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Welcome to Childwall School: A Specialist Sports College

Childwall Sports College goes from strength to strength. In 2008 Ofsted commented that "The school has a positive ethos. This is a harmonious community where everyone feels safe, valued and secure." We are highly ambitious for our young people and continue to strive to ensure that all our youngsters receive the highest quality Learning and Teaching. We are oversubscribed which gives us the opportunity to appoint more staff to ensure that class sizes are kept to a minimum. This means that the relationship between staff and students, as defined by Ofsted, is always positive. We are a Specialist Sports College with an emphasis on healthy living and within this we aim to ensure that every child maximises his/her potential. We are a Trust School which gives us additional advantages in terms of being able to provide further resources to support the students at Childwall Sports College. We are working closely with partners, the Primary Care Trust, John Moores University, Broadgreen High School and Scottish Power Learning. We are the first school in Liverpool to form such a Trust and are determined to ensure that every child who comes to Childwall Sports College is given every opportunity to succeed at the highest levels. We are delighted to welcome all students to Childwall Sports College in a caring but challenging atmosphere where every student will be required to give his/her best. D.W. Phillips Headteacher

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Sports College

The school has been a Specialist Sports College Status since September 2003. Following a successful bid to the DCSF, which was supported both by the local community and businesses. The bid contained a plan for how the school would use extra funding around sport to raise the attainment of all students in all subject areas. Since designation in 2003 examination results have improved year on year with the best ever results in August 2008. The aim of Sports College Status is to foster an atmosphere in which all students can be successful and achieve their personal best in all aspects of their school life. The school aims to engage students in their own learning, using sport as the motivation. The work of Sports College allows the school to expand its work within the wider community and develop links with local clubs to encourage life-long enjoyment. This participation in sport leads to an improvement in health and wellbeing and future employment prospects. Ofsted 2005

Sporting Aims & Provision

In Key Stage 3 the school will give each student experience of a diverse range of physical activities. Team games and individual sporting activities will be included in the curriculum and students will be encouraged to achieve a measure of competence in several activities. In Key Stage 4 and beyond, academic studies in PE and Sport are further enhanced by opportunities in coaching and leadership awards. Extra-curricular activities are available in many sporting areas example tennis, football, cricket, rugby, hockey, dance and fitness. School facilities include a large multi-purpose, well equipped sports hall, a gymnasium, very spacious playing fields and hard surface play areas. A Dance Suite and changing rooms along with a Fitness Centre have increased community and after school participation. Sports camps take place during each holiday and information is available on Off site facilities used include Wavertree Tennis/Athletics Centre, Thingwall Tennis Club, Awesome Walls and the Liverpool Water Sports Centre.

"Specialist Sports Status enhances the curriculum."

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The school is happy to show any prospective parents around the school. Any parent / carer wishing to visit Childwall should telephone the Headteacher to make an appointment. The school follows the Admissions Policy for the Local Education Authority whose address for further details is: The Admissions Section, Millennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6JF Brougham Terrace Tel: 0151 225 6269 We have an open policy on admissions and welcome applicants from any primary school. We regularly receive over 200 first choice applications.

Every Childwall Child Matters

Ofsted 2008

"The nurturing of students is a key feature of both the whole school and sixth form."

Pastoral Care in the Year 7 Aims of Childwall Sports College

Ofsted 2005 Ofsted 2005

"Sensitive Induction arrangements and close partnerships with local schools enable new pupils to settle quickly."

The many links that exist between Childwall School and its associated primary schools throughout the year helps to foster a smooth move from the primary to secondary phase of education. Students particularly appreciate our Transition Days, Summer Schools and Sports Camps as valuable experiences to help the transition. During this time they are able to meet their Pupil Progress Leader, become familiar with the building and gain an insight into some new subjects.

"Relationships are excellent. There is a mutual respect among all the students and adults in school."

· · · · · · · · · To ensure that every student receives a balanced and relevant education. To help students acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, employment and parenthood. To provide careers education and work experience. To encourage every student to enjoy learning through the use of auditory, visual and kinaesthetic teaching styles. To encourage every student to become aware of his/her rights and responsibilities as an adult member of a democratic society. To enable each individual to gain self respect as well as respect for members of different cultural, ethnic and racial groups in society. To encourage every student to develop a sense of responsibility for their environment. To ensure equal opportunity for all. To ensure that all members of the school community work in a safe and supportive environment.

