Parents / Carers

Communication is key to a good relationship and that is why we strive to ensure that parents/carers of St Katherine’s students are fully informed of their child’s progress, activities and behaviour.

We do this through:

  • Fortnightly Newsletter
  • Parents’ Evenings
  • Annual Reports
  • Regular progress check
  • Letters Home
  • Events  and Calendar on this website.

The Parent Portal provides information on your child’s attendance, behaviour and progress.  You can also use it to make bookings for parents’ evenings.

Term Dates & Our School Day

SCHOOL TERM 2017/18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Please find below details of the Term dates for this academic year.

Further details can also be found on in our School Events diary and at the North Somerset Council Website.

Term Dates Public Holidays
Term 1 Monday 4 September 2017 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 5 September 2017
Friday 20 October 2017
25 December 2017 –
Christmas Day
26 December 2017 –
Boxing Day
01 January 2018 –
New Year’s Day
30 March 2018 –
Good Friday
02 April 2018 –
Easter Monday
07 May 2018 –
May Bank Holiday
28 May 2018 –
Spring Bank Holiday
27 August 2018 –
Summer Bank Holiday
Term 2 Monday 30 October 2017 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 31 October 2017
Tuesday 19 December 2017
Term 3 Wednesday 3 January 2018
Thursday 8 February 2018
Friday 9 February 2018 – INSET DAY
Term 4 Monday 19 February 2018
Friday 23 March 2018
Term 5 Monday 9 April 2018 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Friday 25 May 2018
Term 6 Monday 4 June 2018
Friday 20 July 2018
Monday 23 July 2018
DISAGGREGATED INSET DAY
Our School Day
Time Period
8:45 Registration
8:50 Period 1
9:50 Period 2
10:50 Break
11:15 Period 3
12:15 Period 4
1:15 Lunch
2:00 Registration ssembly
2:20 Period 5
3:20 End of School

Anti-Bullying

For any issue relating to bullying contact:

Deputy Headteacher
Hayden Southon,
Tel: 01275 373737
Email: southonh@skdrive.org

St Katherine’s School takes seriously the prevention of, and dealing with incidents of bullying.  The school employs three different strands of procedures to tackle bullying:

Attendance & Holidays

The law says that as a parent/carer you must make sure that your child receives a full-time education. This means that your child must attend every day unless there is a very good reason.

Please see the link at the bottom of the page for details of changes to school attendance law.

Evidence proves that the greater the attendance, the greater the achievement.  Research suggests that 17 missed schooldays a year will result in losing a full grade at GCSE.  It is vital that your child is in school each day.

  • 90% attendance = ½ day missed every week
  • 1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed
  • 90% attendance over 5 years of secondary school = ½ a school year missed

Behaviour for Learning


St Katherine’s School has high expectations of its students’ behaviour in all regards, on the way to and from school, in the classroom, during social time as well as on school trips.  Whilst they are in school, Teachers are the ‘Carers’ of all the students, they will do their best to help and support your child, but students must take responsibility for their behaviour.  Full details can be found in the ‘Students’ section.

Rewards

The categories listed below are neither prescriptive or exhaustive.

Sanctions
Code of Conduct for Bus Users

Code of Conduct for Bus and Coach Users

Purpose
  • To ensure the interests of all Student’s Health and Safety are met
  • To ensure that all Students have an enjoyable, stress free journey to and from school
  • To uphold the reputation of St. Katherine’s School
  • To encourage good behaviour, respect and self-discipline amongst all students

Catering

Catering at St Katherine’s is delivered in house and all members of the catering team are employed by the school, the team have excellent understanding of nutrition. This enables us to ensure high quality food and drink are provided at breakfast (pre school), during morning break and at lunch time. Our menus provide something for everyone and are planned to provide the nourishment required to provide slow release energy throughout the day to keep everyone alert, attentive and ready to learn.

We operate a cashless service using the latest high-security biometric technology.  Payment is made in advance through ParentPay.

Environmental Health Award

We are proud to have been awarded 5 stars for hygiene and cleanliness.

Invitation

We welcome parents /carers to join us for lunch throughout the year.
Please telephone Diane Lewis, Catering Manager on 01275 376866.

Free School Meals

Children attending a North Somerset school whose parents or carers are on the benefits listed below may be entitled to receive free meals at school:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit,
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Entitlement To Free School Meals – How can I apply?
To find out if you are eligible to claim free school meals for your child(ren), please visit  North Somerset council’s online checker.  This is a quick online form that takes 1-5 minutes to complete.  You will need to input your National Insurance number and date of birth.  
Please note, you will need to re-apply online for free school meals three times a year.  North Somerset Council recommend that you use their  online checker to re-apply during each school holiday in order for your child(ren) to remain eligible for free school meals.
If you have any queries please contact Mrs Dinah Kilgallon at St Katherine’s on 01275 373737

Letters Home

Letters and documents emailed to parents since September 2016. If we do not have your current email address, please advise it to school@skdrive.org including your childs name and year group.


