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 Please take the time to read about the behaviour and conduct expected of all pupils:

INFORMATION FOR PUPILS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PUPILS

PUPILS STANDARDS

UNIFORM POLICY


 

  ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT: COLOURS /HONOURS SYSTEM 
 

Colours/Honours system for achievement in sport has been implemented. The purpose of these awards is to recognise participation, commitment and achievement at an exceptionally high level in Methodist College sport.
Please click here to read the details of the new system and the criteria that are used in making these Awards.

Any queries about this system should be addressed to the Head of PE in the first instance.

EXAM CERTIFICATES

Please note, it is the pupil's responsibility to collect their exam results when they become available [usually from end of October onwards for exams sat in the summer term]. They will NOT be posted out to the pupil. For full details, please read this note about exam certificates - please click here 

Parent/ Guardian Guide to Preventing Malpratice Booklet

Please read the guidance contained in the booklet below and ensure that your son/daughter reads it as well.

The regulations regarding exam malpractice apply to all Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) exam boards. Any breech of these regulations, whether accidental or deliberate, could jeopardise the award of your son’s/daughter’s exam(s).


Parent/Guardian Guide to Preventing Malpractice Booklet


 

 

The booklets should be used in conjunction with the current Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) document ‘Suspected malpractice in examinations and assessments: policies and procedures’

Special Consideration in GCSE and GCE Examinations

Click the image below to access the letter sent via Schoolscom to all parents in Form 5, L6 and U6, regarding Special Consideration.





Term Dates & Calendar




Important Dates - Spring Term 2019   


Term Dates and Holidays 2018 / 2019


Term Dates and Holidays 2019 / 2020


Form 1 - Assessment Parent-Pupil Calendar 2017 - 2018


School Uniform Regulations


 Uniform Regulations 18 - 19

Form 1 - What pupils need to bring to class




Homework Timetables & Controlled Assessment

 
 
Homework is an essential part of school life, reinforcing what pupils learn during lessons whilst also helping to identify any areas that need further clarification.

We hope that parents will encourage their children to complete their homework on time and to the best of their ability.

Form 1 - Revision Techniques 

Listed below are the Homework Timetables for the different year groups, as a guide to what parents can expect for their child.

Homework Timetable for Form 1
Form 1 Homework and Coursework Requirements
Form 1 Assessment Parent-Pupil Calendar 2018 - 2019
 

If you are concerned about your child's studies please download the leaflet
Information on Study Support at MCB which highlights how you can help your child get the most out of their studies.
 


Many of the subjects taken at GCSE feature Controlled Assessments as part of the course.  

GCSE Controlled Assessment Parent-Pupils Calendar 2018/19
Pupils in both Form 4 and Form 5 will be completing elements of Controlled Assessment within some subjects which will go towards their final GCSE results. These Controlled Assessments will happen from the beginning of the academic year.
The requirements and format for a Controlled Assessment can vary greatly from subject to subject. The details for each subject will be explained in full to the pupils by their individual subject teachers. Departments will also use the Fronter Virtual Learning Environment to give a lot of very useful information about the requirements for Controlled Assessments within their subject. Your child should be able to access Fronter both at home and in school.

Heads of Departments will supply details of the name of the examination board and the specification taken within their subject. They will also give information about whether Controlled Assessments are required within their subject and an approximate timing of when the Controlled Assessment will take place. 
As the Controlled Assessments are a formal part of the GCSE Examination, it is imperative that pupils are present for all of the scheduled assessments. 
It should also be noted that pupils in Form 4 will sit one paper for Religious Studies that counts towards 50% of their final GCSE at the end of Form 4. Pupils in the Form 4 LLW class will also sit two modules at the end of Form 4 which are both worth 20% of their final GCSE.
If you have any questions about the Controlled Assessment within a particular subject, please contact your child’s individual teacher or the Head of Department concerned.
School Trips

Below is a summary of the main school trips that take place in the course of the academic year.  Prior to each trip, parents of pupils will receive an information pack containing a more detailed itinerary, emergency contact details, information about where the group is staying etc.

