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YSGOL MAESTEG SCHOOL

PROSPECTUS/ PROSBECTWS 2013 - 2014

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YSGOL MAESTEG SCHOOL Ffordd Dysgu MAESTEG Bridgend CF34 0LQ Tel: [01656] 815950 Fax: [01656] 815954

Ffordd Dysgu MAESTEG Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr CF34 0LQ Ffon: [01656] 815950 Ffacs: [01656] 815954

E-mail / E-bost: maestegschool.maesteg@bridgend.gov.uk Website / Gwefan: www.maestegcs.bridgend.sch.uk Headteacher / Pennaeth: A. Carhart B.Sc (Hons)

ACCAC/ HSBC

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AWARD

11 – 8 MIXED COMPREHENSIVE

Headteacher:

Ms Anne Carhart

Chair of Governors:

Cllr Keith Edwards

Local Education Authority:

Bridgend County Borough Council

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A Message from the Head Teacher

     

Dear Parent / Guardian

Maesteg is an 11 – 19 co-educational school set in pleasant surroundings, with specialist facilities for all subject areas. We have a skilled and dedicated staff enabling our pupils to be taught in a well disciplined and caring environment. We have high expectations of our pupils and are here to help each child fully realise her / his potential and talents and to develop in each one self-worth, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility and respect for others. Our team of outstanding teachers and support staff all work together to deliver the best education for our pupils. We enjoy excellent support from the community we serve, including local business. We place considerable emphasis on forming good relationships between parents and staff and recognise this partnership is supportive to a child’s success. We have an active Parent and Staff Association which gives support with fundraising and in arranging educational and social events. We welcome parents contacting the school and we hold regular Parents’ meetings. We produce the newsletter once a term to keep parents informed of school successes and forthcoming events. The Newsletters are placed on the school website. The school website is updated on a regular basis. We aim to be a sustainable school and try to keep paper to a minimum. We know that we are providing our pupils with a quality education and we intend to continue to improve on our achievements in order to provide our pupils with the best education to learn to live. The school has achieved national recognition in a number of key areas: Activemarc Cymru, Careers Wales Mark, ICT Mark Accredited, Investors in Families Mark and Basic Skills Mark. We are proud of our pupils and their successes and we look forward to their future achievements as successful young men and women of our community. This prospectus contains details of the many educational opportunities we offer. However, a brochure cannot answer all the questions that you might have about the school and we hope that you will accept our offer to come and visit the school and see for yourself.

Ms A Carhart Head Teacher

The Best Education is Learning to Live Yr Addysg Gorau yw Dysgu i Fyw 3


Transfer to Maesteg School Your child is unique and we will treat their individual needs appropriately. Education is a continuing process and personal contact is maintained with our associate primary schools by:

Regular meetings between all the Headteachers of the associate schools.

Exchange visits between subject teachers of the associate schools.

All pupils are involved in an induction day where they meet their tutor group, have ‘taster lessons’ and meet staff.

Key staff visit all associate primary schools to meet with prospective parents and to talk informally.

Pupils and parents are invited to school to meet their child’s tutor prior to transfer.

Joint subject planning and assessment throughout the year between secondary and primary school staff. During the first year, pupils are supported by a ‘Buddy’.

Parents of pupils with Additional Needs are given the opportunity of a personal interview with the SENCO.

“Dear Maesteg School.

I would just like to say

thank you for a wonderful Transition Day at the school. I can’t wait until September!”

Year 6 Pupil

Transition Day

“Very helpful transition process and a great opportunity to meet the teachers. My child has really come to terms with attending the school and cannot wait now!

Parent Feedback

“The transition process is a very positive experience. Parents

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value the

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Pupils continue to make progress and are

partnership that exists between us and Maesteg cared for.”

