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Key Policies

A complete overview of Northwood School’s policies and rules are available on application to the school.  Click on the links below to view the policies. Alternatively, if a hard copy of a specific policy is required, please contact the school.

 

ANTI BULLYING POLICY

Bullying in schools is against the law which means that victims of bullying and harassment could seek redress using various aspects of legislation. Due to the relationship which exists between the school and its pupils, there is a legal duty of care to ensure that pupils come to no harm.

The purpose of our anti-bullying policy is to reduce to an absolute minimum the amount of bullying which occurs. Recognising that bullying may and can happen is the first step in making sure that the school is safe. We will do our best to prevent it and to deal effectively with it if it happens.
We will treat all incidents of bullying seriously and in a consistent way.

Click here to view our Anti-bullying Policy

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. 

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your child attends regularly and this Policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

Click here to view our Attendance Policy

 

BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING 

The purpose of our Behaviour for Learning Policy is to ensure that all members of our community have knowledge of the Behaviour for Learning system and follow it to bring about consistency of practice throughout the school. It also ensures that all students understand what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and that every student understands their choices and the consequences of their decisions.  The policy also outlines the rewards that helps make the system effective.

Click here to view our Behaviour for Learning Policy
Links with other policies: Exclusions Policy & Uniform Policy

 

CHARGING AND REMISSIONS

We want all our students to have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities, both on and off site, within and outside the curriculum, regardless of their family’s financial means. This policy sets out our school approach to charging and remissions, and is informed by Department for Education

Click here to view our Charging and Remissions Policy 

 

COMPLAINTS POLICY

From 1 September 2003 Governing Bodies (GBs) of all schools in England are required, under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002, summarised in Annex B, to have in place a procedure to deal with complaints relating to the school and to any community facilities or services that the school provides. The law also requires the procedure to be publicised.

Click here to view the full policy Complaints Policy

 

EQUALITY POLICY & ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

Northwood School has due regard for the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations for students, staff and others using school facilities

We believe that striving to meet these requirements contributes greatly to us achieving outstanding progress and attainment because achievement of these aims helps towards ensuring that students work – whether it is in classrooms or elsewhere in the school – in an ethos and atmosphere of dignity and fairness, where they are free to develop themselves, knowing that differences are respected and they are encouraged to become independent learners who take responsibility for their actions and become good citizens.

Click here to view our Equality Policy

Click here to view our Accessibility Plan

 

EXCLUSIONS POLICY

The Governing Body of Northwood School believe that in order to achieve its vision of success and fulfilment for every student and enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is necessary. The decision to exclude any student, therefore, will only be taken having considered the circumstances and:

  • In response to significant breaches of the school's Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • If allowing the student to remain in the school would seriously harm the welfare or education of the students or others in the school community

Click here to view our Exclusions Policy

 

FIRE POLICY

The school’s absolute priority is to ensure that there is no risk to life in the event of a fire.  Making staff fully aware of the required response to the sound of the fire alarm forms part of their induction programme together with specific responsibilities allocated.

Click here to view the full  Fire Policy 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION POLICY

Northwood School is committed to transparency in its dealings with the public and fully embraces the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The school will make every effort to meet its obligations under the respective legislation and will regularly review procedures to ensure that it is doing so.

The underlying principle of this policy is that the public have a right to access to recorded information held by the school and that the school should seek to promote an open regime regarding access to information, subject to the exemptions contained within the relevant legislation. 

Click here to view the full policy Freedom of Information Policy

 

ON-LINE SAFETY POLICY 

The purpose of the On-Line Safety policy is to make students and parents aware of how to remain safe online and when using technology. 

Click here to view the full policy On-Line Safety Policy 

 

THE 'PREVENT' STRATEGY

Northwood School encourages and promotes respect for, understanding of, different groups within our school community and in society.  We are strongly committed to the development and upholding of democracy, rule of law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech and the rights of all men and women to live free from persecution of any kind.  This is what the Prevent Strategy, released in 2011 to combat extremism, defines as British values.

Click her to view our Prevent Strategy document

 

PRIVACY STATEMENT FOR PARENTS/CARERS

Under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them. We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ (sometimes called ‘fair processing notices’) to individuals where we are processing their personal data.  This privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data about pupils.

Click here to view our Privacy Statement 

  

PROVIDER ACCESS STATEMENT

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. 

This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Click here to view our Provider Access Statement

 

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

The fundamental aim of this policy is to promote a safe environment where child safeguarding concerns can be managed in an appropriate way. Northwood School acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice standards and Ofsted requirements.

Click here to view our Safeguarding Policy

 

SEND POLICY

The SEND Policy and SEND Local Offer can be found under the Key Information tab/SEND

 

UNIFORM POLICY

Our policy is that all students should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos. We also believe that certain school activities are facilitated by specialised and appropriate clothing (including organised events outside normal school hours). 

Click here to view our Uniform Policy

  

WHISTLEBLOWING POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to encourage employees and others to feel confident in raising serious concerns by providing clear avenues through which those concerns can be raised and reassuring those who raise concerns that they will not be victimised if they have a reasonable belief and the disclosure was made in good faith.

The policy, will ensure that staff and others who raise concerns receive a response and are informed about how their concerns are being dealt with.

Click here to view our Whistleblowing Policy