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Absence from School

Every absence must be explained by the parent to the registration teacher. A note may be sent or a phone call to the main office on 01286 673076. It is the parents responsibility to do this for every absence.

If no explanation has been received we will send a text message to remind you to either phone the school or reply to the message.

Any parents wishing to withdraw their child from school to go on holiday during term time must seek the Headmaster’s permission. If this is not done, then the absence will be recorded as an Unauthorised Absence, and dealt with as such.

Admission Policy

As far as is possible, we operate an Open Entry Policy

Books/Equipment

It would be beneficial if pupils would bring suitable dictionaries in Welsh and English as well as a rough book and a reading book to school every day.

Calculator
A calculator that is appropriate for GCSE standard in both Mathematics and Science will be on sale at the school for a price that will be approximately half the shop price.

Bullying

As a school we do not accept, or tolerate, occasions where a pupil is unhappy because of an extended situation of threats, either oral or physical, by other pupils, or another pupil.

The school has a Policy for Dealing with Bullying from which there is no deviation. We deal with any such case by detailed investigation into the situation, support and help for whoever is in danger of being bullied, and dealing with the one who is creating the situation. We ask for parents’ help when bullying is suspected, or when their child is accused of bullying.

During their first weeks in school Year 7 pupils will be partnered with friends (Buddies) from the Sixth Form, and the buddy will be available for the pupil to turn to for help in his/ her new school.

Careers Education and Work Experience

Considerable emphasis is now placed on connections with industry and the world of work.
In years 9, 10 and 11 each pupil receives careers advice from the Careers Teacher in the school and from a member of the Authority's Careers Service as well as gaining access to the computerised JIIG-CAL service.

A varied programme of careers advice is offered to 16+ pupils; this concentrates on career and HE choices.

As part of this programme work experience placements are given to every pupil at the end of year 10 and 12/13

We encourage pupils to gain initiative and self-reliance, and the Careers courses help pupils to understand industry, the economy, and small businesses. Attempts are made to develop links with local businesses in order to ensure these aims, and to support the school’s provision.

WORK-RELATED EDUCATION

The school follows the statutory guidelines relating to WRE

Charging for Educational Activities

The Governing Body has adopted a policy of charging pupils for :

- board and lodging costs on educational visits
- activities outside school hours
- external examinations which the school has not prepared the pupil for during that school year
- examinations when the pupil fails to complete the requirements or fails to attend the examination without a proper reason ; re-sitting examinations or tests for the third time.
- intentional damage to school property or the loss of school property

Complaints About Any Aspect Of The Curriculum

In the first instance these should be discussed with the Headteacher.

If the matter is not dealt with to the parent's satisfaction the complaint should be presented in writing to the Clerk of the Governors at the school address. The Governing body will then deal with the complaint.

Core Curriculum for A Level Students

A Level students will be expected to participate in at least 10 days work experience and to follow a course in Religious Education and General Studies.

Most pupils follow 3AS subjects in Year 12, plus the Welsh Bac, and 3 A subjects in Year 13. The minimum allowed is 2 AS, plus the Welsh Bac. All pupils are counselled on the subjects they should follow, and it is expected that this advice is accepted.

A pupil may follow numerous combinations of the above courses according to his/her personal choice, there are, however, two conditions to follow A Level courses :

If a pupil wishes to follow 3 subjects to AS/ A Level then he/she must have obtained at least 6 grade C or higher at G.C.S.E. Pupils are advised individually on combination, and number, of subjects to follow.

If a pupil wishes to follow a particular subject at A Level then he/she must possess a grade C or higher in that subject at G.C.S.E.


Cultural Activities

As a school we are very proud of our vast and varied programme of cultural activities which has lead to several recent successes.. Following is a list of activities which are being arranged for this year, or have happened in the previous few years:

Reading Week for Year 7 Carol Service
Eisteddfod Urdd Eisteddfod Competitions
Cerdd Dant Festival Musical
Young Musician Competition Caernarfon Rotary
Reading Club Huwcyn Club Year 7
Numerous visits Christmas Oratorio

We offer an extremely varied programme of activities, based on the principle of providing every pupil with the opportunity to taste different aspects of activities, and to fully develop a pupil’s ability in his chosen area. We take full advantage of the extensive resources, both on- and off-site, to achieve this.

We are very proud of our success in sport, both by individuals and teams. Numerous individuals every year represent Gwynedd, North Wales, and Wales. In recent years school teams have appeared in national finals.

