Parent Information

Contact Numbers

0161 681 6178 – Main Office

Attendance  - ext 7003

The School Day

The day commences at 8.30 a.m. and ends at 14.40 p.m.

Start

End

Year 7 and Year 9

Year 8, 10 and 11

08.30 a.m.

08.55 a.m.

Form Time

Form Time

08.55 a.m.

09.55 a.m.

Lesson 1

Lesson 1

09.55 a.m.

10.55 a.m.

Lesson 2

Lesson 2

10.55 a.m.

11.10 a.m.

BREAK

BREAK

11.10 a.m.

12.10 p.m.

Lesson 3

Lesson 3

12.10 p.m.

12.40 p.m.

LUNCH

Lesson 4

12.40 p.m.

1:10 p.m.

Lesson 4

13.10 p.m.

13.40 p.m.

LUNCH

13.40 p.m.

14.40 p.m.

Lesson 5

Lesson 5

Pupils are not allowed to leave the school site at lunch time.

The Pastoral System at St Matthew’s 

At St. Matthew’s we believe that children succeed when they feel secure and content.   It is important that they feel cared for and they know precisely to whom they can turn if they have a problem.   The fear that a child may get lost or be bullied in a large school is overcome by a carefully structured pastoral system.   This system ensures that each pupil has someone to whom he or she can immediately relate.

Each pupil at St. Matthew’s has a Form Tutor, who will meet them each day for Tutor Time.  The Form Tutor is the key person for your child throughout their time at St. Matthew’s.  It is the Form Tutor who will help children through difficulties, help monitor progress and encourage them to get the best out of school and themselves.

We ask you as parents to make your child’s Form Tutor the first point of contact in the school.  Please address all notes to them.  Should the need arise; the Form Tutor will refer matters to the Year Progress Leader.

Year Group

Progress Leader

Pastoral Manager

7

Mr J Rogers

Mr D Latham

8

Mr T Harris

Ms G Matthew

9

Mr P Brookes

Mrs M Fallon

10

Mrs S Wrigley

Mr R Boetang

11

Mr A Brooks

Mr M Devine

School Rules

We have very few rules to follow but the following rules are important and must be adhered to:

Be Ready

Be Respectful

Be Safe

Rewards

Pupils who follow these rules and provide a positive example to our community will be rewarded for their good behaviour.  

Examples of good behaviour include:

  • regular attendance/punctuality
  • consistent improvement in levels of academic achievement
  • contribution to form or year group
  • consistent effort with homework
  • participation in extra-curricular activities
  • sporting and arts achievement
  • support for other pupils

We wish to establish a culture of praise in our school and we will seek to reward effort and improvement as well as achievement.  It is important that staff and other adults with responsibility for our pupils remember to reinforce good behaviour by acknowledging it, praising it and rewarding it. 

Sanctions

Those pupils who break our school rules will be subject to consequences.  This is because poor behaviour blights the learning and life chances of everyone.

Sanctions are used to demonstrate to the pupil concerned that what they have done is unacceptable; to deter the pupil from repeating that behaviour; and to signal to other pupils that the behaviour is unacceptable and to deter them from doing it.  

Sanctions include extra work, detentions and isolation. Pupils may be kept for 10 minutes in the evening without notice and for up to 30 minutes with notice. For pupils who persistently misbehave they may have to attend a Daily Detention which can be for 30 or 60 minutes. Written notice for detention will be given by text.

For more serious or repeat breaches of the school rules, pupils may be placed in isolation. Here they will work all day away from the rest of the pupils under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. In the last resort the school may have to suspend or exclude a pupil.

The support of parents is vital in applying these sanctions as poorly behaved pupils damage their own education and prevent others from taking full advantage  of the excellent opportunities St. Matthew’s offers them.

School Uniform

Every pupil is expected to wear full school uniform:

St Matthew’s School Uniform
Bottle Green Blazer with school badge
Bottle Green V-Neck Jumper with school badge
White Shirt
School Tie

Boys
Black trousers
Plain dark socks

Girls
Bottle Green Box Pleated Skirt or black tailored trousers
Black short socks, black tights for colder weather

Sensible Black Leather Shoes. The shoes should be entirelyblack with no patterns or stripes or embellishments. This means that training shoes, canvas shoes, high heeled shoes, mule or logo type shoes are not suitable. If in doubt contact the school for guidance.

A suitable outer garment without a visible hood. Pupils should not wear expensive clothing E.g. leather jackets, designer labels.

Asuitably sized bag that can carry school books and A4 folders. Pupil journals are considered as part of school uniform and should be carried every day.

St Matthew’s PE Kit

Boys
Plain black shorts
Reversible games shirt
Green football socks
Trainers - indoor activity
Football boots - outdoor activity

Girls
Emerald green badged polo shirt
Plain black shorts
Black badged jumper
Indoor trainers 

Additional Notes:

  • Blazers to be worn at all times.
  • “Regulation length skirt” means no more than 3ins above or below the knee. Any pleats must be the same length all the way around the skirt.
  • Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Jeans, leggings, tracksuit bottoms or cords are not allowed.
  • Extreme hairstyles and colours are not allowed. If in doubt contact the school for guidance.
  • Make-up, and nail varnish (including acrylic nails) are not permitted at school. Pupils will be asked to removed make up and nail varnish if they attend school with this on.
  • In the interests of safety, jewellery is limited to a pair of matching plain gold stud earrings, one in each earlobe, and a watch.
  • Outdoor coats must not be worn in classrooms, and should not be worn in the building.
  • Outdoor coats must not have a hood.
  • Caps or ‘hoodies’ must not be worn in school grounds/buildings.
  • Mobile telephones must not be seen or heard in school except at the specified times.
  • Personal electronic equipment must not be brought into school. The school takes no responsibility for lost or stolen electronic equipment when in the pupils’ care.

The School Canteen

At St Mathew’s the catering department are continuing to strive to offer all pupils an extensive range of homemade healthy foods which comply with the government healthy food standards. Menus are changed and updated regularly allowing pupils to offer input and keep up with high street trends. All recipes and menus are nutritionally analysed by the Catering Manager and meet the criteria in place for Healthy eating.

There are three daily services, breakfast, morning break and lunchtime… 

Breakfast Club - 7.30 am – 8.30 am

Morning Break - 11.00 am- 11.15am

Lunch -1.10 pm- 2.05 pm

As detailed in previous information you have received, the canteen operates a cashless catering system. We also recommend that the method used to top up pupils accounts is by cheque payment to the school, as it is then guaranteed that pupils will buy healthy balanced meals from our canteen, rather than buy items in the local shop and bring them into school.

Public Transport

The school is served by a number of school and pupil services buses. Information about the buses that stop on or close to the school are available from the Transport for Manchester website www.tfgm.com The website also has a useful journey planner tool.

If your child is planning to travel to school on the bus, they will need an igo pass to pay the concessionary fare on buses in Greater Manchester. The igo pass proves that your child is under 16 years old.  The igo pass is to be shown to the driver when getting on the bus, without the pass your child may be required to pay the full adult fare for the journey.

The cost of the pass is £5. To obtain an igo pass you need to download a form from www.tfgm.com or alternately collect one from a Travelshop at any main bus station in Greater Manchester 

St Matthew’s and Parents as partners

Close and co-operative partnership between school and home is one of the most important factors in ensuring each child has a happy and successful school career.  

Day to Day

Some of these requests may seem obvious or trivial, however, your support is invaluable in helping us to establish the routines that will help your child to make good progress in school.

Please see that your child. . .

ü  gets to school on time for 8.25 am

ü  brings the right books, equipment and kit including her/his pupil planner

ü  uses an appropriate bag – not a carrier bag- to carry them in

ü  wears the school uniform.

Homework

The general principle is that all pupils receive regular homework in all but a small minority of subjects; that this homework is marked and that the marks are recorded.  All pupils, whatever band, set or teaching group, are entitled to be set homework.

Depending on your child’s individual timetable there may a night in the week which seems to have less homework.

Each pupil is given a pupil journal in September, which contains homework diary pages.  We encourage pupils to note their homework in a clear and organised way.  If you cannot understand what your child has written, please insist that they note that work more clearly.  It is very helpful if you discuss the week’s homework with your child before signing these pages.  Form Tutors also check journals on a regular basis, so any queries or comments you write in the journals will be read by them.

Tips for Parents

  • Agree a routine for homework with your child.
  • A good time for homework is after a short break when your child returns from school.
  • Agree with your child that television and other activities will only be possible after homework is done.
  • Be prepared to invest time to help your child establish a routine.
  • Try to ensure that homework is done on the night it is set to prevent it building up.
  • Encourage your child to check in the lesson if they haven’t understood what the task is.

 Organizing Books and Equipment 

  • Help your child organise their living space so that they have a place for everything to do with school.
  • Supervise the packing of the bag; this is best done the night before.
  • The journal is a vital book and must be carried around school every day. It will have a copy of your child’s timetable so you can check they are packing the correct books.
  • Ask to check your child’s journal each night and look for any notes as we use the journal as a method of communication between school and parents. You must also sign your child’s journal each week.
  • If you know your child has food technology check at the beginning of the week if they need ingredients.
  • If you know your child has P.E check that they have a clean kit ready to pack in their bag the night before.
  • Equip them with the tools they will need at home, useful equipment consists of pens, pencils, crayons, ruler, eraser, sharpener and maths equipment.

Other ways parents can help:

There are many ways in which communication with parents takes place between home and school.  We welcome strong links with our parents.   Currently the following strategies are used to develop such links.

  • Regular contract through  reports and assessment.
  • Letters are sent  out regularly giving information about what is going on in school.  
  • We need contact numbers for emergencies and text messages .  If these change please let your child’s Form Tutor know. Please let us know if your address or telephone number changes.

If parents wish to come into school for any reason they are most welcome but it is important that an appointment is made first so that the person required to be seen can be readily available. 

Complaints concerning any aspect of teaching and learning should initially be directed to the Headteacher and thereafter to the Chair of Governors, if the first outcome is not to the satisfaction of the parent/guardian.