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  2. 2. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011C ONTENTSA Message to ParentsEducational Services: What we want to achieveKilwinning Academy’s Aims and ObjectivesSchool InformationAssociated Primary SchoolsIntegrated Community School ApproachRegistration, Enrolment and TransferSchool DayAttendance/AbsenceChildren Leaving School Premises at BreaksSchool DressSchool MealsChild ProtectionMedicine in SchoolMobile PhonesMedical and Health CareMedical and Dental AppointmentsPsychological ServiceTransportInformation in EmergenciesSchool SecurityInformation and Communications TechnologyGuidance/Support for PupilsHealth EducationSpiritual, Moral and Cultural ValuesAction Against BullyingThe CurriculumAssessments and ReportsHomeworkSupport for LearningEquality of OpportunityDisciplineDeveloping a Learning DemocracyExtra-Curricular ActivitiesAchievementsParent Forum and Parent CouncilCommunity LinksHome/School LinksData ProtectionGlossary of TermsSpecial NoteAppendices:-Statistical Information / Budgeted School Running Costs /Attendance and Absence / Leavers’Destinations / Minimising Overall Absence 2
  3. 3. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011A MESSAGE TO PARENTS(Please note that the term “parents” is used throughout this document as shorthand for theadult with responsibility for the child in question.)On behalf of all the students and staff, I would like to welcome you and your child toKilwinning Academy.This handbook has been prepared to give you as much information as possible about theschool. If you wish information on any point now, or once your child has started at theschool, please feel free to contact us.Kilwinning Academy is a six-year, non-denominational, comprehensive school. It is housedin a modern building which opened in 1977. Although the total number of pupils in theschool is relatively large, the school is divided into smaller units, each of which is the directresponsibility of a member of the rectorial staff, assisted by Principal Teachers of Support.The aim of this is to ensure that every pupil (and parent) feels that there is someone in theschool who knows them personally and to whom they can easily refer if questions ordifficulties arise.The majority of pupils in the school are drawn from our five primary schools in the town -Abbey, Blacklands, Corsehill, Pennyburn and Whitehirst Park. A number of our pupils alsotravel from outside the town, as a result of placing requests. As an Integrated CommunitySchool, we work in fuller partnership with our primary colleagues to continue to improvetransition for Primary 7 pupils.In order to improve the way in which we can address the needs of all pupils, the school isactively involved in the development of new courses at every level, to meet the needs ofCurriculum for Excellence. The school has earned a reputation for good examination results,as well as for success in extra-curricular areas such as music and a wide range of sportingactivities.The aim of the school is to enable all pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding andskills to the highest possible level. We aim to achieve this within a caring environmentwhere good behaviour and a sense of responsibility are actively encouraged. Through thedevelopment of activities encouraging active pupil involvement, pupils are able to developCitizenship roles and participate in Enterprise activities.We hope that your family will feel part of our extended community, to the benefit of bothyour children and the school as a whole.W Campbell ArmstrongDecember 2010 3
  4. 4. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011W HAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE - EDUCATIONAL SERVICES STATEMENTOur Overall AimTo work in a sustainable way with our partners to build a better North Ayrshire in which allcitizens can participate, learn and contribute to the community.Our Values- Excellence- Openness- Respect- Inclusion- EquityOur Priorities- Increasing educational attainment and achievement.- Developing confident individuals, responsible citizens, effective contributors and successful learners.- Increasing the number of young people moving to positive post-school destinations.- Developing skills for work.- Promoting better health and more physical activity.- Reducing disadvantage and promoting equality.- Empowering community through participation in cultural and lifelong learning.- Delivering cultural and learning opportunities to all sectors of the community.- Supporting the professional development of staff.- Providing high quality facilities making best use of resources.K ILWINNING ACADEMY’S AIMS AND OBJECTIVESOur aim is to provide education of the highest possible quality. To help us to meet our aim,we will endeavour:- to ensure that all pupils achieve their maximum potential while encouraging them to develop, both intellectually and socially, in a safe and stimulating environment;- to prepare our pupils for the world beyond, where they can take maximum advantage of the wider opportunities open to them, while contributing as citizens to the well- being of the wider community;- to provide for staff a working environment in which they can contribute fully to the education and progress of our young people, while themselves growing and developing professionally;- to provide for parents and pupils the opportunity to make their views known to the school and to contribute to the development of the school;- to implement all the above within a culture of fairness and equality which allows each individual to develop and advance, without prejudice, to the full extent of their abilities. 4
  5. 5. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011S CHOOL INFORMATIONThe school address is : Kilwinning Academy Dalry Road KILWINNING North Ayrshire KA13 7HDTelelphone No : 01294-551316Fax No : 01294-552980E-mail : kilwinning@ea.n-ayrshire.sch.ukKilwinning Academy is a six year, co-educational comprehensive, non-denominationalschool with an agreed capacity of 1330, although the roll is now significantly smaller.A SSOCIATED PRIMARY SCHOOLSAbbey Primary School Headteacher - Mrs A HeriotClaremont CrescentKilwinning Te No 01294-552251Blacklands Primary School Headteacher - Mrs K CarsonDavid’s CrescentKilwinning Tel No 01294-552626Corsehill Primary School Headteacher - Mrs L LesperanceMcGavin AvenueKilwinning Tel No 01294-552418Pennyburn Primary School Headteacher - Mr J GibsonSundrum PlaceKilwinning Tel No 01294-552807Whitehirst Park Primary School Headteacher - Miss E MageeStevenston RoadKilwinning Tel No 01294-554538 5
  6. 6. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011I NTEGRATED COMMUNITY SCHOOL APPROACHWorking in partnership with our associated primary schools, we have agreed joint initiativesaimed at improving attainment and achievement for all young people.In particular, our cluster aims to improve and promote health within schools and thecommunity, to build closer working relationships within the community and to encouragelifelong learning.To help us achieve this, we have appointed an additional School Nurse (twenty hours), aFamily Support Worker and have established a cluster Health Development Group, whichincludes representatives from all our schools, Public Health Nurses and pupils, to developpupil and staff health welfare initiatives.R EGISTRATION, ENROLMENT & TRANSFERParents of pupils who have moved to the area, or who wish their child to transfer to theschool, should contact the school office for information about appropriate procedures, and toarrange a visit to the school.In the case of pupils transferring from associated primary schools, parents will receive theappropriate information from the Headteacher of the primary school.There are various links between the primary schools and the secondary, including visits byPrimary 7 pupils to the secondary school and visits by secondary school staff to the primaryschools.T HE SCHOOL DAY (with effect from June 2011)Period Normal Day Short Days1 8.50 am to 9.40am2 9.40 am to 10.30 am On Tuesdays and Thursdays3 10.30 am to 11.20 am normal classes will stopInterval 11.20 am to 11.35 am at 2.50 pm,Period 4 11.35 am to 12.25 pm while on thePeriod 5 12.25 pm to 1.15 pm other three daysLunch 1.15 pm to 2.00 pm they will go onPeriod 6 2.00 pm to 2.50 pm until 3.40 pmPeriod 7 2.50 pm to 3.40 pm 6
