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  • INSET DAY MONDAY 6th JANUARY 2020 (WHOLE SCHOOL)

    Published on Tuesday 12th November 2019

    INSET DAY MONDAY 6th JANUARY 2020 (WHOLE SCHOOL)

  • EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY PARENT/CARER DROP-IN SESSIONS

    Published on Saturday 9th November 2019

    Educational Psychology Drop-In Sessions

    4 x 40 minute appointments are available each session for parents/carers to support you in identifying and taking the next steps. Please call to book an appointment with the Educational Psychologist Service.

     

     

  • CHILDREN IN NEED DAY THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14th 2019 AT SCHOOL

    Published on Wednesday 6th November 2019

    Children are invited to dress up in a sports outfit

    Key Stage 2 (Yrs3-6) will be having their annual talent show

    We will all particpate in the Joe Wicks session as part of the national fundraiser

    Please bring in a small donation, which we can donate to Children in Need

    We thank you for your continued support, as ever it is truly amazing

    Charity Crew

     

  • BONFIRE NIGHT SCHOOL DINNER CHANGE IN MENU 5th NOVEMBER ONLY

    Published on Wednesday 16th October 2019
    School dinners theme day menu for the 5th November 2019 only, this is going to replace the meal on Tuesday 5th November 2019 after Half term
  • Design a Scary Veg Competition for Halloween

    Published on Wednesday 9th October 2019

    VEG POWER initiative to try and encourage pupils to take more vegetables during their mealtimes.

    Castell Howell are launching the Design a Scary Veg Competition for Halloween.   Entries by 18 October, judging by 23 October to win a Samsung Tablet for the entrant and £200 for school.

     

  • INSET DAY FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2019

    Published on Monday 30th September 2019

    Whole School INSET Day

  • SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSITION PROCESS SEPTEMBER 2020

    Published on Monday 23rd September 2019

    The application process opens Wednesday 25th September and applications are available to complete via the online application portal, as well as application forms that are also available in the Civic Offices located in Barry.

    Listed below is a link to the online application portal that will be available for parents to complete and submit an application form from Wednesday. Parents are required to register an account and add their children’s details before logging in and completing the application process, which takes approx. 5-10 minutes and is fairly straightforward, but if issues are experienced the team are always readily available to help.

    https://admissions.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FCitizenPortal_LIVE%2F

    This year will no doubt provide a few queries from those families more affected by the recent removal of feeder schools from the Secondary School oversubscription criteria and as always the admissions team will be available to contact throughout the process should any parents or staff have any queries and wish to discuss these with a member of the team. This is an especially busy time of year for our small team so thank you for your patience and we will respond at our very earliest opportunity. I have also added information at the bottom of this letter of the new oversubscription criteria for convenience.

    Finally, should you have any queries regarding the process, or any other issues such as any requirement for hard copies, please let me know.

    Kind Regards

     

    Sam Mawhinney

    Logistics & Access Officer / Swyddog Derbyniadau Cynorthwyol

    School Improvement & Inclusion / Strategaeth, Dysgu yn y Gymuned ac Adnoddau

    Vale of Glamorgan Council / Cyngor Bro Morgannwg

    tel / ffôn: 01446 709725

    mob / sym:

    e-mail / e-bost: smawhinney@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

     

    Secondary School Oversubscription Criteria

     

    1.         Children where evidence has been supplied to confirm that they are           looked after, or have been previously looked after by a local authority in                                                                                       accordance with section 22 of the Children Act.

    2.         Pupils who are currently permanently resident within the designated catchment area of the school on or before the published closing date for receipt of preference forms. Evidence of permanent residence of a child must be supplied if requested. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (4), (5) and (6), in order of priority, would be applied to produce an order of preference.

     

    3.         Pupils not currently permanently resident within the designated catchment area of the school whose parents have satisfied the Council, on or before the published closing date for receipt of preference forms, that the child will be taking up residence within the catchment area by the commencement of the school term to which the application relates. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (4), (5), and (6), in order of priority, would be applied to produce an order of preference.

     

    4.         Pupils in respect of whom the Council judges that there are compelling medical or social grounds for their admission to a specified secondary school i.e. those children recommended for placement at a named school due to medical, psychological or special education reasons. (Written recommendations from the appropriate external agencies or professional advisers will normally be required in such cases). In the event of oversubscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (5) and (6) would be applied.

     

    5.         Pupils who have an elder brother or sister at the school and who will be on register at the school (years 8 to 11) during the academic year in which the child is to be admitted. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone, the Council will determine priority and allocate places by reference to the age of the pupils youngest sibling in the school, the youngest commanding the highest degree of priority.

     

    6.         In determining applications for admission in respect of other pupils the Council gives particular regard to the proximity of the pupil’s home to the secondary school as measured by the shortest available walking route, those living nearest will have priority. The Council uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances.

     

  • INSET DAY MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2019

    Published on Monday 2nd September 2019

    INSET DAY

  • VALE OF GLAMORGAN ACTIVE AUGUST 2019

    Published on Monday 15th July 2019

  • 18th April 2019

    Parents of children currently attending primary schools excluding current year 6 children

    Dear Parent,

    VALE OF GLAMORGAN SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2020/2021

    I refer to Section 89 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 regarding the above and in particular to my communication of the 14th January 2019 relating to a proposed change to admission arrangements for community secondary schools in order to prioritise those living in a schools catchment area and to remove the feeder primary school as an oversubscription criterion. The proposed change requested any comments by 22 February 2019.

    I am now writing to inform you that any comments that were received by that date have been considered alongside the proposals at Cabinet on the 15 April 2019. At that meeting, approval of the proposed changes was granted. The proposed change to the oversubscription criteria for entry to secondary education will prioritise those living in a schools catchment area and remove the feeder primary school system as an oversubscription criterion and will therefore become policy for the academic year 2020/2021. The school admission policy for 2020/2021 can be viewed on line at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/secadmissions  Stanwell School and St Richard Gwyn Catholic School are not affected by the proposed change as they are their own admissions authority and determine their arrangements separately.

    Yours sincerely

    M Matthews (Mr)

    Strategy, Community Learning and Resources

    The Vale of Glamorgan Council

    Learning and Skills

    Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU

    Telephone: (01446) 700111 www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

     

     

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