Here at Walbottle we are proud of our achievements. In their most recent inspection, Ofsted supported our improvements, vision and ethos and confirmed that we are a good school.
In our recent examinations:
61% of our pupils achieved a C or above in English
61% of our pupils achieved a C or above in Maths
13% of our pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate.
The new performance measure, Progress 8, will be released on 13th October.
While I sympathise with the reasons that families take term time holidays, as a Head Teacher, I am very aware of the effects of absence on learning and progress. Ofsted scrutinise attendance data when making a judgement about our school. This means that no matter how hard the parents, carers, staff and governors work together to continue to improve the school, we can not be judged as good or outstanding without good attendance. The attendance must be at least 95% (Green Zone). Missing over 7 days may put you in the Amber category. The Government has stated:
"Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence in term time except in very exceptional circumstances. "
The above changes mean that I will have to follow this procedure and that I will not be able to authorise any holiday in term time. Although holidays will not be authorised, we will still like you to complete a leave of absence form which we can hold on record. This form can also be completed for pre-arranged medical appointments, sporting activities and any other exceptional circumstance. Illness should still be reported in the same way, with a telephone call on the first day of absence stating the reason and the expected date of return.
If your child's attendance falls below 95% (Amber Zone) there is an automatic referral to the Welfare Team. Should their attendance continue to fall, the case is then referred to the Local Authority to be considered for legal action (Red Zone - under 90%). To prevent prosecution, those entering the Amber Zone may be offered a Parent Contract. By working in partnership with home the aim is to remove any barriers to school attendance at an earlier stage, minimising impact on learning. As attendance levels are included on references for 6th form, employment and further education applications it is important we take low attendance levels seriously.
In each class the teacher takes a register. The register is taken twice a day. If your child is late for school after the register has been closed your child is marked as late after registration. The Local Authority recognise this as an absent mark. Sustained lateness can result in prosecution so we ask parents who are having difficulty with morning routines to speak to the School Wellfare Officer
Students must be in the school yard by 8:40am. The gates are locked at 8:45am and those who arrive late are issued with a lunch time catch-up. It is important that students recognise the importance of arriving on time in order to prepare them for the world of work. Students arriving late also disrupt teaching which has an impact on others learning.
SelfieCop - is aimed at kids aged 7-13 years, when they get their first smartphone.
The idea is to teach safe behaviours early, so when they are older (and a tool like SefieCop is less appropriate) they are more likely to think-twice before sharing an unsafe image.
Child Internet Safety - includes Online Safety tips for parents, fun stuff for kids and access to a free "Ezine".
Childnet International - "a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children."
Do you know how to set up Parental Controls set up by your internet provider? The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. The link above shows you how do to it UK Safer Internet Centre shows how you can help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed online on computers in your home.
Social Networking - this site shows you how to set safety features on some of the most popular social networking sites - including Youtube, Facebook, Flikr and Moshi Monsters.
Growing up online. This site aims to make online parenting simple. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Get Safe Online - Free expert advice from - https://www.getsafeonline.org/ which is a public / private sector partnership supported by HM Government and leading organisations in banking, retail, internet security and other sectors
Northumbria Police - have produced a website covering Online bullying, inappropriate materials etc, and advice on how to report an online crime.
Know Where to Go... A series of step-by-step video guides produced by CEOP on how to report images or videos to popular social networking sites for removal.
The new NSPCC campaign was developed due to their own research finding that parents' quite often feel confused by the internet - out of their depth, and out of control.
Share Aware is for parents of children aged 8-12 and is designed to help to reassure and give parents everything they need to keep their children safe. The design is straightforward: No-nonsense advice that will help to untangle the web, showing parents how they can be just as great a parent online as they are the rest of the time. Included on the site is a downloadable guide (pdf) on how to be Share Aware and talk to your child about being safe onine.
The approval of your free school meals application may mean you also get financial help with:
School meals for one child currently cost £2.10 per day; which adds up to £10.50 each week.
To apply for free school meals for your child, you must live in Newcastle and be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits:
If you are a young person who receives Income Support or income based Jobseeker's Allowance in your own right, you are also entitled to receive free school meals.
