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08 09 PROSPECTUS

South Shields Community School, A Business and Enterprise College


08 09 PROSPECTUS

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Aims & Values

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Students’ Individual Needs

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Student Support

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Transition and Induction

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Tutor Groups

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Our College System

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Advice and Guidance

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Rewards and Sanctions

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Working with Parents

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A Wealth of Experience

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A Business and Enterprise College

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The Curriculum

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Religious Education & Collective Worship

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Homework

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Health Education

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Extended School

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Uniform

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Times of the Day


Aims & Values The aim of South Shields Community School is to meet the needs of each student so that: They are happy They are safe They achieve well in school They learn to lead healthy lifestyles They make a positive contribution to their community They develop the skills and enthusiasm to continue learning We intend to do this through personalising their learning. This means treating each student as an individual and providing learning opportunities and support to meet each student’s unique needs. We aim to work with parents and the wider community so that they are more able to support our students. We expect students to leave South Shields Community School as well rounded citizens who have high expectations of themselves and are confident in their ability to continue learning. We expect our students to have developed a range of skills, which will allow them to achieve their potential throughout their lives and to have developed attributes such as resilience, responsibility and resourcefulness, which will mean that they are equipped to deal with change and the uncertainties of life. “Relationships are usually harmonious between students and with staff” (Ofsted, June 2008)

‘Flame on’ The Fantastic Four meets Year 8 Science

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Media Filming on Location in the Lake District.

Individual Needs There are three main ways in which we intend to personalise learning for students. Through individual support A student profile will be developed for each student to record their strengths and interests. This information will be used by the student, their parent or carer and a tutor or mentor to set developmental targets and agree the kinds of support which the student will need. Through providing a flexible curriculum The curriculum at South Shields Community School will aim to balance the development of skills and attributes with the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. The curriculum will include a range of vocational and academic subjects during the school day and provide opportunities for students and the wider community, to develop their interests both within the school day and after school. Through matching teaching to students’ learning styles Over recent years our knowledge of the way in which the brain works and how different people learn in different ways has increased dramatically. At South Shields Community School we will use this information to design our lessons and other learning activities to ensure that students can learn in their individual learning style.

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South Shields Community School Individual Needs

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A round of applause Students celebrating success in assembly.

Student Support By personalising the support and the curriculum for each student we intend to motivate and enthuse them about learning and to ensure that they develop a level of respect for themselves such that they are encouraged to set and achieve their own personal goals which are challenging but at the same time realistic. Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) The central element of our support for students is the relationship between the student and his or her tutor or mentor. The tutor or mentor will give guidance and support to each student through the student’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP). The PLP will contain information including attendance and assessment data as well as personal goals and academic targets. The Personal Learning Plan will be reviewed regularly in tutorial session and twice a year with parents or carers.

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Transition and Induction Most students who join South Shields Community School will do so from one of ten local primary schools at the end of year 6. We are committed to working with the primary schools to ensure teaching and curriculum progression as well as continuity of care for students. We have appointed a Transition Manager who will promote links with the primary schools. This work will build on the work of the School Sports Co-ordinators and the language teachers who already work with the primary school teachers. Our aim is to ensure that all primary age students have an experience of working with staff and students from South Shields Community School and have visited our school before the end of year 5. During year 6 we will work more intensively with students to ensure they are familiar with the staff who will teach them in year 7. From the beginning of year 7 students will be placed in year based tutor groups for a period of induction until they are familiar with the operation of our school. Those students who need additional support will be placed in our transition group which is taught by a primary trained teacher and follows a routine similar to that found in primary schools. “Procedures for the transfer of students from primary schools work well and ensure new students settle quickly� (Ofsted, June 2008)

Team building during Enterprise Week.

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Students developing their team skills during Enterprise week.

Tutor Groups After year 7, students will be placed in mixed aged tutor groups with students with similar interests. Each tutor group will be led by a teacher-tutor who will be supported by another member of staff or a volunteer mentor. Tutor groups will be divided into project teams of about six students. The students will support each other in planning and implementing a project which will allow them to realise their ambitions or goals. These projects will enable students to develop their employability skills. If a tutor or mentor feels that a student requires more support than they can provide, the student will be referred to a Student Support Manager. The Student Support Manager can arrange support from Learning Coaches on a one-to-one basis, in small groups or within normal lessons. The Student Support Manager can arrange support by the Additional Educational Needs Manager who can provide expert support for students with Special Educational Needs. The Student Support Manager can also arrange support from outside of the school from a range of different local agencies. “Those students who access the well managed Additional Educational Needs department sometimes make good progress because of the effective teaching and the support they receive� (Ofsted, June 2008)

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Our College System The colleges are all named after scientists who were involved in creating something new, just as we are at South Shields Community School. All of their work involved light in some way. Sir Humphrey Davy was a local inventor who developed the miners’ safety lamp. Herschel was a female scientist working in the 18th and 19th centuries who carried out important work in the field of astronomy, discovering at least eight comets. Joseph Swan, another man from our region, many of you will already know as the inventor of the light bulb. Within the colleges the students will be grouped into smaller enterprise groups which will meet daily. These groups will be made up from students across the year groups so our students get used to working with a variety of people of different ages just as they will have to when they join the world of work. The enterprise sessions will also be the time when students receive their individual mentoring from one of their tutors.

