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Willows High School

Governors' Report to Parents

Autumn 2016

 

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Introduction from the Chair of Governors

I have been on Willows’ Governing Body since 2009 and with great pleasure I took on the role of chairperson in March 2016 and was re-elected in September 2016.

Willows is on a journey and it is a great honour to be involved on that journey. It is a school that has improved a great deal over the years.

Since school categorisation started in Wales, Willows has always had ‘Yellow’ status which means we are an effective school. We have consistently secured good outcomes in key indicators, we know and act on areas that are in need of improvement and have many aspects that are self-improving.

This year we achieved the best results in the history of the school. This has placed Willows as one the most improved schools across Wales. The performance data is included in the report.

A school improving this much doesn’t happen by coincidence and can’t be put down to a single person. It has been made possible through the strength of our school leadership team, staff commitment, support from parents, carers and the community and of course, the pupils’ effort and will to succeed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in our journey, as we aim to become an outstanding school. With a clear focus and vision, the school has raised its level of performance and is continuously working to raise aspirations of each pupil in the school.

We have many new governors on board, as the report will identify. The group of governors currently bring a wide range of skills and experience to support our school community. Our team ethos is essential in carrying out our diverse responsibilities effectively and promoting our school values for the benefit of our children, parents, carers and staff.  

We hope that you find this report of interest and would welcome any comments or questions that you may have. With your continuous support, Willows will continue on its improvement journey to become the best place for all pupils to belong, believe and achieve.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Dr Bablin Molik

Chair of Governors

 

 

 

Parent Governors

We have recently held a Parent Governor election to fill five vacancies.

Nomination forms were distributed to all parents of children currently at the school, and to parents of current Year 6 children intending to join Willows in September.  The closing date for nominations was Friday 8th July and we happily received six completed nominations.

The six nominees wrote a short pen portrait of themselves and a ballot was held in the second week of the new school term.

The following five nominees were successful in joining the Governing Body:

1. Babatunde Agbosasa

2. Nicola Atkins

3. Adrian Ford

4. Selina Jenson

5. Rozeta Mena

 

Full Details of the members of the Governing Body

 

Governor

Type

Chris Norman

Acting Headteacher

Bablin Molik

Community (Chair)

Joel Williams

Clerk

Richard Strudwick

Community

Jason Clark

Community

Kathryn Maddy

Community

Alan Corson

Community

Su Wade

Local Authority

Edward Stubbs

Local Authority

Huw Thomas

Local Authority

Rachel Jones

Local Authority (Vice Chair)

Babatunde Agbosasa

Parent Governor

Nicola Atkins

Parent Governor

Karen Dummett

Parent Governor

Adrian Ford

Parent Governor

Selina Jenson

Parent Governor

Rozeta Mena

Parent Governor

Rebecca Kaye

Staff

Carly Southern

Teaching Staff

Gareth Ritter

Teaching Staff

 

 

Key Stage 3 Comparative Data Report (Core Subjects)

Summary of National Curriculum Assessment results of pupils in the school (2016) and nationally (2015) at the end of Key Stage 3 as a percentage of those eligible for assessment.

 

 

 

N

D

NCO
1,2,&3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

>= 8

 

 

5+

English

School

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

34

44

11

0

 

 

89

National

0

0

0

0

1

2

8

35

36

15

1

 

 

88

Oracy

School

0

0

0

0

0

1

12

40

42

4

0

 

 

87

National

0

0

0

0

1

2

8

34

37

16

2

 

 

88

Reading

School

0

0

0

0

0

2

15

28

39

16

0

 

 

83

National

0

0

0

0

1

3

10

35

35

15

1

 

 

86

Writing

School

0

0

0

0

0

6

18

39

27

10

0

 

 

76

National

0

0

0

0

1

3

14

37

31

12

1

 

 

81

Mathematics

School

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

31

44

16

0

 

 

91

National

0

0

0

0

1

2

8

29

33

23

3

 

 

89

Science

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

55

29

10

0

 

 

94

National

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

33

38

19

1

 

 

92

Core Subject Indicator

School

84.27

 

National

84

 

                                 

 

Key Stage 3 Comparative Data Report (Non Core Subjects)

Summary of National Curriculum Assessment results of pupils in the school (2016) and nationally (2015) at the end of Key Stage 3 as a percentage of those eligible for assessment.