To apply use the online application form available here
For further infomation visit Newcastle City Council's website Newcastle City Council's website
Newcastle City Council, Student Services will:
Successful claims will start from the date Newcastle City Council receive your application, Student Services receive your application or the date handed in at the school, providing that proof of benefit can be confirmed.
If your claim is unsuccessful and you think it has been wrongly assessed, please write to the Head of Access, Children's Services Directorate, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle NE1 8PU or phone 0191 211 5346.
See below for an archive of letters sent home.
These websites may be useful in supporting your child through exam nerves and stress;
This website has some great information about Life Skills, Employability Skills and money skills for parents and students.
The average scaled score for a Year 7 student this year on entry was 100; this was based on national KS2 English and Mathematics SATs results. The scaled score at the top of your child’s report indicates whether your child arrived at Walbottle Campus above or below the national average for English and Mathematics.
These grades are predicted based on the current assessment data we have for your child. All subjects will be using the new GCSE grades of 1 to 9, where Grade 9 is the highest grade achievable and Grade 5 is seen as a good GCSE pass; more details are shown below.
These grades are predicted based on the current assessment data we have for your child. Mathematics and English grades will be using the new GCSE grades of 1 to 9, where Grade 9 is the highest grade achievable and Grade 5 is seen as a good GCSE pass. All other GCSE subjects will use traditional A*- G grades.
This is an aspirational, achievable target based on your child's average point score at GCSE and the grades achieved nationally in that subject. Grades will be shown as A – E for A Level courses and Distinction* - Pass for BTEC Courses.
This is the grade that subject teachers believe your child will achieve based on their current performance.
Click here for the Tucasi Login page.
You can use the Tucasi online payment system to top up your child's lunch money, and to pay for music tuition, school trips and trip hoodies, lockers, prom tickets, and revision guides. In order to use the online payment system all you need is an email account, a credit or debit card and access to a computer.
Please note, it is advised that you set a daily spend limit for your child e.g. £2.50, to set this please contact the Kitchen on 0191 267 2916.
If you have any questions please contact the Finance Department by email or by telephone on 0191 267 8221.
All students are expected to wear full uniform at all times:
Students who arrive to school out of full uniform must report to their Year Leader office. Students are not permitted to wear hats or outdoor coats in and around school. Students who persist in wearing these will have them removed and these will be kept in the relevant Pastoral office until the end of the day.
Key Stage 5 uniform is very similar to the uniform for the rest of the school. There are slight amendments to differentiate Sixth Form students from the rest of the school population.
Further information can be found on our Behaviour Policy
Currently recieve 20% discount on Walbottle Campus Uniform in-store at Top Class Uniform Ltd. Click here for more information.
Being a parent is one of the most important and rewarding jobs you can have, but it is not the easiest! We all need help at times, even if it is just to have someone there listening to our moans and groans. We aim to offer support to parents no matter how small or big the problems The role of School Welfare Officer is to provide support and information to parents and students on a whole spectrum of school related issues. School Welfare Officers are here for parents and for the schools in your area. They're a friendly face for you to approach to discuss concerns or support needs you might have. They can also help ensure that parent voices are heard within the school.
" School Welfare Officers can help anyone who has a caring role in a child's life so this can include parents, carers, grandparents, foster parents. "
We can offer information, support and some practical advice on almost any situation that a parent faces. We cover such a range of topics that it's hard to list them all but they include:
A young carer is a child or young person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care, assistance or support to another family member who is ill, has a disability, is experiencing mental distress, or is affected by substance misuse.
Here at Walbottle Campus we are committed to identifying and supporting children and young people who take on a caring role both inside and outside of school.
We also offer practical and emotional support to Young Carers to enable them to participate and achieve at school. This includes:
Outside of school we work in partnership with a number of agencies including Newcastle Young Carers (Barnardo's) who work with the whole family to reduce the caring role and reduce any negative impact that this role may have. This support then links back into school with fortnightly drop in’s for young people to meet their key worker.
The schools designated operational lead for young carers is Lynne Cunningham, who can be contacted in school on 0191 2678221.
See below to gain an insight into what your child is currently learning.