STARTING YEAR 8 AT CULLYBACKEY COLLEGE



There is a well established induction programme which makes the transition from Primary to Secondary School as smooth as possible. Details of this programme are listed below.

PRIMARY/SECONDARY LINKS

While your child is continuing his/her education in P7, Cullybackey High School is already establishing links with the Primary Schools through invitations to attend school events, use of the school’s facilities, and professional contact between staffs.

JUNE VISIT

You and your child are invited to an Information Evening in June when you can learn about the running of the school.

A PARENTS’ GUIDE

A Parents’ Guide to First Year, which answers many frequently asked questions, will be distributed in June to the parents of all transferring pupils.

FIRST FORM ONLY DAY

Traditionally the first day of the new school year is dedicated to those coming to the High School for the first time. Prefects are available over the first few days to escort classes from room to room and help our newest pupils settle in.

CLASS PLACEMENTS

Pupil groupings, according to wide ability bands are initially based on information gained from testing in Mathematics and English. Testing is undertaken on entry to the school and, where possible, friendships established in the primary school are taken into consideration when assigning pupils to classes. Parental requests in this regard will given due consideration. Movement between bands is reviewed periodically, with teacher evaluation of pupil performance being guided by the school’s assessment for learning processes.

RESIDENTIAL VISIT

A residential visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra in September allows your child to benefit from a wide range of educational and social activities in an interesting and stimulating environment, which promotes the consolidation of old, and the forming of new, friendships.

PARENTAL CONSULTATION

Two evenings are set aside for communication with Year 8 parents. In October there is a meeting with Senior Staff and Form Teachers to discuss how pupils have settled in to their new environment. In the Spring Term there is a more in-depth meeting with subject teachers to discuss academic progress. Informal contact is welcomed at any time.


We, at Cullybackey High, fully embrace the Northern Ireland Curriculum’s focus on the development of skills and personal capabilities in and outside the classroom.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

Pupils are introduced to as wide a variety of sports and games as the school’s facilities allow. Pupils have access to many sports including: Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Football, Athletics, Rugby, Badminton, Netball, Golf.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

There is a range of clubs and societies which pupils may enjoy either after school or at lunchtime.

MUSIC

The school is justifiably proud of the success of its Music Department and Year 8 pupils are encouraged to join the Choir and Orchestra which take part in many school and community events.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

A range of educational visits and school trips are regularly undertaken, dependent on support. These enhance the learning which takes place in the classroom and offer the opportunity for enjoyment, excitement and further development.

CHARITY FUND RAISING AND COLLECTIONS

Our school is keen to develop in our pupils an awareness of the needs of others. This is nurtured by holding various fund raising events with special emphasis placed on appeals at Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS PROJECT

Cullybackey High School has well established links with St. Mary’s College, Clady. In addition to joint visits to places of local interest and in pursuit of recreational activities the schools have been involved in residential visits to the Horizon Adventure Centre, Westport.

Additionally under the auspices of Ballymena Learning Together pupils have been involved in personal development projects with pupils from the 8 other post primary schools in the area. Year 9 pupils are involved in community relations projects while a residential experience at Corrymeela gives Year 10 pupils an opportunity to spend a greater period of time together.

Participation with other schools has helped pupils to widen their horizons and gain an insight into the lives and experiences of other pupils who have very different backgrounds. Perhaps the most striking conclusion is that young people are very much the same in terms of outlook and aspirations!

We look forward to further development with all partner schools.


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

THE MENTOR

Sixth year students act as mentors, supporting, befriending and guiding Year 8 pupils as they settle into life in Cullybackey High School. The mentors receive in-school training with assistance from outside agencies. Year 8 pupils relate very well with their mentors, sometimes finding it easier to approach them with a problem or concern than make a more formal approach to a member of staff. The mentors have been most successful in tackling problems associated with settling in and bullying, forming an integral part of the school’s highly regarded anti-bullying strategies.

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 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 High School.

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 Deputy Head.


THE ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THIS SCHOOL IS DEVELOPED THROUGH:

  • Headmaster, Deputy Head 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
  • The Pottinger Press (A regular newsletter for pupils and parents)
  • School Website
  • Educational Welfare Officer

BY INVITATION TO EVENTS SUCH AS:

Information Evenings
Fund raising events (Parents’ Association)
Prize Distribution
Careers Convention

+ INNDUCTION PROGRAMME

There is a well established induction programme which makes the transition from Primary to Secondary School as smooth as possible. Details of this programme are listed below.

