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Bishop Vaughan Catholic School

Bishop Vaughan Catholic School Admissions Procedure Please be aware that the application process for all Swansea schools is now online. Though Bishop Vaughan, as a Catholic Voluntary Aided School, is its own Admissions Authority, it is sensible to follow the same process as other Swansea schools. Therefore, starting the Academic Year 2012/2013, applications to Bishop Vaughan should be made via the Local Authority online system. The facility will be available from Friday 28th September 2012. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th November 2012. The Swansea Council website is www.swansea.gov.uk and from there you will be directed to the page where you can apply online. The Local Authority will notify parents by Friday 8th February 2013. However, the school will be able to track applications and will also be in touch directly to inform parents of governors’ admissions decisions. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with the school’s admissions officers, Mrs H Hutchins or Miss H Morgan, if you need any help in making your application. As necessary, we can provide computer access for this purpose. The admissions officers contact number is 01792 772006 ext 227 or call in at school reception.

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October 2012 Dear Parents/Guardians, WELCOME TO BISHOP VAUGHAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL In September 2013 your child will begin a new and vitally important phase of his or her life in transferring from primary to secondary school. Here are some of the reasons we consider Bishop Vaughan to be a wise choice for your child: • though a large school, we will get to know your child well and look after him or her, not just in Year 7, but as he or she matures and develops in what we hope will be a seven year programme, through to Year 13; • we offer education in a secure and disciplined environment where pupils will be expected to work hard, do their best and take seriously their own academic progress. We expect high academic standards across the ability range and enthusiasm for learning; • we nurture a religious and spiritual formation that makes central the idea of the Christian way of life, worship of God and practical concern for others; • we encourage a pervasive atmosphere of mutual respect, courtesy, friendliness and optimism together with care for the environment and property; • we afford opportunities for developing talents in a range of activities: cultural, musical and sporting. We emphasise enjoyment and excellence. We encourage pupils to ‘have a go’; • we make every effort to make the families of our pupils an important part of the life of the school through regular contact and consultation; • we have a well-qualified, experienced and thoroughly professional staff committed to the Catholic ethos, who are willing always to “go the extra mile” in support of pupils; who provide quality lessons with a judicious blend of traditional and innovative method. Facilities at Bishop Vaughan are of a high standard and we have a rolling programme of refurbishment to maintain this standard. Examination results are important since, realistically, they are the key to pupil progression. At Bishop Vaughan we are pleased that our results at all levels are among the best in the area and we have clear targets for continued improvement.

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Bishop Vaughan is the school established established by the Diocese of Menevia to provide secondary education for the Catholic children of this area. Naturally, we hope you will wish to send your child to Bishop Vaughan and that you will make an early application to do so. If you were unable to attend our Information Evening, and you wish to view the school or make any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. My Senior Leadership Team and I will be happy to discuss matters with you and will make the necessary arrangements. We look forward to meeting eeting you and eventually to welcoming your son or daughter as a pupil at Bishop Vaughan.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Blackburn Headteacher

Headteacher: Mr. J. Blackburn M.A.(Oxon), B.Th.(Hons.), Adv. Dip. Ed. Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG. Tel: (01792) 772006/771589 Fax: (01792) 790565 Email: bishop.vaughan.school@swansea-edunet.gov.uk bishop.vaughan.school@swansea edunet.gov.uk web site: www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk

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October/ Hydref 2012 Dear Parents and Guardians/ Annwyl Rhieni a Gofalwyr WELCOME TO BISHOP VAUGHAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL CROESO I YSGOL ESGOB VAUGHAN Bishop Vaughan is an English medium school Mae Ysgol Bishop Vaughan yn Ysgol cyfrwng that caters for approximately 1,400 learners, Saesneg sy’n darparu i dua 1,400 o ddysgwyr, the vast majority of which use English in their y rhan fwyaf ohonynt yn defnyddioo Saesneg day to day lives. yn eu bywydau o dydd i ddydd. Following the Welsh Assembly Government’s vision of creating a bilingual Wales, Welsh language skills have become increasingly important and many organisations recognise the benefits of providing bilingual services. At Bishop Vaughan School, we are currently seeking ways to develop and increase our use of the Welsh language.

Yn dilyn gweledigaeth LLywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru i greu Gymru dwyieithol, mae sgiliau’r iaith Cymraeg wedi cynyddu mewn pwysigrwydd ac mae llawer o sefydliadau yn adnabod budd darparu gwasanaethau dwyieithol. Yn yr Ysgol hon, rydym ar hyn o bryd yn ceisio datblygu ffyrdd o gynyddu gyn ein defnydd o’r iaith Gymraeg.

One of the ways in which we wish to develop our use of the Welsh language is to increase the use of Welsh in our publications to enable people to access the information that we provide in both Welsh and English.

Un ffordd rydym yn ceisio datblygu ein defnydd o’r iaith Gymraeg yw trwy cynyddu cyhoeddiadau trwy gyfrwng Cymreg er mwyn galluogi pobl i acsesio’r gwybodaeth yn ddwyieithiog.

Obviously, this is not going to happen overnight but we intend to make positive efforts to steadily improve our provision of bilingual information.

Wrth gwrs, fydd hyn ddim yn digwydd dros now, ow, ond rydym yn bwriadu gwneus ymdrech bositif i wellau ein defnydd o wybodaeth dwyieithog.

In the meantime, I should like to point out that we have a number of fluent Welsh speakers on our staff and that, should anyone wish to converse in Welsh when visiting the school, we will be happy to make the arrangements.

Yn y cyfamser, hoffwn ganolbwyntio bod gennym nifer Gymru Gymraeg ar y staff ac os hoffech siarad trwy gufrwng Cymraeg pan yn ymweld a’r Ysgol, byddwn yn hapus i wneud y trefniadau.

Bishop Vaughan is a school established by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia and we are supported by a school chaplain who is also a fluent Welsh speaker. Accordingly, we are able to provide spiritual guidance and counselling in Welsh as well as English.

Sefydlwyd Ysgol Esgob Vaughan gan Esgobaeth Pabyddol menevia, a rydym yn ffodus i gael cefnogaeth caplan sy’n siarad Cymraeg yn rhygl. Felly, gallwn darparu arweiniad ysbrydol a chyngor yng Nghynraeg a Saesneg.

We hope you will wish to send your child to Bishop Vaughan School and that you will make an early application to do so.

Gobithiwn byddwch yn dymuno dy danfon eich plenty i Ysgol Esgob Vaughan, a byddwch yn gwneud cais cynr i wneud hyn.

We look forward to meeting you and eventually to welcoming your son or daughter as a pupil at Bishop Vaughan. Yours sincerely/ Yn ddiffuant,

Ruydym yn edrych ymlaen i’ch cwrdd yn pen draw ac i groesawu eich mab neu eich mertch fel ddisgybl yn Esgob Vaughan.

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Address:

Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea SA6 7QG.

Tel. No:

01792 772006/771589

Fax:

01792 790565

e-mail:

bishop.vaughan.school@swansea-edunet. gov.uk

Web site:

www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk

Type of School:

Voluntary Aided

Number on roll:

1460

Chair of Governors: Mrs. J. Gomes B.Sc., H.V. Cert Ed. Headteacher:

Mr. J. Blackburn M.A. (Oxon), B.Th. (Hons.), Adv. Dip.Ed.

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Welcome to Bishop Vaughan Catholic School Selecting a secondary school is one of the most difficult and important decisions facing parents today. This prospectus is designed to give you the essence of what it means to be a part of the community that is Bishop Vaughan Catholic School. Nothing, however, can replace the real thing and I do invite you most warmly to visit us, to see us at work and to experience our special atmosphere. Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is a Voluntary Aided School for 11 to 18 year olds in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia and the City and County of Swansea. It was established to provide secondary education for the Catholic population of Swansea, Swansea Valley and Lliw Valley. Bishop Vaughan Catholic School occupies a large site in the Morriston district of Swansea. Many parts of the school buildings have been refurbished in recent years and, as a result, many of our facilities are of a good standard. Specialist accommodation meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Many of our school facilities have been recently upgraded and now equal the best provision available elsewhere. At Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, every aspect of what we think and do should be based on the Gospel values of Peace, Justice, Truth and Love. Each individual is valued as a unique and gifted creation of God. As the only Catholic secondary school in this area, we take pride in striving for quality, excellence and achievement in all we do.

Mission Statement Bishop Vaughan is a Christian Community in the Catholic Tradition. Our mission is to provide an outstanding, whole person education through which all are challenged to grow in wisdom, understanding, self-worth and closeness to God. The key characteristics which we strive to display are well expressed by the diagram:

Faith

Social Justice

All together in Christ

Scholarship

Prayer and reflection are, of course, woven into the fabric of school life. The traditional Personal Community prayers of the Catholic growth community are used and the universal message of the Church and its call to new life encourages us to invite and support all our pupils to reach their potential.

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“I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10 At Bishop Vaughan we challenge all persons to use their God-given God given gifts and talents to achieve excellence and make significant progress in all aspects of their school life. We expect everyone to recognise the fundamental dignity of everyone else and their status as children of God. We encourage everyone to take an active role in the life of the school, both within the classroom and elsewhere; and we strive to reward people for their efforts to better themselves and to help those around them. Please see the school website for a fuller version of our mission statement.

Prayer and Worship At the heart of our mission are the Gospel values of Peace, Justice, Truth and Love. Love We celebrate our commitment to these values as a community in daily classroom prayer and in a variety of assemblies, events and liturgies. All pupils start each day by participating in a collective act of worship which takes place either in the Main Hall, Hall, Year Base or classroom. Prayers are said regularly throughout the day. Holy Mass, or an alternative liturgy, takes place during one lunchtime at least every other week and provides an opportunity for quiet witness. Major feast days of the church are celebrated in school. This provision is part of our programme to help our students to reflect upon their spiritual and faith journey in a peaceful and supportive atmosphere.

