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WELCOME PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME Dear Students, Parents and Guardians I welcome you to Knockbreda High School’s prospectus. We are a friendly co-educational school where every child matters regardless of race, religion or background. At Knockbreda we strive to ensure each pupil achieves their full academic potential. This is achieved through the hard work and enthusiasm of our dedicated staff, our excellent pastoral care system and the essential partnership between students, parents and teachers. This strategy has proved successful in recent years with an increasing number of pupils gaining grades A* - C at GCSE level.

We adopt a child-centred approach to school life with individual needs catered for in a caring environment. Knockbreda High School is a friendly school where each child is important to us.

C Gordon

Mrs C Gordon Principal

Knockbreda High School Principal: Mrs C Gordon Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Mr G Haire Enrolment No: 600 Admission No: 120 School Type: Controlled Secondary 11-16 years

Address: Upper Knockbreda Road, BELFAST BT6 0NE Telephone: 028 9064 9302 028 9069 2007 E-mail: info@knockbreda.belfast.ni.sch.uk

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AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

MISSION FOR THE SCHOOL Our mission for our school is to provide a rich and rounded experience which allows each student to develop their unique talents. We believe this is achievable through the students experiencing: • an ethos of support and challenge to achieve the best that we can; • a challenging and relevant curriculum; • effective and varied teaching and learning strategies; • a supportive learning environment; • links to the local and wider community; • working collaboratively to achieve goals; and • learning partnerships between school, home and other agencies.

A PARENT’S VIEW OF KNOCKBREDA

I was instantly struck by the warm and friendly atmosphere as soon as I walked through the door. From the pictures at the school entrance, the teachers and, most of all, the happy, smiley faces on the pupils. They genuinely looked happy to be there. KHS is an all ability school which encourages pupils to do their best. It is multi-cultural. KHS encourages positive behaviour. It is very handson and encourages parents to play an active role in their children’s education. It has wide range of afterschool activities offering something for everyone. (Year 10 Parent)

MISSION STATEMENT Knockbreda High School is committed to the development of a culture which empowers everyone to achieve his or her full potential.

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COMMENTS

PARENTS’ COMMENTS • I have been very impressed by staff at the school anytime I’ve had to speak to any of the teachers.

• I am very pleased with the way the school has supported my children so far.

• There is good communication between home and school. The calendar of events sent home is great.

• We are very happy with the Induction Programme at KHS. [He] has settled very well and enjoyed his first month.

• I found that pupils received excellent care from the teachers.

• She has found teachers very friendly and approachable.

PUPILS’ COMMENTS • The teachers are very friendly. - Year 11 Pupil

• My teacher explains everything and takes time to help me. - Year 11 Pupil

• PE is my favourite subject. I enjoy fitness circuits, football and have been selected to play for the North Down District Team. Year 10 Pupil

• I love History because I like to find out

KNOCKBREDA PTA

Knockbreda has a small but very enthusiastic PTA. Their main aim is to raise money which can be used for the good of the pupils in the school. It is a good way to meet other parents and teachers in an informal setting and have some fun at the same time.

about things that happened in the past. My teacher makes it all enjoyable. - Year 10 Pupil

• The teachers are supportive, not only academically but if you have any problems you can open up to them. - Year 12 Pupil

• I like the teachers and classroom assistants because they take a lot of time to help when you need it. - Year 9 Pupil

• I have really enjoyed being at Knockbreda so far. All the teachers are really nice and I enjoy all my subjects. - Year 12 Pupil

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ADMISSIONS AND ENROLMENTS ADMISSIONS AND ENROLMENTS Admissions No: 120

Enrolment No: 600

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION 1) pupils with older brothers or sisters enrolled at the school on the date of transfer; 2) the eldest eligible or only child in the family; 3) pupils transferring from traditional feeder Primary Schools: Academy Primary School Alexander Dickson Primary School Belvoir Primary School Braniel Primary School Brooklands Primary School Campbell Junior Preparatory School Cairnshill Primary School Carr Primary School Carryduff Primary School

