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.
The new curriculum for Wales is a purpose led curriculum. The Four Core Purposes of the new curriculum will help learners to be:
Ambitions and capable, ready to learn throughout their lives.
Enterprising and creative contributors to life, ready to play a full part in life and work.
Ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world.
Healthy and confident, ready to lead life to the full and be valued by those around them as valued members of society.
Students will still be taught the subjects they're familiar with already, it's just that they'll be under these broad headings:
Health and Wellbeing
Languages, Literacy and Communication
Mathematics and Numeracy
- Science and Technology
KEY STAGE 3
In Year 7, students follow a skills based curriculum, focussing on developing literacy, numeracy and digital competencies, led by their Form Tutor and teams of teachers from subject areas.
Students gain expertise and are assessed in their literacy, numeracy and digital competence to become more confident and independent learners. This transitional year provides support to all students in their learning journey through the school.
In Years 8 and 9, students follow a programme of study designed to introduce them to all the areas of the National Curriculum and provide a solid foundation for further work.
Students explore the world of work and begin to make links with potential subject choices and careers. They also develop entrepreneurial skills in team enterprise.
In Year 9, students progress onto Key Stage 4 programmes of study and GCSE specification, when ready.
KEY STAGE 4
In Years 10 and 11 everyone must continue with the core subjects. This is a legal requirement of the National Curriculum. Beyond these core subjects, there is some choice so that individual interests and talents can be developed.
THE CORE CURRICULUM
The Integrated Curriculum, which includes Religious Education and Personal and Social Education is taught for four lessons per fortnight and is accredited through the Skills Challenge Certificate. (Religious Education may be taken as a full Religious Studies GCSE).
Games and Physical Education
Many students take PE or Sports Science as an extra GCSE subject.
Students continue with four hours of Integrated Cucciculum time in Key Stage 4, with their Form Tutor. As part of this time together, all students follow the Welsh Baccalaureate programme. This qualification rewards students for their continual skills development in and out of lessons as well as success in their Core and Option subjects.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is valued by employers and Further and Higher Educaiton establishements, as well as the students that follow it.
The two parts of the Welsh Baccalaureate work together as follows:
The first part is comprised of 'Options', selected from established, approved courses/programmes. For example, GCSE or BTEC.
The second part is the Skills Challenge Certificate.
Students continue to develop an understanding of work related education with a particular focus on working with employers and voluntary organisations in the community. As students move through Key Stage 4, bespoke careers guidance and support is provided to help with potential education and career choices.
The Integrated Curriculum also includes Religious Educaiton and Personal and Social Education (Religious Education may be taken as a full Religious Studies GCSE).
THE 'PERSONALISED CURRICULUM'
This is the opportunity for students to develop particular interests and aptitudes. Students tend to work with greatest commitment in subjects they enjoy and succeed in.
In addition to the core, students opt to follow three other subjects. Most subjects are studied for two years.
Some students may opt for a reduced number of GCSEs and take advantage of extra learning support on offer.
*There are 25 hour lessons each week, on a fortnightly cycle.
THE NEED FOR BALANCE
If students are totally unsure of which direction to take, it is recommended that a variety of different tpes of subject are selected. Experience has shown that many young people change their minds between the ages of 14 and 16. By keeping a balanced choice, they make sure that they have not shut the door on future options. Whilst expertise and enthusiasm in one area is valuable, versatility and adaptability will be important in a fast-changing world. A student may find a subject hard or unappealing at 14, but grow to see its value as they later develop their ability and interest in it.
KS4 AND BEYOND
During Years 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to personalise their curriculum. Students select their pathway from a wide range of vocational and non-vocational options.
In recent years, over 79% of Year 11 students have gained five or more Level 2 qualifications at grade C or above. This percentage is well above the National average. The minimum level for going on to A Level, advanced vocational courses or direct entry to many careers is six of these ‘higher grades’ including English or Maths.
Whatever the qualification, every student will have to complete course based tasks that count towards their grade from the earliest stage of their course. Full commitment and attendance are essential and are the norm at Monmouth.
Most of the two year courses in Years 10 and 11 lead to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). This is graded from A* to G for each subject.
Grades at A*-C are classified as being at Level 2, while grades D-G are classified at Level 1. Many GCSE courses include an element of school based Controlled Assessment, sometimes known as a Non Examined Component.
These qualifications are highly valued by employers and institutes of Higher and Further Education.
Level 1 and Entry Level Qualifications
The Level 1 Vocational Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grade D-G. The qualification allows students to work in a range of vocational areas such as ICT, Catering, Engineering, Sport or Art.
Entry Level qualifications are available to students in Maths, English and Science core areas. Students who achieve these qualifications will be well equipped to go on to Further Education, training or employment.
The Baccalaureate offers a wide and diverse programme of study that develops independent learning skills required for Further Education and the workplace.
The majority of students will select three advanced courses to study alongside the Welsh Baccalaureate. We understand that because of their pathways aspirations, some students will wish to study four advanced courses plus WBQ and these students will be supported during their transition process.
The Integrated Curriculum in the Sixth Form is constructed around a series of 'challenges' through which students devleop a range of transferable study skills required to be successful in Further and Higher Education and the world of work. The 'dissertation style' Individual Project enables students to extend their skills beyond A Levels and BTEC Diplomas.
The Sixth Form provides a wide range of subjects at AS and A Level and BTEC Qualifications in Engineering, Business, Sports Science and Health and Social Care (equivalent to one, two or three A Levels.
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.