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We 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.
Where a student does bring a mobile phone to school, the phone must remain switched off during the school day (or on silent mode), be kept out of sight and may not be used, for any purpose, on school premises, grounds or during approved off-site activities (such as sports fixtures or educational trips). The only exception to this would follow express approval by a member of school staff.
Following direct authorisation, students would be allowed to use their phones at break or lunch time outside the main reception area ONLY. However, under the supervision of a member of staff, students might be permitted to use their phone at another location in school but only at break or lunchtime. In addition, Sixth Form students only are able to use their phones in the common room. Students will be required to explain the nature of communication – for example, calls with parents to organise arrangements for after school, to ask permission to attend a club/fixture, to receive a text from home or a request home for PE kit or similar.
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
Due to the number of coaches we have collecting students from school and the frequent congestion around the school gates, parents must not bring their cars onto the school premises at the beginning or end of the day to drop off or pick up students. Please leave the school entrance clear at all times.
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.
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