STARTING YEAR 8 AT CULLYBACKEY COLLEGE

  • PASTORAL CARE
  • SCHOOL ORGANISATION
  • HOME SCHOOL LINKS

All staff at Cullybackey College play a part in the development of your child towards becoming an educated, self-reliant, mature and happy individual.

THE SUBJECT TEACHER

Cullybackey College has a highly motivated, caring staff who will deliver the curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 and beyond to your child. These teachers will ensure that regular homework’s are set and that the progress of each child is carefully monitored. Each child will be continuously assessed, receiving a written report, posted to parents, at the end of the school year for Key Stage 3 and in January for Key Stage 4&5 with parents having the opportunity to attend a consultation meeting earlier in the year when progress can be discussed.

THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TEACHER

Each pupil has a Personal Development teacher whose purpose is to encourage open discussion on a variety of topics relating to school, friendships, Health Education and teenage problems. The teacher will also encourage pupils to participate in the development of individual talents and skills and record their Achievements and Experiences in and out of school. This begins the process of compiling the content of a Pupil Progress File which is presented to all pupils at the end of their final year in Cullybackey College.

THE FORM TEACHER

The provision of pastoral care will ensure that the pupil and parent have access to a form teacher. This teacher will be available each morning, during registration, to answer any queries and questions from your child. At this time the form teacher will also check homework diaries, record attendance and enquire into absences. The form teacher will monitor a pupil’s overall progress and will alert Year Heads where there is any cause for concern.

THE YEAR HEAD

The Year Heads are accessible to all children in each particular year group. They reinforce the work of the form teachers and respond to situations which require advice and counselling. Arrangements can be made for parents to discuss their child’s progress and behaviour with the Year Head.

HEAD OF SCHOOL

The Heads of School have overall responsibility for both pastoral and academic matters and they work in close association with the Year Heads. They help to maintain continuity through Junior and Senior school.

COUNSELLING SERVICE

New Life, the Department of Education funded province wide service, provides an independent counselling function to which all pupils have access. The school has access to other all referrals – from parents, staff or the individual student, are channelled through the Vice Principal.

THE ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THIS SCHOOL IS DEVELOPED THROUGH:

  • Headmaster, Vice Principal and Senior Staff who initiate general strategies.
  • Heads of Junior and Senior School who, in conjunction with Year Heads, ensure the highest possible standards in uniform, behaviour and academic achievement.
  • Special Education Needs and ICT managers who take responsibility for the development of their respective specialisms across the curriculum.
  • Heads of Departments who are responsible for the creation of academic courses and for the general organisation of their curricular areas.
  • Year Heads who co-ordinate discipline, pastoral and curriculum-related matters.
  • Form Teachers who take a special and caring interest in the personal and social education of the pupils on a daily basis.

HOME SCHOOL LINKS ARE PROMOTED THROUGH:

  • Parents’ Association
  • Parental Consultation for each group
  • End of year summary report on academic progress
  • Interview with Year Head at parent’s request
  • School Website
  • Educational Welfare Officer