All students above Year 7 will belong to one of the colleges and wear the tie appropriate to their college: Cardinal Red for Davy • Imperial purple for Herschel • Royal blue for Swan •

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Work Placements are arranged to give students an introduction to the working environment.

Advice and Guidance All students receive appropriate advice and guidance: At KS3, students’ personal social health education (PSHE) is delivered within their Learning to Learn (L2L) lessons; citizenship is delivered through their ‘Culture and Heritage’ lessons; At KS4, students’ careers education, citizenship and personal social health education (PSHCE) is delivered through their CRED lessons. The school has excellent links with the Connexions Service, giving students access to the most up to date advice and careers information. The highlight of the careers programme is work experience – one week in year 10 is spent on a placement in local industry. “Students receive good support and guidance when making option and career choices” (Ofsted, June 2008)

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Austria 2008 Skiing in the Tyrol.

Rewards and Sanctions The performance of each student will be carefully monitored at all times. A code will be given to a student to indicate that they are doing very well (positive code) or not meeting expectations (negative code). These are entered on to the school computer system. Each code represents an aspect of behaviour with a significant impact on learning, for example, good attainment, co-operation or arriving late. Three negative codes will lead to an automatic 30 minute detention. More serious incidents will be dealt with on an individual basis. At the end of each term positive codes will be totalled. 25+ codes = Bronze certificate 50+ codes = Silver certificate 75+ codes = Gold certificate Commendations will be given for exceptional effort or performance. Students may also be rewarded with a letter home, a free place on a school visit or their name being posted on the honours board. “The school is an orderly community” (Ofsted, June 2008)

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Final Performance Year 11 graduates perform in front of their parents.

Working with Parents As a new school we are very aware that we need to gain the trust and support of parents. We intend to do this by keeping parents well informed and by involving parents in the school. Sharing Information We will keep parents informed of events at the school through regular newsletters which will also be posted on our website. We use a system called Group Call which allows us to send texts to individuals, speciďŹ c groups, or the whole school. This can be useful for reminders or if something unexpected happens. We will report student progress every term but for those parents with internet access, individual student records of assessment, attendance and rewards and sanctions can be viewed at any time via a password protected connection to our database. Parents Working With The School We are setting up a Parent Support Group, which will have three main functions: For parents to support the school For the school to provide support to parents For parents to support other parents We will also train parents who wish to work as volunteer mentors to support students by reviewing their Personal Learning Plan and helping students to set short and longer term targets.

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South Shields Community School Working with Parents

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Enterprise Week More team problem solving.

A Wealth of Experience We recognise that for students to develop the skills and attributes they need to be successful in later life, that they need to have a broad range of experience at school. Working With Other Organisations Through working with other schools and colleges, local business and industry, workbased learning providers, voluntary and community-based organisations, we are able to provide students with experience of learning in many different situations within school and outside of school. This helps students to maintain their enthusiasm for learning and also means that they are much more likely to develop skills like working with other people and attributes such as dealing with change and uncertainty.

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South Shields Community School A Wealth of Experience

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South Shields Community School,

A Business and Enterprise College Our vision is to create a school and centre of excellence in Business and Enterprise that will have a relentless commitment to raising achievement, standards and self esteem for all students and the wider community. Enterprise Education is not so much about teaching things to young people; it is more about teaching our students how to learn. Why Business Enterprise Status at South Shields Community School The status will: help us raise standards in all subject areas give us business and enterprise opportunities increase the range and quality of opportunities for all students improve employability skills enable our developing enterprising attitudes and skills through learning and teaching across the whole curriculum encourage students to experience and understand the world of work in all its diversity including entrepreneurial activity and self employment create opportunities for students to participate fully in enterprise activities including those which are explicitly entrepreneurial in nature, and in which success is the result of “hands – on” participation

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Definition of “Enterprise Capability” “The ability to handle uncertainty and respond to change, create and implement new ideas and new ways of doing things to make reasonable risk/ reward assessments and act upon them in a variety of contexts, both personal and work”

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At Key Stage 4 the curriculum provides students with the skills required to meet local economic demands through work related learning and vocational education, as well as academic subjects.

The Curriculum

(Ofsted, June 2008) The curriculum includes a Learning to Learn course designed to ensure that students develop the attributes of: Resilience Resourcefulness Responsibility Reasoning Reectiveness The school is part of a national resilience pilot working with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. Making Good Progress The school is also part of a national pilot to raise standards at Key Stage 3. Students will be entered for Key Stage 3 tests in English and maths when the teacher assesses them as being ready rather than waiting for the end of year 9. Those students who make good progress will be able to choose additional areas of study. Those students who need additional support will receive up to twenty hours of individual tuition. Key Stage 4 The Key Stage 4 curriculum meets the statutory requirements including health, citizenship and careers education. All students study English, maths, science and ICT to GCSE Level and have a choice from a wide range of vocational and academic courses. All students take at least one vocational course and it is through those courses that students cover the statutory requirements for Work Related Learning.

