The Essential Parent Guide to Aylsham High School 2018-19
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Aylsham High School Designated staff for Safeguarding Mrs K Garnham Designated Safeguarding Lead, Designated Teacher for LAC & SENCo Mrs C Flatters Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Parent Support Adviser Alternate Safeguarding Professionals: Mr D Spalding Mr C Bridge Mr P Brockington Mrs J Fletcher Aylsham High School has: A Safeguarding policy A trained Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead A trained Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Trained Alternate Safeguarding Professionals A governor responsible for safeguarding Up to date training for all staff on safeguarding DBS checks carried out on all staff Positive working relationships with appropriate agencies such as Early Help, School Nurse, Leeway etc Aylsham High School recognises that students need an environment where they feel secure, open and trustworthy of us, knowing, that when they talk to us, they will be listened to.
Our work is underpinned by the Co-operative values: Self-help - we help people to help themselves Self-responsibility - we take responsibility for, and answer to our actions Democracy - we give our members a say in the way we run our organisation Equality - we are genuinely inclusive and pursue success for everyone Equity - we carry out our work in a way that is fair and unbiased Solidarity - we share interests and common purposes with our members and other co-operatives Our Ethical Values are: Openness - nobody’s perfect, and we won’t hide it when we’re not Honesty - we are honest about what we do and the way we do it Social responsibility - we encourage people to take responsibility for their own community, and work together to improve it Caring for others - we are a nurturing community that takes care of each other and we regularly support charities and local community groups
Executive Headteacher's Welcome It is always fantastic to welcome new members of our school community and to start a new and exciting chapter in the school’s history. The transition from one school to another is a time of great excitement and also trepidation. I am confident that together we will be able to forge a bright future. We have put together this booklet of essential information for parents. We hope you find it useful and that it helps to answer any questions you may have. If there is anything you think we have missed, please let us know and we will add it to future additions. At Aylsham High School we feel that what matters is that we help young people to grow into confident and independent learners, as well as highly motivated and productive contributors to school and community life. Secondary school is a crucial factor in helping to shape young people’s lives, in forming their dreams and giving them skills and knowledge to lead happy, successful and fulfilled lives. We are looking forward to seeing our students return to school on Thursday, 6 September. Best wishes and warmest regards Duncan Spalding Executive Headteacher
A Culture of Achievement for All A cornerstone of our continued success at Aylsham High School is the firm belief that everyone can be successful and that they can exceed their potential. Our broad and balanced curriculum is underpinned by the principles of choice and challenge. Our students will be given access to a wide range of exciting and stimulating learning opportunities and whatever their starting point they will be challenged to work hard and achieve success. This pursuit of excellence is widely reflected in the successes the school achieves across a variety of areas, not least academic progress and attainment. Indeed, Aylsham High School is consistently one of the highest performing schools, not only in Norfolk but also nationally. Summary of Headline Results AHS 2017 National 2017 Progress 8 score +0.26 0.03 Attainment 8 score 50.9 44.6 Grade 4+ in English and maths 77% 59.10% Grade 4+ in English 82% 70.30% Grade 4+ in maths 85% 64.6% English Baccalaureate 5/C+ 34% 21.9% Head Boy and Head Girl - 2018-19
A Supportive Community We believe strongly that young people thrive and learn best when they feel safe, comfortable and part of something special. Our house system, linking as it does the form tutors and heads of house closely with home, helps to ensure that our students feel supported throughout their time at Aylsham High School. The house system also helps to create a spirit of healthy and friendly competition that ultimately helps to bind the whole school community together. Our SEND department is fabulous and works hard to ensure that youngsters with additional needs make great progress. If you have any pastoral concerns please do not hesitate to contact our pastoral liaison officer, Mrs Fletcher, in the first instance via email, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject related concerns should be directed to the head of department, see page 41 of this booklet. Y7 North Norfolk School Rugby Tournament winners
Learning Beyond the Classroom We are very fortunate to have a wonderful and incredibly dedicated team of teachers and support staff who not only provide for excellence in the classroom but also beyond the classroom. At Aylsham High School we love it when youngsters find their ‘element’, their passion. We also love to celebrate the success that they achieve. Whether they are into sport, music, drama, art, business, catering, science, maths, creative writing – whatever it may be, we will take time to celebrate their achievements and encourage them to strive for even greater success. What is important is that their enjoyment and achievement outside of the classroom helps them to flourish within it and gives them the confidence to try new things. The chance to take part in a huge range of trips and visits is also central to the ethos of Aylsham High School. For example, this year we have had visits to Iceland, Italy and Ypres. Every July we have an Activities Week where students in years 7 to 9 are given the opportunity to choose which activity they would like to participate in. Students visiting Kew Gardens
