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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Parents' Handbook

This booklet has been prepared to give you the key information about Sir Jonathan North Community College in order to help you to support your daughter to achieve her best, and to make you aware of the wealth of opportunities available to her at the College.

The parent handbook contains information frequently asked by parents.  However should you be unable to find the answer to your question please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

To download a complete version of the handbook please click here

Contact Information 

Details can be found on the Contact Us Page.

The Main Office is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 4.30 pm on a Friday. 

Please contact the main office:

  • to report your daughter’s absence from College
  • to request information
  • to inform us about your daughter’s achievements outside College
  • to register a concern.

When you contact College:

  • your enquiry, request or concern will be recorded and passed to the appropriate person
  • you will be contacted as soon as possible once your enquiry, request or concern has been followed up.

Attendance and Notification of Absence
 

We work closely with parents and the Education Welfare Service to ensure the regular attendance of students.

We ask parents to:

  • contact the College by telephone if your daughter is going to be absent, whatever the reason - illness, emergency dental/medical appointment, family emergency. Write a note to her tutor in her planner when she returns.
  • send a note in with your daughter giving her permission to leave the premises if she has a prearranged medical appointment.  This will be checked and signed by the Progress Leader or Student Support Officer and she can then sign out at the Main Office.

Absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Avoid absences during term time other than for illness.  Requests for leave of absence will not normally be granted. Any request must be made well in advance on the Leave of Absence Request Form.  These are available by clicking here or from the Main Office. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if leave of absence is not agreed but the time off is still taken. 

We will not authorise absence for non-essential reasons such as birthdays, holidays or shopping trips.

If your daughter does not arrive in College and you have not contacted the College to explain the reason why, we will contact you at home or at work or by text.

The College Day and Term Dates
 

THE COLLEGE DAY

  • Students are expected to be in College by 8.20 am so they are in time for registration/assembly, which is at 8.30 am. 
  • If a student is late, a ‘late mark’ is recorded.  If a student arrives after registration, she must sign in at the office, for Health and Safety reasons. 
  • Students are not allowed to leave the site at break time.
  • Students may only leave the site at lunchtimes if we receive permission from home on a termly basis. The student must then return on time for period 5.

Students Arrive

 8.20 - 8.30 am

Registration/Assembly

 8.30 - 8.45 am

Lesson 1

 8.45- 9.45 am

Lesson 2

 9.45 - 10.45 am

Break

10.45 - 11.05 am

Lesson 3

11.05 -12.05 pm

Lesson 4     Year 7

12.05 -12.55 pm

                     Years 8-11

12.05 -1.05 pm

Lunch         Year 7

12.55 -1.55 pm

                    Years 8-11

 1.05- 1.55 pm

Lesson 5

 1.55 - 2.55 pm

End of College Day

 2.55 pm

 
For term dates please click here

College Dress Code
 

We ask parents to support the College Dress Code and ensure that their daughter is in the correct College Dress every day.  The College reserves the right to decide on the suitability of any items of clothing.  Should you be unsure about anything, we urge you to contact us before purchasing.  

For the full College Dress Code please click here.

Please note: the ‘unacceptable’ list is not exhaustive, and we expect parents to support the spirit of the College Dress Code.  We would like our students to look business-like and ready for learning. This guide does not attempt to deal with every aspect of clothing - what it is offering is a guide to a common-sense approach to dress, one that gives ample scope for individuality within the broadly stated aim of the College.

Students' Property
 

  • Students must take responsibility for their property and they must keep it with them at all times.
  • Your daughter should NOT bring VALUABLE ITEMS into College such as expensive phones, tablets or laptops.
  • We cannot guarantee the safety of such valuables or money and do not have the resources to investigate any losses.
  • If your daughter has her mobile phone out in the College buildings, it will be confiscated. She will have to collect it from the Main Office at the end of the day. Please see our Mobile Phone Policy.
  • Please ensure that all items of clothing and equipment are clearly marked with your daughter’s name.
  • Lost items are sent to the Main Office.  We dispose of unclaimed items at the end of each month.
  • Your daughter should not carry large sums of money around with her during the day. The only money she needs at College is enough to buy lunch and pay for travel.
  • Large amounts of money for trips, fund raising or visits need to be brought into college at the times stated, in a sealed, labelled envelope. Your daughter will need to deliver this in morning registration to a named member of staff.
  • Payments for dining room purchases are on our cashless system. Parents can choose to deposit money into their daughter’s account online through sQuid or students may use the cash loaders situated in school.

