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Scala is located in Rute, town of around 10,500 inhabitants, set at the southwestern of the Córdoba province, in the Subbética region. It is in a natural enclave neighbouring with many provinces and has a communication junction which makes it be equidistant from Córdoba, Malaga, Granada and Jaén. The social-economic activity is basically farming. The most notable industries are the anisette and sweets. There is a huge number of people who practice their work temporarily.
The center is set in the southern part of Rute, specifically between the Málaga and Loja streets, in the zone called “El Junquillo” (the little rush), where the communications with Iznájar, Cuevas de San Marcos and Encinas Reales are . The plot, almost rectangular, is set in the suburbs emphasizing the entry by Málaga Street, the border plot with a piece of open ground and the one of Loja Street where several industrial plants are placed and, finally, the youth’s fun zone at the weekend.
It is a public center of Secondary Education which was open in 1997. It is born from the fusion of the former Bachillerato High School and the Professional Formation High School. Although it has a newly-built building and partially equipped with the set material, it was designed for four ESO units and six Bachillerato units, occupation clearly lower than actual. This is causing that in the latest years specific classrooms are being used for activities which they were not initially designed for.
The educative offer of our center is made of the Obligatory Secondary Education, the Nature and Sanitary Sciences Bachillerato and the Humanities and Social Sciences Bachillerato, a Medium Grade Formative Cycle of Administrative Management, a PCPI of Office Auxiliary Services and the second cycle of the Adults Secondary Education. The school day is developed in the morning timetable from 8:20 to 14:45 and in the afternoon timetable from 16:30 to 20:00, dedicated last one to the education of 2nd cycle of the ESA, parents meetings, etc.
Besides the classrooms and their corresponding department we can emphasize the multiple uses room (SUM), the cafeteria and the library on the ground floor. On the first floor, the Sciences, Physics and Chemistry laboratories are placed, the PCPI classroom and a Technology classroom. On the second floor we can emphasize the other Technology classroom with computering equipment, the Music classroom and the Design and Plastic Education classrooms. It is also provided with a covered pavilion and several sports pitches. The huge extension of the location shots make very difficult its maintenance and cleanliness.
Educative Community characteristics
Our center is the only one with Secondary Education. It receives all the ESO students from Rute and besides, from near small villages such as Zambra, Llanos de Don Juan, Lorite, Las Piedras, Los Pérez, Vadofresno, etc. For the post-obligatory education of Bachillerato and Formative Cycle, it receives also students form other towns like Iznájar, Encinas Reales, Benamejí, Palenciana o Cuevas de San Marcos. Lately, as it is happening in many localities, in each school year students from different nationalities are registered due to the high immigration percentage. Besides, the locality has a Home School and a Shelter
which is owned by the Andalusian Board, so that it also receives the secondary education students from both institutions, with the personal problems that generally have this kind of students.
Formerly the center was a Bachillerato high school with students from 14 to 18 years old which voluntarily went to the school to study this educative phase. Nevertheless, with the financing of the implantation process of the LOGSE, the arrive of students of 12 years old to the high school and the obligatory nature of the education until the 16 years old, it can be seen how the difficulties for the student adaptation of the center to the characteristics, interests and needs of that huge diversity of students have been progressively increasing. It is necessary to add the overcrowding in the center in the last four or five years which has almost doubled the students from the first cycle of the ESO.
Nowadays, it does exist a problem related to the lack of motivation and interest in a big part of the students, to which we must add acts of insubordination and disruption, which are the main causes of a worsening in the working quality in the classrooms. The teaching staff is made nowadays by over sixty teachers, from which the 85% are permanent, considering the working staff with a high stability level. With regard to the Administration and Services Staff, they make up an altogether of nine professionals, being clearly insufficient the destined for cleaning and secretary, in view of the high area of our center and the students number (around eight hundred).
Relationship with the families and other environment institutions
The families are related to the Center mainly through the tutors, who call the parents at the beginning of the school year and after every evaluation session. Individually, they meet every time they consider it necessary in their own initiative or by the parent’s request. The school agenda is a good communication document between the center and the families. Any occasion is used to make the parents aware in this sense.
We consider with a high importance the revision of the agenda for the immediate
awareness of those aspects of the school life of the student that teachers, tutor or directive staff want the parents to know. In the same way, it is a good tool in common tasks with the center like absences justifications, authorized journeys, etc
The figure of the parents delegate must be important in the relationship between the center and the families. The Life Together Plan will control the election of the parents delegate and its functions.
It is important the parents’ participation in the tutorship meeting that takes place in the first two weeks of November. In some way the working order of the group is established and the parents are informed of its running. It can be used as a start for that relationship of the family with the center. The outline of that meeting must have at least the sections which are now expressed.
Relationship with families and other institutions in the environment
Families relate with the High School because of the guardians who meet parents the first day of school and in each assessment. They can also meet when the parents want. The school diary is a good way of communication between the high school and families. It ́s very important to revise the school diary in order to know if a teacher or the headmaster wants to inform parents about something. Also it ́s very useful if the student doesn ́t go to school or if he/she arrives late in the morning.
The deputy of the parents must get in touch with the school. This deputy is chosen and controlled by the “Coexistence Plan”. It ́s very important the meeting between parents and teacher in the beginning of the academic year, it can be the first fifteen days of November. The script must have at least the following steps.