Frequently Asked Questions
How approachable is the Headteacher?
Will my child fit in?
We aim to keep children with others from their primary school.
How large are the classes?
Forms groups in year 7 usually accommodate between 25 and 27 students. Teaching groups vary according to ability i.e. smaller groups for lower ability sets; these classes will often have the benefit of Learning Support Assistants. Practical subjects house smaller classes, often around 20.
What sort of pastoral support is provided?
A high level of pastoral care is provided by all staff. Form teachers monitor the progress of students and are the main point of contact for parents or carers. All year groups have a specific location in school. Form teachers communicate frequently with Progress Leaders (Head of Year) who are able to deal with any issues which may be causing concern. During the first term for Year 7 students an Induction Evening will be held.
What is the school's attitude to discipline?
What steps are taken to encourage good manners and behaviour?
Our Home School Agreement, which we ask every student and parent to sign, requires that everybody will act with courtesy and consideration towards each other.
Will my child be bullied?
Every student has a right to feel happy and safe at school, bullying of any sort is unacceptable behaviour. Fortunately, only on rare occasions is this a serious problem at Byrchall but, in order to prevent it, we have an agreed procedure in place.
How will I be kept informed of my child's progress?
You will receive regular information about academic progress, including two termly progress reports with information on your child’s progress towards their target grades in addition to a full written report. An annual Parents’ evening will give you the opportunity to meet all your child’s teachers.
What is the school's policy on Homework?
Is progress accelerated for more able students?
Students are placed in sets accordingly to their ability. In each year there is an express set for the most able students.
Is there provision for students who require learning support?
Students who are identified as having Special Educational Needs will receive an appropriate level of support to meet their needs. This may be in the form of additional interventions, small group work, 1:1 work and in some cases in class support. Each student is given a programme which is tailored to their individual needs.
How does the school deal with the varied cultural and religious backgrounds of students?
A key pledge of Byrchall High School is to “treat everyone justly regardless of religious belief, ethnic origin or social background”. This message is built into the ethos of the school of which all governors, staff and students are aware.
What is the school policy on competition generally and competitive sports?
The school operates a Fair Play Policy and firmly promotes the ethos of sport for all. The school supports competitive sport believing that it allows students to develop new skills, meet and challenge students from other schools and develop excellence whilst progressing towards higher levels of competition and participation.