 

 

 

 

N

D

NCO
1,2&3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

>= 8

 

 

5+

 

Welsh Second Language

 

School

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

51

35

10

0

 

 

96

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

Modern Foreign Language

School

0

1

0

0

2

1

7

55

34

0

0

 

 

89

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

Design & Technology

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

61

34

0

0

 

 

94

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

ICT

School

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

52

43

0

0

 

 

94

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

History

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

47

30

10

0

 

 

88

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

Geography

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

64

27

2

0

 

 

93

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

Art & Design

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

56

33

10

0

 

 

99

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

Music

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

78

12

7

0

 

 

97

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

PE

School

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

64

21

1

0

 

 

87

National

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

-

 

D represents pupils who have been disapplied under sections 113 - 116 of the 2002 Education Act, or pupils for whom teachers were unable to provide an assessment.

N represents pupils not awarded a level for reasons other than disapplication.

National Curriculum Outcomes 1, 2 and 3 describe achievements below level 1.

The general expectation is that the majority of 14 year olds will attain level 5.

The Core Subject Indicator represents the percentage of pupils achieving level 5 or above in English or Welsh (first language), mathematics and science in combination.

 

 

Summary of Secondary School Performance

The following headlines are based on provisional results, there will be a number of pupils with papers admitted for remarking over the next couple of weeks.

Level 2+ (5 GCSE’s A*-C including English and Mathematics)

  • This year 53% of our pupils achieved this threshold, compared with 47% last year, and a school highest of 50%. Our target was 52%
  • Girls outperformed boys by 15% (61% v 46%), compared with a 26% difference last year.
  • EAL pupils outperformed non EAL pupils by 1% (54% v 53%), they both performed equally as well last year.
  • NonFSM outperformed eFSM pupils by 8% (56% v 48%), compared with a difference of 15% last year.

Level 2 (5 GCSE’s A*-C)

  • This year 93% of our pupils achieved this threshold, compared with 69% last year which was the school’s highest performance. Our target was 82%
  • Girls outperformed boys by 1% (93% v 92%), compared with a 23% difference last year.
  • EAL pupils outperformed non EAL pupils by 3% (96% v 93%), compared with a difference of 6% last year.
  • NonFSM outperformed eFSM pupils by 1% (94% v 93%), compared with a difference of 5% last year.

Level 1 (5 GCSE’s A*-G)

  • This year 97% of our pupils achieved this threshold, compared with 84% last year which was the school’s highest performance. Our target was 90%.
  • Girls and boys performed equally at 97%, compared with a 16% difference last year.
  • EAL pupils outperformed non EAL pupils by 4% (100% v 96%), where they performed equally last year.
  • NonFSM outperformed eFSM pupils by 2% (97% v 95%), compared with a difference of 20% last year.

 

Core Subject Indicator (GCSE’s A*-C in English, Mathematics and Science)

  • This year 53% of our pupils achieved this threshold, compared with 37% last and a school highest of 48%.
  • Girls outperformed boys by 15% (61% v 46%), compared with a 19% difference last year.
  • EAL pupils outperformed non EAL pupils by 1% (54% v 53%), the same as last year.
  • NonFSM outperformed eFSM pupils by 8% (56% v 48%), compared with a difference of 27% last year.

 

Average Capped Points Score (Pupils best 8 grades converted to numbers, C =40, B=46 etc)

  • This year our pupils averaged a score of 354, compared with 319 last year, which was also the school’s previous highest.
  • Boys outperformed girls by 2 points (355 v 354), compared with girls outperforming boys by 90 points last year.
  • EAL pupils outperformed non EAL pupils by 26 points (374 v 348), they both performed equally as well last year.
  • NonFSM outperformed eFSM pupils by 4 points (363 v 339), compared with a difference of 81 points last year.

 

Other information

  • Bilal Abd El Rahman gained the most number of A* qualifications with 12
  • Kathryn Morgan gained the most number of A*-C qualifications with 18
  • Max Meek gained the most number of A* to G qualifications with 20, 9 A*’s, 3 A’s, 3B’s, 3C’s and 2 D’s
  • 67% of pupils gained an A*-C in English compared with a previous highest of 52%
  • 56% of pupils gained an A*-C in Mathematics compared to 52% last year and a previous highest of 54%
  • 94% of pupils gained an A*-C in Science compared to 59% last year and a previous highest of 61%
  • 19% of the grades awarded were A* to A
  • No pupils left school without a recognised qualification

 

Attendance Information

Attendance was at an all-time high this year at 93%, and increase of 1% on the previous year. We are extremely pleased with this but would be even happier if we could hit at least 95% in the future. With your support, I’m sure we can make this a reality.