Most Able

For any issue relating to ‘Most Able’ contact:

Most Able Lead
Miss M Cave
Tel: 01275 373737
Email: cavem@skdrive.org

‘Most Able’ learners are those students who show an outstanding ability in one or more subjects in relation to the St Katherine’s school community.  Our ‘Most Able’ learners are identified and their progress monitored in order to make sure they are continually provided for while at St Katherine’s.

Identification

At St Katherine’s we spot potential, to ensure that it is allowed to flourish.  We have a register of Aspiring Learners, identified as the top 10% of each group. This cohort is representative of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic context.  Identification is based on specific departmental criteria guided by the School’s ethos, quantitative and qualitative data and through discussion with the learner, parent/carer and colleagues.

ParentPay

For any issue relating to ParentPay please contact:

Finance Department
Tel: 01275 373737 Option 3 – Finance
Email: finance@skdrive.org

ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS FOR TRIPS AND VISITS

We accept electronic payments for school trips, music fees and some events. This process is facilitated by ParentPay.  You have a secure online account, with a unique user ID and password. You can change these to something you will easily remember and merge accounts of 2 or more children.

Making a payment is easy and simple. ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. No card details are stored in any part of the system. Your account is active and you can make online payments straight away.

Click here to access ParentPay

Please click on the link below for the Biometric Registration letter.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal is a secure area of the school website that gives you access to information about your child.

Amongst other things you can:

  • view your child’s attendance record;
  • view your child’s timetable;
  • view information regarding your child’s behaviour – rewards & sanctions;
  • access progress checks for your child;
  • book parents’ evening appointments;
  • update the school held data (addresses, phone numbers, email addresses).

Please click here to access the Parent Portal

Policies

Listed below are details of our school policies, if you have any queries or require further details on any of these, please contact the School Office on 01275 373737 and we will be pleased to help.

Safeguarding

For any issue relating to Safeguarding, including concerns regarding your child or another St Katherine’s student, contact:

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Hayden Southon
Tel: 01275 373737
Email: southonh@skdrive.org

St Katherine’s School, it’s staff and volunteers, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at St Katherine’s School please do not hesitate to contact Mr Southon, he is supported by a team of teachers and support staff and he knows who to contact for the best advice and help.   Mr Southon is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Co-ordinator, Mrs King. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the North Somerset Education Welfare Service.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

For any issue relating to SEND contact:

Hayden Southon
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Tel: 01275 373737
southonh@skdrive.org
Ceri Rushworth
Inclusion Manager
Tel: 01275 373737
rushworthc@skdrive.org
 

If your child has SEND and you would like access to independent help, support or advice please click on the link www.supportiveparents.org.uk.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We welcome students with SEND within our Inclusion and Achievement Faculty and provide support tailored to the needs of the learner.  As well as providing in class support in a number of lessons for those with SEND, we run a number of small group sessions including spelling, reading and handwriting groups.

Our support for vulnerable learners  comprises our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Inclusion Manager, team of Learning Support Assistants, Literacy Intervention Mentor, Learning Mentor and Student Counsellor

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Report

Please click on the link below for our Special Needs and Disabilities Information Report.

Bristol Local Offer

Please click on the link below for details
Bristol Local Offer

North Somerset Local Offer

Please click on the link below for details
North Somerset Local Offer


Transport & Travel

Please click on the timetables below for details on Eurocoaches and Carmel Coaches (X5) bus routes.

Students can also use the FirstGroup’s X3 and X4 buses which travel between Bristol, Pill and Portishead and stop near St Katherine’ s School. The X4 stops outside the school, the X3 stops 5-10 minutes walk away on the A369. Please visit Traveline South West for full timetables.

Please note, the bus stops listed on the route maps are purely to illustrate the route and may not be accurate with regard to ‘stops’, there are many more stops than we have been able to list.

Our school Transport booklet is available to download below.  St Katherine’s encourages students to use sustainable transport.

Visit the Better by Bike website that provides advice and cycle routes in our area.

Uniform

Our Uniform Supplier are Scholars.  You can buy online or via mail order.
Scholars Schoolwear Specialists, 4 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN
Tel: 01225 462206    E-mail: info@scholars-uk.com    Website: www.scholars-uk.com

PE kit is available from:
The Sports Shop, 39 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6AA Tel. 01275 842573.

  • Info

    School Uniform is compulsory. Please see the ‘Uniform and Equipment’ policy in the ‘School Policies Section’.
    Only the items on this list may be worn in school.