Developing Citizens and Leaders of the Future We are absolutely committed to encouraging young people to show leadership and trusting them to take responsibility for their school and the wider community. Our head boy and head girl, school captains, sports leaders, form leaders, friendly face anti-bullying mentors, and peer coaches are all instrumental in ensuring that our school community is a positive, safe and happy place to learn. More than anything we want our students to leave us with the confidence and belief that they can take their place anywhere in society. We want them to move on, safe in the knowledge that hard work, commitment and strength of character will be crucial to their lasting success and happiness. Student Leaders 2018-19
A Culture of Respect Our code of conduct has remained constant for many years. It is simple, powerful and the very foundation of our ethos: Respect for Yourself Respect for Others Respect for the Environment When we all show and give respect our community grows stronger and stronger. A student visits the grave of her ancestor for the first time during a school trip to Ypres
The School Day 08.50 am - lesson 1 09.55 am - lesson 2 10.55 am - tutor time 11.20 am - break time 11.35 am - lesson 3 12.35 pm - lunch time 13.25 pm - lesson 4 14.25 pm - lesson 5 15.25 pm - end of school BASIC EQUIPMENT YOUR CHILD WILL NEED FOR HIGH SCHOOL EVERY DAY: pen pencil (preferably HB) eraser pencil sharpener coloured pencils felt-tip pens maths set (ruler/protractor/compass) pencil case (preferably soft) calculator pocket dictionary learning journal (provided in September) The learning journal will provide you and your child with very important information on their progress at school as well as homework requirements. We therefore strongly encourage you to take a regular look at this with your child. The learning journal provides email addresses for heads of department and a generic email address for pastoral concerns. These are also listed at the back of this booklet.
School Uniform The school policy on uniform is designed to enable students to dress appropriately for work at school, without undue cost being involved. Taking pride in their appearance and demonstrating respect for the values of the school is very important to our students. Uniform must be worn by all students whilst in attendance at the school, on the way to and from school and on all school visits unless the executive headteacher has given prior permission to the contrary. The uniform is available from Kayes Schoolwear Clothes and Gifts, Red Lion Street, Aylsham. 01263 734423, www.kayesofaylsham.co.uk Opening hours: May to October, Mon to Sat, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm November to April, Mon to Sat, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm with 1 pm closure on Wednesday It is advisable to order uniform in plenty of time before your child starts school or requires replacement items. Badges purchased for blazers bought from other retailers can be obtained from our finance office. The Friends of Aylsham High School also run a shop for the sale of pre-owned items of school uniform. The executive headteacher reserves the right to isolate any student who is wearing any garment which the executive headteacher and senior staff consider unsuitable for school.
Years 7 to 10 1. All students of years 7, 8, 9 and 10 must wear a navy blue blazer with the school badge. 2. Students can wear a navy blue v-neck jumper under their blazer but not in place of their blazer. Cardigans are not acceptable uniform. 3. Students must wear a plain white shirt with a conventional collar and tie. During the second half of the summer term a blue school polo shirt exclusively designed and available only from Kayes of Aylsham may be worn. 4. Students must wear a school tie. 5. When trousers are worn they should be black or dark/ charcoal grey. Jeans, chinos, cords, tight trousers, leggings or hipsters are not acceptable. 6. When skirts are worn they should be dark/charcoal grey as shown in the diagram above, A-line or pleated, knee- length no more than 5 cm above the knee. Stretch jersey, denim or corduroy fabrics or skirts with splits are not acceptable.
If skirts are too short students will be required to borrow a school skirt from the attendance/pastoral office to wear until they can provide a suitable alternative. 7. Large ornamental, studded or coloured belts should not be worn. A black belt with a conventional buckle is acceptable. 8. When socks are worn, they should be black or grey. Socks may not be worn with tights. When tights are worn they should be black, navy blue, grey or neutral. 9. All students must wear low-heeled, black shoes. Stiletto heels cause floor damage and are not acceptable. Also trainers, canvas shoes and boots (including ankle boots, ugg-style or pixie boots) are not acceptable. Students not in correct footwear will be required to change into school plimsolls. 10. No scarves, pashminas or outdoor coats are to be worn inside the school. 11. Jewellery is restricted to two small studs, one in each ear. Other forms of body piercing (face, tongue, navel etc.) are not permitted. Students will be required to remove them or spend time in isolation. 12. If worn, make-up should be minimal and discreet. Nail varnish should not be worn and students will be required to remove it. 13. Extreme hairstyles and hair colours are not acceptable. Year 11 Year 11 uniform is as above except a black v-neck jumper with AHS badge is worn instead of a blazer. If your child forgets or loses their tie, one can be borrowed from the attendance/pastoral office. A new tie can be purchased from the finance office.