Provision for Sport

Once again this academic year has produced some outstanding and memorable sporting achievements.  As always we feature strongly in the County Schools Athletics Programme.  Starting off with some solid performances in the Cross Country in the autumn term.  Djamila Sumare and Breeze Watson in year 7, competed in all three fixtures.  Djamila achieved a top 40 finish out of over 180 runners. 

 

Moving to the Sports hall Athletics fixtures in the Spring term, once again Djamila came 11th in the sprint out of 70 athletes and 4th in the shot putt in a year 7 & 8 competition.  In the U15 competition Safiyah Mohamed Fleming had 2 top 7 finishes in the vertical jump and speed bounce.

 

Moving to the outdoor season we competed in six Cardiff and Vale Schools Athletics Championships, Djamila came second in the shot putt and Safiyah 3rd in the ‘B’ 200m final.  Djamila is an extremely talented sportswoman who has shown an aptitude in athletics, football and fitness, she is one to look out for in the future.

 

Kieron Garland became County Schools Hammer Champion and went on to represent C&V schools in the Welsh Schools Track & Field Championships.  He came a creditable 5th in the Shot Putt and 4th in the hammer, missing a medal by less than a metre.

 

The department also supported many ‘Sport Cardiff’ fixtures such the girls’ football tournament, novice gymnastics and a fitness competition.  The year 7 fitness team won gold and the year 8 & 9 team came third.  The gymnasts were lucky to have access to a local facility and top class coaching at Somersault Gymnastics Academy arranged by Mrs Kaye, this led to a podium finish by the year 8 team.

 

Tom Villis achieved a bronze medal in the Welsh Championships Gymnastics and went on to compete in the British Championships in Glasgow.

 

The department works closely with Sophie Grovenor our 5x60 officer.  As a response to pupil voice questionnaires an extra-curricular programme is offered with the aim of getting as many pupils active as possible.  The activities offered include cheerleading, streetdance, basketball, tennis and free running.

 

This year the boys department provided a number of football and rugby fixtures including the annual trip to Rosslyn Park sevens and the Year 10 & 11 rugby team reaching the Cardiff Schools RFU plate final.  The final was played at the Cardiff Arms Park and the boys lost an entertaining and high scoring final against Eastern High School.

 

A number of boys were put forward for Cardiff Schools trials for football and Isaac Gauci was part of a history making team when Cardiff Schools won all of the cup finals in all age groups for the first time.  On a personal level, Isaac scored a hat-trick in the final and was awarded the match ball.

 

Rhys Wellbeloved, a Cardiff Schools rugby player from previous years made the step up to Cardiff Blues Under 16s and has been a regular member of the starting team.

 

This year the barn surface was upgraded and a MUGA (multi-use games area) was installed on the yard.  In the new academic year the changing room facilities will be completely re-furbished and there is a possibility the astro-turf will be upgraded to a 3G pitch.

 

 

 

 

Full Financial Statement

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Cardiff County Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willows High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EA138

 

 

 

27 04 2016

% age

Comments

 

Budget / Outturn Of Expenditure

2015/16

 

 

12

Expend.

 

 

 

2014/15

Amended

ACTUAL

Estimated

Actual

 

 

 

Outturn

Budget

(To Date)

Outturn

plus

 

 

 

£'s

£'s

£'s

£'s

Projected

 

 

EMPLOYEES

 

 

 

 

 

 

1001*

Full Time Teaching Staff

     2,179,238

     2,170,145

2,166,776

3,369

100%

 

1002*

School Supply Short Term (Teachers)

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

1029*

School Supply Short Term (Non Teaching)

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

1003*

MSF Teaching (Sick cover & Mat costs)

                   -

                   -

13,226

(13,226)

0%

 

19136

School Mutual Supply Fund Contribution

          45,075

          50,257

50,257

0

100%

MSF BILL

1005*

Full Time Teachers - Special Needs (Unit)

          12,940

                   -

0

0

0%

 

10041

Dance Tutor

            2,450

                   -

625

(625)

0%

 

1021*

Foreign Language Assistants

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

1022*

Teaching Assistants - Non Statemented Pupils

          49,222

                   -

0

0

0%

 

1024*

Teaching Assistants

        194,347

        253,862

249,766

4,096

98%

 

1026*

Teaching Assistants - Statemented Pupils

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

10281

Teaching Assistants - Additional SEN Support

            3,064

                   -

2,726

(2,726)

