach to active lifestyles, nutrition and general well-being throughout and beyond the school day.

To view our Well-being Policy please click below...

 

 

Ysgol Aberconwy believes that the establishment of positive relationships with parents is vital to the achievement of its educational aims. We hope that parents will feel that the door is always open. Parents will not be turned away without seeing a member of staff at any time, but if individual attention and privacy are required it is best to make an appointment in advance through the school office.

The school’s receptionist will always take a telephone message, with a number at which you can be reached, and ensure that a note or verbal message reaches the individual for whom it is intended.

Please click the link below to access information about the Ysgol Aberconwy Forum...

 

 

Volunteers

We are fortunate that parents often volunteer to help in school in a variety of ways. Please do contact the school if you would like to assist in any way.

Each pupil is placed in a mixed-ability tutor group of boys and girls. It is the role of the tutor to get to know the children in his or her care and to be responsible for day-today administration such as marking the register, checking uniform and reading daily notices.

The Head of Year monitors the progress of pupils in the tutor group and writes the summary comment on reports.

A full, written report will be sent to parents each year. The report will include comments from each subject teacher, the form tutor and the Head of Year.

Assessment

Pupils’ progress is regularly assessed in a variety of ways, against targets set for their achievement in all curriculum areas. At the end of Key Stage 3 and 4 the performance of each pupil, in relation to the attainment levels of the National Curriculum in each core, foundation and compulsory subject, is reported to parents.

Interim Reports and Monitoring of Progress

Pupils receive regular interim reports, which give an indication of the progressa pupil is making in each subject area using phrases: Less than expected progress - Working towards target - Expected progress - Exceptional progress. Pupils are expected to take home all interim and full reports. Heads of Year and Year Mentors arrange for pupils to discuss any matters arising and develop action plans to address areas of underachievement.

Parents' Evenings

Parents’ Evenings are held once each year. These are important opportunities for parents to discuss their child’s progress with teachers, and we urge you to attend.

Student Planners

Each pupil has a planner in which they record their timetables, their homework and other details as appropriate. It is vitally important that pupils have their planners with them at all times and we ask parents to sign them weekly, as Tutors and Heads of Year will check them on a regular basis.

All pupils in Years 7-11 sit examinations as appropriate. In Year 11 all pupils sit mock examinations during the Autumn Term. The school prepares all pupils to enter for public examinations.

Public Examinations

Last year’s results are distributed when the Government Tables of Examinations results are published. Each year the majority of our Year 13 students continue their studies at Universities and Colleges of Further Education.

 

A healthy lunchbox has a variety of foods from these food groups:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy foods
  • Protein
Fruit and vegetablesDairy foodsProtein
1 portion of fruit and 1 portion of vegetables. 1 portion daily of a food rich in calcium is essential for children’s growing bones. A portion of a food rich in protein either on its own or as a sandwich filler.
Try: Cherry tomatoes, raw vegetable sticks, fruit salad, raisins, an apple, an orange, a banana or a bunch of grapes. Try: Yoghurt, fromage frais, cheese, milk, rice pudding, custard.

Always include foods like bread, rolls, bagels, wraps, rice, pasta or potato.
Try: Chicken, lean meat, tuna or other fish, peanut butter, eggs or houmous.

Thirsty?

A healthy lunchbox suggestionRemember always include a drink. Water, milk, pure fruit juice and fruit smoothies are good choices.

It is important your child has plenty of water to drink.

Keep it cool!

Lunchboxes should be kept cool – use a freeze block or similar.

If sandwiches are prepared the previous evening, always store them in a fridge.

Menu ideas for one week

Monday Chicken and lettuce or cheese and tomato sandwich on granary bread
Cherry tomatoes
Low sugar jelly with added fruit
Chocolate or strawberry low fat/low sugar milk shake
Tuesday Vegetable sticks – carrot, pepper, cucumber
Slice of pizza
Yoghurt
Scone or hot cross bun
Water
Wednesday Pasta salad with sweet corn and peas
Slice of cold meat or cheese
Slice of fruit loaf
Banana or apple
Carton of unsweetened orange juice
Thursday Houmous, (or ham) lettuce and tomato wrap
Small packet of low fat crisps
Fromage frais
Slice of melon or a tangerine
Carton of unsweetened apple juice
Friday Wholemeal bread roll filled with tinned
salmon or tuna with cucumber and mayonnaise
Small bunch of red or green grapes
Pot of rice pudding
Water