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Religious Education Religious Education is taught following the South Tyneside syllabus. Regular assemblies include consideration of moral and spiritual themes in a non denominational manner. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from morning assemblies and R.E. in accordance with the 1944 Education Act, but are asked to visit the school to discuss the matter with the Deputy Headteacher before doing so.

Rook takes Bishop in the Learning Resource Centre.

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South Shields Community School Religious Education

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Homework Homework is set regularly for all students. Homework is related to speciďŹ c subjects and includes activities such as investigations, research, interviews, simple experiments, essay writing and projects. The amount and frequency of homework depends on the individual needs of each student. Our Learning Resource Centre is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Students can complete their homework in a calm, comfortable environment with modern Information Technology and staff support.

Students reading as part of the accelerated reading programme.

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Health Education Sex Education is part of the Health Education programme for all students. The social, moral and physical aspects are covered in a number of subjects including science, personal and social education and religious studies. The Governors’ policy and year group programmes of study are available for inspection upon request. Students will be withdrawn from Sex Education if the parents request this. The school is happy to listen to parental concerns and take these into consideration when planning the sex education curriculum. We actively promote a healthy lifestyle of physical and emotional health within both lessons and the school environment. We have first class links with our local community and health professionals.

Year 11 girls gain their first aid certificates

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Extended School

The school provides a range of extra-curricular activities; students can participate in a range of sporting activities as well as pursue their creative and artistic interests in Drama and Music. (Ofsted, June 2008)

The Department of Education and Skills (DfES) has defined an ‘Extended School’ as: ‘A School that recognises that it cannot work alone in helping children and young people to achieve their potential and have therefore decided to work in partnership with other agencies that have an interest in outcomes for children and young people and the local community’. At South Shields Community School we offer a varied menu of activities such as homework clubs and study support, sport, music tuition, dance and drama, arts and special interest clubs such as chess and archery. We believe that an extended school maximises the curricular learning of our pupils by promoting their overall development and by ensuring that the family and community contexts within which they live are as supportive of learning as possible. The aim of South Shields Community School is to: Provide students and their families, services and support that help remove barriers to achievement and participation; Provide opportunities for a wider involvement in education and lifelong learning; Provide opportunities for participation in a variety of leisure activities (arts, drama, sports) that involve children and have the potential to involve parents and carers; Provide a focus and forum for discussing community issues and initiating action.

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Uniform Plain white shirt with collar and the correct tie for your year group or college. Black blazer with school logo. Plain black V-neck pullover (available from the school with school logo). Black tailored trousers : not denims or cords. Black skirt. Black shoes : not trainers or boots. You may choose to wear a black blazer (with school badge) or pullover or both.

girls

PE Kit Lilac polo shirt White socks White or black training shoes Plain Navy blue tracksuit Plain navy blue sweatshirt (with school logo) optional

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Swimming Towel Regulation navy blue or black swimsuit Cap for pupils with hair over ear length

White polo shirt Navy blue socks White or black training shoes Plain Navy blue tracksuit Plain navy blue sweatshirt (with school logo) optional Plain navy blue rugby top with white collar Navy blue shorts Football boots as appropriate Swimming Towel Plain swimming trunks/shorts (above the knee) Cap for students with hair over ear length

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A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students and anyone arriving at school in non-uniform clothing may expect to be sent home to get changed. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school. Jewellery and make-up are not permitted in school. Coats and other outdoor clothing may not be worn in school. Trainers are not allowed. Students must wear suitable shoes in school at all times.

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Times of the day Lessons will be based on 55 minute periods in a six period day. Morning break will last 15 minutes, apart from Wednesday morning break which will last 20 minutes. Lunch break will last 45 minutes

Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

Wednesday

Period One

08.40 - 09.35

Period Two

09.35 - 10.30

Break

10.30 - 10.45

Period Three

10.45 - 11.40

Period Four

11.40 - 12.35

Lunch

12.35 - 13.20

Enterprise

13.20 - 13.45

Period Five

13.45 - 14.40

Period Six

14.40 - 15.35

Period One

08.40 - 09.35

Period Two

09.35 - 10.30

Enterprise

10.30 - 10.55

Break

10.55 - 11.15

Period Three

11.15 - 12.10

Period Four

12.10 - 13.05

Lunch

13.05 - 13.50

Extended Activities

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Too hot to handle! Can someone hold this for a moment?

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South Shields Community School McAnany Avenue South Shields Tyne & Wear NE34 0PJ Tel 0191 456 8929 Fax 0191 455 8543 Email info@sscschool.co.uk www.sscschool.co.uk

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