Please read the
Regulations for pupils taking part in school trips and make sure that your son/daughter is aware of what is expected of them when away with a school group. This is to ensure that all pupils and staff have a successful and safe trip.

Trips Offered

Next India Society Trip: 18th October 2019 - 1st November 2019



Classics Trip to Italy: 23th October 2018 - 27th October 2018



Medallions' Rugby Tour to Portugal: 6th December 2018 - 10th December 2018



School Aid Trip to Romania: 19th January 2019 - 26th January 2019



Senior Rugby Tour to Portugal: 13th December 2018 - 18th December 2018 
CU Weekend Trip to Rostrevor: 25th January 2019- 27th January 2019
Form 3 Trip to Paris: 28th January 2019 - 1st February 2019 
Spanish Exchange Granada: 3rd February 2019 - 10th February 2019
Form 2 Ski Trip to Italy: 13th February 2019 - 18th February 2019
Junior Rugby Trip to Wales: 21st March 2019 - 24th March 2019

1st XI Boys Hockey Tour to Bath: 29th March 2019 - 31st March 2019
German History MIA Trip to Berlin: 10th April 2019 - 14th April 2019
USA Geography Trip: 24th June 2019 - 2nd July 2019 
USA Ski Trip: 29th December 2019 - 5th January 2020
Cricket Sri Lanka Tour: 1st April 2020 - 11th April 2020

College Canteen Menu

The school shares the belief that the children we educate in the broadest sense can only gain from eating good food while they are in our care and we know that parents will support us in this.  

Our Canteen Menus run on a four week cycle, offering good value and a carefully balanced diet. 
 

Canteen Menus - Methodist College Belfast

Please contact Heather Chambers, the Canteen and Deli Bar manager, if you have any specific food-related queries.  Every effort is made to cater for the individual needs of pupils.
 

Transport Arrangements

Travel Passes

The decision regarding pupil eligibility for a bus or train pass lies with the Education and Library Board for the area in which the pupil lives. The College will distribute travel passes after they have been issued but the original application must be made to the Board. 

Once a pupil has been accepted into the College, an application form for a travel pass can be obtained from the Education & Library Board website or the College Rolls & Records Department.

The form should be completed and returned to the Rolls & Records Dept. in order to be signed/stamped before being sent to the Board for a decision on eligibility/a travel pass to be issued.

For pupils already at the College it may be necessary to reapply each September as the Education and Library Boards do not always automatically reissue a travel pass, particularly in the case of 5th form pupils entering the 6th form.

The College does not provide special bus services for pupils. Pupils use the main Translink bus and train services for travelling to and from school. 

Below is information relevant to pupils travelling to and from Methody. This is for guidance only and any queries about individual services should be directed to Translink.

1. Belfast City Centre
Belfast City Centre
Depart No. 8B, 9A, 9B (Metro) every 10/15 minutes from left hand side of City Hall
Routes '8B' go up Malone Road (to MCB front gate)
'9A 9B' go up Lisburn Road (to back gate Fullerton, MCB)
Arrive Regular intervals (10 minute journey)
Return Every 10 minutes

2. Comber, Ballynahinch, Saintfield, Carryduff, Four Winds, Belvoir Areas
Comber/ Ballygowan Area

(2) No. 11 (Blue) 7.40am Comber Road
Route (1) Comber Bus Station, Upper Newtownards Road, City Centre
(2) Ballygowan, Saintfield, Carryduff, Stranmillis Road
Arrive (1) 8.10am (Laganside Bus Station)
(2) 8.10am (Stanmillis Road)
Return (1) No. 5h (Metro), 4pm (outside Centre on Malone Road)
(2) No. 11 (Blue) 4.10pm (from Laganside Bus Station in City Centre)

Saintfield/ Carryduff
Depart (1) No. 15 (Blue) 7.35am
(2) No. 18H (Blue) 7.45am
Route (1) Saintfield Bus Station, Carryduff, Saintfield Road
(2) Carryduff, Saintfield Road
Arrive (1) 8.10am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
(2) 8.10am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return (1) No. 15 (Blue) 15.15pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)
(2) No. 18 (Blue) 15.15pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)