Individuals from school have represented their country at hockey, golf, cricket, athletics, rugby, and sailing, while more than one Welsh Champion is a pupil here.

Curricular Aims

1. To equip each individual with the ability to lead a full life in the bilingual community in which he/she lives.

2. To enable each individual to acquire, to develop and to apply the skills of language and mathematics.

3. To enable each individual to develop intellectual, creative, social, practical and physical skills.

4. To teach about man's achievements and aspirations in the arts, the sciences, religion and the search for a better society.

5. To enable each individual to acquire knowledge, attitude and skills relevant to adult life, employment and unemployment in a rapidly, changing world, continuing education and the creative use of leisure.

6. To help each pupil to understand the world in which he/she lives and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

CURRICULUM 11-16

The school offers courses in keeping with the National Curriculum. We also offer a Personal Education programme to every pupil.

This school operates a cycle of 30 periods, with the following pattern :

Years 7 and 8  
Welsh, English, French 10 periods
Mathematics, Science 6 periods
Technology 3 periods
History, Geography, Religious Education 5 periods
Music, Art 3 periods
Physical/Personal Education 3 periods

The pattern for the Special Educational Needs Unit is slightly different, reflecting the pupils’ differing needs..

Year 9  
Welsh, English, French 8 periods
Mathematics, Science 8 periods
Technology 3 periods
History, Geography, Religious Education 6 periods
Music, Art 3 periods
Physical/Personal Education 2 periods


Pupils are placed in mixed ability groups in Year 7. There is setting in Mathematics, Science, Welsh and English in years 8 and 9.

Special Needs groups are available where pupils can be given personal attention by following an individ­ual teaching programme.

Also there is an arrangement to give additional tuition in basic language skills to mainstream pupils where required.

Years 10 and 11  
Welsh 4 periods
English 4 periods
Mathematics 4 periods
Religious/Physical/Personal Education 3 periods
Single Science 3 periods
Double Science 3 periods
Three Separate Sciences 3 periods
Open Option 1/ Triple Science 3 periods
Open Option 2 3 periods
Open Option 3 3 periods
Open Option 4 3 periods

The Open Options offer Languages/ Humanities / Art / Music / Business Studies / Vocational Courses etc.

There are a number of new courses and vocational courses an the option lines, and these may on, or off, the school site. At present these courses include Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Dance and Performing, Open Air Activities, Country Crafts, Interactive Media studies, Music Technology and other, similar courses

The vast majority of the pupils will sit GCSE examinations in the above areas according to their ability but a small number of pupils will sit the Entry Level Certificate examinations.

There are Special Needs classes also in years 10 and 11. The aim is to prepare the pupils for the appro­priate external examination and the Youth Award Scheme.


Daily Worship and Religious Education

Pupils follow a daily act of worship either in a year group in the school assemblies or as a registration group in the form room.

The Welsh Assembly Government has directed schools to inform parents that they have the right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship either in whole or in part.

Delivering messages to pupils during the school day

It is not practical for the school to deliver messages to pupils on every occasion.

We appeal to parents to do this in emergency cases only.

ESTYN INSPECTION OCTOBER 2008

The Inspectors found that

- Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen is a good school. The curriculum meets the needs of pupils very well and the school is a happy and caring community. Pupils' standards of achievement and the standards of teaching are good
- pupils achieve a good standard in their key skills and students achieve good standards with outstanding features
- pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) make good progress and attain standards appropriate to their ability
- development of pupils’ personal, social and learning skills is good and the development of students’ skils is good with outstanding features
- pupils and students have a positive attitude towards learning and respond well to their teachers’ expectations
- pupils’ standards of behaviour is good, in lessonss and around the school, and they are courteous and naturally friendly. Students set an outstanding example to the younger pupils

 

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Equal Opportunity

The school operates an equal opportunities policy for staff and pupils, which encompasses sex, curriculum, and language.

Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen is a designated centre for pupils with physical disabilities, both in the Special Needs unit, and in mainstream classes, and all the buildings have been adapted so that all subjects and resources are available to the disabled, whatever the disability. The school follows the Authority’s guidelines relating to open access for everybody to the curriculum and buildings.

This school strongly believes in providing equal opportunity for all its pupils and we have a DISABILITY EQUALITY PLAN to ensure that we do not discriminate against a pupil, parents or guardians whom are disabled as regars access to services provided by the school as under the 1995 Disability Act.

