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Foreword
Thank you for showing an interest in Abertillery Comprehensive School. We are a mixed 11-16 school housed in a modern building in the very heart of the town of Abertillery. The school is set in beautiful surroundings and serves the wider communities of Abertillery, Blaina and Nantyglo. However, we have many pupils attending from much further afield who have chosen to come to our school. The school has excellent facilities benefiting from a state of the art leisure centre, a recent extension housing a brand new Team 7 building, a drama studio, a fully equipped theatre and excellent ICT throughout the school which includes interactive whiteboards, wireless laptops and a new cashless canteen. We pride ourselves on the friendly and welcoming ethos that we have developed. Our House system aims to support pupils as individuals throughout their time with us helping them to become well rounded proactive citizens. Our high expectations of achievement and behaviour ensure that the well-being of every child is paramount. We have an exciting and dynamic approach to the curriculum. In year 7 we have embedded the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) this has been designed with our partner primary schools to ease the transition to secondary school. More information about this can be found later in the prospectus. In Key Stage 4 we have introduced the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification to support the wide and varied examination courses on offer. We also have a bilingual class which allows pupils to receive greater exposure to the Welsh language by being taught by Welsh speakers. Pupils are taught through the medium of English but are encouraged to develop their Welsh language skills at a faster rate. Our More Able and Talented Policy is well established and a thorough programme of activities across the curriculum ensures their needs are catered for. We have an active School Council that has been instrumental in developing our Anti-bullying Policy that has been recognised at a local and national level as excellent practice. The School Council is also leading the Rights Respecting School agenda. In addition, we run many clubs and societies to help broaden the experiences of our youngsters. We have very strong sporting, musical and theatrical traditions which are seen as particular strengths of the school. This booklet is a snapshot of life in our school which will answer many questions. However, you may have specific questions or wish to visit our school. Please do not hesitate in contacting us and our staff will be pleased to help.

P A Stock Headteacher

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The Schools Core Aims


Our mission statement is:

A Wheel of Opportunities for a World of Individuals.


We believe that this reflects the changing nature of the world and the new opportunities that our pupils will face in the 21st Century. In particular, we recognise that the world of technology and employment is becoming increasingly fluid and our pupils need to be able to respond to new demands expected of the workplace. Our statement also recognises the need for our pupils to be equipped with the skills and aptitudes to become proactive citizens of a global, sustainable society. Core Values All of the schools stakeholders (pupils, parents, governors and staff) were consulted in the process of determining the core values that underpin all that we do. Our core values are:

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Having decided upon our core values we agreed upon Core Aims that would help us to translate our values into reality. Our Core Aims are: i) To promote and encourage respect for ourselves, the school, the environment and the wider community. ii) To develop a culture of responsibility for all within a learning community. iii) To foster a safe and secure environment in which everyone can flourish. iv) To produce effective citizens with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed regardless of race, gender, religion, disability or sexuality. v) To challenge pupils and staff to improve their aspirations and to exceed their expectations.

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Curriculum
Our Curriculum Fit for the 21st Century
We offer a new curriculum that is flexible enough to provide both academic and vocational courses, allows teaching time to be increased and gives pupils the opportunities to become independent learners. This approach maximises the opportunities pupils have to gain recognised qualifications, increase access to vocational courses and improve links with the community.

Key Stage 3
In Key stage 3 we aim to develop the essentials skills needed to succeed as students and citizens of the 21st century. We offer a thematic and creative curriculum in Y7 through the International Primary Curriculum which has been designed with essential skills of Communication, Application of Number, Problem solving and Working with Others at its heart. It recognises that people learn in different ways and flourish given a variety of learning environments. Consequently, this thematic approach allows for individual research, exciting entry points and a variety of learning activities in a supportive classroom environment similar to that in a primary school. Y7 classes are mainly taught in the Y7 block by a Team 7 teacher. This allows pupils time to settle and build strong relationships with their class teacher. The Team 7 Curriculum covers English, History, Geography, ICT and RE content areas. Y7 pupils also follow the traditional subjects: Maths, Science, PE, Welsh, Music, Design Technology, Drama, Art, PSE and a Modern Foreign Language (Spanish or French). In Y8 we follow a similar approach as Humanities subjects are taught in a similar way to Team 7. English and ICT join the other National Curriculum subjects taught in discrete lessons.

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Key Stage 4
We introduce our students to Key Stage 4 in Y9. Pupils will follow English, Maths, Science and Welsh Baccalaureate as compulsory GCSEs. Students are given option choices at the end of Y8. They can choose from 3 different pathways: BTEC, GCSEs or Supported Learning. They choose either one double award BTEC or two GCSEs from a wide selection of subjects. These include: Catering & Hospitality, Horticulture, ICT, and Performing Arts. Students sit the exam at the end of one years tuition and repeat this process in Y10 and Y11. This allows them more opportunities to gain accredited qualifications. As in all state schools students will also follow compulsory Welsh, RE, PE and PSE.

Rationale of this system


Students have more intensive programmes of study Students have more opportunities to sit examinations Teachers have longer blocks of time allowing them to introduce a variety of teaching approaches Students are offered more choice of subjects, including vocational subjects

Links with College


The school has a close relationship with the Local Education Authoritys 14-19 Learning Pathways network. This allows some pupils the opportunity to follow courses at college or other off site organisations. Such courses are taught on either two days a week or one afternoon a week and include: Construction & Technology Salon Services Sport Hairdressing Beauty Child Care Public Services Travel & Tourism Retail Services Catering

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Bilingual Education at Abertillery Comprehensive School
The school introduced bilingual education in 2005. Pupils in the bilingual class are taught by Welsh speakers for their History, RE, Geography and ICT lessons. These are taught through the medium of English but with greater use of Welsh. Pupils will acquire Welsh at a faster rate than other pupils. Abertillery Comprehensive School recognises the importance of pupils leaving school with bilingual skills in preparation for the Welsh workforce.

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We provide your child with invaluable bilingual skills which are highly desirable in workplaces across Wales. It can open new doors in employment and education in addition to widening social opportunities. Pupils will have a far greater exposure to the Welsh language/culture during their time at Abertillery Comprehensive School, therefore further developing their bilingualism and cultural awareness. Pupils will follow the same timetable as the rest of Year 7 and 8 except that they will study Humanities (History, Geography and R.E.) and ICT bilingually. Extra-curricular activities to support your childs bilingualism are very important in the development of linguistic skills. Urdd Club every Monday after school until 4.00. Residential activities to the Urdd centre in Llangrannog. Various visits to Welsh speaking establishments. Bilingual visitors visit our school regularly.

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Welsh Baccalaureate
Abertillery Comprehensive School has introduced an exciting new qualification to all Key Stage 4 students. This award teaches personal development skills alongside existing qualifications, leading to a more enriched educational experience. It gives broader experiences than traditional learning programmes and is designed to suit the diverse needs of young people in the school. It is for this reason that all learners embarking on Key Stage 4 from September will follow the Welsh Baccalaureate at Intermediate or Foundation Level. Successful pupils will gain the equivalent of an extra 3 4 GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

The Qualification
The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification consists of two parts:

Core - Consisting of five components i.e. Key Skills, Wales, Europe and the World, Work-related
Education, Personal and Social Education and an Individual Investigation.

Options - 4 GCSEs, Vocational GCSEs, NVQs or BTEC equivalent.


Together, the Core and Options make up the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is introduced to pupils via an Induction Day in September to help them gain an insight of just how worthwhile and exciting this qualification is!

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More Able and Talented
Here at Abertillery Comprehensive School, we provide an individual education for all of our pupils. We are committed to identifying and catering for our most able pupils and have a comprehensive plan to allow us to cater for their needs and help them to fulfil their potential. Our expert team of teachers work within their departments to identify the most able pupils in each subject area, and develop teaching materials and classroom activities that will challenge and stretch them in lessons. In addition, we have a huge range of weekly extra curricular activities as well as visiting experts, trips, enrichment days and school holiday courses. We monitor our most able pupils regularly so that we can set relevant targets and spot any signs of underachievement. We are proud to work closely with our colleagues in Blaenau Gwent, sharing our good practice and shaping county wide policy for our most able pupils. Whatever your talent or ability; musical, sporting, art, leadership or academic, we will work with you here to develop it and be the best that you can be.