Cregagh Primary School Dundonald Primary School Elmgrove Primary School Euston Street Primary School Gilnahirk Primary School Harding Memorial Primary School Inchmarlo Preparatory School Knockbreda Primary School Leadhill Primary School

Lisnasharragh Primary School Moneyrea Primary School Nettlefield Primary School Orangefield Primary School Rosetta Primary School Strandtown Primary School Tullycarnet Primary School

4) pupils from South Eastern Education and Library Board schools not listed in 2; 5) pupils from Belfast Education and Library Board schools not listed in 2; If, following the application of the above Criteria in order, there comes a point where there are more applicants who meet the Criteria than there are places available then preference will be given to the oldest pupils applying. Should two or more pupils share the same date of birth then proximity from home to the front gate of the school (measured in a straight line in an Ordnance and Survey Map) will decide the final place. Only information declared on the Transfer Form will be used when applying the afore-mentioned Criteria. If the school is over-subscribed, application of the Admissions Criteria will be by a sub-committee of the Board of Governors including the Principal. DESTINATION OF SCHOOL LEAVERS Further Education 74 Another school 22 Other/Unknown 9 Employment 14 Jobskills 9

“ I am very happy with the education my daughter has received at KHS and believe that it has equipped her with the skills to go out into the workplace with confidence. �

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PASTORAL CARE

PASTORAL CARE We firmly believe all staff, teaching and non-teaching have a primary responsibility for Pastoral Care which is at its most effective when it is all pervasive, and fully integrated into our daily routines, curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Knockbreda High School has a strong pastoral ethos and our Child Protection Policy reflects this. As we have received a certificate for commitment to being a ‘Rights Respecting School’ we are particularly interested in pupil voice. Pupils take part in ‘Democracy Day’ and elections take place to be elected onto the Student Council We realise young people need to: (i) grow in their self-esteem, confidence and independence of thought; (ii) become understanding, sympathetic and sensitive to the needs of others; (iii) develop the necessary skills to cope with their personal safety both within and outside school; and (iv) meet with confidence the demands and challenges of adult life. Consequently, the school aims to ensure:

(i) (ii)

our Pastoral Care system creates a caring, supportive atmosphere based on mutual respect between all stakeholders; and that our young people feel secure, know that they are valued as individuals, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development in a healthy, safe environment.

The school is divided into Junior School - Years 8, 9 and 10 and Senior School - Years 11, 12, 13 and 14. Each Form Class has a Form Tutor with specific responsibility for the pupils in the class. The Head of Junior School, Mr A Galbraith and the Head of Senior School, Mr M Henry ensure Pastoral and Academic issues are dealt with in partnership with pupils, teachers and parents. In addition, a New Life Counsellor is available to our young people on a weekly basis along with our School Counselling Co-ordinator.

If you are concerned about your child’s progress you can contact through the Office:

Subject Teacher

Head of Department Form Tutor

Key Stage 3 pupils participate in a comprehensive Personal Development Programme which includes Health and the Whole Person; Feelings and Emotions; Managing Influences and Making Decisions; Self Concept; Managing Change; Morals; Values and Beliefs; Learning about Learning; Safety and Managing Risk; Relationships and Sexuality and Drug Awareness. Through our Personal Development Programme we also teach pupils through our Learning For Life and Work programme which focuses on Local and Global Citizenship and Education for Employability as well as Personal Development. The Key Stage 4 Personal Development Programme enables pupils to:• develop an understanding of how to maximise and sustain their own health and well-being; • reflect on, and respond to, their developing concept of self, including managing emotions and reaction to on-going life experiences; • recognise, assess and manage risk in a range of real-life contexts; • develop their understanding of relationships and sexuality and the responsibilities of healthy relationships; • develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of parenting; and • develop further their competence as discerning consumers in preparation for independent living.

