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Student Support

Marling Student Support

Located at the heart of the school, our Pastoral Office is designed to be a safe and friendly space.

Our team of Student Support Assistants are on hand throughout the school day to offer support and guidance to worried or anxious pupils or to just lend a friendly ear if the day is not going as planned.

We offer an ‘open door’ policy where students can drop in to talk about any concerns or anxieties they may be experiencing. Equally, they may just need some ‘time out’ and a place to recharge without question or judgement.

For extra support, students may be offered weekly mentoring sessions. We also have a dedicated school counsellor and a school nurse who provides drop in sessions once a week.

Pastoral Support Structure

At Marling we are proud of the level of pastoral care we offer our students. As well as having access to our dedicated Student Support Assistants, every student has a Form Tutor who they check in with twice a day. The Form Tutor is the boys’ first point of contact in Year 7 and they remain with the same Tutor Groups throughout their school careers. This enables the boys to develop strong relationships with their peers which provides valuable support throughout the Key Stages.

Heads of Year provide an additional level of pastoral support as do the Heads of Key Stage, while our Head of Pastoral and Associate Headteacher, Glen Balmer, oversees the overall wellbeing of all Marling students.

SMSC - spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Part of the curriculum we offer includes education on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of students. This is done through Life Skills lessons, assembly programmes and tutor group activities. We also support this work by inviting external agencies in to work with us on initiatives such as Sex Education and Healthy Relationships as well as Substance Misuse training.

Life Skills lessons incorporate Personal, Social, Health and Economic education along with Citizenship.

The aims of these lessons are to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to manage their lives now and in the future. They are designed to educate the students so that they can stay healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Many of the lessons will support the students so that they can make positive choices to improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Students will be involved in a range of activities such as discussion, debating, research, role play, the use of creative writing and art work.

In Years 7 and 8 the programme is delivered through two lessons per timetable cycle. In Year 9 there is one lesson per cycle as well as some collapsed timetable days to extend the learning into aspects of financial capability and career choices, as well as work on sex and relationship education and controlled substance misuse.

Topics covered throughout Key Stage 3 include the key concepts of:    

  • Healthy lifestyles, including drugs and alcohol education
  • Mental health
  • Being ‘ManKind’ (challenging gender stereotypes)
  • Careers
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dementia
  • Economic understanding

Students will also be encouraged to play their part as active citizens in the School and community. This is facilitated through such activities as contributions to form time and Student Council, involvement in charity fundraising events and litter-picking around the campus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch at StudentSupport@marling.gloucs.sch.uk

Sources of Support

Websites

youngminds.org.uk: offers advice for young people and parents on a range of mental health issues. Includes a 24hr text service and a free parent helpline.

onyourmindglos.nhs.uk: offers young people in Gloucestershire mental health advice and support and where to find help locally and nationally.

ticplus.org.uk: based in Gloucestershire, Teens In Crisis offers online and face to face counselling, text and Freephone service for young people and families.

childline.org.uk: manned by trained counsellors, this site offers support 24 hours a day via email, phone or online chat.

thedoor.org.uk: Stroud-based charity that offers mentoring and youth sessions for young people aged 11-25, support with the transition from primary to secondary school and family support.

samaritans.org: national charity offering a free phone support 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts.

giveusashout.org: 24-hour text message support manned by trained crisis counsellors to help young people find space in times of crisis – send HELP to 85258.

themix.org.uk: national support service for young people who are going through difficult times, available via online chat, helpline or crisis messenger text message service.

winstonswish.org: offers support to children and young people following the death of a parent or sibling, through online chats, phone helpline, email and drop in sessions.

kidscape.org.uk: advice for parents, carers and young people who are facing bullying at school, home or work.

getsafeonline.org: tips on how to keep you and your child safe online.

parentzone.org.uk: experts in family digital life, offering insights into popular digital games and advice on parenting techniques.

papyrus-uk.org: young suicide prevention organisation.

 

Apps

Calm Harm: uses various activities to help users to resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Catch It: an online diary to help users understand and make sense of their mood.

Silvercloud: offers a range of supportive and interactive programmes to improve mental wellbeing.

Wellmind: NHS advice, tips and tools to help with stress, anxiety and depression.

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM): self-help and private reflection exercises to help manage anxiety.

Fear Tools: an anxiety aid to help you combat generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and social anxiety disorder.

Rise Up + Recover: an app for managing eating disorders and body image.

 

School nurse text service: get advice on health issues during working hours by texting 07507 333351.

Supporting Learning
Please click on the downloads below for information of how Marling School supports students.
Exams Information & Timetables

Year 11 Mocks commence on Monday 6th January 2020.

PLEASE FIND THE TIMETABLE AND A MOCK PREPARATION DOCUMENT BELOW. (In Documents)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

To contact the Examinations Officer, Michele Collier-Bromelow, email Examsoffice@marling.gloucs.sch.uk

To contact the Examinations Assistant, Melissa Worboys, please email Examsassistant@marling.gloucs.sch.uk

Hard copies of exam timetables are displayed on the exams noticeboards in school. Students received their personal examination timetable on their Edulink. If you have any questions, please contact the Exams Office.

There are other official documents below which your son will need to be aware of during the exam period. These will be displayed outside the Examination room also.

REMINDER:

  • All students must have clear pencil cases/bags and water bottles must be clear with NO labels.
  • NO iPods/MP3s or i-watches (or similar) in the exam room. All watches must be analogue and placed on the candidate’s desk.
  • Covers on calculators must be removed.

