Students

We hope that you will find being a student at St Katherine’s is a wonderful experience.

Make the most of your time with us by finding out about, and joining any clubs and extra-curricular activities that you may be interested in.  Use the LRC, it is well stocked with everything you could need to enhance your learning.

Above all, make wise choices to get the most from every day and become a successful learner.

Homework & Independent Learning

We aim to promote homework as an essential par of a good education.  We want to develop in our students a work ethic that is charactersed by an engagement in learning and a commitment to doing their best.  Homework has the potential not only to reinforce indpendence but also help to develop skills and attitudes students need to be successful and beyone their time at St Katherine’s

We set homework online, click here  ‘Show My Homework’ to check what Home Learning projects you have, and when they are due.  Copies of the homework will be emailed to students and information may also be included n planners.

Letters will be sent home at the start of Year 7 giving log in details and more information. Students can request a reminder of their PIN at any point throughout the year.

Time spent on homework

As a guide, Year 7 should spend one hour per night on homework; Year 8 one hour fifteen minutes; Year 9 one hour 30 minutes; Year 10 and 11 up to two hours. You will need to spend more time on homework around coursework deadlines and exam revision.

Completing homework

Parents receive feedback on their child’s homework record as part of the progress check cycle. 

Failure to complete homework or failure to complete it to an acceptable standard will be logged centrally by class teachers and a PL detention will be issued to complete the work.

Notification letters will be sent home to parents of students who persistently do not complete homework and we will request a meeting with you if there is no improvement.  This is because not keeping up with Home Learning may have begun to have a detrimental effect on the student’s progress in their subject.

Behaviour for Learning

St Katherine’s School has high expectations of 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 students are in school, Teachers are the adults responsible for managing behaviour. They will do their best to help and support, but students must take responsibility for their choices.

Expected behaviour
  • Wear school uniform correctly, on the way to, from, and in school
  • Persevere with your work, aim to achieve
  • Never make somebody feel worthless because of who they are
  • Act with courtesy and consideration towards others
  • Keep the site tidy and put all litter in waste bins
  • Leave classrooms tidy and ready for the next class
  • Respect the whole environment (including displays, notice boards) and walk on the paths
  • Keep “within bounds” at all times
  • Be on time for registration and all lessons
  • Move sensibly, quietly and swiftly around the school. (Keep left on stairs and in corridors, follow the one way system in teaching areas)
  • Sign in at the Student Support office if you arrive after 8.50am or 2.00pm. (If you need to leave school for any reason please sign out)
  • Do not ride your bicycle in school
  • No eating or drinking in between lessons
  • Use the toilets during breaks and lunchtime (in exceptional circumstances you may use the toilet during a lesson, planners must be signed)

Please click here to see our vision and values.

Please see the attachments below for further detail on expected behaviour.

Finally

Teachers are in the position of parents/carers while you are in school.  They will do their best to help and support you.

  • There is no excuse for bad language, rudeness or disrespect towards staff
  • Any reasonable request from staff should be carried out at once, without argument
  • St Katherine’s School, in common with all North Somerset Schools, is a ‘No Smoking’ site
  • The following items are not permitted: chewing gum, canned drinks and glass bottles, tobacco products, matches, smoking materials, illegal drugs or substances, weapons. These items will be confiscated in line with our Drugs Policy
  • Mobile devices  must be switched off during lessons

Keeping Safe


Online Safety

The following bullet points are intended as a guide to protect you whilst using computers and the internet:

  • Only use the school’s computers for schoolwork and homework.
  • Only delete your own files.
  • Do not look at other people’s files without their permission.
  • Keep your login and password secret.
  • Do not bring files into school without permission.
  • Ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet and do not visit Internet sites you know to be banned by the school.
  • Only e-mail people you know, or that your teacher has approved.
  • The messages you send, or information you upload, must always be polite and sensible.
  • Do not open an attachment, or download a file, unless you have permission or know and trust the person who has sent it.
  • Do not give your home address, phone number, send a photograph or video, or give any other personal information that could be used to identify you, your family or your friends, unless your teacher has given permission.
  • Never arrange to meet someone you have only ever previously met on the Internet or by email, unless your parent, guardian or teacher has given permission and take a responsible adult with you.
  • If you see anything you are unhappy with or you receive a message you do not like, do not respond to it but do tell a teacher / responsible adult.

