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 St. Mungo’s Academy School Handbook 2019-20

Introduction from the Head Teacher

Welcome to St. Mungo’s Academy. This handbook is designed to give you an insight into the school – it’s vision, vales and aims. Working with you, we hope that you will recognise that your child will be given a vast range of opportunities to develop their skills and talents in a safe and supportive environment and prepare them for a life beyond school. Our aim, and that of Catholic Education, is to develop the whole child – academically, spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally.

We are very proud of our successes, the high standard of pastoral care and the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered to our young people. Our continued commitment ensures that we will support them in fulfilling their potential in relation to wider achievement. Prominence is given to developing positive relationships throughout our school as well as academic achievement. 

As a denominational school, our challenge is to nurture a community where our work, attitudes, behaviour and relationships are shaped by gospel values. Sharing the revelation that Christ is the foundation of everything brings meaning and coherence to our school. We are guided by the principles of respect, tolerance, and understanding and our goal is to encourage awareness that Christ asks us to be “men and women for others”. This approach supports us in developing an appreciation of cultural, social and religious diversity.

We expect the highest standards from our pupils in all aspects of school life, in their attitude to learning, in their personal conduct and in their appearance. We recognise the need to work in partnership with you, the parents and cares of our young people, to ensure our continued success and would encourage your active interest and cooperation in eth work and life of the school. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you require further advice or information. 

In the meantime, I look forward to welcoming you and your child to St. Mungo’s Academy.

With every good wish,

Angela Milton

Head Teacher


A Charter for Catholic Schools in Scotland

 

The mission of the Catholic school is to develop as a community of faith and learning, providing the highest quality of education, and offering formation through the promotion of gospel values, through celebration and worship, and through service to the common good.

All Catholic schools in Scotland, in honouring Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, will feature the following characteristics:

  • A commitment to the integrated education and formation of the whole person, in close partnership with parents as the first educators of their children;
  • An inclusive ethos which aims to honour the life, dignity and voice of each person, made in the image of God;
  • A commitment to the search for wisdom in life and to the pursuit of excellence, through the development of each person’s unique God-given talents;
  • A commitment to the spiritual formation of the school community, through the shared experience of prayer and liturgy, and in partnership with local parishes;
  • The provision of religious education programmes which will enable young people to develop their understanding of Gospel values and of how to apply them to life;
  • A commitment to uphold the moral teaching, faith tradition and sacramental life of the Catholic Church;
  • A commitment to communicate Catholic social teaching and thereby to promote social justice and opportunity for all;
  • A commitment to ecumenical action and the unity of Christians;
  • The promotion of respect for different beliefs and cultures and for inter-faith dialogues;
  • A commitment to support the continuing professional and spiritual development of staff.

All staff appointed to a Catholic school are expected to support and promote the aims, mission, values and ethos of the school, as illustrated in this Charter.

School Information

Text Box: Contact Details:
St. Mungo’s Academy
Crownpoint Road
Glasgow 
G40 2RA
Phone: 	0141 582 0260
Fax: 		0141 582 0261
Email:	 	headteacher@glasgow-sec.glasgow.sch.uk
Website:	www.st-mungosacademy.glasgow.sch.uk
Twitter: 	@StMungosAcademy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background information:

  • Co-educational school
  • Non-denominational
  • Provision for Gaelic medium (if applicable)
  • Stages taught: S1-S6
  • Current Roll: 800
  • Capacity: 950

School staff

A full list is available on the school website and parents will be updated on any changes as required.

The leadership team is as follows:

Headteacher:              Miss Angela Milton

Depute Heads:            Mrs Caroline Keenan

                                    Mr Paul McWatt

                                    Dr Gerard Burns

                                    Mr Mark Ruddy

Moving from Primary to Glasgow Secondary

We recognise that the move from primary to secondary is a very important event for young people.  We have a close and effective partnership with each of our 5 partner primary schools.  This ensures that the move from primary to secondary is as smooth as possible for young people.

We welcome families from outwith our area.  Families living outwith the school catchment area are welcome to make a placing request to attend Glasgow Secondary.  Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school and should contact the school office.