Feeling unwell/accidents/injury etc:

  • Please call the school immediately if you are ill or unable to get to the exam.
  • If you feel unwell during the exam, inform an invigilator by raising your hand.
  • If you are unfortunate enough to have a problem occur before or during the examination period i.e. family problems, accident, injury, illness, please let the Exams Office know as the school will do everything it can to help.
  • Special Consideration may be requested from the Exam Boards if there is a problem. (A doctor’s note will be required)

 The Exams Office is located off the Main Hall.

 

Exam Certificates

Collection of Exam Certificates

Exam certificates will be available to collect on two dates usually in December.

This year these are:

Monday 2 December 2019 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Wednesday 4 December 2019 10.30am – 12.30pm

If you are unable to collect your certificate on these days, you have two options available:

  • Nominate someone to collect it for you. You must give written permission and detail who will collect it on your behalf. The person collecting must bring ID.
  • You can opt to have your certificate sent (Royal Mail ‘Signed For’) in a hard back envelope. You will need to provide an up to date address and there is a cost of £6 for this service. Please provide cash or a cheque to Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust by Wednesday 27th November

There will be a letter detailing all of the above in each candidate’s results envelope on results day and also as a PDF download below. 

NB: EXAM BOARDS STATE THAT SCHOOLS SHOULD ONLY KEEP EXAM CERTIFICATES ON FILE FOR 1 YEAR. AFTER THIS, THEY WILL BE DESTROYED.

IT WOULD THEN BE UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL TO  RETRIEVE THEIR EXAM CERTIFICATE AT COST. PLEASE LOOK AT https://www.gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate

School Procedures

For useful information on school procedures, such as, what to do if your child feels unwell during the school day, or you would like to report a planned absence, please click on the download below. 

You can also find below a copy of our Absence Request Form.

School Uniform & Shoe Guide
Please click on the below downloads to view our school uniform policy and guidance on school shoes.
Term Dates
Please click on the below PDFs to view the term dates for the current academic year and next.
Transport

Please click on the pdf linked document at the bottom of this page for the most complete information.  

Where parents have organised transport to Marling School or Stroud High School and have made us aware of the arrangement, we will be pleased to publicise the information via our website. You may find it helpful to look at the website www.travelinesw.com which offers a variety of travel options for journeys. We are aware of the following parent-led/parent negotiated services. If you find out that any of the listed services are no longer running, please let the School know on 01453 762251 opt 4.

NEW SERVICE Cheltenham, Shurdington, Brockworth & Painswick
Any families requiring transport from Cheltenham, Shurdington, Brockworth or Painswick should contact Graham Stanley (Gloucestershire Minibus Scheme) on 01453-762221 or office@glosminibusscheme.co.uk  for more information about our good value, reliable and friendly minibus service for Stroud High School and Marling. We have been running not-for-profit school transport to both schools, at cost, for over 15 years! Safety is a key priority: all drivers are MiDAS qualified and DBS assessed – and all vehicles are fitted with 3-point seat belts to all seats.

Lechlade, Fairford, Hampton Meysey, Poulton, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Stroud 
Departing Lechlade at 7.10am and returning to Lechlade at 4.30pm. The bus will run straight through to Marling/Stroud High, stopping at Fairford and Cirencester and other locations along the route by arrangement. For full details and confirmation please contact Laurie or Rob at Rover on 01453 832121.

Blunsdon, Highworth, Lechlade, Fairford, Poulton, Meysey Hampton, Ampney Crusis and Cirencester
Contact Denwell Coaches on info@denwell.co.uk for further information.

Latton, Cricklade, Ashton Keynes and surrounding villages 
Run by Minibus Direct covering the following route - Cricklade, Ashton Keynes, South Cerney, Ewen, Kemble, and Coates. Follow the link to their website www.igobus.co.uk for further information, booking forms and prices. Should you need to telephone, the contact is Darren Brown on 0845 2268095.

Cam/Dursley/Uley Bus Group
Any families requiring transport from the Slimbridge A38 roundabout, Draycott, Lower Cam, Cam High Street, Kingshill /Dursley, Yellow Hundred Close or Uley should contact Belinda Holley on 01453 860604 (evenings - apologies for BT call minder) or at belindajholley@gmail.com for more information about their good value, reliable and friendly minibus service for Marling and Stroud High School, which has now been running at cost for over 15 years! 

Swindon, Cricklade, Leith Ashton Keynes, South Cerney
Denwell are now running a service to Marling starting in Swindon (Asda, Thamesdown Drive) - info@denwell.co.uk

Fairford, Poulton, Meysey Hampton, Ampney Crucis and Cirencester
Denwell run a service to Marling starting in Lechlade - info@denwell.co.uk.

Bus Company Contacts 
The following companies currently provide services to Marling School:

  • Ebley Coaches 01453 839333
  • KB Coaches 01453 825774
  • Rover 01453 832121
  • Jackies Coaches 01452 720666
  • Stagecoach 01452 418630
  • Cotswold Green 01453 835153

For more information on bus routes to School, please contact Shire Hall Transport Department on 01452 425543.

Rail Services
Stroud Railway Station is a 15 minute walk from school and is an option for those living near Swindon, Kemble, Gloucester and Cheltenham Railway stations. Please see the www.nationalrail.co.uk website for timetable information. For child season ticket enquiries use tel 08457 484950.

To find out if you are entitled to financial help with transport to school, please visit the County Council website.

Bus Routes (April 2019)
Please click on the below PDF for the most up to date information we have for bus routes to Marling School.