If you have got yourself into an awkward situation, and you need to help to sort it out, speak to Mr Southon.

General Safety

At St Katherine’s School we are committed to keeping you safe.  The member of staff in charge of child protection is Mr Southon. He is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Sometimes adults hurt children or make them feel bad or afraid.  This should not happen – but if it happens to you, we are here to help you.

Below are some examples of abuse that young people may experience, if any of these acts are happening to you, please talk to a member of staff:

  • Physical abuse – when an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
  • Neglect – where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
  • Emotional abuse – when a child is continuously blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
  • Sexual abuse – where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Teenage relationship abuse
  • Gangs and youth violence

Please remember you can talk to any member of staff about anything that you are worried or concerned about.

Careers Advice

The Careers Guidance programme is led by the PSHCE Co-ordinator and followed in Years 7-11 in PSHCE lessons.

Students in Year 10 undertake Work Experience for a week in July.  Students find their own placements with help from their parents/carers, advice from their tutors and the work experience co-ordinator.

Year 10 and 11 take part in a variety of careers activities in tutor time and as part of their collapsed afternoon programme. These include a Careers Fair, visits from local employers and colleges, as well as the opportunity to use careers websites such as careersbox.co.uk.

Careers Guidance in the sixth form consists of a tutorial programme led by Mr Ibrahim Head of Sixth Form. This includes Higher Education visits and speakers, Careers guidance interviews and regular academic monitoring. We have close links with, The University of Bristol, UWE and Weston College who run a programme of outreach and enrichment programmes.

Apprenticeships

The guide below is full of hints and tips on how candidates can work their way through registering, searching and applying for jobs on the Apprenticeship vacancy website.

Click on the link below for the “How to Apply for an Apprenticeship” film available on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com

Click on the RSS feeds below for Apprenticeship vacancies.

You will need to be using a web browser which supports RSS feeds (this includes Internet Explorer 8).

https://VacancyRssFeedService/GLOUCESTER
https://VacancyRssFeedService/SOMERSET

The Apprenticeship Hub West bulletin is aimed at young people in school or college and shows the latest apprenticeship vacancies, a featured apprenticeship of the week and average salaries.

Click here for the West of England LEP Apprenticeship Hub website
Click here for the latest Apprenticeship bulletin

Useful websites

http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/
https://www.plotr.co.uk/
https://successatschool.org/
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/


YES Newsletters

Click on the attachments below for the YES (Youth Employment Service) newsletters and prospectus.

Library Resource Centre

The team Opening hours
Ms Wyld – Chartered Librarian.
Mrs Dunn – lunchtime & reading groups.
8.15am until registration (except Mondays)
Break time
Lunchtime (closed 12.30 to 1pm)
After school until 3.30pm
What does the library offer students?
  • Fiction books – a wide ranging collection, covering many interests and all ability levels
  • Non-fiction books – curriculum titles to extend learning, plus hobbies and general interest
  • Newspapers & magazines – 2 national and 1 local  newspaper every day, plus a range of general interest magazines
  • DVDs – to support texts covered in English
  • 12 PCs – bookable for schoolwork during breaks, printing is available
  • Study space
  • Board games – to play during break
  • Revision Guides – recommended by teachers
  • Manga Mania – a student led club every Monday lunchtime
All the basics for school plus Revision Guides.
Up to 2 fiction, 2 non-fiction and 1 DVD at the same time. If the book you’d like is out, it can be reserved for you. Books are issued for 2 weeks, and DVDs for 1. If you bring something back late there will be a small fine of 1p per day to pay – this money is donated to charity. But you can renew to stop your book going overdue!
The library is a space for quiet reading, study & playing board games. Please show consideration to other users, and keep the noise level low. No food or drinks are allowed in the library. No use of mobile phones at any time in the LRC. Poor behaviour may result in you being asked to leave.
We have signed up to use a website that holds archives for almost all national & local newspapers in the UK. This is the website link http://newslibrary.newspapersforschools.co.uk

Please see Mrs Edwards for login information.

We have groups for years 7 to 10, they meet once a term during lunchtime in the LRC, and are a chance to talk about what you’re reading, as well as playing games. Please ask the Librarian for details.
Every year we shadow the Carnegie book award. This takes place during the Spring, and is a great chance to read some of the best fiction published and vote for your favourite. We also celebrate National Poetry Day, Roald Dahl Day & World Book Day.