PE KIT Ideally, we would like all students to purchase the school sports kit as we believe that it provides greater durability and the Aylsham High branding gives it a very professional look. This sports kit is available from Kayes, Red Lion Street, Aylsham. The table on the following page outlines the minimum expectations, which a student would require along with a number of optional extra pieces of Aylsham High School branded kit. All kit should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Examples of PE kit
PE KIT Ideal Aylsham High School branded Non-branded alternatives may PE kit be purchased for these items (items marked * are exclusive to the school and can only be purchased from Kayes) Minimum kit required Plain white T shirt Unisex school logo polo shirt, collar Royal blue shorts with buttons* or V-neck school logo Royal blue football/hockey fitted polo* socks Royal blue football shorts or skort* Plain navy tracksuit bottoms Royal blue and navy football/hockey (no prominent visible socks* branding) Navy blue rugby top with royal blue band* (suitable for outdoor activities N.B: Tracksuit trousers cannot e.g. rugby, football, cross country). be worn for gymnastics module A quarter zip top is an alternative to for health and safety reasons. this item but this is not suitable for rugby. Normal white sports or white sports trainer socks Training shoes – no high top trainers or lightweight plimsolls Football boots Shin pads for football and hockey Swimming hat, one piece swimsuit and towel Advisable The following items are optional but would be advisable. Quarter zip top* It is strongly recommended that all students wear gum shields for hockey and rugby Optional School logo navy tracksuit bottoms* N.B: Tracksuit trousers cannot be worn for gymnastics module for health and safety reasons.
To ensure consistency in the sports kit, royal blue skorts and rugby tops must be purchased from Kayes of Aylsham. If purchasing items from the non-branded alternative list please ensure that the colour and style meet the school’s expectations. All kit should be clearly marked with the student’s name. General PE information Showers are available and we ask you to provide your son or daughter with a towel on all days when he/she has games or PE, if you wish them to shower. For health and safety purposes we ask that any approved piercings are done at the start of the summer holidays to provide 6 weeks to heal so that they can be removed for PE lessons. Students will have to remove all earrings and body piercings before each PE activity, no matter how recently pierced. Body piercings are against school rules and therefore are not a valid reason for non-participation in PE lessons. Black-soled training shoes must not be worn in the gymnasium or sports hall as they damage the floor. If students cannot participate fully in their PE lesson, they will be expected to get changed and work in a coaching and leadership capacity. Lost property for sports items is located at reception.
Permitted Items These items can be worn to school but must be removed once inside the school building. Outdoor all weather accessories Outdoor coats Media devices Unless otherwise instructed, all music and internet enabled media devices must not be used during lessons or in transit between locations. We can accept no liability for Break and lunch times damage to or loss of mobile are exceptions to this rule. devices brought in to school.
Prohibited Items These items are not part of the school uniform and must not be worn in school under any circumstances. Knitwear and pullovers Footwear high heels, kitten heels, wedge heels, ankle boots, ugg boots, trainers, skate shoes and canvas shoes Trousers and skirts jeans, leggings, jeggings, yoga trousers, stretch material skirts and short skirts Jewellery and accessories rings, bracelets, fashion necklaces, hoop earrings, faux spaces, spacer plugs, pins, fashion badges, brooches, large buckles and fashion belts - both wide and patterned.
Student Voice Prefects and Captains Our student leaders, including head boy, head girl, prefects, sports captains, house captains and subject captains play a very important role in school. They exemplify the values that are important to the school community and are incredibly positive role models. Taking responsibility at this level helps students to develop confidence and the skills that they learn will help to prepare them for leadership roles beyond school. Student Council We encourage all students to participate in the work of the AHS student council. This is a forum for student representation so that issues raised by students can be formally aired and responded to by staff. All tutor groups elect representatives who attend a house council which in turn elects representatives to the AHS student council. This is citizenship in action. The young chamber is a business and enterprise group within Aylsham High School. During the school year events are arranged for students and businesses in and outside of school. For example, we have a super challenge day for year 7 students and we organise regular business breakfasts for local businesses to attend. When students join the school they automatically become a member of the young chamber, but they can decide if they want to be active or not. The two teachers involved with this are Mr Turrell and Mrs Auber.
Friendly Faces is a group of year 10 and 11 students who are there to provide additional support for your child. They have a support room which is open every break and lunch time. It is located in the friendly faces room opposite room 11 - there is a sign on the door. Friendly Faces are on duty on the playground at lunchtimes and can be recognised by their friendly face jackets. Mrs Connor is the named teacher for anti -bullying. Year 11 friendly faces run events across the school including year 7 anti-bullying day and year 9 equality day. They are trained in restorative justice approaches. They proactively work restoratively with students, where there may have been some disputes, to work out an agreed way forward.
Peer coaches are students who are specially trained to support and guide their peers in all aspects of school life. The coaches work with year 7 students during transition to high school. They also mentor students who need additional curriculum support. There are peer coaches attached to each form group. The designated teacher for the peer coaches is Miss Hoggett, head of Felbrigg house. Diversity club is a group for students who meet to discuss a variety of issues such as mental health, feminism, gender issues, sexism and racism. The group also offers support for students who identify, or are questioning whether they identify as LGBT+. Diversity club meets weekly in room 27 supported by Mrs Connor.
