BEAUFORT CO-OPERATIVE ACADEMY Additional Information Booklet Introduction Beaufort Co-operative Academy is an 11 - 18 mixed comprehensive Academy sponsored by The Schools Cooperative Society. The number of students on roll is 1170 and the Principal is Mr David Bishop. The information in this prospectus is to support students transferring to secondary education in September 2015. The County Council deals with admissions into Year 7 of Beaufort Co-operative Academy. The Planned Admission Limit for Year 7 in September 2015 is 224 students. Prospective students and their parents will be able to visit the Academy on an OPEN EVENING on Thursday 2 October 2014 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. There is an opportunity to see the Academy at work during a st nd normal session on our OPEN DAYS on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 October 2014 at 9.15am.
The transfer from Primary School to Secondary School can be an anxious time for students and parents. We operate an Open Door Policy for parents - any parent will be received at any time and shown around the Academy. A telephone call before such a visit is helpful so that the Principal or another senior member of staff can be available and an appointment can be made. Students who are due to come in September will be able to spend a day with us in July and will have lessons in their new Teaching Groups. There will be a meeting for new parents the previous evening to meet staff and buy Academy uniform. Guidance on admissions procedures is contained in the booklet published by, and available from, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Gloucester. Advice on the admissions procedure is available from the Children and Young Peoples Directorate, telephone number 01452 425000. If you require any further information or would like to visit the Academy, please contact the Principal, David Bishop, at the Academy. Our telephone number is 01452 301381.
ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL The Academy’s aims place an emphasis on achievement and success for all regardless of ability. Students are encouraged to aspire for excellence in all areas of Academy life and to develop enquiring minds in preparation for life and work in the community. All students follow a programme of study in line with the National Curriculum leading to GCSE and BTEC qualifications in Year 11 and beyond in the sixth form. This is supported by many out of Academy visits in subjects such as History, Geography, Art and Photography. Students are assessed at regular intervals during the year and we share this information with students and parents to ensure that academic potential is met. A programme of consultation evenings and interim reports are used to keep parents fully informed.
Key Stage Three (Years 7 to 9) When students are admitted to the Academy they are placed in broad, equal ability teaching groups. The placement of students is decided after consultation with primary schools, taking into account such factors as ability and friendship groups. In the first year most subjects will be taught in these groups. Thereafter, as students advance through the Academy, they will be placed in sets according to ability so that students are matched to the pace of the work. Students will be set for Mathematics and English within the first year. The subjects followed are in line with the National Curriculum. These are - Maths, English, Science, Design & Technology, French, History, Geography, RE, Art, Performing Arts (Music and Drama), Information Technology, PE and Citizenship.
Key Stage Four (Year 10 and 11) All students continue to study Maths, English and Science to GCSE level. Physical Education, Citizenship and RE are also core subjects taught to the majority of students. The subjects which students can elect to take include Geography, History, French, ICT, Art, Photography, Health and Social Care, Drama, Music, Product Design, Catering, Textiles Media Studies and Business Studies. All of these subjects are either full GCSE courses or BTEC qualifications. The subject choices are made in consultation with parents following a Parents’ Information Evening with the Principal and subject teachers. It is the Academy’s policy to enter students for GCSE and similar examinations in at least 9 subjects. A small number of students follow an alternative curriculum which may include work placements and time at a further education college.
Sixth Form Beaufort Cooperative Academy operates a comprehensive post-16 provision which includes a wide range of Advanced Level and Vocational Courses. All students studying an advanced level in the sixth form are encouraged to fully consider progression to university and many take this option. Last year all applications gained one of their preferred choices of university. Students are supported in moving into higher level apprenticeships and employment after completing their education. A separate Sixth Form Prospectus is available on request.
Religious Education All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow Religious Education as a compulsory part of the curriculum, based upon the County’s agreed syllabus. In Years 10 and 11 Religious Education is taught to all students and can be taken as a full GCSE. Any parent has a right to ask for their child to be excused from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Before doing so we would ask the parent to examine the syllabus and discuss with us the full implication of withdrawal from this part of the curriculum, and what alternative provision might be appropriate.
Careers Education Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of student life at Beaufort Co-operative Academy. The tutorial programme as well as Citizenship lessons provide our students with key information about CEIAG. Whilst at the Academy our students are able to attend individual interviews with our Independent Careers Adviser who can inform students about possible career opportunities. In addition all of our students are able to gain experience of the world of work through enterprise projects, careers events, workshops and work experience placements.
HOMEWORK AND INDEPENDENT STUDY The Academy is committed to ensuring that learning continues beyond the classroom and views homework as an important part of a students’ education. One hour spent on additional work each night for five years has the effect of adding an extra year’s education for a child between the ages of 11 and 16. The type of tasks set could include reading, written activities, online learning, research or revision. We ask parents and carers to support in the completion of homework by checking and signing student planners on a regular basis. At the academy, tutors will monitor student planners regularly. Online materials are available through the Academy BLTZ and revision guides are widely used to ensure materials and work is accessible to all students. Homework clubs run in the Academy library and computer rooms at lunchtimes and before and after the Academy day.
SEX EDUCATION As part of Citizenship lessons students will have some lessons relating to the Academy’s programme of sex and relationships education. Parents who wish to know more about the content of the course and their right to withdraw should contact the Academy's office.
BEHAVIOUR We expect the highest standards of behaviour from students towards each other, towards staff and towards the fabric of the Academy. We ask of students that they respect other people and their property, that they remember an Academy is a place of work and students must come to Beaufort Co-operative Academy prepared and equipped to work and must not prevent other students from working. In addition, behaviour which is unacceptable or illegal out of the Academy is regarded equally seriously in the Academy and students must expect to face the consequences of such actions. In the most extreme cases this may result in exclusion from Beaufort Co-operative Academy.
