Welcome to Matthew Moss High School
Dear Parents and Learners
At Matthew Moss we are very proud of our school and its
achievements. We have an excellent site, with farm land on two
sides. In the last four years £4m has been invested in improving our
facilities with a new sports hall, an excellent area for our three
learning mentors and totally re-furbished science labs. We have also
remodelled our technology rooms. Further major development of
our site will come with the “Building Schools for the Future”
investment, which starts in September 2010.
However, our most valuable asset is our people. We have talented staff who work as a cohesive
team which puts successful learning for learners first. Indeed, Matthew Moss has built a
significant reputation across the North West for its work on developing “Learning to Learn”
programmes and the teaching of thinking skills. As our last OFSTED Inspection observed “This is
a school that is characterised by teamwork”.
At Matthew Moss High School we try to give each learner the personal motivation and support to
become a successful learner. We challenge each learner with activities, both inside and outside the
classroom, which takes them further as learners than they have been before. This work is bearing
fruit. Because of our achievements, the Government has awarded the school Training School
status. In September 2008 we took up a new role as a Science and Maths Specialist School. We
have also won recognition from “Creative Partnerships”, with significant funding to help us develop
our Key Stage 3 curriculum and we were one of fifteen schools nationally to be chosen to join the
prestigious “Learning Futures” programme. This is a group of schools who have been picked to join
an internationally focused project to develop 21st Century learning.
We were inspected by an OFSTED team in November 2007. Their evaluation was that: “This is a
good school that provides a good quality of education and good value for money. The school is led
and managed very well”.
In this prospectus we hope you gain some insight into the challenges and successes of Matthew
Moss learners. However, there is no substitute for seeing the real thing.
If you would like to visit the school please contact us. We would like to share our school with you,
to share the ‘Matthew Moss Experience.’
Mr A Raymer M.A.
We aim to offer a learning programme Form Tutors also teach the Personal,
relevant to the needs and aspirations Social & Health Education
of all and in so doing give our students programme in addition to
the best preparation for citizenship in registrations and a 15 minute tutorial
twenty-first century society. each day. The family team, led by a
Head of Family, provides support for
their progress as learners.
A ‘Caring School’ which
Parents should contact their child’s
aims for high academic Form Tutor if they are at all
standards concerned; we encourage parents to
come into school if possible. Form
Matthew Moss is proud of its reputation tutors are eager to establish good
as a caring school with a real concern
What is our school for every individual girl and boy. The
communications with parents, as
these will be central to your child’s
trying to do? school is therefore organised as a life at Matthew Moss.
“tutor” based system. Learners are
Establish and sustain an You will receive regular written
taught in year based groups but are in
atmosphere in which learning is reports on your child’s progress and
a tutor group with learners of mixed
successful and is enjoyed. have the chance to discuss these with
ages. These tutor groups are
Establish entitlement and access clustered into four “Family” groups members of the staff as often as
to a broad and balanced named after trees reflecting the possible. You can help us by sharing
curriculum for all students based values of growth and development. your knowledge of your child with us
on a commitment to equality of so that we can know them more fully
Form Tutors and Heads of Faculty and thus teach them more effectively.
continue with their year groups. This
Sustain a caring, supportive means the form group is able to work Prospective parents are most
atmosphere within a framework in a family type atmosphere of mutual welcome at Matthew Moss High
for personal growth, developing trust and co-operation. The Form School and are encouraged to make
each person’s sense of worth, Tutor is able to get to know well a an appointment to visit the school at
responsibility and self-discipline. small group of learners, providing an their convenience.
all important bedrock of stability for
“The school pays meticulous attention
Enable the school to operate the children as they progress through to ensuring that school is a safe and
effectively at the heart of the school. The Form Tutor is also the welcoming place for learners to work.
community. person who monitors the academic Policies and procedures for
progress of members of their tutor safeguarding students are in place
Sustain a climate where students
group. Through daily contact with and reviewed regularly”. OFSTED
take pride in their work, school
learners, a tutor can identify any
and community, within an ethos of
difficulties in particular subjects and
high expectations that sees us all
is able to praise and reward academic
striving for excellence.
discussions are an important part of working practices. We are educating
the course, where topics such as our young people for jobs that don’t
“Learners make good progress and ‘How to combat racism’ and ‘bullying’ yet exist. The Learning Days help the
achieve well as they move up through are given prominence. Careers learners develop self-dependence,
the school because teaching is good guidance, in its widest sense, is also collaborative skills and resilience.
and highly focused on learning”. part of P.S.H.C.E., where problem They also give autonomy and test a
solving and decision making skills are learner’s flexibility.
All learners follow an entitlement introduced.
“The quality of care, guidance and
curriculum including the National support the school provides is
Another important part of the
Curriculum. This is taught to all form outstanding. Because of this,
P.S.H.C.E. programme is Health
groups across the ability range and learners develop into confident and
Education, which includes sex
includes: English (inc. English inquisitive young adults by the time
education. (This is also taught as part
Literature), Mathematics, Science, they leave school”. OFSTED
of the Science curriculum.) Our Sex
Humanities (including History,
Education Programme has been
Geography, Religious Education);
Modern Languages (based on French
developed in line with Rochdale’s Aspects of Learning at
consultative document. Facts are
and Spanish with Urdu available in
presented in an objective and Matthew Moss
years 10/11), Technology (including
balanced manner so as to enable “Teaching is good and encourages
DiDA, Electronics, Resistant
learners to understand the range of good learning. Some teaching is
Materials, Food Technology and
sexual attitudes and behaviour in outstanding. The school’s focus on
Graphic Products); Creative &
present day society. At appropriate enabling learners to become effective
Performing Arts (including Art, Music, learners encourages them to have
stages in the curriculum, issues of
Drama), Physical Education, I.C.T., positive attitudes and participate
human development, contraception,
Personal, Social & Health Education, actively in lessons”. OFSTED
and sexually transmitted diseases will
Citizenship and Careers guidance. In
be introduced. A full copy of the Sex Our library provides an excellent
Year 7 and Year 8 learners also
Education Policy and Programme, resource area for independent
benefit from the “My World”
drawn up by teachers, governors and research and study. In addition to a
curriculum, a project-based provision
parents, can be obtained from our growing book stock: fiction and non-
which develops skills of organisation,
school website. fiction, there are CD Roms, magazines
planning, research, team-working and
communication, as well as core skills Religious Education is taught as part and newspapers. Also learners can
of numeracy, literacy and ICT. of the Humanities curriculum and purchase pens, pencils and other
within Personal & Social Education, in stationery. Learners are encouraged
In Year 7 learners are placed in to use the library by being introduced
accordance with the Rochdale Agreed
vertical form groups and stay with to its facilities right from Year 7. There
Syllabus. Parents who wish to
their form tutor and pastoral Head of is a full-time librarian who opens the
withdraw their children from this
Family for the whole of the five years. library for independent study,
should contact the Headteacher.
Form tutors and Heads of Family also borrowing books, the buying of
deliver your child’s Personal, Social & We also hold regular Learning Days. equipment and working on the
Health Education. In P.S.H.C.E. These are designed to allow learners computers before school, at break and
emphasis is placed on to really get to grips with a topic and lunchtime as well as after school. It is
teaching learning exercise the essential “learning also used as a teaching resource by
skills so that muscles” they need to develop. The various faculties in the school.
all learners demands of the 21st Century include
are able to the ability to
learn adapt to
the power of this technology to give
The School Site -
each learner a voice in the school.
Facilities for the 21st
Our new sports hall provides learners
Century with the PE facilities they deserve. It
Information Technology, in its widest has also been welcomed by our local
sense, is a central part of learning: community.
We have an extensive network of over “Teachers make good use of
350 modern desktop and laptop information and communication
computers. These are networked in all technology (ICT), especially
areas of the school. All the computers whiteboards to capture learners’
have the latest software and hardware interest”. OFSTED
and have access to a range of online day and compulsory home learning is
resources as well as filtered Internet therefore a school policy. Learners are
Home Learning expected to complete home learning
access. We also have a suite of PC’s
with the Success-maker teaching At Matthew Moss we want our on time and to meet deadlines.
system in the Special Needs learners to enjoy school and through
Home learning can take many forms,
department. There are three complete that enjoyment to achieve everything
not just the traditional essay or set of
suites of rooms for specialist I.T. they are capable of achieving. To do
questions. It may be a survey,
teaching with 30 computers in each. that they will need to apply themselves
questionnaire, piece of reading or
throughout their five years with us and
The school also has a wide range of research, but whatever work is set, it
develop good habits of study.
specialist I.T. equipment, such as will have a very definite and useful
digital cameras, CAD/CAM equipment purpose for your child.
and laser and colour printers and
colour photocopier. The Science Club Parent Support
faculty has computerised data logging
To encourage learners to develop You can help as parents in a number
equipment. The school library has
good home learning habits, a Home of ways:
nine PC’s which have Internet access
Learning Club is open in the library
and a library of over 70 CD ROM titles. By providing a quiet area where
each lunch time and at the end of the your child can work.
Matthew Moss has pioneered the use
school day. In addition, KS4 learners
of video conferencing to support
are encouraged to attend after-school Checking that your child has home
teaching in Rochdale. Most learning to do and signing the
tutorials where work tasks can be
classrooms have data projectors and Learner Planner.
digital whiteboards. We have recently
invested heavily in the use of portable Encouraging your child constantly
PC’s in a wireless network. Learner Commitment and discussing any problems or
The curriculum your child experiences difficulties.
In addition the school is working hard is designed to provide a broad and Encouraging your child to use
to create an environment which allows balanced set of opportunities. some of the skills learned through
learners to access learning resources However, there is insufficient time to our L2L agenda, eg. Mind-mapping
from home via the internet and to use achieve everything within the school and key words.
approved employers in a vocational The Matthew Moss
area for which they have expressed an
Matthew Moss High School is one of interest. The placement has proved to Young Achievers’
only fifteen schools nationally to be be an excellent introduction to the Curriculum Awards
selected for investment and support realities of the workplace and helps to
Each faculty awards merit marks and 10
from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in prepare learners for the world of
marks earn a bronze award, 20 a silver
partnership with the Innovation Unit work when they leave school.
award and 30 a gold award. Learners
as part of the Learning Futures Placements can be provided in most
earn Young Achievers’ Curriculum
programme. The initiative is designed work areas, through Education
Awards for success across the school.
to support those schools with the Business Solutions.
most forward-looking and innovative
practice to further develop ways of
Most learners find the two weeks a The Young Achievers’
very enjoyable and worthwhile Awards
learning that would better meet the
experience. Work Experience is a
needs and aspirations of young We also give special awards through
good test as to whether our learners
people and teachers in the 21st the year for outstanding achievement
are developing the key skills, abilities,
Century. both within and outside school. These
attitudes and values necessary to
have been awarded for such things as
The development work focuses on prepare them for living in an adult
saving a child’s life; playing a sport for
four areas: world.
the county; care in the community and
Ensuring relevance of learning (for helping at the scene of an accident.
young people themselves) Celebrating
Co-constructing the curriculum Achievement Special Educational
and pedagogy (with young people) At Matthew Moss we publicly Needs
Valuing and incorporating learning celebrate the achievements of all Children with special educational
experiences and processes both in students. We reward their successes needs have access to the whole of the
and out of school contexts whether they have been gained within entitlement curriculum. In order to
school or outside. All students are help them develop as successful
Varying the learner /teacher mix,
encouraged to strive for success in all learners, they may receive additional
recognising the value of a much
wider range of roles than the their activities. staff support in lessons and may also
traditional teacher-pupil be withdrawn to work in a small
relationship. Gifted & Talented specialist group. Any parent
concerned about extra help for their
Funding and consultancy are being Learners child is welcome to contact the
provided to support the development Matthew Moss High School is Special Needs Co-ordinator.
of learning assessment within “My successful in helping learners of all
World” initiatives in KS3. David Price abilities to achieve their potential. To Learners have access to a range of
OBE visited Matthew Moss as part of this end we have appointed two programmes aimed at developing
the selection process and reacted members of staff to work with our literacy and numeracy skills:
very positively to the KS3 curriculum most able learners and help develop Successmaker, Wordshark and
development underway. learners’ gifts in all areas. In addition, Numbershark. More complex needs
our Learning Mentors are working to are met through delivery of individual
Work Experience support the learning of learners programmes created to particular
beyond the classroom. They run a specifications.
A two-week work experience daily Breakfast Club as well as home
placement is offered to all learners in Counselling is available to support
learning and study support sessions.
Year 10. Learners are placed with learners with emotional or psychological
needs and we maintain close liaison
with external support agencies.
learners who are experiencing For those who cannot make a daytime
problems in school, from home visit, there are annual Open Evenings,
Matthew Moss has a reputation for learning issues to education problems Welcome Nights and Curriculum
good attendance and punctuality. To and are a link between school and Evenings.
help maintain these standards we learners’ homes.
text, e-mail or phone the parents of First Choice Numbers
any learner who is missing from Other School Policies
morning registration. This means that Parents expressing Matthew Moss
High School as their first
parents are quickly informed if their Public Access to
child is absent from school. If a “preference” have increased
learner is ill, we ask parents to ring
Documents dramatically. We are always vastly
us at the earliest opportunity. All school policies can be found by oversubscribed. In 2009 well over 193
visiting our school website first choices were expressed, of
We reward good attendance with whom 180 were accepted. The school
certificates at the start of each new agreed to take more learners after
term. These form a valuable guide to Any further enquiries please contact appeals to the L.E.A.
future employers and further the Headteacher.
education institutions, as to the The school has a waiting list for all
year groups and parents are notified
reliability of our learners. Charging Policy and on a first come, first served basis,
Form tutors monitor attendance How to Access when vacancies occur.
patterns very carefully and are in a
The School Governing Body has
position to advise and liaise with Complaints Procedure
agreed a sensitive and supportive
parents on attendance issues.
charging policy for school activities in All concerns should be addressed to
We employ two administrators to deal line with L.E.A. guidelines. Any the Headteacher in the first instance.
with attendance issues. The dedicated parent/guardian who has a specific Where appropriate, matters would
number to access this service is request or concern should contact the then be passed on to the Governing
01706 514952. Body of the school. Many concerns or
potential concerns can best be
Learning Mentors Admissions Policy resolved in discussion with the
Headteacher or other staff of the
There are three Learning Mentors
We encourage both learners and school, or in informal discussion.
available in school: Mrs Darnbrough,
parents to come and visit us during a Under the provisions of the Education
Mrs Smedley and Mrs Hoyle help
school day through our ‘Open Door Act (1986), parents/guardians have
learners in a variety of ways. They
Policy.’ Selecting a school is one of the opportunity to meet the Governors
monitor attendance and work closely
the most important decisions a family at a meeting when matters relating to
with the Education Welfare Service
will make together and it is important the management and operation of the
and other child based agencies.
you see all there is to see and have school may be discussed.
Working from an extremely well the opportunity to ask us any
equipped, new base, they support questions you might have.
First aiders are NOT allowed to
How to gain a place at Medical and First Aid
administer drugs (including pain-
Matthew Moss High Please note the school does not have killers). If the learner is taking
a full time School Nurse. Current prescribed medication, the
legislation means that the assistance medication and a written
Initially places at the school are we are allowed to give is limited. The authorisation for administration
allocated by the L.E.A. not our school has seven competent First (stating dose) should be handed in to
Governing body. To enhance your Aiders who hold the Rochdale the school first-aider, unless the
chance of securing a place at Occupational Health Service doctor advises otherwise. This is to
Matthew Moss High School, it is Certificate in First Aid. prevent overdoses or other learners
essential you put Matthew Moss High having access to the drugs.
In the event of a minor accident, first
School down as first choice, and
aid treatment will be given to the Known medical problems:
complete the L.E.A. form in full,
learner by the first aid team to confidential information about
returning it on time. This is usually
prevent the injury becoming worse. If, medical conditions should be given to
done through the Primary School.
in the opinion of the first aider, the the Headteacher who will, if he
The L.E.A. awards places according to injury requires further urgent deems it proper, give relevant
(1) whether or not there are already treatment by a doctor, the parent will information to the School First Aider
brothers and sisters at the school; (2) be advised by telephone. (who is also bound by professional
your stated preference; (3) your confidentiality.)
It is therefore essential that the
school has emergency telephone
Priority is also given on medical number(s) to contact
grounds. Both the school and Pupil parents/guardians during working
Services Department of the L.E.A. can hours and it is essential that the
further advise you. number(s) be kept up to date.
If the learner needs to be
sent to the Infirmary, the
parent will be informed,
especially if an ambulance
is required. If, on medical
grounds, the child needs to
be sent home, the
parent/guardian will be
asked to collect the child from
school. Occasionally it might be
possible for the child to be taken
home by a member of staff, but
availability of staff for this varies and
might not be possible.
child, a formal Valuables and large sums
application can of money should not be
Twenty five hours per week are spent be made for a brought to school
in time-tabled teaching sessions. One lunchtime unless it is absolutely
hour and 15 minutes per week are “pass-out“, necessary. On these
devoted to assemblies, registration through the occasions they must
Head of be handed to a teacher
and tutor-led activities.
Family. Sadly, or the school secretary
that means they for safe keeping.
The School Day must remain off
8.50am Assembly/Registration We ask learners NOT to
site for the whole
bring mobile phones into
9.10am Lesson 1 period – every day.
school. These are forbidden in
10.00am Lesson 2 School meals are provided in exam rooms and all sports changing
10.50am BREAKTIME the canteen with a variety of healthy rooms forbid picture phones.
11.05am Lesson 3 hot and cold choices on offer each Learners who bring phones into
day. school will have them confiscated.
11.55am Lesson 4
They will need to be collected by a
12.45pm LUNCHTIME - A dining room is available for those
parent/guardian after 5 days.
Lunchtime Activities learners who prefer to bring a packed
lunch or purchase food from the Fast One sanction we may have to use is
1.45pm Lesson 5
Food Bar. Hot snacks such as toast, detention. Parents will be notified in
2.35pm Lesson 6 pizza slices are available during advance.
3.25pm End of School Day morning break from the canteen. We
There are canteen, tuck shop and are proud of our healthy eating
vending facilities available at break regime.
time and lunch time. In order for
Each learner needs a strong bag or
learners to get the most out of their
briefcase in which to carry books and
time at school, it is preferable that
equipment. It would be helpful too if
they stay on site during the lunch
you could provide a pen, pencil and
hour. Learners who wish to make
ruler. Extra items such as protractor,
alternative arrangements cannot be
coloured pencils, rubber, calculator
supervised with the same care and
and dictionary would be useful. You
safety and we strongly advise
are asked to mark all such personal
learners to play a full and active role
property, including clothing, with the
in school by staying on site at
lunchtimes. Should you wish to make
alternative arrangements for your
Beyond the Classroom
The School is proud to offer an
extended curriculum and accepts that
many worthwhile learning
opportunities exist outside the formal
timetabled curriculum. We therefore
offer extended curriculum days and
weeks to provide our learners with a
flexible, balanced and exciting variety
of learning experiences. This may
Our Uniform P.E. & Games involve outdoor pursuits, such as
orienteering, abseiling, camping and
All students are expected to wear canoeing as well as field trips in
school uniform. Parents are asked to
Geography, History or Science.
mark all clothes, including ties and Trainers NOT black soles
other property, with the learner’s Sport & Extra
White polo shirt with emblem Curricular Activities
School Uniform White socks
In addition to the many subjects and
White shirt or blouse extended curriculum activities, our
learners are able to take advantage of
School tie (available from school Outdoor a variety of extra curricular activities.
and Top Form) Trainers or boots (no blades/studs) All learners have the opportunity to
participate in team and individual
Black trousers, skirt, shalwar Plain black "Rugby" style shirt
sports. These include sporting
(available from Top Form)
School sweatshirt, light blue with activities such as: Rugby, Netball,
Matthew Moss badge (available Plain black sweatshirt Football, Athletics, Cricket,
from school and Top Form) Basketball, Lacrosse, Trampolining
Black socks and Golf, amongst many more. We
Black shoes NOT TRAINERS encourage our learners to develop
A towel is needed by all learners
Plain white, grey or black their learning, thinking and sporting
We wish to encourage a sense of skills and expertise and gain
school community and want all our representative honours in a variety of
learners to take pride in themselves sports both in and out of school. Our
and their school. To help hold learners also have the opportunity to
themselves in high regard, we ask all join some of the clubs that use our
students to come to, and go from facilities in the evening. There is
school looking smart and clean. excellent provision for extra
curricular activities. Our new 3G
“The main activities at lunchtime and
Astroturf is equivalent in size to a
after school are popular with students.
normal full size football pitch and is
They enrich students’ learning and
help promote their physical fitness” available for use by schools,
OFSTED community groups and sports clubs
all year round.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
This prospectus gives only a brief description of the life and
work of our school.
Parents or members of the community who would
like more detailed information are welcome to
make an appointment through the Headteacher.
A number of opportunities to get to know us
are planned for learners before they start at
Matthew Moss. There are Open Evenings for
both parents and children and Sampler Days
where primary school children visit Matthew
Moss for a day’s lessons.
There are times when teachers from Matthew
Moss visit primary schools to talk to groups of
learners and there are many extra curricular
activities and joint curriculum initiatives.
Please telephone the school to arrange a visit.
Matthew Moss has a long tradition in Teacher Training. It is
one of the longest serving Training Schools in England and the
only school in the North of England running its own Teacher
Training Programme, accredited by the D.C.S.F.
Matthew Moss also runs training programmes
for Rochdale’s newly qualified teachers and
teachers in middle management posts.
Matthew Moss High School
Matthew Moss Lane, Marland
ROCHDALE OL11 3LU
Tel: 01706 632910
Fax: 01706 514950
Chair of Governors: Mr John Rowe