 

Health and Safety Policy

The school governors have adopted all legal guidelines concerning the health and safety of all staff and pupils in school. These guidelines are followed regularly, and without deviation.

Home and School Contact

Parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their children's education and behaviour. To this end Parents' Meetings are held for each year group in turn, and parents are invited to many functions organised by the school during the year.

If any matter, educational or personal, causes any concern to a pupil then parents should contact the school immediately.

From time to time we will send text messages to inform you of events in school or to draw your attention to certain matters of interest.

Contacting School
Parents of pupils in Years 7,8,9 should contact the school on 682972, and not on the usual number

Homework

Homework is set regularly, according to a given timetable in KS3, and to course requirements in KS4. Each pupil has a School Contact Book, and parental support is appreciated in order that the work is completed, and to the expected standard.

Information Technology

The school invests heavily in IT.

We have around 250 computer stations, which equates to at least one for every 5 pupils. They are placed in networked rooms, which are purpose built, or modified, and as individual stations. Pupils are allowed to use the computers in their own time in order to complete work, or to conduct research. This can be arranged with the teachers. Every pupil has an e-mail address, and can take advantage of it. The whole system is protected, so that no pupil can misuse it, and is completely safe for every pupil. If a pupil is caught attempting to misuse the system his/ her rights to use the systems will be withdrawn.

There are a number of Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms. These can make a lesson more exiting and relevant.

The latest Video Conferencing equipment provides us with the opportunity for Distance Learning .

Language Policy

We serve a natural Welsh speaking area, and, therefore, Welsh is the natural language of the school. 98% of pupils are fluent in the language, while it is the mother tongue for 85% of pupils. Because of this, Welsh is the main language of communication and administration, although all communication with parents is bilingual.

Communication Skills

It cannot be overstated that one of the main aims of the school is to develop and apply the lan­guage skills of our pupils. If a child cannot communicate linguistically in an effective way then he/she will be at a disadvantage throughout his/her school career in every aspect of the curricu­lum.

Bilingualism

Our aim is to develop the above communication in two languages and to capitalise on the pupil's mother tongue to set firm foundations during years 7, 8 and 9.

We aim at a situation where pupils can benefit from the choice of the most suitable medium in which to take any examination in Key Stage 4 and 5, be that medium bilingual, Welsh or English. The vast majority of subjects at GCSE and A Levels are taught formally bilingually, with the choice of examination language being the individual pupil’s. All work during the course should be completed according to the individual department’s policy.

We aim at a natural continuation of the linguistic experience from the primary school and to intro­duce elements of work in both languages in all subjects. This is operative in all years in school

Teaching materials are prepared in both languages in every subject and they will be introduced by a variety of methods depending on the nature of the subject.

We aim at a situation where all pupils can discuss their various subjects in two languages, with this capability in turn reinforcing the pupils' understanding in the subjects themselves.

General

In order to safeguard the general balance of the two languages in the pupil's overall experience the morning assemblies and school meetings will be held mainly through the medium of Welsh.

Welsh as a Subject

All pupils are expected to follow Welsh as a subject up to the end of year 11 and to sit the appropriate first or second language examination at the end of the course. The only pupils following Welsh Second Language courses are those pupils who have come into contact with Welsh for the first time during, or after, Year 6.


Leaving school premises during the lunch hour

Years 10 and 11 pupils are allowed to leave school premise during the lunch hour – but parents must sign that they take responsibility for their child during that time, and pay for a pass to leave school.

We reserve the right to refuse, or withdraw, permission for any pupil to leave the premises at lunchtime, if a pupil misbehaves outside school premises, or regularly fails to return to school punctually.

Lunch-hour arrangements

There are 2 canteens in school, one which serves mainly hot meals, and one which serves snacks. The snack canteen is open to all pupils between 8.30 a.m. and 8.55 a.m., during morning break, and during the lunch hour. For the rest of the day it serves as the Sixth Form Common Room.

Room is provided for any pupil who wishes to bring his own lunch to school.

The safety and welfare of the pupils necessitates that mid-day meals for Year 7,8,9 pupils must be:

- a school dinner, or
- a packed lunch eaten in school, or
- a meal taken at home (or at the house of an adult or relative). A letter will be required by the
parent to confirm this arrangement.

The form teacher should be informed if the arrangement is changed during the course of the year.