Mobile Phone Policy
 

We recognise that some parents will want their children to have mobile phones with them in College. We do not object to this as long as the phones are SWITCHED OFF and kept SECURELY AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BAGS at all times during the school day.

If you need to contact your daughter in case of emergency, you MUST phone the College Office and we will get a message to her.

Any student having a problem in school MUST report it to the appropriate person in school and not phone home. Parents are often worried by such calls and cannot resolve the issue.

In particular, for safety reasons, students must NEVER use their phones to arrange with a parent or family member to go home. This MUST be arranged through Progress Leaders or the First Aid Officer.

Most phones have a camera and a video facility. Students should be aware that it is an extremely serious matter to take photographs of staff, in lessons or around the College. If students wish to take photographs or videos of other students, this must be done outside of school unless it is part of an activity arranged by staff and with the students’ consent. Normally, College cameras would be used in such circumstances.

If students are seen using their phones in College, their phones will be confiscated.  Students will then have to collect them at the end of the day from the College Office. If a student has a phone confiscated three times, then her parent will be asked to collect it.

It should be stressed that parents allow students to bring phones into College at their own risk and we cannot accept responsibility for them.

College Charter
 

We ask students to:

  • aim high in everything they do
  • attend College regularly (aim for 100%) and on time
  • work hard in class and complete homework on time
  • be equipped to work and use their student planner
  • behave with courtesy and consideration to others
  • respect staff, one another and other people’s belongings
  • know and follow the College Behaviour and Dress Codes
  • be honest when things go wrong and accept responsibility for their actions
  • ask a member of staff for help if they are having difficulty with their work
  • remember that the good reputation of the College within the local area rests with them.

We ask parents to:

  • make sure their daughter attends regularly, on time and in full College dress
  • avoid taking holidays during term time.  All absence from school has a negative effect on a student’s learning
  • send their daughter to College with all the necessary equipment and/or kit
  • provide support for their daughter to work at home and encourage her to take responsibility for her own learning
  • support their daughter by attending Parents’ Evenings and school events
  • reinforce College rules and support the College Behaviour Code, which includes ensuring that adequate travel arrangements are made if an after school detention is set
  • contact us if they have a worry or a concern about their daughter
  • work in partnership with staff to help their daughter to achieve at her highest level
  • sign their daughter’s student planner each week to confirm homework is being completed
  • work with College staff to sort out any concerns
  • update the College immediately should their contact details change.

We ask staff to:

  • make sure all students feel safe, happy and free from discrimination at school
  • value, respect and be fair to each individual and praise their achievements and effort
  • have high but realistic expectations of students
  • listen to students’ ideas, opinions, concerns and respond as needed
  • deal with any difficulties in a positive and supportive way
  • set homework to help students learn after school
  • apply behaviour and dress codes consistently
  • mark work regularly and give feedback to students
  • keep parents informed about their daughter’s progress
  • respond to parental questions promptly.

The Student Planner
 

  • All students are issued with a Student Planner at the beginning of each academic year. 
  • This contains important information - your daughter’s timetable and a record of all key dates, which will need to be updated regularly.  There are also spaces for students to note down targets for learning and improvement and to record any rewards achieved.
  • Students are expected to write down home learning in their planners - when it is set and the date when it is to be completed and handed in to the teacher.
  • We ask you to check your daughter’s planner weekly and to sign it. 
  • You can also use it to send messages to your daughter’s tutor and her tutor may also use it to communicate with you.

Home Learning
 

  • Click here for a copy of the Whole College Home Learning Guidelines.
  • In Autumn 2017 we are launching Show My Homework, an online tool to help you keep track of your daughter’s homework.  Show My Homework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your daughter has been set, access the appropriate resource materials and keep track of when the homework has been submitted.
  • You will be provided with login details to your personal account, ready-linked to your daughter’s homework calendar.  In order to access this information online or through the Show My Homework app, simply visit https://sirjonathannorth.showmyhomework.com to view the College’s live homework calendar and log in.

Benefits of Show My Homework include:

  • 24/7 access
  • Easy tracking of the quantity of homework that your daughter receives
  • Translation into over 50 languages
  • Free apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices
  • Automated notifications before homework is due.
  • Further support can be provided from help@showmyhomework.co.uk or call 0207 197 9550.  

 

Year 7/8 students are expected to spend approximately 20 to 30 minutes per subject – often two or three subjects per evening.

Year 9 - The time students spend on home learning is likely to increase, particularly in preparation for the end of Key Stage assessments.

KS4 students (Years 10 and 11) are expected to spend approximately 45 minutes on  each subject – usually 2 to 3 subjects per evening.

When students are due to sit examinations and assessments, revision will be set in preparation for these.

If, in exceptional circumstances, your daughter is unable to complete her homework on time, please write a brief note of explanation. This can be done in her planner.

Teaching staff are expected to:

  • set home learning as appropriate
  • check that students are recording home learning assignments in their planners
  • monitor completion of home learning and follow up students who have not met deadlines
  • give feedback as soon as possible, either written or verbally.

It may not be appropriate to set home learning after every lesson. Occasionally, prior to major assessment and external exams, additional work will be set.

As parents, you can best help your daughter if you:

  • ensure that all assignments are completed on time
  • monitor your daughter’s home learning by checking and signing her planner regularly
  • contact the College if there are problems with work set. Contact subject staff if there is a problem with a specific subject or your daughter’s tutor if problems are more widespread
  • show an interest in your daughter’s home learning by offering support if needed and by encouraging her to develop good study habits. For example, set aside a regular home learning time in a working environment free from distractions.

Reporting Calendar
 

Student Year

Progress Check

Full Report

Parents’ Evening

Year 7

20 December 2017

10 July 2018

22 March 2018

Year 8

20 December 2017

10 July 2018

8 March 2018

Year 9

20 December 2017

10 July 2018

22 February 2018

Year 10

20 December 2017

10 July 2018

1 February 2018

Year 11

9 October 2017

12 January 2018

18 January 2018

  • Throughout the academic year we will review your daughter’s progress.
  • You will receive a progress check and a full report during the course of the year (see the timetable above) and will also be invited to a parents’ evening to discuss her progress.

Contact with Parents

If we have any concerns, you will be contacted so we can decide the most appropriate way to work with you and to support your daughter.

Behaviour for Learning
 

We have very high expectations of your daughter’s behaviour, both in lessons and around College.  We want to ensure your daughter is not disturbed in lessons by the poor behaviour of others.  We want to support all staff to be consistent when challenging poor behaviour.

Expectations of Students

Students should:

  • follow College rules, including the Dress Code
  • attend College regularly and arrive on time
  • treat everyone with respect, courtesy and consideration, and respond positively to staff advice or instructions
  • do their best to focus on their learning
  • admit mistakes and be honest about where improvement is needed.

Expectations in the Classroom

Teachers will always expect the following standards of behaviour from students during lessons:

  • move quickly between lessons and arrive on time
  • have the correct equipment and their student planner
  • take coats off before the lesson begins
  • sit where asked by the teacher
  • follow directions given by the teacher
  • stay on task
  • not eat or chew during lessons
  • not drink during lessons, other than water from a clear sports bottle.

Consequences of Good Behaviour

Good behaviour, attendance, punctuality and effort are rewarded with praise and, more formally, through reward events which are appropriate for the year group.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

  • If behaviour is inappropriate, the student will be reminded of College expectations.
  • If behaviour does not improve, the student will be formally warned.
  • If there continues to be no improvement, she may be sent outside the classroom    for five minutes to “cool off”.
  • If the student still refuses to behave in the ways expected, she will be removed from the lesson and a letter will be sent home.
  • If her behaviour continues to be inappropriate following her removal from the lesson, she will be seen by a senior member of staff and parents will be contacted.

Lunchtime Behaviour

Students who remain on site at lunchtime are expected to behave sensibly and treat others, including lunchtime staff, with courtesy.  Parents will be informed if we have concerns about a student’s behaviour at lunchtime.

Support, Advice and Guidance
 

In addition to the Progress Leaders and Tutors, there is a wealth of support, advice and guidance available to your daughter at College. Listed below are some examples.

Pastoral Support

  • Learning Mentor Team
  • Student Mentors
  • FABAD (Friends Against Bullying and Discrimination)
  • Together Against Homophobia Group (TAH)
  • School Nurse
  • Progress Coach

College Counsellor

  • We have a school counsellor, who works in the College every week.
  • Your daughter can make an appointment through their Year Progress Leader/ Learning Mentor, or can self-refer.  There is usually a waiting list and an appointment may take some time to come through.

First Aid and Medicines

  • If your daughter is ill during the day, she will be attended to by one of our First Aid Officers, who will contact you if your daughter needs to go home.
  • The First Aid Officer looks after all medicines that have to be brought into College for students’ use and she will ensure they are administered correctly. Please do not hesitate to contact her at College if you are at all concerned about any health issues your daughter may have.
  • Please ensure that you note expiry dates for inhalers and EpiPens and that you provide replacements, as appropriate.

Skills4Learning Skills4Life (S4L)

There is an extensive programme of unbiased Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provided throughout Years 8 – 11 to give our students the skills to plan and manage their choices at different stages of their education, enabling them to fulfil their potential.

CEIAG is delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Information and Guidance (IAG) lessons in Year 9 and 10; Theme Days and Tutorial activities in Year 8; Careers Fair Trips; Careers based events (such as ‘What’s My Line?’) in Year 9; the opportunity to take part in a mock interview with a local business person in Year 10; Work Experience in Year 10; Year 11 – lunchtime talks regarding Post 16 Options.
  • Connexions Personal Advisor: students and parents can make an appointment to discuss the post 16 options of A Levels, a BTEC vocational course, Apprenticeships or working or volunteering for 20 hours a week whilst working towards a qualification.

Study Support

  • Year 7 Tea Time (homework and building friendships)
  • Year 7,8, 9  Maths Club (Wednesday/Thursday lunchtime)
  • KS3 and KS4 drop in computer sessions (lunchtimes, KS3 Tuesday and Thursday, KS4 Friday)
  • The ‘Skills for Learning, Skills for Life’ team provides a variety of clubs and support groups both before school and at lunchtimes.  Please see the notice board next to D3 for further details.
  • Study Support Sessions for target students in preparation for assessments and GCSEs, including off-timetable events and out-of-hours voluntary sessions
  • KS3 Homework Clubs – run by curriculum teams and S4L
  • KS4 Lunchtime sessions – run by curriculum teams to support GCSE students with class work, coursework and revision, including specialist rooms for the completion of practical work.

Preventing Bullying - how we work together
 

We ask parents to contact the Progress Leader or tutor if they believe their daughter is being bullied.

Bullying is any behaviour which causes hurt, fear or distress to another person.  Bullying can include any form of discrimination or inappropriate references relating to a student’s sexuality, race or gender. It is a behaviour that takes place Several Times On Purpose (STOP).

Bullying can involve:

Emotional

being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)                                    

Physical

pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence, damage to property

Racist

racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

Faith or Religion

regarding beliefs, dress or religious symbols

Sexual

unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Homophobic

associated with or focused on the issue of sexuality

Verbal

name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, threats

Cyber

all areas of internet - email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls and misuse of associated technology,  i.e. camera and video facilities                                                                                 

Disability

disability-related harassment

In the community

on the bus, at the park, in places of worship – including cyberbullying.

