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:
- Termly Newsletter
- Parents’ Evenings
- Annual Reports
- Regular progress check
- Letters Home
- Events and Calendar on this website
This section provides lots of useful information for parents and carers. A lot of this information is summarised in our Parent/carer handbook.
Class Charts provides information on your child’s homework, attendance, behaviour and any detentions.
The Parent/Carer Association is an important element of engaging our community in providing the support and structure for our pupils to succeed:
For any issue relating to bullying contact:
Tel: 01275 373737
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:
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
Illness and Absence letter
New Persistent Absence Threshold
Pupil Absence Request for Exceptional Circumstances
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.
We welcome parents /carers to join us for lunch throughout the year.
Please telephone Susan Sharp, School Cook on 01275 376288
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
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.
Menu 1 - 3 Sept 18, 1 Oct 18
Menu 2 - 10 Sept 18, 8 Oct 18
Menu 3 - 17 Sept & 15 Oct
Menu 4 - 24 Sept & 22 Oct 2018
Class Charts is the online portal that allows parents and carers to keep track of your child’s achievements and homework they have been assigned as well as view their attendance, behaviour and any scheduled detentions. It is updated twice every school day.
If you have more than one child at the school, or multiple schools, you can use the same parent account to view updates for all your children.
Please note: Class Charts replaces the Parent Portal and Show My Homework.
Our House system is the bedrock of our school community and the pastoral care we pride ourselves in. It is designed to unlock the limitless potential of every pupil and help them excel in everything they set out to do. It provides pupils with enrichment and leadership opportunities through a range of inter-house activities including academic events, sporting events and fun competitions – with every House aiming to be crowned the annual St Katherine’s School House Champions.
Key points about the St Katherine’s House system:
- From Year 8 all pupils are overseen by their Head of House who has lead responsibility for their pastoral care and personal development.
- Each pupil is in a tutor group aligned to their House which they stay in throughout their school career. We aim to put siblings in the same House.
- Year 7 join a House when they start at St Katherine’s but remain as a single year group to support them as they settle into secondary school life. Their key point of contact is Ms Ball, Transition Learning Manager.
- Year 12 and 13 students have separate tutor groups but are affiliated to a House, acting as positive role models, mentors and leaders to younger students in their House.
- All staff and governors will belong to a House too.
- Each House has pupils elected as House Captain and Vice-Captain (plus House Sports Captains)
Our House names represent individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community and represent our core values.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote in 1918.
Head of House: Ian Murdoch; House Colour: Green
Paul Stephenson is a community worker, activist and long-time campaigner for civil rights for the British African-Caribbean community in Bristol. Paul Stephenson is a Freeman of the City of Bristol and was awarded an OBE in 2009
Head of House: Andy Thomas; House Colour: Red.
Alan Turing conceived modern computing. He played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in WW2. Despite his contributions to the war effort he was persecuted for being homosexual before dying in 1954. He received a pardon from the Queen in 2013.
Head of House: Hannah Price; House Colour: Blue
From the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai campaigned for girls to be given an education in Pakistan. At 15, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her through shooting her, but she survived and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Today Malala campaigns for all to have an education across the world.
Head of House: Esther Andrews; House Colour: Yellow
For any issue relating to ‘Most Able’ contact:
Most Able Lead
Miss M Cave
Tel: 01275 373737
‘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.
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.
For any issue relating to ParentPay please contact:
Tel: 01275 373737 Option 3 – Finance
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.
Please click on the link below for the Biometric Registration letter.
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.
Admissions Policy 2018-2019
Admissions Policy 2019-2020
Admissions Policy 2020-2021 (DRAFT)
Anti-Bullying Policy 2018
Charging for Activities Damage Remissions Policy
Collective Worship - Assemblies Policy
Data Protection Policy
Equality and Diversity Policy
Fair Process Notice
Health & Safety Policy
ICT Acceptable Use Policy
No Smoking Policy
Public Examinations Policy
Pupil Behaviour Policy
School Fund Audit 2015
Secondary Coordinated Admissions-Scheme 2017-18
Single Equalities Policy
Single Equalities Scheme
Sixth Form Admissions Policy
Student Anti Bullying Policy
SKP A029 Uniform and Equipment
Special Educational Needs Policy SKP A003
Whole School Food Policy
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 and will do their best to help and support your child. However students must take responsibility for their behaviour.
Ready to Learn encourages, supports and rewards positive behaviour in all aspects of school life. Our praise system is clear and easy for parents and pupils to understand and straightforward for staff to apply.
Frequent praise and reward are embedded in our teaching and learning at St. Katherine’s School so pupils receive recognition for their positive contributions to school life. We believe that every pupil should have their contribution acknowledged and when appropriate rewarded. This recognition:
- builds pupil self-esteem and confidence.
- helps create a positive learning environment.
- highlights the importance of good behaviour.