We love hosting author events, and have been lucky enough to enjoy visits from John Barrowman, Robert Rigby, Huw Powell, Dan Freedman, and Steve Backshall.

If you need help, ask Mrs Edwards, she can advise on what books you’ve got out, help you with research, or with finding a good read.

  • Reading Ideas for KS3
  • Reading Ideas for KS4
  • Useful Websites
  • Reading Marathon
  • Author Visits
  • Word Book Days
  • LRC Blog

 

Reading ideas for year KS3 ( years 7, 8 & 9) All these books are in the school library.

Adventure    
Blackman, Malorie Hacker
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl series
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games
Higson, Charlie The Enemy
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series)
Masters, Anthony Finding Joe
Rose, Malcolm Forbidden Island
Ryan, Chris Twister
Snickett, Lemony Series of Unfortunate Events
Walden, Mark H.I.V.E. Series
Animal stories
Adams, Richard Watership Down
Daniels, Lucy Animal Ark Series
Jacques, Brian Redwall Series
King-Smith, Dick The Cuckoo Child
Morpurgo, Michael Little Foxes
Toft, Di Wolven
Westall, Robert The Cats of Seroster
Classics
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women
Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist
Kipling, Rudyard Kim
Nesbit, E The Railway Children
Sewell, Anna Black Beauty
Twain, Mark The Prince & the Pauper
Quick reads
Dahl, Michael Library of Doom Series
Fisher, Catherine The Ghost Box
Hardcastle, Michael Soccer Secret
Jennings, Paul Unstoppable!
Pitcher, Caroline Please don’t eat my Sister
Powling, Chris A Ghost behind the Stars
Simon, Francesca Horrid Henry’s Nits
Family, friends & school
Bailey, Helen Life at the Shallow End
Cabot, Meg Princess Diaries
Fine, Anne Flour babies
Ford, Catherine Fat Boy Swim
Gibbons, Alan Chicken
Higgins, Chris A Prefect Ten
LaFleur, Suzanne Love, Aubrey
McKenzie, Sophie Three’s a Crowd
Ure, Jean Fizzy Pop!
Wilson, Jacqueline The Suitcase Kid
Fantasy & magic
Gibbons, Alan Shadow of the Minotaur
Higgins, F.E. Black Book of Secrets
Ibbotson, Eva Which Witch?
Le Guin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea
Lewis, CS The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Lore, Pittacus I Am Number Four
Paver, Michelle Wolf Brother
Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson series
Tolkien, JRR The Hobbit
Wooding, Chris Malice
Ghost & mystery & horror
Blackman, Malorie Dead Gorgeous
Deary, Terry True Horror Stories
Gaiman, Neil Coraline
Mayhew, Jon Mortlock
Pearce, Phillipa Tom’s Midnight Garden
Shan, Darren Any title
Voake, Steve Bloodhunter
Historical
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Fraser, Antonia King Arthur
Garfield, Leon Smith
Gavin, Jamila Coram Boy
Sutcliffe, Rosemary The Eagle of the Ninth
Have a laugh
Cowell, Cressida How to train your Dragon
Dahl, Roald Matilda
Dhami, Narinder Bindi Babes
Jennings, Paul Unmentionable
Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Strong, Jeremy Beware! Killer tomatoes
Townsend, Sue Secret diary of Adrian Mole
Science Fiction
Adams, Douglas Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy
Fisk, Nicholas Trillions
Mahy, Margaret Aliens in the family
Swindells, Robert Hydra
Valentine, James Jumpman series
Wells, HG The Time Machine
Wyndham, John The Kraken Wakes
Sport
Arksey, Neil Playing on the edge
Blacker, Terence Hotshots
Freedman, Dan The Kick Off
Hardcastle, Michael The Team That Wouldn’t Give In
Impey, Rose The Shooting Star
Palmer, Tom Foul Play
Waddell, Martin Napper series
War time
Bawden, Nina Carrie’s War
Burgess, Melvin An Angel for May
Chambers, Aiden Postcards from no man’s land
Morpurgo, Michael Private Peaceful
Westall, Robert Blitzcat

Reading ideas for year KS4 (years10 & 11). All these books are in the school library!

Adventure/thriller
Bedford, Martyn Flip
Brown, Dan The Da Vinci Code
Dashner, James The Maze Runner
Gray, Keith Malarkey
Johnson, Pete Avenger
Muchamore, Robert “Cherub” series
Ness, Patrick Knife of Never Letting Go
Pullman, Philip The Butterfly Tattoo
Sachar, Louis Holes
Fantasy
Blackman, Malorie “Noughts & Crosses” trilogy
Dunmore, Helen Ingo
Golding, Julia Secret of the Sirens
Higson, Charlie The Enemy
Malley, Gemma The Declaration
Paolini,Christopher Eragon
Sedgwick, Marcus The Book of Dead Days
Taylor, G.P. Wormwood
Tolkien, JRR Lord of the Rings
Family & relationships
Brooks, Kevin iBoy
Burgess, Melvin Kill all Enemies
David, Keren When I was Joe
Ford, Catherine Fat Boy Swim
Hornby, Nick About a boy
Limb, Sue Any title
Meyer, Stephanie “Twilight” series
Mlynowski, Sarah Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done
Naidoo, Beverley The Other Side of Truth
Rai, Bali Jugglin’
Rosoff, Meg How I Live Now
Valentine, Jenny Broken Soup
Ward, Rachel Numbers
Westerfeld, Scott Uglies
Science Fiction
Adams, Douglas Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Clayton, Emma Roar
Dickinson, John W.E.
Grant, Michael Gone
Singer, Nicky Gem X
Wartime
Breslin, Theresa Remembrance
Chambers, Aiden Postcards from No-Man’s Land
Doweswell, Paul Auslander
Levy, Angela Small Island
Marquez, Gabriel Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Pausewang, Gudrun Dark Hours
Historical
Donnelly, Jennifer A Gathering Light
Hearn, Julie Ivy
Hooper, Mary At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Landman, Tanya Apache
Peet, Mal Life; An Unexploded Diagram
Wallace, Jason Out of Shadows
Zusak, Marcus The Book Thief
Award winners
Almond, David Clay
Bowler, Tim Starseeker
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls
Peet, Mal Tamar
Have a laugh
Boyce, Frank Cottrell Millions
Farman, John Zulus, Girls and Videos
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones’ Diary
Hiaasen, Carl Hoot
Pratchett, Terry “Discworld” series
Towensend, Sue The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Crime & mystery
Brooks, Kevin Kissing the Rain
Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone
Dowd, Siobhan London Eye Mystery
Gibbons, Alan The Dark Beneath
Haddon, Mark Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
McKenzie, Sophie Girl, missing
Rose, Malcolm Lost Bullet
Horror & ghosts
Blackman, Malorie The Stuff of Nightmares
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book
Gordon, Roderick Tunnels
Jacques, Brian Ribbajack
Herbert, James Shrine
Johnson, Pete The Protectors
Kennan, Ally Beast
Sports
Arksey, Neil Playing on the Edge
Bo, Ben Burn out
Peet, Mal Penalty
Classics
Austen, Jane Emma
Carter, Angela The Magic Toy Shop
Fowles, John The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Orwell, George 1984
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
Carnegie book award shadowing
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/index.php
The biggest & best known children’s book award – have a look at the St Katherine’s pages.

Children’s Book Sequels
http://www.childrensbooksequels.co.uk/
This site lists all your favourite series in order, so you never have to wonder what comes next!

Booked Up
http://www.bookedup.org.uk/
Loads of information about the books that year 7 were able to choose from, as well as games & activities.

World Book Day
http://www.worldbookday.com/
Details galore for this popular annual event.

Libraries West
http://www.librarieswest.org.uk/
Home page for the public library portal covering Bristol, North Somerset, BANES, South Gloucestershire & Somerset.

Book Box
http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/bookbox/home.htm
Information, games, reviews & loads more!

 Literature for Lads
http://www.literatureforlads.com/
New site aimed at recommending reads for older boys.

No Flying No Tights
http://noflyingnotights.com/
Features graphic novels & manga – reviews, recommendations.

Teen Librarian
http://teenlibrarian.co.uk/
Even more reviews & author stuff, as well as booklists

Reading Matters
http://readingmatters.org.uk/
Loads of great reading suggestions – try the lucky dip feature!

Website links – web tools

Prezi
http://prezi.com/index/
Cloud-based presentation software

Wordle
http://www.wordle.net/
Generate ‘word clouds’ from text provided by you

Animoto
http://animoto.com/
Create animated slideshows – a great way to present information

Cramberry
http://www.cramberry.net/
Create your own flash cards to help with revision

Glogster
http://edu.glogster.com/
Create online, interactive posters

Website links – authors

Just a few websites – there are sites for all your favourite authors!

http://www.houseofnightseries.com/
http://www.skulduggerypleasant.com/
http://www.darrenshan.com/
http://www.patrickness.com/
http://www.tunnelsthebook.com/
http://www.time-riders.co.uk/
http://www.marksworks.co.uk/
http://www.screamstreet.co.uk/
http://www.dantheauthor.co.uk
http://www.gillianphilip.com/
http://www.joshuafiles.co.uk/
http://www.charliehigson.co.uk/
http://www.wimpykid.com/
http://www.cathycassidy.com/
http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/

Map of the School

Click on the tab below for a map of the school.

Student Support


The Student Counselling Service

Here at St Katherine’s School, we are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to discuss and explore issues that are concerning them. Adolescence is a time of significant physical, biological and psychological change, which impacts on emotional and mental well-being and can in turn affect home and school life. Counselling supports the emotional health of students that underpins academic achievement and facilitates the building and management of helpful relationships in the school environment.

Counselling offers a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment to have some time and space to explore and make sense of some of the upsets, difficulties and problems that students may be experiencing. Sometimes it may be simply ‘the need to be heard’.

Counselling can help with: depression, anxiety, panic, bullying, study pressures, relationship and family problems, loneliness, low self-esteem, eating disorders, self-harm, grief and bereavement, anger, trauma, phobia, a change of attitude or finding a new direction in life.

The Counselling Room

The counselling room is located in the Inclusion and Achievement Base; it also has a pleasant waiting area which is often a quiet space for reflection and process.

The service runs on a self-referral basis only. This means that only students themselves can agree to/ask for counselling. They cannot be made to attend by teachers or family. It is essential that this is a decision made by the student. Student self-referral forms are available from tutors, the student support office and the visitor’s reception. To post the forms back, there is a red post box, marked ‘Counselling Forms’ located in the student support office reception.

Students can also e-mail the service directly to arrange an appointment: counselling@stkaths.org.uk or send a text to 07800 813 742.

Counselling is available Wednesday to Friday and sessions are held during Periods 1-5. Different times are allotted each week so as not to miss the same subjects and to cause as little disruption to timetables as possible. During lunchtimes there is also a drop-in counselling service for which no appointment is necessary. The counselling service also runs regular self-help groups for students experiencing similar difficulties such as exam stress or low self-esteem. All sessions are confidential and each student is made clear the boundaries of this at the beginning of the counselling relationship.

Here are some comments made by students who have accessed the Student Counselling Service:

“At first I found it difficult to talk about my feelings but I managed to break through that barrier. It now feels as if a large weight has been removed from my shoulders.”
 “The counselling improved my relationships with my family. I feel like a more confident person because the Counsellor helped explain my feelings.”
“It’s very helpful because I could talk about anything and know that the counsellor wouldn’t tell anyone unless they thought I was in danger.”

Please find below some frequently asked questions about the counselling service and a referral form that students can download and either email back to the counselling service (counselling@stkaths.org.uk) or post in the red post box by student support:

A word from the Student Counsellor:

“Hi, I am Leigh the Student Counsellor here at St Katherine’s School.
At certain times in our lives, most of us could do with talking to someone about how we’re feeling. Speaking with friends or family can be helpful, but sometimes it is easier to talk to someone who is more separate.
Whatever you’d like to talk about, no matter how big or small it feels to you, I am here to listen and offer support.”
LEIGH FENTON – STUDENT COUNSELLOR

What is counselling?

We all have times when it feels hard to speak to those closest to us. Often this can be because we don’t want to worry those we love best, or because we want help thinking things through with someone else outside of the family. Counselling gives someone an opportunity to talk in confidence about things that are of concern.

What does a Counsellor do?

Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help people make sense of their thoughts and feelings. The Counsellor will not be judging you or your child, but looking to help them find their way through whatever is troubling them.

Who are the Counsellors?

Leigh Fenton is a professionally qualified and experienced Counsellor. She receives regular and confidential supervision of her work to ensure the quality of her practice.

Why have a Counsellor in school?

A school based service brings counselling to young people in a place that is familiar, safe and secure. If young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.

When, where and for how long?

Counselling may be for a few sessions, or longer term. It is reviewed regularly between the counsellor and student. We have a dedicated private room available and sessions last for 40-50 minutes (depending on the circumstances). Appointment times are varied so that time is not lost from any one subject.

How are referrals made to the counselling service?

A student can self-refer by filling in a short form; they can also email or text the counselling service. Alternatively they can speak to their Head of Year, Tutor or any teacher who will pass the message on to the Counsellors.

Is it confidential?

A key feature of our service is that information discussed in the counselling session is treated confidentially. Counselling is a time when it’s ok to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. This can be hard for parents to accept at times, but ensuring the confidentiality of the work is crucial for establishing trust so that young people feel confident to speak openly and freely about what is concerning them.

If a student appears to be at risk of significant harm, the Counsellor would immediately speak to Mr Southon, the Child Protection Designated Teacher, who would then decide the appropriate course of action and contact the student’s parents.

What is counselling?

At certain times in our lives, most of us could do with talking to someone about how we’re feeling. Speaking with friends or family can be helpful, but sometimes it is easier to talk to someone who is more separate.

A Counsellor is someone who will listen to you very carefully, who will not judge you or tell you what to do.

Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself, making decisions and choices and helping you to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself.

What kind of things do people talk about in counselling?

People talk about whatever matters to them and is worrying them. It could be lots of different things, including: family issues, parents, friendships, anxiety, loneliness, bullying, relationships, school issues, guilt, worry, self-esteem, confidence, anger, sadness, fear, bereavement, body image, self-harm, and lots more.

What happens in a counselling session?

You can meet the Counsellor to find out if counselling is right for you. You can ask questions and see how you feel.

Then if you decide you would like to come back, we can book in some weekly sessions.

Counseling is voluntary – you will never be made to attend if you don’t want to. You have the choice to come or not. Whatever you decide will be OK.

Will the Counsellor tell anyone what I talk about?

No. What you talk about is confidential. That means it’s between you and the Counsellor. It’s your time and your space to be with someone who is there for you and nobody else.

The Counsellor will keep confidentiality unless you are at serious risk of harm, which will be explained in your first session.

You do not need to tell anyone that you are coming to counselling, not your teacher, Tutor, Head of Year or even your parents, if you do not want them to know.

How can I see the Counsellor?

If you think you would like to come for a chat then you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Email: counselling@stkaths.org.uk
  • Text: 07800 813 742
  • Pick up a referral form from outside student support
  • Speak to your Head of Year, Tutor or a Teacher
  • Pop in and see us in our room, which is just off the MFL social area, through door 31.

No Worries – Young Person’s Confidential Health Service  or 01934 425718
School Nursing team (North Somerset Community Partnership)  01934 419339
Bristol Sexual Health or call  0117 342 69 44
Talk to Frank or call 0800 77 66 00
Patient.co.uk
NHS Worth Talking About
NHS No Worries Confidential

School Counsellor

Adolescence can be a very difficult time that can sometimes affect emotional and mental well-being. Counselling offers a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment to have some time and space to explore and make sense of some of the difficulties and problems that you may be experiencing.

Counselling can help with a wide range of problems, from depression to panic, bullying to relationship and family problems, eating disorders to anger.  Whatever you are struggling with, please go and see the school counsellor to get some help.

The counselling room is located in the Inclusion and Achievement Base; it also has a pleasant waiting area which is often a quiet space for reflection.

The service runs on a ‘self-referral’ basis only. This means that only students themselves can ask for counselling. They cannot be made to attend by teachers or family. ‘Student self-referral Forms’ are available from tutors; the Student Support Office and the Visitor’s Reception. To post the forms back, there is a red post-box, marked ‘Counselling Forms’ located in the Student Support Office Reception.  Students can also e-mail the service directly to arrange an appointment: counselling@stkaths.org.uk  or send a text to 07800 813 742

Counselling is available Monday to Wednesday and sessions are held during Periods 1-5. Different times are allotted each week so that you don’t always miss the same subjects and to cause as little disruption to timetables as possible. During lunchtimes there is a ‘Drop-in Counselling Service’. The sessions are confidential and each student is made clear the boundaries of this at the beginning of the counselling relationship.

FAQs  Parents & Carers
FAQs Students
Student self-referral form

If you would like to talk to someone outside of school try these helplines and websites.

ChildLine www.childline.org.uk
Tel: 0800 1111 (everyday, day or night)
Get Connected www.getconnected.org.uk
Tel: 0808 808 4994 (everyday, 1pm-11pm)
Confidential help line and information for young people.
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk
Information about emotional issues young people can go through.
The Site www.thesite.org
Information and advice about loads of issues like relationships, school, health, self-harm, friends, etc.

Extracurricular

We hope that you share in our belief that secondary education is not only academic but a time to develop life skills and knowledge outside of the classroom.

There are many clubs to join, run by our enthusiastic teachers, including a wide range of sports, humanities, community and charitable projects. Our performing arts faculty stage spectacular annual whole shcool production is as good as many professional shows. Outside school we are actively involved in the annual Pill Music Festival.

Please click on the links to the left for more details on our extracurricular activities.

Liven up your lunchtime 1:25 –1:55 and Get Active after School  3:30 – 4:30

Click on the link below to see the fantastic activities and clubs that you can get involved with…..join in today!

If you would like more details on any of these activities please talk to the member of staff running the event or enquire at Student Reception.

Music Lessons at St Katherine’s are offered under the following policy, common to all North Somerset schools.

  • Lessons are provided by teachers from the North Somerset Music Service.  These teachers are booked 6 school weeks in advance of each billing period – Terms 1/2, 3/4, 5/6
  • For this reason we request payment in ADVANCE for all lessons.  Booking for the next session will not be made without payment
  • If a teacher misses a lesson for any reason, this will be made up within that term if possible.  If not, it is made up the next term
  • If a pupil misses a lesson for any reason, including illness/school trips, this cannot be made up
  • It is the pupil’s responsibility to check the times of lessons and arrive promptly with the correct equipment
  • The Head of Department will ensure that the correct number of lessons are delivered, in a professional manner.  Any known dates, such as INSET days, will be notified in advance
  • Reports are sent out twice a year to parents
  • Any queries about lessons should be put in writing (or email), to the Head of Department, who will contact you (hutchensj@stkaths.org.uk)
  • One double term is required for cancellation of lessons – this should be done either in writing or by email to the Head of Performing Arts (Mr Hutchens; hutchensj@stkaths.org.uk)
  • Lessons are provided for 33 weeks over the year
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a highly regarded national scheme.  It is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 24 and offers participants the opportunity to become involved in lots of exciting activities.   The Award is split into three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold and comprises an overnight hiking expedition, as well as volunteering, skill and physical sections.  At St Katherine’s we currently have over 50 students from years 10 and 11 enrolled on the Bronze award, as well as students in the Sixth Form who are completing their Silver Awards.

On completion of each level students are awarded a certificate which is highly regarded by both employers and further education providers.

Mr Parsons is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre Manager and he is based at St Katherine’s where full training and support is provided for the Expedition section. Students complete a practise weekend, during which they have to plan and navigate a route to walk, as well as demonstrating good camp-craft skills. They will then have to complete a longer assessed expedition with less help from the leaders.

For further information on the Award, please see the official Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website at www.dofe.org.

Your contact in school is Mr Parsons.

The Student Council is a great way for students to get involved in developing our school from your perspective. The Student Council meets once a term to voice ideas and make practical improvements in all aspects of school life. Our aim is to take all students’ points of view and ideas into consideration and do our best to make them happen.

A boy and girl from each tutor group are elected by classmates to represent their group in year meetings, their job is to take any issues brought up within their tutor group and then feed-back any information and progress made. A further election is then held to select a boy and girl within the year council to represent their year at Student Council meetings.

The Student Council addresses lots of issues together, but are also split up into different action groups, these groups are:

  • Health and Environment
  • Safety
  • Students

Anyone who is interested and feels strongly about the issues is welcome to join.

The Student Council meetings are chaired by our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Southon.  Members of the Student Council are invited to attend the Governors’ Behaviour and Safeguarding committee meetings to discuss their work and answer questions from the Governors.

  • Lunchtime and After School Activities
  • Sports Fixtures
  • Student Information Handbook
  • Map of the School
  • Music Lessons
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 


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 travellineSW.com 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.

Click here for the ‘Better by Bike’ website that provides advice and cycle routes in our area http://www.betterbybike.info/

  • Year 8's classic creativity triumphs in regional competition
  • Dynamic workshop inspires Year 12 & 13 Art students
  • Year 10 and 11 enjoy lessons with UWE science students
  • Year 9 STEM activity day with the RAF
  • Year 10 Business trip to St Nicholas Market