Ethos & Values
We want Ysgol Aberconwy to be a happy, caring, ordered and respectful community in which people are treated with fairness and are supported in developing themselves to the fullest possible extent to enable them to take their place in society.
Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit Ysgol Aberconwy at any time during the school day. Contact Reception at school in order to make an appointment to visit Ysgol Aberconwy.
The School Day
|Normal Timetable||Extended Registration
|08:45||Tutor Period||08:45||Tutor Period/PSHE|
|09:05||Lesson 1||09:35||Lesson 1|
|10:05||Lesson 2||10:25||Lesson 2|
|11:20||Lesson 3||11:30||Lesson 3|
|13:10||Lesson 4||13:10||Lesson 4|
|14:10||Lesson 5||14:10||Lesson 5|
|15:10||End of school day||15:10||End of school day|
Many of the school’s facilities are available to pupils during the lunchtime period and after school.
Pupils may buy a school lunch, go home for lunch or bring sandwiches. For legal reasons, parents are asked to notify the Headteacher in writing if they want their child to go home for lunch.
The lunches provided in the school dining room are of a high standard and are offered as part of an extensive menu. A cashless fingerprint recognition system is in operation.
Packed lunches may be brought and eaten in the areas provided.
Pupils who stay at school for lunch or who bring sandwiches remain under the care and supervision of the school. In order that we can fulfil this responsibility we expect these pupils to remain on the school premises during the mid-morning break and lunchtimes.
All school catering is provided by Sodexo, a large specialist international facilities management company, who also provide cleaning and site management of Ysgol Aberconwy. All classrooms are newly refurbished and are kept to a very high standard. Toilet facilities are available throughout the school and are cleaned on an hourly basis.
The school keeps individual records for all pupils throughout their time with us. They include such items as personal and medical details, formal reports and test results, and any other information that the school regards as significant for the welfare and progress of the pupil.
Pupil records aim to assist reliable communication between home and school and the school provides for open access to individual pupil records by the parents of pupils below 18 years of age. Where changes take place in a pupil’s personal circumstances, of which the school needs to be aware, parents are asked to let us know at the earliest possible opportunity.
If a pupil is not well enough to attend school, parents should contact the school on the first day of the illness, and send a note with the child when he or she returns to school. The school contacts parents when absence occurs as a precaution against truancy.
Parents should not take annual holidays which do not coincide with school holidays. The importance of coursework in the GCSE examinations means that it is most unwise for pupils in Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form to miss school, even for family holidays.
Dental appointments should, where possible, be arranged outside school hours. Where this is not possible, dental appointment cards should be made available.
If a pupil becomes ill or has an accident at school the school may:
- provide first aid when it is a minor accident
- contact parents so that the pupil may go home
- contact the hospital directly and ask for the parent to take or meet their child there if it is more serious
The school has a team of staff members who are on duty during school hours, and are the first point of referral for pupils who feel unwell or have been involved in an accident.
Where parents cannot be contacted and hospital treatment is necessary, a teacher may give permission acting on the parent’s behalf.
Parents are asked to inform the school of any medical or clinical condition which might affect the pupil’s progress.
Parents are asked to note that the Authority and the Governing Body do not accept any responsibility for loss of, or damage to, personal property at school. The school advises parents not to allow pupils to bring expensive electronic and mobile phone appliances to school. Any pupils damaging school property will be required to pay for repair or replacement.
Applications for free school meals and uniform grants are dealt with by the Education Department, Conwy County Borough Council, telephone 01492 575056.
Transport to school is arranged by Conwy County Borough Council, telephone 01492 575413.
The school is fully accessible for pupils with disabilities and complies fully with all current regulations. The Disability Action Plan can be viewed on request.
The school has been completely rebuilt and refurbished. As a result it is fully secure with controlled access. The school has a CCTV system which monitors the movement of pupils, staff and visitors around school. At break, lunchtime, before and after school teams of duty staff supervise pupils.
There are members of staff trained in First Aid.
All visitors to the school must sign in at reception and are issued with a visitors’ pass for the school.
The gates to the bus park close at 3:10pm and re-open once all pupils are on the school buses safely. In order to further ensure the safety of pupils at the end of the day, it would be appreciated if parents/guardians park vehicles in the car parks available, rather than on the road.
Each pupil is placed in a mixed-ability tutor group of boys and girls. It is the role of the tutor to get to know the children in his or her care and to be responsible for day-today administration such as marking the register, checking uniform and reading daily notices. The Head of House monitors the progress of pupils in the tutor group and writes the summary comment on reports.
Careers Wales North West is an independent company specialising in careers advice, information and guidance. It works with all pupils in Ysgol Aberconwy.
A Careers Wales North West Careers Adviser visits the school regularly to give careers guidance to young people individually and as groups, as well as attending meetings for parents in the school to discuss 14+ and 16+ choices. In Years 11 and 12 all Ysgol Aberconwy pupils undertake work experience in local companies. During their time at school pupils will be offered a variety of opportunities to explore the world of work.
CAREERS WALES NORTH WEST
The Careers Centre
25, Chapel Street
Telephone: 01492 871900
We believe that personal and social education is central to the overall development of each pupil, and many aspects of school life contribute to this end.
Each pupil undertakes a Personal Social Health Educational programme. The programme includes careers education, development of research and study skills, sex education and health education. The school’s policy for sex education is available from the school.
We want Physical Education at Ysgol Aberconwy to be an enjoyable, caring, ordered and respectful experience where everyone is supported to reach their full potential. We strive to develop positive attitudes towards wellbeing and try to encourage lifelong involvement in physical, outdoor and sporting activities.
We have a planned programme of collective worship, which includes assemblies held in House groups. It is our intention to foster high moral and ethical standards, encouraging pupils to reflect on issues and to demonstrate a caring approach to them.
The school has no religious affiliation and religious education is provided in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus.
If a parent should object on grounds of conscience to a pupil receiving religious instruction or attending assembly, alternative arrangements can be made. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from religious education or assemblies, they should write to the Headteacher.
The Governing Body has adopted a policy of charging pupils for:
- board and lodging costs on educational visits
- activities outside school hours
- instrumental music tuition
- external examinations for which the school has not prepared the pupil during that school year
- examinations when the pupil fails to complete the coursework requirements or fails to attend the examination without a proper reason
- intentional or negligent damage to school property or for the loss of school property
A variety of trips are arranged to enrich the school experience of pupils. Whereas no child will be excluded from such trips as a result of an inability to pay, it is important that the expenses of each trip are met if the activity is to take place.
The school’s Governing Body has established a procedure to consider complaints concerning the way that the school’s Governing Body and the Education Authority act in relation to the curriculum and other related matters. This procedure is outlined in a document in Welsh and English which is available at the school. In the first instance, if you have any complaints or problems, which relate to the running of the school, please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher.
The following publications are also available from the school:
- Options booklets
- The Sixth Form prospectus
- Estyn report 2012
- Governors’ Annual Report to Parents
Together with the Prospectus Handbook the school and Governing Body fulfil their responsibilities under the Education Acts to provide information for parents.
In addition, the Education Act also gives parents right of access to the following information upon further request:
- The Local Education Authority’s Statement of Curriculum Policy
- Administrative memoranda and circulars sent to the school by the Welsh Office
- Reports of Estyn
- Schemes of Work and Syllabuses currently in use, including National Curriculum Statutory Orders
- Copies of the arrangements for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum issued by the Authority
- The Local Education Authority’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.