- encourages pupils to take part in a variety of activities.
- encourages pupils to strive for more.
PRAISE POINTS (P’s) are linked to each of our ten school values:
ACCEPTANCE | RESPECT | HONESTY | DETERMINATION | EQUALITY | EXCELLENCE
FRIENDSHIP | ASPIRATION | RESILIENCE | RESPONSIBILITY
Praise Points are also awarded for community acts of kindness and where a pupil has gone ‘above and beyond’. Praise Points are recorded on Class Charts, our pupil/parent information portal. We also recognise Accelerated Reader achievements through Class Charts.
Praise Postcards – Completed by staff and passed to your child to take home
Head of School commendations – A meeting with the Head of School and a letter posted home to recognise a significant achievement
We also recognise pupil effort and achievement with:
- Termly Celebration of Achievement evenings with Head of House/Transition Learning Manager
- Annual Celebration assemblies with the Head of School
- Best of the Best celebration in the summer term.
Expectations in the classroom
If a pupil is not ready to learn in class, they are given a warning and their name will be recorded by the teacher on the Not Ready to Learn section of the board in the classroom. If the same pupil is not ready to learn again during the lesson they will be asked to leave the classroom and make their way to the Ready to Learn room. They have three minutes to arrive.
Teachers can only set lunchtime detentions for non-completion of classwork
If a pupil fails to attend a lunchtime detention for non-completion of classwork they will be sent to the Ready to Learn room.
Non-completion of homework sits outside the Ready to Learn system. The setting, monitoring and follow-up of detentions for non-completion of homework is led by faculties. Repeat incidents of non-completion of homework should be discussed with the Head of House.
Code of Conduct for Bus Users
- 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
Ready to Learn - parent presentation Sept 2018
Ready to Learn parent booklet Sept 2018
Pupil Behaviour Policy
Podium of Praise
Code of conduct for bus users
Break and lunchtime rules
Our ethos, ‘learning together, succeeding together, inspiring excellence’ epitomises our approach at St Katherine’s.
We challenge everyone within our school community to live and breathe our values evey day:
ACCEPTANCE | RESPECT | HONESTY | DETERMINATION | EQUALITY | EXCELLENCE FRIENDSHIP | ASPIRATION | RESILIENCE | RESPONSIBILITY
Our 3Rs (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience) underpin our conversations with pupils so everyone understands our expectations.
In summary a St Katherine’s pupil is expected to:
- be respectful by listening and speaking politely
- be responsible by arriving on time and fully equipped
- be resilient by remaining on task and working hard
READY TO LEARN SYSTEM
Every pupil at St Katherine’s has the right to learn in an environment that is free from disruption where all pupils can learn and all teachers can teach
Ready to Learn is based on the belief that all pupils can and should take responsibility for their actions. It is built around our expectation that all pupils to be ’ready to learn’ so teachers can focus on the learning taking place within the classroom to maximise pupil progress.
Ready to Learn covers all aspects of school life, ensuring fairness and consistency and maximising achievement and success. Ready to Learn will strengthen the ‘learning triangle’ between staff, pupils and parents/carers to ensure we are all participants in our young people’s education and support them to learn in an environment where they can make great progress in every lesson, every day.
Ready to Learn is the result of feedback from pupils and staff highlighting they wanted greater consistency across the school in embedding our climate for learning and minimising disruption to learning caused by low level disruption. For example, arriving late to lesson, not having the correct equipment, talking unnecessarily or chatting, calling out, being slow to start work or follow instructions, showing a lack of respect for each other and staff.
Expectations of all pupils
Our expectations of all pupils are very clear. Pupils must meet our expectations and take responsibility for being a St Katherine’s pupil by being Ready to Learn. If a member of staff asks a pupil to do something, they must do it. We will always use clear language in our expectations – “This is a reasonable request. I expect a reasonable response”. If the pupil refuses or walks away they will be sent to the Ready to Learn room.
In the classroom and around the school pupils are expected to:
· Treat everyone and everything with respect at all times
· Listen carefully and follow all staff instructions first time
· Listen when others are talking
· Put your hand up and avoid calling out
· Respect school property
· Speak appropriately with no bad language or prejudicial bullying language or behaviour
· Engage when being spoken to and never walk away
· Show good manners i.e.holding doors open for each other, greeting visitors politely
· Clear away after yourself
· Respect the needs of others
· Keep left in corridors and avoid contact
· Have a positive attitude
· Be punctual
· Show kindness every day
· Arrive in class within 3 minutes of the bell
· Have all the required equipment
· Keep mobiles phones and earphones out of sight during tutor, lessons and lesson changeover
· Walk around the site and run only on the courts and fields
· Eat and drink outside or in the canteen at break time and/or lunchtime
· Go to the toilet at break time and lunchtime
· Put your litter in a bin
· Speak calmly to each other without shouting
· Wear all items of uniform correctly and with pride at all times
· Have a pass for incorrect uniform/items
· No involvement in serious incidents
· Work hard to complete all work to the best of your ability
· Understand and accept your own strengths and weaknesses
· Develop problem solving skills
· Self control
· Set personal goals with realistic expectations
· Learn from your mistakes
· Be willing to overcome difficulties rather than avoid problems
· Be optimistic in your thinking
· Refuse to give in when facing a challenge or set back
· Be able to recognise your own emotions and those of others
· Develop social skills and the ability to seek assistance from others
For any issue relating to Safeguarding, including concerns regarding your child or another St Katherine’s student, contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Tel: 01275 373737
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.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Co-ordinator, Ms Morris. 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.