Attendance and Absence Regular attendance is a cornerstone of our work in school. Absences break up the rhythm and continuity of learning and children cannot make up for lost teaching. Continuity of learning is always affected by absence as the school’s schemes of work are based upon each individual’s full attendance and, therefore, progressive acquisition of skills and knowledge across the whole curriculum. Ideally, attendance should be between 95% and 100% and anything below 90% may be classed as persistent absence. We expect our students will enjoy coming to school but if there are circumstances that are affecting a student’s enjoyment or health, please contact our pastoral liaison officer in the first instance. Government amendments made to the 2006 Education Regulations, which came into force from September 2013, make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. These may be armed forces personnel returning from a tour of duty, police or other service personnel whose leave has been cancelled during school holidays or a family funeral. Most requests are therefore likely to be treated as ‘unauthorised absence’ from school. A leave of absence request form is available from the attendance/pastoral office. We strongly recommend that all holidays are taken during the scheduled 12 weeks of school closures. We also encourage parents to try to make health appointments out of normal school hours. To promote the benefits of good attendance and to support those students and families with attendance difficulties, please refer to our absence reporting procedures on the next page to ensure that all absences are recorded accurately and to prevent unnecessary truancy calls. We would expect to enlist the help of parents in any case of truancy, for example helping to track their child down using a mobile phone.
Any absence is to be reported to the attendance office; this can be done in several ways: 1. Ring 01263 733270 and select option 2. This is a 24 hour answering service where you can leave a message to report an absence. 2. E-mail email@example.com Your email will only be read by the attendance officer. 3. During school hours ring the attendance office on 01263 733270 ext.158 4. When leaving a message please give your child’s full name, form group, year group and a detailed/specific reason for absence. 5. Absences are to be reported daily until your child returns to school. 6. Absences should be reported before 9.30 am whenever possible. 7. A truancy call will be sent for all students without a reason for absence. If we do not receive a response by the end of the school day the absence will be recorded as unauthorised (O). 8. Medical evidence must be provided for any hospital/medical/ dental appointments. This can be an appointment slip/card or referral letter. The attendance officer can take a copy if necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any con- cerns about your child’s attendance or the information we have recorded for them. Su Smith Student Support & Attendance Officer
At Aylsham High School we are committed to providing all students with the best education possible. In order to do this we need all students to attend regularly and punctually throughout the year. The school’s traffic light initiative is a way of further improving attendance levels. too low at risk Attendance to support achievement After each term you will be sent a letter informing you what traffic light colour your child has achieved for the academic year to date. With families, learners and staff all working together, attendance at Aylsham High School will be consistently excellent. If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance or would like some support in improving attendance please contact Su Smith, student support & attendance officer, on 01263 733270 ext.158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Good attendance is rewarded in school through celebration assemblies with a prize draw for good attendees and individual house initiatives.
Behaviour We have high expectations of our students – as they should also have of the school and the opportunities it will give them to succeed in society. Details of sanctions are shown on the flow chart overleaf named ‘yellow/orange/red’. We do operate after-school detentions and, in line with government policy, students are required to attend these. By choosing Aylsham High School they have chosen to accept our rules and sanctions. In the event of a breach of the code of conduct, or failure to comply with school rules, staff will involve a student and his/her parents in discussion as to how unacceptable behaviour can be changed. We have an effective sanctions system. The yellow/ orange/red chart overleaf, clearly shows the sanctions awarded for specific misdemeanours. These are recorded on our management information system (SIMS).
Isolation Purpose and Philosophy The purpose of the isolation room is to provide a meaningful alternative to fixed-term exclusion. It ensures that students do not become disconnected from school and allows them to continue with their curriculum and their learning. It also helps us to ensure that students who are behaving well are not disrupted in their learning. Referral and Parental Contact A member of the teaching staff will refer a student to our student support team. In consultation with a senior leader, and after a thorough investigation, the student will either be placed in isolation or returned to lessons to face a different sanction. The length of time in isolation will be decided taking into account the nature of the offence. Parents will be informed of the reason for the isolation by telephone and this will be recorded on the student’s file. Routines The student will spend all day in isolation. They will be able to leave the room to go to the toilet. Students are allowed to collect their lunch from the canteen at an appropriate time, to be eaten in the isolation room. We cannot provide hot meals in isolation. They will not take part in break or lunchtime activities. Mobile phones will not be permitted in isolation; they will be handed in and placed in the office for safe keeping. Report A report will be completed during the student’s time in isolation regarding their behaviour and attitude to work. This is passed to the head of house to review.