Tips

  • Make lunchboxes fun! Pack foods attractively; cut foods into shapes; use a variety of containers. This is an opportunity to re-cycle packaging e.g. use clean, empty containers
  • Involve your child in planning his/her lunchbox. Encourage him/her to try new foods. Variety is the key to a healthier lunchbox. Give praise, reward stickers etc if they eat the new food
  • Vary the sandwiches by using different types of bread. Rolls, granary bread, wholemeal bread, bagels, pitta bread and soft grain bread are healthy choices
  • Try alternatives to sandwiches. Rice salad, pasta salad, pizza, quiche or noodles are tasty options
  • Alternatives to sugary foods and crisps could be a slice of fruit loaf, pack of nuts and raisins (check allergies) hot cross buns, pot of rice pudding, tub of fruit jelly (low sugar)
  • If you include crisps only do so occasionally and choose a small pack of a low fat variety
  • If you have pasta for supper, set some aside to use in the next day’s lunchbox

Download the Welsh Assembly Government leaflet.

Click here for the full calendar

 

DAY DATE EVENT
Monday 29 April 2019 School opens for students
Monday 6 May 2019 May Day Bank Holiday
Friday 24 May 2019 Last day before half term
HALF TERM
Monday 3 June 2019 School open for students
Friday 19 July 2019 Last day of term
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
DAY DATE EVENT
Monday 2 September 2019 Staff training
Tuesday 3 September 2019 Staff training
Wednesday 4 September 2019 School opens for students
Friday 25 October 2019 Last day before half term
HALF TERM
Monday 4 November 2019 School open for students
Friday 20 December 2019 Last day of term
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
DAY DATE EVENT
Monday 6 January 2020 Staff training
Tuesday 7 January 2020 School opens for students
Friday 14 February 2020 Last day before half term
HALF TERM
Monday 24 February 2020 School open for students
Friday  13 March 2020 Staff training
Friday 3 April 2020 Last day of term
EASTER HOLIDAYS
DAY DATE EVENT
Monday 20 April 2020 School opens for students
Monday 4 May 2020 May Day Bank Holiday
Friday 22 May 2020 Last day before half term
HALF TERM
Monday 1 June 2020 School open for students
Friday 17 July 2020 Last day of term
SUMMER HOLIDAYS

A holding page for the main calendar to go.

 

Exam information for candidates. Please click here... 

Numeracy & Literacy Exams - Information for parents & carers.

All pupils in Years 7-11 sit examinations as appropriate. In Year 11 all pupils sit mock examinations during the Autumn Term. The school prepares all pupils to enter for public examinations.

Public Examinations

Last year’s results are distributed when the Government Tables of Examinations results are published. Each year the majority of our Year 13 students continue their studies at Universities and Colleges of Further Education.

General Examination Information

Exams Years 10 - 13

If a pupil has studied a subject and been entered on an examination, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure they attend school and sit it.

Should a pupil miss the examination without a justifiable reason (agreed by the Headteacher) the entry fee must be paid by the parent.

Certificates

The results sheets you receive on Results Day are NOT your actual certificates.

If you have any queries about your results, please contact your subject teacher as soon as possible.

Collection dates for GCSE and A Level certificates will be posted on this website. When applicable, collections can be made from the school reception from this date during term-time mornings only please.

Good Exam Nutrition

When you're busy revising and thinking about your exams, it's easy to forget about eating healthily and to just reach for the nearest piece of food.

Eating properly is just as important as revising properly. It can actually help you to revise better.

Like revision, eating healthily should start well before your exam but – also like revision – it's never too late to start!

Download these good exam nutrition tips.

National Test dates 2019

Reading

The tests will take place in the Hall. They will start after registration and finish mid-way through Lesson 2.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English Reading

Thursday 2nd May

Tuesday 30th April

Monday 29th April

Welsh Reading

Friday 3rd May

 

Numeracy Procedural

These on-line tests will take place in F107 & F108 [The Media rooms] by form class.

The tests are personalised and the duration of the test will vary. Students will return to their lessons when they have finished.

 

1

2

3

4

5

Monday 29th April

7 CC

7 CM

7 DC

7 HC

7 LLC

Wednesday 1st May

8 CC

8 CM

8 DC

8 HC

8 LLC

Tuesday 30th April

9 CC

9 DC

9 DM

9 HC

9 LLC

 

Numeracy Reasoning

The reasoning test will take place on Thursday 9th May in the timetabled Maths Lesson.

Year 9 Lesson 2

Year 7 Lesson 3

Year 8 Lesson 5

Mock Exam (Year 10)  Week 1 (Tuesday 18.6.19 – Friday 21.6.19)

Exams will take place in the school hall for the subjects below. They will begin at 9 in the morning or 1 in the afternoon. Seating plans will be outside the hall. Students will need to bring their own equipment: black pens, calculator etc. (if needed). Students should be outside the hall ten minutes before the start of each exam.

