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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Should you have any questions which are not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please contact the main office on 029 2041 5250, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Needs

What support is provided for pupils with additional needs?

On average, 25 – 30% of the pupil population of Cantonian High School are on the AN register.  Pupils with AN may be supported by Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom, depending on funding levels provided by the Local Authority.  This support ranges from full-time 1:1 support (in very few instances); some with group support in the classroom; to programmes of support delivered by TAs such as 'STAIRS' or 'Phonics', aimed at improving literacy levels, which may involve pupils being withdrawn from class for additional literacy lessons.

For more information, please click here to see our Additional Needs web page, or contact the Additional Needs Coordinator, Miss W Hopkins, via the main office (029 2041 5250) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission to Cantonian

How do I apply for a place at Cantonian High School?

A significant number of pupils choose to come to Cantonian from other schools at various points in their school career. 

Click here for further information on in-year admissions.

Click here for further information on Year 6 into Year 7 admissions.

What happens when my child starts at Cantonian High School in Year 7?

We have established close links with our partner primary schools and we take great care to ensure that the transition to Cantonian is an enjoyable one for our pupils.

Click here for further information on Year 6 into Year 7 admissions.

Attendance

How do I report my child ill?

If your child is ill or there is a family emergency, let us know on the first day they are away by telephoning school on this number: 029 2041 5297 (24 hours).  If you do not contact the school on the first day of absence, or the absence is unauthorised, the Attendance Team will telephone or text message you to ask you to explain the absence.  We realise that there may sometimes be problems; so if we do not hear from you, our clerical staff will send you a letter or continue to phone you. The Attendance & Wellbeing Officer may contact or visit you to ensure that you comply with the law and help you avoid prosecution.

Am I allowed to take my child(ren) on holiday during term time?

Regular attendance at school is essential.  Parents are urged not to book holidays in term time as local authority instructions request that we no longer authorise such absences.

Communcation

Who do I telephone when I want to speak to a teacher?

You should telephone the main office on 029 2041 5250.  Please remember you may not be able to speak to the member of staff immediately due to their teaching commitments, but a message will be passed on.  You may also like to email them – click here for a list of available email addresses.

Can I email a teacher?

Yes – click here for a list of available email addresses.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

When contacting the school to discuss any issue concerning your child, the usual sequence would be:

1.        Your child's Form Tutor via your child's Learning Journal or telephone call to the Main Office (029 2041 5250).

2.        The relevant Assistant Head of School via your child's Learning Journal or telephone call to the Main Office.

3.        The relevant Head of School via your child's Learning Journal or telephone call to the Main Office

A full list of Key Staff can be viewed here.

Holidays

Where can I find term time and holiday dates?

Please click here for a full list of term dates and INSET days.

Am I allowed to take my child(ren) on holiday during term time?

Regular attendance at school is essential.  Parents are urged not to book holidays in term time as Welsh Government and local authority instructions demand that we no longer authorise such absences.

Homework

Who do I contact if my child won't do their homework?

With homework, it is usually best to contact the subject teacher in the first instance, via the main office (029 2041 5250 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

More Able & Talented Pupils (MATs)

Q - Why have some children been identified as More Able and Talented?

Every pupil is considered for inclusion on the school's MAT register. In the first instance, pupils are added to the register on the recommendation of teachers from at least two subject areas.  Secondly, those pupils who achieved an NFER score of 115 or above are also included on the register.  Finally, some pupils have been added to the register following their KS2 or KS3 Levels i.e. for KS3, those pupils achieving a minimum of level 5 in all of the core subjects English, Maths and Science at the end of KS2. For KS4, those pupils achieving a minimum of level 6 in all of the core subjects English, Maths and Science at the end of KS3.

Q - How many children have been identified as More Able and Talented?

In line with the recommendation of the Welsh Government, approximately 20% of each year group have been identified as More Able and Talented.

Q - What does the school provide for children who are More Able and Talented?

The school will support your child in two main ways: in day-to-day teaching within the classroom and in activities outside it.  In lessons, teachers will ensure that your child is sufficiently challenged by devising extra learning activities which enable your child to utilise, practise and extend his/her talents.  These activities will not simply be 'more of the same', but something distinctive.  For example, a research project might be set on a particular topic. Teachers will also ensure that they ask more searching and challenging questions in order to test and extend your child's understanding of what is being studied.  At other times, your child may be grouped together with other More Able and Talented learners and given different or more challenging work.  Some subjects, including the core, organise pupils into ability sets.  The intention is not to increase your child's workload or to 'pile on the pressure', but to challenge and stimulate.  Outside normal lessons, several Curriculum Areas organise or facilitate extra-curricular activities for the More Able and Talented.  Please see our Schedules of MAT Activities for the current academic year.

Q -As a parent, what can I do to support my child?

Our pdfMore_Able_and_Talented_-_A_Parent's_Guide.pdf300.03 KB for subject-specific support activities contains useful information and advice on how you, as a parent, can support your child in a range of subject areas.  Additionally, there are many practical steps that you can take to support and nurture your child, for example by encouraging him/her to:

  • Utilise the local library and the internet as learning and research resources
  • Visit museums, science centres, nature reserves and art galleries
  • Watch educational and current affairs programmes such as the news, wildlife/nature programmes and documentaries, and discuss them
  • Read a quality national newspaper
  • Discuss and debate topics, such as politics, the environment and the media
  • Discuss homework and schoolwork
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities
  • Take an active part in family decision-making
  • Listen to different types of music
  • Read for pleasure, including demanding/challenging books
  • Take regular physical exercise
  • Socialise and relax in between work and learn to 'switch off'

You can also support your child by:

  • Providing suitable learning resources such as books, encyclopaedias, magazines, computer software etc.
  • Organising day trips and visits to places of cultural, historical and educational interest
  • Building cultural experiences, trips and excursions into family holidays

Q - What can I do to help the school support my child?

As a parent, you are the most constant and important factor in your child's development.  You, better than anyone else, know your child and you may feel that the school is 'missing something'.  If there is anything that you feel we need to know – for example, about 'hidden abilities' that your child may have which you think are not being catered for properly – please inform us.  Parents, teachers – and, most importantly, children – all benefit from close school-parent liaison.

Q - Where can I find further support, information and advice?

The following websites may be useful to you:

National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) - www.nace.co.uk

NAGC - www.nagcbritain.org.uk

Uniform

What are the uniform requirements?

Please click here to view our Uniform web page.