Behaviour within Isolation If behaviour in the isolation room is unsatisfactory students will remain in isolation until behaviour improves and the student support officer is satisfied a good/excellent score has been achieved. Refusal to attend Isolation If a student refuses to attend isolation they will be referred to a member of the senior leadership team. Students must complete their period in isolation before they will be permitted to return to normal lessons. Students who are absent will also have to ensure that they complete their time in isolation before being reintegrated into lessons. Persistent Offenders Persistent offenders may well be isolated for an increased period of time or run the risk of permanent exclusion. We also reserve the right to isolate for issues relating to inappropriate school uniform and refusal to comply with requests to correct it. Reintegration Students will have to meet with their head of house depending on the incident before being reintegrated into lessons. For more serious offences parents will be required to attend reintegration meetings with the head of house and a member of the senior leadership team. Students would then be placed on a weekly report and monitored by their head of house. The school is likely to permanently exclude any student who brings illegal substances on to the premises or handles or uses illegal substances on the premises. The school will reserve the right to permanently exclude if any form of weapon is brought onto the premises.
Helpful Information lIlness or Accidents Students taken ill during the day should firstly report to their teacher who will authorise them to go to the medical needs office where they will be assessed by a qualified first aider. Parents will be notified immediately if their child requires to go home or in the case of an emergency, an ambulance may be called and parents will be notified. It is important that students follow these procedures and do not phone home themselves. Medicines should only be taken to school when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine was not administered during the school day. In order for us to have a full picture and ensure we are aware of the needs of all our students we would very much appreciate if you could communicate to us if your child is taking controlled medication at home for any reason eg for ADD/ADHD. Please advise our medical needs officer, either by telephone or by email email@example.com of your child’s name, indicating that they are a new intake student. A form will be then be sent out to you for completion and return prior to the new intake days. Most children will at some time have short-term medical needs. Students should not carry any form of medication around school. If your child requires to take, for example, antibiotics we will oversee the administering of this medication and store for safe-keeping. To enable us to do this, the parent/carer must complete an administer medicine form which can be downloaded from our website, parents letter section. Please bring the completed form along with the medication to reception where our medical needs officer will be called to meet you. Our medical needs officer can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org Staff are unable to dispense any medication without parental consent.
The school will only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse prescriber or pharmacist prescriber. Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration and dosage. Signing In and Out Students must sign in and out in the two record books kept in reception if they are late to school, or have to leave early. We keep a record of late arrivals. Late arrivals will be given a break time detention unless the lateness is a result of their bus arriving late to school. Lost Property It is essential that all items of clothing/equipment are marked with the student’s name so that they can be returned. Unmarked items are kept in school at reception. A termly lost property day is held to help reunite items with owners.
Confiscated Property If a member of staff feels that it is necessary to confiscate anything from a student then they will follow the procedure below: 1. The item will be placed in an envelope. 2. The student’s name, the date and a list of contents will be written on the envelope. Large items will be tagged with this information. This will be done in the student’s presence. 3. All items will be taken to the school office and placed in the safe for safe-keeping. 4. It will be clearly indicated on the envelope when the student may collect the item (some items will be required to be collected by parents). Personal Belongings Students should avoid bringing unnecessary items of value to school. Large amounts of money or valuable jewellery should not be brought to school. If cycles are brought to school, they should always be padlocked. Neither Norfolk County Council nor the school can accept responsibility for any loss of property belonging to an individual. Students must take full responsibility for their own possessions and are encouraged to get a locker and use it effectively. Lockers are available to all students for their time at school at the non refundable cost of £10. Locker orders for new intake students can be made at the information evening in July or alternatively from student reception in September or during the school year. If a key is lost, a replacement can be purchased from the finance office at a cost of £4.
Mobile Devices We encourage students to use their own mobile devices and hope they will connect to the school wireless network to access the Internet and use email. However, unless the teacher gives specific permission, devices should be on silent or switched off during lesson times and kept in a pocket or bag. They should not be used in lessons unless the teacher allows them as part of the learning. All students are provided with login details to the school network and given a filtered Google email account. Students should ensure they keep all passwords secure at all times. We treat ‘cyber bullying’ (the verbal abuse of other students over an Internet or phone connection) in the same way and with the same sanctions as any other type of bullying whenever that takes place. However, we reserve the right to confiscate and investigate mobile devices if cyber bullying takes place during periods where students are on site. If there is a need for the school to communicate with parents during the school day we will call you directly. Please check with us before coming to school in response to your son/daughter texting or calling to raise a concern or issue. We can accept no liability for damage to or loss of mobile devices brought in to school. Internet Safety Parents often voice concern regarding their child’s safety when accessing the Internet at home; www.thinkuknow.co.uk is an excellent website giving advice and guidance to parents to keep their child safe. All students are taught about e-safety as part of their IT and wider curriculum and sessions are run to help parents manage their child’s online life.