Further information is available on https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18426

The School Day

 Monday and Tuesday             

Tutor          08.45 - 08.55               

Period 1     08.55 - 09.45                

Period 2     09.45 - 10.35               

Interval      10.35 - 10.50                 

Period 3     10.50 - 11.40               

Period 4     11.40 - 12.30               

Period 5     12.30 - 13.20                

Lunch        13.20 - 14.00                

Period 6     14.00 - 14.50               

Period 7     14.50 - 15.40

Wednesday  -  Friday

Tutor          08.45 - 08.55               

Period 1      08.55 - 09.45                

Period 2      09.45 - 10.35               

Interval       10.35 - 10.50                 

Period 3     10.50 - 11.40               

Period 4     11.40 - 12.30   

Lunch        12.30 - 13.10

Period 5     13.10 - 14.00

Period 6      14.00 - 14.50

School Holidays

Details of holiday dates are available on the Glasgow City Council website:

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17024

Pupil Absence

Within St. Mungo’s Academy good attendance is encouraged at all times to ensure pupil success.  Parents are asked to advise if their son or daughter is going to be absent.  This should be done as early as possible on the first day of absence.  If the young person is going to be absent for some time, it would be helpful to know at the earliest opportunity.  The school uses daily text messaging to inform parents and carers of a young person’s absence if no contact is made. 

All unexplained absence is investigated by the school and appropriate action taken.

All calls must be made to the Pupil Absence Reporting Line on 0141 287 0039. The line is open between 08.00 and 15.30 Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can use the online form on the Glasgow City Council website at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18832

Appointments During School Hours

If your child has an unavoidable appointment, please give them a letter for their registration teacher / pastoral care teacher to ensure that they have permission be absent from class.

Transport

The education authority has a policy of providing free transport to all young people who live outwith a certain radius from their local school by the recognised shortest walking route. This means that the provision of transport could be reviewed at any time. Parents/Carers who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17882

Emergency Contact Information

At the start of each school session, parents and carers will be issued with the annual data check form.  Please ensure that this is completed and returned to the school.  It is also important that you let us know if there are changes to your telephone number(s) or to those of your emergency contacts throughout the year.  

Contacting the school

If you have a concern about your child please contact his/her Pastoral Care Teacher. An up to date list of Pastoral Care Teachers can be found on the website.

Medical & Healthcare

The school nurse visits at various times during the year for routine health checks, vaccinations and medical examinations.  Parents and carers are kept informed by letter. 

If a young person becomes ill during the course of the school day, he/she may require to be sent home.  Please ensure that you keep the school informed of all contact details. 

Parents and carers should inform the school of any medical requirements relating to their child.  If a young person requires medication during the school day, parents must complete the appropriate medical form.  This is available on request from the school office. 

Emergencies

We make every effort to maintain a full educational service, but on some occasions circumstances arise which lead to disruption. Schools may be affected by, for example, severe weather, temporary interruption of transport, power failures or difficulties of fuel supply.

In such cases, we shall do all we can to let you know about the details of our closure or re-opening by using Twitter, letters, texts and the local media etc.

School Meals

Our school provides a lunch service which offers a variety of meals and snacks within The Fuel Zone.  A breakfast and mid-morning service is also available within The Fuel Zone.  Special diets for children with medical requirements can be provided.  Please inform the school office.  

Young people who prefer to bring packed lunches are accommodated in the dining hall. 

Children and young people of parents/carers receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Working Tax Credit (where income is less than £7,920*), Child Tax Credit only (where income is less than £16,500*), Universal Credit (where income is less than £7,320) and income-related Employment and Support Allowance are entitled to a free midday meal. Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from schools and at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17885

School Improvement

On an annual basis, you will receive a copy of our Standards and Quality report.  Copies from previous years are available on the school website.  The Standards and Quality report will be used to share the overall exam performance of the school and highlights progress in key curricular areas such as literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing.  Our priorities for improvement are detailed in our School Improvement Plan which is discussed with our Parent Council.  Any parent or carer seeking a copy of the plan can contact the school office or check out our website

School Dress Code

Our school uniform promotes a real sense of school identity, shared values, self-confidence and a shared sense of community.  The uniform is actively supported by our pupils, parents and the Parent Council and is of great benefit to our young people.

