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Sullivan Upper Prospectus

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2022 SULLIVAN UPPER SCHOOL 1

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AT SULLIVAN WE VALUE INDIVIDUALS AND AIM TO GET THE VERY BEST FROM ALL THE GIRLS AND BOYS WHO COME HERE There is an emphasis on academic achievement and also an acceptance and nurture of all pupils regardless of their diverse backgrounds and beliefs A WELCOME FROM THE HEADMASTER Established in 1877 the fulfilment of a dream and the honour of a legacy Thank you for your interest in Sullivan Upper School You will find in our prospectus a whole range of information about the school Sullivan Upper is a co educational non denominational voluntary grammar school with about 1070 pupils aged 11 18 and a further 190 aged 4 11 in the preparatory department At Sullivan we value individuals and aim to get the very best from all the girls and boys who come here Academically we have very high standards but we also combine this with an extensive pastoral care system and a wide range of extracurricular activities The information provided is to help you decide if Sullivan is the school for you If there is any other information you require or points that need clarifying please ask we will be happy to help To make individual appointments to see me please contact my Personal Assistant Mrs Amanda Graham at the school With best wishes C J W PEEL Headmaster 3

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We welcome all pupils and respect your unique character and talents WHAT DO WE DO We Create We Discover We Dissect We Care We Sing We Play We Perform We Explore We Debate We Construct We Listen We Help We Reflect We Share If you have not already had the chance check out our school promotional video HERE A few words from YEAR 8 PUPILS It s not just the school buildings that make the school amazing it s the people inside Choose your new school and look forward to starting an exciting new chapter of your life THE COMMUNIY AT SULLIVAN IS THE BEST EVERYONE HERE IS LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY I have only been at Sullivan for a few months but they have already been some of the best months of my life To hear more from Year 8 click HERE 5

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PERIOD TIME 1 50pm 2 25pm 2 55pm 3 30pm AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITY PERIOD 8 PERIOD 9 PERIOD 10 AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PERIODS 7A B 10 12 40pm 1 20pm LUNCH PERIOD 7A LUNCH 1 PERIOD 7B LUNCH 2 PERIODS 5 6 12 05pm BREAK ASSEMBLY PERIOD 6 PERIODS 1 4 8 50am 9 00am 9 30am 10 05am 10 35am 11 10am 11 35am FORM BASE FORM BASE PERIOD 1 PERIOD 2 PERIOD 3 PERIOD 4 BREAK ASSEMBLY PERIOD 5 JOURNEY TO SCHOOL A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PUPIL TIMINGS THE TEACHERS MAKE LEARNING FUN AND CHALLENGING THEY ARE ENCOURAGING AND WILL ALWAYS BE THERE IF YOU NEED HELP THEY STRIVE TO MAKE YOU BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOU 7

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MANUFACTURING I HAVE ENJOYED HAVING A MUCH WIDER RANGE OF SUBJECTS TO STUDY AT SULLIVAN IT S AMAZING HOW MANY SUBJECTS YOU CAN FIT IN ONE DAY WHAT PUPILS NEED TO KNOW RESEARCHING EXPLORING PLAYING QUESTIONING CREATING You will be on the move There are many subjects each day and lots of new experiences to enjoy COOKING YOUR DAY 9

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Hair should be clean Hair should be neat and of a style suitable for wearing with a smart uniform neat and tidy Plain white shirts A t shirt worn beneath the shirt must not be coloured or patterned Regulation blazer to be worn to from school and to from class Regulation school blazer with your house badge in melton cloth Regulation six gored mid grey skirt of suitable length the hem should be to the knee OR plain dark grey trousers BOYS Plain laced shoes regularly polished Plain black flannels Fashion trousers should not be worn WHAT WE WEAR HOW WE WEAR IT ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS IS HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITH MY NEWLY MADE FRIENDS IN THE EXTENSIVE PLAYGROUNDS Our uniform regulations have been designed for the benefit of parents pupils and the school You are asked to co operate and conform in order to maintain reasonable standards for every pupil If you have any problems or difficulties in purchasing uniform please contact Mrs C Moore Vice Principal Pastoral at school To see our full Uniform regulation and description please click the link below Uniform Policy GIRLS Plain black laced leather shoes of traditional style with rounded toes Heels no higher than 3 cms 11