Ballygowan
Depart (1) No. 12 (Blue) 7.25am
Route (1) Ballygowan Road, Moneyrea Road, Castlereagh Road

Ballynahinch
Depart No. 18H (Blue) 7.35am
Route Ballynahinch, Carryduff, Saintfield Road, Stranmillis Road
Arrive 8.15am (Stranmillis Road)
Return No. 18H (Blue) 15.25pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)

Four Winds/ Cairnshill Area
Depart (1) Four Winds - No. 15H/18H (Blue) 07.55am & 8am (there are earlier and later ones)
(2) Cairnshill- No.7A (Metro) 7.32 or 7.43am
Route (1) Saintfield Road to MCB
(2) Cairnshill, Forestside, Ormeau Road, QUB
Arrive 8.20am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return No. 7A/7B (Metro) 3.23pm, every 7 minutes  behind QUB (or if going home later, take bus from Centra - see Ballynahinch information)

3. East Belfast Area
Roselawn/ Castlereagh Hills Area
Depart (1) No. 7A (Metro) (every 25 minutes)
(2) No. 6A (Metro) every 10 minutes
Route (1) Four Winds Forestside, MCB
(2) Cregagh Road, City Centre
 Arrive (1) (Behind QUB)
(2) City Centre
Return (1) No. 7A (Metro) 3.23pm, behind QUB
(2) No.6A (Metro) every 10 minutes

Dundonald/ Ballyhackamore Areas
Depart (1) No. 4D (Metro) 7.35am (Ulster Hospital Start Point)
(2) No. 11 (Blue) 7.35am (Grahambridge Road then into Dundonald)
Route (1) Ulster Hospital, Upper Newtownards Road to City Centre (front of City Hall)
(2) Comber Road, Tullycarnet, City Centre
Arrive (1) 8.10am (in City Centre)
(2) 8.10am (in City Centre)
Return (1) No. 4C & 4D (Metro) (from City Centre)

Belmont Area
Depart (1) No. 3A (Metro) 7.45am (every 10 minutes)
(2) No. 20 (Metro) 7.45am (every 10 minutes)
Route (1) Tesco's Knocknagoney, Sydenham, Holywood Arches, Newtownards Road, May Street in City Centre
(2) Belmont Road, Holywood Arches, Newtownards Road, May Street in City Centre
Arrive 8.05am (in City Centre)
Return No. 3A (Metro) (May Street in City Centre) 3.45pm (every 10 minutes) 



TRAIN:
Sydenham Train Station, 8.01 am to Botanic Station (every 20 minutes until 09.21am), 11 minutes Travel Time.

Upper Newtownards Road
Depart No. 4C/D Times:

0709

|

0731

|

0752

|

0810

|

0829

Route to City Centre
Arrive City Centre
Return No. 4C/D (Metro) (front of City Hall) Times:

1506

|

1526

|

1550

|

1613

|

1633


4. Craigavon, Moira, Hillsborough, Lisburn
Lisburn
Craigavon, Lurgan
Depart No. 51 (Blue), 6.35 am
Route Craigavon, Lurgan, Moira, Lisburn, Lisburn Road to MCB
Arrive 8.00 am
Return No. 51 (Blue), Times: 3.30pm 4.05pm 4.30pm
 
Lisburn
Depart (1) No. 524 (Blue), 07.25 am
(2) No. 51 (Blue), 7.30am
Route (1) Lisburn, Hillhall Road, Upper Malone Road
(2) Bus Station, Dunmurry, Finaghy, Balmoral
Arrive (1) 0751 am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
(2) 8.05 am (back gate Fullerton, Lisburn Road, MCB)
Return (1) No. 22 (Blue), 4.10 pm (outside Centra, Malone Road)
(2) No. 51 (Blue), 3.35 pm and 4.10 pm and 4.35pm (back gate Fullerton, Lisburn Road, MCB)
 
Lambeg
Depart Train 07.10 am
Route City Hospital
Arrive 07.30 am
Return 4.05 pm to Great Victoria Street then the 4.23pm to Lambeg
 
