Key Stage 3
The first few years at secondary school are an important time in a child’s life where the foundations are set and built upon to enable lifelong learning. It is an exciting time moving up from Key Stage 2 and an important stage where children become full and mature members of society and start to contribute further to their community.
At Turton, during Key Stage 3, we aim to help develop students into young adults who can respond well to the challenges they face in everyday life by nurturing their moral virtues. These character traits will enable them to live, cooperate and learn with others in a way that is harmonious, neighbourly and morally justifiable.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students will learn about the Turton Touchstones and will be able to link them into school life as well as when they leave, becoming well rounded citizens. Students will acquire a sound blend of knowledge, questioning expertise and communication skills in order to help them succeed in Key Stage 4 and flourish in life.
Keeping your child safe...
Pupils fit in very quickly with the help of older students, staff and Year 10 mentors. After an effective transition process, pupils learn to manage a very different school experience where they work on skills of organisation and resilience as they juggle a 25 period a week timetable. In their first term they begin to make new friends for life, learn about new subjects and settle into a routine. This can be quite a challenging time for some, however they receive support and guidance from the pastoral team.
We introduce them to Accelerated Reader which promotes reading for pleasure, reviewing their learning through learning logs and studying both French and Spanish languages.
Team building opportunities are planned throughout the year to support pupils’ new friendships and develop confidence. Further trips in Faith and Ethics, English and Geography also provide a wealth of experiences for our pupils. They are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular clubs in Music, PE and the creative arts and embrace new experiences such as getting involved in the school production.
If you have any queries about your child in Year 7, contact the Head of Year Mark Sykes.
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What can you expect for your child at Turton School in Year 8?
Year 8 is a lovely period in your child’s education – they will no longer have the pressures of being the newest pupils in the school; they have developed friendships, have positive relationships with teachers, feel confident moving around school and have developed the skills to work across various subjects. Exciting new challenges including trips to Disneyland Paris, also help pupils develop independence. It is therefore, an excellent opportunity to become role models for the new Year 7 pupils and to take positive steps towards preparing for starting GCSE work in Year 9.
As Year 8 pastoral staff we have a focus on issues that are relevant to your child, one of the most important being friendships. At this stage it can become more apparent that pupils are developing at different rates and have new interests. Should the breakdown of friendships occur as the result of this we have a fantastic team of Group Tutors and our Key Stage 3 Team (offering mediation, mentoring and support in other guises) to help pupils develop in character and become empathetic and resilient young people with a sense of fairness and justice.
If you have any queries please contact the Head of Year 8, Jessica Brown.
Year 9 is an exciting time for students as they get to make some important decisions. During Year 9 students will follow one of two GCSE options pathways. Students will be fully prepared for this process and parents will be involved throughout. Assemblies will take place to give advice on the different pathways and an options evening will be held for you to help make these decisions. Staff are available to help go through the decisions if you require any further help. Please don't hesitate to get in touch no matter what your concern.
Mrs Laura Smith
Year 10 is a pivotal point in your child’s school career; the transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 being the most obvious. Pupils are now well established within school and have built friendships and positive relationships with peers and staff alike. The next two years are about working as a team towards being the best they possibly can be – both academically but also as a well- rounded and caring individual.
Assemblies will look at various themes in order to develop resilience and confidence and having a healthy attitude towards learning. When the ‘going gets tough’, as it inevitably will do in this year, there are mentors and support staff with a wealth of experience who can work with your child. We offer careers advice, KS5 Taster Days in the Sixth form and local colleges, as well as support for the UCAS process. The team offer advice and guidance on revision techniques, managing stress and catch up sessions to ensure students stay on track.
Pupils will also be expected in Year 10 to model the behaviours and values they would expect to see in the younger years. They are now young adults, who are working towards becoming prefects and other positions of responsibility.
In all of this, communication between home, pupils and staff is key. Please do not hesitate to get in touch no matter your concern.
Mr Dan McElroy
Head of Year 10
Your child’s final year is about demonstrating five years of learning academically, emotionally and socially. Our team is here to help your young adults to develop traits such as resilience, a sense of purpose, empathy and promoting themselves positively within ours and the wider community.
We will provide Year 11 with a purposeful environment that allows them to develop as characters, learn effectively, take educated risks and develop the skills necessary for a successful future. The team offer advice and guidance on revision techniques and managing stress as well as catch up sessions to ensure students stay on track.
We will also assist with their preparations for exams and their future careers with a team that is knowledgeable and caring and prepared to go the extra mile for our pupils. All we ask is that the year group work with us to give themselves the best opportunity for their future.
As the senior year group, pupils have the added pressure of modelling positive behaviours for our younger pupils. This responsibility provides them with a glimpse of the expectations required in their working lives. Our Staff aim to help our pupils to succeed by modelling the virtues that are expressed within the Turton Touchstones. Pastoral Leaders and group tutors will monitor pupils closely and provide intervention where necessary. At the end of five years of hard work we will celebrate our successes with a range of activities and trips including the year 11 Prom.
If you have anything you wish to discuss, please get in touch.
Mrs Rebecca Wright
Year 11 Pastoral Leader
Advice and Support
Students in Years 10 and 11 are provided with a fully inclusive support service to help them get through these crucial exam years and support them in the planning and application of their post 16 years. Support can be found in our pastoral rooms which are open between 8:00am and 4:00pm every day. L11 acts as a drop in centre for students who may need assistance or help either in their school work or in their personal lives.
Turton has recently been re- accredited the Gold Standard for its IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) and L11 provides a one stop shop for all careers related advice to ensure that students make the right choices, either moving on to Turton Sixth Form or secure either a college placement or apprenticeship.
Or our connexions advisor Caroline Seddon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mental Health and Wellbeing Team
Turton School is passionate about improving mental health and supporting the wellbeing of all our students. We are delighted to be one of the first schools in the country to be involved in the Youth Mental Health First Aid in Schools programme and one of seven pilot schools working with Bolton CAMHS School Liaison Team.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) uses the following definitions of wellbeing:
- emotional wellbeing – this includes being happy and confident and not anxious or depressed
- psychological wellbeing – this includes the ability to be autonomous, problem-solve, manage emotions, experience empathy, be resilient and attentive
- social wellbeing – has good relationships with others and does not have behavioural problems, that is, they are not disruptive, violent or a bully.
We employ dedicated staff to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students.
Tom has a diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapies and Level 2 accreditation through the BABCP. Tom receives fortnightly supervision from Alison Birdsall (Level 2 CBT Therapist) for his CBT cases. Tom Berry is employed as our Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner working across the school. The purpose of the role is support early identification, assessment and intervention for pupils presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Tom facilitates referral to outside agencies and works collaboratively with external agencies where more acute mental health, behaviour difficulties or risk are assessed.
The aim of the role is to;
- Empower pupils to better understand and manage their mood and emotions.
- Encourage pupils to make helpful choices to support improved wellbeing and relationships.
- Support pupils to feel more confident by developing realistic goals, expectations of self and reflecting on their successes.
- Maximise pupil’s chances of achieving their learning potential by working collaboratively with pupils, teachers and their families to enable mental health needs to be better understood and supported in school.
- Support pupils who self-harm through joint working with CAMHS and parents to enable effective risk management.
Safe and evidence based practice is supported through the purchase of clinical supervision through Bolton CAMHS. Peter Birchall (Senior Practitioner) provides caseload management supervision to Tom on a termly basis.
Elizabeth is a member of BACP. She is a self-employed humanistic counsellor contracted to offer open ended counselling support across the school. Elizabeth will meet with up to 8 pupils on Thursdays and provide 30 minute appointments.
This is the on-line system we use for all college, sixth form and apprenticeship applications. Pupils are given support in making the right decisions after their GCSEs for all post-16 options. UCAS Progress helps all young people – not just those looking to go on to higher education – by giving them access to impartial information and advice, and the ability to search and apply for all post-16 destinations.
All pupils will be given the opportunity in school to log on to UCAS Progress with their own unique log on number in the summer term. Pupils can then start filling in the sections on their profile. The profile includes the following sections: - Personal Information, Qualifications, Work History, Personal Statement and Contact Details.
Pupils continue to fill out the sections now adding their work experience and complete profiles ready for the system to go live in October. Once the system has gone live pupils can now send off their applications. Bury College usually have an early deadline of mid-November for applications.
The purpose of Bolton Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy and published on our school website.
We recognise that the demands on students are growing, not only academically but socially. Mentors are experienced in a variety of areas including emotional health and well -being and mental health, liaising with outside agencies including Project 360 and CAMHs. We also have counsellors to support students with a range of issues and the School Nurse has a Drop In once a week. Mentors can also lend an ear and help negotiate between pupils and staff and families or just help to get things into perspective. If you feel you need support please contact your child's Head of Year.
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