Team 7 and Transition


We are really excited to be teaching The International Primary Curriculum to Year 7. Our Team 7 teachers are really enjoying teaching this new style of learning with the year group and have had a great opportunity to get to know them really well. Year 7 are taught by Team 7 for 10 out of 30 lessons a week. This curriculum is taught using a thematic and cross curricular approach which is stimulating and relevant to our lives. The course will encompass History, Geography, RE, ICT and English. A new building designed for Year 7 has recently been built to enable pupils to have their own space. These classrooms are furnished like a primary classroom with Wi-Fi connections. Most importantly we feel that this curriculum aids their transition from primary to comprehensive school as pupils do not have to travel around the school as much and have a stronger teacher pupil relationship with their Team 7 teacher. We are sure your child will really enjoy what the IPC has to offer and it will help them settle into their new school. We put pupils into Team 7 classes based on the information given to us by the year 6 teachers at your childs primary school. We feel it is very important to spend that time talking to the Year 6 teachers to ensure that the children are placed in the correct Team 7 class.

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Team 7 and Transition


Pupils comments on how well they have settled into our School
I think Team 7 is a really good idea because you settle in quicker and you feel more comfortable in classes. I really enjoyed Team 7 when we were studying the topic Myths, Legends and Beliefs. We finished this topic with an afternoon where our parents came in to see our work. I love it here at Abertillery Comprehensive School. I have settled in really well and I enjoy all of my subjects. All of the teachers are fantastic because the more that time goes by the better you get to know your teachers. Team 7 is amazing it teaches you extraordinary things and all of the Tutors are so nice. My favourite subjects are Team 7, Science, Music and Drama but I like all of them its just I like these best.

Parents comments on how their child has settled into our School
Very pleased with the positive experience my child has had in her first year. Thank you! We are happy that our child enjoys going to school. He seems to be enjoying the vast amount of opportunities that are on offer to him, thus enabling him to try things that we and he may not have considered for him. Thank you. My son has really enjoyed his start to Year 7 in Abertillery Comprehensive School. Team 7 has helped the transition between primary and comprehensive, by allowing him to stay in a base with all Year 7s instead of moving around the school as much as the other pupils would. The transition was made smoother by the visits he made in year 5 & 6, this helped build his confidence and familiarised him with staff and pupils. He also likes the freedom to choose his own food at break and lunch time and the extra curriculum sporting activities that the school provides.

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Team 7 and Transition


Supporting pupils to settle
The school is a telling school. Any child who is being bullied should inform their Learning Coach. Over 50 pupils have had training from Bullies Out. These Buddies will be available at break and lunchtimes to help any pupil that needs it. Each Mentoring group has two Buddies who have been trained to support other pupils. We also have a Buddies Bench in the courtyard area where younger pupils can find support. The school council has worked with NSPCC, educational experts and psychologists to produce our Anti Bullying Policy. It has been recognised as good practice and is a model adopted by other schools. A copy is available in school or on our website.

Special Educational Provision


Identification & Assessment of SEN
Early identification, assessment and provision for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is very important. Information about students is acquired from primary schools. The ALNCO, Transition Manager and Learning Manager for Learning Support Area will visit each feeder primary school to obtain information and discuss the Special Educational Needs of all students. Written records of a students progress in primary school are usually sent to us at transition. On arrival at Abertillery Comprehensive School Year 7 students and new students joining other year groups are given literacy and reading assessments. The results of these tests determine whether a student requires support and the level of provision appropriate. We aim to provide weekly support to meet the learning needs of our pupils. Withdrawal for literacy support, morning reading groups and targeted in class support are facilitated by our Learning Support Assistants where resources allow. Further assessments may be carried out by members of the SEN team or the Educational Psychologist to find out about a students particular SEN. In this way the most appropriate provision can be made. Teachers and Learning Support Assistants are well-placed to identify difficulties which a student may be experiencing and additional needs a pupil might have. In the first instance the class teacher will address these needs through differentiation of work. If a student is still not making progress, it will be reported to the ALNCO and a request for support or a further assessment may be made. Parents, Health professionals, Social Services etc may also report concerns and additional needs which require support. Concerns and requests for support may also be made by students themselves. All intervention will be regularly monitored, assessed and reviewed.

