Wright Robinson College
Ethos & Mission Statement
Wright Robinson College is a non-selective, co-educational 11 to 16 year old school, situated in East Manchester. Our purpose built premises opened in 2007 and include specialist teaching rooms for Science, ICT, Computing, Art, Technology and Music. There is also a state of the art Learning Resource Centre, as well as enviable sports facilities which house a 25m swimming pool, a double sports Hall, dance studio and fitness suite. Our modern classrooms are well designed and every room has a projector and many have visualisers. Outside there are floodlit courts as well as two 3G pitches and one (SIS pro soccer 60) 3G Carpet. These excellent facilities enable us to offer a huge range of subjects, as well as an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.
Our students will always strive to achieve their personal best academically, physically and socially. They will also have the highest respect and pride for themselves, their College and their community. The spirit of friendship and being kind to others will become synonymous with the name Wright Robinson College.
For an even closer look at Wright Robinson College, and what it has to offer your child, please take a look at our online video prospectus at: www.wrightrobinson.co.uk
Wright Robinson College
Welcome from the Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers, We are a College that demands and achieves the highest standards in all areas leading to a disciplined, safe, caring and inspiring environment where students achieve their maximum potential. We place great emphasis on the excellent relationships that exist between students and between staff and students. Wright Robinson College believes that students should leave equipped with the best set of exam results they are capable of and the skills and attitude needed to ensure they thrive in a rapidly changing world. This prospectus is designed to give you a flavour of what makes Wright Robinson College such a special place to learn, but the best way to find out is to come and see for yourself. Please contact the College if you need any extra information or would like to come and have a look around. I hope to meet you soon and look forward to working together with you and your children.
Mr. N. L. Beischer B.Ed (Hons) MA Headteacher
Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for children - and for their parents! Excellent links with our partner primary schools and an enhanced pastoral care programme in Year 7 ensure this transition is smooth and stress-free. Many of your children will already know many of us. Our specialist staff and our students visit local primary schools to run workshops and master classes, and there are opportunities to visit us for taster sessions, lessons and extra curricular activities.
The school offers a wide range of subjects. It provides a good range of options & work-related courses in addition to GCSE. Ofsted 2014
At Wright Robinson College we develop the potential and talents of all our students. The College provides a breadth of academic subjects to all students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The curriculum is dynamic and is evaluated annually to ensure we always offer a broad and balanced diet. Below are the subjects on offer at each key stage.
YEAR 7 & 8:
YEAR 9, 10 & 11:
Art History Catering ICT Computing Media Dance Music Drama Photography French Additional Science Geography Spanish Graphics Technology Health Textiles
English English History Maths Maths ICT Science Science Music PE Art PE RE Citizenship RE Citizenship Drama Spanish Food Technology Technology Geography Textiles
Students achieve consistently well in a wide range of subjects such as Science, the Humanities, Modern Languages, Art and Physical Education. Ofsted 2014
Excellence is Our Aim
Gifted & Talented
At Wright Robinson we recognise the diversity of the needs of the individual and the importance of providing a personalised curriculum. As teachers, we recognise that many of our students are “more able”, “gifted” and or “talented” learners, and we endeavour to foster and extend their abilities to the maximum potential. We recognise that our more able, gifted and talented students need access to broad, balanced and challenging curriculum opportunities to enable them to reach their true potential. With this in mind we personalise the curriculum for them by offering activities that extend and enrich their learning and promote high attainment and good progress. We have designed and developed a curriculum that provides a high level of challenge for our most able students in the classroom on a daily basis. We also provide for our more able students through a wide variety of enrichment activities. We have strong links with Manchester University and more able students from all year groups are offered the opportunity to experience University life first hand. This year students have worked with the Science Faculty at the University – attending lectures and participating in experiments for National Science and Engineering Week. Students have also spent time participating in events designed to promote skills in Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. Opportunities in and out of the classroom are all designed to challenge and support each student to achieve the highest standards they are capable of.