REWARDS We hope to encourage positive attitudes towards work and behaviour in our students by a rewards system open to all. Every student can earn house points for either work or service to the Academy. Reward letters and postcards are sent home to reward students’ good work while excellent effort or performance is rewarded by a Principal’s commendation. Many students go on to receive their ‘colours’ for outstanding contribution to the Academy and are allowed to wear the ‘colours tie’.
SANCTIONS When a student breaks one of the rules, they are issued with a consequence in order of seriousness: C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
Verbal warning Second verbal warning and/or held back for up to 10 minutes Detention set by teacher After school detention of 1 hour on a Tuesday or Thursday Principal’s detention of 1½ hours on a Friday
For more serious offences or repeated poor behaviour a student may be placed in the On-Site Provision to work for one or more days, or receive a fixed term exclusion of up to five days to be served in On- Site Provision based on Academy Site. Students may be placed on a Pastoral Support Plan to support them in improving their behaviour. In very serious cases students may face a fixed term exclusion or a permanent exclusion from Beaufort Co-operative Academy.
UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE At Beaufort Co-operative Academy it is the policy of the governors that school uniform will be worn in Years 7 to 11 and that students in the sixth form adhere to a dress code. We believe that a smart uniform helps to instil pride and a sense of loyalty to the Academy. In Years 7 to 10 the uniform consists of a Beaufort Co-operative Academy blazer, House tie, plain blue shirt, black skirt or trousers and black shoes. In Year 11 students wear a blue Beaufort Co-operative Academy jumper, House tie, plain blue shirt and black skirt or trousers, with black shoes. Students are not allowed to wear facial jewellery such as nose studs. We expect students to look appropriate for a learning environment and we expect parents to support the Academy in our rules about appearance.
THE ACADEMY DAY The current timing of the school day is as follows: 8.30 - 8.55 8.55 - 9.55 9.55 - 10.55 10.55 - 11.20 11.20 - 12.20 12.20 - 1.20 1.20 - 2.05 2.05 - 3.10 3.10
Registration Period 1 Period 2 Break Period 3 Period 4 LUNCH Period 5 End of School Day
LEARNING COMMUNITY (HOUSE) SYSTEM All students are allocated to one of four Learning Communities - Eastgate, Westgate, Northgate or Southgate. Within each Learning Community students are allocated to mixed age tutor groups. Students from the same family will normally be in the same Learning Community but not in the same tutor group.
CHARGING POLICY Parents are not charged for education but are expected to provide the correct uniform, PE kit and writing equipment. There are some circumstances under which charges may be made for voluntary activities such as extra-curricular visits and residential trips. The governors have adopted the County Council’s guidelines on charging as policy.
ATTENDANCE STATISTICS The statistics of student absence and length of taught week are as follows: Total number of students on roll of compulsory school age (2013-2014)
Percentage of student sessions (half days) missed through absence
Length of taught week (lesson time):
TERM DATES FOR 2014-2015 2014 Term1 st 1 September 2014 nd 2 September 2014 rd 3 October 2014 th 24 October 2014
Inservice Day (Staff only) Academy starts for students Inservice Day (Staff only) Academy closes for half term
Term 2 rd 3 November 2014 th 4 November 2014 th 19 December 2014
Inservice Day (Staff only) Academy starts for students Academy closes for Christmas break
2015 Term 3 th 5 January 2015 th 29 January 2015 th 13 February 2015
Academy starts for students Inservice Day (Staff only) Academy closes for half term
Term 4 rd 23 February 2015 th 27 March 2015
Academy starts for students Academy closes for Easter break
Term 5 th 13 April 2015 th 4 May 2015 nd 22 May 2015
Academy starts for students May Day Academy closes for half term
Term 6 st 1 June 2015 th 17 July 2015
Academy starts for students Academy closes for Summer break
The term dates for 2015/2016 will be published later in the Academy year
BUS SERVICES TO BEAUFORT CO-OPERATIVE ACADEMY STAGECOACH ROUTE 10 From Brockworth/Hucclecote via Barnwood, City Centre, Stroud Road, Seymour Road, Tuffley Avenue, Podsmead Road and Windsor Drive to Beaufort Co-operative Academy. This route serves the catchment areas of Barnwood, Elmbridge, Kingsholm, St. Paul’s, Linden, Calton, Grange and Harewood Primary Schools Stagecoach
AN ACADEMY COACH SERVICE WILL RUN, COVERING THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Coney Hill Road, Abbeymead Avenue, Abbeydale, Painswick Road, Matson Lane, Reservoir Road, Tredworth Road, King Edwards Avenue, The Oval, Stroud Road. Routes will include the catchment areas of Coney Hill, Abbeymead, Robinswood, Heron, Moat, Finlay, St. James, Tredworth, Linden and Calton Primary Schools More information is available from the Academy Office or from the bus operators: Academy Office
2014 Key Stage 4 results. % of students getting 5 A*-C including English and Maths GCSE 5 A*-G at GCSE
A* - C in English at GCSE 3+ Levels of progress in English A* - C in Maths at GCSE 3+ Levels of progress in Maths A* - C in Science at GCSE and BTEC English Baccalaureate
Key stage 4 results 2012 Result 2013 Result
Key Stage 5 Results
A2 % of students getting
University destinations 2014 All Year 13 University applicants achieved on of their preferred options and a have now started their courses at a wide range of Universities across the country. These include University of Leeds – International development University of Portsmouth – Architecture University of Reading – Mathematics University of Cardiff - Chemistry University of Northumbria and Manchester Metropolitan – Fashion University of Southampton – Music (scholarship place) University of Leicester and UWE – Criminology University of Coventry – Child Nursing University of Gloucestershire – Psychology (scholarship place) Sports Education and Fine Art