Headteacher – Primary School

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Facilities for Learning At Maesteg School we believe our pupils deserve the best environment for their learning and we are proud of our outstanding facilities: Atrium Purpose Built Sixth Form Centre Multi-Purpose Hall (including Panoramic Stage and Canteen Facilities) ICT Suite Orchestra Suite Sports Hall / Gymnasium / Fitness Suite Astroturf Learning Resource Centre

Atrium

Purpose Built Sixth Form Centre

Multi-Purpose Hall ICT Suite

Orchestra Suite

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Sports Facilities

Sports Hall

All-Weather Pitch

Sports Fields

Fitness Suite

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Core Purpose and Core Values The Best Education is Learning to Live / Yr Addysg Gorau yw Dysgu I Fyw To raise self esteem and develop “Learning to Learn skills in order to become lifelong learners.”

Aims: To develop a sense of self and raise self esteem so that all are happy, confident and motivated to succeed. To develop a culture of respect, resilience, resourcefulness and responsibility in order to achieve our goals. To develop a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment that promotes learning for all. To develop the whole person through education that values and develops all aspects of the individual. To stimulate and encourage pupils to become better learners in order to reach their potential and achieve success.    

Our Tutorial System Most students stay in the same tutor group throughout their compulsory years at school. The tutor is the first point of contact with the home. The tutor will see your child each morning and will usually deliver the PHSE programme through weekly lessons. Each tutor is responsible on a day to day basis for pupil welfare and performance. Your child’s tutor can be contacted by email, by telephoning the school, by letter or by a note in your child’s journal / diary. The Tutor will decide which member of staff is best suited to deal with your enquiry. He/She may deal with the matter directly or refer the matter to a Director of Learning or Leader of Personalised Learning. If you have any concerns about the academic progress or welfare of your child, please contact the Tutor in the first instance.

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The School Day Lessons are timetabled over a two week period, with 25 lessons each week. The timing of the school day is provided below, during which the school acts in loco parentis. 8:00am 8:40am 9:00am 10:00am 11:00am 11:15am 12:15pm 1:15pm 2:00pm 3:00pm

Breakfast Club Registration Time / Assemblies Lesson 1 Lesson 2 BREAK Lesson 3 Lesson 4 LUNCH Lesson 5 End of School Day

Optional Activities 3:00pm - 4:00pm Extra Curricular Activities 3:00pm - 4:00pm Maesteg Activity Club / Clwb Antur Maesteg

Term and Holiday Dates – 2013/2014 (Please see INSET days below for dates that school will be closed to pupils)

Autumn Term 2013

Term Begins

[ Begins Half-Term Holiday Ends ]

Term Ends

Monday 02.09.13

Monday 28.10.13 - Friday 01.11.13

Friday 20.12.13

Spring Term 2014

Monday 06.01.14

Monday 24.02.14 - Friday 28.02.14

Friday 11.04.14

Summer Term 2014

Monday 28.04.14

Monday 26.05.14 - Friday 30.05.14

Friday 18.07.14

School will be closed on Monday 5th May 2014 - May Day Bank Holiday

INSET Days 2013/2014 Monday 2nd September 2013 Thursday 19th December 2013 Friday 20th December 2013 Monday 30th June 2014

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School Uniform All pupils are required to wear the school’s uniform approved by the school’s Governing Body. Parents should also note the following: No jewellery should be worn, apart from a plain ear stud in each ear and a watch. In practical subjects, all jewellery must be removed for health and safety reasons. Hairstyles should conform to what the school considers reasonable. Natural hair colour is expected and long hair should be tied back for safety reasons in practical sessions. A plain, dark coat should be worn as outdoor clothing. Tracksuit tops, hooded tops and baseball caps are not allowed within the school buildings.

Years 7-11 Black and amber tie Black ‘v’ neck long sleeved jumper / sweatshirt / cardigan with school logo White shirt Black skirt / trousers Black socks / tights Black low heeled shoes School coat (black or plain colour no designer logo).

All items, except the black jumper with the school logo and school tie, can be purchased from a store of your choice. Jumper and tie can be purchased from: Gwyn Richards Sports, Maesteg Euro Schools, Maesteg or Bridgend

Sixth Form Black and amber tie Plain black blazer Black ‘v’ neck long sleeved jumper / sweatshirt / cardigan with school logo Sixth Form enamel badge White shirt Black skirt / trousers Black socks / tights Black low heeled shoes School coat (black or plain colour no designer logo) The sixth form tie and pin badge can be purchased fr the school from the Assistant to the Head of Post Provision. All other items may be purchased from a stor of your choice.

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PE and Games Clothing Requirements and Participation Procedures. During their first year in school……. ….boys will take part in Rugby Football Basketball Dance Gymnastics

....girls will take part in: Trampolining Athletics Baseball Cricket Health-related Fitness

Netball Hockey Football Basketball Dance Gymnastics

Health-related Fitness Trampolining Athletics Rounders Cricket Tennis

Pupils are required to take part in ALL activities, unless prevented from doing so on medical grounds. On such occasions pupils must be provided with a parental note to present to the teacher prior to the start of the lesson. Boys PE Clothing Rugby & Football School Rugby Jersey Black Shorts Girls PE Clothing White Polo Shirt Black Skort / Shorts Trainers

School Socks Boots

Gym, Basketball, Cricket & Athletics White Polo Shirt Trainers (Not Gym) Black Shorts

Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics, Rounders

All Pupils A black/navy tracksuit/joggers can be worn in all activities except gym.

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Academic Structure Key Stage 3 The National Curriculum is designed to provide a firm foundation in English, Mathematics and Science and to provide pupils with the opportunity to achieve their best within a broad and balanced curriculum. The National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 is made up of the following subjects: Eng g lis h Mathematics Science Welsh French or Spanish

Art History Geography Religious Education Technology

Physical Education Information Technology Drama M u s ic

Pupils also follow a programme of Personal and Social Education, usually delivered by the Form Tutor. In Year 7, English, History, Geography, Religious Education and Information Technology is taught under one programme of study known as ‘The Core’. The Core is usually taught by the pupils’ tutor for approximately 16 hours per week. The development of essential skills is a major component of this programme. In Year 9, pupils make a choice of subjects after consultation with their teachers and parents. The range of options offered is published in a Subject Choice on-line booklet for pupils and parents in Year 9. At the end of Key Stage 3, all pupils are assessed by teacher assessment. This assessment will provide parents with summary information about their child’s progress against National Curriculum standards. What is important here is that the pupil is working to his or her full potential. The majority of pupils are expected to achieve level 5 at the end of Key Stage 3 but it is important to remember that different pupils will achieve at different rates. For some pupils, performance below the expected level may be a huge achievement whilst others might be expected to achieve significantly above the expected level.

Key Stage 4 – Year 10 and Year 11 A compulsory core for all pupils: English; Welsh; Mathematics; Science; PE; RE; Personal & Social Education The pupils also select from a range of optional subjects e.g., humanities, languages, creative and technological subjects which enable all pupils to experience a broad balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. Examination success in Year 11 is an aim for all pupils and examinations are offered to pupils throughout the ability range. It is expected that all pupils who attend Maesteg School will sit external examinations at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 5 The school has a vibrant and successful sixth form. Courses on offer are published in the sixth form prospectus. The curriculum is comprehensive and caters for all abilities. To widen choice we the school works in collaboration with all the secondary schools in Bridgend and Bridgend College.

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Code of Conduct Pupils are expected to respect staff and each other by being courteous and conducting themselves in an orderly manner. All pupils are expected to keep the school clean and tidy so that it is a welcoming place of which we can be proud. Pupils must respect school property – by preventing damage to furniture and equipment, and not by writing on property or walls. Pupils are not permitted to smoke on school premises or at any time when wearing the school uniform. Cigarettes, matches, lighters or any illegal substance must not be brought to school. School uniform must be worn at all times. Trainers are forbidden except for use in the Gym or Games lessons. No jewellery is allowed apart from a watch and/or pair of stud earrings. No facial studs or bars are permitted. Hair should be a natural colour. Outdoor jackets / headwear should not be worn within the school. All pupils are expected to remember that the school’s reputation depends on pupil behaviour, both inside and outside the school. Movement around the school should be in an orderly fashion. Pupils should walk on the left hand side in single file. All food must be eaten in the canteen / dining area. Pupils should not enter classrooms without a member of staff being present. Pupils may only leave the premises at lunchtime when collected by a parent. All pupils are expected to speak politely to everyone and not use abusive / foul language. The simplest rule for pupils to follow is the one which ensures self-discipline, so that good behaviour, courtesy, good manners and a consideration for others become second nature to all pupils. If this happens, acts of indiscipline should be minimal. However, if any pupil is guilty of indiscipline, our disciplinary procedure always attempts to be firm but fair. Action which may be taken by staff includes the following: - Verbal counselling and warning - Letter to parents informing them of more serious acts of indiscipline - Detention at breaktime, lunchtime or after school. At least 24 hours notice is given of the latter. - Placing a pupil on report, when a written commitment is made by teachers in each lesson to monitor progress closely. Parents are asked to sign this report form daily. - Exclusion from lesson(s) - Placement in the Supervision Unit - Interview with parents - A period of up to 15 days at a neighbouring secondary school - Exclusion from school, which may be for a fixed period of 1 to 45 days - Service to the school e.g. litter pick up - Permanent exclusion. The co-operation of all parents is sought on all matters relating to disciplining of pupils.

Mobile Phones / Ipods Students are allowed to bring mobile phones / ipods to school but they must be switched off at all times apart from break / lunchtime or if they have express permission from a member of staff to use them. Infringement will result in confiscation and collection by a parent/guardian.

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Rewards and Praise Praise plays a very significant part in improving behaviour for learning. Recognising achievement in various high profile ways at classroom, team and whole school level will have a significant impact on behaviour for learning.

Reward

Purpose

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Whole school prize draw for all students with 100% attendance and 100% punctuality.

To promote the importance of good attendance and punctuality.

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Year group assemblies.

To promote recognition of a variety of qualities.

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Department celebrations and all assemblies.

To co-ordinate end of year activities and link to reward for learning.

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School Presentation Evenings.

To highlight student’s achievements to a wider audience.

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System for praise postcards and tokens in faculties and year groups.

To promote positive attitudes to learning through tangible rewards.

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Additional Information: Assessing, Monitoring and Reporting Pupil Progress Pupil progress is regularly assessed. This may take the form of homework, class tests, projects, assessments of oral and practical skills or formal examinations. All pupils are assessed every half-term against their predicted levels/grades. The school has an intervention programme to ensure all pupils are supported to achieve their potential. A report on progress is sent to parents annually. Where a pupil’s lack of progress is causing concern, parents are contacted as a matter of urgency. It is important that good study skills are established at an early age to achieve examination success in later life. Meetings are organised once each year for parents of pupils in every year group to discuss their progress with their teachers. In years 7 progress meetings are held with the tutors.

Homework Homework is set regularly for all pupils. Pupils are expected to complete all homework to the highest possible standard. Homework Clubs operate after school to support pupils doing their homework to the highest possible standard. The Library is open for use by pupils after school every week night, apart from a Friday and a free bus is provided to take pupils home safely. The ICT rooms are also open after school for pupils to use the computers.

Leaders of Personalised Learning (LoPL) LoPL have overall responsibility for the Pastoral Welfare of a year group. Any matters concerning the welfare of progress of any child should be directed, in the first instance, to the appropriate LoPL. Pastoral care is designed to ensure that the general welfare of each individual child is closely monitored in a caring community. The objective of pastoral care is to ensure that each child fulfils his/her academic and social potential.

The Form Tutor The Form Tutor is required to take a special interest in the welfare of the pupils in his/her tutor group and is the first point of contact for pupils if there are any questions or problems. At the beginning of each day pupils are brought together in their own form rooms where the Form Tutor will take the register. Tutors play an important role in the delivery of the school’s pastoral programme of personal, social and health education.

Medical Provision Your child will not be given any medication in school except by prior written arrangement. The school has a Health and Welfare Officer as well as staff trained in first aid. If necessary, your child will be taken to hospital by ambulance, and, if you are unavailable, will be accompanied by a member of staff.

House Structure For social and cultural purposes the school community has also been organised into four Houses which are Cennen, Harlech, Raglan and Pembroke. Sporting and other competitions are arranged between the four Houses e.g., Rugby, Hockey, Sports Day and Eisteddfod. Each pupil is allocated to a House on entry to the school. Members of staff are also allocated to one of the four Houses.

Home/School Agreement Maesteg School Home/School Agreement and associated parental declaration can be found in the pupil journal. All registered parents of pupils are requested to sign the parental declaration to indicate that they understand and accept the contents of the Home/School Agreement.

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Equal Opportunities’ Policy We want all our pupils to have the opportunity to maximise their potential. Each pupil is of equal value and has equal access to the curriculum and all ‘benefits, facilities or services’ offered by the school. At Maesteg School we pride ourselves on knowing and supporting every pupil. We attach great importance to educating about equal opportunities. The school curriculum covers issues of equality relating to disability, gender and race, and challenges prejudice and stereotyping in schools and in the wider community. We foster a culture where diversity is valued and equality of opportunity is a reality. We take account of disabilities and we promote a positive attitude towards disabled persons. The school is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The schools’ equality strategic plan can be accessed on the school’s website.

School Security and Safety The safety of our pupils and staff is a priority at Maesteg. The school has a ‘state of the art’ CCTV system. The pupils have a separate reception area to the public. All visitors are greeted at main reception.

The School Learning Resource Centre Maesteg is a 21st century learning establishment and we encourage pupils to use modern technology as well as books. Maesteg has a modern and well equipped library. All computers provide internet access and are fully connected to colour printers and scanners. The School Librarian is on hand, not only during school time but also at lunchtime and after school. All pupils must abide by the school’s Internet Policy.

Compact Agreement Maesteg School has a Compact agreement with Mid Glamorgan Education Business Partnership. Obtaining a Compact Certificate is an important achievement, as employers are more likely to give preference to those who achieve a certificate. Those pupils who meet the conditions of the Agreement, as follows, will receive a certificated at the end of Year 11: A high rate of attendance; Punctuality; Production of a Record of Achievement; Good personal skills; Ability to meet deadlines; Receiving a favourable work experience report.

Careers Education and Guidance All pupils participate in a comprehensive Careers Education and Guidance programme. This encourages them to make appropriate decisions when considering their career options particularly in Year 9 (for subject choice), Year 11 (for Further Education or employment/training) and in Year 12/13 (for Higher Education or employment). All pupils are given the opportunity to undertake Work Experience in Year 10 or 11, thereby gaining valuable work experience of the world of work.

Parents and Staff Association The Parents and Staff Association is an association of Parents and Staff working together to organise activities of interest and enjoyment for the benefit of pupils, parents and staff. All parents, including those of ex-pupils, are eligible to serve on the committee which meets regularly at the school. The ‘Parents and Staff Association’ play a major part in fundraising.

Admissions  

The school will follow the procedure set up by Bridgend County Borough Council. The school will admit pupils normally at age 11 up to a maximum standard number. Admission at age 11 is through your primary school and the LEA. For queries in relation to Admissions, parents should contact the Admissions Department at BCBC on (01656) 642650. Pupils wishing to transfer to us during the year should contact the Deputy Headteacher.

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Illness and Absence from School If pupils are absent from school for any reason, the parents should contact the school on the first day of absence. A letter should be given to the Form Tutor on returning to school. The absence will then be classified as an authorised absence. To contact the school to report an absence, please call: (01656) 815950.

L u n c h ti m e s The school cafeteria is open at breakfast time, break-time and lunch-time and offers a hot meal counter, salad bar and fast food section. Packed lunches may be eaten in the Hall. There are many activities that pupils can enjoy at lunchtime including choir, orchestra, numerous sports, reading in the Library and other staff supervised activities. Pupils are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the lunchtime unless they are collected by a parent.

Free School Meals On transfer to Maesteg School, a pupil’s entitlement to Free School Meals would have already been ascertained by their primary school. For new applicants, enquiries or further information, parents should contact the Benefits Office, BCBC on (01656) 643379.

Grants Families on low income and/or receiving income support may be entitled to one or more of the following grants: Free School Meals; Distinctive Clothing Allowance or Education Maintenance Allowance. If you think you qualify for a grant, please contact the school for further advice and an application form.

Transport Transport to and from school is provided by the Local Education Authority for pupils living more than two miles from the school as defined by the LEA. Pupils travelling from outside the catchment area are usually required to pay for transport to and from school. All pupils are expected to behave appropriately whilst travelling on school buses. Misbehaviour may result in the privilege of school transport being suspended.

Use of the Welsh Language Maesteg celebrates its ‘Welshness’ and identity in many ways. We are proud of our language and heritage and this commitment is to be seen in much of our work. Pupils are exposed to the welsh language and many events are held to celebrate our history and tradition. All subjects are taught through the medium of English, apart from the subject of Welsh. All subjects use basic greetings and instructions in Welsh to develop pupils’ competency. All pupils study Welsh in KS3 and KS4 unless an exemption has been implemented. English is the day to day language of communication in the school. However, staff and pupils are encouraged to use Welsh as much as possible.

Collective Worship The daily act of collective worship is a time when the tutor groups unite for a Year Assembly or reflection time in the tutor base. Assemblies take into account the background of pupils, their age and aptitudes and they aim to offer common values within a broadly Christian context.

Maesteg School will respect the rights of all parents who wish to withdraw their child from collective worship.

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Issue and Return of Text Books Text books and other resources issued by teacher to pupils following examination courses are to be returned to school at the end of the course or earlier if for any reason the pupil transfers to another educational establishment. These should be returned in a condition suitable for use by other pupils and the books should not be defaced in any way. Failure to return textbooks or the defacing of textbooks could result in parents being invoiced for the replacement cost of the book(s).

Students with Additional Requirements Our aim is to provide a positive and supportive working environment in which all our pupils can strive for success. We provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all our pupils, whilst acknowledging that some children may require extra support or help. The SENCO is responsible for co-ordinating the extra support for pupils. Special provision includes access to individualised programmes, support from classroom assistants to meet individual needs. The school has a lift to provide access for pupils with mobility needs. Pupils with Disabilities: Maesteg School is committed to the goal of achieving equality of opportunity for disabled persons. The school is committed to providing a full curriculum to as many pupils as possible. In particular, the Governing Body recognises its responsibility under the disability discrimination legislation to make reasonable adjustments in order to facilitate access to the premises, facilities and curriculum of the school. As a consequence, we will:  promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons;  eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Act;  eliminate harassment of disabled persons that is related to their disabilities;  promote positive attitudes towards disabled persons;  encourage participation by disabled persons in public life;  take steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities, even where that involves treating disabled persons more favourably than other persons. As part of our annual self-evaluation, planning and review cycle - children and young people, their parents and carers, staff and governors are engaged in assessing our performance, practice and procedures to ensure that they match our aspirations. Our accessibility plan after annual review will identify priorities for the following year. The school has a lift to provide access for pupils with mobility needs. More Able and Talented: At Maesteg School we believe in creating an inclusive learning community that celebrates the uniqueness of all pupils. The school will promote stimulating and challenging experiences through a broad balanced curriculum that also offers quality learning activities that focus on the particular needs and talents of the pupils. We are also committed to identifying and meeting the needs of these pupils as early as possible in order to enable them to achieve their best. Looked After Children: In order to provide for our Looked After Children (LAC), Maesteg School has a dedicated Learning Support Assistant (LSA) who supports all the LAC pupils, some on a daily basis. The LSA liaises with carers and outside agencies to ensure the pupils’ needs are met. The LSA is managed by the SENCO.

Complaints We value the good relations we enjoy with parents and the Community. Any concerns expressed by parents or others about the school curriculum and related matters should be considered in discussion with the Headteacher and staff in the first instance. Where complaints cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, the matter can be referred to the Complaints Officer of the LEA. The guidelines for parental complaint procedures can be obtained from: The Complaints Officer, Bridgend County Borough Council, Children’s Directorate, Sunnyside, BRIDGEND, CF31 4AR.

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Student Records and Confidential Information All information recorded about students is available for their parents to see by written request. Much of the information is stored on a secure computer file. Files contain basic information such as name, address, telephone numbers, d.o.b., medical information, progress data and any behaviour issues and additional learning needs. It is vital that we have emergency contact numbers. Please ensure that you complete the consent form that asks you to let us know your wishes about the use of photographs in school publications and publicity. Please inform us whenever any changes to your child’s details occur. If there is any confidential information which we should know about in order to understand your child better, please communicate this to your child’s Head of Year or Tutor.

School Policy on Charging When activities take place totally outside the school day, parents will be expected to contribute towards the cost of the activity. When the activity occurs partly or wholly within the school day, parents in some instances may be requested to make a donation towards the cost of the activity. If insufficient donations are received, it may be necessary to cancel the activity. If the pupils entered for an examination fail to complete the component of the course or fail to sit the examination (other than a medical reason), parents will be expected to pay the entry fee for the examination.

Celebrating Achievement in Sport Maesteg PE Faculty celebrates pupils’ achievement in sport and physical activity through an Annual Sports Presentation Evening. The evening hosted by a ‘celebrity in sport’, awards pupils who have represented the District, County and Wales in their chosen activity. Some surprise awards include Rugby, Netball and Football ‘Player of the Year’ and the evening culminates in the award for ‘Team of the Year’ and our ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award. Our Sports Leaders are rewarded for their delivery of activities in our partner Primary Schools and Sports Ambassadors are selected as role models to support the development of physical activity at Maesteg School.

School Council Hearing what the pupils think about the school and how it can be improved is important to us. Representatives from each year group meet as a team with the Senior Prefects on a regular basis.

Health & Safety The school’s Health and Safety Policy is reviewed on a regular basis. The policy of the school is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of working for all ours pupils, staff and visitors.

Child Protection Protecting children from abuse is a shared responsibility for everyone. At Maesteg School, our Child Protection Policy has three elements: Prevention Through Teaching and Pastoral Support; Procedures for Identifying and Reporting Cases or Suspected Cases of Abuse; Support for Pupils who May Have Been Abused. Concerned parents should contact the Headteacher in the first instance. The school will follow the All Wales Child Protection Procedures which includes the involvement of other agencies.

The Content and Organisation of Sex Education Sex education is provided as part of the whole curriculum, accepting that education about sex and personal relationships has an important part to play in preparing young people for responsible adult life. It is taught within the context of S and Relationship Education (SRE). The SRE programme at Maesteg is designed to provide knowledge about loving relationships, the nature of sexuality and the processes of human reproduction. Facts are presented in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner and are set within a clear framework of values and an awareness of the law on sexual behaviour. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the value of stable family life, marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood. We also recognise that there are strong and mutually supportive stable relationships outside of marriage; Wales is home to a diverse society with a variety of family organisations. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from SRE, except when such education is part of the National Curriculum. Any parent who wishes to exercise this right should inform the Headteacher at the school.

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Family Engagement Officer Role The role of FEO has been operating successfully at the school during 2011 to 2012. The main aim of this role is to engage with families in order to develop positive home/school links and importantly to impact on learning outcomes and well-being of all our pupils. The FEO welcomes the opportunity to work with families or just to be the first point of contact for school related matters. A range of parents classes have been set up and are operating at the school, such as our Basic IT Class, Basic Welsh and Keeping up with My Child in Maths. (The FEO can provide additional information in relation to all the classes in existence.) The support of interested parents/family members to ensure their continued success in the future would be much appreciated. The Family Engagement Officer, Mrs Alison Davies, is based at the school and would be happy to hear from you. Mrs Davies’ contact details are via Maesteg School: Tel: (01656) 815950 or email: adavies@maestegcs.bridgend.sch.uk .

Extra Curricular Activities The school boasts a strong tradition of extra-curricular involvement in sporting, musical, cultural and community activities. The school is clearly aware of a strong community interest and involvement which is encouraged and supported by staff at Maesteg. Sport amenities include a sports hall, a gymnasium, rugby and football pitches, tennis courts, cricket strip, fitness suite and an all weather pitch with floodlights. Pupils continue to represent Bridgend County Borough Council in Rugby, Football, Basketball, Athletics, Hockey, Cricket, Netball, Tennis, Cross Country and Games. The school is proud to have had students who represented Wales in Judo, Squash, Tumbling and Trampolining. Pupils have also represented Great Britain in a variety of sports. Maesteg School is committed to the 5 x 60 scheme that aims to get pupils active for at least 60 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Look out for cycling and scooting club, dodgeball, benchball, climbing and surfing on our activity programmes. Pupils use the local environment for sketching our distinctive local landscape with its buildings and sites of interest. Large murals, hung at Maesteg outdoor market, are the result of a request from the town council and produced by senior students and art work has been made available for display at the request of businesses and organisations. There are weekend residential visits with the Welsh Department to Llangrannog and Glan Llyn Urdd residential centres. Visits to theatres, television studios, Welsh Language shows and dramas are arranged. There is a joint venture with a local college where ‘A’ Level students share a residential placement in North Wales to further their Welsh language skills. Music plays a major part in the school’s busy extra-curricular life. The school boasts two school choirs. The school choir and orchestras provide entertainment at the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party, the Rotary Club Christmas Lunch, Carol Services at Churches in the Local Community, the School’s Welsh Evening, the Annual Concert and Presentation Evening. A Samba Band also practises at lunchtimes and is open to all pupils. Talented students perform with West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band, Glamorgan Valleys Youth Choir, Glamorgan Valley Youth Orchestra, Maesteg Operatic Society and Maesteg Children’s Choir.

In addition to sporting and musical activities, the school also offers opportunities for pupils to do homework or catch up on work missed due to absence. The Library helps in this endeavour and members of staff are often available at lunchtime to support pupils with their studies.

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Maesteg Activity Club / Clwb Antur Maesteg "We have developed a welcoming and supportive After School Club/Child Care provision at the School which provides a wide range of accessible learning opportunities to extend, enrich and promote learning beyond the mainstream classroom. This extended day includes a Breakfast Club which promotes healthy and nutritional eating and runs from 8.00 - 8.30am. Children have the opportunity to buy a breakfast to ensure a good start to the day. The After School Club is organised Monday - Thursday between 3.00 – 4.00 pm. Three Zones make up the club providing children with opportunities to attend and take part in the activities on offer: The Chill Zone is an area for relaxation, socialising, watching TV/DVDs, playing games and listening to music. The Study Zone provides an area where pupils can develop study skills and use ICT facilities. The Activity Zone offers a wide range of sporting activities which encourages children to get fit and active (activities include trampolining, tennis, mountain biking, swimming, surfing, archery and more tradition sports). Our 'state of the art' fitness suite is also available and proved to be very popular this year. Art/ Crafts and practical life skills are also delivered. We are seeking to address two main identified needs by providing this facility which are to raise standards and to help families manage work/life balance. There is growing evidence to suggest that young people who voluntarily participate in this type of activity show improvements in self esteem, attitudes to learning and achieving, behaviour and attendance at school. We hope to see your child there!"

Governing Body The Chair of the Governing Body is Cllr K Edwards. Any correspondence for Cllr Edwards may be addressed to him via the school. Full committee Governing Body meetings are held on a termly basis. committees:

Also, in operation are various sub-

Pupil Disciplinary and Exclusions Complaints Finance Health and Safety Curriculum School Liaison Group Grievance Grievance – Appeals Personnel (Staffing) Staff Disciplinary and Dismissal Staff Disciplinary and Dismissal – Appeals Pay Review Pay Review Appeals School Liaison Group Copies of minutes of meetings are available on request. Please contact Reception.

School Performance Information Information may be accessed via the following link: School Performance Information

Destinations of Pupils – Leavers at End of 2011/2012 Academic Year Information may be accessed via the following link: Destinations of Pupils

For further information regarding the school or school policies, please contact the Headteacher’s PA at the school.

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