Please see below Porth Community Schools Home/School Agreement which outlines what is expected of Parents, The School and Pupils.
- Make sure that my child achieves at least 96% attendance, is on time, in uniform and equipped to learn;
- Contact the school immediately if my child is absent;
- Support the school in setting the highest possible standards for my child;
- Support my child to aspire to achieve the best they can;
- Take an active and supportive interest in my child’s learning by encouraging completion of homework;
- Raise any concerns that I have with the school;
- Attend meetings to discuss my child’s progress or other wellbeing concerns;
- Support the school’s policy for good behaviour, to help my child to achieve maturity, self-discipline and self-control;
- Encourage the positive use of leisure time to help my child’s development in and out of school.
- Welcome you into the day to day life of the school;
- Challenge your child to aspire to achieve their best and become a confident life-long learner;
- Provide a stimulating creative curriculum which is inspirational, relevant and enjoyable;
- Provide a nurturing and inclusive environment;
- Provide a language-rich environment to support your child’s learning;
- Care for your child’s safety and happiness;
- Promote respect for all members of our community;
- Support your child to become a responsible member of the community, taking care of their surroundings and others around them;
- Set targets for your child’s progress, inform you of their progress and involve you regularly at all times;
- Contact you if there are concerns regarding welfare, attendance, punctuality, uniform or behaviour and that we will celebrate with you and the wider community individual and collective successes;
- Keep you well informed about school activities through regular letters, emails and newsletters.
I will be READY to learn by:
- Arriving at school regularly, on time, in my uniform, with the correct equipment;
- Coming to school with a positive attitude towards learning;
- Aspiring to achieve the best I possibly can.
I will be RESPECTFUL by:
- Considering the feelings and property of other people both in school and in the wider community;
- Caring for the grounds, buildings, furniture and equipment provided by the school.
I will be RESPONSIBLE:
- For my own learning by taking the opportunities that the school has to offer to prepare myself for a fulfilling life as a valued member of society;
- For keeping to the school rules;
- For completing homework on time;
- By being a positive role model in our community and a good friend;
- By asking for help from adults in school if I feel unsafe, unhappy or I am underachieving.
We are fully committed to the safeguarding, pastoral care and wellbeing of all of our pupils. The Director of Wellbeing and Inclusion has responsibility for safeguarding and wellbeing of pupils. All pupils have an allocated tutor who they see daily. There is also a Wellbeing Manager allocated to each of Y Goedwig, Middle School and Upper School. Their role is specifically to support the wellbeing of the pupils and to work closely with their families.
The school has a moral responsibility to care for and protect all of its pupils. Where we have concerns we will discuss these where possible with parents/carers and with Social Services if necessary.
Every effort is made to ensure the Health and Safety of all pupils and staff at the school. The school’s Health and Safety Officer monitors safety and security issues and regularly reports to the Governors. All visitors without exception are asked to report to reception who will then deal with their requests. The premises are monitored throughout the day with teaching staff also supervising the premises at both break and lunch times. No pupil is allowed off the site at either break or lunchtime. The site also has a CCTV system, is fully fenced and traffic on the site is speed limited.
We pride ourselves on good communication.
The school website, the Piota app and texting are the main methods we use to share school news and events. Newsletters and letters may also be sent home.
The Piota app can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.piota.schools&gl=GB for android devices and from https://apps.apple.com/gb/developer/apple/id284417353 for ios.
ClassCharts is used to allow pupils and parents to have electronic access to homework from computers and mobile devices. We celebrate pupils’ successes by sharing praise points they have achieved through ClassCharts.
The ClassCharts app can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.classcharts.android&gl=GB for android devices and from https://apps.apple.com/gb/developer/apple/id284417353 for ios.
Our school Twitter account can be found at @PorthCSchool
If you are unable to access the internet or receive text messages information can be made available in a different format.
The school has a charging and remissions policy which, in accordance with Welsh Government Regulations requires a voluntary contribution towards the costs of certain extra curricular activities. These include school excursions, trips etc.
Each time an educational visit or sporting event is arranged, parents will be advised of the cost and invited to make a voluntary contribution to that value. If a large number of parents decide not to make a contribution, then the school may decide not to go ahead with the visit or event.
The school has high expectations for all pupils to have good behaviour at all times.
There is a detailed policy on behaviour and discipline which supports the consistent approach of rewards and sanctions and uses restorative approaches. Successes are celebrated with pupils and parents.
Where there is a cause for concern, parents are informed at an early stage so that school and home can work together to improve the situation.
We provide our pupils with a curriculum which has a wide range of opportunities, is relevant and meets their needs.
The pupils follow the programme of study for the school Curriculum for Wales. Pupils aged 3-6 are in the Foundation Phase, aged 7-11 are in Key Stage 2, aged 11-14 Key stage 3 and 14-16 Key Stage 4. We strive to provide high quality teaching which is appropriately planned to match the different ways the pupils learn and to allow them to develop positive attitudes to their learning, gain understanding and knowledge and develop their skills. Our curriculum prepares our pupils for a rapidly changing society and economy. Lessons are active, enjoyable and strive to inspire pupils to achieve their best. Classes are mostly mixed ability with setting in some areas of the curriculum. The school works on a two week timetable comprised of curriculum delivery with tutor time. Pupils’ progress is regularly reviewed and pupils are always placed where they will be most successful in their learning.
The academic and pastoral curriculum is delivered across the three phases, Y Goedwig, Middle and Upper School. Pupils’ skills in literacy, numeracy, digital competencies and Welsh as well as providing opportunities for Enrichment Activities. Each School of Learning is responsible for the pupils’ learning, attainment and achievement in their subject area.
School of Communication
The academic and pastoral curriculum is delivered with the development of skills in literacy, numeracy, digital competencies and Welsh at their core. Opportunities are also provided for enrichment activities.
School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
This includes Maths, Sciences and the Creative Design subjects which include Product Design, Art, Textiles and Food. It also includes the Numeracy Strategy. STEM subjects encourage hands on exploration of subjects and develop pupils’ problem solving, creativity and critical thinking skills. It is important that we give our pupils these opportunities so that they can be successful in an increasingly technical and innovation dependent world.
School of Life Skills and Humanities
This includes the Welsh Baccalaureate, History, Geography, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education, Sport, Humanities, and a wide range of Option subjects in Upper School. The School of Life Studies and Humanities builds skills in communication, writing and critical thinking. It encourages pupils to think creatively and ask questions. It supports our pupils to develop a global perspective by deepening their understanding and appreciation of other’s cultures and other’s points of view.
School of Wellbeing and Inclusion
The wellbeing of the pupils in our care is of the greatest importance to us. We want our pupils to feel safe, happy and fully included in all aspects of school life. The School of Wellbeing and Inclusion provides this pastoral care and support for all the pupils in the school. They also work with pupils and their families to promote good attendance. All pupils with special needs and disabilities are looked after by the School of Wellbeing and Inclusion who oversee their specific needs as well as overseeing their learning, attainment and achievement.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and Relationship Education supports children and young people in developing their self-confidence in preparing for the physical and emotional changes that occur on the pathway to adulthood. It is given careful and sensitive treatment taking in to account the ages of the children. It is delivered through specific lessons, pastoral sessions and across the curriculum through the national curriculum. We believe that the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education should be shared with parents and be mutually supportive and complementary.
Curriculum Cymreig is an essential part of our school ethos. All subjects, the Eisteddfod and extra curricular activities promote Curriculum Cymreig to make sure pupils are aware of and celebrate their Welsh heritage.
Welsh as a second language is taught to all pupils, with all pupils Welsh curriculum in upper school. To further support the development of pupils’ language skills, incidental Welsh is used across the school both within and outside of lessons and signage is bilingual.
Collective Worship and Religious Education
Religious education is provided, as a statutory requirement, for every pupil in the school and is delivered in a variety of ways, depending on the age of the pupils. The teaching and practice of many religions are covered.
If any parent does not wish for their child to participate in Religious Education they should contact their child’s Head of School to discuss an alternative provision.
We see sport as an important part of the school curriculum and all pupils have timetabled Sport lessons. There are many benefits for pupils from playing sports. These include teaching pupils life skills such as team work and leadership. Sport also has a positive benefit on pupils’ wellbeing and progress in school. We offer a wide range of sports from the traditional, in which the school fields a number of teams, to opportunities to take part in some of the outdoor sports which our area offers.
Careers Education Guidance and Work Experience
Pupils are introduced to the World of Work in Key Stage 2, as they progress through the school the guidance and support available increases. This can include meeting employers, industry visits and enterprise days. All pupils aged 14-16 undertake work related education as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. This consists of study modules, working with external providers and, for some, a period of work experience is arranged.
The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools to have equality objectives in place. People should not be put at a disadvantage by any of the following (also known as ‘protected characteristics’): gender, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy and maternity, being married or in a civil partnership, being a disabled person or being transgender. Our strategic equality plan sets out the school’s commitment to promoting and ensuring equality of opportunity to all pupils in lessons and school activities including extra curricular opportunities.
It is hoped that most complaints and concerns will be resolved quickly and informally if parents feel able to voice them as soon as they arise. Our ideal is that no concern should ever become a formal complaint, as through open dialogue, a resolution should always be accomplished. With this in mind we would urge you to contact the school directly in the first instance to try and resolve any issues that arise. However if the complaint is not resolved at this point the Educational Authority has formulated procedures to deal with complaints against teachers in accordance with Section 409 of the Education Act 1996. View the schools complaints procedures.
Porth Community School takes children from the age of three to sixteen years old.
At the beginning of the academic year there were 1140 places available in the school. Of these places 330 were allocated for children aged 3-11 and 810 places for children aged 11-16.
The school is maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Authority and managed by the Governing Body. The Admissions Authority for the school is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The school has a designated catchment area and most parents choose to send their child(ren) to their ‘local’ schools in this catchment area. Parents, however, do have a right to state a preference for their child to attend any school within or outside of their local catchment area.
The LA is responsible for pupil admissions to the school and parents and carers must apply directly to them. View further information and apply for a school place online.
In line with equal opportunities, academic ability, special needs and criteria other than those listed below are not taken into account.
If there are more applications than there are places available, the local authority will grant places according to the Welsh Assembly Government – approved priorities, detailed below:
- Category 1: (Top priority): Children who are looked after by the local authority.
- Category 2: Children who live within the catchment, with brothers or sisters (siblings) already in the school (in the year applied for).
- Category 3: Children who live within the catchment, without siblings already in the school.
- Category 4: Children who live outside the catchment, with siblings already in the school.
- Category 5: Children who live outside the catchment, without siblings already in the school.
Where several children within the same category are competing for a smaller number of places, the distance between the child’s home and the school will be used as the deciding factor.
Visiting the school
Choosing the right school for your child is incredibly important and we would encourage you and your child(ren) to visit us.
This will give you an opportunity to meet with staff and sample the working atmosphere of the school to help inform your decision.
Visits can be arranged by contacting the school to make an appointment. Our Open Evenings also provide further information and a flavour of the school.
More Able and Talented Pupils
Within our school population we have able and talented learners who are practical, creative, artistic and academic. We are committed to making sure that we suitably challenge these pupils at all times. We provide for these learners in lessons by giving them opportunities to extend their learning and skills through open ended, investigative activities. Opportunities are also provided for enrichment activities.
Pupils with Disabilities
The school is aware of and takes account of the need to provide equal opportunities for the pupils in its care. The school makes every effort to include pupils with disabilities and engages the help of Local Authority Support Services to ensure access is provided.