Drumbeg
Depart No. 524 (Blue), 7.40 am
Route Drumbeg, Rossvale, Upper Malone Road
Arrive 7.51 am (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return No. 524a (Blue), 3.47 pm (outside Centra on Malone Road)

5. Finaghy, Dunmurry, Malone Area
Finaghy/ Dunmurry
Depart (1) 103 (Blue) enters 8.10am in to Dunmurry from Dunmurry Seymour Hill
(2), 9A(Metro), times:

0705

-

0725

-

-

0745

-

0759

-

0812

-

0827

-

0843

18min Travel Time
Route Conway, Lisburn Road (No. 9 via Dunmurry)
Return No. 8A/B and 9A (Metro), every 15 minutes to Conway (i.e. between Lisburn and Dunmurry)
 
Depart No. 8A, 8B, 8C (Metro) (every 10 minutes), No. 524/a (Blue)
Route Erinvale
Arrive Every 10 minutes (side gate Malone Road, MCB)
Return No. 8A, 8B, 8C (Metro) (every 10 minutes), No. 524 (Blue) 3.47pm and 3.55pm
(Front of QUB or outside Centra, Malone Road
 
6. Carrickfergus, Greenisland, Whiteabbey, Jordanstown Area
Greenisland
Depart 7.46 am Greenisland Station
Route Shore Road
Arrive 8.11 am (City Hospital)
Return 3.48 pm or 4.16 pm
 
7. Templepatrick, Newtownabbey, Glengormley Area
Templepatrick
Depart No. 300 (Blue), 7.35 am at the Park and Ride
Route Templepatrick, Motorway, Europa (City Centre)
Arrive 8.25 am (Europa, City Centre)
Return No. 300 (Blue), (from Europa, City Centre) (every 15 minutes)
 
8. Bangor, Hollywood Areas
Bangor, Hollywood Area (Train)
Depart (1) Bangor Train Station 7.37 am & 7.57am
Route :Bangor West Carnlea, Helen’s Bay, Seahill, Cultra, Marino,Hollywood,Belfast Lanyon Place, Botanic Station.
Arrive 8.13am & 8.33am
Return (1) Botanic Train Station 3.37pm or 4.10 pm
 
9. North Belfast
North Belfast/Ballysillan
Depart No. 12A (Metro), 7.40am
Route Oldpark Road, Carlisle Circus, City Centre
Arrive 8.02 am (Wellington Place)
Return No. 12A (Metro), opposite City Hall every 20 minutes

Full timetables as well as news of any changes to the services can be found on their website at 
www.translink.co.uk. Alternatively, they can be contacted on 028 90 66 66 30.

Travel Abroad Bursary


Discretionary Funding

Support is available from the College to help pupils from financially disadvantaged backgrounds participate in the life and work of the College. This Discretionary Fund is disbursed by the Principal and financed by annual contributions from the MCB Former Pupils Association. The list at the end of this policy provides an indication of how this money is used, but is by no means comprehensive.
 
How to Apply for Funding

Requests for funding should be made in writing to the Principal using the Discretionary Funding application form (
Word Document or PDF). Applications will be considered by a panel consisting of the Principal, a Vice-Principal and a member of the Board of Governors.

The following information must be provided to allow an informed decision to be made:
  • Details of how the funding will be used (e.g. uniform, school trip).
  • Detailed costs.
  • Evidence of household income (e.g. pay slips, bank statements, benefits statements)
Applications for assistance will be considered at any time but should, where possible, be made between mid-August and the end of the first term.
 
Level and Allocation of Funding

The total amount of funding available will vary from year to year depending on the level of contributions from the FPA, any funds remaining from the previous year and the number of applications made. Once it has been allocated it will not be possible to consider any additional requests until the following academic year.

The level of assistance provided will be at the discretion of the Principal. He/she will be guided by the average annual UK salary (currently £25,900 according to the Office for National Statistics) and will give priority to those applications where the household income (before tax) is less than or equal to 75% of this amount (ie £19,425).

The amount of assistance provided may be up to, but not exceeding, 2/3 of the itemised cost.

A receipt for items purchased must be provided to the College.

