We have the highest expectations that our students will behave with courtesy and consideration for others at all times, both in school and on their way to and from it. Your full parental support helps to ensure that your daughter respects and obeys these routines for her as well as others’ benefit.
If your daughter arrives at school before 8.10am she should wait in the dining area in the main building or go to the library. After this she may go to her locker and form room (providing her form room is not a laboratory or specialist room)
Lateness to School
End of Day
Registration ends at 3.10 pm. Students are asked to help stack the chairs (piles of not more than 6) or put on the desks and leave the room tidy with all litter being put in the bin.
Appointments During the Day
Your daughter may leave school for an appointment during the day but only with permission from their Form Tutor. She must bring a note from yourself. On leaving and returning to school she will be required to sign in the year book in the Student Support area. Apart from appointments and in cases of sickness students may not be sent out of school for any other reason except with permission from the Headteacher or Deputy Headteachers.
Sickness and First Aid
Pupils should not call parents themselves if they are unwell. In the event of your daughter feeling unwell or having an accident in school she should tell her teacher or a member of staff on duty who will send her to the School Reception where she will be assessed by a First Aider. The decision to send a pupil home will only be given by the Reception Manager or a senior member of staff, who will contact parents by using the emergency telephone number supplied. This number should be in the front of your daughter’s Planner. It is important to remember that during school hours our staff are legally responsible for your daughter’s welfare and safety on the premises.
Absence from School
All absences should be notified on the first day. Please telephone on the first morning of absence by 10.00am. Either speak directly to the Absence Reporting Officer from 8.00am or leave a message on the absence line 020 8663 4199 – then press option 1. This reporting line is available 24 hours.
An automated system “Absence Call” is in use. Parents will be phoned automatically if their daughter fails to report for registration and there has been no prior notification of absence or absence reported by telephone that morning. Please keep your contact details up to date with the Admissions office.
We work closely with our Education Welfare Officer over the matter of absence after day one – a telephone call will save any embarrassment for all concerned.
Any written notification of absence from school should be addressed in the first instance to her form tutor when your daughter returns to school or in advance if this is to attend a medical appointment.
Holidays in School Time
For over a year now the Government has urged schools to avoid granting leave to students during term time. As you can imagine, to allow any student even a few days to travel to see relatives abroad sets a precedent. We are keenly aware of the relationship between attendance and achievement, and for this reason, and to be fair to all concerned, the school will not usually authorise any leave during term time.
Care of School Buildings and Property
Each tutor group is responsible for keeping its own tutor room tidy. Your daughter is expected to play her full part in ensuring that high standards are maintained.
In the event of your daughter losing or damaging a text book or any other school property she will be expected to pay for this damage or loss.
It is of great importance that all personal property belonging to your daughter is named, including school uniform, watches and pens. She should be warned not to leave money/valuables in unattended bags anywhere in school.
If your daughter needs to bring any money to school, it is essential that she keeps this on her person at all times. Large amounts of money e.g. a school journey payment, may be handed in to your daughter’s form tutor or to the School Finance Office for safe-keeping.
If you wish your daughter to cycle to school, she should have passed her cycling proficiency test. It is also advisable to have the bicycle frame stamped at the local police station for identification purposes.
Your daughter is not permitted to wear jewellery to school (except for watches which should be named and one small pair of studs in the lobes of pierced ears). If she has long hair, it should be tied back or plaited.
Parents are advised to have expensive items of property e.g. bicycles, musical instruments covered on their own insurance since the school is not covered for loss of property during the school day.
Mobile phones/iPods etc may not be seen, heard or used anywhere on the school site (buildings or grounds). If they are, they will be confiscated and held by the Head or Deputy Head until YOU come in to collect them. The School cannot accept responsibility for the safe keeping or loss of mobile phones.
Outdoor uniform that is worn to school that does not conform to school regulations will also be confiscated and held until collected by either a parent/guardian.
The following are prohibited in school:
- Drinks or foods in glass bottles/jars
- Chewing gum
- Alcohol, cigarettes or matches/lighters
- Any illegal substances or items
Any object which constitute a health and safety risk, eg: offensive weapons (including points and blades)
Your daughter will be allocated a locker at the beginning of the new school year. She should be reminded not to place items of value in her locker. She may choose to secure her locker by using a padlock, maximum size 4cms.
Your daughter may not visit her locker between lessons.
When your daughter arrives she will be issued with a Homework Timetable which provides a structure to assist pupils in the organisation of their time. It is impossible, however, for teachers to be specific about the length of time a piece of work should take. Pupils have varying abilities, interests and enthusiasms.
As a very rough guide, a single homework might be approximately 25-30 minutes, this may increase from KS4 onwards.
Homework should be purposeful and clearly related to classroom learning. Therefore, there may be times when a set homework would be inappropriate e.g. at the start or finish of a particular topic of work.
Homework may include work which can be done in a fairly short period of time and, therefore is required to be given in the next lesson, as well as work which is expected to take several evening sessions.
A Planner will be issued to your daughter at the beginning of each new year. It serves as regular record for homework for pupils, parents and tutors. It is expected that parents and the tutor will sign it each week. The Planner can create a closer link between home and school as well as helping each pupil to become responsible and organised in her attitude towards her studies. Please ensure that your home and work/emergency telephone numbers are correctly recorded in the Planner.
The Planner is an additional way for teachers and parents to communicate pleasure concerning a pupil’s progress or dissatisfaction about poor performance.
Please encourage your daughter to use her Planner as fully as possible and check it regularly.
A range of enrichment activities takes place, some of these at lunch time and others after school. The programme of activities is published every term and the list may be found under the student section of the website. Information about those and other events is also given in the weekly Pupil Bulletin and in Newsletters.
School Reception and Security
Reception is your first point of contact when visiting members of staff. All visitors must sign in and are required to wear a visitor’s badge issued only from Reception.
There is a pay phone near reception which is available for students to use before and after school, at break and lunchtime.
These may be arranged by individual members of staff, by faculties or by Year Heads. 24 hours notice will be given for a long detention (until 4.00 pm) and 48 hours notice for a 4.30pm detention, but students may be kept in by any member of staff until 3.30 pm without prior notice.
Staff will write a note in the student’s planner giving parents 24 hours notice of a 4.00 pm detention. Official letters are sent home from the school office giving notice of a 4.30pm detention. Please refer to the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral).Saturday morning detentions are rare and may only be given by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteachers.