Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people

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Developing confident, respectful and successful young people

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Student Area

Student Area

Homework

Homework

Research shows that homework can make a really big difference to your independence and achievement and we believe homework should be used to reinforce or extend what you learn in school. We expect every student to undertake homework to the best of their ability and we hope that you will feel a sense of personal satisfaction after completing tasks and from the house points and recognition you gain as a result of this effort.

Everyone will find homework challenging at some point in their school career and although that challenge may sometimes be a good thing as it’s challenging you to think hard, if it ever feels like too much of a struggle, teachers and learning mentors are here to listen and help.

 How much homework will I get?

You should 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.

How should I organise and record my homework?

The vast majority of students prefer to use our online platform Insight to manage learning outside the classroom. All homework is set using Insight so you and parents can easily see what has been set and access any necessary resources. If you need extra support with organisation or if access to Insight is difficult, please speak to your teacher, tutor or learning mentor. Don’t forget 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. If you have any problems, please email the helpline insight@wellswayschool.com

Safety and wellbeing

Safety and wellbeing

As a school, we are totally committed to ensuring our school community is a safe place to learn and work in we take our responsibility to protect and safeguard your welfare extremely seriously. We will listen to and take your concerns seriously and have a number of specialist staff who work to support you. These include our Heads of House, Learning Mentors, Inclusion Team and school nurse. If you are worried about anything, you may feel more comfortable speaking to your tutor, learning mentor or Head of House, but any member of staff is there to help.

There are many forums for you to discuss and raise issues around safety and wellbeing, such as the Student Wellbeing Group and The School Council and we urge you to make your voice heard by contributing to such groups.

Both students’ physical and mental wellbeing are priorities for us as a school, and we are fortunate to have a wide range of expertise and experience amongst our staff working in Student Support. Part of that support offer is our health and first aid provision, with regular drop in sessions being run during lunchtimes that students can either self-refer to or be referred to by staff.

We have a number of first aiders trained on site and a Student Welfare Officer who are available to offer both immediate medical care as well as working with families and the school to create medical and health support plans. All staff have training around first aid, diabetes and epi-pens and bespoke training and support is offered as required.

Parents are also able to access the school nurse service from Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Care Services via http://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/childrens/school-nursing/

The following links and guides may help you with issues or concerns you may have:

  • Staying safe online: Childline online safety
  • Mental health: Young Minds is a mental health charity that has a useful website to you understand mental health issues.
  • Beat exam stress: Leaflet for children and young people on coping with examinations (Pdf, 0.8mb)
  • Bullying: Wellsway School will not tolerate bullying. Every member of our school has the right to come to school without fear of being threatened, intimidated, mocked or abused. We all have a responsibility to make sure that bullying is not part of life at our school.  

What bullying is (and isn't!)

Bullying:

  • ... goes on for a while and happens regularly
  • ... Is deliberate. the other person wants to hurt, humiliate or harm the target
  • ... Involves someone (or several people) who are stronger then the person being bullied

All three things have to happen together to be called bullying.

Bullying is not:

  • a one off fight or argument
  • a friend sometimes being nasty
  • an argument with a friend

If you are being bullied, talk to your Head of House or Learning Mentor. Arrangements can be made for you to speak to a member of staff without making other students aware that this is being done. The sooner we know about a problem the quicker we are able to put in place appropriate intervention for all students involved and prevent bullying happening.

Extra-curricular clubs

Extra-curricular clubs

In order to grow as a person, it's important to get involved in a wide range of experiences and actively pursue a variety of positive interests.  We believe that by doing this, you will not only increase your chances of discoing an interest you may pursue in later life, but also gain a deeper understanding of yourself and develop essential skills such as how to:

  • win and lose with equal grace
  • cope with challenging circumstances in a safe environment
  • feel what it is like to perform in front of others
  • build new friendships.

Our extra-curricular programme will help you to grow into a confident and mature young person who is ready to cope with challenge.

