The Religious Life of the School
All Saints School is a Roman Catholic school in the Diocese of
Shrewsbury. The life of the school is conducted in accordance
with the rites, practices and observances of the Roman Catholic
church. It is expected that children admitted to the school will
take a full and active part in the religious life of the school.
There will be opportunities for the pupils to go to Mass and to
participate in other forms of liturgy. Retreats are organised
for all pupils on a variety of occasions at different venues.
We aim to create a community that reflects the teachings of
Christ based on the principles of love, caring, tolerance and
respect for others. The school is fortunate in having the
dedicated service of local parish priests and a Chaplain who
provide opportunities for the reception of sacraments. They make
themselves available for discussions with small groups and assist
in the general life of the school. Through fostering an
awareness of our Catholic faith within the school community we
support and encourage our members to participate fully in the
life of the Church and 'give living witness to Christ in today's
All Saints has a coherent liaison programme with its partner
primary schools. The advantages of this can readily seen in the
curricular, pastoral, administrative and structural aspects of
school life for each pupil, parent and teacher.
The Liaison Programme
-builds a positive attitude to secondary education at All Saints;
-allows participation in inter-school activities;
-introduces, at an early stage, new form teachers and staff.
-establishes early contact and communication with All Saints
-ensures parents meet the All Saints' staff who are going to
teach their children in the first year;
-gives parents the opportunity to visit and view All Saints as
well as attend school functions (Musical, PTA events, etc.)
-enables early contact with pupils and parents;
-ensures meaningful assessment of pupils;
-provides for curriculum balance, breadth, continuity and
-establishes pastoral continuity;
-participation in a common induction programme across all classes
in the Summer Term helps establish the professional liaison
required to ensure curricular cooperation.
The quality and outcomes of our children's learning are both
monitored rigorously to ensure we are serving their needs and
realising their potential. Relevant, appropriate, valid and
-helps your child learn more in lessons;
-recognises every pupil's achievements;
-provides the reliable information to ensure appropriate
groupings and setting by ability
-encourages your child to become more involved in school
-provides confidence and self esteem in ALL pupils;
-involves you in the education of your child so that you can
-keeps you more informed;
-creates a "positive" link between home and school;
-helps to build a partnership between student, parent and
The annual programme of examinations reports and parents evenings
follow the pattern outlined in the college diary. (see link on right panel).
Reports and Parents' Evenings
An annual summative Report is issued to parents with detailed
information and advice about achievement in all subject areas
together with important information concerning children's
personal and social development. In addition, internal
assessments are made twice a term so that progress can be closely
monitored. Parents may request an interim report at any time.
Parents' evenings are arranged for each Year Group so that the
progress of each child can be discussed in detail with his/her
It is our policy to enter any pupil for any public examination
of which he or she is deemed capable of entry by staff. Pupils
who are absent from a public examination must produce a medical
certificate otherwise they will be charged the appropriate entry
Homework is set each day for all pupils according to their
ability. Journals are issued to all pupils and, together with
homework timetables, provide a valuable means by which parents
can check their children's application and progress. From the
earliest days every encouragement should be given to children to
develop regular work habits at home.
The Importance of Homework
The importance of homework is deeply recognised by both parent
and teacher and successful cooperation of school and home are
essential to a pupil's educational development.
The value of homework can be readily accepted when the aims of
homework are examined: a sample of aims is listed below:
The school journal, which is issued to every pupil, is used to
reinforce both academic and pastoral work.
It provides the opportunity to record:
The journal is signed by teachers and countersigned by parents
each week and therefore provides the essential ongoing link
between school and home.
School Routine and Regulations
The School Day
The School Day starts at 9.00 a.m. with Registration followed by
an assembly or morning prayers. There are five one hour lessons
in the school day which extends to 3.35 p.m. The school lunch
period is from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. The custom and practice is for
all pupils to remain in school during this period.
The well being of any community depends upon the relationships
which exist within that community. The discipline of the school
depends fundamentally upon the relationships developed between
the teachers, the children and the parents in their attempt to
build a community of Faith where each person has the opportunity
to develop his or her talents to the full. For the majority of
children this structure is sufficient to maintain acceptable
standards of behaviour and work. However, sanctions do exist for
those who persist in uncooperative or anti social behaviour.
these sanctions include the withdrawal of privileges, the setting
of extra work, and detention both during and after school hours.
The whole emphasis of our discipline is the evolution of self
discipline. Pupils should be aware that we expect the highest
standards of behaviour in class, around school, and travelling
to and from school.
The cooperation of parents is sought to ensure that our children
will grow and mature in an atmosphere of order, cheerfulness and
hardwork. Discipline is firm but fair promoting an atmosphere
of mutual respect.
The school uniform, which is compulsory, consists of:
Black blazer with school badge. Plain dark grey, knee
length school skirt avoiding extremes of fashion.
