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					Ysgol Uwchradd Treffynnon
       Holywell High School
Welcome
T O H O LY W E L L H I G H S C H O O L


                        Holywell High School is an 11-18 English      The School opened as a
                        medium comprehensive school in                comprehensive school in 1967
                        Flintshire. It is the only secondary school   and at present there are 730
                        in the town of Holywell welcoming             students on roll. Most of our pupils
                        learners from the neighbouring villages       join us from the following primary
                        and rural communities in the northern         schools. In September 2009,

                        part of the county.                           117 children were admitted.

                                                                      Ysgol Glan Aber, Bagillt
 Holywell is an inclusive school with a strong community ethos.
                                                                      01352 711995
 The school is noted for the care and attention given to the
                                                                      Ysgol Brynffordd
 personal, social and academic development of each
                                                                      01352 713184
 individual student. It is a very friendly and secure environment
                                                                      Ysgol Bro Carmel
 in which to learn.
                                                                      01352 712234
 In this folder you will find the school’s aims which shape the       Ysgol Yr Esgob, Caerwys
 learning we provide. It also gives you an insight into the           01352 720287
 atmosphere of the school and information about the                   Ysgol Maesglas, Greenfield
 opportunities that we offer.                                         01352 711497
                                                                      Ysgol Y Fron, Holywell
 For those students transferring from primary school in September     01352 711366
 there is a special programme of events to familiarise students
                                                                      Ysgol Licswm, Lixwm
 and parents with the school. These are listed in this prospectus.    01352 780455
 These documents are no substitute for visiting the school.           Ysgol Bryn Pennant, Mostyn
 Prospective students and their parents or carers are welcome         01745 560274
 to visit at any time in order to see, at first-hand, what Holywell   Ysgol y Llan, Whitford
 has to offer. Please contact the school to arrange a convenient      01745 560431
 time to visit us. I would be delighted to meet with you.
                                                                      Children from outside our catchment
 John Putt,                                                           area also join the school each year.
 Headteacher




Croeso i
YSGOL UWCHRADD TREFFYNNON
HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL



Aims
Place high quality
TEACHING and LEARNING at
the heart of all endeavour

REWARD pupil effort and
CELEBRATE achievement

Seek to involve PARENTS
and engage with the
COMMUNITY in our work

Base our work firmly on
principles of EQUALITY OF
OPPORTUNITY, inclusion etc

Foster positive
inter-personal working
RELATIONSHIPS

Strive collectively for
IMPROVEMENT in all aspects
of the school’s work

Develop pupils’ MORAL
values, SPIRITUAL awareness
and CULTURAL understanding
Seeking to
involve parents
and engaging
with the
community in
our work
Working in partnership with
parents and carers
  All parents or carers are encouraged
  to contact the school over any matter
  relating to their child’s achievement
  and well-being. Our pastoral system is
  organised on a year basis with Heads,
  Assistant Heads of Year and a team of
  form teachers.

  Parents receive regular half-termly
  newsletters - Y Ffynnon - with information
  celebrating the achievements of our
  learners, highlighting the varied extra-
  curricular programme at Holywell and
  other practical aspects of the running
  of the school.

  We hold annual Parents’ Consultation
  Evenings for each year group, a Settling
  In Evening for Year 7 learners, a Looking
  Ahead evening for Year 11 students, an
  evening for learners and their parents
  and carers in Year 9 in order to make
  the GCSE choices process easier and
  an evening for Prospective Sixth Formers.

  In respect of transition we hold our
  annual Open Evening early in the
  autumn term. We meet regularly with
  primary head teachers to discuss
  transition arrangements and to plan
  the annual induction week and Year 6
  residential course. We host events for
  primary children at Holywell in almost all
  subject areas. There is an evening in
  May when we meet with learners and
  their parents and carers in order to
  clarify aspects of the residential course
  and prepare for the start at Holywell in
  the following September.
Placing high quality teaching and
learning at the heart of all endeavour

 Promoting worthwhile and effective links with the community

   All Year 10 pupils partake in a two-week Work Experience placement in local
   and national businesses or organisations.

   We have close links with our partner primary schools organising joint events
   at the high school or in the primaries including the annual Year 6 residential
   at Aberystwyth University.

   We enjoy links with several higher education institutions: Aberystwyth University,
   Bangor University, Chester University, Manchester Metropolitan University,
                                ˆ
   Oxford University and Glyndwr University.

   We also work closely with all other Flintshire secondary schools and, from
   September 2009, 30 of our Year 10 students will access GCSE courses at the
   Flintshire Learning Core Centre in subjects ranging from Spanish to Photography.

   Members of the Governing Body are representative of the parent body and
   also the local community.

   The school enjoys links with community organisations such as the Rotary Club,
   the Urdd, Holywell Town Council, Holywell and North Flintshire Communities
   First Boards.



 Providing a broad, balanced, appropriate and challenging
 curriculum with opportunities for all to succeed.

   In Key Stage 3, (Years 7, 8, and 9) all learners follow a broad curriculum in line
   with National Curriculum requirements in both core and foundation subjects.

   In Key Stage 4, (Years 10 and 11) all learners continue to study the core subjects
   of English, Mathematics, Science and Welsh. After consultation with learners
   and parents in Year 9 they will have a free choice of other subjects suited to
   their aptitudes, aspirations, and interests.

   At Key Stage 4 a small group of students engage in the ASDAN course,
   undertaking challenges and activities which promote greater confidence and
   independence leading to a GCSE course titled Certificate of Personal
   Effectiveness.

   In the Sixth Form learners can choose from a wide variety of Level 3
   qualifications [A Level, AS, and BTEC National] and some Level 2 qualifications
   [GCSE & BTEC First Diploma]. Sixth Form learners are assisted in their higher
   education or employment applications. We are proud of the success our
   students have had at gaining places at prestigious universities throughout the
   United Kingdom including Oxford and Cambridge.

   Every individual with additional needs is monitored and appropriate provision is
   made available through individual education plans and additional support.
                   Ensuring high standards and expectations in everything
Striving
                     We believe that positive encouragement, praise and rewards are essential

collectively for     to students’ success. Class teachers celebrate learners’ achievements on a
                     very regular basis. Students accumulate merits and they receive
                     certificates to commemorate these achievements. We have a rewards
improvement          system and an annual Prize Giving ceremony in July.

                     All students are provided with learning planners to help them to organise

in all aspects       their work and to help ease communication between home and school.

                     All Year 7 parents receive a Home School Agreement.

of the school’s      The Student Voice, composed of representatives from each year group,
                     meets regularly to discuss issues from the students’ perspective. The group

work                 has recently devised a ‘Learners’ Charter’.



                   Keeping students and staff happy and secure in their
                   learning environment
                     There are specialist classrooms for all subjects, 4 suited computer rooms, a
                     video conference room, two music rooms, several music practice rooms,
                     two gymnasia, a school hall, a dining hall and bistro.

                     All classrooms have a digital projector or interactive whiteboard.

                     A planned process of refurbishment ensures that the decoration is kept to a
                     high standard.

                     New windows have been installed throughout the main block and the roof
                     has been replaced in several areas.

                     The school is set in a green field site and boasts excellent sporting facilities
                     including an all weather pitch.

                     The school is a secure site following the erection of a perimeter fence in
                     2008-2009.
Basing our work firmly on principles of
equality of opportunity and inclusion
Enabling students to achieve with appropriate support.
  All students are encouraged to aspire to achieve very well and to see learning as a lifelong
  and fulfilling process that can not only benefit them individually but also lead to playing their
  part in cohesive communities, both now and in the future.

  We provide a full induction programme for Year 6 students.

  Setting arrangements in some subjects ensure that all students are able to access the
  appropriate level of learning they need.

  Regular progress checks are made on the students throughout their school careers to ensure
  the fulfilment of their potential.

  Parents and carers are informed of their child’s progress on at least three occasions during the
  learning year.

  All students are provided with minimum expected grades or levels in each subject they study
  and individual student progression towards these is monitored regularly.

  In Years 10 and 11, a variety of mentoring schemes are in place to ensure that learners reach
  or exceed their potential in the GCSE examinations.



Fostering positive relationships
  Every student is supported by their Form Tutor.

  She/He is the first point of contact in a team that also comprises the Head of Year,
  Assistant Head of Year and a member of the Senior Leadership and Management Team.

  Students and teachers work together to raise achievement.
Developing pupils’ moral values, spiritual
awareness and cultural understanding

           Taking responsibility to assist in the social,
           moral and cultural development of students
             There is an annual school production involving students of all ages
             and abilities. The recent run of school productions includes:
             Summer Nights (2007), Grease (2008), the Sound of Music (2009).
             There will be a production during each school year at Holywell.

             We offer a wide range of sporting clubs including netball, rugby,
             hockey, football, tennis, gymnastics and athletics. The 5 X 60 officer
             who works at the school offers a wider variety of sporting activity
             including Cheerleading and Street Dance.

             We have highly successful Debating and Public Speaking teams.

             Personal and Social Education days develop citizenship and other
             related issues.

             We raise awareness of, and money for, charities and good causes.

             Students’ learning is enriched through various visits and trips including
             a bi-annual ski course, sports tours throughout Europe, visits to France
             and Germany and many visits and activities throughout England
             and Wales.

             We promote the use of Welsh very strongly and we hold an annual
             Eisteddfod for students in Key Stage 3. We host an Urdd concert for
             local primary schools and the local Urdd Eisteddfod is held regularly
             at Holywell.

             We follow the County’s agreed syllabus for Religious Education and
             Collective Worship.



           Improving our practice and provisions
           through regular review and self-evaluation
             We are committed to using objective data on student
             performance to raise achievement.

             The Senior Leadership and Management Team liaises with
             departments to ensure consistently high standards of teaching
             and learning and successful outcomes for learners.

             Examination performance is reviewed thoroughly and targets set
             for the future.
Our Past

Holywell has been a centre for
Secondary Education since the
establishment of the Intermediate
School in September 1896. By 1900
the school had moved to the
Pen Y Maes site, and had become
known as Holywell County School.


This school developed as a centre of
excellence and became Holywell
Grammar School. In 1954 Basingwerk
County Secondary School was
opened on an adjacent site. Both
the Basingwerk School and the
Grammar School developed side by
side before merging to form Holywell
High School in 1967.




Rewarding
pupils’ efforts
and celebrating
achievement
                 The School Today
                 Holywell High School is an 11-18 English medium co-educational
                 comprehensive school maintained by Flintshire County Council
                 Education Department. It has been extensively refurbished in
                 the last few years and now provides excellent facilities for the
                 education of its pupils. Recent additions have included new
                 Technology and Music suites, newly equipped Home Economics
                 and Science laboratories and an all weather floodlit sports area.
                 Enrolment of pupils is managed through Flintshire County
                 Council School Admissions Policy.


Fostering        The School’s fundamental aim is to extend all pupils to their full
                 potential, intellectually, academically, physically and socially.
                 All school policies and structures have this as their central
positive         consideration and motivation. We pride ourselves on the way in
                 which we endeavour to create a caring atmosphere and ethos

inter-personal   where all pupils are treated with respect whatever their abilities.
                 Great care is taken to ensure that pupils take appropriate
                 options in Year 10 and 12. Year 11 and Sixth Form students are

working          carefully guided in their choice of further education or career.
                 In the Autumn term, the school holds an Open Afternoon and
                 Evening for parents or pupils in Year 6 where parents and pupils
relationships    are invited to view the work of the departments.
  ESSENTIAL
INFORMATION
            Term Dates
              Uniform
     Basic School Equipment
          The School Day
            Attendance
        Pastoral Structures
          Medical Matters
       Religious Education
           Sex Education
      Use of Welsh Language
            Prize Giving
    Charging and Remissions
   Disability Discrimination Act
              Careers
         Higher Education
      Statistical Information
       Equal Opportunities
         Health and Safety
 Admission to Holywell High School
      Complaints Procedure
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2011-2012
   AUTUMN TERM                           SPRING TERM                           SUMMER TERM
Open    5th September                 Open     4th January                   Open    16th April
Close   21st October                  Close    10th February                 Close   1st June
Open    31st October                  Open     20th February                 Open    11th June
Close   16th December                 Close    30th March                    Close   19th July




SCHOOL UNIFORM
We expect a high standard of personal appearance from all students and anyone arriving at school in non-
uniform clothing may be sent home.

♦     Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school.
♦     Jewellery, apart from stud earrings or a signet ring, and make-up are not permitted in school.
♦     Coats and other outdoor clothing may not be worn in class or on the corridors.
♦     Ear studs must be removed for P.E. lessons.
♦     All personal property should be clearly labelled.
      The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


                                  Year 7-11 (Boys & Girls)
                                  Plain dark coloured coat or anorak
                                         School jumper and tie
                                         White shirt with collar
                                    Plain black shoes (not trainers)

                       Girls                                                 Boys

          Plain black knee length skirt                                 Black trousers.
            or tailored black trousers.                                  black socks.
 Tights (plain) or socks in white, grey or black.
                                                                             PE Kit
                      PE Kit                                             Rugby shirt.
       Plain black shorts/plain black skort                           Plain black shorts.
    Performance polo shirt with school logo                Performance polo shirt with school logo
                  Plain red socks                                       Plain red socks
Plain black tracksuit bottoms (optional) may be        Plain black tracksuit bottoms (optional) may be
  worn from November to March over shorts.               worn from November to March over shorts.
               White sports socks.                                    White sports socks.
           Training shoes (not boots).                                  Training shoes.
                                                          Football/rugby boots required for outdoor
                                                                            activity.



         New school uniform to be worn from September 2012 and will be
         available for purchase from Forresters, Mold from summer 2012.




                                                  2.
BASIC SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
It is essential for all pupils to be supplied with basic school equipment at all times, including pen,
pencil, ruler, rubber, and a suitable bag in which to carry equipment and books. It is highly
desirable that pupils should have a good basic atlas for use at home. It is essential that pupils
possess a scientific calculator. Calculators can be purchased from school. It is advisable for all
pupils to have English and Welsh pocket dictionaries. French and German dictionaries are also
very desirable. It is desirable that pupils have their own personal headphones for Music lessons.




THE SCHOOL DAY
8.40              Warning Bell for registration
8.45 -     9.00   Registration in Form Groups
9.00 -    10.00   Period 1
10.00 -   11.00   Period 2
11.00 -   11.20   Break
11.15             Warning Bell for end of break
11.20 -   12.20   Period 3
1.00              Warning Bell for end of lunch
1.05 -      2.10 Period 4
2.10 -       3.10 Period 5


LUNCHTIME ARRANGMENTS

The school canteen provides a varied and healthy menu for pupils who wish to take a meal while
pupils bringing packed lunches are expected to eat them in the canteen. At break time, snacks
are available.

The school has now opened a ‘Bistro’ for Years 10-13, complete with wide screen TV as a special
area for the older students to spend their breaks and lunch times.

We expect pupils to remain on the premises unless parents request a lunch time pass for the
pupil to go home for lunch. Given that lunchtime is only 45 minutes long, this will only be
possible if the pupil lives very close to school. Permission for pupils to be off premises is given on
the strict understanding that parents accept full responsibility for their children at lunchtime.

Sixth Form students are permitted to leave the premises at lunch time.




                                                  3.
ATTENDANCE
We aim to maximise attendance rates to ensure that all pupils are able to take the fullest
advantage of the learning experience available to them. It is important that pupils are in time
for registration and that absences are explained by a note to the Form Tutor. Parents are
strongly urged not to take holidays in term time as this interrupts the pupils’ education.



PASTORAL STRUCTURES 2011-2012
Mrs S Lewis     Head of Year 7                 Ms T Hold        Head of Year 10
Mr R Chesters   Head of Year 8                 Mr G Roberts     Assistant Head of Year 10
Mrs C Cleary    Assistant Head of Year 8       Mr D Richards    Head of Year 11
Mr T Hopkins    Head of Year 9                 Mrs N Holmes     Assistant Head of Year 11
Mrs L Threadgold Assistant Head of Year 9      Mrs S Henry      Head of Years 12 & 13

Your child’s form tutor has the responsibility for checking on his or her progress. Form Tutors are
also available to help with any problems which may arise from time to time and particularly
during the period when the pupil first enters the school. Pupils have a P.S.E. lesson with their
form tutor every two weeks.




MEDICAL MATTERS
Flintshire has a comprehensive School Health Service provided by the Betwsi Cadwaladr
University Health Board. The aim of this service is to promote the health of your child in the
widest sense and to identify any health problems that may develop.

The primary contact with the School Health Service is through the School Nurse and Community
Paedeatrician, both of whom have specialised training in educational medicine, community
paediatrics and child health. These specialists are able to liaise directly with all other areas of
Flintshires’ Health Services and other agencies should the need arise.

Your child will not be examined by the Paediatrician without your permission, except in a
medical emergency. All Health interviews are strictly confidential and your consent will be
sought before discussing any issue with the school teaching staff. Obviously, it would be in your
child’s best interest for the teaching staff to be aware of any medical condition that may affect
his/her progress in the classroom. Parent’s attendance at school health interviews is highly
valued. You will receive, in advance, a written invitation and a consent form for you to sign.
(A child over the age of 16 years will be able to give his/her own consent.)

In Year 8 girls will be offered the HPV vaccination which incurs 3 doses over a time span. You
will be given information and written consent will be sought. In Year 9 & 10, a Booster injection
against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio will be offered. If you have any concerns about any of
your children please feel free to approach the school nurse to discuss them.

Mrs T Birch (School Nurse) is based at Flint Clinic – Tel: 01352 732280 or at school.




                                                4.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION &
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The school follows the County’s agreed syllabus and guidelines which provide pupils with a
knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices and an opportunity to explore and
respond to other religious viewpoints. All pupils have regular assemblies or a daily act of
collective worship in their tutor classrooms. Parents have the right to withdraw their children
from both assemblies and Religious Education lessons, providing they state their religious
grounds for doing so and provide work from that religious community and arrange for the leader
of their faith community to come to school to provide a daily act of worship.



SEX EDUCATION
In common with all schools, we have a Sex Education Policy following national guidelines which
has been approved by the Governors and which includes information about reproduction and
contraception. The issues are dealt with in a sensitive fashion within the framework of broader
emotional and ethical issues. The emphasis is always upon moral responsibility. Parents may see
the Sex Education Policy and may withdraw their children from such lessons.




USE OF WELSH LANGUAGE
Whilst Holywell High is an English Medium School the Welsh culture is emphasised throughout
the school in a number of different areas. The Welsh Department plays a key role in ensuring
the delivery of the language through its teaching provision but also promotes the culture of Wales
in a number of extra-curricular activities. These include Urdd Eisteddfod and theatre visits. The
Welsh language is used in day to day activities and forms part of every lesson. The Curriculum
Cymreig is an integral part of subject specific schemes of work throughout the school. The
integration of elements of Welsh culture and language add an additional dimension to students’
studies throughout the school promoting bilingualism.




PRIZE GIVING
The school believes in encouragement and the annual Prize Giving Ceremony celebrates success.
Merit Awards are presented to those pupils who in the eyes of their teachers have made
outstanding progress during the course of the year. Parents of award winners are invited to this
occasion which takes place at the end of the Summer Term. Over the years since the foundation
of the Intermediate School in 1896, we have been fortunate enough to gather a large number
of external and internal awards some of which date back to the Nineteenth Century. These
endowments are still recognised at the Prize Giving ceremony along with more recent awards
given in memory of ex pupils, headteachers, teachers and chairs of governors. (We are
particularly proud of the prestigious awards dedicated to the memory of former pupils who have
died in tragic circumstances.) A full list of the awards is available from the school.



                                                5.
CHARGING and REMISSIONS
The school follows the LEA’s charging policy document in relation to remissions, optional extras
and activities organised by third parties. Charges made will be those permissible under the
Education Reform Act 1988 and associated Statutory Instruments.

In addition, the Governing Body will seek to recover the cost of damage or loss to property or
equipment as a consequence of students’ behaviour.

Voluntary contributions in cash or kind may be sought in some instances (practical subjects,
projects assignment materials). This is on the understanding that students will not be excluded
if no contribution is made. Similarly, for visits where a charge is not appropriate, voluntary
contributions may be sought. Insufficient receipt of contributions may affect the viability of such
visits.




DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT
The Disability Discrimination Act as amended by The Special Educational Needs and Disability
Act (SENDA) 2001, introduces new legal duties for schools relating to all pupils or prospective
pupils with disabilities. In Holywell High School we have an accessibility plan which is compliant
with DDA requirements. Following extensive work in 2008-2009 the school is fully accessible to
those with disabilities. Further details available on request.




CAREERS
Holywell High School is working towards addressing all Learning Outcomes as outlined in the
document which sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s requirements for careers and the
world of work . (“Careers and the world of work: a framework for 11 to 19 year olds in Wales”).
Pupils are encouraged to make realistic and informed decisions about their future.

Careers Wales supports the school’s CWoW provision by providing ‘an impartial careers informa-
tion, advice and guidance service to pupils and parents’. Pupils in Years 10 and/or 11 have ac-
cess to careers advice as well as an individual interview with a Careers advisor. It is the school’s
expectation that all year 10 pupils complete at least a week of work experience. Traditionally
many Year 12 students follow the school’s advice and take up work placements in the February
half-term.

Careers Wales staff can be contacted through the school or please contact Nia Robert directly at
the Shotton Office, or alternatively contact Careers Wales Head Office:-

Careers Wales North East                              Careers Wales North East
85-97 Chester Road West                               St David’s Building
Shotton                                               Daniel Owen Square
Flintshire                                            Earl Road
CH5 1BZ                                               Mold
                                                      Flintshire CH7 1DD

Telephone: 01244 813316                               Telephone: 01352 750456

                                                 6.
HIGHER EDUCATION
The school believes that its responsibility for its students does not end with the arrival of the
Advanced courses’ results and every effort is made after that date to ensure that pupils are
appropriately placed in Higher Education courses suited to their abilities and interests. In
September 2010 ex-pupils took up places on higher and further education courses at universities
throughout Wales and England.




STATISTICAL INFORMATION
      Number on roll September 2011: 627

      Planned admissions’ limit 2011:      186

      Unauthorised Absence rate:           2.3%

      Number of Students in the Sixth Form in September 2011:             85

      Number of Year 13 Students progressing to Higher Education 2011: 25

      Destinations of Year 11 pupils: 42% of Year 11 students returned to school. Details of the
                                      destinations of other pupils was not known at the time of
                                      going to press.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The school is committed to the general principle of equal opportunity for all, irrespective of
gender, age, race, religion, socio-economic background or ability/disability. Initiatives designed
to further this principle are actively promoted and supported.

We seek to encourage the development of attitudes which endorse the equal worth of all
individuals and to ensure that all aspects of the curriculum and administration subscribe to the
principle of equal opportunities. Staff aim to devise teaching, learning and class management
strategies that emphasise the principle of equal worth and in doing this we attempt to lay the
foundations of a just and equitable society.


HEALTH AND SAFETY
We believe that the school site is as safe as it is possible to make it, and all reasonable steps are
taken in the interests of Safety and Security. In recent years a modern CCTV system has been
introduced and a secure perimeter fence was erected in 2008-2009. The site in general and all
classrooms are well maintained with fit for purpose resources, equipment and furnishings.

Teams of duty staff supervise the school campus at the beginning of school, breaktime, lunch-
time and at the end of the day on bus duty. There are members of staff trained in First Aid. All
accidents to students and staff are reported on the relevant form as designated by the LEA. We
have a safe designated area for the arrival and departure of school buses.

Visitors to school are expected to sign in at reception and are issued with a clearly visible visitor’s
pass.
                                                  7.
 ADMISSION TO HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
The school is able to allow up to 186 students into Year 7 each year. We are required to
operate within the ‘Admission Arrangements’ as laid down by the Local Education Authority,
copies of which are available from Lifelong Learning, Flintshire County Council, County Hall,
Mold, Flintshire. Tel: 01352 704010 or 01352 704034.

Application for Admission
Parents (or those with parental responsibility) of students in their final year of Primary School
will receive a ‘Parental Preference Form’.




COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES
Under the terms of Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988, procedures have been laid
down concerning complaints made by parents or others on specific items concerning the
delivery of the National Curriculum. (These procedures DO NOT cover complaints of any
other nature).

Any concerns expressed by parents and others about the school curriculum and related matters
will continue to be considered and, so far as possible, dealt with through informal discussion with
teachers and the Headteacher in the first instance. Where the issue is not resolved, the matter
may then be the subject of a formal complaint and, if appropriate, referred to the Governing
Body. If deliberations fail to provide a satisfactory outcome, the issue will then be referred to the
Local Education Authority.

The school also has a procedure for dealing with general complaints and copies of The School’s
Complaints Policy are made available upon request.




                                                 8.
  ABOUT
THE SCHOOL
     Holywell High School
Documents Available to Parents
            Grants
       Child Protection
      Health and Safety
         Assessment
     Progress Monitoring
 External Examination Entries
          Homework
           Website
   Home School Agreement




      9.
HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
Holywell High School is an 11-18 mixed English medium comprehensive day school maintained
by Flintshire County Council.

The school occupies a very pleasant site on the edge of the town of Holywell, overlooking the
Dee Estuary. The facilities of the school are housed in a large single building, a significant
advantage on cold or rainy days. Surrounding the building are extensive playing fields, on which
are located an all-weather pitch, tennis courts and other sports facilities. Within the building,
subjects are grouped within suites of rooms and we enjoy the use of a large school library,
which houses a computer suite. Several subjects have specialist facilities, notably music,
technology, information technology and science.

The school is forward-looking and our work is supported by very enthusiastic and hard-working
governing body. Important values underpin our aims. In particular, we seek to value all
members of the school community equally. We also have a strong pastoral structure and strive
to ensure that each pupil enjoys attending a school where the quality of working relationships is
of a high order. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils, which we celebrate
through our school newsletter.

Most importantly, we are a happy school. Pupils enjoy attending Holywell High School and this
is reflected in the atmosphere within the school, which is friendly, positive and business-like.




DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS
The following documents can be made available for parents to read on application to the school:

     Welsh Government Circulars
     Flintshire County Council Policies
     National Curriculum Statutory Orders
     Holywell High School Faculty Schemes of Work
     The School Governors’ Policy Documents
     School Improvement Plan
     Year 10 Choices Booklet
     Years 12 & 13 Option Booklet
     The Inspection Report 2010




                                               10.
GRANTS
FREE MEALS
Parents may apply for free school meals and all applications are assessed on a national scale.
Application forms can be obtained from the School Administration Office or from the Director of
Life-Long Learning, County Hall, Mold. These free meals are available to children whose parents are
receiving Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance Income Related Element of
Employment and Support Allowance, Guarantee Credit Element of Pension Credit or Child Tax Credit
(without Working Tax Credit) only with an annual income of £16,190.00 or less. Parents receiving
Working Tax Credit will not qualify.

UNIFORM GRANT
The LEA does operate a clothing scheme, the object of which is to provide items of distinctive school
uniform for secondary school pupils of compulsory school age, where assistance with clothing is
necessary to enable children to take full advantage of the education provided.

Individual parents make application to the Director of Lifelong Learning. An application form is
available from the School Admin Office, this grant is available to children whose parents are receiving
Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance Income Related Element of Employment and
Support Allowance, Guarantee Credit Element of Pension Credit or Child Tax Credit (without Working
Tax Credit) only with an annual income of £16,190.00 or less. Parents receiving Working Tax Credit
will not qualify.


EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA)
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial support for 16-18 year-olds who
are continuing with their education at schools or further education colleges. It is a means-
tested weekly allowance, paid fortnightly, according to a student’s attendance to school and
lessons. Young people may also receive bonuses if they remain on course, are punctual and
make good progress with their learning.

The Welsh Assembly Government introduced the EMA Wales in 2004/2005. For 2011/12 the
scheme is open to students who became 16, 17 and 18 in the prior academic year i.e. were born
between 1st September 1993 and 31st August 1995.

Further information is available from the EMA Website (www.ema.dfes.gov.uk)



ASSISTED SCHOOL TRANSPORT
Eligibility Criteria
The LA is required to determine whether the provision of transport for pupils of statutory school
age is necessary to facilitate the attendance at a designated school of the pupil concerned. If
such transport is deemed necessary, then the transport must be provided free of charge.
The minimum (statutory) provision
The LA provides free transport for children of compulsory school age (i.e. 5-16yrs) as follows:-
♦    where a child receiving primary education lives over two miles from the nearest appropriate
     school;
♦    where a child receiving secondary education lives over three miles from the nearest
     appropriate school.
Extensions beyond the minimum (statutory) provision
The LA provides free transport for pupils of statutory school age
♦    where a child whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or Working Tax Credits,
     resides more than 2.5 miles from the nearest appropriate school;
                                               11.
♦     To the nearest Welsh medium or Voluntary school under the criteria identified above;
♦     Where the route to school is considered to be hazardous by the LA in consultation with the
      Environment Directorate;
♦     Where a child required transport on medical grounds and no suitable public transport exists;
♦     Where transport to a named school is identified in a pupil’s Statement of Special Educational
      Needs. This would normally be on medical or educational grounds and would be deemed
      essential in the context of other criteria identified in this policy.
Post 16 Transport
The LA provides free transport for young people aged 16 years and over, living in Flintshire who are
in full time education and who live over 3 miles from the nearest appropriate educational
establishment (school, college, etc). The LA will assess whether a school or college provides a
reasonable range of courses suitable to the abilities, aptitudes and requirements of an individual
student. Transport will only be provided to an educational establishment which is not the nearest if,
in the judgement of the LA, there is a considerable variation between the student’s course and the
course on offer at the nearer institution. The courses should be at a higher level than the previous
one: for example GCSE retakes would normally qualify for assistance.
Free transport after the age of 19
Free transport is provided to eligible students who have reached 16 years of age and have not yet
reached the age of 19 on 1st September of the academic year. The free transport will be maintained
for students for the length of their initial course even if they reach their 19th birthday before the end
of that course.
School/colleges outside Flintshire
Young people will be provided with free transport to a school or college outside Flintshire if:
♦    The school or college is nearer to their home address than a school/college in the County and
     is more than three miles from their home address, or
♦    The course the young person wishes to follow is not provided by the nearest school/college or
     another school/college within the County that is nearer to the learners home than the one
     applied for.
Non-qualifying pupils - Concessionary fares
The LA may provide concessionary transport, at a cost, where a pupil/student does not qualify on the
above criteria but can be placed on an existing contract transport route which has empty seats. In
these circumstances:
♦     A charge of £55 per term will apply for 2010/11. (This is subject to an annual review)
♦     Concessions may be withdrawn at short notice, with a pro-rate rebate, when seats become
      unavailable.
However, under the Transport Act 1985, concessionary fares cannot be made available where public
service transport runs along a school route at convenient times for the start and finish of the school
day.
Application forms for concessionary seats can be obtained from the Access Officer, telephone
number 01352 704068.


CHILD PROTECTION
The Department for Education and Welsh Office guidance makes it clear that schools and colleges
have an important role to play in the protection of children against abuse. This is confirmed by
the All Wales Child Protection Procedures, which set out the necessary procedures to be followed
by all staff.
Holywell High School therefore has a duty to refer any concerns about the well-being of pupils to
the Children Services Duty and Assessment Team for further advice.


HEALTH AND SAFETY
The school has a Health and Safety Policy in accordance with County requirements and a
member of staff is designated as the Health and Safety Co-ordinator. Everything possible is done
to ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors.  A copy of the policy may be
viewed on application to the Headteacher.
                                                   12.
ASSESSMENT

We expect subject teachers to monitor and record the progress of individual pupils. Parents can
request information on the achievement of their child in any subject. Short and full reports are
issued for each pupil every year.

The National Curriculum provides teachers with clear objectives for their teaching by the
provision of a number of attainment targets for each subject. Pupils entering the school are
moving into Key Stage 3 (11-14 year olds) and a major assessment of their progress will be
made in English, Mathematics and Science at the end of the Year Nine before beginning Key
Stage 4 in Year 10. Assessment will be made through continuous assessment by the teacher
which will be moderated externally.

The chart below gives an indication of the dates for reports, examinations, assessments and
Parents' Evenings for the 2011– 2012 year.




        SEPT       OCT    NOV      DEC    JAN          FEB   MAR         APR    MAY     JUNE   JUL


Yr 7     EX                                SR                                     P            FR
Yr 8                                       SR                   FR        P
Yr 9                       P               SR                                            EX    FR
Yr 10                                      SR                   E/P             EX/FR    EX
Yr 11                     E/EX           EX/FR/P                               PFC/EX    EX
Yr 12    EX              SR/P/EX          E/EX                           FR      EX      EX
Yr 13                    SR/P/EX          E/EX                           FR      EX      EX



              P     -    Parents' Evening               PFC -         Progress File Ceremony
              E     -    Internal Examinations          EX -          External Examinations
              FR    -    Full Reports Issued            SR -          Short Reports



PROGRESS MONITORING
For several years the school has had a system for monitoring progress throughout the school.
Subject teachers are asked to comment on the pupil's standard of work, effort, attitude and
attendance. Pupils are interviewed by their class tutors and if necessary, remedial action,
including parental involvement, can be taken where a pupil is making unsatisfactory progress.
In Year 11, considerable efforts are made to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential in the
public examinations. This regular monitoring of progress has proved itself to be a valuable
complement to our standard reporting system. Besides this, pupils are now provided with
minimum expected levels for all their Teacher Assessments in Key Stage 3. Upper School pupils
are similarly given minimum expected grades for the GCSE, Entry Level and Advanced courses.
Reports for parents are written with these target levels and grades in mind.




                                                 13.
EXTERNAL EXAMINATION ENTRIES
After full consultation involving parents and pupils, entries for external examinations are
finalised during the early part of the Spring Term in Years Ten, Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. A
full list of the examination results for Summer 2011 is included.




HOMEWORK
We consider homework to be of great importance in the development of the pupils and they are
given tasks to complete at home on a regular basis. Parents are encouraged to involve
themselves in this process both by keeping a check on the pupil’s progress and being part of the
system of encouragement which we believe is the best motivator for pupils. All pupils are
provided with a homework planner which parents must to sign on a weekly basis. This is a
valuable document which gives the pupil the chance to plan out his or her work in an      organ-
ised way.




WEB SITE
Holywell High School can be found on the Internet. A group of staff and pupils have worked
together to produce the Holywell High School Web Site which can be found at the following
address:
                           www.holywellhighschool.co.uk

You can also find the web site on the Google search engine by typing in Holywell High School.

The website will be revamped this year. It contains extracts from the school prospectus and an
online version of the school newsletter.




                                               14.
HOME-SCHOOL AGREEMENT
1.   The Parents

     I/We shall try to:

     *    ensure that my/our child goes to School regularly, on time and properly equipped;

     *    let the School know about any concerns or problems that might affect my/our
          child’s work or behaviour;

     *    support the School’s policies and guidelines for behaviour;

     *    support my/our child in homework and other opportunities for home learning;

     *    attend parents’ evening and discussions about my/our child’s progress;

     *    get to know about my/our child’s life at the school.



2.   The School will:

     *    recognise and celebrate successful endeavours in both academic and non-
          academic areas of school life;

     *    as appropriate set, mark and monitor homework and where possible
          provide facilities for children to do homework in School;

     *    send home annual reports on progress;

     *    arrange Parents’ Evenings during which progress will be discussed;

     *    keep Parents informed about School activities through letters home,
          newsletters and notices about special events;

     *    contact Parents if there is a problem with attendance, punctuality or
          equipment;

     *    let Parents know about any concerns or problems that affect their child’s
          work or behaviour.

     N.B. Pupils with Special Needs have additional aspects to the Home School Agreement.
          The school will inform parents when this is the case.




                                              15.
DEPARTMENTAL
INFORMATION
                 English
              Mathematics
                 Science
                  Welsh
       Modern Foreign Languages
          Religious Education
               Geography
           History and Politics
           Business Education
Information & Communication Technology
         Design and Technology
             Art and Design
       Music and Performing Arts
           Physical Education
            Additional Needs
                  Asdan




          17.
ENGLISH
English is central to every pupil’s education. The ability to read with understanding, write clearly and
expressively, as well as to discuss ideas is central to getting on in life and work. We aim to build on liter-
acy skills achieved in the junior schools, to widen the depth and breadth of vocabulary used, and to foster
a sense of the importance of reading as the gateway to success in all subjects across the curriculum. In
line with the English National Curriculum in Wales, our Year 7-11 courses cover speaking and listening,
reading with understanding and writing. Setting is introduced in Year 8.
Our aim is to encourage pupils to become thinking individuals through lively and topical debates and
discussions. We observe that the most successful pupils are usually those who are self-motivated and
proud of their work, whatever their level of attainment.
Throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 and 9) pupils are prepared for their teachers’ assessments of their
work, which are formally recorded at the end of Year 9. Teacher Assessments have replaced the S.A.T.
examinations in Wales (Standard Assessment Tests). Most pupils now work towards their GCSE Controlled
Assessment at the end of Year 9 which helps prepare them for the continuing rigours of GCSE work in
Years 10 and 11.
In Key Stage 4, the majority of pupils take a GCSE course leading to qualifications in English Language and
English Literature.
A highly popular and successful English Literature A Level course is taught in the Sixth Form. We provide
after-school help on Tuesdays for those who want to exceed their own expectations.

MATHEMATICS
We believe that confidence and personal progress in Mathematics provides a necessary foundation for
success in a wide variety of additional areas, but particularly all scientific and technological study. In
the first three years, one of our aims is to further develop skills in logical and coherent thinking.
During Year 7, pupils will be taught in mixed ability form groups, focusing on general arithmetic and
problem solving skills. This gives us the opportunity to make a fuller assessment of their mathemati-
cal ability and ensure that they are placed in the right class in Year 8.
From Year 8 onwards, pupils are set on ability, giving us the opportunity to push the more able, and
to provide support to those lacking in mathematical confidence.
Steady progression leads to the Key Stage 3 assessment during Year 9 before the preparation for
GCSE begins in earnest.
Post GCSE, we offer pupils the opportunity to follow the AS and A level Mathematics. We are very
aware of the fact that all pupils need appropriate qualifications in Mathematics in order to make a
successful transfer into either the world of work or into further and higher education.

SCIENCE
Technology is advancing faster every year and to be able to keep up with, as well as take part in this
technological world, it is essential that we have a good understanding of the scientific principles that
provide the foundations upon which these advances are built. At Holywell we provide stimulating,
demanding and relevant science from Year 7 through to Year 13. There is the opportunity to gain a
wide variety of scientific skills through challenging experimental and problem solving activities. We
aim to provide all our students with the knowledge and skills to understand the scientific world around
them, as well as to provide the support necessary for them to reach their true academic potential.
Science at Holywell High School aims not only to teach scientific facts, but also to develop the skills
necessary for our students to take a more active role in the rapidly advancing scientific world that is
their future.

CYMRAEG
Our main aims within the department are to develop every pupil’s ability to communicate through the
medium of the Welsh language, to develop an interest in Wales and the Welsh culture and to give
every GCSE and A level candidate opportunities to aspire to a mastery of the Welsh language
according to his/her ability and needs. We also make pupils aware of what the local area has to offer
in terms of their Welshness and try to make the courses as interesting and as realistic as possible in
order to enable pupils to learn to use it in their natural environment. The ability to communicate
effectively through the medium of Welsh is an increasingly important vocational qualification in fields
such as local government, public services, the health services, the media, tourism and education. We
believe that the knowledge they gain through learning the language contributes to their general
education as well as giving all pupils an enhanced opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the
society in which they live. Where possible Pupils are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular
activities such as visits to ‘The Welsh language centre’ at Glan Llyn, Bala and to take part in a range of
Urdd activities. A level students also enjoy visits to Welsh language theatre productions.
                                                    18.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

All pupils have an opportunity to study French up to Year 9 and in Key Stage 4 up to GCSE. Year
9 pupils take up German and can continue with German up to GCSE. Pupils may continue with
either or both languages at AS and A level. The emphasis in all MFL lessons is on practical skills
that will be of use to pupils if they are in contact with French or German speaking countries. All
lessons are taught in the foreign language and great use is made of games, songs, CDs and
DVDs to motivate and help the pupils to learn. The Department also makes good use of the
Internet, subscribing to several languages websites which provide online activities. We believe
that it is also an important function of our Department to introduce pupils to the culture and
customs of our European neighbours. In alternating years, pupils all have the opportunity to go
to either France or Germany. Every two years pupils may also take part in trips to Menden in
Germany or to St. Gregoire in France as part of twinning arrangements with these two towns.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We are convinced that Religious Education has a vital part to play in the personal, social, moral
and spiritual development of pupils and it is a requirement that all pupils are introduced to a
religious dimension as a part of their general school education. Throughout the school the subject
is taught in mixed ability groups with the focus upon learning about different religions and great
stress is laid upon the equally important personal and social skills which Religious Education tries
to develop. Emphasis is put upon moral behaviour and the effect of religion on personal and
family life. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from the lessons on religious grounds
may do so providing they provide the headteacher with suitable reasons by letter.
GEOGRAPHY

We strongly believe that pupils need to be aware of the environment they are living in and our
efforts in the Geography department are geared to this end. Pupils are introduced to Physical
Geography, which is a study of landscape and climate and Human Geography which considers
settlements, work and recreation. We try to balance our view of the world by looking at both
local and global issues. Great use is made of a rich variety of AV resources together with a variety
of other reference works. The main aim of the department is to make the pupils involved
and interested in the wider geographical issues and we encourage them to watch relevant
television programmes. As much use as possible is made of field trips, especially in Years Ten
and Twelve where they are a requirement of the GCSE and A level courses.

HISTORY & POLITICS

Our aims in teaching History are to foster a lasting interest and curiosity in the subject in and
beyond school and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for an appreciation of the
enormously rich historical background both in our locality and the wider world. We follow the
National Curriculum guidelines in trying to develop a skills and concepts approach while working
in a chronological framework.
In our classes we use a wide range of teaching styles and a variety of resources including ceiling
mounted projectors, interactive white boards, computers and audio-visual equipment to interest
and stimulate all our pupils.
We strongly believe that the resources around us are likely to awaken a keen historical interest
and we make use of field work and visits. The department also invites outside speakers to visit
the school, who can provide the pupils with first hand experience of current affairs and recent
history. We have a strong commitment to Curriculum Cymreig. Strong groups in both History
and Politics A level result in a steady stream of pupils continuing to read the subjects at
university.




                                                19.
BUSINESS EDUCATION and INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

ICT

An understanding of the practical aspects of ICT is essential to the adults of the future and we
aim to prepare our pupils for this through discrete ICT lessons from Year Seven to Year Nine. All
Key Stage 4 now undertake the OCR National in ICT. We are proud of the fully equipped ICT
suite of rooms where the pupils work on up to date computers. The spread of the use of ICT
throughout the school is a long term aim and many of the classrooms and laboratories are now
networked into the system.

BUSINESS

We live in a world where knowledge of business is essential for pupils and the subject area aims
to give the best possible introduction to an understanding of business and a training in practical
ICT skills. A study of Business and Communication Systems as a discrete subject and further
advanced begins as an option in Year Ten leading to a GCSE qualification. In the Sixth Form
Applied GCE Business is taught, both as a single and double ‘A’ Level award and is extremely
successful with the majority of students going on to University.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY /HOME ECONOMICS

In Design and Technology we strongly believe that we should develop pupils’ self reliance,
ensuring their capacity to produce effective and creative work in a technological age. In Key
Stage 3 pupils take a cyclical course in a range of materials including wood, metal, plastics,
textiles, food and graphical media through which they gain practical and design skills. At GCSE
pupils are given the opportunity to enhance and develop the skills and techniques previously
studied at KS3 by opting to follow a course in Product Design, Engineering, Home Economics and
(Food and Nutrition) and Child Development. In the Sixth Form, a highly successful BTEC
National Level 3 and BTEC First Level 2 in Engineering course runs alongside ‘A’ level Product
Design and Home Economics courses. There has been great success in local and national
competitions (see ‘About the School) and we are proud of the high standards achieved by the
pupils. The faculty has developed very strong links with local industry to support courses.

ART & DESIGN

In Art & Design Department we encourage and promote knowledge and understanding of art,
craft and design in past decades and contemporary society. To stimulate and maintain student
curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Art, we provide a programme of study which broadens
experience, fosters creativity, develops imagination and promotes personal and social
development. In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught the fundamentals of drawing and painting, how
to manipulate a selection of materials and simple techniques in print making, 3D construction and
collage. The GCSE course in Art and Design enhances skills and techniques previously studied at
Key Stage 3. We shall teach the pupils how to explore and experiment, how to research, how
to create and how to present their finished work. We shall encourage them to draw and paint in
a range of media and we shall help them acquire the skills and techniques required to
successfully pass the course. There is an emphasis on observational drawing, 3D and mixed
media work and investigating the work of artists, craft workers and designers. Art and Design is
a popular choice at A-level. Many students continue their studies at foundation and degree
level. At GCSE and A-level there are opportunities to visit museums and art galleries to further
broaden their knowledge and experience of Art in situ.




                                               20.
MUSIC and PERFORMING ARTS
MUSIC is a practical subject divided into three distinct parts: composing, performing and
appraisal. In Key Stage Three a large part of the lessons is taken up with composition and
performance, with both aspects gradually demanding an increasing awareness of musical style.
Singing and learning to play the a variety of musical instruments is an intrinsic part of classroom
experience. We are extremely fortunate in having a well-equipped Music Suite which includes
practice and green rooms with direct access to the school hall which ideally suits the department
in its efforts to bring music to a wider audience through concerts and shows. We have eight
peripatetic music teachers that provide brass, woodwind, upper strings, lower strings, guitar,
percussion and singing lessons. The school has a concert band, string ensemble, jazz band and
choir.     Many students receiving peripatetic lessons are entered for Associated Board
examinations, with great success. The choir and concert band make appearances in the
community, and a number of pupils belong to county bands, orchestras and choirs. We are one
of the very few schools in North Wales to offer Music A Level.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
In the Physical Education Department we aim to contribute to the overall education of young
people by helping them to lead full lives through engaging in purposeful activity. Above all else
we hope to create an environment where pupils enjoy their physical education though
participation in team and individual sports. We are lucky in the sporting provisions we have which
include two gymnasia, tennis courts and a flood lit all weather area besides games pitches. We
are proud of our achievement in competitive sports both at county, national and
international level and we encourage pupils to involve themselves in various sporting clubs and
activities. A football trip to Europe takes place each Easter and many young pupils have
benefited from the success this brings to the school as well as individuals. The PE Department
also runs an annual skiing trip to Europe for the 6th form students, past trips having gone to
Kitzbuhel, Austria and Andalo, Italy. Students not only benefit from the physicality but
experience cultural and language differences. GCSE and Advanced courses have become very
popular in school since their successful introduction a few years ago. Students enjoy the mixture
of practical activity and academic study.

ADDITIONAL NEEDS
Our most important function in the school is to identify and assess the additional needs of each
pupil. These may be in basic literacy or numeracy, in the presentation of work, in concentration,
in the management of classroom behaviour or in physical or sensory areas. Individual
education programmes are produced to ensure that the pupils involved receive an education
appropriate to their additional needs. Parents and pupils are involved in this process. We
are careful to ensure that the provision for each child is appropriate through a system of annual
reviews and transition plans. The whole system is sufficiently flexible to allow for constant
evaluation and reviews in the pupil’s interest. Support and advice is given in other areas of the
curriculum where pupils need additional attention.         It is our fundamental belief that
pupils respond best to positive encouragement and we aim to ensure that pupils’ self esteem
and confidence grows as they move through the school.




                                               21.
ASDAN….

ASDAN is a way of learning which is flexible and tailored to fit the individual as best as possible.
A series of challenges of varying difficulty and complexity, which are successfully completed with
evidence, are part of the expectation to attain ASDAN Awards

At Bronze Level some evidence is needed that they have completed the challenge successfully and
have learned to:

   ♦     Plan
   ♦     Do and
   ♦     Review the challenge

Six Credits from the challenges are needed and these are awarded by presenting a file of evidence
to the Moderator near the end of year 10.

There is a chance to follow COPE Level 1 or 2.
COPE stands for Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and it is equivalent to a satisfactory GCSE
Pass at about Grade E or B depending on the Level.
COPE Level 2 could be followed in Year 12 if not already completed successfully in Year 11 and
could lead to a GCSE Higher Grade Pass of about Grade B.


COPE Level 1 is similar in the way it works so that pupils are ready to build on what they have
already done, gained and proved.
There is a need for:

   ♦     more independence when working,
   ♦     more evidence of Key Skills and
   ♦     the ability to get work done for all the challenges in time for Moderation.


All pupils at Holywell High will do a Work Experience Placement in Year 10. This is ongoing
collection of evidence to meet the ASDAN Challenges. This involves a pre-brief, placement,
where a diary needs to be kept and debrief.

There are lots of ways of getting evidence and it can be gained doing things outside the
classroom. If pupils following ASDAN have an idea of what they want to do, do it well, get
evidence and keep it safely then a Bronze Award is easy to get.
COPE Level 1 can be a simple upgrade as long as they work with the three earlier points in mind.
These are:

   ♦     more independence when working,
   ♦     more evidence of Key Skills and
   ♦     the ability to get work done for all the challenges in time for Moderation.




                                                22.
EXAMINATION
RESULTS 2011




   23.
                              HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
                                       2010-2011
                             PUBLIC EXAMINATION RESULTS
                              GCE ADVANCED LEVEL (A2)

The overall pass rate for students aged 17 who were on roll in January 2011 and who
were entered for two or more A Level examinations is 75% with 60% gaining two
or more at Grades A-C. Year 13 students achieved a 72% pass rate at higher grades,
with an overall pass rate of 88%. These figures are provisional at the time of print-
ing.


                   Subject            Entries A*       A       B    C    D        E     U     %A-E
        Art & Design                     10        -   -       -    3    -        3     4     60%
        Biology                          4         -   1       2    -    1        -      -    100%
        Business                          5        -   1       1    3    -        -     -     100%
        Business (Double Award)          11        3   1       2    3    1        -     1      90%
        Chemistry                         3        -   1       -    2    -        -     -     100%
        English Literature               10        -   1       2    1    4        2     -     100%
        Fine Art                         1         -   -       -    1    -        -      -    100%
        French                           1         -   -       -    -    -        -     1      0%
        Geography                        2         -   -       -    -    1        1     -     100%
        German                           1         -   -       1    -    -        -     -     100%
        Government & Politics            4         -   -       -    2    -        2     -     100%
        History                          7         1   1       1    2    2        -     -     100%
        Home Economics                   2         -   -       -    1    1        -      -    100%
        Mathematics                      5         1   -       4     -    -        -     -    100%
        Music                            3         -   -       2     -    1        -     -    100%
        Physical Education               3         -   -        1    -   2         -     -    100%
        Physics                          3         -   -        -    1    -       2      -    100%
        Product Design                   2         -   -        -    1    -        1     -    100%
        Psychology                        1        -   -        1    -    -        -     -    100%
        Religious Studies                5         -   -        -    -    1        1    3      40%
        Sociology                        8         -   -        -    1   4         1    2      75%
        Welsh 2nd Language               3         -   -        -    1    1        1     -    100%
        Totals                           94        5   6       17   22   19       14    11     88%


                              A*     A         B           C        D         E         U
                   2011      5.4%   6.5%      18.5% 21.7% 20.7% 15.2% 12.0%
                   2010      2.0%   17.5% 26.3% 26.3% 17.5% 5.3%                       5.3%
                   2009      N/A    25.0% 18.8% 28.1% 18.8% 9.4%                       0.0%
                   2008      N/A    8.6%      19.7% 23.4% 25.9% 16.0% 6.1%

       Comparative figures for Flintshire and Wales were unavailable at time of publishing
                        HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
                                 2010-2011
                       PUBLIC EXAMINATION RESULTS
                            BTEC ENGINEERING

Course                                     Entries     Distinction     Merit   Pass   NYA      %
BTEC National Certificate (Double Award)     6              4            2      -      -      100%
Totals                                       6              4            2      -      -      100%


    GRADES      Distinction       Merit              Pass            NYA (Not Yet Achieved)
    Number           4             2                  0               0
    %              67%            33%                0%              0%
                                         HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
                                                  2010-2011
                                        PUBLIC EXAMINATION RESULTS
                                                    GCSE
           The table below shows results in the key measures at GCSE for the last three years.
                                                                                                2008     2009          2010    2011
         Achieving 5+ A*-C Grades                                                                35%     38%           50%     47%
         Achieving 5+ A*-C Grades inc. English & Maths                                           27%     34%           43%     37%
         Achieving 5+ A*-G Grades                                                                79%     89%           94%     98%
         Core Subject Indicator (C or above in English/Maths/Science)                            24%     30%           39%
         Overall Pass Rate                                                                       97%     97%           98%    100%
         A*-C Pass Rate                                                                          46%     45%           58%     51%

              Subject                  Entries A*         A       B   C        D    E       F   G    U   A*-C %A*-C A*-G %A*-G
Art & Design                            42         4      2       7   15       2    6       3   2    1       28     67%        41     98%
Business                                62         2      5       15 20 10          5       3   -    2       42     68%        60     97%
CDT: Product Design                     20         3      5       5   3        3    1       -   -    -       16     80%        20     100%
CDT: Resistant Materials                    17        -   -       1   9        3    1       1   2    -       10     59%        17     100%
Engineering: BTEC Double Award           30        9      -       6 10 -    -               -   -    5       25     96%        25      96%
English Language                        106        2      8       11 36 34 13               2   -    -       57     54%       106     100%
English Literature                       85        -      7       6 33 29 8                 1   1    -       46     54%        85     100%
French                                  56            1   3       2   11       21   10      5   3    -       17     30%        56     100%
Geography                                   17        -   -       1   3        9    1       2   1    -       4      24%        17     100%
German                                  10         1      3       1    2       2    2       -   -    -       7      70%        10     100%
History                                 40         4      5       7   10       2    5       4   2    1       26     65%        39      98%
Home Economics: Food                        11        1   1       5   2        2    -       -   -    -       9      82%        11     100%
Home Economics: Child Devel                 17        -   -       3   -        3    4       4   1    2       3      18%        15     88%
Mathematics                             119        4      9       10 31 23 15 13 10                  4       54     45%       115     97%
Music                                       12        -   2       2   4        2    1       -   1    -       8      67%        12     100%
Physical Education                          41        1   2       5   14 10         8       -   1    -       22     54%        41     100%
Photography                                 2         -   -       -   2        -    -       -   -    -       2     100%        2      100%
Public Services: BTEC                       5         -   -       -   5        -    -       -   -    -       5     100%        5      100%
Science: Core Year 10                   119        3      3       14 40 11          25 13 10         -       60     50%       119     100%
Science: Additional Year 11             57         7      3       9   17       18   2       1   -    -       36     63%        57     100%
Science: Additional Applied Year 11     62            -   -       -   1        17 27 13         2    2       1      2%         60     97%
Welsh 2nd Language                      25            1   1       -   12 10         -       -   1    -       14     56%        25     100%
Welsh 2nd Language: Short Course        90            -   -       -   42       8    20      5   10   5       42     47%        85     94%
Totals                                 1045       43      59 110 322 218 154 70 47 22                    534        51%       1023    98%

                                       A*         A           B            C            D        E       F         G
                          2011        4.2%       5.8%     10.8% 31.5% 21.3% 15.1% 6.8%                            4.6%
                          2010        4.4%       7.4%     11.2% 34.6% 18.4% 12.6% 8.1%                            3.2%
                          2009        0.9%       5.0%     13.4% 25.6% 22.1% 15.5% 8.3%                            4.3%
                          2008        2.7%       5.8%     11.0% 26.8% 25.3% 16.8% 6.1%                            2.9%

                   Comparative figures for Flintshire and Wales were unavailable at time of publishing
                        HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
                                 2010-2011
                       PUBLIC EXAMINATION RESULTS
                         ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE

         Subject                             Entries        3         2     1   U      %
         English                                 13         3        10     -    -    100%
         French                                  16         16        -     -    -    100%
         Mathematics                             9          2         6     1    -    100%
         Totals                                  38         21       16     1    0    100%


                       GRADES         3            2                  1          U
                       Number        21           16                  1          0
                       %            55%          42%                  3%         0%




                             HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL
                                   2010-2011
                                  KEY STAGE 3

Number of Candidates                     116                              Male 60            Female 56
Number Achieving Level 5+ in English      73 / 63%                        36 / 49%           37 / 51%
Number Achieving Level 5+ in Mathematics 91 / 78%                         46 / 51%           45 / 49%
Number Achieving Level 5+ in Science      90 / 76%                        45 / 50%           45 / 50%


       Subject                 Level Level Level Level Level Level Level               % Level
                                 3     4     5     6     7     8    5+                   5+

       English         116      9     34   53          16        4          -    73     63%

                       Boys     6     18   26          9         1          -    36     49%
                       Girls    3     16   27          7         3          -    37     51%
       Mathematics     116      2     23   40         36         13         2    91     78%
                       Boys     2     12    19        20         5          2    46     51%
                       Girls    -     11    21         16        8          -    45     49%
       Science         116      1     25   69          18        3          -    90     76%
                       Boys     1     14   37          7         1          -    45     50%
                       Girls    -     11   32          11        2          -    45     50%
Comparative Data for Teacher Assessments - Core Subjects for Students in Year 9, Summer 2011

Percentage of pupils, boys and girls achieving at least the expected level (Level 5+)


                      ENGLISH TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                                        88
             82                                                83
                     76            76
                                         69       67
       63
                             59
                                                                        SCHOOL
                                                                        FLINTSHIRE
                                                                        WALES




            Pupils                Boys                 Girls




               MATHEMATICS TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

             82                                         85
       78            78            79 76          81           80
                             76


                                                                        SCHOOL
                                                                        FLINTSHIRE
                                                                        WALES




            Pupils                Boys                 Girls
                        SCIENCE TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

               86                                                            88
                       80                  83                       81            83
         78                         75             77


                                                                                             SCHOOL
                                                                                             FLINTSHIRE
                                                                                             WALES




              Pupils                     Boys                            Girls




Teacher Assessments (by number) for Core Subjects for Students in Year 9, Summer 2011



                        ENGLISH TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                    53



                       34                                                                         116
                                         26 27                                                    Boys
                            18 16                   16                                            Girls

     9                                                    9 7
         6                                                               4
              3                                                              1 3       0 0 0

     Level 3           Level 4      Level 5             Level 6          Level 7       Level 8




                  MATHEMATICS TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                    40
                                                    36


                       23                                                                         116
                                              21          20
                                         19                                                       Boys
                                                               16
                            12 11                                    13                           Girls
                                                                                  8
                                                                             5
     2 2                                                                               2 2
              0                                                                              0

     Level 3           Level 4      Level 5             Level 6          Level 7       Level 8
                      SCIENCE TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                       69



                                                                                                              116
                                              37
                                                   32                                                         Boys
                     25                                                                                       Girls
                                                             18
                          14
                               11                                     11
                                                                  7
     1 1 0                                                                        3 1 2
                                                                                            0 0 0

     Level 3         Level 4            Level 5              Level 6              Level 7   Level 8




Teacher Assessments (by number) for Non-Core Subjects for Students in Year 9, Summer 2011



                   ART TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011                                                           D&T TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                                                                                                           54
                                      60




                          33                                                                                                          28
                                                                                                                25

                                                     18

                                                                                                                                                 6
                                                                  4                                   3
     0         1                                                              0             0                                                                0

     D    Level 3      Level 4      Level 5        Level 6    Level 7      Level 8          D     Level 3     Level 4    Level 5    Level 6    Level 7     Level 8




          GEOGRAPHY TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011                                                          HISTORY TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                          49          49                                                                                    50
                                                                                                                 45




                                                                                                                                        20
                                                     16


     0         2                                                  0          0              0         0                                              1           0

     D    Level 3      Level 4      Level 5        Level 6   Level 7       Level 8          D     Level 3      Level 4    Level 5    Level 6     Level 7     Level 8
                        ICT TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011                                                  MFL TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011
                                               45                                                                     74
                                                           40




                                   15                              14
                                                                                                                                  15
                                                                                                          9                                   11
                                                                                    7
              2
    0                    0                                                   0                0                                                           0

    D       Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8                 D       Level 3     Level 4     Level 5     Level 6     Level 7     Level 8




Teacher Assessments (by number) for Non-Core Subjects for Students in Year 9, Summer 2011



                      MUSIC TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011                                                    PE TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011
                                          74                                                                            55

                                                                                                              45




                             23
                                                      15                                                                               12

                                                                   4                    1         1                                                2
        0         0                                                          0                                                                                0

        D     Level 3    Level 4        Level 5     Level 6     Level 7   Level 8       D     Level 3     Level 4     Level 5     Level 6     Level 7     Level 8




                      WELSH TA KEY STAGE 3 2010-2011

                                         60


                             44




                  5                                   6
    0                                                             1         0

    D        Level 3     Level 4    Level 5         Level 6     Level 7   Level 8
PERSONNEL
 2010-11
  Education Department
     Governing Body
 Holywell High School Staff




     32.
FLINTSHIRE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
  Director of Lifelong Learning:    Mr I Budd
                                    Lifelong Learning
                                    County Hall, Mold
                                    Flintshire. CH7 6ND
                                    Telephone : 01352 752121

  Secondary Phase Officer:          Mr. K. Grandfield
                                    Lifelong Learning
                                    County Hall, Mold,
                                    Flintshire. CH7 6ND
                                    Telephone : 01352 752121



GOVERNING BODY
                                                  TERM OF OFFICE
                                                      UNTIL

  Chair:                 Mr J Mills               July 2015
                         2 Bryn Cerrig
                         Lixwm
                         Holywell,
                         CH8 7QA
  Vice-Chair             Cllr P Curtis            November 2012
  LEA Appointees:        Mr E Watkinson           March 2015
                         Prof R Moore             December 2013
                         Dr P York                November 2012
  Teacher Governors:     Mr S Hooson              September 2014
                         Mrs S Henry              December 2012
  Support Staff          Mr D Gilbart             December 2011
  Governor:
  Parent Governors:      Mrs C Edwards            December 2015
                         Mrs D Seel               December 2011
                         Mrs L Hatchett           November 2014
                         Mrs H Partington         November 2014
                         Mrs D Seddon             November 2014
  Community              Mr I Austberry           October 2013
  Governors:             Prof N Winterton         October 2015
                         MrP Bryant               September 2014
                         Headteacher:             Mr. J. Putt
  Clerk:                 Miss L Evans


HOLYWELL HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
  Headteacher:              J Putt BA NPQH
  Assistant Headteachers:   Mr I Evans BSc NPQH
                            Mr J Weir BSc MEd
  Associate Members of SLMT Mrs S Henry BA
                            Mr M Seale BMus
                            Mrs S Lewis BA



                                            33.
ENGLISH FACULTY                           Faculty Members
                                          Mrs S Henry BA
Head of Faculty
Mrs S M Stamatiou BA MA                   Miss M Jones BA
                                          Mr P Jones BA
Assistant Head of Faculty                 Miss J Talbot BSc
Mrs H L Jones BA                          Mr R Chesters BSc
Faculty Members                           Mr D Richards BEd
Mr T Hopkins BA                           MFL, MUSIC & WELSH FACULTY
Miss V Guy BA
                                          Head of Faculty
MATHEMATICS FACULTY
                                          Mr M Seale BMus
Head of Faculty
                                          Assistant Head of Faculty
Mr R Render BSc
                                          Miss L Sumner BEd
Assistant Head of Faculty
Mrs S Roberts BSc                         Faculty Members
                                          Miss L Allsopp BA
Faculty Members                           Mrs E Threadgold BA
Ms T Hold BSc                             Mrs S Lewis BA
Miss Z Jordanov BSc                       Ms C I Jones BSc
SCIENCE FACULTY                           Miss M Evans BA
                                          Mrs F Griffiths BSc
Head of Faculty
Mrs C Raducanescu MSc                     ADDITIONAL NEEDS CO-ORDINATOR
                                          Miss M Jones BA
Assistant Head of Faculty
Mr A Baxter BSc                           PERSONAL, SOCIAL & HEALTH
                                          EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR
Faculty Members                           Mr H E Jones BD
Mrs C Cleary MSc
Mr I Evans BSc                            PROGRESS FILE CO-ORDINATOR
Mrs S Kenyon BSc                          Mr H E Jones BA
Mr J Weir BSc
                                          HIGHER EDUCATION ADVISER
ADDITIONAL LEARNING NEEDS FACULTY         Mrs S Henry BA
Head of Faculty
                                          KEY SKILLS CO-ORDINATOR
Miss M Jones BA
                                          Mrs N Holmes BA
ART, BUSINESS, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY,       LITERACY CO-ORDINATOR
HOME ECONOMICS & ICT FACULTY              Miss M Jones BA
Head of Faculty                           NUMERACY CO-ORDINATOR
Mr M Earnshaw BA                          Mrs N Holmes BA
Assistant Heads of Faculty                CO-ORDINATOR OF SCHOOL COUNCIL
Miss G Sissons BA                         Mrs E Threadgold BEd
Mr S Hooson BEd
                                          BREAKFAST CLUB CO-ORDINATOR
Faculty Members                           Mr D Richards BEd
Mrs J Morris BA
Mrs N Holmes BA                           CO-ORDINATOR OF DoE AWARD SCHEME
Mr G Roberts BEd                          Mrs C Cleary MSc
Mr M Thomas BSc
Mrs J Jones BEd
Mrs S Lewis BA

HUMANITIES & PE FACULTY
Head of Faculty
Mr H E Jones BD
Assistant Heads of Faculty
Mr M Gillespie BEd
Mrs E Lenton BA
                                    34.
SUPPORT STAFF

Senior Administrative Officer/Bursar              Mr P Lang

Headteacher’s Secretary/Administrative Officer/
Clerk to the Governors                            Miss L Evans

Finance Officer                                   Mrs V Allen

Examinations’ Officer                             Mrs T C Jones

School Librarian                                  Ms W Hughes

Senior Resource Technician                        Mrs D A Hamilton

ICT Systems Administrator                         Mr D Gilbart

Administrative Assistant                          Mrs S Edwards

Careers/Work Experience Co-ordinator              Mrs C Edwards
& Learning Coach

Laboratory Technician                             Mr L White

Design & Technology Technician                    Mr B McGauty

School Nurse                                      Mrs T Birch

Inclusion Welfare Officers                        Mrs A Hargreaves
                                                  Mrs D Piggott

School Caretaker                                  Mr A Palmer

Cover Supervisor/Team Leader                      Mrs C Wilkes

Additional Needs Administration Assistant         Mrs D A Featherstone

Behaviour Management Co-ordinator                 Mrs L Jones

Learning Support Assistants
Mrs F Bass                                        Miss B Williams
Mrs L Denman                                      Mrs C Allen
Miss S Foley                                      Miss A Jones
Mrs C Blomfield                                   Mrs N Fitz-John
Mrs S Pritchard                                   Mrs B Butterly (Drama Comm. Programme)
Mrs D A Featherstone                              Mrs S Hewitt (EAL)




                                            35.
Pennaeth/Headteacher: Mr John Putt BA (Hons) NPQH

Ysgol Uwchradd Treffynnon/Holywell High School
Y Strand, Treffynnon, Sir y Fflint CH8 7AW/The Strand, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7AW
Ffôn/Tel: 01352 710011 Ffacs/Fax: 01352 714662
Ebost/Email: info@holywell-hs.flintshire.sch.uk

www.holywellhighschool.co.uk
The information in this prospectus was correct at the time of going to print.
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