Students appreciate the wide range of enrichment activities provided in, for example, sports and the arts. They wear their ‘Team Wright Robinson’ badges as well as those received as rewards with intense pride. Ofsted 2014
Excellence is Our Aim
Wright Robinson College recognises that homework is crucial and is directly linked to the academic development of students. As a result we have a strong homework policy that is followed from Year 7 to Year 11. The core purpose of this is to ensure that students are reminded of the importance of homework and also to keep you fully informed. This system also allows us to identify students who need more support and guidance. We report to parents/carers regarding homework on our interim reports. Incomplete or missed homework is recorded and students attend compulsory lunchtime detentions in order to catch up and get back on track. We expect students to record all homework set in their planners and ask parents/carers to check and sign them weekly.
The Purpose of Homework:
• To encourage students to develop the skills needed for independent learning. • To consolidate, reinforce and extend the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in class. • To enable students to develop essential time management and organisational skills.
ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL
Wright Robinson Rewards
Positive attitudes to learning and meeting the shared ‘Team Wright Robinson’ expectations is at the core of our College ethos and our rewards and celebrations. Rewarding students, and therefore positively reinforcing desired attitudes, features heavily in every member of staff’s actions. The general practice of classroom management and the Pastoral and Support Team involves many rewards given to students individually or collectively on a regular basis;
• Classroom and corridor displays showing students’ work • Certificates of recognition • Texts and phone calls home • Annual whole school celebration of achievement event • Reward trips for positive attitude to learning and attendance • Postcards home • House system
Wright Robinson Rewards
When your child begins Year 7 they will become a member of a College House. House Points are awarded to students for academic achievement, effort in class, positive contributions to all aspects of college life and community involvement. These points are collected on a weekly basis. There are inter-house competitions eg Spelling Bee and Mathletics. The weekly House Point totals are then displayed on the College television system and the winning House at the end of each term receives a House prize. In addition to the House team prize, individuals gaining high numbers of house points are rewarded with certificates and prizes in assemblies.
Presentation Evening Awards Ceremony
The College annually hosts a Presentation Evening Awards Ceremony where students receive awards for achievement in a subject, a form prize for contributing to College life and an attendance award for achieving 100% attendance. The PE Faculty also host a Presentation Evening Awards Ceremony where students receive awards for their sporting achievements throughout the academic year.
An Outstanding College
Pastoral Support / Safe Guarding
The behaviour of students at Wright Robinson and the College’s provision for students’ safety were graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in February 2014. Students feel safe in College and parents overwhelmingly support this view.
The College prides itself on the positive relationships that exist between all adults and young people who work and study at Wright Robinson College. Ofsted stated ‘Students demonstrate a positive and calm demeanour. Relationships between students and between students and adults are exemplary.’
The leadership and management of pastoral care is highly effective and there is real attention to detail. Every student takes pride in their personal appearance by wearing their uniform correctly without having to be reminded. The school’s work to foster exceptional levels of behaviour and a harmonious and respectful atmosphere demonstrates the school’s outstanding success in developing students’ personal well-being and in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Ofsted 2014
The College Day
8.00am - 8.25am 8.25am 8.30am - 8.55am 8.55am - 9.55am 9.55am - 10.55am 10.55am - 11.15am 11.15am - 12.15pm 12.15pm - 1.15pm 1.15pm - 2.15pm 2.15pm - 3.15pm 3.15pm College opens for breakfast clubs and refectory Students entry into College Assembly / Tutorial time and start of College day Period 1 Period 2 Break (20 mins) Period 3 Period 4 Lunch (60 mins) Period 5
College day ends
Excellence is ou r ai m
• Black College Blazer complete
• Black College Blazer complete with College badge. • Plain white shirt, that has a collar suitable for wearing a tie. • Black tailored trousers. • Tie - each year group has their own personalised tie. • Plain black or plain white socks • Plain black shoes, no trainers. • Religious dress: Plain black turban
with College badge.