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Vertical Tutoring
We have introduced a House system and have four houses, Llywelyn, Glyndwr, Macsen and Branwen. Each House has a Head of House who leads a team of ten coaching groups. Each group will have two members of staff who will be Learning Coaches. Each group will consist of 18 pupils from Year 7,8,9,10 and 11. Pupils will be with their Learning Coaches for 20 minutes a day. This time will be used to support pupils with their learning and to develop and monitor skills. We take pride in that all our staff are Learning Coaches. We feel its important that all of our staff are part of your childs education and lifelong learning. The House system will be bringing the school and its wider community together and will generate the atmosphere of a family unit. Our Year 11 pupils have been trained in peer mentoring and anti bullying, and are able to support the younger pupils with reading, so there will be plenty of opportunities for younger pupils to learn from the older pupils. There will be house competitions/sporting activities once a term to generate a sense of belonging and competition. Central to the success of the House system is communication with parents and carers. We aim for Learning Coaches to contact home termly to inform parents of their childs progress. We also encourage parents and Learning Coaches to communicate directly with each other via email. In so doing we aim to develop positive relationships with our parents and ensure that they are well informed about their childs academic performance.

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Rewards
Standards for Learning
Good work or behaviour will usually be rewarded with an achievement point, given electronically on our computer system. Equally, poor behaviour will cause students to lose points. Pupils with positive points are entered into a draw to win prizes that pupils themselves have suggested. There are various annual outings for students who have behaved consistently well throughout the year. During lessons, poor behaviour will result in: 1. A first warning 2. Then being moved to another seat in the classroom 3. A further final warning 4. Being removed to another class nearby. 5. Heads of House will send out a letter to parents whenever this happens and if there are 2 occasions in a month, we will ask parents to come into school to discuss the situation. Whenever the student is sent to another classroom they must return to the original teacher to apologise at the end of the lesson, and may be detained later. They will be placed on report, and each teacher will sign the report form at the end of their lesson. Other sanctions which may be used include extra work or after school detention. The school has a legal right to detain pupils after school. You will be notified 24 hours in advance of a detention after school hours. For serious offences the school operates a restorative justice system. This means pupils will be encouraged to make amends for their poor behaviour. In cases where it is considered necessary the Headteacher may exclude a student for a fixed term informing parents in writing. In such cases the student will only be readmitted following a satisfactory review meeting between the student, parent or guardian and the Headteacher.

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Extra Curricular Activities


Music
We are proud of the strong performing tradition that we have built here. We have excellent music and drama facilities, with a purpose built drama studio, music room and practise rooms as well as a professional theatre with full lighting rig and audio equipment. Pupils study music and drama at Key Stage 3 and can opt to take music, drama or performing arts GCSE or BTEC courses from Year 9. Each year, all of Year 7 put on a musical. This is a great way for pupils to work together with each other and build their confidence and performing skills. Parents and friends are invited to come and see the show, which is always a sell out. We also put on a whole school musical each summer. All pupils can take part in a range of roles, acting, singing, dancing, backstage or in the band. Shows include Annie, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Grease. We are pleased to work with Cardiff and Vale Music Service to offer our pupils peripatetic music lessons. We have a team of visiting teachers who teach everything from the drum kit to the violin. We heavily subsidise the cost of these lessons and are able to provide instruments in some cases. We have a busy extra-curricular programme in the music department, including a vocal group, guitar and brass ensembles and bands. Rehearsals take place weekly and we encourage all pupils to attend. We put on a range of concerts each year, including a Christmas carol service and a barbecue evening where we provide musical entertainment. We encourage our pupils to take graded exams and to enter competitions such as the National Music for Youth Festival. We run an Eisteddfod every year and work with local colleges and universities to run workshops for pupils to try out new kinds of music and work with students.