0%

 

1031*

Technicians

          52,655

          54,707

54,880

(173)

100%

 

1032*

MSF Non Teaching (Sick cover & Mat costs)

          11,481

                   -

12,494

(12,494)

0%

 

13911

Mid day Supervisors

-               32

                   -

337

(337)

0%

 

1043*

Attendance Officers

        105,537

        117,401

117,899

(498)

100%

 

1400*

Administrative Staff

        146,266

        147,273

147,169

104

100%

 

1501*

Caretakers

          99,822

          92,776

93,639

(862)

101%

 

1502*

Cleaners

          93,878

        101,602

100,840

763

99%

 

17017

Holiday Pay

                   -

                   -

266

(266)

0%

 

17901

Agency Staff - Teaching&Non-Teaching

          87,878

          95,300

91,333

3,967

96%

 

17902

Agency Staff - Non Teaching (incl in above)

          23,630

                   -

0

0

0%

 

17904/5

MSF Agency

          28,112

                   -

37,569

(37,569)

0%

Inc pay in lieu of notice HB £4543.32

191**

Other Staff Costs

     13,397.54

          11,000

6,071

4,929

55%

Incl DBS Fees/Long Service Award

19146

SEG / WEG Agency

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREMISES COSTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

20***

Minor Repairs & Maintenance inc. Grounds

          45,679

          43,900

37,172

6,728

85%

 

20220

DSU & Major Repairs and Maintenance

            2,852

            3,133

3,133

0

100%

 

2100*

Energy Costs

          76,731

          82,500

74,026

8,474

90%

 

23001

Rates (Earmarked)

          65,747

          67,063

67,063

0

100%

 

24002

Water Charges

            5,500

            6,000

0

6,000

0%

 

27***

Cleaning and Domestic (Inc Key Holder)

          12,381

          14,720

13,904

816

94%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORT AND SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

301/303**

Transport Related Costs

            8,540

            4,150

3,199

951

77%

 

30501

Travelling Expenses

              743

              800

297

503

37%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

40101

Furniture

              152

            1,000

998

2

100%

 

40102

Teaching Materials

        219,091

        110,408

200,755

(90,347)

182%

£90k reimbursed C. Cymru (Science)

40105

Library Books

          56,251

            4,500

4,303

197

96%

 

40118

Games & Activities

              190

            1,000

755

245

76%

 

44551

Charges For Music Services

          10,313

          11,000

4,515

6,485

41%

Music Tuition recoded to 40102/PDG

40161

Insurance

            2,221

            3,000

879

2,122

29%

 

41016

Meals to Duty Staff / Catering Supplies

            3,107

            3,000

2,000

1,000

67%

Staff Meals 2015/16

43001

Stationery & General Expenses

          30,763

          28,000

31,550

(3,550)

113%

 

44201

Examination Fees

        111,396

          90,000

87,245

2,755

97%

 

450**

Communications

          16,354

          18,500

14,379

4,121

78%

 

45501

Computer Services

          39,098

          49,000

46,807

2,193

96%

 

48704

TV Licence

              151

              150

151

(1)

100%

 

46016

Clerks To Governors Expenses

            1,981

            1,981

1,980

1

100%

 

46019/46508

SEG / WEG Expenditure

            5,711

                   -

4,782

(4,782)

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Expenses

          20,240

                   -

13,223

(13,223)

0%

Complex Needs Enhancement Recovery

46501

Home / Hospital tuition

          19,867

          10,000

(8,000)

18,000

-80%

 

69002

School Investments / Cont To Sch Reserve

                   -

                   -

0

0

0%

 

46849

Exclusion Of Pupils

                   -

            1,000

0

1,000

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60***

Service Units

        131,313

        183,035

136,890

46,145

75%

FSMs £99699/SLAs £20652 / ICT SLA £15k

 

GROSS EXPENDITURE

     4,035,330

     3,832,163

     3,887,875

(55,712)

101%

Ed Psych external £1870 to be refunded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

7****

School Income

(451,170)

(365,330)

(453,539)

88,209

124%

FlyingStart£4500  in discussions with CC

8****

LEA Income

(404,115)

(370,690)

(441,723)

71,033

119%

PDG&EIG/LAC/Inc MSF Refund £58,654.36

89002/73036

School Interest/Loan/Investment Withdrawal

(3,962)

(3,206)

(3,720)

514

116%

 

85451

Additional Funds - LIHT

(11,514)

(5,585)

(5,585)

