FAQs - General
Please advise the school office by email email@example.com or send a letter into school with your child.
We place great emphasis on obtaining explanations for absence as this assists us to reduce truancy. We look carefully at the school register every morning at 9:30 a.m. and make telephone calls to inquire about absences. It therefore helps if you can telephone us quite early in the morning if a pupil is absent. If you have not been contacted, please give your child a letter to bring to school on his/her return. A letter will also be needed if your child needs to leave school grounds during the day e.g. to visit the dentist. With long-term absence, or absence from an external examination, a medical certificate may be required. Work will be set for the pupil – parents need to contact the Head of Year beforehand.
Holidays should not be arranged during term-time. If there are special circumstances, please discuss the matter with the Headmaster beforehand.
Contact details for the school can be found here.
At Ysgol Friars we have a clearly established system where it is the Year Team Leaders who deal with problems and queries.
If you just want to pass on some information to one of your child's teachers then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org putting FAO <Teacher's name> in the subject and your child's name & form in order to ensure that the email can be passed on quickly to the appropriate members of staff.
Enquiries about your child’s progress, behaviour and achievement should be directed to the appropriate Year team leader.
The Team leaders are listed here.
It is very helpful if parents telephone the school to make an appointment to see the above staff. Many of them have teaching timetables and it will not always be possible for you to see them if you arrive at school without an appointment. In matters of emergency when you cannot contact them, please contact the headmaster.
The office is open from 8:30am until 4pm.
Lessons Times Gwersi Registration 09:00 - 09:10 Cofrestru Lesson 1 09:10 - 10:00 Gwers 1 Lesson 2 10:00 - 10:50 Gwers 2 Breaktime 10:50 - 11:10 Egwyl Lesson 3 11:10 - 12:00 Gwers 3 Lesson 4 12:00 - 12:50 Gwers 4 Lunchtime 12:50 - 13:35 Cinio Lesson 5 13:35 - 14:25 Gwers 5 Lesson 6 14:25 - 15:15 Gwers 6
If you have any concerns about what your child is eating from food purchased by them in school then it is possible for us to produce a report for you if requested.
Please address your request to email@example.com
Pupils should notify their respective Year Team Leader as well as making an enquiry to reception to see if the item has been handed in.
Please ensure you label all items that your child brings into school.
Your child will be issued with a Homework book at the beginning of the year. Their timetable will be in that.
If you wish to have a copy please contact the relevant Year team Leader.
We are totally convinced that education is a partnership - between the pupil, the school and parents. Each has their own contribution to make.
You can take an interest in your child’s work by enquiring how things are going at school and taking an interest in homework.
Take advantage of Parents' Evenings and contact us at once if you have a problem or feel that we should be made aware of any matter.
You can help by supporting the school events - it will give you an opportunity to get to know the staff. There are also parent representatives on the School Governing Body.
A variety of punishments and sanctions is used by the school. It is expected that teachers take responsibility for the conduct of their own lessons and that they use their professional discretion as to the sanctions which support the good management of lessons. These may involve extra work, being kept in at lunch or break time or not being given privileges available to other pupils. However, if these fail, staff often impose after school detentions. Such detentions are also used by senior staff, including the Headteacher and Year Team Leaders. Senior staff set a range of tasks during detention with the intention of making the punishment meaningful and useful to the school. These may include collecting litter, tidying etc. as recommended in National Assembly consultation documents. Pupils will be given confirmation in writing with at least one clear day between the issuing of the detention letter and the date of the detention when it will be served after school hours. It is the pupil’s responsibility to pass this on to the parent. Parental permission is not required in law for the detention to take place. Repeated non-compliance with punishments can lead to exclusion from school (see above).
Pupils may not be permitted to participate in school trips and activities where their behaviour leads the supervising staff to believe that their presence may be prejudicial to the safety and good order of the activity. Pupils who have been excluded from school will forfeit the right to participate in certain extra-curricular activities.
For further information please refer to the Discipline section in Policies - here.
As well as a list of school events in your child's Homework Diary, we'll also update the calendar on our website.