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French Exchange
Abertillery Comprehensive School has formed links with a school called College Le Stade, near Clermont Ferrand, in the Auvergne region of France. Auvergne is situated in the Massif Central, which is the largest volcanic area in Europe. These links have been set up in conjunction with the Metropole Theatre in Abertillery and the French Exchange Tour Company called Musique Jeune et Voyage. A group of about fifty French students visit Abertillery every year and they are hosted by families of our pupils (as well as members of the community) in order to experience life with a Welsh family and improve their English. Our students accompany the French party on cultural visits to explore Welsh heritage and also get the opportunity to try out their French language skills in exciting workshops held at our school. We are developing this project with return visits to France, to enable our pupils to experience life with a French family and learn more about the French language, culture and education system by spending time with their French hosts in College Le Stade. This is an exciting opportunity for both Abertillery Comprehensive pupils and French students to experience a true cultural exchange and form lasting friendships. Its what memories are made of!

Expedition to Morocco and Sri Lanka


Year 11 pupils were given an opportunity to participate in humanitarian projects in Morocco and Sri Lanka. They organised fund raising events to pay for the projects, they experienced life in very different countries and helped the villages improve their educational facilities.

Sport
We have an active and successful PE department that takes full advantage of first class facilities that include: Indoor sports hall equipped with wall bars and Gymnastics / Free Running apparatus Outdoor Tennis Courts 3G Football Field

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Rugby Pitch Leisure Centre Full use of facilities throughout the day, these include: 25m Swimming pool Indoor Sports Hall (Football, Basketball, Badminton) 2 Squash Courts Dance Studio Gym Room (free weights and machine weights) We also have the use of local council playing fields which are used for Football and Rugby matches The department runs after school clubs in all of the major sports; Rugby, Football, Netball, Athletics, Hockey and Cricket, as well as new and exciting sports such as Free Running and Rock-it-Ball. We also work in close partnership with the 5x60 programme to promote physical activity and participation in some of the smaller sports such as table tennis and dodge ball. These sessions have proved very popular with pupils of all abilities. Some of our pupils have gained International Honours as a result. Numerous trips and tours are run throughout the year and these include Football Tours to Holland, day trips to the Wimbledon Tennis Championship and The Wales Open Golf Tournament as well as Ski Tours to various resorts around Europe.

History trip to New York


In October 2010 the History department took 37 Year 11 pupils to New York. As part of the GCSE History course pupils study the history of the USA from the 1920s to present day and chart the major events and changes to American culture. This trip allowed pupils to further their knowledge of the topics studied and experience American life first hand. Pupils were taken to Ellis Island to learn more about the arrival of immigrants in the 1920s. They visited the financial district of Manhattan to understand further why the American economy collapsed and how the events of the Wall Street crash affected peoples lives. They also got to visit many famous sights including Ground Zero, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty and learn why these have become some of the most famous landmarks in the world. This trip is due to be repeated in 2013.

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PE Skiing
The PE Department runs regular ski tours to resorts around Europe, including Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Working in small groups, the pupils have lessons with qualified instructors each day and by the end of the week their ability and confidence improves dramatically. The friendships forged and memories made, spending a week away from home will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Our pupils enjoy the challenge of skiing and many of them have so much fun that they return for the next trip.

After School Clubs


Abertillery Comprehensive organises a wide range of after school activities and Educational visits, a selection is included here:
Art Club Skiing to Italy and France Food and Textiles club Maths Maze Year 7 Rugby and football Gaudi gardens and Cathedral Barcelona Geography club Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Saatchi London Science club Visits to the Theatre in London Maths club New York 5x60 France and Spain Chess club Morocco and Sri Lanka Eco Club Amsterdam football tournament Boxing Media filming opportunities Salsa dancing Botanical Gardens Swansea Golf Louvre, Musee dOrsay and Pompidou Paris GCSE Study clubs for all subjects Picasso and Miro galleries Barcelona Netball Science and Natural History museum London Free running Dali Exhibition Spain Library

