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.
In 1903 the Haberdashers’ Company erected an Elementary School in Monmouth, which was known as the Jones Endowed School. In 1948 this became Monmouth Secondary School. The school became fully comprehensive in 1977, catering for the age range 11-19, and opened in its current purpose-built accommodation in September 2018. There were 1659 students on roll in September 2019, of whom 350 were Sixth Formers. There were 116 full and part time members of teaching staff and 36 support staff.
The School is situated between the old road to Ross and the town by-pass and faces the pleasant wooded slope of the Kymin. The buildings and playing fields occupy a site of approximately 19 acres. The extensive playing fields include a flood lit Astroturf surface and tennis courts. These, and all the school facilities, are widely used by the Community under the auspices of the School Governing Body and the Monmouth Leisure Centre.
SCHOOL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTRE
The School Library and Information Resource Centre is open throughout the day and available for all students at breaktime, lunchtime and after school. It closes at 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 4 pm on Friday. Sixth Form students can work in this area at any time and have computers and laptops for their exclusive use.
COMPUTERS AND E-LEARNING
In our information-orientated age, competence in the use of IT and learning is increasingly important. The school is equipped with a wireless network to support students in their use of IT to develop learning when and where they require it.
The school's website and apps such as Foldr, MILK and Hwb provide a portal beween the school and home. Students are able to access resources away from the school site to support them in their learning.
Dedicated Sixth Form IT learning spaces are provided in the School Resource Centre. Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students are piloting 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) solutions to learning with technology.
The School aims to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and encourage lifelong participation. Students will be able to access resources on the VLE and on the student or shared area, using Foldr to support them in their learning.
The School promotes a 'sport for all ethos' and works hard to keep up with present trends. There are many sporting activities available. These include rugby, soccer, cricket, hockey, basketball, netball, dance, swimming, cross-country, athletics, table tennis, trampolining, badminton, tennis, squash and rowing. The School supports teams of all ages. The School also encourages the pursuit of excellence offering competitive fixtures.
The school also offers boxing, dancing and equestrianism as after-school academies which are run by highly qualified coaches and are chargeable at the point of delivery.
Students representing the School are expected to act in a sporting manner at all times, thereby bringing credit to themselves and their teams. Students are promoted in their pursuit of prestigious sporting honours and over seventy present students have represented the County or Area.
Many students work for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and related residential weeks are organised at appropriate centres.
Each Year Group attends an assembly each week. Assemblies are attended by Form Tutors and directed by the Director of Learning, visiting speakers or other members of staff. Assemblies provide an opportunity for the Year Group to meet together, to celebrate achievements and to find space to reflect on moral issues. Assemblies are broadly Christian. All students participate in ‘Pause for Thought’ each morning, guided by their Form Tutor.
Parents who wish their child to withdraw from a corporate Act of Worship should contact Mr D Williams, Assistant Headteacher.
EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICER
An EWO is attached to the campus and the major task is to establish links between home and school and other agencies. The role includes matters concerning school attendance, free meals, maintenance, clothing and medical referrals.
Students maintain personal responsibility for any items brought to school.
PAYING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The School operates a cashless system and each student has an individual account. Payment may be made online at www.parentpay.com.
LUNCHTIME AND SCHOOL MEALS
The school restaurant is open daily from 7.30 am until 5 pm offering a breakfast service before school, snacks at break, meals at lunchtime and snacks and tea from 3 pm.
Students are prohibited from leaving the campus without teacher authorisation. Parents can make such a request in writing to the Director of Learning. Once their dated letter is signed by their Form Tutor, students will be given a dated Day Pass from the Main Reception.
Parents are asked to ensure requests to leave the campus at lunchtime are kept to an absolute minimum.
A Lunchtime Term pass is issued to Y11 students only, on receipt of written confirmation from parents authorising their children to leave the site and, thus, accepting the responsibility for the whole period of the lunchtime break. This is considered a privilege that can be removed at the discretion of senior staff.
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.