|Wrexham Road, CH7 1EP, UK Mold|
+44 (0)1352 750755
Wrexham Road, Mold, Flintshire, North Wales, CH7 1EP
Telephone : 01352 750755
Headteacher: Mr P. A. Mulraney B.Sc., M.Sc., M. Ed.
Our school is a co-educational, mixed comprehensive situated in the county town of Mold, Flintshire. The school roll in September 2006 comprises an average of 250 pupils in each of the Years 7 to 11, together with 496 students in the Sixth Form.
The School was founded on its present site in 1974 and enjoys a strong reputation throughout North Wales for the range of facilities available and, as can be seen from the examination results, an enviable record of academic success achieved with a fully comprehensive intake. Resources include a Sports Centre with swimming pool, extensive playing fields, an Expressive Arts suite including theatre, modern technology facilities, a new Library and a new suite of Science Laboratories.
- To value all children equally
- To create a caring community in which each person (student, teacher, administrative staff) is accorded respect and dignity.
- To maintain the highest expectations of each student.
- To encourage each child to make full use of the opportunities and resources provided to develop potential to the greatest extent.
- To be concerned for the education of the whole person - for the emotions as well as the intellect - and to pursue this end by concentrating on attitudes and values as well as knowledge and skills; on understanding as well as memory; and on what cannot be measured as well as that which can
- To involve parents in an active partnership between school and home.
- To encourage links between the School and the local, national and international communities of which the School is an integral part.
KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM
During this period the core curriculum represents the total timetabled experience for our pupils. Each year pupils follow the courses shown below, except in Foreign Languages where they study only one language (French or German) with the option of taking up a second in Year 9. Information Technology is delivered through its use in a variety of subjects throughout the three years.
Modern Foreign Language
Art and Design
KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM
Students have the opportunity to gain ten GCSE qualifications. These will include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Double Science or three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The other courses can be added from the four option columns and Additional Studies.
The option choices include; French, German, Welsh History, Geography, Religious Studies, a range of Design & Technology options, Music, Drama, P.E. including an option based on Outdoor Pursuits, Media Studies, Health & Social Care, Leisure & Tourism, ICT, Business, Performing Arts etc.
Please see latest Option Booklet or the most recent GCSE results for available courses.
All Additional Studies choices include time for Careers Education, Health Issues and First Aid, which are compulsory elements of Personal and Social Education. In addition, in Year 10 all students spend one week out of school on Work Experience. The statutory requirement to teach Religious Education is met by the subjects in the Humanities Option which all contain the appropriate R.E. teaching. All students also take one lesson of Physical Education.
The aim of pastoral care in the Alun School is to enable every pupil to make the most of the opportunities offered and, by so doing, reach the highest levels of attainment and personal development.
The pastoral curriculum is a structured programme designed to assist in this process. The essential themes for study are:
- - School work and study skills
- - Academic guidance
- - Careers education
- - Involvement-participation in the community
- - The Tutor Group/House/School as a caring community
- - Communication skills
- - Health/hygiene/safety/first-aid
- - Personal interests
- - Relationships and social skills
The major part of this programme is delivered by the Group Tutor during a fortnightly pastoral period, but the skills involved are also developed through extra-curricular activities, assemblies and in the incidental exchanges between pupils and between pupils and staff throughout every day. At Key Stage 4 the GNVQ course units also contribute to this programme.
In Key Stage 3 every pupil is encouraged to build up a file of samples of work drawn from all aspects of school or community life which represents their best efforts. This document is the "Students Own Record of Education" (STORE). In Years 10 and 11 this file builds into a Progress File which is presented to every pupil on completing statutory education at age 16. For this purpose the School holds a ceremony to which parents and leaders of local business and industry are invited.
There are a range of societies, activities and facilities available to pupils in the lunch hour and after school. These include:
- practices and matches for sports teams
- non-competitive sports related activities
- inter-house competitions
- rehearsals and performances in the performing arts
- various curriculum related activities
In these the school is able to take advantage of some excellent sporting facilities which include a large Sports Hall, swimming pool, all-weather pitch and extensive playing fields. School teams at various ages are fielded in a variety of sports including rugby, hockey, soccer, netball, rounders, cross-country and athletics.
The Library is open from 8.00am until 4.30pm and all students are welcome during break and lunchtimes as well as before and after school. The stock of over 16,000 quality books is available for borrowing by staff or students.
Project loans can also be provided for staff wishing to take collections of books to class for research work. Staff and students may use the Library as a base for research, as a quiet reading area in the fiction section, as a study area, or for accessing CD ROM or the Internet . Year 7 and 8 English classes are timetabled to use the reading area for one lesson each fortnight.
Some students receive extra literacy lessons on an Integrated Learning System using the Library computers and there is also a Paired Reading scheme, whereby Sixth Form students spend time on a daily basis encouraging their Year 7 partners to develop the enjoyment of reading.
The Library also promotes reading by arranging competitions and quizzes regularly. There is also a Book Club for buying books and an enthusiastic Book Reviewing Team.
Every effort is made to ensure that learning is as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Sixth Formers encourage Year 7 pupils to enjoy their reading
Students Receive intensive literacy lessons in the library
Students enjoy a peaceful enviroment for their reading
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