Policies

Like any school we have a range of policies that ensure everyone involved in school activities adheres to the appropriate standards expected of us. This page contains the relevant policies and downloads.

  • Gender pay report
  • Child Protection
  • Attendance

    Students should have a good record of attendance.  Only school can authorise an absence. 

    When a student returns to school after an absence, a letter should be given to the

    Tutor explaining the reasons for the absence.  There may be occasions where medical evidence to support an extended period of absence or frequent absences is required.  Absence letters should be sent to the Attendance Officer via the collection box in the Attendance Office.                              

    • Each term we are going to track student’s attendance very closely.
    • We will aim to have all students reaching a minimum of 95% attendance each term (they cannot miss more than 3 days during the term). To encourage this, we will have a prize draw each term for all those achieve this on THN.
    • We will also have a prize draw for all the students who manage to achieve 100% attendance each term (missing no sessions at all during the term) on THN.  

    Students who truant will automatically receive an after school detention.

    Why good attendance is important:

    • 1 School year at 90% attendance – 4 whole weeks of school missed.
    • 90% Attendance – ½ day missed every week
    • 90% Attendance every year during secondary school = ½ school year missed.
    • Research shows that 17 missed school days in a year will result in at least one whole GCSE grade drop in achievement.

    Top tips

    • Medical appointments are ideally after school.
    • If a medical appointment is in the school day, try not to take the whole day. Try and get registered in school at AM registration before going for your appointment, and/or come back in the afternoon for PM registration to gain your registration mark.

    Punctuality

    There is no movement time allowed between lessons, therefore students need to ensure that they get to their next lesson as quickly as possible, without running.

    Staff should endeavour to allow students to pack up on time at the end of each lesson.  Students should not take it upon themselves to begin packing away without the teacher’s permission.  Students should expect to be dismissed in an orderly manner.

    Students should never be dismissed before the end of the lesson - this causes a nuisance to other classes still in progress and can result in students trying to get to the Refectory before break or lunchtime has officially started.

    • This year we are having a big push for lessons starting on second bell(this is clearly noted by the bell for registration/lesson 3/lesson 5). If you are not there by the second bell, you are late.
    • Lateness will be picked up and sanctions put in place.

    IMPORTANT: Please read carefully the information below.

    WARNING: If you allow your child to miss school in term time for an avoidable reason without obtaining the prior approval of the school, you may be issued with a Penalty Notice(£60/ £120) per parent per child, or made the subject of court proceedings under section 444Education Act 1996.

    As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.

     

    Download Attendance Policy.pdf

  • Freedom of information
  • Charging and remission
  • Online Safety Policy

     

    Online Safety and Information and Communications Technology

    Acceptable-use Policy - STUDENTS

     

    Online Safety


    It is the responsibility of all staff at Tiverton High School to encourage and promote the safe and
    responsible use of new technologies for teaching and learning. Acceptable-use guidelines for
    promoting responsible use of the Internet with key points and successful strategies are available
    to all staff.

    Internet access for students and staff is filtered through the use of our ISP (South West Grid For
    Learning). The SWGfL system allows for detailed analysis at individual level of all Internet
    activity. This filtering is supported by a system that can be set to block specific Internet
    addresses as and when appropriate.

    Electronic messaging via computers on the school network between students is monitored and
    abuse is automatically flagged and brought to the Network Manager’s attention. This information
    is then disseminated to Curriculum Leader New Technologies who feeds the details back to
    Learning Managers and SWOs as appropriate. Any evidence of bullying using new technologies
    is treated according to the school’s bullying policy and action taken accordingly.

    Cyber-bullying between students that happens outside of school systems is primarily the
    responsibility of the individuals involved and the services (e.g. Social Network site) in question.
    Although the school will of course support parents and students who are the victims of such
    bullying in any way it can, the ultimate responsibility remains with the individuals and their
    parents. We would encourage victims to involve other agencies (e.g. Police, the Social Network
    company in question etc.) in such instances and will assist in making those connections when
    necessary.

    Any evidence of cyber-abuse of Tiverton High School staff (e.g. via mobile phone or via the
    Internet) will be treated with extreme seriousness and other agencies (e.g. Police) will be
    involved as appropriate.

    The use of mobile phones and other mobile communications devices for learning within THS is
    encouraged. Abuse of these technologies will be taken seriously however, and evidence of
    bullying via mobile phone, for example, will be dealt with according to the school code and the
    whole school bullying policy.

    Guidelines for Internet-use


    General
    Students are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet and are expected to observe the
    school code just as they are in a classroom or around the school environment.

    The Internet is primarily provided for students to conduct research, publish work and
    communicate with other learners about teaching and learning topics. Parent’s/carer’s permission
    for Internet use is presumed to have been given unless explicitly communicated to the school
    otherwise. Access to all learning resources is a privilege that requires responsibility.

    Individual users of the Internet are responsible for their behaviour and communications over the
    local school network and the Internet. Users must comply with school standards and honour the
    school code.

    Network management and other senior members of staff may monitor and review files and
    communications (including any external storage media brought to school) to ensure that users
    are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on servers (within
    school, on the Internet or on storage media) are always private.

    During school, teachers will guide students towards appropriate learning materials. Outside of
    school, families bear responsibility for such guidance as they must also exercise with
    information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other media.

    The following are not permitted within the school environment through any medium:

    • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
    • Using obscene language.
    • Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
    • Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks.
    • Violating copyright laws.
    • Using others’ passwords or accounts.
    • ‘Hacking’ into others’ folders, work or files for any reason.

    In addition, and in accordance with the SWGfL acceptable use policy, users will not:  

    Visit Internet sites, make, post, download, upload or pass on, material, remarks, proposals or
    comments that contain or relate to:

    • Pornography (including child pornography)
    • Promoting discrimination of any kind
    • Promoting racial or religious hatred
    • Promoting illegal acts
    • Any other information which may be offensive to other members of the school
    community

    Incidents which appear to involve deliberate access to Web sites, newsgroups and online
    groups that contain the following material will be reported to the police:

    • Images of child abuse (images of children, apparently under 16 years old) involved in
    sexual activity or posed to be sexually provocative
    • Adult material that potentially breaches the Obscene Publications Act in the UK
    • Criminally racist material in the UK

    Sanctions

    • Violations of the above rules will be dealt with according to the school code.
    • Parents/carers will be informed in accordance with the school code procedures.
    • Additional disciplinary action may include a temporary or permanent ban on
    internet/computer use.
    • If necessary, external agencies such as Social Networking or Email Member sites may
    be contacted and informed.
    • When applicable, police or local authorities may be involved.

     

     

     

    Information and Communications Technology Acceptable-use Policy


    • You may not use the Internet if your parents have asked that access not be given.
    • You must have a supervising teacher or member of staff with you when using the
    Internet.
    • Do not disclose any password or login name to anyone, other than the persons
    responsible for running and maintaining the system.
    • Do not upload/send personal details, for example addresses, telephone/fax numbers or
    photographs of anyone (staff or students) at the school.  
    • Use of names of students, or photographs of students, will require parents to have been
    informed about such use.
    • Do not download, use or upload any material that is copyright. Always seek permission
    from the owner before using any material from the Internet. If in doubt ask your teacher,
    or do not use the material.
    • Under no circumstances should you view, upload or download any material which is
    likely to be unsuitable for children. This applies to any material of a violent, dangerous
    or inappropriate context. If you are unsure ask the teacher or classroom supervisor.
    • Always respect the privacy of other users.  
    • Be polite and appreciate that other users might have different views than your own. The
    use of strong language, swearing or aggressive behaviour is not allowed. Do not state
    anything that could be interpreted as libel.
    • Ensure that you have followed the correct procedures for using the Internet.
    • Report any incident that breaches these rules to the Curriculum Leader New
    Technologies or the school Network Manager.

    In addition, all users of the Internet from within the school system (all students and all
    staff) are deemed to have agreed to the South West Grid for Learning’s acceptable use
    policy. This is available as a separate document.

  • Health & Safety
  • SEN
  • Medical

    Should a student be injured at school the First Aid staff will provide initial care and if required, access medical treatment, informing Parents / Carers of their actions.

    If your son / daughter is unwell, please do not send them to school in the hope that they will feel better. Anyone suffering from vomiting should remain at home, returning to school when they have not vomited for 48 hours and have eaten.

    If your child needs to attend a medical or similar appointment during school he /she must obtain and carry an absence permit. This permit can be obtained from the Attendance Office by means of a note from parents. 

    Medicines

    If medicines, prescribed by a doctor, need to be administered during school hours, please contact the First Aider and fill out a ‘Parental Consent Form’.  Any prescribed medicine should be lodged and kept securely with the First Aider. We encourage all students who use inhalers to control their asthma to lodge a spare with our First Aider, in case of emergencies.

    School Nurse

    My name is Cherry Traynor-Cox and I am a School Nurse working with the Public Health Nursing Team in Tiverton.  I offer a confidential service to school aged children and young people.

    My role is to support children and young people with medical conditions to lead a healthy lifestyle and also to support children and young people with medical conditions and emotional health problems.  I can provide a link between health and School and can signpost to other services.

    I also co-run the Tiverton bladder and bowel service and run a monthly clinic.

    You can contact me on: 01392 384189

  • Behaviour
  • Homework
  • Uniform

    All students are expected to wear this uniform correctly.Parents will be contacted and asked to provide an alternative if students are in incorrect uniform.

    Jacket: Tiverton High School jacket with logo
    Shirt: A long or short sleeved plain white shirt with collar buttoned to the neck
    Tie: Correct house tie
    Trousers: Badged plain black school trousers from approved suppliers list
    Skirts: Badged plain black school skirts from approved suppliers list, worn to the knee
    Jumpers: Plain black v-neck knitted jumper or cardigan over shirt and tie (optional)
    Socks: Dark socks. White socks and black or flesh coloured tights can be worn with skirts
    Shoes: Black leather/synthetic fl at shoes.
    Jewellery: Maximum of two stud earrings.Badges issued by the school. Watches.
    Hair & makeup: Discreet make-up, if worn.

    The following is not allowed:
    Trousers: Leggings, jeggings, skin-tight/stretch trousers, shiny trousers, trousers with zip adornments.
    Skirts: Skirts that are not a reasonable length or that do not allow a reasonable range of movement
    Jumpers: Round-necked jumpers. Hoodies (with the exception of KS4 PE hoodies)
    Shoes: Trainers/skater shoes e.g. vans, coloured laces or coloured accents
    Jewellery: More than two earrings, piercings other than in ears
    Hair: No unnatural hair colours, no exaggerated hair styles

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