Years 10 and 11 pupils are allowed to leave school premise during the lunch hour – but parents must sign that they take responsibility for their child during that time, and pay for a pass to leave school.

We reserve the right to refuse, or withdraw, permission for any pupil to leave the premises at lunchtime, if a pupil misbehaves outside school premises, or regularly fails to return to school punctually.

Medical

Parents are expected to inform the school of any medical or clinical condition, which might affect a pu­pil's education programme.

Pupils wishing to be excused from Physical Education on medical grounds must provide a parent's note. However they are still expected to change into their Physical Education kit even though they may not be taking part.

 

Pastoral Aims

1. To seek first and foremost to nurture a society which stresses human and moral values and to develop self-respect as well as respect, tolerance and concern for others.

2.To aim at a community that demands the highest possible academic, social and moral standards, by supporting and encouraging the contribution of each individual.

3. To foster a healthy relationship between home and school and between school and community, and to consider the school as an integral part of the community of Caernarfon and the local area.

4. To develop a feeling of pride in the school as an institution which is striving to integrate the community, and to be a meaningful place for each individual in the various groups that exist within the order of the school e.g. teaching group, form group, house, year group.

In order to achieve these aims, the school asks parents to sign a school-home contract which details the school’s commitments and expectations.

Pastoral Care and Pupil Welfare

We, as a school, take our pastoral care duties seriously, and work hard to ensure the welfare and progress of every pupil.

According to the ESTYN Report in 2003 ‘ The quality of support that is offered to pupils is very good’. Further, it is stated ‘ The school shows care for the safety of the pupils during lessons, and during breaks. Altogether, the school makes every effort to ensure, and retain, the progress of pupils of all abilities, both academically and personally’.

Again
‘This school is a civilized, caring, and congenial community.’

Photographing Pupils For Publication

The school reserves the right to take photographs and/or video clips of pupils for assessment purpose or evidence for achievement.

Occasionally photographs will be taken of pupils taking part in school activities, or of groups, or individuals, who have been successful in one area or other. Some of these photographs could be published in newspapers, or other publications, or on a website belonging to the school, Gwynedd Council, or other foundations that we could be working with.

If it is your wish that your child should not be part of such photographs, could you please inform the school, in writing, before the beginning of the first term.

Qualifications Offered

This school prepares pupils to aim for the following qualifications:

At 16 years of age (or earlier):)  
General Certificate of Secondary Education - GCSE WJEC and OCR
Entry Level Certificate WJEC
NVQ EDEXCEL and City and Guilds
BTEC EDEXCEL
National Certificates and Diplomas OCR
Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification WJEC
ASDAN  
OCN Units  
Certificate in Key Skills WJEC
   
16+  
General Certificate of Education - A/AS Level WJEC/ AQA/OCR
The Welsh BAC WJEC


The school receives the services of peripatetic music teachers who offer a support service to the Music Department. The service can assist pupils to prepare for various instrumental examinations.

The following examination subjects are offered :

Welsh Joint Education Committee: GCSE  
Welsh Applied Business Religious Studies
Welsh Second Language: Programme A French Music
Welsh Literature History: Syllabus A Information Technology
English Geography Avery Hill Spanish
English Literature Graphics Art and Design Child Development
Mathematics Design and Technology Health and Social Care
Science Physical Education Interactive Media Studies
Additional Science Applied Science Music Technology
Three Separate Sciences    

 

Other Qualifications:
Performance and Dance – BTEC Certificate of Personal Effectiveness –ASDAN
Building - NVQ Land and Environment Studies - NVQ
Hair and Beauty – NVQ Music Technology - NVQ

 

Welsh Joint Education Committee: AS/A Level
Art & Design Mathematics Religious Studies
Biology Chemistry Music
Design and Technology Physics Economics
Physical Education English Welsh First Language
Geography Information Technology French
Electronics Business Studies Drama
History Law Psychology
Politics and Government Photography Sociology


Key Skills Level 2 and 3 in:

Communication, Application of Number, I.T., Working with Others, Problem Solving and Improving Your Own Performance.

In Key Stage 4, the school also offers, in partnership with Coleg Gwynedd, courses in Beauty Therapy, Performance and Dance and Open Air Activities, and, with Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, a course in Land and Environment.

