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.

 

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

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.

Homework Schedule

Key Stage 3 

Students will receive homework at KS3 in the following subjects:

Subject

Homework set

 

Maths

1 per week

English

1 per week

Science

1 per week

French/Spanish

1 per week

History

1 per week

Geography

1 per week

RE

1 per week

Technology

1 per fortnight

HE

1 per fortnight

LLW  

1 per fortnight

Year 10 ASDAN Continuous   Assessment

Performing   Arts

1 per fortnight

Art   & Design

1 per month

Key Stage 4  

At Key Stage 4 students will follow either a GCSE course or a BTEC/Occupational Studies Course. The regularity of tasks set may differ between subjects but students will still have work to complete in every subject every week.

Course

Subjects

Homework set

GCSE Core Subjects

English

Maths

Science

RE (full course)

2 per week

GCSE Option

Art

History

PE

Technology

1 per week

(+ 1 learning)

 

Learning Community Day

1-2 per fortnight

 

BCS

1 per fortnight

 

Vocational Courses/Btec

ICT

Sports Studies

Travel & Tourism

Child Care

Hospitality

Health & Social Care

Business Studies

Science

ASDAN/LLW

Coursework based/Research

On-going Assessment with evidence of regular   feedback given to students

 

 

KS3 Homework Rota 2016-17

Year 8 Homework will be set in the following subjects on the day indicated below:

Class

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

8A

Maths (Mr   Brock)   Creative  

Science   (Mrs Winchester/Dr Chambers)

Geography (Mrs   McConnell)

RE (Mrs   Gregg)

 

History   (Mrs McQueston)

LLW (Mrs   Butler)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)   English   (Mrs Kennedy/Mrs Bartlett)   Creative

Science (Mrs   Butler)

Creative

 

8B

LLW (Mr   Gracey)   Creative

Science   (Mrs Winchester/Dr Chambers)   Maths (Ms McNaghten)

RE (Mr   Scullion)

 

Spanish (Mr   Morton)   History (Mrs McQueston)   Creative

Geography (Mrs   Seath)   English   (Mrs Kennedy/Mrs Bartlett)   Creative

Science (Mrs   Butler)

Creative

 

8C

Maths (Mrs   Winchester)   History (Mr Watkins)   Creative

RE (Mrs   Kirkpatrick)   Geography** (Mrs Flynn)

Science (Mrs   Cromie)   English (Mrs McQuillan)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)   English (Mrs Kennedy)   LLW (Mrs Clarke)   Creative

 

Geography**     (Mrs McConnell)   Creative

 

 

8D

Maths (Mr   Black*)

Science (Mrs   Winchester)

Geography   (Mr Kyle)

Creative

 

History (Mr   Watkins)

RE (Mr   Scullion)

English   (Miss McQuillan)   Creative

English (Mrs   Kennedy)

LLW (Miss   McQuillan)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)   Creative

Creative Groups

8A-D

 

Students   rotate between their Creative subjects during the week in mixed classes.     Performing Arts, H.E. and Technology will set Homework once per fortnight on   the day the class is taught. Art will set Homework once per month.

 

*Mr Black’s Maths class are aware of an alternative approach to Homework during the week. ** When a class is shared between two teachers the Homework will alternate fortnightly between the teacher and day it is set.

Year 9 Homework will be set in the following subjects on the day indicated below:

 

9A

English   (Mrs Turley)

Geography (Mrs   McConnell)   Science (Dr Chambers)

Creative

 

Maths (Mr   Brock)   RE (Mrs Gregg)

LLW (Mrs   Clarke)   Creative

Science   (Dr McIvor)   Creative

English   (Miss McQuillan)   History (Mrs McQueston)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)

 

9B

Science   (Dr Chambers)

English   (Mrs Turley)   Creative

Geography   (Mrs McConnell)   Creative

Maths (Mrs   McN)

Science   (Dr McIvor)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)   English (Miss McQuillan)

RE (Mrs   Gregg)

Creative

 

History   (Miss Mulholland)

LLW (Mrs   Chambers)

 

9C

LLW (Mrs   Mornin-O’Neill)

Creative

Maths (Mr   Brock)

Science   (Mrs Winchester/Dr Chambers)   Geography** (Mrs Flynn)   Creative

 

English   (Mrs Bartlett/Miss McQuillan)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)   RE (Mrs Gregg)

History   (Miss Mulholland)   Creative

Geography**   (Mr Shields)

 

9D

History (Mrs   Magill)

Geography   (Mrs Chalmers)

Maths* (Mr   Black)   Creative

 

Science

(Mrs Winchester/Dr   Chambers)   Creative

English   (Mrs Bartlett/Miss McQuillan)   Creative    

Science   (Dr McIvor)   RE (Mr Scullion)   Creative

Spanish   (Mr Morton)

LLW (Mrs   Butler)

Creative Groups

9A-D

 

Students   rotate between their Creative subjects during the week in mixed classes.    Performing Arts, H.E. and Technology will set Homework once per fortnight on   the day the class is taught. Art will set Homework once per month.

 

*Mr Black’s Maths class are aware of an alternative approach to Homework during the week. ** When a class is shared between two teachers the Homework will alternate fortnightly between the teacher and day it is set

Year 10 Homework will be set in the following subjects on the day indicated below:

 

10A

RE (Mrs   Gregg)   Creative

Maths   (Mrs McNaghten/Mr Watkins)

English   (Mrs Bartlett)   Creative

 

Geography   (Mrs Seath)   Spanish (Mr Morton)   Creative

 

Science   (Dr McIvor)

History   (Miss Mulholland)   Creative

 

10B

Geography   (Mrs McConnell)   RE (Mr Scullion)   Creative

Maths   (Miss McNaghten/Mr Watkins)

History   (Mrs McQueston)

Science   (Mrs Winchester)

Creative

 

English   (Mrs Turley)

Creative

 

Spanish   (Mr Morton)

Creative

 

10C

English   (Mrs Verner)

Geography   (Mrs McConnell)

Science   (Dr McIvor)

Creative

 

RE (Mr   Scullion)

Creative

Maths   (Miss McNaghten/ Mrs McConnell)   History (Mrs McQueston)

Creative

English   (Mrs Turley)    

Spanish   (Mr Morton)

Creative

 

10D

English   (Mrs Verner)

Creative

Geography (Mrs   Flynn)   Science (Mrs Butler)

Creative

Maths (Miss   McNaghten/ Mrs McConnell)

RE (Mrs   Gregg)

Creative

 

Spanish   (Mr Morton)

English   (Mrs Turley)

History   (Miss Mulholland)

Creative

 

Creative Groups

10A-D

 

Students   rotate between their Creative subjects during the week in mixed classes.    Performing Arts, H.E. and Technology will set Homework once per fortnight on   the day the class is taught. Art will set Homework once per month.   LLW ASDAN in Year 10 is Continuous Assessment and Homework will be set   regularly.

 

Lunchtime and After School Clubs

At Abbey Community College the educational experience of our young people will not just be confined to the classroom or the normal school day. Students have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of sporting and other activities which give valuable academic, personal and social development experiences. An outline of the range activities available are outlined below.

Sports Clubs and Teams

Basketball
Boxing
Fitness Training
Hockey
Netball
Rugby
Soccer

Other Activities

Art and Ceramics
Cookery Club
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Homework Club
Science Club
Scripture Union
Youth Club

Student Council

Youth Club

Bridge Youth Club will operate for local children and young people of all ages in the evenings over the course of the week. Details are outlined below:

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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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Exam information for Year 12 & 14 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

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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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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