Compulsory Uniform items: Permitted Jewellery/Piercings/make-up
  • Maroon blazer with school logo
  • White, collared shirt, buttons to the neck (a plain white T-shirt/vest beneath the shirt)
  • Maroon and silver clip on tie
  • Charcoal grey tailored trousers
  • Charcoal grey tailored knee-length (or longer) skirt
  • Grey with maroon stripe V-neck jumper with school logo
  • Grey or black socks
  • Grey, black or neutral tights
  • Plain (no branding) black leather/leatherette shoes
  • Plain black belt that fits through belt loops
  • One single piercing to ears only
  • One small stud (no more than 5mm) in each ear
  • One small flat ring per hand
  • Single thin silver/gold metal necklace
  • Watch – all alarms switched off
  • Medical bracelets only
  • Make up must be natural and barely visible
  • No false eyelashes, false nails, coloured nail varnish, or visible tattooing
Permitted outerwear – over blazer
  • Overcoat, ski jacket, anorak, raincoat – plain colours, no logos
  • Gloves
  • Woollen/fleece hat
No
Clothing Hair
  • Denim
  • Hoodies
  • Faux or real leather
  • Gilets
  • No shaved heads including shaved markings
  • No shaved eyebrows
  • Hair dye in natural colours is acceptable
  • Facial hair must be trimmed
PE Kit
Girls: Boys:
  • Black and red polo shirt with school badge
  • Black and red skort with school badge
  • Hooped red, black and white football socks
  • Grey hoodie with school badge
  • Training shoes
  • Football boots
  • Shin pads
  • St. Katherine’s red and black rugby shirt
  • Black and red polo shirt with school badge
  • Black shorts with school badge
  • Hooped red, black and white football socks
  • Football boots
  • Training shoes
  • Shin pads
Optional  Optional
  • Black tracksuit trousers with school badge
  • Gum shield (strongly recommended)
  • Plain black tracksuit trouser with school badge.
  • Gum shield (strongly recommended)

Year Group Information

Year 7

Head of Year 7 – Mrs J Ball
7A Tutor – Miss C Aubret
7B Tutor – Miss D Mason
7C Tutor – Miss E York
7D Tutor – Miss C Ferguson
7E Tutor – Mr A Mclean

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org

Important Information

Year 8

Head of Year 8 – Mrs J Ball
8A Tutor – Miss L Tovey
8B Tutor – Mr G Davies
8C Tutor – Mr I Murdoch
8D Tutor – Miss R Wilsher
8E Tutor – Mr S Simmons

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org

Important Information

Year 9

Head of Year 9 – Mr A Thomas
9A Tutor – Mr M Green
9B Tutor – Mrs I Wild
9C Tutor – Miss C Perry
9D Tutor – Miss E Andrews

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org

Important Information

Year 10

Head of Year 10 – Mrs J Brooke
10A Tutor – Miss C Hughes
10B Tutor – Miss E Schofield
10C Tutor – Miss Z Ivey
10D Tutor – Ms T Gudonis
10E Tutor – Mr J Hutchens / Miss A Adams

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org
Please click on the link for the “Success at School” website: http://successatschool.org/

Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students are required to undertake a week of Work Experience.  Work Experience forms an integral part of the Year 10 Careers and Work Related Learning programme.  It does much to increase motivation and helps students to link theory to practice.  It also enables students to learn a multitude of key skills in a real, rather than simulated context, and to gather information and knowledge that can contribute to their personal development.

We intend to use the Work Experience placement as an important learning exercise in preparing students for progression from school to further education, training or work.  We very much welcome your support and help!

We ask students to find their own placements with the help and support of family, friends and school.  This in itself provides a valuable learning experience and strengthens the partnerships between students and the community.

Every placement must be approved by Education Business Partnership South West, acting on behalf of St Katherine’s School, before any student can attend that workplace. This is a legal requirement and recognises insurance, and health and safety arrangements.

We believe that Work Experience is a vital part of a child’s education and we wish to ensure that every student receives a rewarding experience.  If any student would like any assistance with finding a placement or you have any queries about the scheme, please contact school reception on 01275 373737 or email school@skdrive.org.

Important Information

Work Experience Documents

Year 11

Head of Year 11 – Mrs H Price
11A Tutor – Mr D Cook
11B Tutor – Mrs G Maringo
11C Tutor – Mr T Astill
11D Tutor – Mr P Cullwick
11E Tutor – Miss R Hosey

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org

Important Information

Revision Documents

Sixth Form

Head of Sixth Form – Mr S Colebourne
Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Mr T Hodgson
6HAS – Mrs H Shephard / Mrs M Sanchew
6GAB – Miss G Ball / Mrs R Cameron / Mr S Birtle
6HW – Mrs H Weatherson / Ms J Jefferson
6PMW – Mr P Mingo-West

Contact details

Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing school@skdrive.org

Important Information

  • Term 4 PE Newsletter - lots of sport and snow!
  • Ofsted report April 2018 - school media release
  • Student environment group champion eco-friendly school tie.
  • Purple flowers bloom at St Katherine’s School as part of battle against polio.
  • St Katherine's welcomes Nicaraguan farmer during Fairtrade Fortnight