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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.

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.

As a school community we are very proud of our school crest, motto and the logo on our school ties and work hard with our children and together with you as our parents/carers to ensure that these standards are maintained and become second nature for our children. We are sure you will appreciate that there are a number of positive reasons for having a school uniform. Not only is it a sign of our commitment to and pride in belonging to what we believe is a special and unique family here at St Thomas More Catholic School but it supports you as parents/carers and the children in our care in avoiding the cost incurred in fashion contests amongst students and the feeling that some have and some have not and the troublesome consequences this can often cause.

When purchasing items of school uniform, particularly jumpers, trousers, skirts and shoes, we would ask that you continue to refer to the guidelines provided below. If you have a query regarding any of the information outlined please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral team at school for further clarification and advice.


Boys' uniform

Boys' uniform

  • Plain white shirt - to be worn tucked into the trousers.
  • Black uniform type trousers - no fashion trousers, no canvas, denim or cord.
  • Black blazer with school badge* - blazers must be brought into school each day and worn at all times.
  • School tie* - each year group has its own tie which should be worn at all times, correctly knotted with the STM logo visible below the knot.
  • Footwear must be plain black shoes, black or grey socks. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE!

Jewellery

Wrist watches are allowed. No body piercings are permitted, including earrings. Students who wear a small cross and chain must keep it under their shirt and must remove all jewellery for PE.

Optional items

A grey School jumper may be worn as an optional item –available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Coats

Coats should be plain with no obvious logos. Hoodies, leather or combat style jackets are not allowed. Hair should always be neat and tidy. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school. No extreme styles or colours are allowed. Boys hair should not cover the face or shirt collar and must not be shorter than Grade 3 clippers. Boys must be clean shaven. Hair gel or wax is not permitted.

Make-up

Make-up or nail varnish must not be worn.

Practical lessons

Safety goggles are supplied but pupils may wear their own.

Boys' PE kit

Boys' PE kit

The St Thomas More Catholic School PE kit is available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Indoors

  • Black with red panel short
  • Black and red socks
  • Black with red panel polo shirt
  • Training shoes with laces

Outdoors

  • Black with red panel rugby top
  • Football boots (no blades)
  • Black with red stripe hoody (optional)
  • Shin pads
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms
  • Towel
  • Black with red stripe shorts
  • Training shoes with laces
  • Plain black waterproof rain coat
  • Waterproof bag for kit.

(As pupils in Key Stage 3 could have PE lessons on consecutive days and so it may be an advantage for pupils to have two pairs of black with red stripe shorts)

Girls' uniform

Girls' uniform

  • Plain white blouse - to be worn tucked into the skirt/trousers.
  • Plain black skirt - no shorter or longer than 5cm (2 ins) above or below the knee, no slits at side or front, skirts must not be skin tight.
  • Black uniform type trousers - no fashion trousers, e.g. hipsters or combat trousers. Trousers must not be skin tight and must be ankle length.
  • Black blazer with school badge* - blazers must be brought into school each day and worn at all times.
  • School tie* - each group has its own tie which should be worn at all times, correctly knotted with the STM logo visible below the knot.
  • Socks or tights must be worn if girls choose to wear a skirt. In this case socks must be white/black, ankle length, and tights must be plain black.
  • Footwear must be plain black shoes. Heels-no higher than 5cm (2 ins), no platform soles. No Ugg boots. No wearing of trousers tucked into boots. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE!

Jewellery

Wrist watches are allowed. Girls can wear one pair of studs in their earlobes. No other body piercing is permitted. Students who wear a small cross and chain must keep it under their blouse and all items of jewellery must be removed for PE.

Make up

The wearing of make up and nail varnish is not allowed.

Optional items

A grey school jumper may be worn as an optional item –available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Hair

Should always be neat and tidy, tied back if longer than shoulder length. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school. No extreme styles or colours are allowed. Hair gel or wax is not permitted.

Practical lessons

Safety goggles are supplied but pupils may wear their own. Girls with long hair must tie it back. 

Girls' PE kit

PE kit

The St Thomas More Catholic School PE kit is available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Earrings must be removed for health and safety reasons. It is therefore recommended that ears are pierced are the start of the six weeks holiday, to ensure that they can be removed for PE lessons.

Indoors

  • Black with red panel shorts/skort
  • Black with red panel polo shirt
  • Black with red socks
  • Training Shoes with laces (not pumps)

Outdoors

  • Black with red panel hooded sweatshirt
  • Plain Black Tracksuit Bottoms
  • Black with red panel shorts/skort
  • Training shoes with laces
  • Plain black waterproof rain coat
  • Waterproof bag for kit.

(As pupils in Key Stage 3 could have PE lessons on consecutive days and so it may be an advantage for pupils to have 2 pairs of Black with Red stripe shorts/skorts)

Suitable Footwear

Boys and girls footwear for school must be plain black leather shoes. The following is prohibited:

  • heels higher than 5cm (2 inches)
  • platform soles
  • Ugg boots
  • trainers or trainer style boots/shoes
  • canvas shoes or pumps.
The wearing of trousers tucked into boots is not allowed. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE.

Examples of suitable footwear

Examples of unsuitable footwear

Please note

Failure to follow the school uniform may result in your child being sent home to correct their appearance.

All personal belongings are the responsibility of the individual.

All items of school uniform should be labelled with the student’s name.

Aims of the curriculum

The Key Stage 3 art curriculum focuses primarily on the development of drawing skills, from observation work to expressive pencil studies. Students then build upon these skills, approaching painting and 3-dimensional works to give students a wide range of skills. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To give students the opportunity to investigate the work of small businesses and their role in the business world.
  • To introduce the features and skills of an entrepreneur and learn how they can be used to spot an opportunity to develop a successful business idea.
  • To become familiar with business financial matters and how to manage them effectively.
  • To understand how the world around us affects a small business and the people involved.
  • To develop the skills of organisation and self-discipline and use them to manage their school work.

Aims of the curriculum

The fundamental aim of the art department is to raise standards by helping students to develop an enquiring mind and the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feelings and imagination. Art is one of the best areas of the curriculum to lead this approach and the skills students learn here can be applied to all their other studies and to the rest of their lives.

Aims of the curriculum

Key Stage 3 design and technology aims to prepare students for living and working in an ever-changing world by being adaptable and aware of the impact of their decision making on the environment. To enable pupils to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at Key Stage 2.
  • To nurture independence through a variety of Teaching and Learning methods including self and peer assessments and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression.
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature.
  • To extend reading, writing, grammar and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individuals potential at the end of the Key Stage.
  • To offer a challenging curriculum which mirrors and prepares the Key Stage 4 experience.