Plain blue shirt. School tie. White socks. Black
or brown school shoes.
Black blazer with school badge. Plain dark grey
trousers (not jeans or cords). Plain blue shirt.
School tie. Black or brown school shoes.
Pullovers are optional for both boys and girls, but,
if worn, must be grey and V-necked.
Shoes should be suitable for school without extremes of style.
(Training shoes are not acceptable for normal school wear.)
Outdoor coats worn to school should be a suitable design and of
a plain navy-blue colour. (Wrangler jackets and the like are not
In addition each pupil should be provided with the following PE
Navy blue shorts, navy blue wrap-over skirt, white
aertex blouse, black training shoes, white socks, towel.
Black shorts, white shorts, white short sleeved T-shirt,
eversible rugby shirt in school colours (navy-blue/gold)
obtainable from Midasports, Unit 6, Warrington Street, Ashton under Lyne
(facing bus station), navy blue football socks, football boots,
black training shoes, white socks, towel.
Optional training items for outdoor use only include a navy-blue
tracksuit and school sweatshirt.
IMPORTANT: All articles of clothing should be clearly marked with the
owner's full name.
Clothing grants are available under certain circumstances,
details of which can be obtained from:
The Education Welfare Office, Tameside Metropolitan Borough
Council, Municipal Offices, Wellington Road, Ashton-under-Lyne.
School ties, badges and sweatshirts can only be obtained from the
school. All other items of uniform can be bought from any
The appearance of the pupils must be neat, clean and tidy.
Jewellery such as rings and earrings should not be worn. The
school accepts no responsibility for such articles.
For reasons of hygiene and safety hair should be neat and tidy
and extremes of style avoided.
School Attendance and Punctuality
We expect our pupils to come to school regularly and on time.
Please tell us, in writing, the reasons for every absence. If
we are unhappy with the pattern of attendance we will ask our
Educational Welfare Officer to contact you and discuss any
All property, e.g. clothing, books, bags, kit, should be clearly
marked with the pupil's name. The school does not accept
responsibility for any lost property. Any valuable articles
which are found will be placed in the school office, from where
they may be claimed.
Textbooks, exercise books and some other items of equipment are
supplied by the school. Pupils are responsible for the care of
these items and their safe keeping. Losses and wilful damage
will have to be paid for by the pupils involved.
All personal belongings should be clearly marked with the owner's
name. Pupils should have their own pens, pencils and ruler and
a school bag. Shopping bags are unsuitable.
Every pupil of the school is a member of a form and under the
care of a Form Tutor who is guide, counsellor and friend. They
will usually meet twice a day for registration purposes and once
a week for form period so that the Form Tutor has the opportunity
to get to know your child.
The general supervision of any year is in the hands of the Form
tutors. Any problems that your child may have will be reported
to the Form tutor, who in turn will consult with the Assistant
Head. They will decide as to what action can be taken in order
to assist your child by recommending consultation with you, as
well as one of the outside agencies, if necessary, such as the
Welfare Officer, Medical Officer or Education Officer.
It is important that parents give the school as full a picture
of their child as possible.
Parents and guardians will be required to complete an information
sheet giving details of addresses, telephone numbers to be used
in the case of emergency involving their child.
The School Health Service representative visits the school
regularly to arrange medical inspections at which you may be
present if you so wish. The Educational Welfare Officer also
visits the school three times a week. Contact with the Officer
can either be made through school or the Local Education
At the request of the Statutory Areas Review Committee,
which co-ordinates action in respect of child abuse we have
been asked to insert the following statement:
"Schools have an important part to play in the detection and
prevention of child abuse. Parents should be aware, therefore,
that where it appears to a member of the school staff that a
child may have been abused, the school is
REQUIRED to report the matter to the Social Services Department IMMEDIATELY.
Consequently, in such situations, it is likely that a social
worker will contact the parents, NOT the school."
Pupils who are feeling unwell in school obtain permission from
their class teacher to report to their Form Tutor. Their Form
tutor will decide the appropriate course of action. If the pupil
has a temperature or seems to need the attention of a doctor, the
parents will be informed by senior staff and they will be invited to come and collect their child.
In the case of serious accidents the parents will be contacted
and asked to go the casualty department at the appropriate
hospital to be with their child, whilst the school arranges for
the child to be transported to hospital as quickly as possible.
It is vital that the school has one or more contact numbers for
No medicines will be provided or dispensed by the school.
Parents of children who need to take regular medication should
contact the School to make appropriate arrangements.
The School Doctor and Nurse visit the premises regularly and will
see all the children in turn. Parents will be informed a week
in advance when their child is due to see the doctor for a
medical and will be invited to attend with their child. Routine
checks and the giving of injections are organised at the
discretion of the School Medical Service.