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Contact Between Home and School

We shall communicate with you in the following ways:· By letter or telephone, if the matter concerns your child specifically. · Regular newsletters, which aim to keep you informed of current and forthcoming events. · By invitation from the P.T.F.A. to social functions and other events e.g. rounders/ quiz nights. · Parents can now also access information on line. · Parents Evenings If you would like to contact us: You are welcome to contact the school at any time by telephone, letter, fax or email. Childwall Sports College, Fiveways, Queens Drive, Liverpool L15 6XZ Telephone No. 0151 722 1561 Fax: 0151 737 1698 Email: [email protected] If you would prefer to visit us in person, we are happy to welcome you but it is advisable to arrange an interview time beforehand.


Good attendance is essential if a child is to achieve their full potential in school. Our dedicated school attendance officer is always happy to support parents with attendance/punctuality matters.

Student Support Officers

The school employs Student Support and Attendance Officers who work closely with the pastoral staff and Education Welfare Officer to closely monitor pupil's attendance and welfare. Pupils may work with the Student Support Officers on a range of issues including academic progress and study skills.

Behave 2 Learn

The school has an established and effective `Behave 2 Learn' policy which guides student behaviour. There are clear rules and procedures for students and staff to follow. The school puts great emphasis on positive behaviour and has a system of rewards running parallel to the system of sanctions. Rewards include Praise, Merits, Credits, Postcards, Stickers and good work is celebrated at our termly Merit Ceremonies. All parents / carers of students in the school receive a copy of the Behave 2 Learn Policy and any updates as they are produced.

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Student Support Centre

The Student support centre offers KS3 pupils who may be experiencing barriers to learning in the mainstream setting, the chance to work in a small group environment where their needs can be individually catered for. We implement behaviour modification programmes, motivational activities and individual education or behaviour plans according to the needs of the pupil. With skilled staff input these pupils have the opportunity to regain confidence in themselves and a belief in their achievements.

Special Educational Needs

Ofsted 2008

"Excellent support is provided to assist students with learning difficulties and or disabilities."

The school welcomes all students with Special Educational Needs and help, support and teaching are offered in line with Local Authority and national guidance. Students are also enlisted in Peer Support Programmes. Students may be placed in small groups for extra attention, teaching assistants are available within lessons to help students and sets are often smaller allowing greater pupil/teacher contact. Sometimes students may be given one to one support and placed on individual programmes of study. We use several software solutions to support pupils. Successmaker, Lexia Reading and Education City are just three of the individualised learning programmes used. More traditional schemes are also used ­ Launch of the Lifeboat is a guided phonic reading scheme delivered on a one to one basis for example. We pride ourselves on the support we offer and the department has a suite of rooms that are always available to students to `drop in' whenever they need to talk. We also run a lunchtime reading club where pupils can read, use computers and play educational games. Parents are equally welcome to contact us for advice and support.

Community Liaison Officer

The school supports community cohesion and encourages children to respect the neighbourhood and environment in which they live and learn. We promote this through our Community Liaison Officer who in conjunction with Merseyside Police is always on hand to offer advice and support.

Bilingual Students "Pupils for whom English is not their first language are well supported and make good progress." Ofsted 2005

The school has a number of bilingual students who receive support from our EAL department. Students learn English as an additional language and the EAL Co-ordinator provides a structured, accredited programme to meet individual needs, the aim being that these students, with continued support, access the whole curriculum.

Child Protection

All those who come into contact with children have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare. At Childwall we have a Child Protection Policy and staff are familiar with the procedures and protocols regarding concerns that they may have. We have a designated Child Protection Officer for each Key Stage.

