Parental Partnerships

The role of parents in supporting our students towards success cannot be underestimated. Our partnership with parents will be key to ensuring that each individual student achieves their full potential. We ask for your support in the following ways:

  • Encourage your child to attend regularly and on time.
  • Ensure that your son / daughter wears their uniform and takes pride in their appearance.
  • By attending the annual Parents Evening to discuss your child’s progress.
  • Contacting us if there are issues or concerns that may affect your child.
  • Supporting the completion of homework and signing the Student Planner each week.
  • Becoming involved in the Parent Teacher Association and supporting their events.

Our ‘Open Door’ policy enables you to make contact with us by telephone or in person should the need arise.

Admissions Criteria for Entry into Year 8

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to Abbey Community College

The Admissions Criteria for Abbey Community College have been agreed by the Board of Governors. The application of the criteria has been delegated to the Admissions Sub Committee which includes the Principal Designate. When considering students for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.

Criteria for Admission of Students 

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to Abbey Community College 

The Admissions Criteria for Abbey Community College have been agreed by the Board of Governors. The application of the criteria has been delegated to the Admissions Sub Committee which includes the Principal. When considering students for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. 

Criteria for Admission of Students

  1. Applicants resident in Northern Ireland, at the time of their proposed admission, will be selected for admission before any applicant not so resident may be selected.
  2. Applicants who have siblings (brother, sister, half/step brother, half/step sister) currently attending Abbey Community College.
  3. Applicants who are the first or only child in their family to apply to a mainstream post primary school.
  4. Applicants who will be resident in the following postal areas at the time of proposed admission – BT14, BT15, BT36, BT37, BT38, BT39, BT41.
  5. Applicants who live nearest to the school as decided by digital measurement of a straight line from the front door of their home to the front door of the school using the map on www.spatialni.gov.uk and an Ordnance Survey Spreadsheet to calculate distance in metres. All addresses must be verified by proof of address e.g. Utility Bill.
  6. In the event of oversubscription students will be admitted by a criterion that prioritises applicants where the letters of their surname (as entered on a Birth Certificate) places them on a rank established by the random selection of letters in the order set out below:

C H N E F X D M P B Mc L W S Q Y R Z Mac G K T J U O A I V 

In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames will be used.

Duty to verify

Applicants should note that they may be required to produce documents to verify information pertinent to the school’s admission criteria. Original documents will be required – fax or photocopies will not be accepted. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents by the required deadline may result in the withdrawal of a place.

ADMISSIONS TO YEAR 8 AFTER 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

Parents wishing to have their child considered for admission after 1 September 2017 should write to the Principal clearly stating this. In the event of a vacancy the above criteria will be applied to these applications.

Admissions other than Year 8

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY INTO YEAR GROUPS OTHER THAN YEAR 8

Respective functions of the Board of Governors and Principal in relation to Admissions to Abbey Community College

The Admissions Criteria for Abbey Community College have been agreed by the Board of Governors. The application of the criteria has been delegated to the Admissions Sub Committee which includes the Principal Designate. When considering students for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the AP1 application form. Copies of recent school reports and records will be sought from the applicant’s previous school.

The following factors will be taken into consideration:

  • Admission of any student will depend on the availability of a place in practical groups so that DENI recommended maximum numbers are not exceeded.
  • Admission into Years 11&12 will only be considered when spaces are available in relevant GCSE classes.
 

ADMISSION TO POST 16

Admission to Sixth Form will be directly linked to achievement at GCSE and dependent on having met the admissions criteria laid down in the Post 16 prospectus.

CHILD PROTECTION/SAFEGUARDING POLICY

We in Abbey Community College have a responsibility for the Pastoral Care, general welfare and safety of the children in our care.  We will carry out this duty by providing a caring, supportive and safe environment, where each child is valued for his or her unique talents and abilities, and in which all our young people can learn and develop to their full potential. All staff, teaching and non-teaching, should be alert to the signs of possible abuse and should know the procedures to be followed. This Policy sets out guidance on the action, which is required where abuse or neglect of a child is suspected and outlines referral procedures within our school

SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING TEAM

The following are members of the schools safeguarding team

  • Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors – Dr H Edwards
  • Designated Governors for Child Protection/Safeguarding – Mrs A Douglas, Susan O’Connor
  • Principal – Mrs M Quinn
  • Designated Teacher - Mrs F Cromie
  • Deputy Designated Teachers – Mr S Smith, Mr J Black

OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES

The school has a duty to ensure that safeguarding permeates all activities and functions.  This policy therefore complements and supports a range of other school policies including:

  • Positive Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Use of Reasonable Force/Safe Handling
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Relationship and Sex Education
  • Use of Mobile Phones
  • ICT and access to the Internet
  • Parental Complaints Procedure 

A Student’s Guide to Child Protection Procedures.pdf

The safeguarding policies of our Learning Community Partners are available from the school office.