For any issue relating to SEND contact:
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Tel: 01275 373737
Tel: 01275 373737
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
SEND report 2018
SCHOOL TERM 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR
Please find below details of the Term dates for this academic year.
Full details of school activities are on the School Calendar. http://www.st-katherines.n-somerset.sch.uk/calendar/
|Term Dates||Public Holidays|
|Term 1||Monday 3 September 2018 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 4 September 2018 – INSET DAY
Wednesday 5 September 2018
Friday 26 October 2018
|25 December 2018 –
26 December 2018 –
01 January 2019 –
New Year’s Day
19 April 2019 –
22 April 2019 –
06 May 2019 –
May Bank Holiday
27 May 2019 –
Spring Bank Holiday
26 August 2019 –
Summer Bank Holiday
|Term 2||Monday 5 November 2018 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 21 December 2018
|Term 3||Monday 7 January 2019 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 8 January 2019
Friday 15 February 2019 – INSET DAY
|Term 4||Monday 25 February 2019
Friday 5 April 2019
|Term 5||23 April 2019
24 May 2019
|Term 6||Monday 3 June 2019
Friday 19 July 2019
Monday 22 July 2019 – INSET DAY
Tuesday 23 July 2019 – INSET DAY
SCHOOL TERM DATES: 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR:
Click here for the 2019/2020 term dates
Our School Day
|8:10 – 8:40||Period 0 – additional activities as required|
|8:40||Registration – all pupils on site|
|8:45 – 9.05||Morning tutor time|
|9:05 – 10:05||Period 1|
|10:05 – 11:05||Period 2|
|11:05 – 11:25||Break|
|11:25 – 12:25||Period 3|
|12:25 – 1:25||Period 4|
|1:25 – 2:05||Lunch|
|2:10 – 2:20||Afternoon tutor time – Drop Everything and Read|
|2:20 – 3:20||Period 5|
|3:20||End of school day|
|3:30 – 4:30||Period 6 – additional activities as required|
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.
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: email@example.com Website: www.scholars-uk.com
PE kit is available from:
The Sports Shop, 39 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6AA Tel. 01275 842573.
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|
|Permitted outerwear – over blazer|
We know that the setp up from primary to secondary school can be a time of anxiety for most pupils (and parents and carers!) so we make every effort to ensure that starting at St Katherine’s is a smooth, happy experience.
Our Transition Learning Manager is Mrs Julie Ball who is highly experienced in transition and Year 7. Mrs Ball visits new pupils in their primary schools from around Easter time. Along with meeting new pupils she discusses each child with their Year 6 child and/or key member of staff.
For pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, Mrs Ceri Rushworth, our Inclusion Manager will visit the school along with Mrs Ball. We hold additional translational visits for all pupils with special educational needs or who will need additional support to secure a smooth transition. This will include discrete induction sessions at St. Katherine’s.
Where a pupil is the only person from their school joining St. Katherine’s we hold a special ‘singles’ event before our main transaction days so that these pupils and families feel confident and less anxious about joining St. Katherine’s.
We hold a two day induction programme in early July. These fun packed days combine taster St. Katherine’s lessons and the chance for all pupils to meet their new tutor and the children who will be in their tutor group.
On the evening of the second day we hold a meeting for parents/carers where there is an opportunity to meet the tutor and other key staff in a relaxed, informal setting. We conclude the evening with a barbecue.
For more information about starting at St Katherine’s read our Parent/Carer A-Z Handbook (Sept 18 edition)
Our Ready to Learn guide is designed to make sure every pupil is properly prepared to learn in every class. This minimises disruptions in class so our teachers can focus on teaching and help every pupil maximise their progress and succeed.
Head of Sixth Form – Mr S Colebourne
Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Mr T Hodgson
6GAB Tutors – Mrs G Ball/Mrs H Shepherd
6HG Tutor – Mrs H Gardener
6JB Tutor – Mrs J Brooke
6RAC Tutors – Mrs R Cameron/Miss H Weatherson
6SJP Tutor – Miss S Pearce
Your child’s tutor can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sixth Form parent/carer info evening presentation 2018
Coursework deadline schedule 2018-19
Post results service information 2018
Post results service form 2018
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