County road leading through the Lake District

Learn about the code and what your responsibilities are when embarking upon a rural walk or visit to the countryside.

Backpack lying on grass along with a hat, map and compass

An example list of kit which might be required on a Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition.

Thomas More

Thomas was born in London on the 7th February, 1478. He attended St Anthony’s School in London, one of the best schools of his day, and as a youth served as a Page,

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Background

The government brought to an end the EMA scheme with effect from September 2011. This has been replaced with the 16-19 Bursary. The Governors are required to draw up a policy outlining a fair and transparent process for the distribution of this bursary to students. This policy must conform to national guidelines, although there is some room for local interpretation.

For the Academic Year 2015/16 the school has been allocated is £40,423. The School has the right to retain 5% of this for administration costs.

16-19 Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary is for Year 12 and Year 13 students.

It is likely that the majority of funds will be allocated to pupil premium students.

The 16-19 Bursary has three elements:

  1. The following groups will be eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 per year.
    a)      Looked After (In Care) or recently left care.
    b)      Young People in receipt of Income Support (Universal Credit) in their own name.
    c)       Disabled Young People in Receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.  
  2. Students who have registered for Free School Meals and pupil premium students will receive a guaranteed bursary.  (The final amount of bursary can only be determined once the number of eligible pupils is known).
  3. There will be a discretionary fund which will be targeted at young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment. This fund will be allocated through a committee which will comprise the Head teacher, the  Head of Sixth Form and a Governor (from the Resources committee).  It is open to Year 12 and 13 students who do not receive grants under Category one and two above.  

All students allocated a bursary must have their own bank account as payments will be made by BACS payment system.  All discretionary payments will be made on receipt of purchase evidence dependent upon when a student moves into a certain category and registers this with the school. Students must be aged under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study.

Students who do not fall into Category 1 or 2 will need to complete an application form to apply for this funding.  The application form will be available from the Sixth Form Office from September 2015 and on the school website.  (Following approval from the Governing Body.)

The Committee will meet three times a year to consider applications:

  • End of October
  • End of February
  • End of April

Payments will be linked to standards set by the school. These will include attendance (90%), behaviour and progress (this will be linked to students achieving their potential grades in school grade collections).  If these standards are not met, the school will have the right to withhold payments.

The Bursary should be used to help pay for costs related to participation e.g. Meals whilst attending school, transport costs, books, school visits, uniform and any other course related costs.

A percentage of the fund will be held in reserve as a contingency for any students who arrive during the year or for students whose circumstances change during the year.  Students should indicate on the Application Form amount of bursary applying for and for what purpose. Receipts will be required for goods purchased. If money is for School visits, re-sits, etc., the bursary will be paid directly into the relevant school accounts.

There will be a clear and transparent accounting system which will be maintained by the Bursar. The operation of this Fund will be reported to the governors on a termly basis.

If there are any complaints about the way in which the system is operating these should be addressed in writing to the Chair of Governors.

Conclusion

The aim is to support Post 16 learners who have barriers to learning. The Governing body will monitor the operation of the scheme and its outcomes. It is not clear what resources will be allocated to the school for the following year 2016/2017.

Admissions and appeals

Thank you for your interest in St Thomas More Catholic School. We are delighted that you have decided to apply for a place at our school.

Should you have any questions about the admissions or appeals processes please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Please remember that if you are declaring that your child is Catholic, you must provide us with a copy of his/her Baptism Certificate.

Thank you for your interest in working at St Thomas More Catholic School. Please find below our current list of vacancies. Please ensure you complete each form in full. If you need any further information please don't hesitate to contact us.




Teaching staff vacancies


Teacher of English

Closing date: 12:00 noon Thursday 22 October 2015
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 5 November 2015

Teacher of English - Job advert
PDF. Approx. 230KB

Teacher of English - Job description
PDF. Approx. 290KB

Teacher of Maths

Closing date: 12:00 noon Thursday 22 October 2015
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 12 November 2015

Teacher of Maths - Job advert
PDF. Approx. 230KB

Teacher of Maths - Job description
PDF. Approx. 290KB



Support staff vacancies


Cover Supervisor

Closing date: 12:00 noon on Thursday 22 October 2015
Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 11 November 2015

Cover Supervisor - Job advert
PDF. Approx. 140KB

Cover Supervisor - Job description
PDF. Approx. 180KB

Cover Supervisor - Person Specification
PDF. Approx. 10KB

Downloads and other important information

Please be aware that there is no nurse available at the school. The school provides emergency first aid to staff, visitors and students for incidents that happen whilst at school. This provision does not extend to dealing with incidents which happen outside of school (e.g. accidents which happen at home).

Painkillers and medication

First aiders cannot administer painkillers or other medication unless these have been prescribed. They must be submitted to the school in their original, labelled packaging along with dosage instructions and a completed school medication form.

Student illness whilst at school

Should your child become ill whilst at school a member of staff will contact you if necessary. It is important that students alert a member of staff if they are unwell, and do not attempt to make contact with parents directly. Please ensure we have your up-to-date contact details. Thank you for your support.

Accidents and illness outside of school

Parents and carers are advised to use the following services, provided by the NHS, for incidents which happen outside of school or for ongoing illness:

  • Use the NHS symptom checker at www.nhs.uk
  • Call 111 for non-emergency medical advice.
  • Contact your local GP surgery.
  • Visit the Walsall Walk-In Health Centre (Market Square, Walsall WS1 1QZ. 01922 605730).
  • Visit the Phoenix Walk-In Health Centre (Parkfields Road, Wolverhampton WV4 6ED. 01902 444677).
  • Call 999 or visit a hospital A&E department for serious illness or injury, or when their life is at risk.

It is the aim of St Thomas More School to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates.

Teacher supporting a student

We endeavour to support all students in achieving their maximum potential in all aspects of school life.