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The School Day
08.35 - 08.55 Registration and Assembly
08.55 - 09.45 Lesson 1
09.45 - 10.35 Lesson 2
10.35 - 10.50 Mid morning break
10.50 - 11.40 Lesson 3
11.40 - 12.30 Lesson 4
12.30 - 13.35 Lunch
13.35 - 13.40 Registration
13.40 - 14.30 Lesson 5
14.30 - 15.20 Lesson 6
15.15 - 15.20 Registration

An excellent lunch is offered in the refectory with each year group in turn given the first sitting. A number of activities are offered during the lunch hour and the classrooms are open for pupils to work or socialise. The lending library and many of the specialist rooms are also open and supervised.
No pupil may leave the school premises during school hours or during the dinner break. If they wish their child to go home for lunch, parents are requested to inform the school (in writing) at the beginning of every school year - pupils will be issued with a special pass. Senior school students are allowed to walk to the village during break times.

Parents wishing to move their child from one Secondary school to another should complete the appropriate Local Education Authority proforma after first discussing the situation fully with the two headteachers concerned. The rules concerning medium of instruction and transport detailed above are still applicable. If admission is refused parents may appeal to the Education Authority and ultimately the National Assembly.

How many Pupils are Allowed in Every Year?
Admission Number [Every year] 156

The Local Education Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Secretary of State under Section 23 of the 1988 Education Reform Act, has established a procedure to consider complaints concerning the way schools’ Governing Bodies and the Educational Authorities act in relation to the school’s curriculum and other related matters. This procedure is outlined in a document in Welsh and English, which is available at the school. A copy will be provided free of charge as required to any parent seeking to make a complaint under these arrangements and the Authority can, if necessary, provide a copy in a language other than Welsh or English. It is emphasised, however, that many complaints can be dealt with quickly and effectively by informal consideration based on discussions with the Headteacher or other staff in the school. This is the first reasonable step, and when the circumstances are exceptional, the Governing Body would expect that this step would have been completed before presenting the complaint formally.

The Governing Body has set up a three-step procedure to deal with complaints

Stage 1
An oral or written complaint can be made in Stage 1. The complaint can be made to any member of staff or to the Headteacher. The member of staff who receives the complaint notifies the Headteacher. The Headteacher ensures that every effort is made to solve the complaint in this stage.

Stage 2
It is good practice at Stage 2 to receive a written complaint so that the substance of the matter is clear. On receipt, the Headteacher will write to acknowledge receiving the complaint. The complaint will be investigated and the result presented in writing to the complainant.

Stage 3
If the complainant is not satisfied with the result of the Headteacher’s consideration, the Governing Body can consider the matter. The complaint will be heard by the Governing Body’s Complaints Committee according to the procedure noted in the WAG’s guideline.

Following the completion of Stage 3, the Governing Body or the complainant can contact the LEA for the purpose of reviewing the decision-making procedure. The LEA cannot legally review the decision itself or act as an appeals mechanism

Period of Time for Handling Complaints

The Governing Body will aim to respond within the time limits outlined in the guideline:

Stage 1 response within 10 school days
Stage 2 response within 10 school days
Stage 3 response within 15 school days

The LEA will respond to an enquiry following the completion of Step 3 within 10 school days.

An appointment can be made to discuss any complaint with the Headteacher by contacting the school secretary.

The Communication Book
This is the main school-home link. It enables parents to send messages to the teachers and vice-versa. We ask parents to look at the book every evening, to talk to their children about the school day and to add their signature after ensuring that homework tasks have been completed to a satisfactory standard. Parents should also note any messages from teachers that may be in the book, and when necessary sign the book to show that they have received any messages enclosed. Parents are invited to use the Comments Page as a method of communication with teachers. Inspecting the Communication Book regularly will afford parents an insight into their child’s progress on a day to day basis; parental support of this nature will be of great benefit to the child.

Notifying Parents
At the beginning of the school year a school calendar will be provided showing the school holidays and other important dates such as examination periods. Occasionally school bulletins are issued drawing attention to certain activities and school news. Circular letters are given to pupils to take home eg. permission to go on school outings, invitations to school activities, queries about absence, pupil assessments. Much of this material will be published in A5 format and inserted under the communication book’s cover.

Assessments, Reports & Parents’ Evenings
A comprehensive Report on pupils’ work is issued at the end of the school year; three Reviews of Pupil Assessments are conducted during the year. Your child’s Review Synopsis will be sent to you, and after one Review you will be given an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress during a Parents’ Meeting.

The Tutor’s Role
If we wish to have a personal interview with you we will contact you either by telephone or letter. Should you wish to talk to us the door is always open, although it’s best to make an appointment so that we can ensure that you meet the appropriate person. This would usually be the Aelwyd tutor (whose name appears in the child’s communication book). The tutors have a key function in the pastoral system and the tutor’s role is to get to know the pupils, to meet them every day, to teach them at least once a week and interview them at regular intervals as well as at the child’s request. The tutor is the first and main point of contact between the home and the school.

Home-school Agreement
The Governing Body has adopted a Partnership Agreement between the parents, the pupil and the school. The three parties make a written commitment to give the pupil the best possible conditions to succeed. A copy of the agreement is printed on the penultimate page of Part 3 of the prospectus.

 

Location


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Contact

Address:
Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern
Bodedern
Bro Alaw
Ynys Mon
LL65 3SU

Phone: 01407 741 000
Fax: 01407 742343
E-mail: pennaeth@bodedern.ynysmon.sch.uk

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