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College Policies

College PoliciesThe following statements summarise College Policies, which are available on request.   Where indicated, these policies are set out in greater detail in the Parents' Handbook


1. Anti-Bullying

The Anti-Bullying policy defines what we mean by bullying and what action the College will take.  We know that bullying happens, that it is more likely to be a worry to younger students, and that bullying can damage self-esteem and confidence.  Our policy encourages students to report concerns about bullying and emphasises that the College will take these reports seriously, follow them up, and keep parents informed of action taken. Please click here for a copy of the College's policy.
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2. Charging

The College will ask for voluntary contributions from parents for some activities such as visits and the cost of materials in expressive arts and design technology. However, it is the policy of the Governors that no student will be excluded from any activity on the grounds of inability to make a financial contribution.  There may be some activities which can only take place with parental contributions.  If parents have difficulty making financial contributions they should contact a Vice-Principal to discuss the matter in confidence. For a copy of the Charging and Remissions Policy please click here.
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3. Safeguarding

If concerns are brought to the attention of staff within the College, they will be reported to the Principal who has a legal obligation to forward the information to Leicester City Council.  Any reports of this kind are kept highly confidential. Please click here for a copy of the policy.
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4. College Charter

The College Charter is our home-school agreement which outlines the respective responsibilities of parents, carers, staff and students in working together.  See Parents' Handbook.
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5. College Dress

The College Dress Policy is based on the principles of student responsibility, affordability, appropriateness and student safety.  We expect students to take responsibility at the earliest age for their own college dress, and to demonstrate an understanding of appropriateness by avoiding any extremes of dress or wearing anything which puts their safety at risk.  The College Dress Code is based on plain black, navy and white and is set out in detail in the Parents' Handbook.

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6. Complaints Procedure

Most complaints are resolved by contacting the member of staff concerned.  Where this is not the case, parents should contact the Principal.  Should a complaint not be resolved in this way, parents should contact the Chair of the Governing Body who will investigate the matter.  The Chair of Governors should be contacted by writing to the Clerk to the Governors at the College.  See Parents' Handbook.
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7. Discipline

The College Behaviour for Learning Policy sets out the expectations of students and

the sanctions and rewards which are used.

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8. Equal Opportunities

The College works within LA and City Council policies for Equal Opportunities.  We aim to promote tolerance and respect for others and to create an environment where all feel valued.  A Equality Action Plan is produced each year and the outcomes are monitored and reported to the College Governors. 
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9. Freedom of Information

In keeping with statutory guidance, the college acknowledges its responsibility to make information available to the public.

Information available includes the following:

College Prospectus
Agenda and Minutes of meetings of the College Governors
College Policy

Some information may not be made public, including personal information relating to staff or students.

Requests for information should be made to the College Principal.

The College website is regularly updated and over time it is intended to make as much information as possible available in this way.

Information is normally provided free of charge but if there is a charge you will be notified in advance.

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10. Home Learning

Homework is set in all subjects and as students move through their five years the amount of homework increases.  Homework may involve written work, preparation for project or group work, interviews or investigations.  Some students receive more homework than others, according to their ability.  In Years 10 and 11 GCSE coursework is completed as homework.  Students may complete homework in College using either study rooms or the Learning Resources Centre.   See Parents' Handbook and click here for a copy of the Home Learning policy.
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11. Religious Education

Religious Education is taught to all students on the basis of the local agreed Syllabus.  The College has no religious affiliation.  We believe that all students should be informed about religious belief and faith as part of their educational entitlement.

Important aspects of the National Curriculum including social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding are taught in religious education lessons.  Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education or collective worship.

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12. Sex Education

Sex education is taught to all students as part of the health education programme.  Any parent who seeks further information should contact the Principal.  Parents have the right to withdraw their daughter from sex education.
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13. Positive Behaviour for Learning

We have very high expectations of your daughter’s behaviour, both in lessons and around College.  In order to ensure teachers are consistent and students are not disturbed in lessons by the poor behaviour of others, we have the following “Expectations of Students at SJNCC”.  This is displayed in all teaching rooms and regularly referred to by the teachers. Please click here for the full college policy.

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    Examinations Appeals Procedure

Download our 'Examination Appeals Procedure'

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   College Security

The College aims to provide a safe and secure environment for learning.  Students are expected to take responsibility for acting safely in accordance with College policies.

Health and Safety arrangements are reviewed each term by a committee of staff whose work is reported to the College Governors.

The College Health and Safety Policy outlines all College policies in relation to health and safety.

Students are expected to follow College rules and act on the advice and instructions of staff.

All visitors to the College must sign in at the College Reception.  Entry to the College for parents and all visitors is through Reception.

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   Special Education Needs and Students with Medical Needs

It is recognised that all students have learning potential and will make best progress when their learning needs are addressed.  Special Educational Need includes:

  • students who need support because of absence from school for medical or other reasons
  • those students who are experiencing any difficulty which significantly limits their learning in relation to others of their age and
  • those students who are gifted in one or more areas of the curriculum. 

The Learning Development Team is responsible for the identification of Special Needs, working closely with teachers in all areas, and for the co-ordination of support and specialist teaching.  This includes work with supporting agencies, staff, parents and students so that the individual needs of students can be met.  The Team aims to ensure that students have full access to the College curriculum as well as achieving the highest levels possible of literacy and numeracy.  Most support for students is in class, but arrangements vary according to the needs of students and how it is felt they can best be met.

Gifted and Talented students are identified by the recommended criteria given by the 'Gifted and Talented Youth' Organisation. Each subject area has a responsibility to make appropriate provision for gifted and talented students and a range of additional opportunities are offered to help develop these students' gifts.

The College has reviewed the access arrangements for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.  There is improved wheelchair access to the buildings, but this does not yet allow access to all subject areas.

The Learning Development team works closely with other College teams to support students who face barriers to learning.  This includes the Mentoring Team, Behaviour Team, Welfare Officer and Counsellor.

Students who are absent from College with Medical Needs may be educated at The Leicester Hospital School or arrangements may be made through the Education Welfare Service to meet their educational needs at home.  
Download our Special Educational Needs Policy
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