If you are still concerned you can contact through the Office:

Head of Junior School Mr Galbraith Head of Senior School Mr M Henry

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KEY STAGE 3

SCHOOL CURRICULUM AT KEY STAGE 3 Students at Knockbreda follow a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the Primary Curriculum and prepares for Key Stage 4. In planning for the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum we hope to ensure that students are given the opportunity to develop the skills, aptitudes and abilities required for adult life. Below is a list of the subjects currently taught at Key Stage 3:

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Art and Design Citizenship Employability English/Drama French Geography History Home Economics Information and Communication Technology (Year 8)

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Mathematics Music Literacy Personal Development Physical Education Religious Education Science Spanish (Years 9 and 10) Technology and Design

Knowledge

Skills Understanding

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KEY STAGE 4

A variety of academic and vocational subjects are offered to our students at Key Stage 4. Level

GCSE

Occupational Studies Level 2

OCN Level 2

Subject • Art and Design • Business and Communication Studies • Business Studies • Child Development • Chinese • Double Award Science • English • English Literature • French • Geography • History

• Hospitality • Information and Communication Technology • Mathematics • Music • Physical Education • Religious Studies • Single Award Science; • Spanish • Technology and Design • Learning for Life and Work

• Business & Office Communication • Carpentry and Joinery • Food & Patisserie • Leisure & Tourism • Sports Studies

• Learning to Live Together

EXAMINATION RESULTS 2012 – 2013 Our Key Stage 3 results for Year 10 pupils are consistently above the Northern Ireland average and at Key Stage 4 the results for our pupils in Year 12 are above the Northern Ireland average in 10 subjects

A* - C A* - E

2012/2013 49% 82%

A* - G

91%

Key Stage 3 > Level 5 or above > Level 6

English 42.3% 5%

Mathematics 65.7% 12%

“ The teachers believed in me and that’s why I’m here ”

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Participation in Clubs and Societies is an important part of each child’s development. Involvement in extracurricular activities helps pupils make new friends, acquire and develop various skills and promotes selfconfidence. All pupils will be expected to take part in the school’s games programme and all pupils will be encouraged to become involved in as many of the school’s other activities, clubs and societies as possible. Some activities include: Art & Design (GCSE) Drum Kit Club Friendly Society Football Club (boys) Football Club (girls) Music (GCSE) Guitar Club (beginners) Guitar Club (advanced)

Hockey Club Homework Club Library Music Theory Club Netball Public Speaking Singing Club

Educational Visits and residentials have included: • W5 • Tayto Factory • Theatre Visits /Grand Opera House • European Day of Languages at St Georges Market • Belfast City Hall • Somme Centre • Stormont • Carrickfergus Castle • St Patrick’s Centre • Co Clare • Bangor Town Centre • Park Avenue Hotel • Coca Cola Factory • Titanic Centre • Cinema • Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory • Greenhill Outdoor Education Centre • Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre • Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre • Barcelona • Alton Towers

Make new friends

Acquire and develop various skills

Personal Development

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Promote self-confidence

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INCLUSION

INCLUSION / SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Our aim at Knockbreda is that our pupils achieve the best that they can. All pupils are tested when they arrive in school to enable them to be placed in a class which is suited to their ability and needs. Teaching and learning strategies are adapted to meet the requirements of the individual child and in-class support with classroom assistants, provided by the Education and Library Boards, is available for pupils as required. Pupils can also be taken out of class for additional literacy support as and when necessary. Pupils who have English as a second language also receive additional support through a dedicated teacher in withdrawal support classes, funded through Extended Schools. Knockbreda aims to work in partnership with parents / guardians and with other agencies to ensure individual student needs are met and that all pupils feel valued and included in all aspects of school life.

Mutual Respect

Choices

All are valued

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ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING Students at Knockbreda are encouraged to reflect on their learning and to set targets for improvement. Homework is an integral part of the learning process and it is school policy that homeworks are set, marked and formative feedback is given. We actively request the support of parents in assisting in this aspect of the students’ work. Assessment through homework can take a variety of forms depending on the year group, classes and topics. It may include the following:

• spelling / reading / writing • independent research • projects Assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning in order to monitor pupil progress and to support achievement. Information gleaned from continuous and formal assessment therefore assists in planning for effective learning. Formal assessment takes place as follows: GLA Cats NFER Years 8 – 10 Key Stage 3 English and Mathematics GCSE’s Years 11 and 12 Controlled Assessment Tasks End of Unit Tests Common Assessment Tasks Annual Summer Examinations