PRIMARY/SECONDARY LINKS

While your child is continuing his/her education in P7, Cullybackey High School is already establishing links with the Primary Schools through invitations to attend school events, use of the school’s facilities, and professional contact between staffs.

JUNE VISIT

You and your child are invited to an Information Evening in June when you can learn about the running of the school.

A PARENTS’ GUIDE

A Parents’ Guide to First Year, which answers many frequently asked questions, will be distributed in June to the parents of all transferring pupils.

FIRST FORM ONLY DAY

Traditionally the first day of the new school year is dedicated to those coming to the High School for the first time. Prefects are available over the first few days to escort classes from room to room and help our newest pupils settle in.

CLASS PLACEMENTS

Pupil groupings, according to wide ability bands are initially based on information gained from testing in Mathematics and English. Testing is undertaken on entry to the school and, where possible, friendships established in the primary school are taken into consideration when assigning pupils to classes. Parental requests in this regard will given due consideration. Movement between bands is reviewed periodically, with teacher evaluation of pupil performance being guided by the school’s assessment for learning processes.

RESIDENTIAL VISIT

A residential visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra in September allows your child to benefit from a wide range of educational and social activities in an interesting and stimulating environment, which promotes the consolidation of old, and the forming of new, friendships.

PARENTAL CONSULTATION

Two evenings are set aside for communication with Year 8 parents. In October there is a meeting with Senior Staff and Form Teachers to discuss how pupils have settled in to their new environment. In the Spring Term there is a more in-depth meeting with subject teachers to discuss academic progress. Informal contact is welcomed at any time.

+ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

We, at Cullybackey High, fully embrace the Northern Ireland Curriculum’s focus on the development of skills and personal capabilities in and outside the classroom.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

Pupils are introduced to as wide a variety of sports and games as the school’s facilities allow. Pupils have access to many sports including: Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Football, Athletics, Rugby, Badminton, Netball, Golf.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

There is a range of clubs and societies which pupils may enjoy either after school or at lunchtime.

MUSIC

The school is justifiably proud of the success of its Music Department and Year 8 pupils are encouraged to join the Choir and Orchestra which take part in many school and community events.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

A range of educational visits and school trips are regularly undertaken, dependent on support. These enhance the learning which takes place in the classroom and offer the opportunity for enjoyment, excitement and further development.

CHARITY FUND RAISING AND COLLECTIONS

Our school is keen to develop in our pupils an awareness of the needs of others. This is nurtured by holding various fund raising events with special emphasis placed on appeals at Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS PROJECT

Cullybackey High School has well established links with St. Mary’s College, Clady. In addition to joint visits to places of local interest and in pursuit of recreational activities the schools have been involved in residential visits to the Horizon Adventure Centre, Westport.

Additionally under the auspices of Ballymena Learning Together pupils have been involved in personal development projects with pupils from the 8 other post primary schools in the area. Year 9 pupils are involved in community relations projects while a residential experience at Corrymeela gives Year 10 pupils an opportunity to spend a greater period of time together.

Participation with other schools has helped pupils to widen their horizons and gain an insight into the lives and experiences of other pupils who have very different backgrounds. Perhaps the most striking conclusion is that young people are very much the same in terms of outlook and aspirations!

We look forward to further development with all partner schools.

+ PASTORAL CARE

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

THE MENTOR

Sixth year students act as mentors, supporting, befriending and guiding Year 8 pupils as they settle into life in Cullybackey High School. The mentors receive in-school training with assistance from outside agencies. Year 8 pupils relate very well with their mentors, sometimes finding it easier to approach them with a problem or concern than make a more formal approach to a member of staff. The mentors have been most successful in tackling problems associated with settling in and bullying, forming an integral part of the school’s highly regarded anti-bullying strategies.

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 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 High School.

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 Deputy Head.

+ SCHOOL ORGANISATION

THE ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THIS SCHOOL IS DEVELOPED THROUGH:

  • Headmaster, Deputy Head 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

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
  • The Pottinger Press (A regular newsletter for pupils and parents)
  • School Website
  • Educational Welfare Officer

BY INVITATION TO EVENTS SUCH AS:

Information Evenings
Fund raising events (Parents’ Association)
Prize Distribution
Careers Convention