After-school Homework Drop In Students are welcome to drop in to the library from Monday to Thursday, 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm to do homework. Computers are available. After-school Clubs A number of clubs take place at different times throughout the year and are advertised throughout the school and on our website. Work Experience Every student in year 8 is expected to undertake a day of ‘work experience’ as a trainee student receptionist. In addition to working with our visitors and supporting front-line staff, students are expected to complete a work-book to help them to explore their strengths and begin preparation for their futures. In year 10, all students will undertake a one week placement in the ‘world of work’. We expect every student to self-generate, with support, and select a placement which will help them in their career choices. Cycling to School Students are encouraged to ride their cycles to school but must ensure their cycle is roadworthy. Cycles should not be ridden on the school site. A cycle shed is provided. Students must take responsibility to keep their cycle safe so it is essential they have a reliable cycle lock. Bus Pass If a student loses or damages their bus pass, a temporary bus pass can be issued for a limited period by our receptionist. Parents will need to contact Norfolk County Council Transport on 0344 800 8020 to arrange a replacement permanent pass at a cost of £10.
Cashless Catering Cash is not accepted at the tills in the restaurant. This system has been put in place to make break and lunchtime quicker and safer for students. All students that are enrolled have a restaurant account, similar to a mobile phone top-up account. Enrolment is by means of a finger scan. We seek written permission by form from parents to facilitate this when they start at Aylsham High School. The account can be topped up by parent using our online payment system ‘ParentPay’ with a credit or debit card. All payments are immediately credited to the student’s account. If this is not possible, students can deposit cash in a cash loading machine located in the main corridor next to the star office. If your child discovers that they have no money on their account, staff can arrange for a small overdraft on their account for that day. Money must be topped up by parents at home that evening or credited on to the cash loader the next day. ParentPay Login details will be sent to you to enable you to access your child’s account. This is the preferred method of payment for trips and to add money to your child’s cashless catering account. Parents’ Evenings Parents/Carers are invited and strongly encouraged to attend to find out about their child’s progress. Parents’ evenings take place once a year. In year 7 there will be the opportunity, in December, to meet your child’s form tutor to find out how they are settling in followed by the first parents’ evening in April 2019.
SIMS Parent The online website for you to view your child’s information About SIMS Parent An essential part of our work together involves forming a strong partnership between students, home and school so that we can best support your child. A key aspect of this partnership is regular communication. We are using SIMS Parent, which is an online system, accessed either as a website via a link on the school website or a free downloaded app, as our method of communicating key information to you. SIMS Parent is used to share with you the following information regarding your child: daily achievements and behaviour events; attendance; timetable; and reports at key points across the year. The sharing of this information is a crucial part of our home school communication and it greatly supports our work together to help your child reach their full potential. Throughout key points across the year, your child’s school report is shared electronically to you via SIMS Parent. You will be required to log into SIMS Parent to access your school reports once this has been published. You will be advised as to how to register to set up your account.
Year 7 Reporting Calendar Information As part of our communication with parents/carers we will be sharing with you important information about your child’s progress at different points across the year. The information is spread across the year so that it is available at key points in your child’s learning journey and it allows teachers to balance their workload. Your child’s information should be accessed via the SIMs Parent using the app or website. The table that follows explains the information that will be shared along with guidance explaining how we would like parents/carers to use this information to support their child’s learning. The information contained in your child’s report is also used by their teachers to strengthen our work together. We will use three types of report: 1. Progress report – this report contains: Progress target – this is either a next step action (this is an area that your child needs to work towards improving) or a target grade (1+, 4+, 7+). Working effectively – options are yes, exceptionally or not yet. If yes is reported then it reflects that your child is making progress, learning their core knowledge, completing homework on time and classwork is completed to a good standard. B2L – highlights any barriers to learning that your child needs to address in order to make progress with their learning. NSA – identifies a next step action area which your child need to work on to support their future learning. Attainment grades – we will share with you your child’s performance in the internal assessments when they take place. This will be reported as either a percentage achieved for students in year 7 and 8 or as approximate GCSE grades for students in older year groups. We are not able to generate a meaningful grade in a similar way for students in year 7 or 8.
2. Written report – this report contains a comment from your child’s form tutor. This will contain information which will highlight their attendance, behaviour and achievements, involvement in the wider school community and extracurricular activities. For students in year 11 this will report should be used as their reference to support their college or apprenticeship applications. 3. On track report – this report states if your child is either working effectively or not. If your child is not working effectively then a barrier to learning will be highlighted to support the improvements that need to take place. If you need to contact the school at any point during the year then this can be done by either a telephone call, visiting the school or via email. For subject enquires please email the relevant head of department. There is a list of these email addresses in the first section of your child’s learning journal. Pastoral queries can be emailed to email@example.com For any issues of a sensitive nature please call or visit the school rather than use this email address. Please note that the dates for parent’s evenings can be found in SIMs Parent and your child’s learning journal. Your child’s learning journal contains an appointment page which they should use to make appointments with their teachers at any point in the run up to the parents evening.
Information Date Year 7 Reporting Explanation shared Parents Nov An evening which outlines some key strategies information which parents/carers can implement to support evening their children with their learning. Autumn Dec This first report provides an early indication to progress report show how your child has settled into their learning. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Settling in Dec Provides families with an early opportunity to parents evening discuss their child’s progress with their child’s with form tutors form tutor. Spring Mar This report will indicate the progress that your progress/written child has made during the year. It be shared report with you via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/ carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Parents’ Apr It is very important for parents/carers to attend evening with this evening so that we can discuss your child’s subject progress and put in place any actions required teachers to support their preparation for their future learning. Internal exams Apr/ Your child will complete exams in their subjects. May Summer May The outcomes from the internal exams will be progress report used to guide teachers with the information contained in this report. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/ carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal.
Information Date Year 8 Reporting Explanation shared Autumn Dec This report contains progress information for progress/written each subject along with an area to target to report support their progress. The report also contains a written tutor comment. The report can be accessed via SIMs Parent before parents even- ing to support the conversations that will take place on this evening. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Options evening Jan This evening provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s potential option choices with their option teachers. Your child’s report has been shared with you prior to this evening to support your conversations with your child’s teachers. Parents evening Jan It is very important for parents/carers to attend with subject this evening so that we can discuss your child’s teachers progress and put in place any actions required to support their preparation for their future learning. Internal exams April/ Your child will complete exams in their subjects. May Summer June The outcomes from the internal exams will be progress used to guide teachers with the information report contained in this report. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal.
Information Date Year 9 Reporting Explanation shared Autumn Oct/ This first report provides an early indication as to progress Nov how your child has settled into their learning. This report report will highlight if a student is working effectively (still making progress in line with previously reported information) or not. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. January Jan Your child will complete assessments within their internal ex- option subject where appropriate. If your child ams does complete an assessment in their option subject at this point of their studies they will do so in the future. Options Jan Opportunity to discuss your child’s potential evening option choices with their subject teachers. Spring pro- Feb This report contains progress information for gress/ each subject along with an attainment grade for written re- option subjects. This grade is based on your ports child’s attainment in the internal assessment. The report also contains a written tutor comment. The report can be accessed via SIMs Parent before parents evening to support the conversations that will take place. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Parents Mar The parents evening follows the completion of evening the mock exams and the sharing of the spring with subject report. It is very important for parents/carers to teachers attend this evening so that we can discuss your child’s progress and put in place any actions required to support their preparation for the summer exams.
Information Date Year 9 Reporting Explanation continued shared KS4 parents March/ An evening which outlines some key information April strategies which families can implemented to evening support their children with their GCSE exam preparation. Internal exam March/ Your child will complete exams in their core April option subjects – English, maths, science, humanities and French. Summer on April This final report is shared via SIMs Parent to track report allow time for any areas highlighted to be (option addressed before the summer exams. It is subjects only) shared just before Easter to support students with their revision programme. This report will highlight if a student is working effectively (still making progress in line with previously reported information) or not. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Summer June This final progress report provides an progress overview of your child’s progress at the end of report (core their year 9 studies. It can be accessed via subjects) SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal.
Information Date Year 10 Reporting Explanation shared Autumn Oct/ Nov This first report provides an early indication progress as to how your child has settled into their report learning. This report can be accessed via SIMs-Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. January Jan Your child will complete assessments within internal their option subject where appropriate. If your summative child does complete an assessment in their assessment option subject at this point of their studies they will do so in the future. Percentage outcomes will be shared with parents/carers via the student learning journal. Options Jan Opportunity to discuss your child’s potential evening option choices with their subject teachers. Spring Feb This report contains progress information for progress/ each subject along with an attainment grade written report for option subjects. This grade is based on your child’s attainment in the internal assessment. The report also contains a written tutor comment. The report can be accessed via SIMs Parent before parents evening to support the conversations that will take place. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Parents Mar The parents evening follows the completion of evening with the mock exams and the sharing of the spring subject report. It is very important for parents/carers teachers to attend this evening so that we can discuss your child’s progress and put in place any actions required to support their preparation for the summer exams. KS4 parents Mar/April An evening which outlines some key information strategies which parents/carers can evening implemented to support their children with their GCSE exam preparation.
Information Date Year 10 Reporting Explanation continued shared Spring internal March/ Your child will complete exams in their two exams April year subjects – English, maths, science humanities and French. Summer on April/ This final report is shared via SIMs Parent to track report May allow time for any areas highlighted to be (options) addressed before the summer exams. It is shared just after Easter to support students with their revision programme. This report will highlight if a student is working effectively (still making progress in line with previously reported information) or not. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Summer Mid May This final report will contain the information progress for your child’s core subjects. This report will report (core highlight if a student is working effectively subjects) (still making progress in line with previously reported information) or not, along with the percentage scored in the internal assessment. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal.
Information Date Year 11 Reporting Explanation shared Autumn October This report contains progress information for progress/ each subject along with an attainment grade written report for core subjects. This grade is based on a student’s attainment in the year 10 internal exams. The report also contains a written tutor comment. The report can be accessed via SIMs Parent but a paper copy of this report will be made available to students. Students should take a copy of this report with them to any college or apprenticeship interviews as their school reference. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. January January Students will complete assessments within internal their core subjects and, where appropriate, summative their option subject. If students do not take an assessment assessment in their option subject at this point of their studies they will complete an assessment in the future. Percentage outcomes will be shared with parents/carers via the student learning journal. Spring February The outcomes from the internal assessments progress will be used to guide teachers with the report information contained in this report. This report can be accessed via SIMs Parent. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal. Parents February The parents evening follows the completion of evening with internal assessments and the sharing of the subject spring report. This gives parents/carers an teachers opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and put in place any actions required to support their preparation for the summer exams.
Information Date Year 11 Reporting Explanation continued shared KS4 parents March/ An evening which outlines some key information April strategies which families can implemented to evening support their children with their GCSE exam preparation. Summer on March/ This final report is shared via SIMs Parent to track report April allow time for any areas highlighted to be ad- dressed before the summer exams. It is shared before Easter to support students with their revision programme. This report will highlight if a student is working effectively (still making progress in line with previously reported information) or not. Please discuss this report with your child and complete the parent/carer school report review which can be found in the orange section of your child’s learning journal.
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Term Dates Autumn Term: Thu 6 Sep 2018 - Wed 17 Oct 2018 Mon 29 Oct 2018 - Tue 18 Dec 2018 Spring Term: Thu 3 Jan 2019 - Fri 15 Feb 2019 Mon 25 Feb 2019 - Fri 5 Apr 2019 Summer Term:Tue 23 Apr 2019 - Fri 24 May 2019 Mon 3 Jun 2019 - Wed 24 Jul 2019 School Holidays (school closed to students) Half Term: Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Fri 26 Oct 2018 Christmas: Wed 19 Dec 2018 - Wed 2 Jan 2019 Half Term: Mon 18 Feb 2019 - Fri 22 Feb 2019 Easter: Mon 8 Apr 2019 - Mon 22 Apr 2019 Bank Holiday: Mon 6 May 2019 Half Term: Mon 27 May 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019 Summer: Wed 25 Jul 2019 - Tue 3 Sept 2019 Contact Details If you change your contact details or email address please remember to inform us in writing or by email at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Dates for your Diary School individual photos Wed 12 Sep 2018 All Day Y8/9 girls HPV vaccinations Mon 24 Sep 2018 Y12 celebration of success Thu 27 Sep 2018 6.30 - 9 pm School open evening Wed 3 Oct 2018 6.30 - 9 pm Y8/9 celebration of success Tue 16 Oct 2018 7 - 9 pm Y7 parents information evening Thu 8 Nov 2018 6.30 - 9.30 pm Y10/11 celebration of success Tue 13 Nov 2018 7 - 9 pm Public speaking competition Thu 22 Nov 2018 7 - 10 pm Y7 settling in parents’ evening Mon 10 Dec 2018 4.30 - 6.30 pm Y8/9/10 options’ evening Wed 23 Jan 2019 6 - 9 pm Y8 parents’ evening Wed 30 Jan 2019 4 - 7 pm Y11 group photo Thu 7 Feb 2019 morning Y11 parents’ evening Tue 12 Feb 2019 4 - 7 pm Y9 boys & girls Men/Dip/Polio vaccinations Thu 7 Mar 2019 Y9 parents’ evening Thu 7 Mar 2019 4 - 7 pm School musical Wed 13 Mar - Sat 15 Mar 2019 Y10 parents’ evening Wed 20 Mar 2019 4 - 7 pm KS4 parent information evening Thu 28 March 2019 6.30 - 9 .30 pm Y11 prom fashion show Fri 29 March 2019 7.30 - 10 pm Y9 core mock examinations Mon 1 Apr - Fri 5 April 2019 Y7 parents’ evening Mon 1 April 2019 4 - 7 pm Y7/Y8/10 EOY examinations Mon 23 Apr - Fri 3 May 2019 GCSE examinations (provisional) Mon 13 May - Fri 28 Jun 2019 Vaccinations catch up day Wed 19 June 2019 Y11 leavers’ prom Sat 29 Jun 2019 7 pm - 12 am Y6 induction evening Mon 1 Jul 2019 6 - 9 pm Y6 induction days Wed 3 Jul - Fri 5 Jul 2019 Activities/work exp. week Mon 15 Jul - Fri 19 Jul 2019
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