The school uniform is:

  • School blazer
  • White shirt
  • School tie
  • Black trousers
  • Black skirt
  • Appropriate school footwear

The school tie is available from the school office and the blazer supplier visits the school on an annual basis.  The school office can advise on how to obtain a blazer outwith this time.

There are forms of dress that are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:

  • Potentially encourage factions (such as football colours)
  • Could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans)
  • Could cause health and safety difficulties (such as loose fitting clothing, jewellery)
  • Could cause damage to flooring
  • Carry advertising particularly for alcohol or tobacco
  • Could be used to inflict damage on other pupils

Clothing & Footwear Grants

Parents/Carers receiving Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Working Tax Credit (with a total annual income of less than £15,860*), Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit  or Universal Credit (where the total income is less than £7,320) will normally be entitled to monetary grants for footwear and clothing for their children. Information and application forms may be obtained from schools and at

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17885

PE Kit

It is important that pupils come prepared to learn and for PE this requires appropriate clothing.  All jewellery should be removed.  Pupils who are not participating in PE must have a note or a medical certificate.  Pupils who are unable to participate in practical PE should still bring their kit to allow them to assist in the lesson by refereeing, keeping scores or assisting with the distribution of equipment.  This ensures that they are still able to take part in some way in the work of the class and do not miss out on the knowledge and understanding of the course. 

Communication with Parents

At St. Mungo’s Academy we strongly encourage all parents to become involved in the education of their children.  We are always ready to listen to suggestions for new ways of stimulating parental interest.  We contact and involve parents in many ways.  For example:

Newsletters – will be sent out on a regular basis to keep parents and carers informed about the work of the school.

Letters – further information which requires a response may be sent out in letter form.

School website/Twitter – will contain a great deal of information about the school.  It is a good idea to check this regularly.

Text messaging – You may also receive text reminders about events/school closures etc. 

Meetings - Parents and carers are welcome in the school to discuss any aspect of their child’s development and progress.  To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to make an appointment.  There are various opportunities throughout the year when parents can discuss their child’s progress with school staff.

Parents and carers are welcome at other events throughout the school year e.g. workshops, information evenings, class performances, award ceremonies, religious and other assemblies.  The school newsletter, Twitter and website will keep you informed. 

Strong communication links between home and school ensure parents and carers are confident to address any concerns they may have about their child’s education with pastoral care staff and the senior leadership team.

Parentzone Scotland is a unique website for parents and carers in Scotland, from early years to beyond school.  The website provides up-to-date information about learning in Scotland, and practical advice and ideas to support children’s learning at home in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and science.  Information is also available on Parentzone Scotland regarding additional support needs, how parents can get involved in their child’s school and education.  Furthermore, the website has details about schools including performance data for school leavers from S4-S6; and links to the national, local authority and school level data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels.  Parentzone Scotland can be accessed at https://education.gov.scot/parentzone

Parent Council

We have a very active Parent Council that represents the views of all parents.  All parents are welcome to attend Parent Council meetings and can become members at the AGM in September.  Parent Council minutes are available on the Parent Council page of the school website and on request from the school office. 

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Children’s Rights as outlined in the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) are fundamental to a good school ethos.  Adults in our school will work with young people to ensure they are aware of their rights and fully respect the rights of others.  Therefore, the approach within St. Mungo’s Academy is to build a positive ethos that demonstrates care and respect for all.  

The smooth running of St. Mungo’s Academy requires a high standard of behaviour from all within it.  We appreciate the support of parents and carers in helping us to achieve this.  All pupils are required to behave well and respect their own safety and that of others.  This is also important on journeys to and from school. 

Our expectations are clearly communicated to young people and breaches of discipline are dealt with in line with school policy.  In most cases, a quiet reprimand is sufficient but in more serious or persistent cases parents will be invited to school to discuss the issue and agree a course of action. 

Helping your young person to learn

Homework

Regular, effective homework is an important part of the school day.  To this end, every young person in the school has been provided with a Homework Diary.  Parents are asked to check this on a regular basis.  Homework has many advantages:

  • It reinforces work done in class
  • It develops good study habits and a sense of personal discipline
  • It develops areas of interest that can be followed up later in life and become a leisure pursuit
  • It allows parents to see, help and become involved in their child’s work

The amount of homework varies in length, nature and frequency depending on the subject.  The amount of homework will increase as your child progresses through the school.

Supported Study

This is an important initiative which allows pupils to attend additional classes during lunchtimes, after school and during holiday periods.  Large numbers of our staff give generously of their time in this area.  Subjects on offer will depend on the staff available to deliver.  Pupils will be kept informed of the arrangements. 

Curriculum

Curriculum for Excellence 3-18

Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced to raise standards of learning and teaching for all 3 to 18 year olds. It aims to help prepare children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need in a fast changing world.  As part of Curriculum for Excellence, all children from pre-school to the end of S3 will receive a rounded education known as a Broad General Education (BGE).  Curriculum for Excellence is all about bringing real life into the classroom and taking lessons beyond it.

In line with their Curriculum for Excellence entitlement, pupils learn in all 8 curricular areas until the end of S3. 

Expressive Arts

Health & Wellbeing

Languages

Mathematics

Religious & Moral

Sciences

Social Studies

Technologies

There is also a focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills across every subject area as well as Skills for Learning, Life and Work as young people prepare for their adult lives.  In addition, learning takes place in the following ways:

  • Inter-disciplinary experiences (working across a range of subjects to link learning)
  • Learning through the ethos and life of the school
  • Opportunities for personal achievement

Useful websites

www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk

www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/index.asp

The Senior Phase S4-S6

The Senior Phase offers opportunity for specialisation leading to qualifications.  Young people aged 15 plus will have a wide range of opportunities to experience learning and achieve qualifications to the highest possible level during their senior phase. 

Throughout S3, there is a programme of pupil support to assist pupils and their parents and carers with course choices for National 4 and National 5 awards.  The pupil support programme seeks to advise pupils about:

  • The range of courses available
  • The pupil’s own aptitudes, interests, strengths and weaknesses
  • The importance of individual subjects
  • Entrance qualifications & career opportunities

In advising pupils about course choices, we adhere to national guidelines and ensure that pupil choices result in their best chance of success.

In collaboration with the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA), we will assess National 1-4 qualifications.  Individual courses at National 1-4 levels will not be graded but marked overall as pass or fail.

Courses at the new National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels will continue to include work assessed by the school, but for these qualifications, students will also have to pass an additional assessment (usually a question paper or assignment) which will be marked externally by SQA.  

The SQA website www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents  contains useful information to help you understand national qualifications. 

 

Courses available in S5 & S6

As an inclusive school, we aim to meet the needs of all pupils in S5 and S6.  We have strong partnerships with local colleges, Universities and employers.  It is extremely important that senior students set challenging and realistic targets.  To that end, we offer a rigorous options programme to support and inform student choice.  Opportunities for personal development continue within and beyond the taught curriculum.  S6 in particular offers senior pupils a range of opportunities to build leadership, communication and team working skills through involvement in a wide range of school and community events.  

Encouraging excellence is central to our aspirations and expectations for all young people. 

Assessment & Reporting

All young people are assessed both formally and informally throughout the school year.  This allows young people and their teachers to identify their strengths and areas for improvement.   A variety of assessment methods are used to enable staff to pass on information to parents and carers about the progress of their child.  Assessment records are kept by teachers and form the basis of discussion at parents’ meetings throughout the year.

Dates of all parents’ meetings and the schedule for issuing written reports is included in the school calendar which is issued at the start of term and is available on the website.    

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress do not hesitate to contact their pastoral care teacher at any time.

Child Protection and Planning Procedures

Pupil Profiles

All S3 learners have a profile which reflects their progress in learning and achievement and emphasis their strengths.  The profile documents their key achievements in school, at home and in the community and the content is decided by the young person.  The profile provides a valuable way for learners to share information about their achievements with their parents, teachers and in the future, staff in colleges, universities and employers.  The profile also supports the move from S3 into the senior phase of secondary school.

Support for Pupils

The school has a duty to ensure that all pupils have equal access to the curriculum, with appropriate support for their needs if required.  This applies to the content of lessons, teaching strategies and minor adaptations to the school environment.  There are a wide range of factors which may act as a barrier to learning.  We are committed to working closely with parents and carers to ensure that they are fully involved in any decisions about support for their children’s needs. 

Any parent or carer seeking further advice regarding this policy should contact the Headteacher in the first instance. 

Further information relating to additional support needs is available on the Glasgow City Council website –

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18941

Information on the Glasgow City Councils’ Parental Involvement Strategy can also be found at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17870

Pupil Support Staff

All staff in St. Mungo’s Academy have a clear responsibility for the welfare of young people.  In addition, all young people are given a pastoral care teacher on entering the school.  This provides a vital link between home and school as the pastoral care teacher has an ‘all-round’ picture of a pupil’s progress and general health and well-being.  In most cases, a parent’s first point of contact with the school will be the pastoral care teacher.

Other support for pupils is provided by class tutors in the first 10 minutes of each day and by the Support for Learning Team is required. 

We are fully committed to meeting the needs of all pupils and hold regular meetings at which we plan for those who might benefit from additional support.  Full discussion is held with parents and carers and outcomes are planned and agreed in partnership.  

The Named Person

GIRFEC stands for ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’.  This is the Scottish Government-led approach to making sure that all our children and young people – and their parents or carers – can get help and support when needed from birth through to age 18 (or beyond if still in school).

The vast majority of Scotland’s children and young people get the love and support they need from within their families and their wider, local communities. But even the most loving and caring families can sometimes need extra support. The GIRFEC approach aims to make it as easy as possible for any child or young person (and their parents) to get that help or support when they need it.

To access support when needed, part 4 of the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014, states that every child in Scotland has a Named Person, as a single point of contact. This Named Person has a responsibility to provide help and support when asked and can draw together other services if needed, co-ordinating help for the child or parents.   

The Named Person will be a promoted teacher within the school your child attends. The name of the individual Named Person for your child(ren) will be provided.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you want to speak with your child’s Named Person.

For Pupils

Pupil Council

Our Pupil Council is made up of representatives from each year group.  This is an important group which ensures that the views of pupils are heard.

St Mungo’s Academy Clubs

We have a wide range of activities that run Monday – Thursday to extend the learning experience.  At the last count, there were 54 lunchtime and afterschool activities on offer.  The list constantly changes but our school website is updated to reflect this. 

Good links with community organisations and our Active Schools Co-ordinator are vital for the success of these programmes.

 

Data Protection

The use of information about children and young people and parents/carers

We collect information about children and young people attending school (and also about parents/carers, emergency contacts etc. provided in the annual data check) to allow us to carry out the Council’s functions as the education authority for the City of Glasgow.  This may sometimes involve releasing personal information to other agencies and other parts of the Council, particularly in relation to child protection issues or criminal investigations, and it may also be used for research purposes (see the link below for more details regarding this).

Information held by the school is, in legal terms, processed by Glasgow City Council.  The Council is registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 2018 and all personal data is treated as confidential and used only in accordance with the Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulations, and the Information Use and Privacy Policy approved by the City Council.  For more information on how we use personal information, or to see a copy of the Information Use and Privacy Policy, see

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18010

Education specific privacy statements can be accessed at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=22069 .

Useful Contact Information

Education Services

City Chambers East

40 John Street

Glasgow G1 1JL

Tel: 0141 287 2000

www.glasgow.gov.uk

Comments & Complaints

In St. Mungo’s Academy we aim to have positive relationships across our school community.  However, if you have a comment or complaint about any aspect of school life, please contact the Headteacher in the first instance.

Glasgow City Council complaints procedures are available:

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16133

Customer Care Team

Customer & Business Services

Glasgow City Council

City Chambers

Glasgow G2 1DU

Tel: 0141 287 0900

e-mail: customercare@glasgow.gov.uk or education.customerservices@glasgow.gov.uk

The above website also includes information on data protection and freedom of information.