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.
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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 it has grown considerably since this time. There were 1649 students on roll in September 2012, of whom 354 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 buildings are in eight main groups.
- Gryphon Block – classrooms and Music Technology Suite.
- Sphinx Block – Drama Rooms, Library/Learning Resource Centre including Sixth Form ICT facilities, Demountable Classrooms and Laboratories.
- Unicorn Block – Healthcare Suite, School Counsellor and Pathways Co-ordinator.
- Dragon Block – a three storey block of classrooms, Laboratories, ICT Suite, Sixth Form ICT facilities, Gymnasium, Main Hall, Dining Area, Restaurant, Main Reception and Administrative area.
- Pegasus Block – Two storey block of classrooms, 2 ICT Suites, Support Centre, Special Education Rooms, Staffroom and Offices.
- Dryad Block – single storey block for Creative Arts including Photographic Studio and Design and Technology plus demountable classrooms.
- Phoenix Block – a two storey block of classrooms containing ICT, Business Studies and History Departments.
- A sports hall which includes badminton and squash courts, major fitness complex, indoor cricket nets, dance studio, recreational areas and changing rooms.
The Monmouth Swimming Pool, which the School uses, is on the campus. The extensive playing fields include an artificial cricket square and practice nets, together with a flood lit Astroturf surface and tennis courts. There is a further floodlit training area with basketball and tennis courts. A hard surface playground area is marked out for netball. 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 18 computers 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 Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and website provide a portal between the school and home. Students will be able to access resources on the VLE to support them in their learning.
Dedicated Sixth form IT learning spaces are provided in the School Resource Centre, Sixth Form Areas and the Sixth Form Study Room, located in the Pegasus Block.
The School aims to promote a healthy, active lifestyle and encourage lifelong participation. 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, rowing, canoeing, sailing, volleyball and golf. The School supports teams of all ages. The School also encourages the pursuit of excellence offering competitive fixtures. 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.
Students have full use of the sporting facilities and a Sixth Form pass allows students to access all classes and facilities, including the fitness suite, during holidays and weekends.
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 Progress Leader, 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 A Williams, Deputy Headteacher.
EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICER
Miss A Williams 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.
Normally, money and valuables should not be brought into School. Payments brought to school for visits should be handed to the Main Office on arrival at school.
LUNCHTIME AND SCHOOL MEALS
The School operates a cashless system and each student has an individual account. Payment can be made online or by cheque.
The school restaurant is open daily from 7 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 Progress Leader. 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.