A mid-day meal, with choice of menu is prepared at school and
served in the school dining room. There is a wide choice of menu
for each pupil and this includes an opportunity to select
"Healthy choice options". Dinner money is collected on the first
day of the week when dinner-tickets are issued for each day.
Children not taking school lunch may either bring sandwiches or
go home for lunch. this latter requires a note from parents as
children are not otherwise allowed out of school during lunch
Parents are encouraged to visit the school to discuss any
problems on school work or the choice of careers, etc. Parents
are asked to make an appointment; this is easily done by letter
or telephone (338 2120) when full attention will be given to the
matter. In addition, throughout the school year, evenings are
set aside when the school is open and members of staff are
available for parents to meet them and discuss school work.
The school has a thriving PTA of which every parent is
automatically a member. Committee members are elected each year
at the Annual General meeting and meet frequently to plan and
organise educational and social activities throughout the year.
The Association does much to foster and encourage a spirit of
cooperation amongst all its members and, in so doing, not only
raises funds for the school but provides a foundation upon which
the school can develop and grow.
All members are welcome to take a full and active part in the work of the Association.
There is a termly bulletin sent out by the Headmaster to help to
keep parents in touch with the life and work of the school.
Every effort is made to keep you informed.
The school relies on the generosity of the parents for various
fund raising activities. The main source of regular income is
the School Fund. It is requested that, where possible, families
pay £5.00 per year. Some of the activities that the school fund
is used for are:
These are just a few of the necessary expenses that can be paid
for only out of School Funds.
Reference Documents and Related Information
All required reference documents and related information,
including minutes of Governors' meetings, the Governors' Charging
and Remissions Policy and the Local Education Authority's
procedure for the consideration of complaints about the school
curriculum and related matters, are held in the school office and
are available for reference upon formal application to the
The following policy statements are available, Education for
Personal and Social Relationships, Drugs Education, Child
Protection, Anti-Bullying, Equal Opportunities and Special
The booklet this information was taken from is published in accordance
with the requirements of the Education Act l980 and the Education
(School Information Regulations l981 and the Education
(School Curriculum and Related Information) Regulations l989.
The information contained in the booklet was correct on going to
print. It should not be assumed that there will be no changes
in part or of whole of any of the information given in the
booklet, either during the current year or subsequent years.
All Saints is a dynamic community in which evaluation,
modification and innovation are constantly being undertaken by
Staff so that our pupils may realise their potential and base
their action on Gospel values.
All Saints, situated in the centre of Tameside, is a non-selective
Comprehensive school catering for pupils of all
abilities from eleven to eighteen years of age.
Our mission is to provide each and every pupil with the
opportunity and the encouragement to develop his or her talents
and abilities to the full and this in an atmosphere of a
Christian community where pupils can live and grow supported by
the ideals of the Catholic faith. Developing high academic
standards alongside those personal relationships which are the
hallmarks of a caring community are the shared endeavours of our
Parents, Staff and Governors.
Provided that places are available, the school is open to all
Catholic children irrespective of place of residence. Children
living more than three miles walking distance from the school are
eligible for free travel passes. In certain circumstances non-catholic children whose parents genuinely wish them to receive
a denominational education will be considered for admission on
an individual basis. parents of such children are advised to
seek an interview with the Headmaster as soon as possible.
The right to grant or refuse admission rests with the Governors
of the school.
The following criteria operates:
The same process will be used for determining admission for
second and subsequent choices.
The school Open Evening is held annually in the Autumn Term.
Parents of children eligible for transfer from primary to
secondary education are invited to view the school and meet the
teaching staff. The Open Evening is well publicised and
information concerning it is available on request from the
The school has an educational environment of the highest order.
The many excellent facilities of the school include an assembly
hall, extensive playing fields, dining hall, a gymnasium, and
well appointed library. There are well designed classrooms and
specialist rooms with facilities for the teaching of a wide range
of subjects to an Advanced level. The specialist accommodation
includes six science laboratories. The modern language
department includes specialist language rooms equipped for an
audio visual teaching approach. The library includes special
areas for individual study, a facility which is of particular
advantage to the older students. The teaching accommodation also
includes specialist suites for R.E., English, Mathematics,
Music, Art, technology, History, Geography, Business Studies,
Information Technology and Special Educational Needs. A new
Sixth Form centre is planned from April, l997.
Partner Primary Schools
There are close and constantly developing links with our partner
primary schools of St. James' Hattersley, St. Mary's, Dukinfield,
St. Peter's, Stalybridge, St. Paul's, Hyde and St. Raphael's,
Stalybridge. A high priority is placed on the continuity of
curriculum and the process of integrating boys and girls into the
life of All Saints. Members of Staff from All Saints and our
partner primary schools meet throughout the year in order to
exchange information and to plan monitor and review the transfer