|School:||County Maintained, Co-Educational 11 - 18 Comprehensive School|
|Headteacher:||Mr Ian Gerrard BSc|
|Telephone:||+44 (0)1492 593243|
|Facsimile:||+44 (0)1492 592537|
|Chair of Governors:||Mr T. James|
Ethos & ValuesWe want Ysgol Aberconwy to be a happy, caring, ordered and respectful community in which people are treated with fairness and are supported in developing themselves to the fullest possible extent to enable them to take their place in society. In short we aim to INSPIRE our students through an innovative approach to learning and SUPPORT them through our dedicated pastoral systems so that they can SUCCEED throughout their time in school and beyond. Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit Ysgol Aberconwy at any time during the school day. Contact Reception at school on +44 (0)1492 593243 in order to make an appointment to visit Ysgol Aberconwy
The School DayA total of 25 hours weekly is spent teaching during Years 7 - 11. These hours include the time spent on religious education, but exclude the statutory daily act of collective worship, registration and breaks. The timetable is arranged as follows:
Normal Timetable Extended Registration 08:45 Tutor Period 08:45 Tutor Period/PSHE 09:05 Lesson 1 09:35 Lesson 1 10:05 Lesson 2 10:25 Lesson 2 11:05 Break 11:15 Break 11:20 Lesson 3 11:30 Lesson 3 12:20 Lunch 12:20 Lunch 13:10 Lesson 4 13:10 Lesson 4 14:10 Lesson 5 14:10 Lesson 5 15:10 End of school day 15:10 End of school day
Facilities: Many of the school’s facilities are available to pupils during the lunchtime period and after school.
Lunch Time ArrangementsPupils may buy a school lunch or bring their own packed lunch. The lunches provided in the school dining room are of a high standard and are offered as part of an extensive menu. A cashless fingerprint recognition system is in operation. Pupils who stay at school for lunch or who bring sandwiches remain under the care and supervision of the school. In order that we can fulfil this responsibility we expect all pupils to remain on the school premises during the midmorning break and lunchtimes.
Closure or partial closure of the school due to adverse weather.
When a decision is taken to close the school we will make the information available as soon as possible in the following ways. Unless communication is received through these means, then please assume that the school remains open :
- School website (www.aberconwy.conwy.sch.uk)
- Text and email message to primary contact numbers (please therefore keep us informed of any changes to mobile phone numbers or email addresses)
- Conwy County Council website (www.conwy.gov.uk/schoolclosures)
- Local Radio (Capital FM/Heart Radio/Radio Cymru/Radio Wales)
The decision to close the school is never taken lightly and rests with Mr Gerrard and the Governors. Throughout the decision making process, our primary concern is always the safety of all our students and staff.
Pupil Development Grant (PDG) Access
The Welsh Government have recently announced the PDG Access Fund. Through this funding pupils eligible for free school meals will be able to access a grant of £125 for the purchase of the following:
- School uniform including coats and shoes;
- School sports kit including footwear;
- Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance;
- Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery;
- Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology; and
- Equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs.
The funding is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are looked after children entering:
- Reception class of a maintained primary school in September 2018
- Year 7 of a maintained secondary schools in September 2018
- Pupils in special school, special needs resource bases and pupil referral units who are aged 4 or aged 11 in September 2018.
The grant in Conwy for eligible pupils will be administrated by the Conwy Benefits Section and any enquiries should be forwarded to this section.
The address for this is: Conwy County Borough Council, Revenue and Benefits Assessment Services, Bodlondeb, Conwy LL32 8DU
The Welsh Government have also published information on the following link.
Pupil Deprivation Grant
Ysgol Aberconwy’s Pupil Deprivation Grant Statement
The purpose of the Pupil Deprivation Grant is to improve the educational attainment of pupils from low income families and who are entitled to free school meals (eFSM). Schools are expected to maximise the use of this funding by introducing sustainable strategies which will quickly lead to improved outcomes for pupils entitled to free school meals.
As a school, we want to learn from the best practice in Wales and beyond by:
- planning interventions that focus on improving the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds, regularly monitoring pupils’ progress and evaluating the impact of the intervention.
- integrating plans for the effective use of the PDG into the School Development Plan, basing our practice on sound evidence and including them as part of a whole school strategy.
- balancing whole school strategies with targeted interventions to ensure that all learners entitled to free school meals benefit as individuals, whilst the whole school also develops its ability to support every learner to achieve their full potential.
In 2019-20 Ysgol Aberconwy were allocated a total Pupil Deprivation Grant of £120,175
Ysgol Aberconwy has a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by GwE and Conwy Local Authority, to promote high expectations attainment and progress and to remove barriers to learning for pupils entitled to this funding.
We have used the funding available to:
- Providing targeted support to improve attendance for vulnerable learners.
- Developing opportunities for parents and the local community to become more involved in pupil’s learning.