0

100%

Complex Needs Enhancement

 

GROSS INCOME

(870,761)

(744,811)

(904,566)

159,755

121%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET EXPENDITURE

     3,164,568

     3,087,352

     2,983,309

104,043

97%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49981/49982

Unallocated Funds - Surplus/(Deficit)

(43,577)

(46,249)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTED OUTTURN

 

 

 

57,794

 

Carry Forward 2015/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL UNINVESTED FUNDS

     3,120,991

     3,041,103

 

   3,041,103

 

 

               
 

Statement of Balances Held/Projected

           

 

 

2014/15

2015/16

       

 

 

Actual

Projected

       

 

 

£

£

       

 

Uninvested Balance

0

57,794

       

 

Invested Balance

0

0

       

 

 

 

 

       

 

Total Balances held as at 31st Mar

0

57,794

       

 

 

 

 

 

Destination of School Leavers

 

     

Year 11
Blwyddyn 11

     

Year 12
Blwyddyn 12

     

Year 13
Blwyddyn 13

   

Female
Benyw

Male
Gwryw

Totals
Cyfanswm

%

 

Female
Benyw

Male
Gwryw

Totals
Cyfanswm

%

 

Female
Benyw

Male
Gwryw

Totals
Cyfanswm

%

 

Continuing in full-time education - Same School
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Yr un ysgol

3

4

7

5.56%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Continuing in full-time education - School
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Ysgol

1

0

1

0.79%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Continuing in full-time education - College
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - Coleg

48

47

95

75.4%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Continuing in full-time education - HE
Parhau mewn addysg amser llawn - AU

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

GAP Year
Blwyddyn fwlch

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Continuing in Part time Education
Parhau mewn addysg ran-amser

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Entering employment outside WBTYP
Dechrau cyflogaeth tu allan i Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc

0

2

2

1.59%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Entering WBTYP (employed status)
Dechrau Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc (statws cyflogedig)

1

0

1

0.79%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Entering WBTYP - (without employed status)
Dechrau Hyfforddiant Seiliedig ar Waith i Bobl Ifanc (heb statws cyflogedig)

5

10

15

11.9%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Able to Enter Emp, Ed or WBTYP (Unemployed)
Yn gallu cael mynediad at Gyflogaeth, Addysg neu WBTYP (di-waith)

0

1

1

0.79%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Unable OR NOT READY to enter Emp, Ed or WBTYP (e.g. due to illness, custodial sentence)
Methu NEU DDIM YN BAROD i gael mynediad at Gyflogaeth, Addysg neu WBTYP (e.e. salwch, dedfryd o gaethiwed)

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Known to have left the area
Yn hysbys iddynt adael yr ardal

0

3

3

2.38%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Not responding to follow-up and therefore unknown
Dim ymateb i'r arolwg, felly'n anhysbys

1

0

1

0.79%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

Total number of 2016 statutory school leavers
Cyfanswm y gadawyr ysgol statudol yn 2016

59

67

126

100.0%

 

0

0

0

-

 

0

0

0

-

 

 

 

 

Steps taken by the Governing Body to strengthen links with the community

 

Following the launch of the Learning Lounge in the summer term of 2016 the last of the furniture was delivered over the summer break ready for the first classes to start in September. Adult numeracy, IELTS (higher level English as a second language for professionals) and Women Making a Difference were the first sessions to be delivered, seeing 31 new learners attend 18 tutor led sessions over the first half term. These sessions were delivered by, and in partnership with Cardiff Met, Cardiff and Vale College and Welsh Government funded charities. Twenty nine of the 31 learners were new to Willows High and were entering back into education after a significant break, which is a huge step to make. All seem to have settled well and are report to be feeling confident and comfortable in their new ventures and looking forward to completing their first accredited course since they left school.

 

As well as the academic classes being delivered in the Learning Lounge, we have seen a number of other sessions being run which have attracted new parents and community member in to school, who otherwise would not have attended. In September we saw the first of the meet the head sessions. 29 parents came in for coffee and cake to meet with Chris Norman to ask questions, raise concerns and make suggestions for moving forward both as a school and a community venue. Feedback from the session was extremely positive and led to Chris agreeing to add a monthly session to the calendar. We have also had parents in hosting a McMillan coffee morning, which saw more than 50 community members come along to support the event and raised a staggering £317. A number of partner organisations have also delivered sessions in the Learning Lounge both for pupils and adults, some of these include CCHA benefits advice, Communities First into work services, Ash Wales, First Campus and Public Health Wales.

 

Willows High School hopes to become the centre of our local community, where people can come in to learn, to get advice and support or just for a cuppa and a chat, with its open door policy. This means although we are keen to get people in, we also want to go out and proudly show off the Willows branding, which is what we were able to do with the Willows Roadshow this September. We spent ten days visiting nine of our most local primary schools, talking to pupils, parents and teachers about choosing Willows as a first choice high school, before finishing off with on the 10th and final day with a community session in the new Splott Hub. Over the two weeks we spoke to over 200 perspective pupils and parents who were able to ask questions, dispel any myths and make an informed choice following an open and honest session delivered by staff and pupils from Willows High. Following these sessions we have seen an increased number of parents wanting to visit the school, have supported parents to fill in application forms and had feedback from pupils to say they are now making Willows their first choice option.

 

We have been able to put on two large community events this half term, seeing people come in to see both the educational side of willows as well as the fun! We firstly worked with partner agencies, including all local primary schools, First Campus, Niace, Communities first and Action for Children, to put on an Adult Learner taster evening. We worked together as a cluster to invite a number of local adult education and information providers in and show case what they could offer to parents and community members. It was an opportunity for many people to have a go at things they have not tried before such as cake decorating, jewellery making or having a chance to speak informally to education providers. Many of the people who attended the evening offered suggestion to what they would like to see being delivered in the Learning Lounge as well as signing up to courses to be delivered next term. The evening was a great success with over 100 people attending, many of whom were seeing Willows for the first time since leaving school themselves.

 

The other event which we recently hosted saw 60 members of the local community, including our feeder primary schools, attend a really fun night of curry and bingo! We worked closely with local businesses who were able to sponsor prizes for the evening as well as having our very own call master Gareth Ritter on stage to provide the entertainment! The school kitchen staff were kind enough to make the curry and rice for us, which was served by staff on the night. With the takings from the tickets, raffle and refreshments, the event saw a healthy £475 go to the Friends of Willows, and real bonds start to be made with local residents and parents alike. On the night further suggestions were made by attendees for future evening gatherings and celebrations, which we will be working on delivering over the next term. Some of these included afternoon tea dances, showing of silver screen movies and more opportunities for afternoon bingo for the over 50’s.

 

The Friends of Willows group has reconvened for this school year, with four new enthusiastic members who are parents of year seven children, which is lovely to see. As a group we have looked at a template constitution which we feel suits our needs and will be signed by the Chair after half term. We will then be applying for charity status with the charity commission, so we are able to start applying for pots of funding, both to support the Learning Lounge and the school and pupils. We are also full steam ahead with the planning for the Christmas Fayre which will be held in school on Saturday 3rd December 11am-3pm, with traditional stalls, a craft Fayre and of course Santa!

 

This term has seen a full introduction of Spice Time Credits and Time Banking. The scheme rewards those who volunteer their time by going the extra mile, with an hour for an hour. For every hour you volunteer you get a credit which you can cash in for an hours’ worth of activities both locally and nationally. This scheme does take some time to establish until users see the benefits of both giving their time and the reward they get for it. However, already we have seen 27 pupils sign up to the scheme and earn credits for activities such as helping out at parents evenings, supporting staff with younger pupils and getting involved in wellbeing activities. Eighteen of these twenty seven pupils were able to experience immediate reward for their hard work with a trip to WMC to see Mama Mia for 2 time credits each for a ticket which would have cost £60 cash! We have also had interest from staff who would like to sign up to the scheme in return for putting on extra-curricular activities, which we hope will take off across the school. For the coming half term we will be working closely with the Spice team to think about how we can create some internal credit spend, so we can see our time credits being circulated and recycled around the school and across the cluster in partnership with our feeder primary schools.

 

Each of our cluster primary schools now has a parental engagement officer (PEO), whose role is to engage parents into adult education classes, school activities to support their own children’s learning and to become involved in school life. Although the different schools have different targets and action plans, we are all trying to do very similar things in getting our parents involved in school. I therefore have set up a forum for PEO’s to get together each term to share areas of good practice, offer one and other support and to try to offer themes across the cluster, to offer parents more consistency. We are also trying to share resources in opening out places on courses so parents can travel between schools to attend courses and more variety can be offered. We will be bringing in guest speakers who are able to offer support and advice to schools as a cluster, for example schools time banking or adult learning providers. We hope the information we receive can be implemented in each school including Willows, which again will offer more consistency for family’s right through their children’s school life.

 

As well as all of the adult learning and community engagement happening in the Learning Lounge, our own pupils have also been able to take advantage of this amazing space, through extra-curricular activities as well as pastoral and wellbeing support during the school day. Since September we have been able to work with a number of partner agencies in delivering these activities which have had noticeable positive impact on the children who have attended. We have so far delivered-

 

Activity Type

Delivery partner

Number of pupils reached

D of E Bronze Award

D of E Cardiff, communities 1st

10

D of E Silver Award

 Eastmoors Youth Centre,

Communities 1st

6

ICDI

Cardiff Against Bullying

8

Bounce Back

Bardnados

8

Girls group

Communities 1st,  Sport Cardiff

60

Rights Respecting Schools

Unicef

Whole School

Just B

Public Health Wales

17

Confidence ad Resilience

Cardiff ski centre

15

Science for parents

University of York

30 families

Into Film- BME film Making

Into film, Communities First

41

Sexual Health Outreach

SHOT team Cardiff

5

Interschool Gymnastics

Sport Cardiff, Welsh Gymnastics, Cardiff Games, CCYC

15

Arts Awards Project

Chapter Arts

4

Stop Smoking Programme

Ash Wales

10

Yr 10 Mentoring Programme

First Campus

18

Bereavement counselling

Jacob Abraham Foundation

8

Sorrel Art Club

First Campus, Cardiff Met

4

Shine Girl- Mental health and Wellbeing awareness

CAMHS

12

 

So what next……

I have made contact with a number of adult education providers and facilitators of courses to start planning for the rest of autumn and spring terms. We will have DIY for parents starting at the beginning of November for 6 weeks, which will give parents and community members the opportunity to learn new skills which they can use at home, saving them paying out for labourers as well as being able to brighten up their own homes for little cost. We will also be having a cake decorating course starting in January and hope to get an English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), managing children’s behaviour and Welsh for families’ course. We will be continuing with the basis maths and hope to offer basic literacy. Will be running a range of courses around childcare, which will build up to a level 2 qualification and look to support those who are interested into a social enterprise of mobile crèches providers locally or into work as classroom assistants within our cluster schools. I would like to get more of our own staff running courses after school for parents to attend, particularly in subjects which would support their own children learning for example Welsh, ICT and maths. We will be running a weekly coffee morning which will tie into the ‘Meet the Head’ sessions as well as getting in guest speakers to chat with the group about issues they want to know about.

 

Outside of the classroom and moving into the evenings, we have had our first fitness course which will saw a taster course of Kangoo Jumps for adults start at the beginning of November, and we are looking to get our first baby Yoga class up and running in January. We also have a Parent Nurture Programme which is a course open to all parents looking at consistent parenting as a whole, including themes such as boundaries, what’s age appropriate and routines. As well as a Strengthening Families course, which is for families of young teens, again looking at consistent parenting around issues like peer pressure, being able to say no, behaviour, choices and consequences. Both of these courses are booked to be delivered at Willows in the spring term and will support and benefit parents of pupils within our own school or our feeder primary schools. These courses will be support and co delivered by partner agencies such as Communities First, Families First and Flying Start.

 

We are hoping to be able to offer more community events in the New Year such as a monthly car boot sales, regular bingo and silver screen afternoons for the over 50’s and community evening events like curry and bingo. We will be looking at different funding streams to help fund some of these activities as well as a larger pot to perhaps fund a bonfire and fire work display next November.

 

I will be supporting other venues and schools with their projects, courses and groups to take Willows into the community. I will be attending parent groups running in the feeder primaries, particularly those with parents of year 5 and 6 pupils, to get to know the parents better and offer a wider and more holistic transition package to meet the whole family’s needs. I will also be getting out to more community  venues and making links to see where we can work better together and support one and others delivery, with the view of getting Willows High into the community and offering a positive message.