Religious Education Religious Education is provided for all students throughout the school, including Years Twelve and Thirteen. The “ICONS” programme, specially designed to implement the Curriculum Directory of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, is provided for Years Seven to Nine (Key Stage Three). This follows several different themes and focuses on Jesus, the Church, the Sacraments, the Human Person and the Church’s Liturgical Year. All students in these years receive five periods per fortnight and participate in a variety of learning experiences. These build on previous previ learning and continuously challenge them to go further. RE lessons also incorporate personal, social and moral education. This arrangement allows our young people to learn about the various topics and themes identified in the national framework and to t learn about traditional Christian teaching relating to them. All students in Years Ten and Eleven (Key Stage Four) study for national qualifications offered by the WJEC. Most students study for GCSE Religious Studies which includes an inin depth study of Christianity in the Catholic Tradition and study of other Christian traditions. In recent years, the opportunity has been given to a number of students to study for an AS level 7


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qualification. Students who are not entered for GCSE are entered for short course GCSE or Entry Level certificates. All students in Years Ten and Eleven receive 5 one hour periods of teaching per fortnight. Religious Studies is also offered at A and AS level which is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many students. The syllabus currently being followed is that of WJEC and among the options studied are Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Ethics. All pupils in Year Twelve are also expected to participate in a number of RE days designed to assist the students in their spiritual and moral development. In Year 13 general Religious Education is timetabled for one hour per week with the option given to study for an AS qualification in this time.

High Expectations In all that we do in school, quality, excellence and achievement is our aim. We have high expectations of all our students. All students are challenged to give of their best. We expect each student to work hard, play hard and to take a full part in the life of our school. We monitor each individual’s progress regularly and set them challenging targets. We believe that all our students are talented individuals with potential to achieve. Our aim is to provide them with opportunities to excel.

Complaints Complaints about the curriculum may be made formally in writing to the Governing Body via the Headteacher. Other complaints or causes for concern may be brought to the attention of the school in writing, in person, by telephone or e-mail. Complaints made by parents are usually dealt with by: •

the pupil’s Senior Tutor; then referred, if necessary, to;

Dr Poole and Mr Salmon, Deputy Headteachers; and if necessary to;

Mr Blackburn, Headteacher, and if necessary to;

an independent panel.

Pupils may consult their tutor on any cause for concern and then, if appropriate, follow the above procedure. The review panel may be formed from any three of the following individuals: a former senior staff member, a former teacher, a parent governor, a parish priest. The review panel is able to investigate the complaint, to hear evidence, to arrange for each side to put its case to the other, to reach a decision and to make recommendations to the Headteacher. A serious complaint may, of course, be made directly to the Headteacher. The school aims to respond to phone calls/enquiries received before noon by the end of that day; to those received after noon, by noon the following day; to written enquiries within three working days; to investigate a complaint within a reasonable period; and to keep the complainant informed of progress by agreeing a reporting time from one meeting to the next.

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Homework Homework is a means of raising achievement, an essential part of a pupil’s learning. A structured homework schedule is in place for pupils in every year group and of all abilities. The quality and quantity of homework is regularly evaluated by the management of the school. For pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, the homework schedule is included in the pupil planner. The aim is to make homework tasks meaningful, to encourage pupils to take responsibility for planning their workload and to enable them to become independent learners. The core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science have 2-3 slots per half-term. Other subjects have one slot per half-term. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 should have 2 hours homework per evening. homework timetable which is structured around the school week.

They have a

Students in Years 12 and 13 should undertake at least 5 hours independent study per subject per week. This includes assignments given by teachers.

Ethos The spirit at Bishop Vaughan is one of trying to find God in all things and in the world. This means the development to the full of each individual’s talents and abilities. It means stressing the need for thoroughness and breadth in learning, helping students to think for themselves and to communicate well. Above all, it means an awareness of the needs of others and a readiness to place one’s talents at the service of others to the greater glory of God. The highest standards are expected of everyone involved. In this way we can provide a healthy Christian School environment in which there is orderliness, a pervasive Christian symbolism, an atmosphere that is warm, caring and welcoming to others and an absence of vandalism. Every effort is made to create a tension-free discipline by meeting, as far as possible, the spiritual, intellectual and physical needs of each individual. At Bishop Vaughan each individual is expected to accept his or her responsibility for maintaining disciplinary standards by working to the best of his or her ability and by observing the guidelines for the good conduct of the school. Our pupils are naturally energetic, optimistic and friendly. We aim to build on this and to develop a constructive and responsible attitude toward life. Pupils come from a wide variety of educational, social and intellectual backgrounds.

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Opportunities for Personal Development A structured programme of Personal, Social and Health Education, Careers Education and Pastoral Care supports the development of each individual, enabling him or her to make informed choices. Opportunities to work outside the school environment are available to all. Field trips (both in this country and abroad), adventure weeks/weekends, one day courses and a variety of work-related activities form a vital and enriching part of our learning programme.

Sex Education The sex education provision within the school is based on the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. It seeks to guide the young person to an understanding of his/her sexuality, a realisation of the importance of stable relationships and to help lay the foundations for adult life. Areas from the curriculum occur in Year 7 (Science) and Years 9, 10 and 11 (RE). In Year 8, pupils follow a discreet programme taught by experienced staff. Copies of the detailed Sex Education Policy and teaching materials are available on request. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Sex Education provided.

Careers Education and Guidance A programme of Careers Education and Guidance is delivered as part of the pastoral provision to all pupils in Years Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. Throughout the programme the aim is to provide pupils with objective and up-to-date information, to enable pupils to develop decision-making skills, to promote awareness and understanding of the range of career opportunities available, to be informed in the assessment of their own abilities and to develop enterprise and entrepreneurship skills. Careers days with similar aims are held throughout the year, when the normal time-table is suspended. The activities include a mini careers convention, sessions on employability, equal opportunities, gap year, community service as well as a range of topics addressed by speakers from the worlds of industry, commerce and further and higher education. In Year 13, the focus is on applications to Higher Education and for training and employment. Bishop Vaughan has a designated Careers Adviser who attends parents’ evenings and is available to meet parents by appointment at other times. She is actively involved in the Careers Education and Guidance programme both with individual pupils and with class/tutorial groups and especially with students’ choices and decisions at 14+, 16+ and 18+. There is a Careers section in the main school library, which contains a wide variety of information and literature on further and higher education and on training and job opportunities. A variety of software packages helps pupils and students to access information and to undertake independent searches. All pupils are given a formal introduction to the resources of the careers library during Year Seven. Library resources are updated annually. 10


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The school arranges a varied programme of speakers from local industry, commerce, service organisations and higher education; particular talks may be arranged in response to pupil requests. The school works closely with Careers Wales on initiatives such as work experience and work-related activities and takes full advantage of training and funding opportunities. In recent years the school has achieved a number of awards in recognition of work done in this area, including the West Wales TEC Quality Award for Careers Education and Guidance provision and the Careers Wales Quality Award.

Pastoral Care At Bishop Vaughan Catholic School each student is valued as a unique individual. We know our pupils well and work hard to ensure that they are happy here. We have established a well-developed system of pastoral care, based upon sound relationships between pupils, parents, tutors and senior tutors. This helps to ensure that each pupil has a supportive environment in which to flourish. We keep parents informed with regular reports and we encourage our parents to contact us about any concerns to try to ensure that no problem is ignored or allowed to get out of hand.

House Structure The pastoral structure at Bishop Vaughan is formed in order to build upon the high quality care that has been a key characteristic of our school for many years. We have six houses named after Celtic Saints:

Saint Brynach, Saint Cadog, Saint Dyfrig, Saint Mabyn, Saint Non, Saint Teilo. Membership of houses is based on tutorial membership in Years 7 - 11. Sixth formers maintain the membership they had lower down the school. Staff also belong to houses.

Special Educational Needs Pupils with Special Educational Needs are entitled to the full range of curriculum experiences and will, as far as possible, follow the same class syllabus as that of their peers. Teachers differentiate within the school by using a variety of teaching styles and presentation, different resources, worksheets, pace and complexity of information presented and level of teacher support. Pupils with learning difficulties are educated alongside their peers and special needs department staff support pupils within subject areas across the key stages. For pupils with specific learning difficulties (i.e. dyslexia, developmental coordination delay {DCD}, visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment or behaviour) either inclass support or withdrawal from specific subject areas is arranged. In some cases pupils are disapplied from specific areas of the National Curriculum. This information is provided by the pupil’s statement. Pupils with specific learning difficulties are supported by a teacher qualified in teaching dyslexic pupils. Pupils with delayed receptive and/or expressive language development are supported by a teacher qualified in this area. Outside agencies used by Bishop Vaughan include Education Psychology, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Behaviour Support, Trehafod, Social Services, 11


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physiotherapy and occupational therapy and EMLAS (Ethnic Minority Language and Achievement Service). These agencies are contacted as and when required following identification by staff and Director of Access to Learning.

Sixth Form Bishop Vaughan Catholic School has a growing and flourishing sixth form. We are proud of our sixth form students. Their achievements speak for themselves. There is a varied and challenging sixth form curriculum. This includes a wide range of advanced level and vocational courses which give the students a high quality preparation for university, higher education and employment within a supportive and friendly environment. We aim to ensure that our pupils will possess qualities such as flexibility, enterprise, global awareness and communication skills which will be at a premium. Information and Communications Technology is a vital support to learning. We provide resources and facilities for our sixth formers which allow them to develop these skills and relax in a pleasant environment. We are able to offer a range of subjects including Maths, Science, English, Modern Foreign Languages, Sociology, Religious Studies, Classics and Humanities. All sixth formers are offered a curriculum enrichment programme which provides opportunities for first aid, sports leadership, enterprise activities, work shadowing and voluntary work. This programme is delivered during off-timetable days throughout the year. Sixth form students have opportunities to contribute to the community life of the school as a whole by acting as prefects, guides and role models to younger students. Our Head Boy and Head Girl and the team of Senior Prefects provide an important focus for the pupil body and contribute regularly to the work of the school council.

Sporting and Creative Activities Participation in the sporting and creative life of the school is a feature of the Bishop Vaughan tradition. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. Our students have achieved great success in Hockey, Football, Rugby, Netball, Cricket, Gymnastics, Boxing, Swimming and Athletics. Some former students have gone on to become full internationals in a number of sports. The school is also proud of its achievement in Creative Arts. Our choir has competed at the highest level and has participated in joint concerts with choirs such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir. The school has a purpose built Music Block which is equipped with an excellent range of instruments for pupils to learn to play. Drama is an acknowledged strength of the school. productions.

We regularly present a range of

Physical Education The School’s physical education programme aims to give pupils a range of sporting experiences, to promote enjoyment and a sense of well-being and to develop a life-long commitment to an active and healthy life style. Pupils at KS3 receive between three and four one hour periods of physical activity per fortnight. At KS4 pupils receive two one hour periods of games per fortnight. 12


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There is a strong tradition of extra-curricular activity in the department with lunchtime and after-school practices and fixtures in the main sports. All pupils are encouraged to participate at a recreational and/or competitive level. The school has good links with local sports clubs and pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports outside school hours. The school also offers a number of recreational activities supported by the 5 x 60 scheme: badminton, football and a number of outdoor activities: surfing and climbing.

ESDGC Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship At Bishop Vaughan School we believe that young people have a right to understand the crucial issues facing the planet and know how they can personally play a part in helping shape the future. As stewards called by God to share the responsibility for the future of the earth, pupils are encouraged to work for a world in which people respect and protect all of creation and seek to live simply in harmony with it for the sake of future generations. Bishop Vaughan School was awarded the Green Flag in 2009. In 2010 we achieved a Silver award for the Swansea Sustainable Schools Scheme and gained the International Schools award in the same year. Together these awards recognise the degree of commitment on the part of staff and pupils to live sustainably and become active global citizens. When your child joins Bishop Vaughan they will have the opportunity to join our active Eco group where they will be able to explore our effects on the environment and on other people around the world.

Charitable Works and Community Service Bishop Vaughan pupils are actively involved in charitable work and community service. They raise substantial sums of money each year and contribute to a wide variety of good causes. The many good causes which our pupils support include CAFOD, HCPT and SVP. Pupils participate in a variety of activities to raise funds for charity e.g. sponsored events, non-uniform and trainer days. Each year at Christmas, pupils provide hampers which are distributed through the SVP. Pupils also participate in “Operation Christmas Child” by organising Christmas boxes to be sent overseas to children who would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift. Sixth Formers participate in Community Service based in local nurseries, general and mental hospitals, old people’s homes and special schools. Sixth Form students 13


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undertake a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on a bi-annual basis. A yearly pilgrimage to Rome also takes place bi-annually in September. .

Extra-Curricular Activities Bishop Vaughan Catholic School offers a wide range of activities outside the formal timetable in which students may extend their skills and aptitudes or simply enjoy themselves. All students are encouraged to develop their talents and interests further. The wide variety of field trips, visits to theatres, art galleries, concert halls and other cultural visits give rich support to work in the curriculum.

School Council Bishop Vaughan Catholic School Council has student representatives from each year group – elected from tutorial representatives. The Council meets regularly, seeking to discuss issues that matter to students of the school. Governors are supported in their work by two associate pupil governors. The School Council seeks to promote the voice of the pupil, fundraise for good causes and improve our environment.

Use of the Welsh Language The school delivers its curriculum and conducts its business through the medium of English, except for the use of incidental Welsh. All pupils in KS3 study Welsh. In KS4, pupils may choose to complete a full course Welsh GCSE or to follow the short course route. The school is in the process of developing the use of the Welsh language in a range of settings, both formal and informal. This includes implementing our policy of dual signage in the school. There is also a designated member of staff in charge of promoting the Welsh dimension of school life.

Admission of disabled pupils For a number of years now, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School has taken steps to enable the admission of disabled pupils. Disabled toilets have been provided as part of all new buildings and refurbishment projects, disabled ramps have been constructed in various places and a lift has been provided in the Main Block. The main problem area remains the Four Storey Block. Proposals have been submitted for the provision of a lift, but funds have not yet been made available by the Welsh Assembly Government. When pupils with disabilities apply for admission to the school their needs are assessed and arrangements are made to cater for these needs. A survey of the school has been arranged to assess the implications of legislation relating to disabled persons.

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In Years Seven to Nine, all pupils study the curriculum prescribed by law at Key Stage 3. Over the course of Key Stage 3 pupils study Essential Skills Wales which includes ICT. In Years Eight and Nine all pupils take a curriculum enhancement course. Pupils will either take Latin or take Wider Key Skills. Year Seven, Eight and Nine pupils study either Spanish or French. In Year Eight pupils are grouped in English and Maths and in Year Nine pupils are grouped in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science). At Key Stage 3, these subjects are studied for approximately 40% of the time. In Years Ten and Eleven, all pupils study the curriculum prescribed by law at Key Stage Four. Core subjects are now studied for approximately 50% of the time, as most pupils study more Science. All pupils in Years Ten and Eleven study core Welsh, Welsh Baccalaureate and a further 3 possible option subjects. All pupils study Religious Education.

Security Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is aware of the public concern for security in schools and has in place the following measures to ensure the security of pupils, staff and premises: 1. A security fence which covers the whole site; 2. Restricting access to the site to one main entrance during the school day; 3. A multiple camera CCTV system which covers the whole of the school site (apart from the playing fields) is linked to a 24 hour recording system; 4. There is an intruder alarm system throughout the school buildings; 5. Identity badges for all visitors who must sign in and out.

Mobile Phones If pupils have mobile phones they should note that they are not to be switched on or in use inside the school. This includes the buildings, playground and playing field areas, before, during and after the school day. Mobile phones are to be kept out of sight, either on the person or in the school bag. The school can take no responsibility for any loss or theft of mobile phones. Parents and guardians are asked not to contact their children by mobile or phone text during the school day. If an emergency message needs to be conveyed the school office will take the call and pass the message on. Similarly if a pupil needs to make an emergency call home he or she just needs to approach the office. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the phone being confiscated and kept in the school office for collection by a responsible adult. Any pupil using a mobile phone to record sound or video in school faces the likelihood of exclusion.

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School Uniform The school colours are based on burgundy for Years 7-11. The sixth form uniform is navy and white. Bergoni and J&S Products stock the full range of uniform with the exception of the official school tie. There is, however, no obligation to purchase from these sources. School ties (Years 7-11): pupils entering the school in Year 7 will be expected to purchase a tie on the first day. Information regarding this process will be sent to parents/guardians prior to this date. It will not be possible to purchase ties for Year 7 pupils before the first day. Pupils entering other Year groups will also be expected to purchase a tie from the school and will be able to do so in advance of their starting date. Parents who have any doubts about what is acceptable should contact the school for guidance. Please do not rely on information obtained elsewhere. Year 7-11 Pullover:

burgundy, v-necked with official school logo.

Tie:

Years 7-11 official school tie.

Socks:

with trousers, dark-coloured or white with skirts, standard grey or white

Tights:

should be flesh-coloured, medium grey or black, plain and seamless. NB socks or tights MUST be worn.

Blouse/Shirt:

plain light blue, standard school style. Not denim or fashion. NB During the summer term only light blue polo shirt with school logo, may be worn.

Skirt:

mid-grey or black in material and standard design, standard knee length (knife or box pleat permitted).

Trousers:

dark grey or black and standard design NOT fashion or jeans. No denim, leather, flares, corduroy etc.

Shoes:

black, dark brown or dark grey with flat or low heels. Ankle boots may be worn in winter provided they conform to the above regulations.

Outer Garments:

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dark and single coloured. Anoraks or cagoules must not be too long, too short, “bomber jackets”, denim type, hoodies, tracksuit tops or cardigans. A luminous reflective strip is permitted and parents/ guardians are strongly advised to consider this. No logos, writing, patterns of any description should be present. Denim is not allowed. Baseball caps are not permitted in any circumstances. There is no necessity for anorak hoods to be worn at school. Jewellery:

A single sleeper or a single stud of minimum size in the lobe. No other piercings are permitted. A medallion or chain may be worn if discreet. It must be removed for PE/Games. All other jewellery is forbidden. It should be noted that tattoos are not permitted.

Make-up/Hair Dye:

Make-up is forbidden. If hair dye/highlights are used they should be a natural colour with no extreme contrasts (i.e. greens etc are not permitted), no ‘designs’ to be shaved into the hair. No ‘skin head’ type haircuts.

All items of clothing should be clearly marked with the pupil’s name. Games Kit Jersey (boys):

rugby type burgundy with a white flash.

T-Shirt (boys):

plain burgundy with official school logo

T-shirt (girls):

plain white, collared with short sleeves and official school logo

Skirt:

burgundy pleated (optional)

Shorts (boys):

plain white and may be rugby or soccer type.

Shorts (girls):

burgundy

Footwear:

soccer, rugby boots and training shoes or gym shoes as applicable

Socks (boys & girls):

burgundy and white.

Sweatshirt (girls):

Sweatshirts are not compulsory but may be worn in cold weather only, and should be plain burgundy with the official school logo.

Tracksuit bottoms:

plain black (only to be worn in cold weather). Shin pads are required for hockey and football. Gum shields are strongly recommended for hockey, football and rugby.

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Sixth Form Uniform The Sixth Form uniform is navy and white – two of our suppliers are:Bergoni, 1 Cambrian Court, Ferryboat Close, Enterprise Park Swansea, SA6 8QN – Tel: 01792 796880 J&S Products – 74 Tycoch Road, Swansea, SA2 9EQ – Tel: 01792 206658 Parents who have any doubts about what is acceptable should contact the school for guidance. Please do not rely on information obtained from elsewhere. Pullover:

navy, v-necked with official school logo.

Tie:

Sixth Form official school tie

Shirt/Blouse:

plain white, standard school style (not fashion) NB During the summer term only navy blue polo shirt with sixth form logo, may be worn.

Skirt:

navy blue, knee length

Trousers:

navy blue, standard design. No denim, leather, flares, corduroy etc.

Socks:

with trousers: dark coloured, or white with skirts: navy blue or white

Tights:

plain, seamless, navy tights may be worn.

Shoes:

dark coloured with flat or low heels. Ankle boots may be worn in winter and sandals in the summer. Trainers are not permitted.

Topcoat:

dark blue/black/grey – single coloured only.

Members of Sixth Form are expected to wear the uniform throughout the school day. It should be noted that tattoos and piercings of any kind are not permitted. If hair dye/highlights are used they should be a natural colour with no extreme contrasts (i.e. greens etc are not permitted), no ‘designs’ to be shaved into the hair. No ‘skin head’ type haircuts. Baseball caps are not permitted in any circumstances. Any jewellery must be removed if in the judgement of any staff, instructors or technicians it constitutes a health and safety hazard, especially in laboratories, workshops and PE areas.

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Charging and remissions policy The Governors’ policy on charging follows guidelines from the Welsh Assembly Government and is in line with Local Education Authority procedures. When an activity is part of the basic curricular provision of the school, no charge is made. This would include books and necessary instruments and equipment but not clothing. However, in the case of textbooks, e.g. Science, a refundable deposit is required from pupils in order to ensure that books are returned at the end of the course. When the school organises an occasional visit to a museum or theatre then the law requires that such trips (and entrance fees) should be free. Voluntary contributions can be requested but no compulsory payment can be demanded. In practice, the situation in all schools is to make provisional arrangements for an activity, advise parents of the pupil share and request a contribution. If the voluntary contributions are not made, then the “voluntary” activity may be cancelled. Educational activities outside school hours do not fall into any of the “no charge” categories. Parents who agree to their child participating must be willing to meet the charge (though the cost may be subsidised by the School, as is frequently the case). Activities in which 50% or more of the time is spent outside school are deemed to be of this ‘optional’ type (i.e. subject to a charge).

Access to school policy documents Schemes of work are available at the school. Parents should make requests in writing to the Headteacher. Copies of whole school policies are available for download from the school’s website: www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk. Further copies can be obtained from the school – please contact Mr M Jones, Registrar, for details.

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Attendance figures 2011-2012 YEAR 7 8 9 10 11

Attendance 92.8% 93.0% 91.0% 92.8% 91.3%

Unauthorised Absence 1.5% 1.4% 2.5% 1.8% 2.3%

Absence damages your educational health! Bishop Vaughan Catholic School Admissions Procedure Applications are made via the Local Authority online system, by the date specified by the Local Authority (Wednesday 28th November 2012). Go to the Swansea Council website at www.swansea.gov.uk and you will be directed to the page where you can apply online. The facility will be available from Friday 28th September 2012. The Local Authority will notify parents by Friday 8th February 2013. The school will also be in touch at that time to inform parents directly of their decision. In the event of applications exceeding the number of places available the following over subscription criteria will apply: 1. Looked after children 2. Catholic children will be given priority over others 3. Children of parents who request a Catholic Education may be offered places, provided that governors are satisfied that the religious and moral atmosphere and teaching of the school is of prime importance to those making the application. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with the school’s admissions officers, Mrs H Hutchins or Miss H Morgan, if you need any help in making your application. Their contact number is 01792 772006 ext 227. Appeals against any decision of the Governors not to admit a child to the school should be addressed to: Mrs S Thompson, The Clerk to the Appeals Panel, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea SA6 7QG Tel: 01792 772006 Email: bishop.vaughan.school@swansea-edunet.gov.uk

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Good Conduct Code Expectations and Values Bishop Vaughan is a Catholic School. All members of the school community seek to follow the example of Christ. This means:  Giving praise and thanks to God;  Putting others first;  Telling the truth;  Being courteous;  Welcoming visitors;  Offering help. Accepting help;  Taking responsibility;  Being hopeful, energetic, attentive, encouraging;  Saying ‘Yes’ when you mean yes, ‘No’ when you mean no – politely;  Having a sense of humour. These are for everyone, at all times: in assemblies, in lessons; around the buildings, at breaks and lunch times; travelling to and from school, on trips and journeys.

Good Conduct Christ did not tolerate serious wrong doing. He removed the moneylenders from the temple (Matthew Ch. 21, vs. 12-17). At Bishop Vaughan we do not tolerate  Violence, abuse or threatening behaviour;  Possession of offensive weapons;  Possession and/or use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol or any illegal substances on the school site, on school trips, on journeys to and from school;  Wanton damage, destruction or theft;  Dangerous breaches of safety rules and instructions;  Inappropriate use of computers and internet;  Fundamental disrespect for the Catholic faith, school liturgy and prayer. Pupils rarely offend in these matters. The Headteacher, with the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Tutors, will take direct and appropriate action in keeping with the Common Good. Parents will be informed and police involved as necessary.

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Good Conduct

Rules For Behaviour

1. Show respect and consideration at all times; 2. Move with pace and purpose; 3. Wear the correct uniform; 4. No bad language; 5. No litter.

No graffiti;

6. No smoking. No chewing gum dropped.

No spitting.

These rules apply in all places, at all times.

Good Conduct

Rewards

1.

Praise from teacher;

2.

Referral to Senior Tutor, SLT, Headteacher for praise;

3.

Merits – collect 50 for a certificate;

4.

Praise letter sent home

5.

Personal sense of satisfaction.

Good Conduct

Rules In Lessons

1.

Bring the correct equipment;

2.

No talking except when asked by the teacher;

3.

Follow instructions without delay;

4.

All work in class MUST be completed;

5.

All homework MUST be given in on time;

6.

No chewing. No eating. No drinking except water.

Good Conduct 1. WARNING

Consequences

- recorded in pupil planner;

2. IMPOSITION - recorded in pupil planner (e.g. lines, extra work, etc.); 3. FURTHER IMPOSITION – recorded in pupil planner (e.g. teacher detention etc); 4. LETTER HOME - parents and Senior Tutor informed; 5. SLT CALL OUT - Further appropriate sanctions (e.g. detention, report, internal exclusion, etc.).

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Provisional Term Times and Dates: 2013-2014 Half Term Holidays Term

Term begins

Begins

Ends

Term Ends

Christmas

Monday 2nd September

Monday 28th October

Friday 1st November

Friday 20th December

Monday 6th January

Monday 24th February

Friday 28th February

Friday 11th April

Monday 28th April

Monday 26th May

Friday 30th May

Monday 21st July

2013 Easter 2014 Summer 2014

INSET DAYS:

Monday 2nd September Four additional days to be confirmed

BANK HOLIDAYS:

18th April 2014 21st April 2014 5th May 2014 26th May 2014

School Day: The school day is organised into five one hour periods. Times of Sessions: 8.50 9.10

Act of Worship, Assembly or Tutorial Lesson

10.10 11.10 11.25 12.25 13.25 14.25 15.25

Lesson Break Time Lesson Lunch break for Years 7, 8 and 9 & Lesson for Years 10 and 11 Lunch break for Years 10 and 11 & Lesson for Years 7, 8 and 9 Lesson End of Day 23


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Results and Destinations Key Stage 3 Targets Year 9 (2012) Level 5 and above Target Set (%) Achieved (%) English 73 81 Mathematics 75 82 Science 76 85 Core Subject Indicator (level 5 and above in all three core subjects) Girls 58 76 Boys 58 68 Difference 0 -8 (All pupils) 58 72

Key Stage 4 Targets Year 11 (2012) Category Target Set (%) Leaving full-time education 1 without recognised qualification Achieving Level 2 58 threshold with lang/maths Achieving Level 1 96 threshold Core Subject Indicator (A*-C in English, Maths and Science) Girls 56 Boys 46 Difference -10 All pupils 50.6

Achieved (%) 1.5

59.5 94.5

56.4 60.4 4 58.5

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Summary of National Curriculum Assessment results of pupils in the school (2012) and nationally (2011) at the end of Key Stage 3 as a percentage of those eligible for assessment. N

D

NCO1 NCO2 NCO3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

EP

5+

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

16

52

21

6

0

0

80

National

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

17

41

26

8

0

-

76

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

49

27

5

0

0

81

National

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

18

40

27

9

1

-

76

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

19

50

21

7

0

0

77

National

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

18

40

26

8

1

-

75

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

22

53

15

5

0

0

73

National

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

6

22

39

23

7

1

-

70

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

National

*

*

*

*

0

*

0

3

15

43

29

9

0

*

81

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

National

0

*

*

*

0

0

0

3

14

40

31

11

1

*

83

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

National

*

*

*

*

0

0

0

4

17

41

29

8

0

*

79

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

National

*

*

*

*

0

0

0

5

20

43

25

7

0

*

74

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

31

30

19

0

0

81

National

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

15

31

29

16

2

-

78

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

48

30

7

0

0

84

National

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

41

28

11

0

0

80

English

Oracy

Reading

Writing

Cymraeg

Oracy

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Science

Core Subject Indicator* School National N D NCO1 NCO2 NCO3 EP

*

Core Subject Indicator

71.54 68

Not awarded a level for reasons other than disapplication Disapplied under Sections 113 to 116 of the Education Act 2002 National Curriculum Outcome 1 National Curriculum Outcome 2 National Curriculum Outcome 3 Exceptional Performance Not exactly zero Figure is less than five or cannot be given for reasons of confidentiality Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in English or Welsh (first language), Mathematics and Science in combination

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Please note that because of rounding, figures may not always add up to 100%

Welsh Second Language

Modern Foreign Language

Design & Technology

ICT

History

Geography

Art & Design

Music

PE

N D NCO1 NCO2 NCO3 EP

*

Core Subject Indicator

N

D

NCO1 NCO2 NCO3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

EP

5+

School

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

24

59

12

0

0

0

70

National

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

9

21

39

21

4

0

*

65

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

14

26

35

20

0

0

81

National

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

6

18

37

26

7

0

*

70

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

17

63

17

0

0

0

80

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

14

47

28

6

0

-

81

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

49

33

2

0

0

84

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

13

45

31

7

0

0

83

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

15

46

33

4

0

0

83

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

17

40

28

10

1

*

78

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

16

42

32

7

0

0

80

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

17

40

27

10

1

-

78

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

54

26

4

0

0

84

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

14

46

28

8

1

-

82

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

17

62

15

4

0

0

81

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

16

54

21

5

1

0

80

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

43

31

10

0

0

85

National

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

18

51

22

5

0

-

78

Not awarded a level for reasons other than disapplication Disapplied under Sections 113 to 116 of the Education Act 2002 National Curriculum Outcome 1 National Curriculum Outcome 2 National Curriculum Outcome 3 Exceptional Performance Not exactly zero Figure is less than five or cannot be given for reasons of confidentiality Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in English or Welsh (first language), Mathematics and Science in combination

Please note that because of rounding, figures may not always add up to 100%

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English Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

19

52

18

4

0

0

75

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

7

21

42

21

6

0

-

69

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Teacher Assessment: national

*

*

*

*

*

*

0

5

20

45

23

6

*

*

75

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

17

25

33

18

1

0

77

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

16

30

28

16

2

-

76

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

41

33

6

0

0

80

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

17

42

26

10

0

0

77

Cymraeg

Maths

Science

Percentage of girls at each level N

D

NCO1 NCO2 NCO3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

EP

5+

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

54

24

8

1

0

86

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

13

40

31

11

1

-

83

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Teacher Assessment: national

*

*

*

0

*

*

*

2

10

42

34

11

1

0

88

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

37

28

20

0

0

85

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

-

0

1

4

14

32

30

17

2

*

80

Teacher Assessment: school

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

11

53

27

8

0

0

88

Teacher Assessment: national

0

0

0

0

-

0

0

2

14

41

30

12

0

0

83

English

Cymraeg

Maths

Science

N D NCO1 NCO2 NCO3 EP

*

Core Subject Indicator

Not awarded a level for reasons other than disapplication Disapplied under Sections 113 to 116 of the Education Act 2002 National Curriculum Outcome 1 National Curriculum Outcome 2 National Curriculum Outcome 3 Exceptional Performance Not exactly zero Figure is less than five or cannot be given for reasons of confidentiality Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in English or Welsh (first language), Mathematics and Science in combination

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Please note that because of rounding, figures may not always add up to 100%

Destination of Year 11 Pupils Bishop Vaughan Sixth Form Further Education College Employment Training

161 35 1 0

Seeking training Unknown Cohort 2011/2012

0 3 200

NB. These figures are provisional at this time of year

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Destination of Year 13 Pupils 2012 Aghedo

Osarhieme

Engineering

Swansea College

Alcantar

Chelsea Claire

Access to nursing

Gower College

Alonzi

Matthew

Pursuing employment

Aspland

Jodie Leigh

Returned to Bishop Vaughan

Attewell

Thomas

Police Sciences

Glamorgan University

Barona

Kate

International Travel and Tourism

Swansea Metropolitan University

Barrientos

Raoul

Baskerville BeaumontWood

Danielle Ciara

Psychology

Begley

Laura

Returned to Bishop Vaughan

Beveridge

Casey Morgan

Gap Year

Bryant

Carlita

Psychology with Professional Placement

Cardiff University

Byrne

Catrin

Kings College London

Cechowicz

Daria

Dentistry (5 years) Pursuing further qualifications at Morriston Comprehensive

Cheshire

Hannah

Business Management and Marketing

Nottingham Trent University

Clarke

William

Criminology and Forensic Studies

Portsmouth University

Collins

Joseph

Music Technology

Swansea Metropolitan University

Crocker

Hannah

Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Bristol University

Crocombe

Samuel

Police Studies

Glamorgan University

Davies

Chloe

Psychology

University College London

Davies

Sean

Bioveterinary Science

University of the West of England

Di Francesco

Daniel

Television & Film Set Design

Glamorgan University

Di Francesco

Jack

Biology

Cardiff University

Dower

Rhys

Psychology with Sociology

Sussex University

Fender

Marcus

Unknown

Findlater

Dionne

Counselling Studies and Psychology

Swansea Metropolitan University

Foster

Rebecca

Psychology (4 years including Foundation)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Friberg

Michael

Biomedical Sciences (Standard Route)

Cardiff University

Furlong

Jamie

French and Spanish (4 years)

Southampton University

Gadd

Carys

Social Work

Plymouth University

Goodridge

Ross

Psychology

Swansea University

Griffiths

Lauren

Returned to Bishop Vaughan

Grigg

Samuel

Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry

Edinburgh University

Hacuma

Jema

Pharmacology

Portsmouth University

Hargrave

Seamus

Theological Studies

University of Stafford

Harrington

Matthew

Access to nursing

Gower College

Harty

Ciaran

Computer Games Development

Glamorgan University

Hawkins

Daniella

Employment

Hawkins

Isabelle

Employment

University of Manilla Foundation Art at Llwyn Y Bryn Exeter University

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Heythrop College (University of London)

Holohan

Michael

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Hu

Yi (Iris)

Maths

Hughes

Andrew

Medical Materials

Hughes

Thomas

Mechanical Engineering (Year in Industry)

Cardiff University

Jastrzebski

Piotr

Computer Games Development

Swansea Metropolitan University

Jenkins

Liam

Project and Construction Management

Swansea Metropolitan University

Jones

Alice

Employment

Jones

Stephen

Psychology

Cardiff University

Jones JonesRockefeller

Tyler

Pharmaceutical Science

Glamorgan University

Danielle

Ocean Sciences

Liverpool University

Joyce

Louise

Employment with the Police Force

Kays

Yaya

HND Law

Birmingham City University

Kenny

Matthew

Physical and Sport Education

St. Mary's University Twickenham

Kieft

Matthew

Sports Coaching

Wolverhampton University

King

Ceri

Counselling Studies and Psychology

Swansea Metropolitan University

Kreithaner

Stephen

Computing and Oceanography

Bangor University

Lawson

Jessica

Law

Exeter University

Lodyga

Katarzyna

Further education

Lloyd

Patrick

Employment

Madden

James

Computer Games Development

Glamorgan University

Mann

Naomi

Chemistry

Cardiff University

Mayne

Sara

Biomedical Science

Portsmouth University

McKain

Sarah

Law

Cardiff University

Mogford

Thomas

Law

Plymouth University

Monzer

Amir

Engineering with deferred choice of specialism

Swansea University

Moss

Lucia

Employment

Mountfield

Jack Robert

Gap Year prior rto Medicine degree

Murebwa

Kudakwashe

Social Policy and Law

Mwanza

Mambwe

Awaiting visa to study in Boston USA

Mwenya

Sangwani

Engineering at Swansea College

Sheffield University Queen Mary, University of London

Wolverhampton University

Neucker

Michael

Sports Management

Swansea Metropolitan University

Nievera

Alyssa

Health and Social Care

Swansea University

Norman

Carys

Returned to Bishop Vaughan

O'donoghue

Keira-Lee

Early Years Education

Trinity St. David

Owen

Kieran

Ancient History/Religious Studies

Cardiff University

Palmer

Beth

Pharmacy

Keele University

Pasion

Marianne

Access to nursing

Swansea College

Pass

Ashley

Business Management

Cardiff University

Paultyn

Charlotte

Business Management

Swansea University

Pejic

Talia

Pursuing Further Education

Perry

Gemma

International Relations and Politics

Cardiff University

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Phiri

Blessed

Criminology

Southampton Solent University

Power

Ross

Further education

Price

David

Distance Learning

Reseigh

Jonathan

Biotechnology (including Professional Training Year)

Cardiff University

Rix

Oliver

Sports Science

Swansea University

Roberts

Jordan

Employment

Rodda

Siobhan

Biology

Cardiff University

Sharif

Sammy

Medicine (5 year)

Southampton University

Sheridan

Thomas

Chemistry (4 years)

University of York

Sheriff

Nia

Primary Education with QTS

Trinity St. David

Sidaway

Chana

Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs

Liverpool John Moores University

Simons

Tara

Counselling Studies and Educational Studies

Swansea Metropolitan University

Smith

Darren

Pharmacy

Cardiff University

Smith

Jonathan

Sport and Exercise Science

Aberystwyth University

Stevenson

Robert

Animal Management

University of West of England

Stubbs

Owen

English

Exeter University

Szablewska

Natalia

Human Biology

Birmingham University

Tabudlong

Zsahara

Access to nursing

Swansea College

Tariq

Rija

Law

Exeter University

Thomas

Charlotte

Thomas

Emily

Employment Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience (4 yr

University of Manchester

Thompson

Kate

Biology (With Professional Placement)

University of Bath

Tucker

Jordan

Biomedical Science (3 years)

Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff Metropolitan University

Usei

Livia

English and Contemporary Media

Verbosidad

Daryl

Further education

Wainwright

Kurt Warren

Further education

Watson

Carys

Extended Science (Year 0)

Webb

Joshua

Further education

White

Sean

Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science

Birmingham University

Williams

Ashleigh

Psychology

Birmingham University

Wislocka

Veronika

Theology

Exeter University

Plymouth University

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Departmental Outline Art and Design Art is a very popular subject throughout all Key Stages at Bishop Vaughan. The art suite comprises of two well equipped studios plus a specialist pottery area. Our department’s aim is to encourage pupils to express their thoughts and ideas with enthusiasm whilst developing their technical competency in the subject. Pupils who choose Art and Design in Year 10 continue to refine skills, techniques and aptitudes. The course culminates in a controlled test. The coursework produced during these two years covers a wide range of activities including drawing and painting, graphics, three-dimensional design, printmaking and photography. The course includes gallery visits and visits by artists, designers and craftsmen where applicable. We are now offering an exciting new GCSE Full Course in Photography, which follows the Art and Design syllabus. Pupils have the opportunity to develop skills in digital photography, exploring contemporary ideas and techniques using computer aided manipulation to go beyond traditional photography. Design and Technology We have been awarded TSI status (Technology School Initiative) due to the breadth and quality of our provision. All pupils in Year seven, eight and nine undertake a carousel where pupils study Resistant Materials, Electronics, Pneumatics, Textiles, Food, Sustainable Design, Control and Graphics. The pupils study each specialist area for a term before they move onto a different project with a different subject specialist. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 undertake an additional program of lessons in basic food skills. A food hygiene certificate is awarded at the end of Year 9. A number of GCSE and BTEC courses are offered. BTEC Engineering is a vocational course studying the world of work. GCSE Graphic Products looks at graphical communication systems and skills; we also look at the world of advertising and the role of Graphic Designers in the Design industry. BTEC Food and Hospitality emphasises food skills and the generation, preparation and delivery of a set menu devised by the students. GCSE Electronics looks at the latest developments in the world of Electronics and Computing. English At KS3 we have a skills based curriculum which has been carefully devised alongside the National Curriculum orders. All pupils are given the opportunity to fully develop their Reading, Writing and Oracy throughout the Key Stage. At KS4 and KS5 we aim to build on such foundations and further develop pupils as independent learners who value their own achievements and strive to reach their full potential. At KS5 students have the opportunity to study English literature and English Language at ‘A’ level, both are challenging and engaging courses. 32


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Essential Skills Wales These are a new set of qualifications which replace the key skills. All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive one lesson a fortnight dedicated to increasing their skills levels. These focus on ICT, communication and application of number. They seek to increase the pupils’ confidence without formal exams and pupils are allowed to produce course work to prove their abilities. We also seek to develop their Problem Solving, Working With Others and their ability to Improve Their Own Learning and Performance. Once these have been attained they already form part of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification which they work on in Key Stage 4. Geography At Key Stage 3 Geography is taught in mixed ability groups to all pupils. The course is diverse and uses a themed approach with six themes taught in Years 7-9. Fieldwork is an important element and in Year 7 pupils visit Pembrey Country Park, Year 8 pupils carry out an environmental survey around the school whilst in Year 9 pupils visit Big Pit. At Key Stage 4 Geography is a popular option choice. Classes are broadly set and follow the WJEC course option. Fieldwork is carried out in Year 10 with typical visits made to the Gower and the Millennium Coastal Park. At Sixth form level, Geography students study a range of physical and human environments. During the course pupils carry out numerous field visits to the Neath Valley, Swansea and Gower. Issues such as over-population, tectonics, climate change and the challenge of global sustainability are explored in greater detail. History In History during KS3 we study The Medieval World, the Tudors and Stuarts, The Industrial World and World War I and II. In KS4 students complete one controlled assessment on Vietnam and will study Medicine and The American West. Four topics are covered in KS5. In Year 12 we study Britain: Consensus and Change, 1945-90 and The USA: Civil Rights/Presidency 1945-1990. In Year 13 students complete a course on Superpower Relations whilst an Individual Study is completed on The Crusades. ICT At Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for Wales via Essential Skills Wales. This will involve communication, data handling, data modelling and, health and safety. At Key Stage 4, ICT is offered as a Single Award GCSE. The course involves four units, two being completed in Year 10 and two in Year 11. Units One (Understanding ICT) and Three (ICT in Organisations) are assessed through examination. Units Two (Solving Problems in ICT) and Four (Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions) involve completing a controlled task set by the board. Unit Two involves completing a set task that will involve communication, data handling and data modelling skills. Unit Four requires students to complete a multimedia task where students are expected to include sound and animation.

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At Key Stage 5 A Level Computing is offered. This course provides a variety of relevant and important skills for further progression e.g. computer programming or project management. Year 12 and 13 each require the completion of two modules – a theoretical module and a practical module. The two theoretical modules account for two thirds of the final GCSE grade. The practical modules require students to complete a task and project requiring programming skills. Latin and Classics Pupils have the opportunity to study Latin from Year Eight onwards. The course consists of two major elements: Roman Life and Language Study. The rich cultural legacy of the Romans provides a wealth of learning opportunities for students at all levels of ability. The Cambridge Latin Course, which is used to deliver the lessons, is an innovative and engaging programme of study that is popular with the pupils themselves, thanks to the excellent resources available and the opportunities that it presents for eLearning. Benefits of studying Latin, the language of the Roman Catholic Church and traditionally the language of academia, include gaining a greater understanding of English, increasing the range of vocabulary used and improving grammar. Familiarity with the Latin language also enhances pupils’ progress in the study of several modern foreign languages, such as French, Spanish and Italian and qualifications in the subject can prove an asset to students later on in their education, when making applications to universities for competitive entry courses such as law and medicine. In Years Eight and Nine pupils will have the opportunity to gain the Cambridge University Latin Certificate, before deciding whether to opt for Latin and/or Classics at Key Stages Four and Five. The GCSE Latin course allows students to study the intriguing lives of the Roman people as well as the language and literature of their civilisation. The Classical Civilisation GCSE, which has no language element, offers modules on both Greece and Rome, and pupils have the opportunity to study the literature of these societies, including some of the colourful mythology with which they might already be familiar and archaeological topics. Mathematics In KS3 pupils are set according to ability. During Year 9 they work on the essential skill of “Application of Number”. In KS4 pupils continue to be set according to ability and they follow the WJEC GCSE Linear Specification at Higher Tier or Foundation Tier. In KS5 Mathematics and Further Mathematics are taught. The mathematics course comprises units in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics consists of algebra, calculus, co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry. Mechanics consists of dynamics (the mechanics of motion) and statics (the study of force systems). Statistics consists of probability theory and distributions. Students who study Mathematics at A level may study Further Mathematics as an additional A level. Further Mathematics comprises units in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics, building on concepts and theories studied in A level Mathematics. 34


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Modern Foreign Languages All members of the department are language specialists. In Year 7 pupils currently study three hours of French and one hour of Spanish a fortnight. In Year 8 pupils have 3 hours of either Spanish or French. In Year 9 pupils have 4 hours of either French or Spanish. The MFL department gives the opportunity to gain the British Airways Language Flag Certificate at the end of Year 9. (Topics are: family members, pastime, food, animals, school, town, fashion and shopping.) At KS4 pupils study French and Spanish GCSE full course – WJEC (Topics are: holidays, tourism, travel, my world, work and lifetime, young people in society.) At KS5 pupils also study French and Spanish – WJEC AS/A2 (Topics are: leisure and lifestyles, the individual and society, environmental issues, social and political issues.) Music & Performing Arts Department Bishop Vaughan Catholic School has a well equipped Music Department & Performing Arts Studio with two Main Teaching Classrooms, two Keyboard Studios as well as a Music Technology Suite, Drum Studio and two Instrumental Rooms. In addition to Music on the school Curriculum pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument or be part of the wider extra-curricular activities which forms part of the ‘Performing Arts Academy @ BVS’. Music forms part of our daily worship where pupils sing and perform in Assemblies. Music Curriculum & Performing Arts Curriculum KS3 pupils are given opportunities to Perform, Compose, Listen & Appraise a wide and varied range of Music in a thought provoking and imaginative Scheme of Work. Pupils also have experience of Drama and are able to be part of the 'Scanrio' Drama Club. KS4 pupils who choose GCSE Music can expect a course which is dedicated to their area of expertise allowing them to develop their musical skills to their full potential. In September 2012, GCSE Drama as well as Music will be available for pupils to follow. KS5 pupils have the opportunity of following ('A' Level), GCE Music & Performing Arts for pupils who have followed Music or Drama GCSE. The aim of the course is to equip young people with a comprehensive knowledge of the Performing Arts as a profession.

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Physical Education At Key Stage 3 pupils will have a minimum of three lessons. The activities offered include gymnastics, health related exercise, athletics, orienteering, football, hockey, rugby, netball, tennis, cricket, softball and rounders. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 have two lessons a fortnight. In addition to the activities taught at Key Stage 3 pupils also have the opportunity to participate in basketball and volleyball and fitness work in the multi gym. A variety of courses are offered at Key Stage 4 to cater for all academic abilities: Entry level physical education  BTEC Sport level 2  GCSE Physical Education Physical Education is taught at KS5 to AS and A2 level. BTEC Sport Level 3 is now being offered to Sixth Form pupils at Bishop Vaughan. At lunchtime and after school the department offers extra-curricular activities when pupils can compete in organised inter-school sports or participate just for enjoyment. Psychology Psychology is offered at KS5. The course is intended to provide all students with a sound overview of the nature of psychology and psychological enquiry. Students opting for psychology at A/S will be introduced to major approaches in psychology, core psychological studies and applied research methods. If students continue to A/2 they will be expected to develop a deeper understanding and more critical awareness of the concepts, theories, principles, perspectives, research methods and applications in psychology. Science Key Stage 3 In Year 7 and Year 8 pupils are taught Science by one teacher in their mixed ability tutorial forms. They study a range of topics within the Biology, Chemistry and Physics subjects. There is an emphasis on learning a balance of science knowledge and key skills such as practical, numeracy and communication skills. Key Stage 4 In Year 9 all pupils start working at GCSE level. Most pupils will be in mixed ability groups which rotate between the three sciences Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are taught by three subject specialists over the course of the year. At the end of Year 9 pupils are assessed according to both key stage 3 levels and GCSE grading criteria. In Year 10 most pupils continue to study the 3 separate Sciences and take 3 module exams in the summer of Year 10. Alternatively a small number of pupils begin to follow a more vocational BTEC Applied Science course over the two years. In Year 11, GCSE pupils continue to study the three sciences and take the various GCSE module exams in January and June which could lead to either gaining a Science A GCSE, 36


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Additional Science GCSE or a separate GCSE in each of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics subjects, known as the Triple Award. Key Stage 5 All three sciences are very popular at both AS and A2 level. In Year 12 there are three classes in Biology, two in Chemistry and two classes in Physics. In Year 13 there are two classes in both Biology and Chemistry with one class in Physics. Each subject is taught by two teachers to give a variety of teaching techniques. Vocational Studies Vocational courses attempt to provide our pupils with an opportunity to study a certain job sector and learn some of the essential skills required for those job opportunities. Vocational courses are only available in Key Stage 4 and 5. At Key Stage 4 pupils can gain double GCSE qualifications in Health and Social Care and BTEC First Public Services. These are two dynamic industries in South Wales and provide good job prospects for the future. At Key Stage 5 pupils can choose from BTEC First Diploma Public Service which concentrates on the uniformed services from the armed forces to opportunities in the police, fire and ambulance services. Advance pupils can choose to study BTEC National Children’s Care Development and Learning or Advanced Public Services and the new Applied Science (Forensics). As a full time course this allows for large amounts of work experience in a variety of child care sectors and a recognised qualification in the work place. Welsh Welsh (Second Language) is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 3 and is offered as a Full Course and a Short Course at Key Stage 4. Pupils can also study Welsh at AS/A Level. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups where lessons are focussed on developing oral, reading and writing skills. We cover a wide range of topics in both Key Stages and aim for all pupils to leave Bishop Vaughan feeling confident about using Welsh socially, in the workplace or Higher Education. All pupils are encouraged and supported in developing their Welsh Language skills outside the classroom in an informal environment through annual trips to Llangrannog and Glan-Llyn as well as celebrating cultural events in school such as St David’s Day and the school Eisteddfod. Welsh Baccalaureate Qualifications We currently offer the WB qualifications to students in Key Stages 4 and 5. This exciting new qualification broadens the skills and knowledge of many of our students and is an ideal preparation for University selection procedures, as well as equipping pupils with the essential skills required by industry. 37


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Students have to complete between 4 and 6 key skills awards areas, depending on the qualification level, but also have to take part in: work experience, community participation, enterprise activities, language study, PSE program and a study of Wales’ cultural and economic place in Europe and the World. Much of this is achieved with team activities, class room debates, visiting speakers and visits; it has added a dynamic component to our GCSE and Sixth form options. These qualifications are proving very successful, with many students using the 120 UCAS points awarded at Advanced level as a significant part of their portfolio to offer Universities. It also ensures that they are well prepared for this next stage in their lives, since it encourages them to develop a more ‘rounded’ side to their education. Many of our pupils say that at interview, their WBQ experiences of Community participation, work experience and individual investigations became a focus of discussion and impressed the University interviewers.

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Home School Agreement The Ethos of the School Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is committed to the provision of a Christian education for all its pupils in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Catholic faith. In order to achieve its mission, the school is committed to: • fostering an ethos in which the unique worth and equal value of each individual is recognised and respected; • providing, within a Christian setting, learning experiences which will help develop each pupil as a whole person, better prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life; • promoting and supporting the spiritual, moral and religious growth of all pupils and encouraging the realisation of their talents in intellectual, aesthetic and social dimensions; • building a supportive and caring community in which the quality of relationships demonstrates or assists the understanding of the Christian message and vision of life; • working in partnership with parents, parishes, and the wider community and with pupils themselves in order to create a climate in which children may benefit from the opportunities which the school provides for personal growth and maturity. The School’s Responsibilities • • • • • • •

Children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum; Parents can expect the needs of their children – whatever their ability – to be met; The School’s targets for NC assessments are elsewhere in this prospectus; The School will work with parents to maintain good discipline; The School will issue a full report at the end of the school year (except where pupils are sitting external examinations) with a progress report at Christmas; The School will hold a Parents’ Evening for each year group at least once a year. Parents who wish to discuss their child’s progress at another time may make a mutually convenient appointment with the Teacher/Tutor/Senior Tutor. The School will undertake to keep parents informed by issuing a Newsletter at the end of each half-term.

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Parents are responsible in law for making sure their children receive suitable, full-time education; The law requires regular attendance of all registered pupils; Parents are responsible for telling the school if their child cannot attend; Parents are expected to support and encourage their children to follow the School’s Good Conduct Code and Anti-Bullying Policy; Parents are expected to support the School’s Homework Policy by ensuring their children complete homework tasks promptly and well.

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Parental Responsibilities We acknowledge that we as parents are the primary educators of our children and have an irreplaceable role to play in supporting our children’s learning at school. Therefore I/we will: • ensure that my/our child attends school regularly, on time and suitably equipped; • inform school when and why my/our child cannot attend; • inform school of any concerns or problems that might affect his/her work or behaviour; • support the Christian values of the school community; • give him/her opportunities for home learning and support homework from school; • support the school’s Good Conduct Code; • attend parents’ evenings and discussions about his/her progress; • encourage him/her to be enthusiastic about learning and to enjoy school; • encourage him/her to show kindness and consideration to others; • talk to my child about experiences in school and encourage him/her to do his/her best; • attempt to support the Catholic community and the school governors in their responsibility for maintaining the school building in good repair. Pupil Responsibilities I acknowledge the different and unique talents which God has given me and my responsibility to use them wisely. Therefore I will: • attend school regularly and on time; • wear the school uniform and bring all the equipment I need every day; • take care of all school equipment and help keep our school free from litter; • learn something new each lesson and always do my best; • share my feelings honestly and politely and show consideration for others in school; • behave sensibly so we can be happy and safe as we learn; • behave sensibly during my free time and make sure my actions do not badly influence or harm others; • try to think for myself and take responsibility for my actions; • observe all school rules and treat everyone with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Parents/Guardians, Responsible Use of School Computers, Software and the Internet As part of pupils' curriculum enhancement and the development of ICT skills, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is providing access to the Internet including e-mail. e The provision of these facilities has involved the school in significant expense and we require that all computers and associated equipment are treated with respect at all times for the benefit of current and future users. Although there have been concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, we are taking positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school Internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure that suitable restrictions are placed on the ability of children to access inappropriate materials, the school cannot be held responsible for the nature or content of materials accessed through the Internet. The school will not be liable under any circumstances for any damages arising from your child’s use of the Internet net facilities. I enclose a copy of the Rules for Responsible Computer and Internet Use that we operate at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, together with a permission form which must be completed, signed and returned with your application. Sixth form students stude may sign the form on their own account. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of Internet use, please telephone, write or email the school. A copy of the full text of the school’s Computer and Internet Use Policy is available on request. Yours sincerely

Mr. J. Blackburn Headteacher

Headteacher: Mr. J. Blackburn M.A.(Oxon), B.Th.(Hons.), Adv. Dip. Ed. Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG. Tel: (01792) 772006/771589 Fax: (01792) 790565 Email: bishop.vaughan.school@swansea.gov.uk bishop.vaughan.school@swansea.gov.u web site: www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk

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Responsible Computer and Internet Use Rules for all users The school computer system provides Internet access to students and staff. This Responsible Internet Use statement will help protect students, staff and the school by clearly stating what is acceptable and what is not. •

School computers and all associated ICT equipment including printers must be treated with the utmost respect at all times;

Access must be made only via the user’s authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person;

School computer and Internet use must be appropriate to the student's education or to staff professional activity. Accessing or downloading any inappropriate material is strictly forbidden; •

Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected;

Users are responsible for e-mail which they send and for contacts made;

E-mail should be written carefully and politely. As messages may be forwarded, e-mail is best regarded as public property;

Anonymous messages and chain letters are forbidden;

The use of public chat rooms is not allowed;

Use for private trade, personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden;

The security of ICT systems must not be compromised, whether owned by the school or by other organisations or individuals;

Irresponsible use may result in the loss of Internet access.

Individual user’s Internet access may be monitored, including web and e-mail use. Files on the school system may be examined or deleted.

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Fair Processing Notice: What the School, Local Education Authority and Government does with information it holds on Pupils. Subject This leaflet tells you what the National Assembly for Wales, Swansea Local Education Authority (LEA) and your school do with your or your pupil’s personal and performance information (data). The collection of personal information The collection of personal information The school collects information about pupils and their parents or legal guardians when they go to a new school, they also collect information at other times during the school year. Information is also received from other schools when pupils transfer. The LEA and National Assembly for Wales will receive information on pupils from the school, normally as part of what is called the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census which takes place in January each year. The school, LEA and National Assembly for Wales receive information about exam and national curriculum assessment and test results. The use made of this personal information The National Assembly for Wales uses the information collected to do research, primarily to inform educational policy changes and funding. The research is done in a way that ensures individual pupils cannot be identified. Examples of the sort of statistics produced can be viewed at www.learning.wales.gov.uk or www.wales.gov.uk/statistics. The LEA also uses the personal information collected to do research. It uses the results of the research to make decisions on policy and the funding of schools, to calculate the performance of schools and help them to set targets. The research is done in a way that ensures individual pupils cannot be identified. The School uses the information it collects to administer the education it provides to pupils. For example: • the provision of educational services to individuals; • monitoring and reporting on pupils’ educational progress; • the provision of welfare, pastoral care and health services; • the giving of support and guidance to pupils, their parents and legal guardians; • the organisation of educational events and trips; • planning and management of the school. Organisations who may share personal information

