Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
Parent and carer area
Wellsway School expects the highest levels of attendance, and every student should aim for 100%. Full attendance is a critical factor in ensuring positive educational outcomes and that our students reach their social potential. We are committed to providing high quality inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Any problems that impede full attendance need to be identified and addressed as quickly as possible.
If a student at Wellsway School will be absent then we ask the parent or carer to contact us on each day of absence.
In our experience:
‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.’ (Department for Education, 2017)
Student absence request
The school can only grant leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances. Any request for leave must be made in writing for the attention of the Principal in advance. Wellsway School follows the Local Authority’s guidelines to address attendance which may include the use of statutory powers which involves the use of Penalty Notices and Court prosecution.
Parents wishing the school to consider granting leave of absence in school term time should read these notes carefully and then complete the Absence Request Form. This form should be sent to the school in time for the request to be considered well before the desired period of absence. Parents are strongly advised not to finalise any arrangements before receiving the school’s decision on their request. In any event the request form must be received by the school at least two weeks before the departure date to allow sufficient time for appropriate consideration.
The granting of leave of absence in school term time is, by law, a matter for consideration and decision by the school. There is no automatic right to any leave in term time. The Department for Education (DfE) and our policy is that family holidays should not be taken in school term time. Where such requests are made, for the leave to be granted, the Principal will decide if there are exceptional circumstances.
Each case will be considered individually and on its own merits. Parents need, therefore, to consider very carefully before making any request for leave of absence the demands of the National and wider School Curriculum especially around examination stages. In considering a request, the school will take account of:
Absence request forms
Catering service at Wellsway
Wellsway School's catering facility, Zest, uses a cashless system. For more details please see our cashless catering information guide (Pdf, 562kb) which parents/carers and students may helpful.
School meal deal: £2.60 for paying pupils.
If your child if entitled to free school meals their cashless catering account will be topped up with £2.60 at lunchtime each day.
Zest menus include British chicken, pork, turkey, fish from a sustainable source, free range eggs and locally produced fresh vegetables, and remains committed to providing a quality service and healthy meal to your child at lunchtime.
If you have any queries regarding the provision of school meals or allergens/dietary requirements, please email us email@example.com.
The menus currently available are included in the links below. Please note that there is a two-weekly rotation of the Menus 1, and 2. For ease, dates are provided at the top of each menu to assist you with meal planning for your child.
Allergies, intolerances and special dietary requirements
For pupils with food allergies, intolerances or special dietary requirements, parents/carers will need to complete the Zest's special dietary requirement form and provide a photo and medical evidence for us to risk assess their child's needs. Without this risk assessment we cannot safely feed any pupil. All of our school kitchens have been told not to feed anyone without having completed Zest's special dietary requirement form.
Applying for free school meals
Registering your child for free school meals (FSM) means that your child can buy food at break and/or lunch free (subject to a maximum of £2.60 per day) and that Wellsway School will also receive extra money as a result.
The Government is providing additional money to schools to help children from families who qualify for FSM. This funding is called the 'Pupil Premium'.
If your child is registered to receive FSM:
Please register to make sure that your child doesn’t miss out.
Check if you qualify:
Please see the list below to see if you qualify. Registering is quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact the Bath & North East Somerset Free School Meals Team on 01225 394317 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may not even need to complete a form.
If you do want your child to have a free meal at lunch and/or break then this will save you around £400 a year and the school will also receive extra funds.
If your child is eligible for FSM but you don’t want him or her to have the meals that is fine but we would ask you to continue to apply anyway. This is so that the school still receives the Pupil Premium to which we are entitled through your child's eligibility.
Do you qualify?
You are entitled to apply to register for eligibility for FSM for your child(ren) if you are receiving one of the following benefits:
If you do register for this service the school will not share this information with anyone else. This will not affect any other benefits that you claim.
