Limavady Grammar School’s Mission Statement is 'Learning, Caring, Preparing for life'.
In focusing on our vision for the next decade, we are committed to three areas of development:
Learning. A school is judged by the effectiveness of the learning that goes on. It is the reason for its existence and the main criterion on which it is judged.
Caring for self and others. We have a strong pastoral system that is constantly under review.
Preparing for life, for success and happiness in school and beyond. Our emphasis on Career Planning ensures that the great majority of our students go on to achieve success. We also believe that Life Skills are an essential part of the school curriculum.
Limavady Grammar School’s ethos aims:
To create a caring society within the school community in which staff and pupils learn to live and work together in mutual respect; one in which the personal problems of individual pupils will receive a sympathetic and understanding hearing;
To create awareness, and to actively develop an understanding, of the different cultures in our society, and to encourage tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life;
Pastoral Care Structure
Each form in each year group is assigned to a Form Teacher/ Tutor who specialises in the care of that particular year group. Class members meet with their tutor three times per week: for fifteen minutes twice a week between Monday and Thursday and for an extended period of fifty minutes every Friday. It is during this period that the statutory entitlement of Personal Development as part of Learning for Life and Work is delivered. In addition to this the Form Teacher/Tutor meets the group each morning fro Morning registration at 8.55pm
The Form Teacher can develop a working relationship with the pupils in their form class so that they can gain some insight into character and personality, as well as the personal and academic strengths, weaknesses and problems of each pupil. This way the Form Teacher will become aware of any changes in pupil behaviour and appearance, friendships and personal circumstances. Form Teachers can observe the academic and behavioural performance of pupils on a weekly basis including the examination of diaries. They will be able to administer academic and behavioural support strategies such as monitoring, as well as the discipline policy and guidelines.
The Head of Year’s role is to communicate with parents as the first point of contact, about academic, behavioural and personal issues affecting children. The Head of Year leads the pastoral care team for their year group.
Heads of Year
Year 8 Miss Doherty
Year 9 Mrs McCluskey
Year 10 Mr Donnell
Year 11 Mrs O'Brien
Year 12 Mrs McFarland
Year 13 Mr Bogle
Year 14 Mrs Farmer
Vice Principal (Pastoral) Mr Handforth
Each member of the SLT is assigned a year group and acts as support for the Head of Year in academic, behavioural and pastoral matters.
An induction programme is organised for Years 8, 11 and 13 pupils as part of their Personal Development programme. New Year 8 pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in the two day programme at Bushmills Residential Centre.
Year 11 have a three period session at the beginning of the year introducing key issues for KS4.
The partnership between home and school is of crucial importance in ensuring the best possible education for all our pupils. Limavady Grammar School aims to develop good communication with all parents and guardians. Parents and guardians have a number of opportunities to consult with the school on any matter regarding the academic and pastoral education of their child. These opportunities include:
- annual parent – teacher meeting;
- informal contact by means of phone calls or notes;
- communication through the pupil’s school diary;
- meetings arranged by appointment.