Calendar

 

2018-2019 Term Dates

 

Thursday 16 August 2018

A’ Level Results

Thursday 23 August 2018

GCSE Results and Post   16 Interviews Begin

Friday 24 August 2018

Staff Training/Post 16   Interviews

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Staff Training Day

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Year 8 Induction Day

Thursday 30 August 2018

 

Year 11 Induction Day   and

Years 8, 9, 10 & 12   Interviews

Friday 31 August 2018

Year 13 Induction Day   and

Years 8, 9, 10 & 12   Interviews

Term 1

3 September 2018

Whole School Starts   9.00am – 3.25pm

Year 13 Induction Day

26 October 2018

Staff Training Day

29 October –  2 November 2018

HALF TERM HOLIDAY

21 December 2018

End of Term – 12 noon   finish

Term 2

24 December 2018 – 2   January 2019

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

3 January 2019

Staff Training Day

18 January 2019

Staff Training Day

18 – 22  February 2019

HALF TERM HOLIDAY

18 March 2019

Staff Training Day

16 April 2019

End of Term – 2.30pm   finish

17 April – 26 April   2019

EASTER HOLIDAYS

Term 3

6 May 2019

BANK HOLIDAY

24 & 27 May 2019

Staff Training Days

28 June 2019

End of Term – 12 noon   finish

NB – The students are not in school on Staff Training Days.

 

Timing of the School Day 

Time

Monday,   Tuesday & Wednesday

9.00  – 9.10

Registration

9.10 –   10.00

Lesson 1

10.00  – 10.55

Lesson 2

10.55 –   11.10

BREAK (15 minutes)

11.10 –   12.05

Lesson 3

12.05  – 1. 00

Lesson 4

1.00  – 1.35

LUNCH (35 minutes)

1.35 – 2.30 

Lesson 5

2.30 – 3.25  

Lesson 6       

                                                  STUDENTS GO HOME AT 3.25

 

Thursday & Friday Structure

Time

Thursday   & Friday

9.00  – 9.10

Registration

9.10 –   10.00

Lesson 1

10.00  – 10.55

Lesson 2

10.55 –   11.10

BREAK (15 minutes)

11.10 –   12.05

Lesson 3

12.05  – 1. 00

Lesson 4

1.00  – 1.35

LUNCH (35 minutes)

1.35 – 2.30   

Lesson 5

                                                  STUDENTS GO HOME AT 2.30

Student Transport

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Download PDF version HERE 

 

An extensive transport network will serve Abbey Community College on Bridge Road. The Metro bus service and designated buses cover an extensive area including:

  • Shore Road
  • Whiteabbey Village
  • Doagh Road
  • Circular / Jordanstown Road
  • Rathcoole
  • Carnmoney
  • Old Carrick Road
  • Mossley
  • Upper and Lower Station Road, Greenisland

 

Blue School Bus & Metro Timetable for 2015-2016

School starts at 8.45 sharp. Make sure you allow time to get your bus.
Ensure that you arrive at the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes before these times. Bus drivers will always stop for you.

 

 

 

SCHOOL BUSES

There are two school buses coming into school in the morning and five leaving school in the afternoon.  Please see below for details:

Morning Buses

Monday to Friday

Bus Stop

Bus One

Bus Two

Rathcoole, Diamond

0752

0800

Rathcoole, West Crescent

0754

0802

Derrycoole Way

0756

0804

Doagh Road Green   End

0800

0808

Rathfern   Altnacreeve Park

0804

0812

Doagh Road King's   Road

0807

0815

Doagh Road   Cherrylands

0809

0817

Abbey Community   College

0812

0820

Afternoon Buses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Bus Stop

Belfast via Rathcoole

Rathfern

Rathcoole

Rathcoole

Mossley/

Greenisland

Abbey   Community College

1515

1515

1515

1515

1515

Doagh   Road Cherrylands

1517

1517

1517

1520

 

