Welcome to Monks Park School
Learning is at the heart of all that we do and it is our aim to ensure that all students leaving Monks Park School will be happy, fulfilled, confident young adults with skills and qualification which will equip them for the 21st Century.
Dr Helen Holman
Headteacher, Monks Park School
Our vision is reflected in our mission statement:
Learning together for a better future
Learning is at the heart of all that we do and it is our aim to ensure that all pupils leaving Monks Park School will be happy, fulfilled, confident young adults with skills and qualifications which will equip them for the 21st Century.
How do we achieve this?
• A curriculum which stimulates learning and matches the needs of all students.
• Teaching which is focussed on learning.
• A safe and happy environment which encourages learning.
• A strong working partnership between parents and school.
• A school at the heart of the community.
This Home School agreement is in each pupil's planner
MONKS PARK SCHOOL
Monks Park School aspires to excellence, personal fulfilment and mutual respect through effective learning for all
The SchoolThe school will make every effort to:
ensure that your child achieves his/her full potential
ensure that your child is valued as a member of the school community and reated with courtesy and respect regardless of ethnic or national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexuality
provide a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment
provide a balanced curriculum and meet the individual learning needs of your child
provide high quality teaching, including the regular setting and marking of homework
keep you informed about general school matters and about your child’s progress in particularare for your child’s safety and welfare
Signature: _________________________________________ (Headteacher)
We will make every effort to:
see that my child attends school regularly throughout the school yearq
see that my child comes to school on time, in dress code and properly equipped
make the school aware of any concerns or problems that might affect my child’s work or behaviour
encourage my child to accept responsibility for any inappropriate behaviourq support my child in homework and other opportunities for home learnin
attend parents’ evenings and discussions about my child’s progress
Signature(s): _____________________________ ____________________________(Parent/Carer)
I will make every effort to:
attend school regularly and on time
bring all the equipment I need every day
follow the school dress code and be tidy in appearance
do all my classwork and homework as well as I can and on time
behave well at all times
be polite, respectful and helpful to others
respect school property and keep the school free from litter and graffiti
About the school
The academic year 2007-2008 will be an important one for us at MPS because we will be celebrating our Golden Jubilee. Yes, it is 50 years since the school was established and we hope to celebrate in style with past, present and future pupils.
For those who haven’t visited the school for some time there will be a very pleasant surprise. In April last year we moved into a brand new building with state of the art facilities. The building provides for all who work within it a fantastically stimulating learning environment including excellent technology and specialist facilities.
In September 2005 we were awarded Specialist School Status. We are unusual in being one of a small number of schools nationally to have a combined specialism. Ours is in Humanities (English) and Modern Foreign Languages and we are working hard to make effective communication the basis of all our progress.
Monks Park School in July 1957
Monks Park from the same viewpoint 2007
Here is some information to clarify a few issues about attendance. We know how important it is to make sure all parents, carers and students understand that
EVERY DAY COUNTS ·
We have a dedicated absence report line – 3772021 (notification is required for sickness, lateness and/or medical appointments – although the latter are encouraged to be out of school hours). ·
The current ‘leave of absence’ form has been reviewed and is available upon request in writing to your child’s Head of Year.
o Leave of absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
o Should leave of absence not be granted, the period of absence will be marked as unauthorised absence
Illness/Medical Absences –
We constantly monitor each student’s attendance, therefore any regular or long term absences will be highlighted.
o It is very important that the school is made aware of any ongoing/long term medical issues so we can support your child.
o In some cases we may request a copy of a doctor’s certificate. ·
We will be issuing penalty notices to any parents/carers of students who have more than 10 unauthorised absences in any period (this is only 5 school days!)
100% Attendance –
We are pleased to announce that we now have a weekly raffle for each year group with tickets being given to all students with 100% attendance - the prize is a £10 Mall Voucher!
Should parents/carers have any further queries please contact the Attendance team on 3772021/3772000
SCHOOL UNIFORM The uniform is distinctive but practical. In the long run it is cheaper because it discourages competition in the latest, inevitably expensive fashions. The uniform helps to maintain an identity for the school in the neighbourhood. It is of great value on school visits and can stimulate a pride in personal appearance and in the appearance of the school as a community.
The main element of the uniform is the Navy blue sweatshirt with the distinctive logo. The navy blue colour with logo is essential - no other colour is permitted. In addition to the sweatshirt, the uniform consists of:-
Plain black trousers or skirt. No tracksuit bottoms, leggings, ski pants, jeans, cords or similar.
Polo shirt with logo in white.
In summer, plain tailored shorts in black may be worn. No sports or Bermuda shorts, nor denim material is allowed.
Sensible black shoes or black trainers. In addition, please note:- Jewellery must be removed where safety is affected. Any make-up must be very discreet. Extremes of hair fashion are strongly discouraged.
All students change for PE and Games as they need suitable clothing for hygiene reasons. Students are required to wear the following for PE or Games, each of which they have once a week:-
|School rugby jersey T shirt - white|
|Shorts - black Shorts - black |
| Rugby socks - black Leggings - black|
|T shirt - white Training shoes (below the ankle)|
Training shoes (below the ankle)
Specialist School Status
We have declared to ourselves, the school and the local community that: We want to improve the communication skills of:
Ø Our students
Ø Students in our partner primary schools: Upper Horfield Primary School; Horfield Church of England Primary School; Fonthill Primary School; Filton Avenue Junior School.
Ø Students in our partner secondary school: Brislington Enterprise College
Ø Local, single parent families
Ø Local, unemployed/disaffected 16-24 year olds
Ø Local, small businesses
The English and Languages departments of the school have been nominated to lead this improvement.
Learning Resource Centre
Poetry Workshop in the Library
A Year 7 pupil helps visiting poet Mike Ratnett dramatise a poem about an amorous crocodile. As part of the Small Island Read project in the city in February, classes of pupils took part in a workshop in the Learning Resource Centre to explore poems from a variety of cultures
Order books from the current leaflet which is free in the LRC.
Buy the new Michael Morpurgo for £4.99
A copy of Holes is only £1.99