- To develop additional learning opportunities at lunch and after school through clubs and workshops.
- To provide after school and holiday learning session to support the progress of vulnerable learners.
- Provide learning coaches to support identified groups of learners.
- Provide additional mentoring to support identified groups of learners.
- Provide personalized curriculum opportunities to support identified groups of learners.
- Ensure that teaching and learning is of the highest standard for all learners and that all teaching staff are aware of vulnerable pupils and of support available for them.
- To support learners with essentials for learning through a deprivation fund.
It is not appropriate for the school to publish a detailed plan as it could identify individual pupils.
Professional Learning Grant
Outline of intentions
- To fund membership of professional bodies such as SSAT and PiXL to assist in collaboration and development.
- To fund release time for staff to research, develop and Practice pedagogical principles in line with Successful Futures, through development of our TEEP programme.
- To fund the release of staff to train to TEEP level 3, in line with our ‘TEEP Ambassador’ status.
- To fund release and training to develop a TEEP Hub through collaboration with other secondary schools in Conwy.
- To fund other training opportunities for staff, particularly funding the release of staff to work with our cluster primaries and other local secondaries in development of new pedagogies and practices.
- To fund release of staff to develop the evaluation systems of the school, to impact the school’s development plan.
- To fund training aimed at developing the coaching skills of all staff.
- To fund the release of staff to work with other schools in our region on the development of an effective SLO model.
- To fund development of our cross-curricular approach (PBL) in the year 7 curriculum.
- To fund the resourcing of PBL, including the development and provision of learning plans.
- To fund the appointment of a ‘Bilingual Coordinator’ in the school and to fund opportunities for staff to develop their Welsh Language skills.
- To support work on development of AfL in the school.
- To fund specific development projects within the new AoLEs – for example, the introduction of dance within ‘Expressive Arts’.
- To fund the development of leadership skills through a number of structured opportunities such as those associated with our PiXL and SSAT memberships.
Expected Impact and Outcomes
- To prepare for the ‘New Curriculum’ by providing our learners with a purpose-lead, exciting and relevant learning experience.
- To develop robust assessment of learning and learners
- To develop our ‘School as a learning organisation’.
- To continue the development of our bilingual ethos.
- To build and sustain meaningful partnership working across the county, region and nation.
- To gain TEEP ‘training school’ status.
Site ManagementAll school catering is provided by Sodexo, a large specialist international facilities management company, who also provide cleaning and site management of Ysgol Aberconwy. All classrooms are newly refurbished and are kept to a very high standard. Toilet facilities are available throughout the school and are cleaned on an hourly basis.
Pupil RecordsThe school keeps individual records for all pupils throughout their time with us. They include such items as personal and medical details, formal reports and test results, and any other information that the school regards as significant for the welfare and progress of the pupil. Pupil records aim to assist reliable communication between home and school and the school provides for open access to individual pupil records by the parents of pupils below 18 years of age. Where changes take place in a pupil’s personal circumstances, of which the school needs to be aware, parents are asked to let us know at the earliest possible opportunity."
AbsenceIf a pupil is not well enough to attend school, parents should contact the school on the first day of the illness, and send a note with the child when he or she returns to school. The school contacts parents when absence occurs as a precaution against truancy. Parents should not take annual holidays which do not coincide with school holidays and dental or other medical appointments should, where possible, be arranged outside of school hours.
Illness at SchoolIf a pupil becomes ill or has an accident at school the school may:
- provide first aid when it is a minor accident
- contact parents so that the pupil may go home
- contact the hospital directly and ask for the parent to take or meet their child there if it is more serious
The school has a team of staff members who are on duty during school hours, and are the first point of referral for pupils who feel unwell or have been involved in an accident. Where parents cannot be contacted and hospital treatment is necessary, a teacher may give permission acting on the parent’s behalf. Parents are asked to inform the school of any medical or clinical condition which might affect the pupil’s progress.
Loss or DamageParents are asked to note that the Authority and the Governing Body do not accept any responsibility for loss of, or damage to, personal property at school. The school advises parents not to allow pupils to bring expensive electronic and mobile phone appliances to school. Any pupils damaging school property will be required to pay for repair or replacement.
WelfareApplications for free school meals and uniform grants are dealt with by the Education Department, Conwy County Borough Council, telephone 01492 575056. AS A PARENT OR GUARDIAN ARE YOU ENTITLED TO A FREE SCHOOL MEAL FOR YOUR CHILDREN ATTENDING A SCHOOL WITHIN CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH? For more information please click here...
School Uniform GrantYou may be eligible for a grant provided by the Welsh Government to help with the purchase of a school uniform for your child if you are on a low income click here…
TransportTransport to school from most areas is arranged by Conwy County Borough Council, telephone 01492 575595 / 575075. All the details can be found on their website here : https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Education-and-Families/School-Transport/School-Transport.aspx
Arrangements Made for Pupils with DisabilitiesThe school is fully accessible for pupils with disabilities and complies fully with all current regulations. The strategic equality plan can be downloaded by clicking this link.