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TRAVEL Whether you come by bus car train bicycle or on foot you are definitely heading in the right direction when you come to Sullivan Click HERE for more Translink information YOU SHOULD TRY TO MAKE AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU CAN AND BE AS FRIENDLY KIND AND RESPECTFUL AS POSSIBLE CURRICULUM Sullivan offers a broad and balanced curriculum and aims to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and achieve as high a standard as possible You will enjoy an exciting range of subjects which will meet your needs and prepare you for the rapidly changing world we live in For further details regarding our curriculum at KS3 KS4 and KS5 can be accessed HERE PUPIL VOICE We want to know what you think and we listen to you when it comes to I HAVE FOUND making decisions about the running ALL THE PUPILS of the school Our AND STAFF School Council REALLY FRIENDLY consists of pupils from every year AND I LOVE BEING group and are CREATIVE IN selected by you They will express SUBJECTS LIKE ART your views to the DRAMA AND MUSIC management of school WHAT S IN A NAME Sullivan Upper School is named after Robert Sullivan who was a renowned educationalist born in Holywood in 1800 When he died in 1868 he bequeathed a sum of 4 000 for the establishment of Sullivan Upper School in 1877 The first Sullivan School was situated in High Street and it is now the Holywood Library You should go down for a visit Sullivan not only bears the Sullivan name but also the family motto and coat of arms Check out the badge on our blazer The school motto is lamh foisdineach an uachtar which means with the gentle hand foremost and acts as a reminder to the Sullivan community about the virtue of gentleness in dealing with others Here at Sullivan we also subscribe to Dr Sullivan s desire to bestow the blessings of education on all succeeding generations in this native place We are very proud of our heritage and endeavour to uphold the high standards exhibited by our founder WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE AND ENDEAVOUR TO UPHOLD THE HIGH STANDARDS EXHIBITED BY OUR FOUNDER 13

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Army Cadet Force GCSE Art Club Athletics Badminton Creative Writing Group Cricket Cross Country Debating Drama Senior and Junior Duke of Edinburgh Award Economics Society Fencing Golf Hockey Girls Boys Music Junior Singers Percussion Ensemble School Band Junior Singers Junior Traditional Group Senior Traditional Group Netball Politics Society Public Speaking Rugby Football School Ski Trip Christian Union Tennis School Magazine Club Swimming Young Enterprise RUGBY ULSTER HALL CONCERT Y HOCKE TOUR Y TRIP HISTOR DRAMA TOUR SULLIVAN IS NOT JUST ABOUT ACADEMIC LEARNING HOCKEY EXTRA CURRICULAR WE OFFER MANY EXCITING EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM SO TRY THEM OUT LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS 15

