General FAQs

What time does my child need to be in school?
 
Our school day starts at 8:50am, the duty teams are in the yard at 8.40 and students must line up at 8.45am. It is very important to attend school on time every day; this gives your child the best start and prepares them for their future. When your child is late they can miss the teacher’s introduction to lessons/activities and may feel embarrassed having to enter the classroom late.
 
Who should I inform if my child is absent from school?
 
If a pupil is absent, parents must  telephone the attendance department at school by choosing option 1 from the menu, on the first day of absence and each subsequent day of absence.  Parents may also text the school using the Gateway app. Absence for part of the day, because of an appointment at a dentist or doctor, must be explained in advance to Form Teachers by means of a letter or appointment card.

Our aim is to encourage and assist all students to reach outstanding levels of attendance and punctuality.  Underpinning this commitment is a belief that students are only able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them if they attend school regularly and punctually. 

Holidays have an adverse effect on student progress and final examination performance.  The school will not approve any requests for absence for holidays in term time except under exceptional circumstances.

What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?
 
 Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink.  If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher and class teaching assistant and look in the lost property. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
 
Mobile Phones
 
Pupils must not use mobile phones whilst on the school site between 8.50am and 3.10pm. All mobile phones are collected in and locked away safely at the start of the school day. If pupils use a mobile phone then it will be confiscated and passed to Reception.  It will be kept at Reception until it can be collected by a parent or carer.

We ask that parents support us and do not attempt to contact pupils on their mobile phones during the school day. If a parent needs to contact their son or daughter urgently then they should telephone Reception who will be able to relay messages to pupils. In an emergency, pupils are also able to contact parents via Reception or their Head of Year.

What happens if my child feels unwell or needs to take medication during the school day?

Pupils who feel unwell must get a slip from their teacher and go to Reception.  They can stay there until they feel better and return to class, or they are collected by parents.  Any medicines must be supervised by First Aid.  Pupils must not carry or administer any medication themselves. Parents must bring medication into school and complete the relevant paperwork.

What if my child needs to leave the school site?

Pupils who leave the premises for any legitimate reason during the school day must be signed out at Reception by a parent/guardian.  Similarly, pupils arriving at school late must sign in.  It is essential that pupils are accounted for during the school day.

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