Year 11 Induction Booklet
1. Principal's Address
2. Contact Details
3. School Rules
5. Pastoral Care
6. Code of Child Protection
8. Homework Guidelines
9. Careers and Guidance Support
In Holy Cross College, we
believe that the greatest and most enduring gift we can offer our students is
that of education. All of our work is focused on attaining the best possible
educational outcomes for the young people we teach.
Your child has now moved into
Key Stage 4 which is a crucial point in their educational journey. Choices have
been made and courses set. It is essential that the two year programme leading
to final external assessment in June 2014 begins well. We need your full
support to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for your child at
the end of key stage 4.
Mr Early Vice Principal KS4,
Mrs Patricia Devine Head of KS4, Mr Damien McWilliams Head of Year 11, Form
Teachers and Subject Teachers will all work hard to support your child both
academically and pastorally.
I thank you for your support
to date and look forward to working with you over the next phase of your son
Mrs Maria Doherty
028 7188 0315
Principal: Mrs Maria Doherty
Principal: Mr Michael Early
Mrs Clare Bradley
of Key Stage 4: Mrs Patricia Devine
arrive each morning by 8.40am.
takes place from 8.45am to 9.00am with the Form Teacher. Year Group assembly takes place once per
A parent should
phone to explain an absence otherwise a truancy call will be sent.
Planner should be used to write notes to Form Teachers and Class Teachers.
Student may not
leave the school building during the day unless he/she has a note and signs out
at the office.
College expects the highest standards of behaviour from all students. A discipline referral system is in place to
deal with those who do not adhere to school rules.
may NOT be switched on or used during the school day. Student should not contact parents directly
from school— this should be done by a teacher or member of the office
staff. A student who breaks these rules
will have their phone confiscated and a parent will have to pick up the phone
from the office.
It is strictly
forbidden to take a photograph, make a video or record the voice of a pupil or
member of staff on the school premises, or to pass these to another phone,
computer or social networking site.
show respect for each other and for all those in the school community. They must refrain from physically,
emotionally or verbally abusing others.
Bullying will be dealt with severely.
Students may NOT sell any goods within the confines
of the college.
respect college property; acts of vandalism may result in parents being billed
for ensuing damage.
Litter should be
placed in the many bins provided.
objects such as fireworks, knives, laser pens, lighters etc… may not be
brought into school.
is permitted to smoke, take drugs, use substances, or consume alcohol in
the college building, grounds, on buses or on school trips.
It is a condition of enrolment to
Holy Cross College that parents and pupils agree to our Code of Conduct and to
the interpretation placed upon it by the Principal of the college. Pupils who contravene the Code of Conduct
will be subject to school disciplinary procedures.
The college uniform is a visible
sign of belonging to Holy Cross College.
It gives the students an opportunity to take pride in the college.
The correct uniform must be
worn at all times including when on college trips and visits unless permission
is given to do otherwise.
The school uniform consists of:
Black blazer with school crest
White long sleeved shirt (winter)
White polo shirt with crest / white blouse (summer)
Grey trousers ( girls: boot cut plain front)
Grey knee length college skirt with two inverted pleats
front and back.
Mid grey jumper is optional for all students
Black tie with fine single diagonal gold stripe
Black tights are compulsory for girls.
Flat heeled black shoes are compulsory for all students
Plain outside jacket for travelling in cold weather
(optional) Coloured hoodies or sweatshirts are not allowed.
Shirts should be tucked in properly.
Outlandish hairstyles or colours are not permitted.
coats must be removed when in the school building.
Small stud or sleeper earrings only are permitted
One silver or gold ring. One silver or gold chain
Facial jewellery is not permitted and will be
Make up and nail varnish are not permitted. (students
will be asked to remove same)
Badges or emblems which are not school-related are not
permitted on school clothing.
Black / gold top with school crest available
Black Track bottoms and / or shorts
‘Care for all’ is one of the core aims of Holy Cross College. Pastoral Care
is therefore central to life at this school.
Aims of Pastoral Care
· To support the general aims of the school
by encouraging and promoting attitudes of self awareness, self confidence, self
esteem and self discipline.
· T o encourage positive attitudes to
· To develop a sense of responsibility and
care for others and themselves.
· To promote interpersonal skills.
· To enhance young people's ability to apply
knowledge and understanding to their present and future lives.
· To help pupils cope with demands of
· To ensure the personal safety and
wellbeing of each pupil.
Role of the Form Teacher
The Form teacher is responsible for the
‘primary care’ for the pupils when in school and will be the main contact
between the college and parents. The
pupils will meet with their form teacher on a daily basis. Any issues or
concerns can be identified and addressed immediately. The form teacher will monitor pupil wellbeing
and progress in school by checking attendance, homework, general appearance and
the Head of Year
The Head of Year will liaise with
all staff in matters of academic and pastoral progress of the students in the
Year. They hold regular meetings with
Form Teachers and Heads of School to discuss matters of academic and pastoral
progress and/or whole school procedures and policies; they co-ordinate
activities in which the Year group as a whole is involved, including weekly
assemblies and will make referrals to the designated teacher for Child
Protection and to the Guidance Team.
The Head of Year for Year 11 is
Mr Damian McWilliams.
Role of Head of School
The Head of School represents
the academic and pastoral needs of Key Stage 4 students as a member of the
Senior Management Team. She provides a
point of liaison for the various teams of teachers associated with Key Stage 4,
ensuring that they have a clear grasp of the school’s academic and pastoral
policies and monitor their enactment so as to promote excellence of
provision. She facilitates and promotes
individual, class and year groups’ academic and pastoral progress.
The Head of School for Key Stage
4 is Mrs Patricia Devine.
One of the central aims of the
College is “Care For All”.
This is demonstrated very clearly in the provision of Guidance for our
pupils. The Guidance Team works closely
with the pastoral team in providing support for all students, helping them deal
with the challenges they may face at present, and the choices they make which
will affect their present and future lives. At times, pupils can feel unhappy
for a wide range of reasons. Stress, exam pressure, fall-outs with friends,
bereavement, family separations are a few examples. We encourage pupils to talk
to someone if they feel distressed. In school there are a range of support
organizations. We also work closely with other support services outside school.
The Head of Guidance is Mrs
On occasion, in order to provide
effective guidance and careers support it may be necessary for the college to
pass on personal details of students (DoB, address etc;) to other professional
agencies. If you do not want these
details shared I would ask that you contact the school as soon as possible.
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR CHILD PROTECTION
One of the college aims is “Care for All.”
Every child has the fundamental right to be
safe from harm and to have proper care given to their physical, emotional and
It is the duty of all members of staff to
protect children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and from neglect.
Any concerns a parent may have will be taken
seriously and dealt with in a professional manner.
The staff of Holy Cross College
complies with the requirements of the Department of Ediucaation for Northern
Ireland. We will refer any concerns
about the well being of our student to the local Social Services
Department. We will cooperate fully with
social services and other agencies.
How a parent can make a complaint
Holy Cross College Safeguarding Team
Principal ............................................................................................................................ Mrs Maria Doherty
Designated teachers for Child Protection
............................................... Mrs Clare Bradley, VP (KS3)
VP (KS4 & Post-16)
Chairperson, the Board of Governors......................................................... Fr Michael Doherty
Governor for Child Protection ........................... Mrs Mary Cunningham
Holy Cross College aims to promote and reward positive
behaviour for all students.
The behaviour, attitude and work rate of all students is
monitored by Form Teachers, Head of Year and Head of School through the use of
lesson monitor in the college.
Parents will be provided with regular feedback in the ‘Student Planner’ or in some cases by
Students who demonstrate exceptional behaviour, attitude and
who work hard will be recognised throughout the school year during weekly
assemblies and at the end of the Winter term with letters of Commendation and
with the student annual report at the end of year 11.
In addition the college will present a Badge for Outstanding
Achievement to acknowledge and recognise excellence in all extra curricular
activities including sport, art, music, drama and community endeavours.
Key Stage Four prize-giving takes place each September to
recognise and reward the academic, extra curricular and pastoral achievements
of our students through Key Stage 4.
All students in Key Stage 4 will
participate in formal examinations appropriate to their academic ability and
career demands. Holy Cross College aims
to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve at least 5 GCSE or
The format of examinations has
changed in recent years and our students now have the opportunity to access
GCSE, BTEC and additional qualifications.
Successful achievement in GCSE
qualifications will require students to complete a combination of written
examination, practical assessment, and controlled assessment. These now take
place throughout year 11 and year 12 with all examinations contributing to the
final result achieved by the student.
Successful achievement in BTEC
qualifications requires students to complete specific units of assessment
throughout the course of year 11 and year 12.
In Holy Cross College, students have the opportunity to complete either
a single award or a double award BTEC qualification - equivalent to either one
or two GCSEs. These qualifications do
not have terminal examinations but are awarded on the basis of the work
completed by the students. This requires
students to ensure their full commitment throughout year 11 and year 12 to
ensure a successful outcome in this qualification.
Occupational Studies allows
learners to learn for work, through work and about work, and it provides the
potential for this learning to take place in out-of-school contexts. This
hands-on approach is ideal for those who prefer to develop their skills in a
more practical, occupational environment. Students have the opportunity to
complete either a single award or a double award Occupational Studies
qualification - equivalent to either one or two GCSEs. These qualifications do not have terminal
examinations but are awarded on the basis of the work completed by the
students. This requires students to
ensure their full commitment throughout year 11 and 12 to achieve a successful
outcome in this qualification.
The Certificate of Personal
Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN
programmes. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young
people's activities. They promote, and allow the college to record, a wide
range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as
well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. Each activity
completed gains ‘credits’ for students.
The more credits achieved, the better the level of qualification. Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE Grade E/F, and
Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE Grade B.
Whatever form of examination is
being undertaken by your son/daughter, their preparation for that examination
will need to be as thorough as possible.
Formal written examinations
still form the basis for the examination of the majority of your child’s
qualifications. The revised format of
GCSE examinations means that students will complete written examinations
throughout their Key Stage 4. Effective
preparation for these examinations is essential. Student must ensure that they attend class,
complete homework and undertake appropriate revision as defined by their class
teacher. Information to support your child in their revision is included at the
end of this booklet.
A general timetable of
assessment for your child is available on the school website.
The draft and finalised
timetables for these examinations can be found on the examinations board
Controlled Assessments have
replaced coursework opportunities for many subjects. These assignments must be prepared and
completed under supervised arrangements in school within a set time frame
–there is no opportunity for these assessments to be redrafted at home. It is
crucially important that pupils do not miss any lessons over the period of
controlled assessment in the different subjects. Your co-operation as parents
in insisting on full attendance will be greatly appreciated.
In the case where a pupil has a
serious onset of illness/accident etc., and has been advised by a medical
professional not to attend school, we as teachers will set up alternative
arrangements to enable your son/daughter to complete the assessment at another
time. Such arrangements will only be put in place on receipt of written medical
or other evidence by the school.
A number of subjects include a
practical element of assessment, for example art, languages, science, etc… These practical examinations will be
timetabled in school so that all students are given sufficient and appropriate
opportunity to complete their required assignments. It is essential that pupils attend for their
timetabled practical examinations since there can be no guarantee that alternative
arrangements can be made.
students to practice the skills they learn during school. This helps the
student retain the knowledge gained during the day rather than school being a
pointless waste of time because nothing was learned or remembered.
· Practice Makes Perfect - we can practice
our school work and do well in the future!
· You don't have to stay at school and do
all the work
· You can learn more than you did in class
because you work at your own rate
· Your teacher gives you a grade for doing
· You learn how to look things up and how to
learn, which helps in all areas of life
· Homework gives children the chance to
finish any un-finished work from school
· It helps students prepare for tests and
quizzes given in the future
· Homework helps students to learn that
particular subject in greater detail
In Holy Cross College, students will have
homework to complete on a regular basis. There may be occasions when no formal
homework has been given. Each student will be asked to complete a ‘Home Work’
timetable that will identify subjects to be studied when no formal homework has
been allocated. You will be provided
with a copy of this timetable.
Rules and Guidelines for Using the
When using the Internet, all users must comply with all
copyright, libel, fraud, discrimination and obscenity laws.
Pupils are responsible for their good behaviour on the
school network just as they are on and off the school premises. While the use of ICT is a requirement of the
Northern Ireland Curriculum, access to the Internet is a privilege and not a
right and therefore should not be abused.
It is given to pupils who act in a considerate and responsible manner,
and will be withdrawn if they fail to maintain acceptable standards of use.
internet user is permitted to:
send, copy or display offensive messages or pictures;
obscene or racist language;
insult or attack others;
computers, computer systems or computer networks;
another user’s password;
in another user’s folders, work or files;
waste resources (such as on-line time and paper);
the network for unapproved commercial purposes.
Users should be aware that the school can and does track and
record the sites visited and searches made on the Internet and e-mails sent and
received to maintain system integrity and ensure users are using the system
SUPPORT/ GUIDANCE AT KEY STAGE 4.
In Year 11 all pupils follow a
common careers programme that has been developed by the Derg Mourne Learning
Community. The programme focuses on three main areas:
- Guiding pupils to increase their self awareness
- Helping pupils’ knowledge of the world of work
- Helping pupils develop career
In order to do this, pupils will
be working with their form teachers on a weekly basis, researching, discussing
and using the internet to complete set tasks and begin to develop a Careers
Pupils will be able to access
support from Mrs Quinn and members of the Guidance Team and will have the
opportunity meet with the Careers Advisors (Brenda Barr and Paddy
In Year 12 this work continues
with a focus on different qualification pathways, career decision making
skills, work experience and application processes. In year 12 there are formal
interviews with Careers Advisors.
A BIT OF FOOD FOR
THOUGHT………. GETTING POOR QUALIFICATIONS CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT YOUR WEALTH!!!!
Median average hourly pay
No qualifications: £6.93
Less than C grade GCSEs: £8.07
GCSE or equivalent: £8.68
A-levels or equivalent: £10
Higher education qualifications: £12.60
PARENTS AND PUPILS ARE
WELCOME TO CONTACT THE GUIDANCE TEAM AT ANY TIME TO DISCUSS OPTIONS OR SEEK
your child in setting themselves up for revision
- Talk to your child about how you can support them
and what they would find helpful.
- Encourage your child to ‘get organised’ as quickly
as possible, sorting their notes, including loose papers lurking at the
bottom of their schoolbag and arranging their files and folders.
- Help your child to plan their revision
timetable. In order to be effective
this timetable must meet with the demands of your family and must also
include time for pastimes and friends.
It will require negotiation and discussion to ensure that the most
appropriate time is allocated for revision.
your child in doing the revision
- Help your child in sticking to their revision plan,
keeping to the start and finishing times that they have agreed.
- Encourage them to set effective goals for each
revision period, for example – ‘at the end of this two hours, I will be
able to label a diagram on the heart and answer a question on how the
- Be flexible – if they want to go out to visit a
friend on a revision night, agree when they will make up the time and
encourage them to stick to the change of plans.
- Keep up with regular ‘check-ins’ and don’t nag in
between times. Show an interest in
how the revision is going, talk through any difficulties and be prepared
to help them reschedule their planning as necessary.
- Keep things in perspective – your child may not be
doing things the way you would do them, or as often as you would like, but
they are doing the best they can in the way that works for them at the
stage they are at.