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Organisations who may share personal information Information held by the School, LEA and the National Assembly for Wales on pupils, their parents or legal guardians may be shared with other organisations when the law allows, for example with: •

other education and training bodies, including schools, when pupils are applying for courses, training, school transfer or seeking guidance on opportunities; • bodies doing research for the National Assembly for Wales, LEA and schools, so long as steps are taken to keep the information secure; • central and local government for the planning and provision of educational services; • social services and other health and welfare organisations where there is a need to share information to protect and support individual pupils; • various regulatory bodies, such as ombudsmen and inspection authorities, • and where the law requires that information be passed on so that they can do their work. Fair Processing Notice: What the School, Local Education Authority and Personal information held The sort of personal information that will be held includes; •

personal details such as name, address, date of birth, and contact details for parents and guardians; • information on performance in internal and national assessments and examinations; • information on the ethnic origin and national identity of pupils (this is used only to prepare summary statistical analyses); • details about pupils’ immigration status (this is used only to prepare summary statistical analyses); • medical information needed to keep pupils safe while in the care of the school; • information on attendance and any disciplinary action taken; • information about the involvement of social services with individual pupils where this is needed for the care of the pupil. Other information Other information The National Assembly for Wales, LEA and school will try to ensure that information is accurate and secure. Personal information will not be sent outside the United Kingdom. Your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 The Data Protection Act 1998 gives individuals certain rights in respect of personal information held on them by any organisation. These rights include; • • • •

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the right to seek compensation if an organisation does not comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and you personally suffer damage; in some circumstances a pupil’s parent or legal guardian may have a right to receive a copy of personal data held about a pupil in their legal care. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis where the individual is deemed to have insufficient understanding of their rights under the Act.

You also have the right to ask the Information Commissioner, who enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act 1998, to assess whether or not the processing of personal information is likely to comply with the provisions of the Act. Seeking further information Seeking further information For further information about the personal information collected and its’ use, if you have concerns about the accuracy of personal information, or wish to exercise your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, you should contact; • • • • •

the Headteacher of your/your pupil’s school; Swansea LEA on 01792 636535; the National Assembly’s Data Protection Officer at: The National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ; the Information Commissioner’s Office help line can be contacted on 01625 545745; information is also available from www.ico.gov.uk

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This is Bishop Vaughan Catholic School’s Publication Scheme Our full title and address for sending requests for any documents is: Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG. The person responsible for maintenance of this scheme is: MR. MARK JONES, School Registrar.

1. Introduction: what a publication scheme is and why it has been developed One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (which is referred to as FoIA in the rest of this document) is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. To do this we must produce a publication scheme, setting out: • • •

The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish; The manner in which the information will be published; and Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.

The scheme covers information already published and information which is to be published in the future. All information in our publication scheme is either available for you on our website to download and print off or available in paper form. Some information which we hold may not be made public, for example personal information. This publication scheme conforms to the model scheme for schools approved by the Information Commissioner.

2. Categories of information published The publication scheme guides you to information which we currently publish (or have recently published) or which we will publish in the future - this is split into categories of information known as 'classes'. These are contained in section 5 of this scheme. The classes of information that we undertake to make available are organised into four broad topic areas: • • • •

School Prospectus - information published in the school prospectus. Governors' Documents - information published in the Governors' Annual Report and in other governing body documents. Pupils & Curriculum - information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum. School Policies - information about policies that relate to the school in general.

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3. How to request information You can request a copy of the information you want from the contact detailed below or visit our website at www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk If the information you're looking for isn't available via the scheme and isn't on our website, you can still ask if we have it. You can contact the school by telephone, fax, email or letter. Email: bishop.vaughan.school@swansea-edunet.gov.uk Tel: 01792-772006 Fax: 01792-790565 Contact Address: Bishop Vaughan Catholic Comprehensive School, Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG. To help us process your request quickly, please clearly mark any correspondence "PUBLICATIONS SCHEME REQUEST" (in bold CAPITALS). 4. Paying for information Single copies of information covered by this publication scheme are provided free unless stated otherwise. If your request means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, or pay a large postage charge, or is for a priced item such as some printed publications or videos, we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request. Where there is a charge for a particular item this is indicated in the boxes in Section 5 by a ÂŁ sign following the description of the item. Information published on our website is free, although you may incur costs from your Internet service provider. If you don't have Internet access, you can access our website using a local library or an Internet cafĂŠ.

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5. Classes of Information Currently Published School Prospectus - this section sets out information published in the school prospectus. Class

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School Prospectus

The statutory contents of the school prospectus are as follows, (other items may be included at the school's discretion): • • • • • • • • • • • • •

the name, address and telephone number of the school, and the type of school. the names of the headteacher and chair of governors. information about admissions. a statement of the school's ethos and values. details of any affiliations with a particular religion or religious denomination, the religious education provided, parents' right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship and the alternative provision for those pupils. information about the school's policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs. number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils' authorised and unauthorised absences. National Curriculum assessment results for appropriate Key Stages, with national summary figures. Use of the Welsh Language. GCSE/GNVQ results in the school, locally and nationally. a summary of GCE A/AS level results in the school and nationally. the number of pupils studying for and percentage achieving other vocational qualifications. the destinations of school leavers.

Governors' Annual Report and other information relating to the governing body - this section sets out information published in the Governors’ Annual Report and in other Governing Body documents. Class Description Governors' The statutory contents of the governors' annual report to parents are as follows, (other Annual Report items may be included at the school's discretion): • details of the governing body membership, including name and address of chair and clerk. • a statement on progress in implementing the action plan drawn up following an inspection. • a financial statement, including gifts made to the school and amounts paid to governors for expenses. • information about school security. • information about the implementation of the governing body's policy on pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and any changes to the policy during the last year. • a description of the arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities; details of steps to prevent disabled pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils; and details of existing facilities to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities. 48


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the accessibility plan covering future policies for increasing access by those with disabilities to the school. how teachers' professional development impacts on teaching and learning. number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils' authorised and unauthorised absence. National Curriculum assessment results for appropriate Key Stages, with national summary figures. the school's targets for Key Stage 3 assessments. the school's targets for public examinations at Key Stage 4. GCSE/GNVQ results in the school, locally and nationally. GCE A/AS and vocational qualification results in the school and nationally. the number of pupils studying for and percentage achieving other vocational qualifications. the destinations of school leavers.

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The name of the school. The category of the school. The name of the governing body. The manner in which the governing body is constituted. The name of any person entitled to appoint any category of governor. Details of any trust. If the school has a religious character, a description of the ethos of the school. The date the instrument takes effect.

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Instrument of Government

Minutes [1] of Minutes from governors’ board and committee meetings meeting of the Governing Body and its committees Pupils & Curriculum Policies - this section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum. Class Home - school agreement Curriculum Policy Sex Education Policy Collective Worship Pupil Discipline Careers Education

Description Written statement of the school's aims and values, the school's responsibilities, the parental responsibilities and the school's expectations of its pupils for example homework arrangements. Statement on following the policy for national curriculum subjects, including any syllabus followed by pupils at the school. Written statement of policy with regard to sex education. Statement of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship. Written statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline including any anti bullying policy as appropriate. Statement of the programmes of careers education provided for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16.

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School Policies - This section gives access to information about policies that relate to the school in general. Class Reports of Estyn School Inspections under Sections 10 and 23 of the School Inspections Act 1996 Post Inspection action plan Charging and remissions policies

Description Report of an inspection of the school and the summary of the report.

A plan setting out the actions required following an Estyn inspection.

A statement of the school's policy with respect to charges and remissions for any optional extra or board and lodging of which charges are permitted, for example music tuition, trips. (in prospectus) School session Details of school session and dates of school terms and holidays. times (in prospectus and governors’ annual report) Special Education Information about the school's policy on providing for pupils with special Needs educational needs. (in prospectus and governors’ annual report) Accessibility Plans Written plan of improvements to access for pupils with disabilities. Health and Safety Written statement of general policy with respect to health and safety at work of Policy employees (and others) and the organisation and arrangements for carrying out the policy. Child Protection Statement of general principles on Child Protection arrangements. Policy (in staff handbook) Complaints Statement of procedures for dealing with complaints. procedure (in staff handbook and school prospectus) Staff Appraisal Statement of procedures adopted by the governing body relating to staff appraisal. (performance management policy) Staff Conduct, Statement of procedure for regulating conduct and discipline of school staff and Discipline and procedures by which staff may seek redress for grievance. Grievance 6. Feedback and Complaints We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have about the scheme. If you want to make any comments about this publication scheme or if you require further assistance or need to make a complaint then initially this should be addressed to MR. MARK JONES, School Registrar. If you are not satisfied with the assistance that you get or if we have not been able to resolve your complaint and you feel that a formal complaint needs to be made then this should be addressed to the Information Commissioner's Office. This is the organisation that ensures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and that deals with formal complaints. They can be contacted at: Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745 E-mail: publications@ic-foi.demon.co.uk [1]

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ANNEX A - Other documents held by the School

Parent’s Newsletter – published at the end of each term

Mission Statement Main features of the Catholic life of the school Anti Bullying Policy Appeals Against Internal Assessment of Work for External Qualifications Assessment for Learning Policy Careers Entitlement Policy Complaints Procedure Computer and Internet Use Policy Discipline Policy: Good Conduct Code Equal Opportunities Policy Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Gender Equality Policy and Gender Action Plan Grievance Procedure for all School Based Staff Health and Safety Policy Learning Policy Pay Policy Performance Management Policy Sex Education Policy Special Needs Policy Substance Misuse Policy Uniform Policy

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Headteacher: Mr. J. Blackburn M.A.(Oxon), B.Th.(Hons.), Adv. Dip. Ed. Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG. Tel: (01792) 772006/771589 Fax: (01792) 790565 Email: bishop.vaughan.school@swansea-edunet.gov.uk web site: www.bishopvaughan.swansea.sch.uk

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