Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School, and to our website.
We are absolutely determined to provide an exceptional standard of education for every child that comes to our school, so that they have the opportunity to lead happy and successful lives. In order for that to happen, our students need to do two simple things - work hard and be kind.
We are a welcoming and caring school that also has exceedingly high expectations of every single one of our students. We take great pride in enabling them to grow and to flourish.
Gaining a place at Monmouth Comprehensive School
When should I apply for a place in a secondary school?
Children are transferred from primary to secondary school in the year which their twelfth birthday falls (ie 1 September 2018 to 21 August 2019).
How do I apply for a secondary school for my child?
Having read all the information available from the LEA and from individual schools, parents may indicate their preferred school for their child. Parents and their children are welcome to visit our school before making a decision. The school Open Evening is advertised on our school website. Alternatively, to visit the school at another time, contact Mrs S Bradley at the school. Before deciding to apply for a place at a particular school, you need to consider carefully how your child will travel to school, as you will not necessarily be eligible for transport assistance. (See page on the Council’s School Transport Policy).
Where can I get my application form?
Application forms will be distributed to Parents by the end of the second week of October. If your child is currently educated within a Monmouthshire School, as at 1 June 2019, an application form will be provided to your child for completion by yourself. If your child is currently educated out-of-county but you live in Monmouthshire, please contact County Hall, Cwmbran.
Parents have the right to express a preference for their child to be admitted to any school maintained from public funds. Monmouth Comprehensive admits up to 253 students in each Year Group from Y7 to Y11. When there are more applications than places in a school, the following over-subscription criteria given below in priority order will be applied to determine which children will be offered places:
a) Medical grounds or other exceptional circumstances, which are supported by a medical consultant’s report, obtained by the parents. NB. Reports from family doctors are not acceptable evidence for this purpose.
b) Children with older brothers or sisters at the school at the date of admission will be admitted in preference to those not having brothers or sisters at the school.
c) Children residing within the preferred school’s catchment area will be given prior consideration to those children residing outside the catchment area of the preferred school.
d) After taking account of categories (a) – (c) priority will be based on closeness to the preferred school measured by the most direct route by road. Measurements will be undertaken using Digital Information Mapping Systems. The distances shall be calculated between the main entrance to the school and the main entrance of each individual property address.
Frequently asked questions regarding admissions to Schools
Can applications be considered for pupils who do not live in Monmouthshire?
Yes, applications for the admission of pupils who live outside the county are considered on an equal basis. Application forms are available from the LEA to whom your Council tax is paid. The form should then be returned to them for forwarding to the School and Student Access Unit.
Can I apply to an Independent School either within or outside Monmouthshire?
Yes, apply directly to that school. You are advised to also state a preference for a Monmouthshire School just in case you are unsuccessful in your application.
Can I state just one preference?
Yes. However, if this school is oversubscribed, this may delay the processing of your application. You are encouraged to express three preferences that can be a combination of schools within Monmouthshire, and another authority or other authorities alone.
Frequently asked Questions regarding Home to School Transport
Many of our students travel on buses, some setting out early in the morning to cover considerable distances. We are delighted that our Safe Routes to School Scheme has resulted in a safe, new bus bay and a number of safety improvements for school students and members of the community throughout the town. Parents are asked not to drive their cars into any of the school parking areas, or the bus bay, to avoid danger to students and unnecessary congestion. Students using school buses must remain on them until arriving at the school bus bay, and enter the school directly.
For whom is assistance with transport provided?
Free transport is generally restricted to pupils who attend their catchment area school and live more than 2 miles from that school.
How is the distance calculated?
The distance is measured as being the shortest and safest walking route between the home and the school.
What happens if there is disagreement about walking routes?
Please contact Monmouthshire LEA in the event of a disagreement about walking routes. Transport can be provided if the preferred choice of school is the nearest school to the home address and over the statutory distance required for free transport (‘nearest school ruling’).
Free transport may be provided where the LEA is satisfied that the route is sufficiently dangerous to warrant such provision, even though the distance is less than 2 miles. In such cases the LEA will have regard to the following criteria:
a) There is no bus service travelling along the route between home and school and
b) The degree of danger involved is such that escorting parents themselves are at risk from the particular traffic situations.
If my child is eligible for free home to school transport, where will (s)he be collected from?
It is not possible to arrange for all children to be collected from their doorstep and it may be necessary for you to make arrangements for your child to reach the nearest ‘pick-up’ point of the vehicle. However, every effort is made by the LEA to keep this distance as short as possible and it should not exceed one mile along a safe, secure route for pedestrians.
Will expenses incurred in travelling to and from school be reimbursed?
No. Expenses incurred in travelling to and from school are not reimbursed.
If I move home to an address outside the catchment areas school, will free transport be provided?
No. If you move home to an address outside the catchment area school, your child will not be provided with free transport to that school unless the move takes place during Years 10-13 of secondary education. In that case, the LEA will attempt to provide transport within existing contract arrangements.
If my child has more than one home, will travel assistance be given to both?
The policy is to provide free school transport (where certain criteria are met) to the main home only.
What type of transport assistance is available?
The LEA decides on the most suitable transport arrangements, bearing in mind all relevant factors, including cost. Depending on individual circumstances, transport is arranged usually by contract bus, service bus or taxi, though sometimes other individual arrangements have to be made. Transport is provided at the beginning and end of the normal school day, but is not provided for out-of-hours activities.
Can children who do not qualify for assistance with transport take up spare seats on school buses?
Yes. The LEA currently operates a concessionary fare scheme under which pupils may be allowed to occupy spare seats on school buses as a temporary concession even though they do not satisfy the criteria. However, there is a current charge of £50 per term. The scheme is subject to annual review. Further details of this scheme can be supplied on request from the Passenger Transport Unit at County Hall, Cwmbran.
What happens if a child is disruptive on the provided transport?
The LEA will not tolerate anti-social behaviour on its school transport. We have issued various sanctions to deal with situations of anti-social behaviour which, in the most serious cases, could result in the child being banned from all LEA transport. In these situations the parents will become responsible for transporting the child to school. If your child receives school transport, you will receive a ‘Code of Good Practice’. If you have not received one, please contact County Hall, Cwmbran.
What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the school transport service?
The LEA is committed to providing good quality services that you want and have confidence in but sometimes things go wrong and the LEA does not meet its normal standards. When this happens, the LEA need to know about it. You can complain to the LEA either in writing, in person, by telephone or by email to any officer or councillor at any of the Council’s buildings. Please contact the Passenger Transport Unit by telephone or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information on the LEA’s complaints procedure
Dear Parents and Students
Welcome to Monmouth Comprehensive School
In our school we encourage everyone to have the highest expectations of themselves and each other as together we Learn to Lead our Lives.
We are proud of our students’ academic achievements. Just as importantly, we are a school that cares. We believe that students need to feel comfortable and secure in order to learn and, as a school, we put as much emphasis on creating a supportive and happy environment as we do on academic success. We achieve both.
I look forward to working with you to ensure the very best learning and life for the young people in our care.