• drawing • model-making • completing work begun in class Our reporting procedures have been developed to provide parent(s)/guardian(s) with detailed information about the progress of their children and the pupils themselves with an opportunity to comment on their own attainment and set Personal Targets. In addition to continuous classroom-based assessment, Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) are undertaken in November, February and May in order to inform teachers, parents and

• revision for tests / examinations • corrections pupils on attainment and progress. A detailed Annual Report is mailed to Parent(s)/Guardian(s) following whole school examinations and is supplemented by Progress Cards. All pupils are required to complete a Progress File as an on-going method of recording their success across the curriculum and in nonacademic pursuits. Progress Files are distributed annually to all pupils at the end of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

We view regular assessment of pupil progress, regarding both academic and non-academic achievement, as an essential and integral part of ensuring that each child is receiving the maximum benefit from the educational opportunities on offer at Knockbreda High School.

” Staff know me well and the way I like to work ”

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CEIAG

CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE [CEIAG] THE CEIAG LEARNING ENTITLEMENT CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS: Careers Education

Employability Skills

Key Stage 4

This is delivered in classes, one per week for each year group.

These include the wide range of skills, capabilities, attributes and dispositions which enable someone to become employable. These skills are embedded in the Programmes of Study. They include ICT, Communication, Using Mathematics, Working with Others, Problem solving, Decision making and Self Management.

Years 11 and 12 follow a programme which meets the statutory requirements for KS4 in conjunction with LLW. At the end of this key stage, important Post 16 decisions are made. Pupils complete a variety of activities, which include:

Career Information This is provided on many levels including the Careers Library and the use of Internet Websites including JED and Kudos. Careers Interviews from DEL Careers Adviser, Labour Market Information from DEL, Young Enterprise Workshops, Open Days, Options Events, Guest Speakers and Parents Evenings. Career Advice and Guidance There are opportunities for high quality impartial learner centred careers advice and guidance to assist pupils make well informed careers decisions and choices. This is provided by Careers Teachers, DEL Careers Advisers and specialist subject teachers. Work Related Learning This component is delivered through Work Experience, mock interviews, CVs and Personal Statements. Throughout the year there are also speakers from industry, Further and Higher Education and training, giving our young people a sample of the world of work.

Careers Education: Key Stage 3 • A Structured Employability Programme, as part of Learning for Life and Work [LLW], is provided in Years 8-10 which covers the statutory requirements: - Local and Global Economy - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - Career Management/ Career Exploration - Skills and Qualities for work At the end of KS3, students make decisions on their GCSE subjects. They are assisted in this through interviews, visits to the Library and information from Options Booklets and self-awareness exercises from the ICT packages available in school.

Career Advice and Guidance

• Self-assessment/self awareness exercises. • Target setting, action planning, research and review. • Year 12 pupils have access to individual interviews completed by DEL Careers Adviser. • Year 12 pupils complete one week of Work Experience in an area of their choice. • Year 12 pupils have the opportunity to experience a mock interview. A number of local employers give their time to make this a very worthwhile experience. • Visits to Open Days at FE colleges, other schools and training providers.

Employability Skills

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DRUG EDUCATION

DRUG EDUCATION Knockbreda High School recognises that young people in today’s society are exposed to the risks associated with the drug culture which exists. Young people are challenged by the changing and sometimes conflicting values of society, which places demands on them to make informed and responsible choices. For the purpose of the School’s Policy on Drug Education the term ‘drugs’ includes any substance which, when taken, has the effect of altering the way the body works or the way a person behaves, feels, sees or thinks. The purpose of our Drug Education Programme, is to provide opportunities for our pupils to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills which enable them to consider the effects of drugs and other substances on themselves and on others. It enables them to make informed and responsible decisions about the use of such substances within the context of a healthy lifestyle. The South Eastern Education and Library Board Chrysalis Programme is integrated into our Junior School Personal Development Programme with the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Programme (SHAHRP) delivered in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. A life skills approach to drug prevention is essential and within the Personal Development Programme for years 8 – 12 all pupils are taught about raising self-esteem, self confidence and assertiveness to prepare them for making informed decisions about drug use, the main focus being on knowledge, social skills, attitudes and values. Detailed information regarding our policy and procedures is available on our website.

