Please find on this page details of our school policies.
Whilst we make every effort to ensure these policies are the most recent, our policies are updated very frequently.
If you require a policy and you feel it is not the most recent for whatever reason, please get in touch with us so we can provide you with the most recent version.
The Learning Support Team at Poole High School recognises that a percentage of the school’s children will have temporary additional educational needs and that a much smaller number will have a longer lasting need. We aim to provide appropriate support for both groups of children by the efficient, early identification of developing need and regular monitoring of carefully designed provision. The success of this provision will be evaluated formatively and summatively using the national criteria, school based assessment and feedback from those involved.
The purpose of the Learning Support Team is:
- To support the needs of children with significant learning difficulties.
- To assess the needs of children with significant learning difficulties.
- To monitor the learning experiences of children with significant learning difficulties.
- To provide parents and teachers of children with significant learning difficulties with information about the lesson experiences of such children.
The main principle of the admission to Poole High School is to maintain the character of the school as a Comprehensive School, providing for the needs of young people in the 12 -18 age range who live in the Borough of Poole. These are students whose parents recognise and support Poole High School’s ideal of secondary education for the whole family, irrespective of ability. We encourage all parents applying for a place here to recognise and support this ideal.
Poole High School is a co-educational comprehensive school that is not affiliated to any one faith and has Specialist School Status as a Business and Enterprise College. As such we seek to inspire and motivate students to cultivate a positive attitude toward problem solving and entrepreneurial attitudes. This ethos underpins our desire to support children of all abilities in a family as they live and study together, learning to grow in confidence and self-esteem and to become socially and academically qualified for whatever path they wish to follow in adult life.
Regulations underpinning this Policy
Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfill their potential is an assumption, so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated, pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
Requests for Leave of Absence in Term Time.
If pupils are to reach their potential they need to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Regular, uninterrupted school attendance is a key factor in helping pupils reach their potential. Every effort should always be made to avoid disruption to a pupil’s education.
Following amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into effect 1st September 2013, Head Teachers are only allowed to grant leave of absence from school in exceptional circumstances. The decision as to whether any request is considered as ‘exceptional circumstances’ rests solely with the Head Teacher.
The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short; ‘unavoidable’ should be taken to mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.
In considering whether or not to authorise a request for exceptional leave of absence in term time the Head Teacher will look at each individual case and only grant authorisation if the circumstances are truly exceptional. Additionally, any request should be made prior to the leave of absence and should be submitted to the school using the Request for Leave of Absence form. Parents/Carers may be asked to provide additional information/evidence or meet with the school to discuss the circumstances.
Parents/Carers will be notified of the Head Teacher’s decision at the earliest opportunity. If the circumstances are not considered to be exceptional then parents/carers will be informed of this and made aware that the Local Authority may be asked to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.
The basis of the school’s policy on behaviour is that the school is a purposeful place of work. Its atmosphere and ethos should be one in which all members of the community feel at ease, know what is expected of them, and are treated with respect. Students and staff must feel confident, safe, and able to fulfil their potential. School rules are important for the well-being of everyone; they are contained in student planners and referred to regularly in Assembly and Tutor Periods. We want the maintenance and restoration of good relations to be at the centre of our community.
We have the highest expectations of students and staff in terms of behaviour and consideration of the needs of others. These expectations are promoted in lessons, tutor periods, Assemblies, PSHE, social and sporting events, and the way we conduct ourselves around school.
Through this we will promote appropriate behaviour between all members of our community. We will also challenge and correct any inappropriate behaviour
The Governors of Poole High school follow the model policy provided by the DfE regarding ‘Charging for School Activities’. The purpose of this document is to provide information for all on Poole High’s policies on charging and remission for school activities and school visits.
We believe that our school provides a good education for all our students, and that the Headteacher and other staff work very hard to build positive relationships with all parents. However, the school is obliged to have procedures in place in case there are complaints by parents. The following policy sets out the procedure that the school follows in such cases.
Our school aims to be fair, open and honest when dealing with any complaint. We give careful consideration to all complaints and deal with them as swiftly as possible. We aim to resolve any complaint through dialogue and mutual understanding and, in all cases, we put the interests of the student above all other issues. We provide sufficient opportunity for any complaint to be fully discussed, and then resolved
Q) If a student shares something in confidence with a member of staff is there a guarantee that this won’t be shared with anyone else?
A) No, the general rule is that members of staff should make clear that there are limits to confidentiality, at the beginning of the conversation. These limits relate to ensuring children’s safety and well-being. The pupil will be informed when a confidence has to be broken for this reason and will be encouraged to do this for him / herself whenever this is possible.
Q) Will a parent automatically be informed in their child has disclosed something which may be a relevant concern for them?
A) All members of staff encourage pupils to discuss difficult issues with their parents or carers, and vice versa. However, the needs of the pupil are paramount and school staff members will not automatically share information about the pupil with her parents/carers unless it is considered to be in the child’s best interests.
Q) Will I be made aware if my child discloses information that is medical in nature?
A) Our health professionals such as school nurses are qualified to give confidential medical advice to pupils. Our school nurse always has in mind the need to encourage pupils to discuss issues with their parents or carers. However, the needs of the pupil are paramount, and the school nurse will not insist that a pupil’s parents or carers are informed about any advice or treatment she gives. Where this relates to sexual advice, including that regarding contraception, the younger the patient, the greater the concern that she may be being abused or exploited. This would trigger safeguarding procedures.
It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to take care when handling, using or transferring personal data that it cannot be accessed by anyone who does not:
- have permission to access that data
- need to have access to that data.
The school will hold the minimum personal information necessary to enable it to perform its function and information will be erased once the need to hold it has passed.
Every effort will be made to ensure that information is accurate, up to date and that inaccuracies are corrected without unnecessary delay.
All personal data will be fairly obtained in accordance with the “Privacy Notice” and lawfully processed in accordance with the “Conditions for Processing”.
At Poole High School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled pupils, staff and all those receiving services from the school. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in school life. The achievement of disabled pupils and students will be monitored and we will use this data to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure that the school environment is as accessible as possible. At Poole High School, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on 1st January 2005 and is applicable to the education sector as a public authority.
The Act confers two statutory rights on applicants for information:
- To be told whether or not our school holds certain information; and if so,
- To have that information communicated to them.
One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. To do this we have produced a publication scheme, setting out:
- The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish;
- The manner in which the information will be published; and
- Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.
All information in our publication scheme is available by contacting the school office.
Some information which we hold may not be made public
It is the policy of Poole High School, in accordance with its duties under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and so far as is reasonably practicable to conduct its activities so as to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, pupils and all persons likely to be affected by its activities.
The School will comply with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the relevant Statutory Provisions and will keep abreast of new health and safety legislation.
Poole High School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We also recognise the importance of the five key outcomes of “Every Child Matters”; staying healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well being.
Through their day-to-day contact with students and direct work with families, all staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to the designated teacher. They will, in turn (and if necessary) inform the appropriate agency, normally the Social Services (Children and Families Services in Poole).
This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are students at the school.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Poole High School receives pupil premium for: children that are cared for or adopted from care; children whose parents are in the armed forces; and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 6 years.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can apply online using at http://poole.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-and-colleges/free-school-meals/. If you require help completing your application please contact the Free School Meals and Education Transport Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01202 634250. Please note they are not able to offer technical support.
Registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.