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YOUR GRUB HUB COUNSELLING SERVICE FORM BASE The school dining hall is known as the Silver Robin Restaurant Its lower floor provides a cafe style lunch and the upper floor has a sandwich snack bar and is also available for pupils who bring packed lunches Payment is cashless you use your finger The school benefits from the services of an independent counselling service provided by FamilyWorks and an additional school counsellor funded by the school Counselling is available 3 days per week Pupils can make a self referral using one of the drop boxes or through the school nurse A concerned parent or member of staff is also able to make a recommendation Pupils joining Year 8 are assigned to one of five form classes It is our aim to promote good relationships and effective communication between everyone in the school community and therefore pupils and parents are encouraged to talk to the Form Teachers to share concerns early so that we can deal with issues quickly and effectively Parents can also contact the Year Head and Mrs Moore Vice Principal Pastoral FORM BASE THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND THE CANTEEN STAFF ARE REALLY KIND THE HOUSE SYSTEM KNOWLEDGE IS POWER PASSION NEVER FAILS You are assigned a house on entry to the school and family connections are honoured The school has 4 houses GRANT Green McALESTER Blue PRAEGER Red SPEERS Yellow The pupil s house is reflected in the colour of the badge on their blazer The names of the houses pay tribute to former members of our school community who where held in high esteem Rev Charles McAlester first Chairman of the Board of Governors Grant and Speers after 2 previous Headmasters and Praeger after former pupils Rosamund and LLoyd who excelled in the areas of sculpture and natural science SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Our Special Needs Coordinator and Assistant Special Needs Coordinator are supported by Mrs Moore Vice Principal Pastoral and a dedicated team of adult assistants They oversee the provision for pupils with special educational needs and the SEN team works closely with external agencies parents and primary schools to provide staff with the information they require to ensure pupils experience a smooth transition into Year 8 PARENTS AND PUPILS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TALK TO THE FORM TEACHER TO SHARE CONCERNS EARLY SO THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH ISSUES QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY 17

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Information on admissions in September 2022 to Post Primary Schools will be available from http www eani org uk admissions The approved enrolment number for the grammar school is 1060 with the admissions for Year 8 set at 150 Pupils who are in receipt of a statement of special educational needs and who are admitted following application of the admissions criteria are supernumerary ie not included in the admissions number which is set by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland Number on roll September 2021 1069 The Year 8 admissions criteria can be viewed HERE Criteria for admission to sixth form and other years are available upon request from the Headmaster s PA Mrs Amanda Graham or just HERE SCHOOL POLICIES We strive to achieve the highest standards in all that we do Copies of our school policies are available from the school office or on the school website www sullivanupper co uk In the event that you are dissatisfied with any aspect of school life complaints to school should be conducted in line with the complaints policy which is available on the school website or from the school office IT IS OUR AIM TO PROMOTE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EVERYONE IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY THE FROST BUILDING WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW TRANSITION YEAR 8 ADMISSION CRITERIA LUNCH SULLIVAN The school dining hall which is known as the Silver Robin provides a cafeteria style lunch in the lower floor and sandwich and snack bar which provides space for pupils to eat who bring a packed lunch to school All pupils eat their lunch in the Silver Robin apart from the year 14 who make use of their Common Room which has its own dining facilities The Silver Robin also operates a Tuck Shop at break time Parents who wish their son or daughter to go home at lunch time should request the school s formal permission to do so by letter to Mrs Moore Vice Principal Pastoral via the Form Teacher Pupils can also bring packed lunch to Sullivan although products containing food allergens such as nuts are prohibited Purchasing meals from the Silver Robin is cashless and details of the biometric payment system can be accessed HERE CHILD PROTECTION POLICY The welfare of every child in our school is of paramount importance and this underpins our response to the challenges of safeguarding your child Read our Child Protection Policy HERE 19

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SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS TRACKING AND FORMAL ASSESSMENT OCTOBERNOVEMBER JANUARY MARCHMAY Years 12 14 Common Assessment Tasks Winter Exams Common Assessment Tasks Report Type Year 12 14 Progress Report Year 12 14 Full Annual Report Year 12 14 Progress Report Years 8 11 Common Assessment Tasks Winter Exams Summer Grades Report Type Year 8 11 Progress Report Years 8 9 and 11 Progress Report Year 8 9 and 11 Full Annual Report Year 10 Full Annual Report to inform GCSE Subject Choice Year 10 Progress Report Common Assessment Tasks are taken by the whole Year Group for a particular subject area and the numerical results collated for their progress report For further information on examinations and results click HERE Achieving 5 A C 100 94 1 99 97 4 99 100 100 98 100 Achieving 7 A C Assessment is carried out throughout the school year with all pupils receiving one Annual written report and two Progress Reports which provide a statement indicating their current progress in their subjects Regular reporting helps inform our strategies for ongoing academic and pastoral support All Year Groups receive a Progress Report in early November Currently school examinations are held in January for all Year Groups following which Years 10 12 13 and 14 receive their written Annual Report with other Year Groups receiving a Progress Report based on their results A further Progress Report is sent to Years 12 14 in early April to help with their preparations for public exams in the summer term School examinations are held again in May for Years 8 to 11 after which an Annual Report is sent to parents in June for Years 8 9 and 11 with Year 10 receiving a Progress Report Years 12 14 will sit their external GCSE AS and A Level examinations in May June GCSE TREND DATA ASSESSMENT REPORTING 0 2017 2018 2018 2019 2019 2020 2020 2021 21