Healthy Lifestyle

Informed, Responsible Choices

“The staff are very supportive“

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CODE OF CONDUCT

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT IS BASED ON THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD • I have the right not to be bullied in any way, shape or form. I have the responsibility not to bully others and to report any bullying I see. • I have the right to feel safe in and around Knockbreda High School. I have the responsibility to ensure the safety of all pupils by behaving in a reasonable manner in and around school. • I have the right to an education and to learn according to my ability. I have the responsibility not to ridicule others for the way in which they learn, or to disturb the learning of others. • I have the right to be treated with respect by all people irrespective of age, gender, colour or status. I have the responsibility to respect all others within our community. • I have the right to express my own opinions and to be heard. I have the responsibility to allow others to express their opinions and to be heard. • I have the right to expect that my possessions will be secure in and around Knockbreda High School. I have the responsibility not to steal or mistreat the possessions of others and to report any theft or mistreatment that I see. • I have the right to choose my friends. I have the responsibility not to force my friendship upon others or to abuse the friendship. • I have the right to play in safety and without interference. I have the responsibility not to disrupt or endanger the play of others.

Community Responsibilities

Rights All are valued

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SCHOOL UNIFORM

SCHOOL UNIFORM CONSISTS OF: GIRLS’ UNIFORM

BOYS’ UNIFORM

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - BOYS

1 Black blazer with school badge on the pocket.

1 Black blazer with school badge on the pocket.

1 T-shirt

2 Dark grey regulation gored skirt.

2 Dark grey trousers, regulation type only.

2

Purple Hooded Top.

2

White shorts.

3 White regulation long sleeved blouse.

3 White regulation long-sleeved shirt.

3

Swimming trunks.

4 Grey regulation knee socks with the school colours (obtainable only in school).

4 Tie in school colours.

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Coloured rugby jersey

6

Coloured socks

5 Thick black tights (60 denier) during Winter.

5 Grey regulation pullover with school colours. 6 Dark grey or black socks.

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Training shoes or football boots (for outdoor use).

7 All black shoes, not boots (with black laces if applicable).

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School tracksuit

8 Black coat (without badges or insignia).

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Gum shield.

10 Shin pads.

6 Grey regulation pullover with school colours.

Senior school girls – purple cardigan (optional) with white regulation school blouse

4 Towel.

9 School scarf (optional).

7 Tie in school colours. 8 All black flat heeled shoes (with black laces if applicable). 9 Black coat (without badges or insignia). 10 School scarf (optional). 11 If applicable, hairbands must be black. PHYSICAL EDUCATION - GIRLS 1

White Polo Shirt.

2

Purple Hooded Top.

3

Black running shorts.

4

White socks.

5 Swimsuit. 6 Towel. 7

Training shoes.

8

Black jogging bottoms. (optional).

9

School Tracksuit.

10 Gum shield. 11 Shin pads.

SUPPLIERS OF SCHOOL UNIFORM

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GA Gowdy Ltd

121 Woodstock Road, Belfast, BT6 8AB

Littles (Boys Outfitters)

254/256 Woodstock Road, Belfast, BT6 9DN

D Crawford

1 Conway Square, Newtownards Tel : 07801343505

Podium4Sport

40 Montgomery Road, Belfast, BT6 9HL

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BUS ROUTES

TRANSPORT The school is on the direct routes from the Woodstock, Cregagh, Castlereagh, Ormeau, Saintfield and Upper Knockbreda Roads. The following buses operate from the front of the school: eg. 6A Translink Metro Service Cregagh Castlereagh eg. 31

Dundonald

eg. 188 operates from East Link Road as follows:

East Link Road 07.55, Dundonald Ice Bowl 07.57, Kings Road (Sperrin Park), Gilnahirk Road 08.02, Braniel (Farmhurst Green) 08.06, Whincroft Road 08.09, Via Dual Carriageway to Castlereagh Road 08.12, Ladas Drive 08.15, Mount Merrion Avenue 08.17, Rosetta, to Forestside Saintfield Road 08.22.