Community Focused School


Abertillery Comprehensive is a community focused school. We recognise that the school cannot work alone in helping children and young people to achieve their potential and therefore we work in partnership with other agencies that have an interest in outcomes for young people and the local community. In doing so, we aim to help meet the schools objectives and to meet the wider needs of children, young people, families and their communities. We work very closely with the following organisations and agencies;
Blaina Communities First Abertillery Communities First Cwmtillery Communities First Six Bells Communities First St Illtyds Communities First Nantyglo Communities First Llanhilleth Communities First Family Learning Communities 2.0 Wecan Tai Calon 5x60 Programme Princes Trust Friends association VALREC Valleys Race Relations The British Heart Foundation Police NHS UWIC Trading Standards Families First Abertillery & Blaina Rotary Club Welsh Fire Brigade Crosskeys College Learning Zone Llanhilleth institute All our feeder primary schools Abertillery Cyber cafe EVAD Careers Wales PreVent C card The Rotary Club Funky Dragon Reaching for the heights Breaking Barriers Young Wales Educ8 Family Learning GE Aviation The Cooperative Army / Air Force

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Awards
Abertillery Comprehensive has been recognised for many areas of excellence within the school. In 2011 the school entered the pupils who took part in my Annual Forensic Science Competition, for the CREST Bronze Award run by the British Science Association. An External Assessor came to Abertillery to judge the standard of work produced by the students. Not only have they all gained the accolade, but the company want Abertillery to be an exemplar school. CREST is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It links the personal passions of students to curriculum-based learning. UCAS endorse CREST Awards for inclusion in students personal statements theyre well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. Abertillery School has a thriving Eco club that meets once a week and has gained a green flag for their efforts. The club has been responsible for looking after the recycling of all paper, caring for the garden areas around the school and also researching and bringing new green initiatives to the school. We have recently acquired an allotment plot and are in the process of setting up a vegetable garden. The school has been accredited with Healthy Schools status for the past 6 years and is aiming to gain a quality mark in this area in the future. At Abertillery Comprehensive we encourage pupils to have opportunities to work alongside artists and craft workers. This was recognised by the Tate Modern in London when we won the Artworks award for our sculptured seating in the schools courtyard. Abertillery Comprehensive School has achieved the Investors in People Bronze Award for a number of years. This year the school has chosen to work towards attaining the new Leadership and Management Award of Investors in People, showing the schools commitment to developing sector leading practice in all areas of school life. In April 2012 the school was awarded with the Leadership and Management model for the Investors in People Award. We are the first secondary School in Wales to be recognised in this way by the IIP The School was the first secondary school in the area to be awarded the BECTA award for excellence in ICT. The school has invested heavily in IT equipment which is embedded across the school. Most classrooms have interactive whiteboards; all have Wi-Fi connections and access to mobile laptop trolleys. All Y7 pupils are loaned a netbook that they can take home to complete school work and have access to the schools VLE Abermoodle. In July 2012 Abertillery Comprehensive School has become one of the first schools in Wales to receive a Kite mark in recognition of its anti-bullying policies and practice.

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School Information
Who to contact at school
If you need to contact the school at any time, either telephone the school office or write to your Son / Daughters Head of House or Learning Coach. If you telephone, the receptionist will be able to tell you who you need to speak to and will then arrange an appointment for you to see them in person.

School Charges
Under the Education Reform Act (1988), schools can no longer make charges for any activities which take place during the normal school day. We can invite parents to make voluntary contributions towards certain items. We may need to ask parents to make a donation to meet the cost of educational visits if such costs cannot be made within the schools budget. Educational visits contribute so much to furthering the education experience of each pupil that we hope parents will agree to their children participating.

Breakages and Fines


Parents may be asked to pay for the cost of replacing items where the damage is as a direct result of the childs misbehaviour.

Cashless Canteen
Our canteen operates an electronic cashless system of payment. Pupils pay money into their accounts via wall mounted terminals or via a cheque to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. Pupils then pay using their fingerprint at the till. Pupils who receive free school meals will have their accounts automatically credited.

