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Lewis Girls' School

School Uniform 2

SCHOOL UNIFORM

 

 

NOT ACCEPTABLE

Skirt

Plain black

– just below or above the knee.

Knitted jersey and short skirts are not to be worn.

Trousers

Plain black.

Jeans, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, denim trousers or velvet material or fashion trousers, (e.g. skinny jeans, cargo trousers, large belts, buckles or zips) are not to be worn.

Shirt & Tie

White with school tie.

 

Jumper/Cardigan

Black ‘V’ neck jumper/cardigan bearing the ‘L’ motif.

Hoodies not to be worn (P.E. only).

Coat/Jacket

A warm waterproof coat, plain and dark in colour – black/navy/dark grey.

Logos or motifs on the jacket must be kept to a minimum.  Denim jackets/coats are other brightly coloured coats are not to be worn.

Shoes

Plain black – suitable for school.  Any boot above ankle height is not acceptable.

TRAINERS SHOULD NOT BE WORN DURING SCHOOL HOURS (except for P.E. lessons).  Black daps are provided for those wearing trainers without a note of explanation from a parent or an acceptable medical reason.

KIT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND GAMES

White T-Shirt.

Black or navy tracksuit bottoms/leggings/shorts/skort.

Dark coloured hoody.

Trainers.

ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING/EQUIPMENT TO HAVE THE PUPIL’S NAME.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Make-up and nail varnish should NOT be worn to school.

Scarf

Black or white to be REMOVED IN SCHOOL.

Socks/Tights

Plain black or white, short or ‘below the knee’.  Tights – plain black, white or flesh coloured tights are also acceptable.

Hair

To be worn in a reasonable style and, if dyed, to be of a naturally occurring human hair colour.  Hair accessories must be black, white, gold or silver.

Jewellery

A wrist watch.  ONE pair of SMALL, matching stud earrings if ears have been pierced – worn in the lower lobe of the ear.  The school cannot accept responsibility for jewellery worn to school.  No jewellery is to be worn in the face or parts of the body which have been pierced, other than the lower lobe of the ear.

School Complaints

The school works very hard to listen to learners and their parents and carers.

All concerns or complaints are investigated under the school complaints policy available on the website.

Parents can raise a concern via a letter, phone call or e-mail to the Headteacher.

View: Complaints Policy

School history

The two Lewis schools trace their history to the will of their founder, Edward Lewis, a wealthy aristocrat, who traced his ancestry to Gwaethod Fawr, Prince of Cardigan in the tenth century.

Despite his privileged upbringing, Edward Lewis was mindful of the poverty and deprivation in the lives of ordinary people, and so, in his will of 1715, he made provision for the education of "fifteen poor boys". It is believed that by 1853 the foundation catered for the education of girls, but at an elementary level only.

In 1882, the Gelligaer School Board decided that a secondary school for girls was a necessity, and eventually, the School Board offered a room, the West Room, at their infants’ school at Pontlottyn. It was opened on 2nd February 1883 with Miss Emma Edwards as headmistress. Forty girls attended; twenty-one having free places.

Very soon the school became overcrowded and in 1896 a new building was handed over and became the Gelligaer Intermediate School for Girls. Again, this soon proved to be inadequate and on 1st November 1900 the school moved to a new building in Hengoed and was known as Hengoed Intermediate School and later as Lewis Girls' School. In 1959 the school transferred to its present site in Ystrad Mynach and in 1973, comprehensive education was introduced.

In the 1970s a new building was constructed in order to improve the facilities. Further major building projects were completed in July 1993 and March 2007. These developments have enabled all our students to be accommodated on one site and provide up to date facilities for the teaching of Languages, Science, Information Technology and Business Studies.

We have developed our facilities to provide a 21st Century education for our students. ICT resources are good. We have fully equipped computer rooms and 2 additional open access computer rooms for dedicated Sixth Form use. We have a specialist nurture provision for vulnerable pupils in ‘Ty Croeso’, (Welcome House), set within the school grounds.