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100 100 100 91 86 72 79 0 2017 2018 2018 2019 2019 2020 A LEVEL TREND DATA 99 Achieving 2 A C Achieving 3 A C 100 2020 2021 CAREERS WE AIM HIGH EDUCATION INFORMATION ADVICE AND GUIDANCE CEAIG The Head of Careers coordinates the work of a team of teachers with specialist knowledge and experience who work as careers advisers in the school Careers education is delivered to pupils throughout the school and pupils are provided with access to relevant information There are also close links with the Northern Ireland Careers Service and other outside bodies In Year 13 students undertake a programme of work shadowing relevant to their chosen career direction ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE TRENDS AND HISTORICAL DATA LEAVERS As the following table shows 171 pupils left the school by the end of the 2020 2021 school year The vast majority of these were students who completed their A Levels and went on to study at Further or Higher Education institutions mostly for degree courses LEAVERS Transferring to another school Apprenticeship Training Courses Entering Further Education Entering Higher Education In Full Time Employment Other Gap Year Seeking Employment Other TOTALS Year 12 Number 7 0 8 0 1 0 1 1 18 Year Group 4 4 0 5 1 0 0 6 0 0 6 0 11 3 Year 13 Number 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 Year Group 0 66 0 0 66 0 0 66 0 0 0 1 98 Year 14 Number 0 0 3 144 3 0 0 0 150 Year Group 0 0 2 96 2 0 0 0 100 other EXAMINATION RESULTS All Years All Years All Years Examination Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Rock School Exams London College of Music Number Entered 89 7 76 Pass Rate 100 100 100 23

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THE GENTLE GENTLE HAND HAND Beginning with your form teacher the following people are here to help and support you PASTORAL CARE CARING SINCE 1877 1987 PASTORAL CARE CARING SINCE We aim to maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem JUNIOR SCHOOL YEAR HEADS Years 8 9 10 MR C PEEL HEADMASTER SENCO MRS J KELLY YEAR 8 MRS C DORMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL YEAR HEADS Years 11 12 MRS C MOORE VICE PRINCIPAL Pastoral YEAR 9 MS C BOWMAN KINNEAR SCHOOL NURSE MRS M MCAVOY SENIOR SCHOOL YEAR 10 MR C HENDERSON FORM TEACHERS YEAR HEADS Years 13 14 SUBJECT TEACHERS SCHOOL COUNSELLORS ANNA O NEILL BRIAN McCORMICK MR S THOMPSON VICE PRINCIPAL Teaching and Learning MR MATHEWS HEAD OF CAREERS GUIDANCE CLASSROOM ROOM ASSISTANTS MISS A MORGAN COORDINATOR FOR LEARNING FOR LIFE AND WORK 25

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CONTACTS Sullivan Upper School Belfast Road HOLYWOOD BT18 9EP T 028 90428780 F 028 90427644 E info sullivanupper holywood ni sch uk W www sullivanupper co uk Twitter sullivan_upper USEFUL LINKS Key Dates Positive Behaviour Policy Anti Bullying Drugs Policy Healthy Eating Partnership with Parents School Security Safety click here

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