Governors Annual ReportThe school's Governors produce an annual report to parents which can be found by clicking here.
Parents' and carers' guide to Secondary school
General Security ArrangementsThe school is fully secure with controlled access. It has a CCTV system which monitors the movement of pupils, staff and visitors around school. At break, lunchtime, before and after school teams of duty staff supervise pupils. There are members of staff trained in First Aid. All visitors to the school must sign in at reception and are issued with a visitors’ pass for the school. The gates to the bus park close at 3:10pm and re-open once all pupils are on the school buses safely. In order to further ensure the safety of pupils at the end of the day, it would be appreciated if parents/guardians park vehicles in the car parks available, rather than on the road.
Tutor GroupsEach 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-to-day administration such as marking the register, checking uniform and reading daily notices.
Career Education & GuidanceDuring their time at school pupils will be offered a variety of opportunities to explore the world of work through WBQ, PSHE and curriculum areas. Some of our year 10 and 12 students undertake work experience in local companies. Careers Wales provides support to the school offering free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to support anyone making education or employment decisions. A Careers Wales Adviser visits the school regularly to give careers guidance to young people individually and in groups, as well as attending meetings for parents in the school to discuss 14+ and 16+ choices to help our young people make career plans and decisions, move into the right training, further learning or employment opportunities. To find out more about Careers Wales click here or download their latest booklet here.
Personal, Social and Health EducationWe believe that personal and social education is central to the overall development of each pupil, and many aspects of school life contribute to this end. Each pupil undertakes a Personal Social Health Educational programme. The programme includes careers education, development of research and study skills, sex education and health education. The school’s policy for sex education is available from the school. We have a school nurse available once a week to see pupils on a confidential basis.
Sport AimsWe want Physical Education at Ysgol Aberconwy to be an enjoyable, caring, ordered and respectful experience where everyone is supported to reach their full potential. We strive to develop positive attitudes towards wellbeing and try to encourage lifelong involvement in physical, outdoor and sporting activities. Our aim is to provide meaningful PE experiences that interest, excite and motivate all our pupils. We want everyone to experience success, develop the ‘whole’ person and provide motivation for positive lifelong attitudes towards health and well-being. We acknowledge the powerful influence sport and physical activity can have on young people and appreciate the significant role that PE staff members play in promoting these key values. Every child matters and every child has the right to enjoy and participate in high quality physical education and school sport, regardless of their age, ability, gender and background.
R.E. & The Collective Act of WorshipWe have a planned programme of collective worship, via assemblies. It is our intention to foster high moral and ethical standards, encouraging pupils to reflect on issues and to demonstrate a caring approach to them. When there is no assembly each form has a 'Thought of the day' for consideration. The school has no religious affiliation and religious education is provided in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus. If a parent should object on grounds of conscience to a pupil receiving religious instruction or attending assembly, alternative arrangements can be made. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from religious education or assemblies, they should write to the Headteacher.
Charges for School ActivitiesThe Governing Body has adopted a policy of charging pupils for:
- board and lodging costs on educational visits
- activities outside school hours
- instrumental music tuition
- external examinations for which the school has not prepared the pupil during that school year
- examinations when the pupil fails to complete the coursework requirements or fails to attend the examination without a proper reason
- intentional or negligent damage to school property or for the loss of school property
- when a pupil/parent requests a re-sit in one or more subjects
A variety of trips are arranged to enrich the school experience of pupils. Whereas no child will be excluded from such trips as a result of an inability to pay, it is important that the expenses of each trip are met if the activity is to take place.
Complaints ProcedureThe school’s Governing Body has established a procedure to consider complaints concerning the way that the school’s Governing Body and the Education Authority act in relation to the curriculum and other related matters. This procedure is outlined in a document in Welsh and English which is available at the school. In the first instance, if you have any complaints or problems, which relate to the running of the school, please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher.
Further InformationThe following publications are also available from the school:
- Options booklets
- The Sixth Form prospectus
- Estyn report 2012
- Governors’ Annual Report to Parents
Together with the Prospectus Handbook the school and Governing Body fulfil their responsibilities under the Education Acts to provide information for parents. In addition, the Education Act also gives parents right of access to the following information upon further request:
- The Local Education Authority’s Statement of Curriculum Policy
- Administrative memoranda and circulars sent to the school by the Welsh Office
- Reports of Estyn
- Schemes of Work and Syllabuses currently in use, including National Curriculum Statutory Orders
- Copies of the arrangements for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum issued by the Authority
- The Local Education Authority’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Pupil Behaviour and Discipline
The school's Pupil Behaviour and Discipline Policy can be downloaded by clicking here.
Anti -Bullying PolicyThe following publications are also available from the school: