Information & Policies
Click HERE for our Handbook for Parents
Click HERE for our Behviour Policy
Click HERE for our Anti-Bulling Policy
Click HERE for our Complaints Procedure
Click HERE for our Health & Safety Policy
Click HERE for our SEN Policy
Click HERE for our September 2016 SEN Report
Click HERE for our Safeguarding Policy
Click HERE for the Department for Education's "Keeping Children Safe in Education" statutory guidance for schools
Click HERE for Wakefield's Young People Safeguarding Charter
Anti-Bullying Agreement for all Students
I have the right not to be verbally abused.
I have the right not to be physically abused.
I have the right to be myself.
I have the right to be in school.
I have the right to speak.
I have the right to be heard.
I have the right to be a student at Highfield School.
Behaviour & Discipline
A good standard of behaviour is expected and actively encouraged. Should this standard not be achieved then there is a flexible but firm system of discipline, which will be enforced. Parental co-operation is encouraged and a partnership with home has been operating for some years. All Class Teachers have particular responsibilities for home/school liaison and are willing to discuss problems and possible solutions out of school time. The school has two Parental Support Advisers who provide an excellent link between home and school. The Parent Support Advisers are: Mrs Forster and Mrs Catchpole who can be contacted directly on: 0777 229 2279 (Mrs Forster) and 0777 229 2488 (Mrs Catchpole)
We also have a dedicated Learner and Learning Support Team (LLS) who work with individual students and their families to remove barriers to learning. This Team includes a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Off-site Tutors and Learning Mentors who support student engagement and learning both in school and off-site.
Charges and Remissions Policy
No charge will be made for the following activities:
Visiting theatre groups.
Normal educational trips i.e. cost of journeys.
Newspapers, magazines and comics bought for library or class use.
Concerts or other performances at school.
Fares incurred during Link Courses with the College.
Fares and other expenses incurred as part of the Social Skills programme. Exceptions are noted below, under the Charges section.
Educational visits/Residential Experiences
We aim to enable all students to access all of the exciting range of out of school activities on offer but on occasions we may turn to parents/carers to contribute to the costs.
Equality, Diversity, Human Rights and Community Cohesion
The school has adopted Wakefield MDC’s policy model for Equality, Diversity, Human Rights and Community Cohesion.
Highfield School Sex Education Policy
All young people, whatever their ability, develop physically and emotionally, and need to be helped to understand their bodies and their feelings. Sex education helps our students’ overall development, confidence and self-esteem.
We deliver a compulsory programme of Sex Education including teaching about HIV and AIDS and other STDs must be provided for all students of secondary age (11+), irrespective of the level of ability. Parents have the right to withdraw their students from Sex Education at any age, except those parts that are in the National Curriculum Science syllabus.
The Sex Education programme we offer at Highfield School has been carefully planned to take account of students’ age, maturity and physical development. It will develop slowly throughout the time young people are in school, using well-proven methods that allows time for repetition, practice of relevant skills, and reflection. It will be fully and consistently evaluated.
The programme will be taught by class teachers, sometimes working together, and with support staff. Students will sometimes be taught in separate gender groups, or in small groups according to their maturity and understanding. The Community School Nurse Service also provides very valuable input to this area of work in school.
A carefully organised and monitored system of homework is operated in all Year Groups.
Parents are encouraged to support the students’ learning through the homework process. In 2014/15 this will include accessing the school’s developing Virtual Learning Environment where parents will be able to work alongside the students in their learning.
Any prescribed medication may be sent to school and left in the care of the school medical staff, who will administer the medication as indicated. Parents should send an accompanying letter granting permission for the medication to be administered. Any medication sent into school for a specific student must be in the named packaging from the pharmacy. Students who make requests for non-prescription medication e.g. Paracetamol, must also have a letter from parents granting permission for this to be given by school staff.
Mobile phones are not required in school and therefore should not be brought to school. If a parent feels that a student needs to bring a mobile phone to school, permission should be sought from the Headteacher by letter or telephone call before the phone comes to school. If permission is granted, the pupil will give the phone into the safe keeping of their teacher on arrival at school, to prevent loss, damage or theft. The phone will be returned to the student at the end of the day.
Privacy Notice/Data Protection
To all Students
Highfield School is the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you, and may receive information about you from your previous school. We hold this personal data and use it to:
support your teaching and learning;
monitor and report on your progress;
provide appropriate pastoral care, and
assess how well your school is doing.
This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information.
We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules permit it.
We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority (LA), and the Department for Education (DfE).
If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you, then please contact Mrs Pamela Liley, School Business Manager on 01924 302980.
Visiting Doctors, Dentists etc.
Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists all visit school regularly.