 

Due to changes in local provision through national programmes including Communities First and Families First, the delivery of services may change over the coming months and the impact on us as a school is yet unknown. We are however trying to get services in place to fill any gaps which may happen. I am making new professional relationships with service providers as well as making direct contact with existing services, instead of relying on vulnerable services to make bookings on our behalf. In order to support this work and to make it more sustainable I will be trying to make better links between the services we delivery and local and national policies and agendas such as the Cardiff What Matters Strategy, The Well Being of Future Generations Bill and of course the Estyn Inspection Framework. I would also like to spend some time seeing where we could make better links between what we are offering to our parents and community members, and the wider school improvement plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term Dates

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2016-17 School Calendar

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October 2016

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November 2016

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December 2016

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January 2017

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February 2017

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March 2017

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April 2017

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May 2017

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June 2017

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July 2017

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School Closed/ Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSET Days

 

 

 

 

Bank Holidays                       

 

 

 

 

Summary of changes to school prospectus

 

Curriculum 2016 - 2017

 

2016 sees the biggest change in curriculum in Wales for 10 years. As a school we have been preparing for this over the last 2 years with changes to courses, timetabling and staff training. Briefly the changes for next year are:

 

1. The introduction of The Welsh Baccalaureate - all pupils at Key Stage 4 will study this qualification which consists of 4 challenges that pupils must complete. Jack Smith has been appointed the coordinator of Welsh Baccalaureate and has overseen the development of the first 2 challenges which concentrate on Global Citizenship and Community Participation

 

2. First examination of new English and Maths qualifications - these were introduced in September 2015 and will be examined for the first time in November 2016. It is widely accepted that the new qualifications are more demanding than the previous course, however we are confident that we will maintain the same high level of performance

 

3. The introduction of new Science qualifications - for the first time since 1988 Double Science becomes compulsory in schools with new WJEC qualifications being delivered by the Science department. 

 

4. New qualifications in Foundation Subjects - from September all subjects will study GCSE qualifications offered by WJEC. In previous years departments have been free to choose the GCSE syllabus they follow from any of the 4 main exam boards. For all schools in Wales from September that choice is restricted to WJEC.

 

 

 

 

 

The use of Welsh Language in the school by pupils of all age groups

 

Teaching of the Welsh language

How pupils are taught

Year

7

8

9

10

11

Taught Welsh as a first language

0

0

0

0

0

Taught Welsh as a second language

102

99

104

123

130

Disapplied from curriculum by SEN statement

0

0

0

0

0

Total

102

99

104

123

130

 

 

 

 

 

Home/spoken Welsh language

Age

Speak Welsh fluently at home

Do not speak Welsh at home but are fluent

Speak Welsh at home but not fluently

Does not speak Welsh at home and not fluent

Cannot speak Welsh

15

0

0

0

1

129

14

0

0

0

36

88

13

0

0

0

5

98

12

0

0

0

8

89

11

0

1

0

2

101

 

The number of foundation subjects taught consistently and entirely through the medium of Welsh or bilingually = 0

 

 

Language Category

 

The following show the distribution of languages that pupils speak in the school, divided into year groups:

 

 

Year  7

Year  8

Year  9

Year 10

Year 11

Total

Akan

0

0

0

0

1

1

Albanian

1

0

0

0

0

1

Arabic

5

4

3

2

6

20

Bengali

2

1

0

3

1

7

Creole (French)

0

0

0

0

1

1

Czech

8

5

5

6

2

26

Dari

0

0

0

1

0

1

English

61

83

68

76

96

384

Farsi (Persian)

1

0

1

1

1

4

French

1

0

1

1

1

4

Fulla

0

0

0

0

1

1

Greek

0

0

0

1

1

2

Hungarian

0

0

0

0

2

2

Kurdish

0

1

0

0

0

1

Nepali

1

0

0

0

0

1

Other

0

1

0

0

0

1

Pashto

0

1

0

0

0

1

Polish

1

0

0

0

0

1

Portuguese

1

0

1

5

1

8

Punjabi

1

0

0

0

1

2

Romanian

3

1

1

1

0

6

Romany

0

0

1

1

0

2

Russian

0

0

0

1

0

1

Shona

0

0

0

0

1

1

Slovak

1

0

0

1

1

3

Somali

5

3

6

6

2

22

Swahili

1

0

0

1

0

2

Sylheti

5

2

3

1

2

13

Tamil

1

0

0

1

0

2

Tigrinya

0

1

0

0

0

1

Urdu

3

3

1

3

2

12

Vietnamese

0

1

0

0

0

1

Yoruba

0

0

0

0

1

1

Total

102

107

91

112

124

536

 

 

 

School Toilet Facilities

 

Pupil toilets are located in the canteen (with disability provision), Isolation room, opposite the meeting room (with disability provision), Astro turf changing rooms (with disability provision) and PE changing rooms (with disability provision).

 

Staff toilets are located top floor (with disability provision), first floor (with disability provision) and the ground floor (with disability provision).

 

All toilets are cleaned at the end of the school day and checked regularly during the school day.