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The Curriculum

Ofsted 2005

Learning Resource Centre

Our LRC has 55 networked computers with Microsoft Office, broadband Internet access and other programmes such as boardworks for Science and ProDesktop for Technology. Many subject areas book time in the LRC to carry out research and coursework assignments e.g. Business Studies and Geography. At the LRC desk is the library management computer, which holds information on all of the books that are in the LRC (almost 8000), if you are looking for a particular title, author or subject just ask the LRC staff who will help you find what you are looking for. Our Homework Clubs run before school (7.45-8.20) and after school (3.00 ­ 4.00) and are open to all students, including Sixth Form. We run a Scholastic Book Club with the "Cover to Cover" catalogue available every term. Students can buy books, activity packs and gifts. All years are welcome to join our reading reward scheme: Reading Passport ­ just read 6 books per term to be awarded credits and a certificate. The Childwall Chronicle is our award winning school newspaper recognised by the Times Education supplement. It is produced every half term in the LRC. Every Thursday lunchtime and after school budding journalists and photographers work on new articles and features. Careers Information can also be found in the LRC. We have Connexions information binders containing information on a wide range of jobs and courses for students to look at, along with books, magazines and leaflets offering help and advice with career options at 14+, 16+ and 18+. All University prospectuses, including all the local institutions are held in the LRC along with Open Day information. LRC staff can also help students to complete UCAS forms. The LRC is a great place for students to do coursework, homework, research, revision and reading.

"Teaching and Learning is good overall and outstanding in the sixth form."

Across all years, a variety of teaching methods are employed. Students will experience whole-class teaching, group and pair work. Materials and tasks are differentiated in order to address individual learning styles.

Years 7, 8 & 9

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 at Childwall School follow a timetable which covers the requirements of the National Curriculum. To ensure each child is given the opportunity to maximise their potential we set our students into groups of similar ability based on the knowledge and information received from national tests. Students will study Mathematics, English, Science, Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal and Social Health Education, Music, Art, Spanish, Drama and Information Technology.

Years 10 & 11

Students choose their options during Year 9, deciding whether to study GCSE, BTEC, Diplomas or Young Apprenticeship courses. Students are given information, advice and guidance to help them choose a course that is suitable for them. We encourage students onto a pathway that will lead them through Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Sixth Form

Childwall Sports College has a large Sixth Form with over three hundred students. We are part of a Post-16 partnership with King David High School, Broadgreen High School and Liverpool Community College. Childwall students are able to study in any one of these centres. We offer a range of courses from Level 1 to level 3. We also provide a range of sports qualifications such as FA Coaching and Leadership Awards in Sport. There is a large variety of enrichment activities that range from rock climbing to Italian. The Sixth Form also has excellent links with all our local universities. The Sixth Form has a strong pastoral team and a Learning Support Co-ordinator who offer support and guidance to all students on a variety of issues.

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Citizenship / PSHE

Ofsted 2008

"Participation in active Citizenship is outstanding." "The school has skilfully blended it's focus on the Every Child Matters agenda with its development of Citizenship."

The Citizenship/PSHE programme runs throughout the school and provides the pupils with knowledge and understanding of those key aspects of society which citizenship education is concerned with. The pupils will develop into confident citizens who are able to contribute to and feel part of their communities whilst having responsibilities towards themselves, their families and society. Several outside agencies attend the school on a regular basis to support the Citizenship/PSHE programme. We also book a number of outside theatre productions to help deliver the various topics.


All pupils need to develop a sense of personal identity for career progression and understand the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability. The schools careers programme is recognised by the ROQA award.

Work Related Learning & Enterprise

Work Related Learning is an increasingly significant aspect of the 14-19 curriculum. Work Related Learning describes a broad range of activities for students of all ages. These activities help students learn about the world of work by experiencing and preparing for it. Work Related Learning develops students' employability and helps them prepare for life in the increasingly complex and changing world of work.

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Out of School Events

Ofsted 2008

"There is a huge range of visits available for students in every year group and numerous visits to school by experts in many different fields of life."

There are a wide variety of activities and events which take place in addition to normal lessons. Trips abroad are a part of the school year and provide an ideal opportunity for the students to gain experience of the life and language in other countries. It is also an excellent opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere. There are numerous clubs which run on a regular basis including Homework, Choir, Chess Club, Drama and there are frequent visits to theatre and dance productions. Students help out at various events including Open Evening, Parents' Meetings and Primary School visits. The opportunity to become involved in the life of the school is vast.

Statutory Information

If any parent / carer wishes to see any statutory circulars or other information from the Department for Education concerning schools, powers and duties, she / he should contact the Children's Services, Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6JT. Recent OFSTED reports have commented that:

"The quality of teaching and learning is good." "The pupils feel safe in school." "Learners feel valued and cared for." "More pupils leave the school with qualifications than do so nationally."

Pupils say:- "Teachers

listen to our concerns."

Any published OFSTED reports are available on the Ofsted website.


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