LOCATION AND CATCHMENT AREA
This school is situated in the picturesque village of Cullybackey, some three miles from Ballymena. Pupils are drawn from Portglenone in the west, Cloughmills to the north, Broughshane to the east and from the Randalstown district south of Cullybackey.
Pupils are transported to school by Translink. Some routes have buses unique to Cullybackey High School while others link through the main bus station in Ballymena.
SCHOOL DAY AND FACILITIES
The normal school day runs from 8.55am until 3.25pm with extra-curricular activities available at lunch time and after timetabled lessons.
The school operates as a self-contained campus and is situated in extensive grounds. Pupils may only leave the grounds with the prior approval of senior staff.
It has bright well-equipped classrooms, a library, four Education Technology suites, six Science laboratories, Environmental Science facilities, Art & Design rooms, a technology wing incorporating a Systems and Design Room and three specialist areas, recently refurbished Home Economics rooms, Business Studies accommodation and a Music Wing housing a teaching area plus two adjacent practice rooms. A purpose built and fully equipped Careers Suite comprises of a large display/teaching room, two interview rooms and a Careers Office. Physical Education facilities include boys' and girls' gymnasia, two grass football pitches, two all-weather hockey pitches, athletics facilities, netball and basketball courts and five tennis courts. Pupils also use the facilities of the Seven Towers Leisure Centre for swimming lessons and for fitness training and other facilities for golf and bowling.
PASTORAL CARE AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Close personal attention is paid to each class grouping by a Form Teacher while a Year Head exercises pastoral responsibility. Pastoral staff take great care to ensure that the needs and concerns of individual children are recognised and heeded. A Personal Development programme exists to promote and develop self-awareness, self-respect and self-confidence. Pupils are encouraged to conduct their relationships with others in a thoughtful, tolerant and caring manner.
Positive approaches to discipline afford each pupil opportunities to develop in an ethos where agreed values are upheld and respected. The existing good standards of behaviour are reflective of pupils adopting a self-disciplined approach, which has its basis in respect for self and others. If a pupil's behaviour falls short of expected standards a range of sanctions may be invoked. The active support of parents is vital to the success of this approach.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Children with general learning difficulties can benefit from somewhat smaller classes. To this end such pupils in first and second year are placed together and given specialist help in Numeracy and in Literacy. Those who have special educational needs will have educational provision made according to the current statutory regulations. Full discussion with both parents and child is fundamental to any special educational provision. Support and guidance will also be available for children with emotional/behavioural difficulties. At all times pupils will be encouraged to attain their maximum potential.
A Careers Suite houses a large teaching/reference area, two interview rooms and a Careers Office. Information is available through display material, interactive careers software, experienced careers teachers and visiting speakers. Individual careers advice is available through Personal Career Planning and close contact is maintained with employers, Regional Colleges and Training and Employment Agencies. In order to complement the ongoing careers guidance, work experience is available to every Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form pupil.
A homework timetable is issued to each pupil Key Stage 3 showing the days on which work will be set. A note of all homeworks should be taken in a homework diary. This work should be completed at home to the best of each pupil's ability and handed in to the teacher concerned on time. Parents are encouraged to sign homeworks and homework diaries.
The school now seeks a voluntary contribution from parents of £5 for an individual child or £10 for a family which has two or more pupils attending the school. The School Fund is used exclusively to offset computer consumable costs and to provide pupils with a good quality Homework Diary.