  7. 7. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011A TTENDANCE/ABSENCEGood attendance is vital for progress at school.It is the responsibility of parents of children of school age to educate their children. Most dothis by ensuring that their children attend school regularly. Attendance is recorded duringevery period. Absence from school is recorded as authorised, unauthorised, to be confirmedor temporarily excluded.Parents are asked to inform the school by letter or telephone if their child is likely to beabsent for some time, and to give the child a note on his or her return to school, confirmingthe child’s name, register class, the reason for absence and its duration.If there is no explanation from a child’s parents, the absence will be regarded asunauthorised. Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time, as thisboth disrupts the child’s education and reduces learning time. Parents should inform theschool by letter, before going on holiday, of the dates. Such absence will be authorised onlywhere certain and very specific family circumstances exist. The majority of family holidaystaken during term time will be categorised as unauthorised absence.Parents may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to make anextended visit to relatives. Only written requests detailing the destination, the duration andthe provision that will be made for their continuing education will be granted. Such extendedabsences will be recorded separately from the normal attendance and absence information.The Pupil Welfare Officer investigates unexplained absence, and the Authority has the powerto write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the Reporter to the Children’sPanel if necessary.Attendance/Absence Data - Absence rates are calculated as a percentage of the total numberof possible attendances for all pupils of the school in the stage shown, each morning andafternoon of each school day being a separate possible attendance.In the event that your son/daughter misses registration, he/she must report to either theLibrary or the Pupil Welfare Officer, dependent on the time of arrival. A reason forlatecoming will be noted. A note of explanation from a parent will be welcomed.If a pattern of latecoming develops and there is no real reason for this, then the school willtake steps to address the issue, including writing to parents to alert them to the extent of theproblem. 7
  8. 8. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011C HILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL PREMISES AT BREAKSSchools have a duty to look after the welfare of their pupils. This means that the staff shouldtake the same care of pupils as a sensible parent would take, and includes taking reasonablecare of pupils’ safety during intervals and lunchtimes.It is the policy of North Ayrshire Council that pupils who are younger than the school leavingage should not leave school grounds at intervals or lunchtimes. Parents should encouragetheir children to follow these rules in the interest of safety. No pupil is allowed to leave theschool grounds at the interval.S CHOOL DRESSIt is the policy of North Ayrshire Council to support the introduction of a reasonable andflexible dress code in schools in its area. The Council encourages each school to adopt itsown code, after discussion with parents, pupils and the Parents’ Council.The Council believes that establishing a school dress code has many benefits. These includeimprovements in safety, security, discipline and community spirit and a decrease in bullyingand in expense for parents.The Council will support schools in encouraging and helping pupils to conform to the chosendress code. Some types of clothing will not be allowed at school in any circumstances, forreasons of safety, decency or discipline. Types of clothing which will not be allowedinclude:- clothes which are a health or safety risk;- clothes which may damage the school building;- clothes which may provoke other pupils;- clothes which are offensive or indecent;- clothes which encourage the use of alcohol or tobacco.The Council will support schools taking disciplinary procedures against pupils in serious orpersistent cases.We at Kilwinning Academy believe very much in our school uniform. Many people in thelocal community have praised the appearance of pupils as they participate in events beyondthe school premises. Parents in general have been very supportive of our policy and, becauseof this, we feel confident in asking for your continued active support. The uniform is chosento be as inexpensive as possible and the items with school logos or badges can only bepurchased in the school. 8
  9. 9. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Traditional: White school shirt or blouse School tie Black trousers or skirt Inexpensive shoes (not trainers)Alternative: School polo shirt with school logo Black trousers or skirt Inexpensive shoes (not trainers)All pupils - from S1 to S4 - have Physical Education on their timetables. They need tochange out of their school uniforms in order to take part. (In addition, pupils who are injuredor unable to take part are still required to change into their PE kits to assist with the lesson.)Club colours, eg football strips, rugby tops, etc, are not appropriate. We would expect pupilsto bring:- a dark blue, plain t-shirt- dark blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms- a change of socks- alternative footwear (eg trainers or sport shoes)Again, we would encourage parents not to be drawn into buying designer labels.Finally, all pupils should carry a suitable school bag.School dress cannot be bought in Kilwinning shops. Items should be ordered directly fromthe school and payment should be made at the time of ordering. For parents of Primary 7pupils, an opportunity to order will be given at the Primary 7 Parents’ Evening.Parents receiving Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support, Family Credit, HousingBenefit or Council Tax rebate will normally be entitled to grants for footwear and clothingfor their children. Information and application forms may be obtained from schools or fromthe Department of Educational Services, Cunninghame House, Irvine KA12 8EE.It is appreciated that parents and pupils are distressed over the occasional loss of pupils’clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring thatvaluable items of clothing or personal belongings are not brought to school. Parents shouldnote that the Authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items.S CHOOL MEALSFollowing an initiative by North Ayrshire Council, a swipecard system for paying for schoolmeals was introduced at the school. The card system enables pupils to use a One ScotlandCard to pay directly for meals. Pupils can add as much money as they wish to a card, usingthe machines provided, with a normal daily meal costing £1.80. If you wish to send a cheque 9
  10. 10. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011to pay for your child’s lunch/tuck shop purchases, please make it payable to ‘North AyrshireCouncil’. (Please note that with over eight hundred pupils in the school, there is no waythe school can be expected to provide change for pupils to top up their cards, so parentsshould ensure that their children are given this.)A two-course meal is available, with a choice of several main courses and any other itemfrom amongst soup, sweets and fruit juice, etc. A full range of ‘fast food’ is also available,including burgers, filled rolls and baked potatoes, etc. A breakfast club operates from 8.00am until 8.50 am.Students receiving free meals will be issued with exactly the same card as all other students.However, this card will be credited to the value of £1.80 per day for use within the diningroom. If not used on a particular day, the £1.80 daily allowance cannot be carried over.Currently, many pupils in Kilwinning Academy who are entitled to take free meals do not doso, and the school would encourage parents to take up their entitlement. The new systemremoves the need to collect tickets, etc, which some pupils found embarrassing. Children ofparents who receive Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support are entitled to a free middaymeal.Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from the schoolreception office or from the Department of Education & Skills, Cunninghame House, IrvineKA12 8EE.CHILD PROTECTIONEducational Services has a fundamental duty to contribute to the care and safety of allchildren and young people in North Ayrshire. In fulfilling this duty, the service must engagein close partnership with parents/carers and relevant agencies, primarily Social Services andHealth and, where appropriate, the Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Administration. Servicewill work in partnerships with a number of levels within the establishment or school, withinthe cluster or local area and through Integrated Children’s Services and Community HealthPartnership.The Standard Circular entitled “Protecting North Ayrshire Children” provides guidance forpolicy and practice within all educational establishments. The Council is one of the keypartners in North Ayrshire. The Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency group whichtakes the lead role in ensuring that our children and young people are cared for, protectedfrom harm and grow up in a safe environment.Each school has a named Child Protection Co-ordinator who is the main point of contact forschool staff and for external agencies seeking contact with the school on child protectionmatters. There is an extensive staff training programme available to staff and, in addition, at 10