Rathfern   Altnacreeve Park

 

1519

 

 

 

Doagh   Road Green End

1520

1522

1520

1523

 

Eastway

 

 

1521

1524

 

Derrycoole   Way

 

 

1522

1525

 

Rathcoole   West Crescent

 

 

1523

1526

 

Rathcoole   Diamond

 

 

1526

1529

 

Whiteabbey   Station Road

 

1526

 

 

 

Whiteabbey   Circular Road

 

1528

 

 

 

Belfast   High School

 

1531

 

 

 

Monkstown   Top Road

 

 

 

 

1516

Manse   Road

 

 

 

 

1520

New   Mossley

 

 

 

 

1522

The   Glade

 

 

 

 

1523

Brambles

 

 

 

 

1529

Farm   Lodge

 

 

 

 

1532

Greenisland   Station Road

 

 

 

 

1537

Merville   Garden Village

1523

 

 

 

 

Shore   Road Grays Lane

1527

 

 

 

 

York   Road Limestone Road

1533

 

 

 

 

 

School stops at 2.30pm on Wednesdays.  Please see below bus times for Wednesday afternoon.

Bus Stop

Belfast via Rathcoole

Rathfern

Rathcoole

Rathcoole

Mossley/

Greenisland

Abbey   Community College

1435

1435

1435

1438

1435

Doagh   Road Cherrylands

1437

1437

1437

1440

 

Rathfern   Altnacreeve Park

 

1439

 

 

 

Doagh   Road Green End

1440

1442

1440

1443

 

Eastway

 

 

1441

1444

 

Derrycoole   Way

 

 

1442

1445

 

Rathcoole   West Crescent

 

 

1443

1446

 

Rathcoole   Diamond

 

 

1446

1449

 

Whiteabbey   Station Road

 

1446

 

 

 

Whiteabbey   Circular Road

 

1448

 

 

 

Belfast   High School

 

1451

 

 

 

Monkstown   Top Road

 

 

 

 

1436

Manse   Road

 

 

 

 

1440

New   Mossley

 

 

 

 

1442

The   Glade

 

 

 

 

1443

Brambles

 

 

 

 

1449

Farm   Lodge

 

 

 

 

1452

Greenisland   Station Road

 

 

 

 

1457

Merville   Garden Village

1443

 

 

 

 

Shore   Road Grays Lane

1447

 

 

 

 

York   Road Limestone Road

1453

 

 

 

 

 

Please be advised there are Metro numbers 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 2H and Ulsterbus numbers 168, 168A, 568 A & B services which travel past or near the school. For further details of these please visit www.translink.co.uk or telephone

90 66 66 30

Five blue Ulsterbus school buses will leave each afternoon from outside school.  They will go to :

Rathfern and Doagh Road
Belfast Via the Diamond in Rathcoole
2 x Rathcoole Estate buses
Mossley and Greenisland

Buses on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will leave promptly from school at 3.15pm.
On Wednesday the buses will leave at 2.35 pm.
Ensure that you arrive into the Assembly Hall to line up for your bus. You will be shown where to stand.
Abbey Community College students are expected to behave in a respectful and mannerly way when on any public transport. 

Uniform

As ambassadors for Abbey Community College all students will be expected to take pride in their personal appearance by wearing the correct school uniform at all times and complying with all aspects of the College Uniform Policy.

The uniform suppliers for Abbey Community College are:

  • The Sports Company Belfast, Unit 5 Yorkgate Shopping Centre, Belfast, BT15 1WA
  • The Jeanery, 2 Goland Buildings, Glengormley, Co. Antrim BT36 5EN

The Uniform Policy can be viewed by clicking this link.  Abbey Community College Uniform Policy

Attendance and Punctuality

All students are expected to come to school on time each day and do their best to have full attendance. This will ensure that valuable learning opportunities are not missed and each individual can make maximum progress.

Attendance and punctuality are monitored closely and parents are contacted should a student arrive late or be absent without explanation.

When a child of a compulsory school age is registered at a school it is essential that they attend their school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career. Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.

Why attend school?

These are just some of the key reason why it is important children attend school:

  • To learn.
  • To have fun.
  • To make new friends.
  • To experience new things in life.
  • To achieve.
  • To gain qualifications.
  • To develop new skills.
  • To develop awareness of other cultures, religion, ethnicity and gender differences.
  • To build confidence and self-esteem.
  • To have the best possible start in life.

Young people who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely at risk of becoming isolated from their friends, underachieving in examinations and/or become involved in anti-social behaviour.

How parents can help:

  • Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
  • Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time.
  • Arrange dental and medical appointments outside of school hours when possible.
  • Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
  • Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect, they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
  • Take family holidays outside of term time.
  • Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
  • Attend Parent Evenings and school events.  Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
  • Always support school staff in their efforts to manage difficult or challenging behaviour.
  • Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school staff.  We are here to help and will be supportive.

Family Holidays

You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time.  Any child or young person who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and fall behind with their school work.

In each Academic Year there are only a maximum of 190 school days – this allows plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time.

Holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence.

Percentages

Attendance percentages can be misleading:

100% = 0 days missed - Excellent

95% = 9 days missed - Satisfactory

90% = 19 days missed - Poor

85% = 28 days missed – Unsatisfactory (student will be referred to Education Welfare Service when their attendance is below 85%)

80% = 38 days missed - Unsatisfactory

75% = 46 days missed – Unsatisfactory

Positive Behaviour

A secure ordered environment, with clear expectations and respect for self and others will enable all students to learn and develop. A Positive Behaviour Policy will contribute to high standards in the classroom and beyond. A copy can be found in the policy section of this website.

Homework

We believe that homework is a valuable means of supporting and enhancing learning beyond the confines of the school day. This enables students to develop good study habits, develop their independence and take responsibility for their own learning.

A Homework Schedule and a Student Planner helps students plan their work to meet deadlines.

Download full Homework Guidelines here.

Letter Home

12 September 2018

EDUCATION AUTHORITY

NOMINATION OF PARENT REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR THE TERM OF OFFICE 2018 - 2022

ABBEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Dear Parent/Guardian

You are invited to attend a meeting of parents of pupils in attendance at the above school, to be held in the school on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 7.00 pm.  Please complete the enclosed reply slip to indicate if you will/will not be attending the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect parent representatives to the Board of Governors for the term of office 2018 – 2022.   The Board of Governors is an important body responsible for various aspects of the management of the school.   Attached is an information leaflet on the roles and responsibilities of Board of Governors (appendix e).  

The following points should be noted:

1.    both parents of each pupil attending the school are entitled to be present and to vote at the meeting;

2.    each parent is entitled to one vote only in respect of each vacancy;

3.    the Board of Governors has appointed me to act as clerk of the election and chair at the meeting.  A report of the proceedings will be forwarded to the appropriate Education Authority office;

4.    should you wish to nominate a person(s) as parent representative(s), please use the nomination forms provided with this invitation.   After obtaining a seconder (who must be a parent of a child at the school) and the agreement of the candidate (along with their personal statement) (appendix b1) you should return the forms to me not later than Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12 noon.

5.    please note, in accordance with the Scheme for the Management of Controlled Schools:
a person, other than the principal or a teacher elected in accordance with the relevant provisions of Schedule 4 to the 1986 Order, who is employed for gain solely in the school for the purposes of the school or, for the purposes of non-school activities shall not be a member of the Board of Governors of the school.


I would encourage all parents to play an active part in school life and hope you will be able to attend this important meeting.

Yours faithfully

Mrs M Quinn
Clerk of the Election

The full letter can be viewed and downloaded from following this link.  Parents Information Pack - BoG Elections.pdf

Parent Council

• Content to follow

Pastoral Care

As an inclusive, caring and child centred school Abbey Community College enhances and supports the personal, social and academic development of each individual student in all aspects of College life. All staff play an important role, both within and beyond the classroom, in ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of ability or background.

An Induction Programme for Year 8 students in the summer term before they enrol at Abbey Community College eases the transition from primary school and helps them to begin making friends. This continues in September to help students familiarise themselves with facilities on site and build relationships with staff and their peers.

Post 16 Mentors attached to each class provide valuable support and guidance for student in the first weeks and months.

Each student will have a Class Tutor who meets them daily and is the first point of contact for parents. A Head of School and Head of Year monitors and supports all aspects of student progress and development.

Drugs Education

The Drugs Education policy and programme will ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills to enable them to make safe and healthy lifestyle choices both during their time at school and in the future.

Examinations Summer 2018

Exam Week W/C Monday 04/06/18

Formal school exams will take place during the week beginning Monday 04/06/18, the schedule below indicates the days and times when you need to attend school to complete your exams. You need only be in school on the days you have exams, the other days should be used for revision and preparation. Each day school will start at 09:00 and school buses will be available to transport pupils into school. Pupils will complete all exams in their normal class groups and they will remain in the same classroom each day. There will be a short break after each exam has finished. School will end on each day at 11:45; there will be no school buses or canteen lunches available on these days but the canteen will operate as normal over break.
Please make sure arrangements have been made to collect pupils from school at the end of each exam day.
The importance of proper revision and preparation for all school exams cannot be underestimated as they provide important information to teachers concerning progress and understanding as well as a vital opportunity for pupils to judge their own progress and celebrate success. Please make sure you come fully prepared for each exam bring spare pens, pencils, ruler, rubber and a calculator.

Year 8 Summer exams timetable 2018 (download exam pupil y08.pdf)

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Year 9 Summer exams timetable 2018 (download exam pupil y09.pdf)

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Year 10 Summer exams timetable 2018 (download exam pupil y10.pdf)

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Year 11 Summer exams timetable 2018 (download exam pupil y11.pdf)

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Year 12 and 14 information can be found in the Revision section below.

 

 

 

 



 

Year 12 GCSE Revision

The entire set of revision timetables can be downloaded from here Study Timetable 09_05_18.pdf

WEEK 1
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WEEK 2

WEEK 3
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WEEK 4
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WEEK 5
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Year 14 Revision

The entire set of revision timetables can be downloaded from here Yr14 exam timetable 2018 1 PDF.pdf

WEEK 1
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WEEK 2
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WEEK 3
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WEEK 4
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WEEK 5
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Mobile Phone Policy

MOBILE PHONES/DEVICES

Abbey Community College recognises mobile phones/devices as being an integral part of youth culture.  However, the duty of care for each and every child in the school is paramount and this policy will attempt to weigh the balance between child protection and the safe use of mobile phones/devices in school.  The following is a synopsis of the Policy, the full policy is available on the website or from the school office on request.

Definitions:

Camera phone:  A mobile phone or device which can record still and/or moving images and audio recordings.
Text bullying:  The use of text, picture or video clip to harass or bully another student either directly to their phone or spread to other phones or internet.
Bluetooth/Infra-red:  Proximity transfer of information between phones using wireless or infra-red technology.
Smart watches:  Watches that have the ability to do everything a mobile phone or device can do.

Mobile phone/devices use in school

  • Students are permitted to carry mobile phones/devices into school, in their bags or internal blazer pocket.
  • Abbey Community College does not accept responsibility for damage to, nor loss of, a mobile phone/device regardless of the circumstances.
  • Mobile phones can only be used to make and receive calls up to 8.45am, during break time and at lunch time.
  • They must not be used in class or in corridors between lessons.
  • Under no circumstances is any student permitted to take a photo/video/sound recording on the school premises.  Students who do this will be the subject of a disciplinary enquiry.
  • Any student found to be up-loading recordings to the Internet depicting the College brand, or involving staff or children in school uniform, will be the subject of a disciplinary enquiry.  The College reserves the right to suspend or expel a student for this action.
  • The use of mobile phones/devices is strictly prohibited in the examination hall.  This means they should be switched off and handed to the Invigilator.  According to exam regulations, if students are found with mobile phones/devices they run the risk of being disqualified from public examinations.

Guidelines on adherence to this policy

  • Students who use their mobile phones/device inappropriately in class will firstly be given a warning and asked to put it away.
  • If a student continues to use their phone/device inappropriately in class he/she will have it confiscated until the end of the day.  The phone/device will be sealed in an envelope and left in the school office.
  • If a student refuses to hand over the phone/device the teacher will make a direct referral to the Head of Year.
  • Where a student has used their phone/device inappropriately (taking photos, videos etc) the Head of School or Deputy Principal will be informed.  The phone will be held and a letter issued to the Parent/Guardian.  The phone will be returned to the Parent/Guardian at an arranged interview.
  • Serious inappropriate use of mobile phones/devices may result in the involvement of the PSNI or Social Services.

Advice to parents

Please avoid communicating with your child on their mobile phones during the day.  If there is an emergency situation where you must contact your child at any time, please phone the school on 90 867431 and we will contact your child immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

Revision Guides

Year 8 Guides

Year 9 Guides

 Year 10 Guides