Other major facilities include specialist rooms for a variety of subject. The School Hall is equipped with sophisticated lighting and sound systems for drama productions. There is a large gymnasium and the school has exclusive use of the local sports centre during the school day. Extensive playing fields, an artificial turf all-weather pitch, tennis and netball courts ensure that pupils have access to excellent sporting facilities. Investment in the site has been a priority for the last three years and internally the fabric of the school is of a very high quality.

The main building is fully accessible with the school actively implementing its Equality Action Plan to be as increasingly accessible as the budget allows.

 

Visions and values

School's Aims and Objectives

The sole purpose of Lewis Girls’ school is to ensure teaching is to the best possible standard so that pupils can engage with the 4 core purposes of learning to become:

  • Ambitious, capable learner.
  • Healthy, confident individuals.
  • Ethically informed citizens.
  • Enterprising, creative contributors.

Lewis Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 

Mission Statement

I expect staff, and learners, to know what our school stands for so that ‘HEDD’ is lived here on a daily basis in our school.

 Mission Statement

Lewis Girls’ aims to be a happy, caring school, committed to creating an excellent learning environment where every student has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

 

Values

We have core beliefs and values based on:

People: our best assets are our people - people focused on children learning and succeeding.

Diversity: we value each individual and protect their freedom and choice. We work against discrimination and support equal opportunities. We teach that with rights come responsibilities, to the environment and others.

Equity: Wellbeing and Inclusion: we are committed to providing an environment that supports the needs of all learners. We believe in honest, open and respectful relationships.

Partnership: we believe that achieving excellence in education is the outcome of partnership between parents, pupils and the community of partners.

Fun: we believe people work hard and learn best when they enjoy what they do.

We believe these values are achieved through teamwork, distributed leadership and excellence in education.

 

Pastoral Care

The school has a very strong pastoral system based on Heads of Achievement leading support teams, including form tutors. The aim is to guide and support students in their learning and provide advice and support for emotional problems and to ensure that progress, care and discipline is maintained. We pride ourselves on the care given to students, encouraging them to share their problems and seek support from staff if they need help.

A key role is that of the form tutor. They regularly link with parents to provide an immediate point of contact. The form tutors work with Heads of Achievement (H.O.A.) assigned to each Key Stage. These staff are supported by Assistant Heads of Achievement, progress managers and learning mentors to oversee the wellbeing of all pupils within the school.

Parents are encouraged to contact school if they have concerns regarding either academic progress or personal issues. These will be followed up and support provided to the pupil to help overcome any difficulties.

 

About our school

Lewis Girls' is an 11-18 comprehensive school and currently has over 720 pupils. The staff is well established and committed to the achievement of high standards and to the provision of a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Staff development has a high profile and the school is continually improving.

The school has an impressive record of success in academic, sporting, musical, cultural, charitable, enterprise and social activities extending over many years. In 2018, 16.9% of our Year 11 pupils achieved at least 5A*/A grades in their year 11 exams. The school is well disciplined, but friendly, and the quality of staff-pupil relationships is excellent. All pupils are encouraged to give of their best and expectations are high.

The school is situated in Ystrad Mynach but its pupils come from a catchment area of approximately 40 square miles. Close links exist between Lewis Girls', Lewis School Pengam and our feeder primary schools. In addition, a significant number of pupils attend the school from out of the catchment area as a result of parents exercising their right of choice of school.

We have strong links with our three neighbouring schools (Heolddu, Lewis Pengam and Rhymney) and Coleg Y Cymoedd. These links enable a reciprocal broadening of subject choices for all 6th Form students in the four schools. Many students travel to and from our school accessing a wide range of subjects within the Consortium.

The school is maintained by Caerphilly County Borough Council.

The Governing Body of the school numbers twenty and includes representatives of the L.A., parents, teaching staff, business and the local community.

Our Chair of Governors is: Mr James Grashoff

Lewis Girls' School

Lewis Girls' School,
Oakfield Street,
Ystrad Mynach,
Hengoed,
CF82 7WW.

Tel: 01443 813168

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