Our clubs and activities

Exams

Exams

At Wellsway School we make every effort to ensure that candidates receive the best possible preparation for their exams, that administrative arrangements run smoothly and that exams are conducted in a way that avoids stress and helps students achieve their best.

The links below will provide information about internal and external exams.  We hope this information will help answer the most frequently asked questions as well as guiding and supporting students and parents/carers through the exams process.  If students need further information, they are welcome to visit the exams office.  We are available before school, at break, lunchtime, or after school.

The Exams Office is located in the Lansdown building opposite room L15.  The Exams Office staff are:

  • Mrs Waldock – Exams and Data Manager
  • Mr Yockney – Exams and Data Officer

Internal exams

At Wellsway School, Internal Exams for all years (except year 7) take place in the main exam halls and are conducted in accordance with the regulations laid down by the Joint Council for Qualifications. 

External invigilators are employed to supervise the internal exams ensuring students receive the best possible preparation for the formal public exams they will sit in years 11 and 13.

Year 11 November 2018 Internal Exam Timetable

Exam resit timetable November 2018

Printable version of the November 2018 Year 11 Internal Exam Timetable (Pdf, 111kb)  

External exams

Students will receive personal timetables for public exams, detailing the date, time and room.  Further information will appear on this webpage prior to the summer exam season.

Re-sit of BTEC or Cambridge National/Technical Units

If you intend to re-sit any units, please download and complete the form below and return to Mrs Waldock or Mr Yockney in the exams office opposite L16.  Payment for resits must be made via Tucasi.

Review of marking

If you are concerned about an exam result it may be appropriate to have the marking of your exam script reviewed.  This must be done before the deadline set by JCQ.

If you are considering having the marking of your exam script reviewed, please speak to your subject teacher first - they will have information about grade boundaries that may affect your decision.  You must be aware that your grade or unit points could go up, down or remain the same.  If changes are identified, the revised results will replace your original result.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) stipulates that written consent must be obtained from candidates wishing to have the marking of their exam script reviewed.   Please download and complete the form below to request a review of marking.   Payment information is detailed on the form - all payments should be made on-line via Tucasi.  Evidence of payment needs to be attached to the form. 

If your Grade changes as a result of the marking review the Exam board will not charge and you will be reimbursed.

Exam script return

If you would like to have a copy of your exam script, please download and complete the form below.  This must be done before the deadline set by JCQ.  Payment information is detailed on the form - all payments should be made on-line via Tucasi.  Evidence of payment needs to be attached to the form.

Exam policies

The following exam policies and procedures are available on request from the schools exam office:

  • Exams policy 
  • Appeals procedure 
  • Exams disability policy
Revision and support

Revision and support

Revision is fundamental to successful exam preparation and achievement. Different people revise in different ways, but everyone needs to find a way of going back over previous learning to ensure it sticks so that it can be reproduced in a test or exam. Here's our advice on how make the most of your revision time.

The first and most important thing that any student – and their family – can do is ensure that there is a positive habit around study and learning at home. Try to have a dedicated area for revision and learning and get into the habit of organising materials and revision notes as you study topics rather than leaving it all to the last minute. If you regard learning as something that only happens at school then you will not have the success you want – it's as simple as that.

Revision support materials, presentations from parent information evenings and student assemblies can be found below:

Careers

Careers

Our Careers Programme

Preparing for the future

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEAIG) at Wellsway School is a progressive journey from Year 7-13. We aim to ensure that every student is supported to actively explore and develop their awareness and understanding of their potential career and educational paths.

Wellsway is committed to providing a rewarding and developing Career Programme that raises aspiration, encourages achievement and provides an additional school resources to develop independent, life ready young adults. The programme is based upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks issused by the DFE in January 2018 and updated in April and September 2018, which all schools are enouraged to meet by 2020. The Benchmarks are as follows:-

   Bench mark 1 - A stable career programme

   Bench mark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information

   Bench mark 3 - Addressing the needs of each student

   Bench mark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

   Bench mark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

   Bench mark 6 - Experience of workplaces

   Bench mark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

   Bench mark 8 - Personal Guidance

 

Independent careers advice

Students have access to independent careers advice and guidance from a qualified Careers Adviser, who is with us twice per week. Students are guided there by staff and tutors, or can simply request an appointment. Our membership of Kudos (a specialist careers website) additionally helps students’ on this journey of discovery. Each appointment results in a Careers Action Plan for the student to follow.

Sixth Form students are also able to access higher education specialist advice through our links with University of the West of England (UWE).

 

Careers Co-ordinator

Our dedicated Careers Co-ordinator develops and manages our extensive links with employers, apprenticeship providers, universities and providers of approved technical qualifications.

We employ a wide variety of methods to support our students. Our students benefit from a host of regular interactive visits, both onsite and off-site, from an extensive range of providers (including from providers of apprenticeships and technical qualifications). Amongst others, this includes:

Universities

  • Oxbridge, Bath, Bristol, UWE, Cardiff Met, Royal Holloway, Bath Spa 

Employers

  • RUH, University Hospital Bristol, Rotork, Sirona Care, MoD, Airbus, Burges Salmon, Atkins, Bristol Airport, NHS, Bath Veterinary Group, Atkins, Gallomanor, Waitrose, Wessex Water, Bristol and BANES council, KPMG and others

 Apprenticeships and technical qualifications

  • PWC, Royal Navy, Reflections, SGS, Bath College, Norton Radstock College, IKB Studio School

Gap year

  • Year in Industry, Gap Medics

Other 

  • On Track to Bath, Access to Bristol, Teach First Futures, WON, West of England Enterprise Adviser Network, Smart Futures, National Citizenship Service, EY Foundation

Collaborating with local and national providers ensures our students understand, and are able to make informed decisions about, the full range of options both post-16 and post-18.  We are also a member of BET Careers through the Bath Education Trust.

 

Additional school opportunities

We run a number of groups and opportunities that provide additional careers support to our students, some of which are listed below.

  • All year groups –  National Careers week events, Careers focus in PSHE Term 6, careers assemblies, Challenge Programme, weekly visitng employer programme, visits and trips
  • Year 9 - GCSE Pathways Evening, Pathways Guidance pack
  • Year 10 – Introduction to Competitive Courses (university and Higher Apprenticeship focus)
  • Year 11 – 13 Competitive Courses groups (university and Higher Apprenticeship focus)
  • Year 11 Open Evening, post-16 application process help, NCS, 6th form student visits to subject areas
  • Year 12 - ‘Look to the Future’ careers event, NCS, Community Action (in-class support)
  • Year 12 and 13 - Apprenticeship and Employment group, Friday email opportunities updates, Finance PSHE strand

 

External help

We encourage our students to be independent. Up to date information and opportunities are sent weekly to parents/carers/students through the Ammonite newsletter, and we promote a number of websites where students and parents/carers can find further information from home.

http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/
Choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help make decisions.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.

Government portal to the National Apprenticeship Service.

https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/
For young people and parents to help Inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future.

http://icould.com/buzz/
Quick quiz to discover your strengths and what makes you tick and which animals and celebrities share your personality type, benefit of volunteering and how you could get involved, dealing with exam stress and easy to follow ideas, tips for facing an interview panel, researching interviewers and engaging with the whole interview panel so that you do well.

Alternatives to university:

Not going to university

http://www.push.co.uk/
Independent guide to university.

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/
Comparison of universities using university league tables.

http://www.thegooduniversityguide.org
Rankings on top universities (by subject and overall).

http://www.ucas.com
Official information on choosing courses and applying for University.

http://www.ukcoursefinder.com
Online questionnaire linking interests to degree subject areas.

http://www.university.which.co.uk
WHICH guide to university using grades, location, subjects and interests.

http://www.westofenglandlep.co.uk/people-and-skills/chartermark
The Employability Chartermark shows how educational Institutions and business are committed to ensuring young people are work ready.

 

Careers – Qualifications and Progression

At Wellsway students can take GCSEs, BTECs, CTECs and A Level qualifications.

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are academic qualifications generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils (aged 14 – 16) in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. GCSEs are a requirement for most A Level study.

A Levels (Advanced Levels) are post-16 academic qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. Students would normally study three or more A Levels.  Assessment is by formal examination at the end of the 2 year course; some courses have a small element of assessed coursework. A Levels are a requirement for most university degree courses.

BTEC/CTECs (Business/Cambridge Technology Education Council) offer an alternative option to GCSEs and A Levels. They are vocational and have a more practical approach to learning. BTEC and CTEC’s are assessed through coursework and practical projects, and have formal exams taken over the 2 years of study. They can also lead learners to post-16 or university degree courses.

There are varying levels of BTECs.

Level 1-2      equivalent to GCSEs at varying grades

Level 3         equivalent to A Levels (post-16)

Levels 4-7     equivalent to degrees (post-18)

 

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.  They take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on the skill area (vocation) and required skill level.

There are varying levels of Apprenticeships. Post-16, you would do Level 2 or 3 depending upon GCSE results and course availability.

Level 2         Intermediate     equivalent to 5 GCSE grade 4-9 (post-16)

Level 3         Advanced         equivalent to 2 A Level passes (post-16)

Level 4-7       Higher             equivalent to foundation degree and above (post-18)

Levels 6-7     Degree            equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree (post-18)

 

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Be employed full time
  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week at a college)

 

T Levels – update

The Government is undertaking major reforms to the technical education system in England. As of May 2018, T Levels (Technical Levels) will be post-16 qualifications that are intended sit alongside academic options (A Levels).  They will equip students with the specialist knowledge and skills they need for a job on occupations ranging from engineering to computing, hospitality to agriculture.

It is intended that T Levels will include content including maths, English and digital skills, a work placement lasting between 45-60 days and other occupation-specific requirements/qualifications.

The Government currently intends to introduce some qualifications from September 2020, with full routes rolled out between September 2021-23. They are likely to be the equivalent to a 3 A Level programme.

Challenge programme

Challenge programme

Challenge Programme at Wellsway School

At Wellsway, we believe all students of all abilities need to be appropriately challenged and stretched to make the best progress possible. Wellsway School’s Challenge Programme has been designed for more able students in particular, to provide opportunities that develop problem solving, independence and subject-based skills in order to support them in excelling in their learning.

The programme is delivered both in-class and through extension activities:

  • Every subject is responsible for in-class stretch and challenge and more able students will be expected to attempt these tasks and will be encouraged to address more complex ideas and questions
  • Our After-school Challenge Programme provides subject specific sessions to extend students’ understanding and knowledge
  • Challenge Activity sessions are delivered to groups of students and are designed to instil independence; an understanding of self-challenge and enjoyment of striving to learn.
  • Furthermore, we offer a Competitive Courses Group to inspire and  support those aspiring to study at Oxbridge and top Russell Group universities and progress into the most competitive destinations.
  • For students who wish to take on extra responsibilities and develop their confidence in leadership and team building skills, we offer a Challenge Leaders programme. The application process mirrors university applications and those selected are offered further challenge opportunities to develop key skills which will support them both inside and beyond the classroom.

Outline of the Challenge Programme

The outline of the Challenge Programme: beyond the classroom

Outline of the Challenge Programme: beyond the classroom (Pdf, 70kb)

School Council

School Council

The aims of the School Council are:

  • To encourage positive relationships between adults and pupils, and also amongst pupils themselves
  • To give pupils a “voice” in the school
  • To provide pupils with a facility on how to be good and active citizens and make a change in their day to day lives in school.

The School Council meets regularly and discusses a range of possible and practical improvements for the school in general. Issues and concerns raised by pupils go through their Tutor Group Representatives (who have been duly elected).

Minutes are taken at the meeting and circulated to all parties.

Houses

Houses

The House system

The four-house system in place at Wellsway means that students are placed in one of four houses that are named after local villages: Burnett, Compton, Newton, Stanton.

Each house has a Head of House, who is an experienced teacher. A Learning Mentor is also allocated to each house and their role is to support students and work closely with parents and carers.

A series of "House events" are organised throughout the school year, fostering a spirit of friendly rivalry and allowing our students to develop a sense of pride in working for others as well as for themselves. House points are awarded based on participation at these events and also recognise students whose behaviours support the school ethos, such as helping on school occasions, showing around new families, or simply trying hard in the classroom.

Students in each tutor group can be elected by their fellow tutees to be the tutor group representative on the House Council. Students in Year 11 may also nominate themselves to run for "House Leader". Both prestigious leadership roles involve students in the organisation of the school and motivates them to lead by example. As representatives of their house they work collaboratively and constructively with teachers and classmates to continue the strong and close community which characterises our school.

Vertical tutoring

At Wellsway our tutor groups are organised using the vertical tutoring model.  We have a house based system where tutor time is spent in mixed age tutor groups. We know that this has improved pastoral care at Wellsway and enhanced our whole school ethos.  We would like to take this opportunity to share our rationale with you:

The benefits and advantages of vertical tutoring are clear:

  • Vertical Tutoring provides a friendlier, more cohesive social environment with tutor groups having much more of a ‘family’ feel.
  • At report and progress checking time tutors are able to have individual and small group discussions with students re: target setting and progress evaluation.
  • The smaller groups also mean that tutors can spend more time with students at key points in their educational journey e.g. Year 7 transition and post-16 progression.
  • Vertical tutoring gives students a chance to work with people of different ages and better prepares them for the adult world.
  • It provides opportunities for students to learn from and support each other e.g.
    - Year 10 can support Year 9 with Option choices.
    - Year 11 can support Year 10 with GCSE exams and coursework.
  • There is a wide range of support for Year 7 students from older students as well as staff.  All Year 7 students have a Year 11 Buddy in their Tutor Group who helps them to settle in.
  • Peer mentoring, academic mentoring and coaching is encouraged and happens naturally within Tutor Groups.
  • Students gain an awareness of what goes on throughout the whole school community as well as in their Year Group.
  • Membership of a House helps students to develop a strong sense of ‘belonging’.
  • Vertical tutoring has opened up opportunities for friendly competitions to be run across Tutor Groups and across Houses.
  • The House structure gives students relief from the peer pressure that naturally occurs amongst same age groups.
  • Vertical tutoring has reduced bullying and improved student behaviour.
  • The House structure provides leadership opportunities which help students develop life skills e.g. House Captains and Buddies. 
Library

Library

At Wellsway, we want the school library to be central to students’ learning and to play a key role as a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity and a love of reading. We are fortunate to have a large and inviting library, which is a central point for students to engage with all kinds of reading; cultural activities; access to information; knowledge building; deep thinking and lively discussion.

The library is open every break and lunch time from Monday - Thursday for reading, catching up on homework or simply taking a quiet moment. Book club takes place during Tuesday lunchtimes and any student who wishes to share their love of literature is more than welcome to come along and join in the engaging, animated (and often very memorable!) discussions. The Library has a selection of student Librarian Helpers who assist with the general management of the library, issuing of books etc. Should your child wish to become a Librarian Helper they are welcome to apply simply through speaking to the Librarian Mrs Carron.

Throughout the year, various activities such as World Book Day celebrations transform the library into a hub of excitement and life, all designed to explore the world of literature and encourage your child to develop a keener understanding of it. The library exists primarily to promote a love of reading and enables your child to do so through its vast array of book titles and genres. From old classics to comic books, Wellsway library has it all!

School email and school access

School email and school access

RM Unify

Most of our systems can now be accessed via RM Unify. Just log in using your school user name and password.

Email

Email is based online using Office 365. Access it by clicking on the Mail tile in RM Unify.

Foldr

You can view your school files at any time even from home using Foldr. Just click on Foldr tile in RM Unify and login with your school username and password.

Insight

To access Insight click on the tile in RM Unify and login with your school username and password.

Parents can also access Insight by going to https://portal.wellswayschool.com/insight and logging in using their Insight username and password.