  11. 11. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011the beginning of each school session all staff receive an update on child protection policiesand procedures.M EDICINE IN SCHOOLFollowing the introduction of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act 2000, the ScottishExecutive released a document called “The Administration of Medicines in Schools (2001)”.Advice to schools about storing medicine includes:4.11 Storing Medicines: Parents should be asked to supply weekly supplies of the doses tobe taken at school in their original container with the name of the pupil, the name of thedrug, the dosage frequency and expiry date.This carried a main implication for schools: pupils who are prescribed medicine by theirdoctor should bring in the appropriate amount which will last for no longer than a week. Anypupil on regular medication, eg Ritilan, should bring the weekly supply to the school on aMonday.Please note that the school cannot give pupils pain killers unless prescribed by a doctor.We appreciate that these measures may cause some inconvenience, but we hope that, in thelong term, they will improve the safe storage of medication by addressing health & hygieneand security issues.Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the school.M OBILE PHONESWhile the benefits of mobile phones are recognised, they can be a serious distraction to work.Pupils whose mobile phones disrupt lessons can have them confiscated until the end of theschool day. Repeated disruption may result in phones being retained until uplifted by aparent.Inappropriate use of text messages and/or photographs whilst in school may be treated as abreach of school discipline or a serious incident which could be referred to the police. 11
  12. 12. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011M EDICAL AND HEALTH CAREMedical examinations are carried out at various times during a child’s primary school years.Parents are given notice of these and encouraged to attend. Vision and hearing tests anddental examinations, which parents need not attend, are also carried out and parents informedof any recommended action or treatment. All examinations are carried out by Ayrshire andArran Health Board staff.Minor accidents will be dealt with by the school’s qualified first aider.If a pupil takes ill or has an accident at school which requires that the child is sent home orfor treatment, first aid will be provided and parents or carers contacted.For this reason, it is important that the school has contact details for parents/carers and anadditional contact person in case parents/carers cannot be reached. This informationshould be updated as required. In the event of a serious illness or accident, medical help willbe obtained and parents/carers notified immediately.Please note that the school does not provide a medical service. However, any specificmedical problem involving a pupil should be notified to the school so that the appropriateaction may be taken if an unexpected attack occurs, eg chronic asthma. If a pupil is thought,for health reasons, to be unable to continue with his/her normal timetable, the parent will benotified to that effect and normally asked to come to the school to accompany the child home.If you think your son or daughter is suffering from some ailment, please do not sendhim/her to the school to see ‘the school nurse’. The youngster should, in such cases, betaken to the family doctor.It has been shown that drinking water helps learning and concentration. Many children bringbottles of water with them to school and we would encourage this. They should not,however, bring fizzy carbonated drinks of any kind, as these are not permitted in theschool.M EDICAL/DENTAL APPOINTMENTSPupils who require to be out of school for an appointment should bring a letter from home, oran appointment card, and make sure that permission from Support staff has been granted.Pupils should check out with the Pupil Welfare Officer who will issue him/her with an“Authorised Absence Pass”. This must be handed back when the pupil returns to school. 12
  13. 13. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011P SYCHOLOGICAL SERVICEWhat is the Psychological Service?The Educational Psychology Service in North Ayrshire contributes to the aims of theEducational Service by improving outcomes for children and young people. Educationalpsychologists work together with teachers, parents and other professionals to help childrenand young people make the most of their lives, particularly in educational settings.When does an educational psychologist become involved?Your child’s school already has a system in place for identifying, monitoring and reviewingthe progress of all children and young people. As part of this wider system of support, eachschool has a link educational psychologist who visits on a regular basis.When concerns arise about a particular pupil, the school takes action to address theseconcerns. If the concerns continue, school staff may have an informal discussion with theeducational psychologist. However, if the educational psychologist is to become moreinvolved, this will be discussed with you beforehand by school staff, and a joint meetingarranged. Through this process, the educational psychologist can contribute to the ongoingassessment and support of your child.T RANSPORTNorth Ayrshire Council has a policy of providing free transport to secondary pupils who livemore than three miles from their local school by the recognised shortest safe walking route.Parents who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school orEducation & Health, Cunninghame House, Irvine KA12 8EE.These forms should be completed and returned before the end of February for those pupilsbeginning school in August, to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made.Applications may be submitted at other times throughout the year, but may be subject todelay whilst arrangements are made. The appropriate officer has discretion, in specialcircumstances, to grant permission for pupils to travel in transport provided by the Authority,where spare places are available and no additional costs are incurred.Pick Up PointsWhere free transport is provided, it may be necessary for pupils to walk a certain distance tothe vehicle pick-up point. Walking distance in total, including the distance from home to thepick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school, in any one direction, will not exceedthe Council’s limits (see above section). It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that theirchild arrives at the pick-up point on time. It is also the parents’ responsibility to ensure thatthe child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and leavingthe vehicle. Misbehaviour can result in children losing the right to free transport. 13
  14. 14. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Placing RequestsNorth Ayrshire Council does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a placingrequest, other than in exceptional circumstances.I NFORMATION IN EMERGENCIESWe 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 fuelsupply. In such cases, we will do all we can to let you know about the details of closure orre-opening. We will keep you in touch by using letters, notices in local shops and communitycentres, announcements in the press and on West FM.S CHOOL SECURITYNorth Ayrshire Council has introduced procedures to ensure the safety and security ofchildren and staff when attending or working in a school. A number of security measures areused, including the use of a visitors’ book, badges and escorts while visitors are within theschool building. Normally, anyone calling at a school for any reason will be asked to reportto the school office. The school staff will then make any necessary arrangements inconnection with the visit to the school.I NFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGYThe school has recently seen a significant expansion in the computer resources available toboth staff and pupils. This has been as a result of considerable investment by North AyrshireCouncil, and by the school.We have eight dedicated computer laboratories. In addition, every classroom in the school isequipped with a computer, allowing the use of Information Technology in Learning andTeaching, and most classrooms are now equipped with multimedia projectors.Computers are used by staff to produce all of the progress reports that are sent to parents.This ensures a high standard of presentation and easy legibility. 14
  15. 15. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011G UIDANCE / SUPPORT FOR PUPILSThe purpose of the Support system in Kilwinning Academy is to help the individual pupils toobtain maximum benefit from their time at the school. This involves giving each pupiladvice about progress, subjects or carers, helping to solve problems as they arise andproviding a point of contact for parents and outside agencies.When pupils join the school, they are allocated to one of four Houses. Each House is led byone Principal Teacher (Mr P MacArthur, Mr G McKenzie, Mr E Duncan or Mr A Scott).Pupils come under the care of a member of the Support team who will be the main linkbetween home and school throughout the pupil’s school career. We try to ensure that familycontinuity is maintained so that parents with more than one child in the school will deal withthe same Support teacher.A small group of pupils, who require more support than most youngsters, will receivepastoral care from a team comprising K McGuiness (DHT), J Murray (PTS) and I Wilson(PTS Learning), but for all timetabled classes - including Registration - will participate aspart of their Register classes. These pupils form the Early Intervention Group (EIG).When any problem arises, or is likely to arise, the first point of contact for parents should bethe relevant Principal Teacher of Support.The members of the Senior Management Team in charge of the groups are:-Arran and Bute Houses (‘A’ and ‘B’ classes, S1 to S5) Mr B SmithCumbrae and Davaar Houses (‘C’ and ‘D’ classes, S1 to S5) Mrs A CruickshankS6 Pupils and the EIG Group Miss K McGuinessAs each of the Senior Management Team has many responsibilities during the normal schoolday, it is advisable that anyone wishing to make contact should do so, in the first instance, bytelephoning the school office (01294-551316).All pupils have access to Social Education. In the course of this, topics of general concernsuch as careers, relationships, safety, leisure and hobbies, drugs awareness, sex education,etc, are covered. These classes are taken mostly by form tutors, but outside speakers areoften involved. 15