Priority will be given to requests for assistance towards the cost of essential items of school uniform.

Application for assistance with the cost of an extra-curricular trip or visit may only be made once during a pupil’s time at the College.
 
Examples of Assistance
  • Purchase of essential items of school uniform.
  • Travel and residential costs incurred when representing the College as an individual, as part of a group or as part of a team.
  • School trips, visits and tours.
  • University visit.
  • Additional examination administration.

MCB Parent Teacher Association


 
We are the Parent Teacher Association for Methodist College Belfast. Our aims in the PTA are to promote partnership between the College and parents, to engage in activities that promote a team and community atmosphere as well as raising funds for the School.

If you would like to get involved with the PTA in even a small way or wish to find out a bit more about us, why not Get in Touch through our website, email, Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you!

Canterbury Sports Shop 


 



MCB CANTERBURY SHOP
OPENING TIMES
 
 
Tuesday                                  1.00 pm – 1.30 pm
 
Thursday                               1.00 pm – 1.30 pm
 
Friday                                     8.00 am – 8.45 am
                                                12.45 pm –1.15 pm
 
 
 
PAYMENT – CHEQUE OR CASH ONLY


 

To avoid a mid-term trip to the Sports Shop to replace lost items of PE kit, pupils are strongly advised to have ALL items of uniform and sports kit [including school and PE bags] labelled clearly with their names, and to please check Lost Property for items before ordering replacement kit.

 
Contact The School

From time to time it may be necessary for parents to contact the school about any concerns or problems.

Please click on the link below to read the guidelines for making contact and dealing with any issues that may arise.

Parental Contact with the School about Concerns or Problems


Permission to be Absent Requests and Absence Notes

Planned Absence

It is the policy of the College that pupils should not be absent from school during term time expect in case of illness or other emergency: this is important at the beginning and end of terms as well as at other times. In special circumstances, where absence is unavoidable, leave of absence must be obtained in advance. Requests for leave of absence should be made in writing, explaining the circumstances, a minimum of three days before the required date.   Requests for absence for part of a day should be made to the pupil’s Tutor (in this instance notification via Schoolcomms is also acceptable), for a complete day to the Head of Form and for periods longer than one day to the appropriate Head of Section. When a pupil leaves school during the day, for a medical or dental appointment, for example, he or she must sign out in the Administration Centre and sign in there on return to school. It should be noted that social engagements, entertainment, holidays, etc. are not acceptable as a reason for absence.

Absence due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances

In the case of absence due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, parents who have signed up for the Schoolcomms system are asked to text the College on 01287 244005 before 9.00 am on each day of absence. Alternatively parents may contact the appropriate Administrative Assistant by phone (see below) who will record the details, or you can leave a message via voicemail.

 

028 90205206     Junior School (Forms 1-3)                            Mrs R. Henderson
028 90205213     Middle School (Forms 4-5)                           Mrs P. Sutton
028 90205226     Senior School (Forms L6-U6)                       Mrs L. Allen-Antuna

 

The Department of Education requires that we receive written confirmation form the parents/guardian when a pupil is absent from school giving the reason and date(s). Notification by text (through Schoolcomms) on each day of absence satisfies this requirement. However a telephone call must be followed up by a written confirmation and consequently on returning to the College after absence on account of illness or other emergency, a pupil MUST bring an explanatory letter signed by a parent/guardian stating clearly the dates of absence and the reason unless a text message has been received on EACH day of absence. This must be presented at the Tutor Group Assembly to the Tutor.

Parents/guardians who have singed up for the Schoolcomms system will receive a text if their child does not arrive in school and we have not been informed about the reason for their absence. Parents should text replied about absences to 01287 244005.

Illness during the school day  
If a pupil feels unwell during the school day they should go to the San where Sister will assess their condition. If deemed necessary she will contact the parent and request that the pupil is collected from the college. Pupils must not contacts their parents directly in this regards unless advised to do so by a member of staff.

Lost Property

In the event of a pupil needing to locate lost property, in the first instance the pupil should contact their Tutor. Lost property is opened at the following times:

Monday & Thursday  10.10am - 1.30pm