School Bus Services provided for Knockbreda High School pupils include: Bus 1 & 2 combined morning service

Bus 1 (Bloomfield)

Bus 2 (Braniel)

There is one service for Knockbreda buses in the morning, starting at Bloomfield (St Donard’s Church) at 07.35 via North Rd, Upper Newtownards Rd, Sandown Rd, Knock Road, King’s Rd, King’s Link, 07.49 Gilnahirk Road (Kingsway Park), via Lower Braniel Road, to Braniel Terminus 07.53, Framhurst, Green, 07.56 Whincroft Road, via Knock Dual Carriageway, arrive at school 08.03. Afternoon Route: Knockbreda High School, Knock Road, Sandown Road, Ballyhackamore, Beersbridge Road, Bloomfield Road, Bloomfield (roundabout) Afternoon Route: Knockbreda High School, Knock Road, Whincroft Road, Braniel (Farmhurst Green), Gilnahirk Road, right onto Kings Road, Right into Kings Link, Kings Road (Kings Link).

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CONTACT DETAILS

Website: www.knockbredahighschool.org.uk E-mail: info@knockbreda.belfast.ni.sch.uk Telephone: 028 9064 9302 028 9069 2007 Fax:

028 9069 2709

Detailed school policies and documents are available on our school website.

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THE THOUGHTS OF A FORMER PUPIL . . .

PUPIL COMMENTS & EXPERIENCES...

“At the age of eleven, I decided that I should go to Knockbreda High School to complete the next five years of my education. I came from a small Primary School and transferred along with one other pupil from my school that I didn’t really know. I had always been reasonably shy and the thought of going to a big school scared me.

I left Knockbreda in June 2012 having passed all my GCSEs. I achieved good grades to enable me to be accepted into a local grammar school to study four A levels. I have just filled in my forms to apply for university where I hope to study for a degree in Business Studies. Many of my friends who attended I settled into school life by joining the many clubs that Knockbreda and transferred into Sixth Form Colleges the school offered such as the Drama Club, the Duke are doing exactly the same thing. of Edinburgh’s Award and Public Speaking. In senior school, I was voted on to the Student Council and finally Attending Knockbreda has enabled me to fulfil my became Head Girl. If someone had told me that this was dreams and it can help you fulfil yours. Whether possible when I first started Knockbreda, I would have it is leaving school and finding a job, continuing on laughed and said “that will never happen to me!” at school or going elsewhere to study, all things are possible.”

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The teachers are very friendly. Year 11 Pupil My teacher explains everything and takes time to help me. Year 11 Pupil

The teachers are brilliant and always gave me help and advice when I needed it. Without them my experience at Knockbreda would have been completely different. They believed in me and what I was capable of achieving. With them I was able to achieve my full potential. Knockbreda opened many doors for me such as going on ski trips, visiting Alton Towers, raising money for charity and the opportunity to go on work experience. There were many laughs along the way and I have many happy memories of my time spent here.

PARENTS’ COMMENTS µ I have been very impressed by staff at the school anytime I’ve had to speak to any of the teachers. µ I am very pleased with the way the school has supported my children so far. µ There is good communication between home and school. The calendar of events sent home is great.

PE is my favourite subject. I enjoy fitness circuits, football and have been selected to play for the North Down District Team. Year 10 Pupil I love History because I like to find out about things that happened in the past. My teacher makes is all enjoyable. Year 10 Pupil The teachers are supportive, not only academically but if you have any problems you can open up to them. Year 12 Pupil I like the teachers and classroom assistants because they take a lot of time to help when you need it. Year 9 Pupil I have really enjoyed being at Knockbreda so far. All the teachers are really nice and I enjoy all my subjects. Year 12 Pupil

µ We are very happy with the Induction Programme at KHS. [He] has settled very well and enjoyed his first month. µ I found that pupils received excellent care from the teachers. µ [She] has found teachers very friendly and approachable.



Knockbreda High School - prospectus 2014