 

Period

1

Period

2

Period 

4

Period 

5

Tuesday

18.6.19

 Welsh

 Welsh

 Maths

 Maths

 

Wednesday

19.6.19

 RE

 

 

   

Thursday

20.6.19

 Geography

 History

 PE

 Product   Design

 Geography

 History

 PE

 Product   Design

   

Friday

21.6.19 

 PE

 Business   Studies

 PE

 Business   Studies

 French

 History

 German

 Product   Design

 Food

 French

 History

 German

 Product   Design

 Food

 

To help you with the task of purchasing the correct uniform and equipment, please find below a detailed guide to what is, and what is not, expected at Ysgol Aberconwy.

This year, following consultation with students, parents and Governors, we're asking that you purchase specific styles and brands of trousers or skirts available from a variety of outlets at a range of prices. We hope that this will help to eradicate any confusion in the new term. We are also introducing the option of wearing the specified brand of shorts during the summer term.

A list of uniform stockists can be found at the end of this page.

As was the case last year, if you purchase a new polo shirt or sweat shirt the new school logo will be emblazoned upon it. We do not expect students with existing crested clothing to replace it unnecessarily. In other words, perfectly good clothing with the ‘old’ crest may still be worn until such time as there is a need to replace them.

 

School Uniform

School shoes

 

Uniform

  • White polo shirt bearing the school crest and a coloured collar indicating the student's house (Crafnant = green, Dulyn = yellow, Hiraethlyn = blue, Llugwy = red)
  • Navy sweatshirt bearing the school crest
  • Charcoal grey or black trousers / grey or black skirt (knee length) *
  • Grey / white socks / stockings
  • Black shoes without any logos *

Please note that infringements of the uniform code that cannot be rectified immediately may result in a pupil being sent home. (* please see below for a more detailed pictorial guide)

 

PE Kit

  • Navy "Mercury" Polo Shirt (boys)
  • Navy "Venus" Polo Shirt (girls)
  • Navy "Response" Shorts
  • Navy "Pulse" Half-Zip Fleece
  • Navy "Trinity" Track Bottoms
  • White trainers/football boots

 

Equipment

A bag (rucksacks / shoulder bags are ideal) that is big enough to fit books, PE kit and the following equipment is essential.

 

Every student needs basic equipment every day. They should have a pencil case containing:

  • Several pens (black or blue ink, and preferably ballpoints rather than cartridge and refillable pens as they have a tendency to leak)
  • Several pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 15 or 30 cm ruler (depending on the size of the pencil case)

 

Optional but useful items for a pencil case would include:

  • A highlighter or two
  • A few colouring pencils of various colours
  • Glue stick such as Pritt
  • Round nosed scissors

 

NO TIPPEX OR CORRECTING FLUIDS PLEASE

Specialist Mathematics equipment sets can be purchased from the Mathematics department in school.

Some subjects, such as Art for example, may have more specialist requirements especially for GCSE students. If this is the case the teachers will communicate that with pupils directly.

 

Jewellery, fashion and hair

The following is not allowed:

  • ‘Choker’ type necklaces
  • Bangles/bracelets
  • Nose studs
  • Large earrings (the only earrings allowed are single stud earrings in the ear-lobe for health and safety reasons)
  • Any other visible piercings
  • Nail varnish
  • Acrylic finger nails
  • Excessive makeup

 

Hair:

Pupils are expected to wear their hair in a fashion suitable for school. Extremes of fashion, such as tram lines and other patterned shaves or brightly dyed hair are not allowed. Hair dyed in natural colours is acceptable.

Infringements of the above guidelines will result in confiscation and /or removal. Infringements that cannot be rectified immediately, or repeat infringements, may result in a pupil being sent home. Any pupil with doubts about what is and what is not permissible should discuss this with their House Mentor before making a purchase.

 

Mobile phones and other technology

Pupils are allowed to have mobile phones in school, but they should never be used in lessons without the teacher's permission and should be turned off during lesson times. If parents need to contact their child(ren) during the day they should use the school number 01492 593243.

The school cannot be held responsible for damage or loss to personal items and thus would discourage pupils from bringing any other equipment (e.g. tablets, iPods) to school. Such items may be confiscated for the safety of the item and pupils would collect them back at the end of the day. Misuse of mobile phones or other devices will also result in confiscation.

 

Uniform stockists:

Boppers Boutique 1 Woodland Rd West, Bae Colwyn.

Gill's Village Road, Llanfairfechan.

School Talk Clifton House, Newsagents 159, Upper Mostyn Street Llandudno.

Escape (Lyons Intersport) Upper Mostyn Street Llandudno

Clothes for Work 2 Trinity Square, Llandudno

 

 

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