For our Mobile Phone Policy in full - click HERE
We actively discourage students from bringing mobile phones to school. However, we accept that some students and parents see possession of mobile phones as an aid to personal security and safety and consequently, mobile phones are not banned but should be switched off once on the school site.
Where a student does bring a mobile phone to school, the phone must remain switched off during the school day, be kept out of sight and may not be used, for any purpose, on school premises and grounds. The only exception to this would follow express approval by a member of school staff.
Sixth Form students only are able to use their phones in the common room and canteen during specific times during the school day. Students could be required to explain the nature of communication or use of social media.
The school will not accept liability for the safe keeping of a mobile phone which will remain the responsibility of the student at all times. As is normal practice with all valuables, students would want to hand in their mobile phones for safe keeping when in the P.E. area. Only in exceptional circumstances (usually involving other breaches of our code of conduct) would the school investigate the theft or loss of a mobile phone.
As is the case with all examples of unacceptable behaviour, inappropriate use of a mobile phone will lead to the application of proportionate sanctions, including temporary confiscation. All breaches of good conduct are considered on an individual basis taking into account the nature of the offence, its context and the prior behaviour history of the student concerned. The Headteacher or other member of the senior team will retain discretion in the application of sanctions depending on the nature of the individual situation considered. The procedures section in the mobile phone policy (link above) outlines responses to many common situations of inappropriate use of mobile phones.
Students contacting home
Office staff will not make calls home on behalf of students unless it is an emergency. If your child needs to call home about after school activities they should ask the member of staff in charge of the activity.
Car parking at school
The school has a drop off and pick up area for parents which is adjacent to the front entrance on the right hand side. In order to avoid congestion we would ask that parents only collect or set down in this area and not use it for parking.
Supervision of students outside school hours
No formal supervision is provided for students who arrive on the school premises before 8.30am. Students should leave the school premises promptly at the end of the school day unless staying for specific activities that are supervised such as extra-curricular activities or sports club/events.