Gwynedd Training provides a Building course whilst our partnership with Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle and Ysgol Brynrefail also enables us to offer Spanish, I-Media and Outdoor Activities and AS courses in Design and Technology, RE and French

 

School Buildings

Following an extensive programme of building in the past few years, which culminated in bringing the school on one site in 2003, there are many buildings in school which are less than 10 years old.

One new building has been designated as Year 7 Block, and Year 7 pupils will receive most of their lessons in that building, or in specialist rooms nearby, eg Art, Music, Science, and Technology. This will mean that Year 7 pupils, being new to the school, will not have to wander the whole of the large site that we have here.

A Deputy Head, Head of Year 7 and Year 7 tutors are situated in Year 7 Block

School Buses

A high standard of behaviour is expected on the buses.

If a pupil does not conform to this standard it could result in the pupil having to find alternative means of transport. Parents should emphasise the importance of good behaviour on school buses, especially as far as safety is concerned.

School Contact Book

At the beginning of each school year every pupil will be given a Contact Book. Parents are kindly asked to supervise what is being recorded in the Diary in co-operation with the school.

School Uniform

NEW SCHOOL UNIFORM - CHANGES IN THE 6th FORM
From September 1st 2011, Year 12 will be wearing the official Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen jumper - a V neck jumper with the school logo on it. They are available at the school - you may purchase one on the day you receive your GCSE results.

GIRLS Years 7 - 11
Skirt Navy blue of decent length (cycling shorts not allowed under skirt)
Trousers Plain navy or black (jeans, corduroys and tracksuit bottoms not allowed)
Shirt Years 7,8,9 Red Polo with school badge
  Years 10,11 Blue Polo with school badge
Sweatshirt School Sweatshirt only
Thick socks Black or navy
Short Socks White or navy
Coat Navy or black background
Shoes Black sensibly styled
GIRLS YR 12 and 13
As above except for :
Blouse/shirt White
Tie 12 and 13 Year Tie

 

BOYS Years 7 - 11
Trousers Plain navy or black (jeans, corduroys and tracksuit bottoms not allowed)
Shirt Years 7,8,9 Red Polo with school badge
  Years 10, 11 Blue Polo with school badge
Sweatshirt School Sweatshirt only
Coat Navy or black background
Shoes Black sensibly styled
BOYS Yr.12 and 13
As above except for :
Shirt White
Tie 12 and 13 Year Tie

The Polo Shirt and Sweatshirt will be about £10 each, which are reasonable prices. These items can be bought directly from Trefor Jones, Siop y Don, Sip Na-nog, or Set One, Caernarfon.

The following is necessary for PHYSICAL EDUCATION lessons:
Years 7 ac 8 Years 9/10/11
White School T Shirt Football/rugby shirt
School rugby shirt T shirt
Black shorts (no tracksuit) Shorts (no tracksuit)
School socks Football socks
Football/rugby/training shoes/ pumps Football/rugby/training shoes/ pumps
   
These can be ordered in the Introduction meetings in June


Earrings and Jewellry
A pupil may wear ONE stud earring on the lobe of each ear only. For health and safety reasons no other jewellry is allowed other than the wearing of a watch.

Make up, Hair styles and colour
The wearing of excessive make up, as deemed by the school, is prohibited as is a hairstyle and colour which is judged to be inappropriate or extreme. The school will deal with these issues as it seems fit.


 

School Values

In accordance with the school’s aims, we strive to develop civilized values in every pupil.

This entails developing, through the whole curriculum, spiritual, moral, and social aspects in all our pupils. Moreover, all pupils follow the PSE programme in order to develop the aims mentioned.

We also have an extensive programme of cultural activities, which aims to develop each pupil’s contribution to his community. Every pupils receives the opportunity to partake in musical activities.


Security

All private property is the responsibility of the pupil concerned. All items (clothing, satchels, etc.,) should be clearly marked for identification purposes. The school does not accept responsibility for any personal items lost. Valuables such as watches and cash should be handed to the member of staff concerned if the pupil cannot safeguard the property. This does not mean that the teacher accepts any responsibility for any losses that may occur.

Mobile Phones must not be brought to school. The school will deal with any incidents of mobile phone use in class or in examinations. The Examination Board for any official examination will disqualify candidates for bringing a mobile phone into the examination room, even if the phone has been turned off.

Sex Education

The school considers Sex Education as an integral part of the curriculum, and offers it through formal and informal aspects.

The course is based on county agreed policy and is presented, as a module within PSE, in such a way as to encourage children to give proper consideration to moral issues and the value of family life. Experts in the field of health education are invited to the school to contribute to this programme.

All materials used equate to the individual pupil’s age and ability

Informal aspects are also introduced in other subjects, such as moral aspects in the language lessons, and physical aspects in Science lessons

The Welsh Assembly Government has directed schools to inform parents that they can withdraw their child from part or from all of the sex education course.

Special Needs Education

The school follows the Code of Practice guidelines when educating SEN pupils. A SEN Unit for pupils with severe SEN is supported, and pupils from outside the catchment area may be accepted, following parental request, or a recommendation from the Special Needs Joint Committee. As far as possible pupils in the unit follow the National Curriculum in its entirety, and the possibility of partial integration into the mainstream exist when practicable. Classes are small, and are taught by SEN specialists, as well as subject specialists. All pupils follow an Individual Educational Plan, which is reviewed regularly. Only very rarely does an SEN pupil leave school without an examination qualification.


During the Summer Term before starting school the SEN Co-ordinator will meet every pupil who is likely to attend the unit, and will assess the individual’s needs.


Regular contacts are maintained with the parents of all pupils who receive support, and we appreciate regular parental support and help.

 

Sport

All pupils are expected to take advantage of the school’s sport programme, both as part of the curriculum, and extra-curricular.

We use the many resources on- and off-site that are available to us in order to achieve this; these include

- Full use of the Sports Hall in the Leisure Centre all week
- Use of the Tennis Centre
- Use of the Swimming Pool
- Use of the Fitness Room
- All weather pitches
- Large natural playing fields
- School gym


TIME SPENT TEACHING

A total of 25 hours 50 minutes a week is spent teaching during the first 5 years.
There are 6 lessons per day, and the day is divided as follows:

8.55 - Preparatory Bell
9.00 - 9.15 Registration and Assembly

An assembly is held for different year groups at 9:05 each day. This brings the pupils together for a morning service and to receive announcements about specific matters to their year and general school concerns.

9.15 - 10.55 Teaching periods 1 and 2
10.55 - 11.10 Break
11.10 - 12.50 Teaching periods 3 and 4
12.50 - 1.45 Lunch
1.45 - 1.50 Registration
1.50 - 3.30 Teaching periods 5 a 6

 

Visits

We have an extensive and varied programme of visits to places of interest, and to other countries.

Recently pupils have visited:
Brittany, France, USA (Football and Skiing), Zambia, Nepal , Japan, Ireland,
London, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, as well as many other places.

The school follows all Health and Safety guidelines when arranging visits.

Welsh Medium at A Level

The vast majority of subjects are taught bilingually, according to the school’s Language Policy, and individual pupils can sit examinations in their subjects in the language of his/ her choice, or bilingually.

Years 12 and 13 – AS and A Level

There is a large Sixth Form in school, with around 50% of the year returning to Year 12. Around 80% of the pupils follow traditional AS/A level, while 20% follow the various Vocational A Levels offered by the school. Many pupils study a combination of both academic and vocational courses. The majority of pupils proceed to Higher Education.

One the school’s canteens serves as the Sixth Form Common room, and counter service is provided all day.

The following subjects are currently offered to AS level in Year 12 and A level in Year 13:

Welsh English French History
Geography Psychology Economics Art and Design
Physics Chemistry Biology Business Studies
Mathematics Law Electronics Religious Studies
Sociology C.D.T. Drama Information Technology
Physical Education Music Photography Politics and Government

Each pupil in Year 12 follow courses which lead to the Welsh Bac award

The option pattern is designed afresh each year to cater for pupils' needs.
Years 12 and 13 are taught separately in the majority of these subjects.

Year 12 and 13 - Vocational A Levels

Vocational courses have been designed as alternatives to traditional A Levels and allow students the option of either going on to higher education, or to further training for a job.

This is a two year course leading to a 12 Unit Double qualification which is equivalent to 2 A Levels, or a Single 6 Unit qualification ( equivalent to 1Lefel A ), or a 3 Unit qualification ( equivalent to 1 AS )

Currently the school is offering Vocational A Levels in Leisure and Recreation, Travel and Tourism and Health and Social Care.

The courses are available through Welsh or English or bilingually. Generally, all students should complete, at least, ONE unit in a language other to their main language of study. All students are also expected to follow one AS subject.

A combination of Academic and Vocational A levels can be studied