  16. 16. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011H EALTH EDUCATIONIn S3 and S4, in addition to Social Education, pupils also have a period of Health Educationon their timetable.Health Studies in S3 consists of a unit “Health & Food Choices” - here pupils have theopportunity to reflect on the social, cultural and economic factors which affect food choice,and the consequences of poor choice on their health. They also have a period of “Lifeskills”where some practical cookery is done, as well as budgeting, etc.Health Studies in S4 consists of a unit “Understanding Health” - through this, pupils havethe opportunity to examine a wide range of factors which enable individuals to exercisecontrol over issues influencing their health. Both units of work are certificated; allassessment is carried out in school - there is no final examination. Achievement will appearon pupils’ certificates, alongside their Standard Grades.S PIRITUAL, MORAL AND CULTURAL VALUESIn addition to the Social Education programme, all pupils from S1 to S4 also have Religiousand Moral Education on their timetable. The main purpose of this is to allow pupils to studyreligious belief, practice and related experiences on both a personal and global level. Indoing so, however, it makes no assumptions whatsoever about the personal commitment ofeither teachers or pupils to any particular creed or system of religious beliefs.A CTION AGAINST BULLYINGBullying is not tolerated at Kilwinning Academy and strong sanctions will be appliedagainst anyone found to be guilty of this offence.We try to reinforce the message that it is everyone’s right to come to school without fearthrough the school’s Social Education programme, through Support interviews and HouseGroup Assemblies and through the fundamental ethos of the school.Bullying takes many forms, ranging from physical violence (which is rare) to name callingand isolation. Any pupil who is having problems with others pupils has a number of coursesof action. Doing nothing is rarely effective. We would therefore encourage any pupil withthis problem to: 16
  17. 17. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011- discuss the matter, in confidence, with a member of the school’s Anti-Bullying Council. This group is made up of trained senior pupils who know the school and who can give practical advice on how the individual might ‘deal’ with the problem;- approach their Support teacher with the problem;- approach their Year Head;- tell their parents, whom we would encourage to contact the school so that the appropriate steps can be taken to support the pupil having the problem.T HE CURRICULUMCurriculum for Excellence (CfE) is now being introduced across Scotland for all 3-18 yearolds, wherever they learn. It aims to raise standards, prepare our children for a future they donot yet know and equip them for the jobs of tomorrow in a fast changing world.Curriculum for Excellence enables professionals to teach subjects creatively and to worktogether across the school and with other schools. Teachers and practitioners will shareinformation to plan a child’s “learning journey” from 3-18, ensuring children continue towork at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.Every child is entitled to a broad and deep general education where every single teacher andpractitioner will be responsible for literacy and numeracy. There will be a new emphasis tooon health and wellbeing - to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe andsecure.Curriculum for Excellence develops skills for learning, life and work to help young people goon to further study, secure work and navigate life. It brings real life into the classroom. Itlinks knowledge in one subject area to another, helping children understand the work andmake connections. It develops skills so that children can think for themselves, make soundjudgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.There will be new ways of assessing progress and ensuring children achieve their potential.There will be new qualifications for literacy and numeracy from Session 2012/13 and newNational 4 and 5 qualifications from Session 2013/14. Our well regarded Access, Highersand Advanced Highers will be updated to take account of and support the new approaches tolearning and teaching.Ultimately, Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve our children’s life chances, to nurturesuccessful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens,building on Scotland’s reputation for great education.All pupils have equal access to all courses, in line with North Ayrshire’s policy on equalopportunity. 17
  18. 18. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Years S1 and S2In Kilwinning Academy we are working hard to improve the transition stage for pupils.Building on our Integrated Community School approach, we are making greater use of priorlearning to help us to plan the effective delivery of learning and teaching. On a monthly basisthe Headteachers of the associated primary schools meet with senior staff from KilwinningAcademy to take forward joint planning of initiatives.Our junior pupils are benefiting from a more appropriate curriculum which features bothchallenge and support.In their first two years at Kilwinning Academy, pupils have the opportunity to experience awide range of subjects. This is to provide a balanced basic curriculum for all pupils, toprovide samples of as many different areas of study as possible and to provide thefoundations for all future school work at whatever level. All pupils will access the coresubjects, namely:Art, English, French, Geography, History / Modern Studies, Home Economics, IT,Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Social Education andTechnical Education.The curriculum in Second Year is, for the most part, a continuation of that of First Year.Again, most classes are arranged in broad ability groupings. However in some subjects,classes are arranged in set groups.Most pupils, after two years of a general course at school, have developed special interests incertain subjects which they wish to continue in Third and Fourth Years and are reasonablycontent to give up their studies of certain other subjects which, perhaps, interest them less.For these reasons, when pupils move into Third Year, they must choose to study only a fewfrom a very wide range of subjects available. This arrangement may change as Curriculumfor Excellence becomes embedded.Currently, December of S2, parents are invited to attend a Parents’ Evening when the transferarrangements from S2 into S3 are outlined. Thereafter, each pupil is given an individualinterview with their Support teacher, in preparation for the completion of the S3 subjectchoice form. The school aims to give the best advice possible, taking into account thesubjects available. Again, the timing of this process may change as a result of Curriculum forExcellence.Years S3 and S4By the time your child reaches S3, it is expected that the new National Examination system,being introduced as part of Curriculum for Excellence, will take effect. Details on how thiswill affect the curriculum are not yet clear. More details will be given as they become knownto us.Currently, the curriculum in Third and Fourth Years consists of a compulsory sectioncomprising English, Mathematics, Social Education, Physical Education, Health Educationand Religious Education, and an ‘option’ section made up of those subjects chosen by thepupil at the end of Second Year. These courses now operate exclusively at Standard Grade or 18
  19. 19. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011National Qualifications. In Third and Fourth Years, therefore, all pupils will study a total ofeight subjects, namely English, Mathematics and one of each of the following categories:Science Biology, Chemistry, PhysicsSocial Subjects Geography, History, Religious, Moral and Philosophical StudiesModern Languages French, SpanishCreative & Aesthetic Art & Design, Home Economics, Music, PE Studies, Craft & DesignTechnological Computing Studies, Art & Design, Administration, Physics, Craft & Design, Graphic Communication, Home Economics, Accounting & FinanceIn addition, pupils can choose one other subject from the above.Your child will be presented for the new Awards being introduced as part of Curriculum forExcellence. These will replace the existing Standard Grades, etc, and will be known asLevels 3, 4 and 5.Towards the end of S4, all students will undergo a similar transfer process to that experiencedin S2. This will include considerable input from careers guidance and an individual interviewwith their Support teacher.Years S5 and S6Currently, those pupils who return to school for a Fifth and Sixth Year are required to makefurther ‘option’ choices based largely on their performance in previous national certificateexaminations.These options currently include a wide range of NQ courses at four levels in S5 (Access,Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher) and one additional level in S6 (Advanced Higher),but these will change as a result of Curriculum for Excellence.The range of courses is similar to that offered in S3/4 and most are a continuation of theseearlier courses. Priority is given to those students continuing with courses already taken inS3/4, as this is seen as providing the best basis for success. However, changes are allowedand encouraged when important career changes are involved.Young Applicants in Schools SchemeSome students in S6 currently study for qualifications run by the Open University to helpprepare them for Higher Education. Details of this scheme, known as YASS, can be obtainedfrom the school. 19
  20. 20. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011A SSESSMENTS AND REPORTSS1/S2Assessment in First and Second Year is of a continuous nature - that is, there are no setperiods of large-scale examinations, but every teacher systematically assesses each pupil’sprogress through a wide variety of work including homework, class exercises and tests.Regular summary reports on attitude and progress are issued every term. The informationacquired is then used to provide a formal report in S1 and S2. These reports detail thevarious aspects of the work covered and the different levels on attainment on a scale linked toCurriculum for Excellence.S3-S6Reports are issued once a year in S3, S4 and S5/6. The S3 report is issued in May, after theformal S3 examinations. The remaining reports are issued after the relevant diet of prelimexaminations. 20
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  23. 23. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011H OMEWORKHomework is an important part of any child’s education. On a regular basis, it allows:- the work of the class to be reinforced;- the work of the class to be extended;- the progress and understanding of the pupil to be evaluated;- the habit of regular, independent study to be developed;- a regular opportunity to communicate with parents, and for parents to be involved in the learning process.Homework is, therefore, an important part of the pupil’s education, and it is important that itis completed to the best of the pupil’s ability. The homework set will take many forms andwill vary in type and length, depending on the stage within the school. Activities will rangefrom writing, reading, problem solving and investigation, through watching the news,discussion with adults, to revising course materials, etc.To help pupils plan their homework and study, and to allow you as parents to monitor thiswork, all pupils are issued with a Homework Diary at the start of the session. They areexpected to record all homework set, along with the date on which it is due, in this diary. Itwould be a great help if parents could check the diary regularly to ensure that homework isbeing recorded and completed.While the amount of homework issued will vary, the following guidelines give theapproximate amounts of time which pupils might be expected to spend on homework, on fiveevenings in the week:S1 - ½ to 1 hour a night S2 - ½ to 1 hour a nightS3 - 1 to 1½ hours a night S4 - 2 hours a nightS5 - 2 to 3 hours a night S6 - 2 to 3 hours a nightRecognising that some pupils find it difficult to complete homework due to familycircumstances, the school has organised various opportunities during the school day for suchwork to be done with teachers present. Homework clubs are run at lunchtime on three daysin the week and are available to all pupils in S1 and S2.For older pupils, opportunities are available through Supported Study run in some subjectsafter school, to complete homework as well as to go over any areas of difficulty in the coursework. Details of these classes are publicised at the appropriate times in the session. 23
  24. 24. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011S UPPORT FOR LEARNINGNorth Ayrshire GuidelinesA child or young person has additional support needs if, for any reason, they are not able tobenefit fully from the educational opportunities provided for them.What does North Ayrshire Council have to do to meet its duties under the AdditionalSupport for Learning legislation?We have to:• identify when a child or young person is not making good progress in their education• understand what is not working for the child or young person (by gathering information to make the problems as clear as possible)• once extra support is in place, ensure that support is making a positive difference• if the support is not working well enough, gather more information and try a different approach.Whenever we start this process for any child or young person, we will always explain to themand to their parents/carers what our concerns are and what we will do to helpAll of our schools and nurseries will track closely the progress made by children or youngpeople who are registered as being ‘Looked After’. Where these children or young peopleare making appropriate progress we will determine that they do not have additional supportneeds.We have to make sure it is easy for people to get helpful information and advice. Where achild or young person is identified as having additional support needs, we will make sure theright people get a copy of the right information leaflet so they will understand what is likelyto happen.This little summary is also to let you know that much more information is available to helpyou understand additional support needs and what will be done to help your child. You canask for information at any time.For a few children and young people, their needs are so complex that professionals from twoor more agencies need to work together to provide the right support. Where this is needed,the child or young person will have a plan to co-ordinate the various actions of theseprofessionals: for this reason it is called a Co-ordinate Support Plan.You may feel that things are not being done properly to support your child. If you feel likethis then the Council has a range of ways to work with you to get things sorted. You can askat any time for a copy of the booklet called ‘Resolving Disagreements’. This booklet willgive you ways to make sure your concerns are listened to and addressed.Where a child or young person has additional support needs, planning needs to take placeevery time there is a move to a new class, new school or college. For some children andyoung people affected by a disability, transition planning will happen two years before theplanned date of the move. This is needed to make sure everything is in place. For mostchildren and young people, transition planning takes place one year before the date of the 24
  25. 25. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011planned move. Information will be shared with everyone involved in supporting the child oryoung period so that everyone understands what needs to be done to provide support.What rights do children, young people and their parents have?If you are concerned about your child’s progress or about how settled they are in school, youcan ask the Headteacher to begin a process of gathering information to find out if your childhas additional support needs.The school will also give you advice and information about your child’s needs, what theschool is doing to meet those needs and whether progress is now being made.Even when it has already been agreed that your child has additional support needs, you canmake a reasonable request at any time that more information is gathered and that a clearerunderstanding of the needs is established.You may perhaps feel unhappy about what the school is doing to meet your child’s needs.You may have tried to sort this out with the school but feel you are not being taken seriously.In this case you can ask for outside help to get your concerns across. The ‘ResolvingDisagreements’ booklet will help you to ask for these services.In a very few cases you may feel that your child’s current school is not able to meet theneeds. Where this happens, you have the right to make a placing request for a school thatmay meet the needs more effectively. You now have the same rights as parents of childrenwho do not have additional support needs.You may feel that educational provision on its own is not able to meet your child’s needs andthat another agency could help. In such a case you can ask that the Authority gathersinformation to see if your child needs a plan to bring together help from other agencies.The Additional Support Needs Tribunal has been established to deal with cases that have notbeen sorted out by earlier attempts to resolve the disagreements. You can apply for a referralto the Tribunal: the ‘Resolving Disagreements’ booklet will help you to do this.You can have a supporter or advocate with you at any meeting to discuss your child’sadditional support needs: this is not just about support at a Tribunal.For advice on additional support for learning from North Ayrshire Council Education andSkills, please contact the Quality Improvement Officer (QIO) for Additional Support forLearning on 01294-324451.For impartial advice, please contact Enquire (the Scottish advice service for additionalsupport for learning. Operated by children in Scotland, Enquire offers independentconfidential advice and information on additional support for learning through: 25
  26. 26. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011- a telephone helpline - 0845 123 2303- an e-mail enquiry service - an online enquiry service- two websites - (for parents/carers and practitioners) and (for children and young people).Enquire also provide a range of clear and easy to read guides and factsheets explainingeverything from ‘additional support in the early years’ to ‘what planning should take placefor moving on from school’.Support in Kilwinning AcademyThe identification of individual needs and the provision of appropriate coursework for alllevels of ability, including its delivery through a wide range of teaching methods, is a primeresponsibility of all members of staff. Some pupils, however, will not benefit fully fromeducation without additional support and this is provided by the Support Department. Agreat deal of the work of the Support Department is carried out within the classroom -working with and supporting the pupils and the classroom teacher. When additional supportis needed, wherever possible we try to ensure it is provided in ways which are well integratedwithin everyday practice and do not single out the young person requiring additional support.Senior PupilsSenior pupils also support in classes as part of their Community Involvement Programme. Inaddition, the Support Department runs a ‘Buddy Scheme’ which pairs suitable juniors withsenior pupils who act as informal mentors. In the operation of all of these techniques andapproaches, the needs of the pupil as an individual are considered.TutorialsSome pupils require a more specific programme in order to address their learning needs. Thismay involve individual or small group tuition. Parents will be informed prior to any tuition.Homework ClubsIf any pupil requires assistance with homework, a member of staff is available in the Libraryfour lunchtimes per week and parents should encourage their son or daughter to attend.AssessmentWithin the Support Department we are constantly assessing the young people in the school.Assessment is an ongoing process of gathering, structuring and making sense of informationabout a pupil and their learning, in order to plan more carefully for what happens next. Thismay be instigated by a support teacher, a class teacher or as a parental request and mayinclude some diagnostic testing. If a pupil has been tested and a need has been identified,parents will be notified to inform them of next steps and monitored to ensure support isadequate, properly targeted and effective. However, you should not hesitate to contact thePrincipal Teacher of Support if you have any issues or concerns regarding your child’sAdditional Support Needs.Special ArrangementsSome pupils may require special arrangements for SQA exams. These range from extra time,ICT or a reader and/or scribe. The evidence - gathered by the Support Department - mustsupport the need for the special arrangement. 26
  27. 27. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Outside AgenciesAs part of our curricular and pastoral remit we have regular contact with our associateprimary schools and a wide variety of outside agencies, for example EducationalPsychologists, teachers of the Visually and Hearing Impaired, English as an AdditionalLanguage, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.E QUALITY OF OPPORTUNITYIn line with North Ayrshire Council policy, educational provision is open to all pupils,regardless of sex, age, religion, race, disability or any other potential barrier, and allreasonable measures will be taken to ensure that the curriculum is available to every child.Schools also have a duty to promote equality and to eliminate racist and other discriminatorybehaviours.The Gender Equality Duty came into force in April 2007 (in addition to the Race EqualityDuty and the Disability Equality Duty). Schools have an obligation to implement theseduties and to report annually on progress being made in this regard. It should be noted thatunder the Gender Equality Duty, schools have an obligation to encourage both parents to playan active role in their children’s education. If parents have concerns about this duty inrelation to their child, they should contact the school to discuss the matter.D ISCIPLINEGood conduct is essential in any community of almost one thousand people. In theclassroom, it is an absolute prerequisite for effective teaching and learning. In the schoolbuildings and playground, it is vital for the safety of all pupils. It is our aim, therefore, tocreate a happy, friendly and well structured environment, where disorder, bullying andhostility do not occur. To achieve this, we have adopted a Zero Tolerance approach. Allpupils are issued with the following Code of Conduct at the start of the session -1. Be positive Take pride in yourself and in your school. Smoking and gambling are not permitted. Don’t drop litter or cause damage. Report any damage found immediately.2. Be punctual Move directly from one class to the next in an orderly manner. Keep to the left in corridors and on stairs.3. Be polite Keep noise to a minimum and be considerate of others at all times.4. Be safe Keep away from areas that are out of bounds, like the car park. Keep out of buildings at interval and lunchtime, unless really necessary.5. Be sensible Do not bring valuable items of clothing, or equipment, or large sums of money in cash to school. 27
  28. 28. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011These sensible requirements are reinforced through promoting positive behaviour schemesthat reward pupils for consistent effort in class and good behaviour, as well as through moreinformal structures like teacher praise, positive referrals to the Support staff, etc.Despite such steps to encourage positive behaviour, there are occasions when pupilsmisbehave. When dealing with breaches in school discipline, a range of sanctions isavailable, depending on the seriousness of the ‘offence’:- In some cases, a warning or ‘telling off’ is sufficient.- For more serious matters, or for repeated trivial matters, a punishment exercise may be issued, to be completed at home and signed by a parent. An alternative to this is the pupil being placed on detention - at interval, lunchtime or after school.- Where the problem is confined to one or two departments, pupils may be placed on Departmental Report, where the class teacher gives a grade for effort and behaviour. The card is then seen by the Principal Teacher of the subject to check on how the pupil has done.- Where a pattern of problems emerges, parents are invited to the school to discuss the situation, and agree possible strategies.- Repeated failure to complete a punishment exercise or detention would result in a final warning slip being issued for the attention of parents/guardians. Failure to complete this exercise or detention would lead to probable exclusion.- Pupils may be placed ‘On Report’, where a timetable has to be signed by each of their teachers in the course of the day, with a grade given for effort and behaviour, as well as a general comment. This is signed by a senior member of staff or Principal Teacher of Support at the end of the day, then brought home for the parent to see and sign.- The behaviour of individuals and classes is monitored by the Support staff and by the member of the Senior Management Team responsible for each group. Currently this is:Arran and Bute Houses (‘A’ and ‘B’ classes, S1 to S5) Mr B SmithCumbrae and Davaar Houses (‘C’ and ‘D’ classes, S1 to S5) Mrs A CruickshankS6 Pupils and the EIG Group Miss K McGuiness- Where appropriate, support for pupils will be provided by members of the Support Team who will work with them in class, in the Support Base and in group work, to try to deal with the situations that are causing problems.- The expertise of outside agencies, such as Psychological Services, Social Work, the school Medical Service, etc, can also be involved through the school’s Joint Support Team structure.- In the event of serious misconduct, or else where a pattern of repeated offences emerges, the pupil may be excluded from the school for a short period of time, eg three days in some cases or up to ten days in the most serious cases.- In a few extreme situations, a pupil can be excluded from the school and the case sent to the Corporate Director of Educational Services for a decision.It is the school’s policy to try to pick up any problems or patterns at as early a stage aspossible. We will always try to notify parents of our concerns at an early stage. It is ourexperience that where parents and the school are united in their approach, most difficulties 28
  29. 29. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011can be overcome. In all of this, it is the school’s purpose to set standards against which all ofour young people can finally measure themselves. Some make take longer than others toreach their full potential but, with our active help, encouragement and support, most succeed.D EVELOPING A LEARNING DEMOCRACYIn line with the National Priority Values and Citizenship, Kilwinning Academy isencouraging pupils at all stages to become increasingly involved in decision-making at theschool.Each year group has a Pupil Council which consists of two pupils elected from each class.The Councils discuss a wide range of issues, including Eco-school initiatives (which aim toimprove the environment), Healthy Eating (and liaison with dining hall staff) as well as socialaspects of pupils’ school experience. The latter has resulted in well attended school discosbecoming a termly event. Through the Councils, pupils are also formally consulted about theschool improvement plan.There is also a Grand Council which is made up of two representatives from each year groupCouncil. This is chaired by senior pupils, who help to highlight current issues for discussionand listen to feedback from the Councils.In the senior school there is the opportunity to apply for and be interviewed for SchoolCaptain and House Captain posts. Successful applicants work with other seniors to managethe Common Room, assist with the Year Book, organise the annual School Prom, organiseevents to raise money for charity, etc. In addition, pupils can opt to participate in eventsdesigned to support junior pupils in class or in extra-curricular activities. A number of S6pupils are also able to train with and work alongside adults to provide support for youngpeople outwith the secondary school.E XTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIESA wide range of extra-curricular activities is available within the school and this very healthysituation reflects the commitment of staff to the broader education and development of theirpupils, as well as to academic excellence.Among the many activities which may be offered are:Football Hockey Theatre Trips Brass BandScripture Union Woodwind Ensembles Gymnastics AthleticsRecorder Groups Basketball Badminton Weight TrainingJazz & Samba Bands Skiing Choirs Discos 29
  30. 30. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011In addition, Homework Clubs run at lunchtime on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays andFridays for interested pupils.A CHIEVEMENTSKilwinning Academy believes in encouraging all pupils to achieve their best, and inrecognising their achievements at every opportunity. It is central to our beliefs that all pupilsare capable of learning, given consistent effort on their part, encouraged by supportiveparents, and combined with good teaching.At various stages throughout the school year, a range of opportunities are taken to recognisepupil achievement and effort.All pupils can be nominated for Praise Letters. These acknowledge exceptional pupil effort,both in class or in extra-curricular activities. They may also highlight an individual’sparticular contribution to a school event or to a performance or an activity within the widercommunity of Kilwinning.Senior pupils are rewarded through the School Colours system in which they can gain MeritBadges and the School Colours Tie.All achievements are noted in the pupil’s individual file.At the end of the session, at our Awards Ceremony, consistent effort is recognised, as well asacademic and sporting achievement.P ARENT FORUM AND PARENT COUNCILThe Parents’ Council has been in existence since the Scottish Parliament passed a law calledthe “Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006”, to encourage and support moreparents to become involved in their child’s education.The main aims of the Act are to:- help parents become more involved with their child’s education and learning;- welcome parents as active participants in the life of the school;- provide easier ways for parents to express their views and wishes.To help achieve these aims, all parents are automatically members of the Parent Forum attheir child’s school and are entitled to have a say in selecting the Parent Council (therepresentative body) to work on behalf of all parents at the school. 30
  31. 31. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011The objectives of the Parent Council are:- to work in partnership with staff to create a welcoming school which is inclusive for all parents;- to promote partnership between the school, its pupils and all its parents;- to develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils;- to identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school, and other matters affecting the education and welfare of pupils;- to be involved in the recruitment process for appointing the Headteacher and Depute Headteachers of the school.Any parent or carer of a child at the school can volunteer to be a member of the ParentCouncil. The Headteacher is the professional adviser to the Parent Council and has a right toattend and speak at Parent Council or Parent Forum meetings.For more information on the Parental Involvement Act or to find out about parents as partnersin their children’s learning, please contact the school or North Ayrshire Council EducationalServices or visit the Parentzone website on OMMUNITY LINKSKilwinning Academy is keen to foster links with all areas of the local community and hasalready taken several significant steps in that direction.Many Third to Sixth Year pupils undertake placements in local special schools, nurseries andcommunity groups.We welcome all contacts with what might be broadly described as ‘the world of work’ andare currently able to offer many pupils one full week of work experience with a localemployer before leaving secondary education.We have also succeeded in placing a number of Fifth and Sixth Year pupils on placementsfurther afield, including the shadowing of key personnel. Senior pupils can also be involvedin the school’s Community Involvement programme, assisting in primary schools, specialschools and the local library.Information on possible careers and further educational opportunities are recurring themes inour Social Education Programme for all year groups, with guest speakers from appropriateoutside organisations being regular contributors. Guest speakers also contribute regularly toseveral SQA courses which rely heavily on learning through experience, and many localfirms and organisations host field trips and study visits.None of the above activities could be so successfully undertaken without the continuing andenthusiastic support of the local community, of which the school is most appreciative. 31
  32. 32. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Support for CharitiesThe school community is very keen to support good causes, whether they are local, nationalor international. Fundraising activities occur throughout the year, eg a Talent Show isorganised for the period before the Christmas holidays, and non-uniform days are held two orthree times a year. In addition, coffee mornings are held throughout the year, with donationsbeing made to Mencap, Childline and Macmillan Nurses, to name but a few.H OME / SCHOOL LINKSListening and LearningIt is the policy of North Ayrshire Council to try to encourage feedback on the educationservice from parents and pupils. This is part of our overall commitment to giving the bestpossible service and to working in partnership.We are therefore very interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be compliments,suggestions or complaints. If you wish to register a comment of any type about the schoolyou can do this in writing, by telephoning or by making an appointment to see someone. Allfeedback is welcome and keeps us in touch.If, in particular, you have a complaint about the school, please let us know. It is better thatthese things are shared openly and resolved fairly, rather than being allowed to damage thehome/school relationship. There will be no negative consequences arising from making acomplaint, and we will deal with the issue as confidentially as possible. If we have made amistake, we will apologise quickly and clearly and try to put things right.There are some things which you should take note of in relation to making a complaint:- It is helpful if complaints are made initially to the Head of Establishment. This makes sure that the school knows what is going on and has an opportunity to respond and resolve the issue.- We will try to respond as quickly as possible, but often issues are complex and need time to investigate. It is therefore helpful if you can give some details of the issues and ask for an early appointment to discuss it.- If you are not satisfied with our response, then you will have the right to take the matter further with the Corporate Director of Education & Skills at Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE (01294-324400).- You should also note that you have the right to raise unresolved concerns with your local councillor or MSP/MP.- Parents’ Councils have an important role in developing links between the school and the wider parent body and can often be helpful in dealing with issues of general concern. However, parents are advised that individual, more personal complaints are not appropriate for raising via Parents’ Councils, due to the need for appropriate confidentiality. 32
  33. 33. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011D ATA PROTECTIONTransferring Educational Data about PupilsThe Scottish Government and its partners collect and use information about pupils to help toimprove education across Scotland. This note explains why we need this information, howwe use it and what we do to protect the information supplied to us.Why do we need your data?In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, ScottishGovernment, education authorities and other partners such as the SQA and Careers Scotlandneed accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils. We are keen to help all our pupils do well inall aspects of school life and achieve better examination results. Accurate and up-to-date dataallows us to:- plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils;- plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils;- better understand some of the factors which influence pupil attainment and achievement;- share good practice;- target resources better.Data policyInformation about pupils’ education is collected in partnership between the ScottishGovernment and Local Authorities through the ScotXed Programme which aims to helpschools and Local Authorities by supporting efficient collection, processing anddissemination of statistical information. The Scottish Government then provides analysis ofthe data to support research, planning, management and monitoring of education services aswell as to produce National Statistics publications.Education data within Scottish Government is managed effectively by secure systems and isexploited as a valuable corporate resource, subject to confidentiality restraints. As part of itsdata policy, Scottish Government will not publish or make publicly available any informationthat allows individual pupils to be identified, nor will data be used by Scottish Government totake any actions in respect of individuals. Data is held securely and no information onindividual pupils can or would be made publicly available by Scottish Government.The individual data collected by Scottish Government is used for statistical and researchpurposes only.Your data protection rightsThe collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance withthe Data Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practicerequirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. TheData Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data. This note cangive only a brief description of how we use data. Fuller details of each individual ScotXedsurvey, including the purpose of each and the published data, can be found on the ScotXedwebsite ( 33
  34. 34. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011Scottish Government works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education,Careers Scotland and the SQA. On occasion, we will make individual data available topartners and also academic institutions and organisations to carry out research and statisticalanalysis. In addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order tofulfil their official responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control ofScottish Government, which will ensure that no individual level data will be made public as aresult of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take any actions in respect ofan individual. Decisions on the sharing of data will be taken in consultation with relevantcolleagues and individuals within and outwith Scottish Government.ConcernsIf you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the SeniorStatistician, Peter Whitehouse, at or write to TheScotXed Support Office, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative versions ofthis page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages,audio tape, Braille and large print.G LOSSARY OF TERMSNational Qualifications A shorthand term for the range of courses available in S5/S6 to(NQs) cover the full ability range (and sometimes used in S4).IEP Individual Education Plan - a plan which sets clear and measurable targets (usually in language and numeracy) to help a pupil make progress in areas of weakness.Joint Support Team A meeting held to discuss pupils experiencing difficulties and to work out support structures. It involves school staff, parents, the pupil and representatives of Social Work, Psychological Services and other Outside Agencies.Mixed Ability Group Pupils of a similar age, but of a wide range of ability taught together as a class; the work of such a group is largely based on individual and small group assignments.Options The subjects a pupil chooses to take, as opposed to those he/she has to take.Outside Agencies Agencies not based within the school which provide additional services, eg Psychological Services, Social Work, etc.Placing Request The right to apply to send you child to the school of your choice, rather than your neighbourhood school.S1, S2, etc ‘S’ stands for ‘secondary’ and the figure after indicates year group.SQA The Scottish Qualifications Authority.Standard Grades The replacement for ‘O’ Grades, by which all pupils (rather than only some) receive a certificate at the end of Fourth Year.Curriculum for The new courses, methods and examination structure beingExcellence introduced into both Primary and Secondary schools in Scotland, starting in August 2010. 34
  35. 35. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011S PECIAL NOTEAlthough the information contained in this handbook is correct at time of printing, therecould be changes affecting any of the matters dealt with in this document:- before commencement or during the course of the school year in question;- in relation to subsequent school years. 35
  36. 36. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2010 SECONDARY SCHOOLSSchool: Kilwinning Academy Id No.: 310 - 8217831 Leaver DestinationsNumber Of Pupils Leaving In School Year 2009/2010 And Percentage With Destination As:Total Number of Leavers (=100%) 173Higher Education 29Further Education 36Training 8Employment 13Other Known 13Not Known 1 Key to symbols: Percentages for schools where the number of leavers is greater than 0 but less than 5 have been replaced by asterisks (**) because they could be misleading or lead to identification of individuals. The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available or comparable with other years because the school has recently opened or merged with another school, or is temporarily closed. Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2010-2011School Roll at September 2009 917Total School Running Costs at April 2010 (£) 4,268,129Cost per Pupil (£) 4,654 Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available. 36
  37. 37. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2010 SECONDARY SCHOOLS School: Kilwinning Academy Id No.: 310 - 8217831 Attendance And Absence For School Year 2009/2010 Stage S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S1-5Total Numberof Possible 59,223 63,888 73,828 55,212 55,722 307,873Attendances(Pupil Half Days)PercentageAuthorised 4.6 6.1 6.0 5.6 3.5 5.2AbsencesPercentageUnauthorised 2.0 4.6 4.4 4.3 3.7 3.9Absences Key to symbols: Asterisks (**) have been inserted instead of figures for some schools and categories: • Counts and percentages based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 5 pupils, because they could be misleading or lead to the identification of individuals. • In other cases, it is not possible for the school to have any data for the category, for example, cases where the relevant year group roll figure is zero. The symbol (##) indicates that the school has recently opened or merged with another school and this information is not available. 37
  38. 38. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2010 SECONDARY SCHOOLSSchool: Kilwinning Academy Id No.: 310 - 8217831 Estimated S5 January Roll As A Percentage Of The S4 Roll In September Of The Previous Session 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 48 57 66 Examination Results (within Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) (2009/2010 results are pre-appeal) Percentage of the relevant September S4 roll achieving:By end 5+ @ level 3 or better 5+ @ level 4 or better 5+ @ level 5 or better of S4 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 09 10 08 09 10 08 09 10 2007/20 08 89 89 75 74 68 28 31 37 90 Percentage of the relevant September S4 roll achieving:By end 1+ @ level 6 or better 3+ @ level 6 or better 5+ @ level 6 or better of S5 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 09 10 08 09 10 08 09 10 2007/20 08 34 33 17 14 19 8 6 8 31 Percentage of the relevant September S4 roll achieving:By end 3+ @ level 6 or better 5+ @ level 6 or better 1+ @ level 7 of S6 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 2007/20 2008/20 2009/20 09 10 08 09 10 08 09 10 2007/20 08 23 28 17 16 14 6 8 11 24 Key to symbols: Counts and percentages for year groups which contain more than 0 but less than 5 pupils are replaced by asterisks (**) because they could be misleading or lead to identification of individuals. The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available or comparable with other years. Possible reasons for this include: the school has recently opened or merged with another school; S5 and S6 results for S1-S4 schools; S4, S5 and S6 results for S1-S2/S3 schools; cases where the relevant year group roll figure is zero. 38
  39. 39. Kilwinning Academy Handbook 2010/2011 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2010 SECONDARY SCHOOLSSchool: Kilwinning Academy Id No.: 310 - 8217831 Minimising Overall Absence Absence recorded Absence recorded (2008/2009) (2009/2010) Average number of Average number of half days absence half days absence per pupil per pupil Absence 42.0 35.8 Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable. Key to symbols: The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available or comparable with other years. For Information: Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels: Level 7 CSYS at A-C; Advanced Higher at A-C Level 6 Higher at A-C Level 5 Intermediate 2 at A-C; Standard Grade at 1-2 Level 4 Intermediate 1 at A-C; Standard Grade at 3-4 Level 3 Access 3 Cluster; Standard Grade at 5-6 39