Severe weather conditions
Severe weather conditions before departure for school (if for example, there is a heavy fall of snow during the night, the following arrangements will apply)
Severe or deteriorating weather conditions during the day (i.e. after students have arrived at school)
With our students’ safety in mind we shall keep a constant check on road condition reports and weather forecasts. If conditions worsen during the day or if bus operators advise on an early departure, it would normally be our policy:
It is absolutely essential that you give your child clear instructions now for use in this kind of emergency. Make sure they have up-to-date telephone numbers and that they know how to contact you or some other responsible person. Ensure, also, that your child can get into the house in your absence.
In order to grow as a person it's important to have a range of positive interests. We all need to learn how to:
Our extra-curricular programme will help you to grow into a confident and mature young person who is ready to cope with challenge.
Typically, students have access to clubs outside of lessons in all major sports (e.g. netball, rugby, hockey, football, cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics).
We also run a varied programme of tuition and performance in music and drama.
Many subjects run clubs to promote intellectual growth and participation such as our debate club and politics.
For more information see the clubs and activities for this current academic year.
We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students’ progress and should be used to reinforce or extend what is learned in school as well as to support students to develop effective independent learning habits. Students are expected to undertake homework to the best of their ability and we hope that they will feel a sense of personal satisfaction after completing tasks and from these efforts recognised and celebrated. We ask parents and carers to support us in supporting their child’s independent learning by providing a suitable space for completion of tasks and ensuring that homework is completed on time and with maximum effort.
We understand that homework is often an area of anxiety for students starting at secondary school and we try to do everything we can to help them to manage this transition.
How much homework will my child get?
Students should expect to complete one to two homework activities each school day and the schedule (attached) indicates the number of expected homework activities and the suggested evenings on which they might be completed by students.
What kinds of tasks will my child be set?
We want homework to be a productive use of students’ time and, where possible, for students to enjoy completing these tasks. Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice where possible and so a wide range of tasks and projects are set, ranging from interviews and experiments to research and essay writing. Where appropriate, homework will be adapted to student need.
How will my child record their homework?
We know that the vast majority of students prefer to use online platforms to manage their learning outside the classroom – this also allows parents/ carers to support their child with organising work and managing deadlines. All homework is set using our student portal (accessible to parents on My Child At School MCAS portal) so students and parents can easily see what has been set and access any necessary resources and we thank our parents for their support in checking deadlines and helping to ensure homework is completed and deadlines met.
For those students who need extra support with organisation or for where access to the student portal is more difficult, we provide physical personal homework organisers and extra support in time management and organisation.
How will I know how to support my child with their homework?
We ask parents to check MCAS regularly to see what has been set and to have regular conversations with their children about what they are working on. We also provide a homework club after school from Monday to Thursday and our school library is open at break and lunch with access to IT facilities.
What if I have a question about the amount of time my child is spending on their homework or the homework being set?
We ask parents to send any queries via email@example.com stating the nature of the query and the subject where there is a particular question. All email is directed to the relevant subject teacher for response.
Who can I talk to about worries with homework?
Parents are asked to speak to their child’s tutor for general worries and subject teachers for subject specific questions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance to us. We foster a culture of vigilance among staff, students and parents/carers. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously.
The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
Wellsway School has shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online and have worked with National Online Safety to deliver an interactive online workshop for all of our parents and carers.
The course can be taken at your own convenience and covers:
Our partnership with National Online Safety means that all parents/carers at Wellsway School can access the most up to date guides for social media apps and platforms. Click on the links below to find out more information about each app and to download our useful tips to help keep children safe:
Please see our child protection policy and anti-bullying policy for information here. about our current protocols and procedures or visit Childnet's hot topics for more detailed information on topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
Online safety: key information about social media (Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications)
Twitter and Facebook provide opportunities for students to communicate with friends, family and with new friends/contacts. There are also other applications which are similar to Facebook or Twitter, such as Instagram, designed for those aged 13 plus where children can make immediate connection with contacts (friends, family, aquaintances) using computers, tablets and suitably equipped mobile telephones (e.g. smart phones and iPhones). These sites allow children to view videos, images and text and write messages and to upload their own images (photos) which can be seen by the public or by selected groups depending on the security settings your child (or you) has/have chosen.
Twitter, Facebook and other similar sites are blocked on the Wellsway internet.
Although there are many positive aspects to social media, there are important things for parents to be aware of:
If a Wellsway student is found to have made an unpleasant remark/comment about another student then they will be punished even if this has taken place outside of school. If a student makes an inappropriate or unpleasant remark about the school or a member of staff then the student will be punished for this gross lack of respect. Parents/carers will always be involved if we ever have to deal with these issues.
Parents’ online safety helpline (Pdf, 357kb) gives parents and carers ideas to consider and useful links about gaming, bullying, live streaming, apps and instant messaging.
Online safety: what can parents do to keep their children safe?
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Consider using these conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling:
Adults can approach your children online in order to make contact with them. Sometimes these adults will pretend to be children in order to build trust. When trust has been established your child may be asked to send a picture or to speak online using a camera or other device. In the worst cases adults can pose as children and arrange to meet in public without you being aware. Adults and sometimes, other children, have been known to ask children to send indecent images (naked pictures) using Facebook, Twitter or email. To receive these images is a criminal offence for any individual and punishable in law.
We take measures to educate all students about these possibilities through our curriculum but, of course, supervising students outside of school requires parents/carers to make their own arrangements, and for children and young people to make the right choices.
Sadly, on-line predators are at work across the region attempting to lure children and young people every day of every week. One of the best way to stop this is for parents/carers to carefully monitor activities at home and to never allow children to use computers and electronic devices without appropriate supervision. Parents/carers must also ensure that all devices have appropriate security settings to make sure that children do not see things that they should not and so that they can be well protected from predatory adults.
Information on sexting and online sexual exploitation
The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.
The guide, What's the problem? is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support.
The guide explains to parents:
Online safety: what can parents do if they have any concerns?
If you have a concern of any kind, please do not ‘wait and see’ or assume that someone else is dealing with it. Please contact the school immediately or see the sources of additional information below:
Schools across the Futura Learning Partnership use an application called School Cloud to manage parents’ and carers' evenings. This application allows users to book appointments online and conduct appointments remotely via video communication.
Each of the schools within the Futura Learning Partnership have their own School Cloud website.
Sixth form students attending classes in different schools will need to book appointments and attend video conferences using each of the schools’ websites.
Instructions and guidance
The system will work on a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops as well as desktop computers. To make video calls, parents and carers will need to use a device with a camera, microphone and one of the following compatible web browsers:
Android: Chrome or Firefox
Windows: Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
Mac: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
Linux: Chrome or Firefox
Parent information evenings
Many thanks to all of our parents/carers who took the time to fill in a survey form at one of our parent/carer evenings in the last twelve months. We received an incredible response, with almost four hundred families expressing their views, approximately one third of our school community.
The anonymous questionnaire was based closely on the questions which Ofsted, the body responsible for monitoring standards in schools, use to judge parental satisfaction at schools across England.
We received a huge endorsement for the culture of confidence, respect and success that lies at the core of our school. This was demonstrated by the fact that:
Teaching and learning was also noted as a strength, with responses showing that:
Safeguarding and welfare are our very highest priorities at Wellsway, and we were delighted to be told that:
In addition to this, we were really pleased to find that satisfaction in our communication systems has continued to improve, with 91% feeling that they receive valuable information in relation to progress.
The survey has also helped us to identify areas for development. Whilst the majority of parents are either unaware of bullying incidents at Wellsway, or are satisfied with their knowledge of how we deal with them, 15% of our parents and carers voiced concerns. Likewise, 15% of our parents felt that behaviour is not always good. We have recently reviewed and improved our behaviour systems and will continue to seek the opinions of students, parents and carers to ensure that these changes have a positive impact. The number of bullying incidents reported at Wellsway is extremely low and we therefore urge you to contact us at email@example.com if you have any concerns in relation to your child or another individual.
Finally it was really helpful to read the comments which some parents and carers chose to add at the end of the survey. We are particularly grateful for the many comments thanking our staff for their dedication and hard work.
Wellsway School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care. The welfare and safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance to us and we foster a culture of vigilance among staff, students and parents/carers. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. To help us do so, we stay well informed about both national and local issues and are proud to have taken part in both national and local campaigns and training programmes to develop systems to positively promote student welfare alongside staff understanding and knowledge around key issues our young people may be facing.
The information outlined here aims to provide parents and carers with key information, advice and guidance and includes links to outside agencies and useful reference sites.
Further guidance for parents and carers is available from the child protection and safeguarding policy or from the sites below:
School Nursing Service
If you would like more information on the B&NES School Nursing Service, then please click on the link below. Students can book an appointment with school nurse Fiona McGlynn through their Tutor, Learning Mentor or Head of House.
Parent/Carer PSHE curriculum evening 2021
Student wellbeing evening for parents and carers 2022
We expect all students to be on the premises for 8.40am to ensure they have time to get to lessons. Students are not permitted on the school site before 8.20am, unless they are involved in a pre-arranged, supervised activity.
School Day timings (Pdf)
Wellsway School requires all students in Years 7-11 to wear uniform.
Our uniform promotes a distinctive and smart appearance both inside and outside school, identifying the wearer as a student of Wellsway School. Our uniform requirements are intended to be clear and unambiguous.
Our policy on school uniform is based on the notion that school uniform:
Please note that only uniform styles specified by the school, available through our uniform stockists, are acceptable.
The school uniform supplier is Scholars, Bath Outlet Shop, 4 Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LN. Tel: (01225) 462206.
Learning and progress for all, regardless of need and supporting everyone.
At Wellsway our aim is for all learners will access a broad and balanced curriculum in a safe learning environment and there will be clarity of provision for them. All learners are valued, no matter what the differences are in their abilities or behaviours and every child matters.
Director of Inclusion (SENCo): Mr Christopher Cooke
Deputy Curriculum Director: Inclusion - Miss Victoria Smith
High Learning Support Assistants: Lindsay Flower, Richard Gascoyne, Sophie Razgui and Laura Roberts
SEMH Manager: Mrs Jane Uren
We also have a team of dedicated SEND Keyworkers who support students across the curriculum
The five areas of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are:
Students have a Special Educational Need or Disability if they need support in or have difficulty in accessing the curriculum that is in addition to or different from other students of their age. This can be a temporary or long term issue. We support students in the context of their own individual needs and in liaison with parents, carers and other professional organisations.
What does inclusion look like at Wellsway School?
We pride ourselves on catering for a wide variety of needs by using effective differentiation in the classroom. In some cases, the Inclusion team will provide extra support in class for our most vulnerable learners. Wellsway provides:
The Wellsway Inclusion Centre
The Wellsway Inclusion Centre is a lively hub of activity where dedicated professionals aim to support students in the very best way possible by providing:
How can I talk to the Director of Inclusion about my son / daughter?
You can contact the Director of Inclusion by telephone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Director of Inclusion.
How will Wellsway support our son / daughter’s transition to and from school?
Wellsway liaises closely with the feeder primary schools. As soon as we know who is coming to us we ensure that every child is visited in their primary setting, provided they are living within reasonable distance of the B&NES / Bristol / South Gloucester areas.
Should your child require extra support for transition, this can be arranged in collaboration with the primary school.
How does Wellsway know if a student needs help?
There are various approaches that Wellsway uses to establish the needs of learners. In the majority of cases this is addressed by the class teachers who will employ a variety of teaching techniques in order to meet each student’s individual needs. We establish the level of support required for our learners through the following:
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my son/daughter will receive?
Each student is assessed individually and a personalised package of support is put in to place, dependent on need. Meetings are held between the Director of Inclusion and parents when a need has been identified. These will then be implemented and teaching staff will be advised of a students’ need. This will also be reviewed regularly.
Additional assessments from outside agencies are used for students with complex needs. This will be done when a full and comprehensive range of support in school has been pursued.
How can I find out whether my son / daughter is dyslexic and how will s/he be supported?
Provided evidence has been submitted by your child’s subject teachers that suggest that s/he struggles with reading, writing and/or processing, we can carry out tests which indicate whether your child has dyslexic tendencies. However, we cannot provide a diagnosis of dyslexia. This can be organised by parents /carer though external organisations such as dyslexia action. Students who are dyslexic may receive targeted intervention work through small groups or access to a word processor. Coloured overlays are also available from the Inclusion Centre if a student finds this helpful for reading. Regular strategies are also discussed with staff to support students with dyslexia.
How do I know if my son / daughter requires special consideration for exams?
In exceptional circumstances, some students require access for exams such as extra time, a scribe or a word processor. Some students also require rest breaks.
In order for these access arrangements to be granted, evidence needs to be collected from subject teachers by the Inclusion team that proves that the nature of the special consideration is the student’s normal way of working. Wellsway School has to follow criteria set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). A learning need such as dyslexia does not automatically mean that a student is automatically entitled to access arrangements and in cases where a student does not use the arrangement provided, then it is rescinded. Further information can be found on the JCQ website.
What support will there be for my son / daughter’s wellbeing?
Your child’s tutor will be the first port of call for any issues that may arise and our tutors are well trained in offering high quality help and advice. We offer a comprehensive and supportive pastoral system with dedicated House teams who support young people through what can be a difficult time in their lives such as the transition from childhood to adulthood and the pressures that that will bring. Student Support is positioned in the centre of the school and the Head of House and Learning Mentors can be found there along side our Attendance Improvement Officer, the School Nurse and our voluntary counsellors. For students with complex emotional needs we have The Haven which is run by our SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) manager who offers therapeutic help and advice.
What if my son / daughter has a medical condition?
You can contact our School Health Nurse to discuss any medical conditions or queries you may have prior to them starting at Wellsway. Please contact: email@example.com
Students with a disability or who are taking regular medication during the school day will have a Health Care Plan that is overseen by the school nurse.
Students who are struggling to access school due to illness may need a Medical Action Plan. This is created by our Attendance Improvement Officer in liaison with parents, medical professionals and a member of your child’s House team.
In the rare case of a child being too ill to attend school or recovering from an operation, we may refer to the Hospital Reintegration Service (HERS)
What do I do if I have a concern or a complaint relating to the SEND support provided for my child?
Where a parent of a child with SEND has concerns about the provision or support for their child, we would hope to be able to answer and resolve any issues quickly to support the progress and welfare of the student. In the first instance, any concerns should be directed to our Director of Inclusion & SENCo, Mr Chris Cooke. In the unfortunate and rare case that these concerns cannot be resolved and a parent remains dissatisfied with the outcome or support, they should follow the complaint procedure as outlined on the school website.
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Year 6 to 7 transition information
We are an organisation of parents and teachers working hard to raise money for Wellsway School. We meet every second Wednesday of the school term in the evening at 7pm.
Over the years we've bought all sorts of things to improve the school environment including: bird-watching cameras; library furniture; digital projectors; a smoke machine; and keyboards for the Music Department to name just a few!
We run a variety of events including used uniform sales and the annual Wellsway Artisan Craft Fair in November: www.wellswaypta.co.uk
We are always looking for new members to give a little time or lend their expertise; so if you are interested in joining us, please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook: www.facebook.com/wellswaypta/
We’d love to hear from you!
Friends of Wellsway PTA