The Friends Association


The school has a very active Friends Association which supports the school in many ways. Each term it aims to stage a major fundraising event to purchase equipment for school use. Anyone interested in helping in any way is asked to contact The Friends Association through the school office.

School Transport
School buses are provided on certain routes for pupils living more than two miles away from school. Pupils who are eligible for transport will be notified of the times and pick up points by Blaenau Gwent County Borough. Pupils should not bring bicycles or motorcycles to school.

School Council
This Council trains pupils in the democratic process of election and representation. It is a consultative and advisory body, which is encouraged to collect ideas and opinions from all pupils. Your daughter / son may be elected to School Council. This is an influential body which is consulted on school policy.

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Admission
Applying for a place
When you apply for a place at Abertillery Comprehensive School, you must contact the Education Department, Borough of Blaenau Gwent and the school to express an interest in your child attending. You can contact the school on 01495 217121 and ask to speak to the Transition Manager. The school has 10 feeder schools:- Abertillery Primary School Blaentillery Primary School Blaenycwm Primary School Bryngwyn Junior School Coed y Garn Primary School St Illtyds Primary School Roseheyworth Millennium School Queen Street Junior School Soffryd Primary School Ystruth Primary School

Our standard admission number is - 175 School Policies


These Policies are available on request: Race Equality Equal Opportunities Sex Education Accessibility Plan Behaviour Management Anti Bullying Policy Complaints Procedure Uniform Policy

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The Home/School Agreement


What you can expect from us:
Our pupils to be taught in a safe and pleasant environment where they are able to achieve fully. Provision of a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum where our pupils are able to succeed. Opportunities for our pupils to develop their moral, social and spiritual awareness where they are able to respect the rights and feelings of others. Our pupils to leave school with nationally recognised qualifications. To ensure that all parents/Guardians receive an annual report on their childs progress. To inform the school of any absence. Support the school in complying with the school Behaviour Policy (Standards for Learning) Provide your child with the basic equipment needed to be productive in lessons. Ensure that you arrange a mutually convenient time to meet when you need to speak with a member of staff.

What we expect from pupils:


Treat everyone and everything with respect. Always be polite, co-operative and helpful. Behave in a way that allows the teacher to teach and pupils to learn. Take pride in your uniform and wear it at all times. Move around the school in a quiet and orderly way. Keep the school clean and tidy do not chew gum. Bring all your basic equipment and a bag to school every day. Work hard and to the best of your ability.

What we expect from Parents:


Give your child continual encouragement and praise for effort. Ensure your child completes their homework to the very best of their ability, particularly Star Homework. Ensure your child attends school every day and is punctual.

Abertillery Comprehensive Learning Charter


Articles 28 and 29 - Children have the right to an education. Discipline in school should respect a childs human dignity. Children should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education they are capable of. Education should develop each childs personality and talents to the full.

STUDENTS
Listen and be quiet when the teacher is teaching. Do their best at every piece of work. Let other pupils work and learn without disturbing them. Accept that there will be consequences if responsibilities are not met. Complete homework as required.

EVERYONE
Come to lessons on time. Have the right equipment ready for the lesson. Treat others politely and respectfully, without discrimination Not intentionally humiliate, embarrass or intimidate anyone.

STAFF
Praise and reward students for excellent work and behaviour. Address student behaviour which affects the learning of others. Issue consequences fairly, only to those who have not met their responsibilities. Help and support pupils who find the work difficult. Provide opportunities for more able pupils to be challenged. Give students constructive feedback on how to improve their work.

Have mobile phones away so they cannot disturb the lesson. Not eat or drink (except water) during lesson times. Follow the rewards and consequences procedures.

Everyone has the Right to Learn


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Head Teacher Mr P. Stock BA (Hons), MA. NPQH Director of Education County Hall Ebbw Vale Chairman of the Board of Governors Can be contacted through the school Abertillery Comprehensive School Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent NP131YL Tel 01495 217121 Fax 01495 211545 Website: www.abertilleryschool.net Email: abertillery.comprehensive@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk