Developing confident, respectful
and successful young people
Developing confident, respectful and successful young people
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
What bullying is (and isn't!)
All three things have to happen together to be called bullying.
Bullying is not:
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
The following exam policies and procedures are available on request from the school's exam office:
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:
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 Careers Programme that raises aspiration, encourages achievement and provides additional school resources to develop independent, life ready young adults. The programme is based upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks issued by the DFE in January 2018 and updated in April and September 2018, which all schools are encouraged to meet by 2020. The Benchmarks are as follows:
Students can expect:
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 UWE (University of the West of England).
Our dedicated Careers Leader develops and manages our provision, and works with our Careers co-ordinator to develop 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:
Apprenticeships and technical qualifications
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.
If you wish to work with us please refer to our Provider Access Policy (Pdf, 532kb).
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.
We are always seeking new opportunities and ways of improving our service to both students, parents/carers, employers and other institutions. If you would like to be involved within our careers programme, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We also 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.
Careers Pilot: 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.
Barclay's Life Skills for young people and parents to help Inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future.
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:
Labour market Information
We send weekly updates about the most recent labour market information (information about working in different sectors, salaries and skills etc.) through the Ammonite newsletter to help you make informed choices about future careers. However, you can click on the links below for summaries in a wide variety of sectors for 2017-18.
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.
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.
As an apprentice you’ll:
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 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:
Outline of the Challenge Programme
The aims of the Student Leadership are:
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.
Please click on this link to review the leadership opportunities to all students
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.
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:
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!
Most of our systems can now be accessed via RM Unify. Just log in using your school user name and password.
Email is based online using Office 365. Access it by clicking on the Mail tile in RM Unify.
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.
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.