• Plain white shirt, that has a collar
suitable for wearing a tie. • Black skirt or full length tailored trousers. (No skinny (tight) jeans/ tracksuit/jogging bottoms, culottes or ski-
trousers.) • Tie - each year group has their
pants, leggings or tight fitting
own personalised tie. • Plain black or plain white socks or black tights. • Plain black shoes, no trainers. • Religious dress: Plain black head scarf/ turban. Optional: • Black ‘v’ neck jumper with College badge. • No jewellery or piercings. • A wristwatch may be worn.
Optional: • Black ‘v’ neck jumper with College badge. • No jewellery or piercings. • A wristwatch may be worn.
All uniform must have a first initial and full surname label inside.
College PE Kit
• Polo shirt with logo • Crew neck sweat top with logo • Shorts with logo - Black • Swimming costume - Black • Training shoes (Not canvas pumps, Converse etc.) • Socks - Black • Towel • Hair bobble Optional: • College tracksuit with logo - Black • Swimming hat • Shin guards • Gum shield • Football boots (moulded studs) • Plain black ankle length leggings (for Dance) Red (Outdoor) - Red (Indoor) - Red (Indoor)
• Sports shirt with collar and logo • Rugby jersey - Reversible Red & • Shorts with logo - Black • Training shoes - (Not canvas pumps, Converse etc.) • Socks - Red • Shin Guards • Towel • Black trunks Optional: • School tracksuit with logo - Black • Swimming hat - Red or Black • Gum shield - Black • Football boots (moulded studs) Black (Outdoor)
The college policy is that all students must have both indoor and outdoor PE kit.
All PE kit must have a first initial and full surname label inside.
ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL
Support and Guidance
At Wright Robinson College, all students are valued as individuals and as members of their Form Group, House, Year Group and of the College. In Year 7, much of the care and support our young learners need is provided by the Form Tutor. One of our greatest strengths is our partnership with parents and carers, who are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s education. Regular communication both formal and informal - means students feel secure and supported. By working together we ensure Wright Robinson College is a happy, fulfilling and successful experience for all our students.
Progress is underpinned by a rigorous programme of monitoring and mentoring. Realistic yet challenging targets are set for all students in all subjects at all stages of their College life. These are supported by a calendar of formal assessment opportunities when subject staff assess and record academic achievement, effort and attitudes to learning. All assessment information is shared with parents and students. Parents also have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress at Parents’ Evening.
Our pastoral system and associated school polices are designed to provide every student with a happy, safe and secure environment. The College structure is based on year groups 7 - 11. Each year group consists of a Director of Pastoral and Academic Progress (Head of Year), an Assistant Director of Pastoral and Academic Progress, a Learning Mentor, an Academic Mentor and an Attendance Officer. The Year Team are the first point of contact for parents and students. They are responsible for the pastoral care of all students within the year group. The Pastoral Team at the College work closely with numerous established external agencies. These relationships enable staff to signpost students and parents/carers to appropriate specialist provision. The College recognises that additional support can prove invaluable for the young people and their families within our community.
Monitoring & Intervention
Regular monitoring and mentoring ensure early identification of concerns, and intervention strategies are put in place and these are discussed with parents.
Each year group has an Academic Mentor who is responsible for tracking the progress of students in English and Maths. They also run the homework system across their year group and lead a variety of after school and lunchtime activities such as Debate Mate. They also provide homework help and run intensive academic support programmes.
Support and Guidance
Attendance Matters Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary and they feel very safe. Attendance levels are high. They receive exceptional care, guidance and support. Ofsted 2014
The link between attendance and attainment is firmly established. Those students who attend College more frequently achieve greater qualifications and are more able to access higher education, employment or training. One of the most important changes Wright Robinson has made to our Attendance Policy is the introduction of an Attendance Improvement Model – known in College as the ‘Banding Report’. Your child’s attendance is monitored every four weeks. On the basis of their attendance they are placed into a coloured band. Students in different bands receive different interventions designed to improve their attendance and therefore enable them to achieve the best possible educational outcomes.