Bullying through a third party

including any form of discrimination or inappropriate references relating to a student’s sexuality, race or gender.

We encourage all students to Start Telling Other People if they are being bullied.  If we work together, we can try to put a STOP to bullying.

The following anti-bullying measures are in place:

  • information for students when they join the College
  • information for parents
  • work on bullying issues and friendship in SEAL and IAG lessons
  • assemblies
  • supervision of students during breaks and lunchtimes
  • management of movement in corridors
  • training for all staff
  • careful record-keeping and monitoring of incidents
  • regular involvement of students, parents and governors in reviewing our anti-bullying policy
  • trained peer mentors running a Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination (FABAD) support group
  •  FABAD website
  • Together Against Homophobia Group
  • a permanent anti-bullying display board, which is regularly updated
  • support e-mail address – support@sjncc.leicester.sch.uk
  • questionnaires given to a random sample of students, parents and staff to monitor the incidents, the nature of any bullying and to raise awareness in the College
  • involvement in the Textsome pilot scheme.

The College is an Anti-Bullying Community Award (ABC) Holder and a Stonewall School Champion – Bronze Award Holder.

There are many ways in which bullying can be tackled and in most cases the problem can be solved.  In dealing with more serious cases, we may do one or more of the following:

  • contact parents
  • use College sanctions, for example report, exclusion
  • draw up a contract of behaviour
  • offer friendship group activities
  • make staff aware of the problem and ask that they monitor behaviour
  • ask a senior member of staff to monitor the bullying student’s behaviour
  • implement conflict resolution / mediation / restorative justice
  • contact the police. 

Student and Parent Voice
 

Student Voice

We listen!

We recognise it is important to listen to your daughter’s views about every aspect of her experience at Sir Jonathan North. There is a range of opportunities for your daughter to contribute to this discussion.

Student Council

  • Sir Jonathan North has an active and enthusiastic Student Council. Each tutor group has an elected representative, who attends a full Student Council meeting every half term. The meeting is an opportunity for the representative to share any issues or concerns from her tutor group. The meetings are run by four Year 10 Student Council Executives. After every Student Council meeting, the executives meet with the Principal to pass on any concerns and resolve any issues.
  • The Student Council is also involved in fundraising and raises thousands of pounds every year for charities chosen by the student body.

Student Questionnaire and Forums

  • Students are invited to give their views about their learning by curriculum and year teams.  In addition, they complete questionnaires after special events.
  • All students complete the Pupils’ Attitude to Self and School Survey (PASS) in October.

Parent Voice

We value your thoughts on and contributions to your daughter’s education.

We ask parents to:

  • attend Parents’ Evenings to discuss their daughter’s progress with her subject teachers and tutor
  • complete questionnaires – we want to know what we do well and what we could do better
  • log on to our website to keep-up-to date with what is going on in College
  • attend the Parent Forum, which is held termly.

Privacy Notice
 

Sir Jonathan North Community College processes personal data about its students and is a “data controller” in respect of this for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.  It processes this data to: 

  • support its students’ teaching and learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate pastoral care
  • assess how well the College as a whole is doing. 

This data includes contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. 

This data may only be used or passed on for specific purposes allowed by law.  From time to time, the College is required to pass on some of this data to local authorities, the Department for Education (DfE) and to agencies that are prescribed by law, such as the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), Ofsted, the Skills Funding Agency, the Young People's Learning Agency, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Department of Health (DH), Primary Care Trusts (PCT) and organisations that require access to data in the Learner Registration System as part of the MIAP (Managing Information Across Partners) programme and Connexions (see below).  All these are data controllers in respect of the data they receive and are subject to the same legal constraints as to how they deal with the data.

Students, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a general right to be given access to personal data held about them by any data controller.  The presumption is that, by the age of 12, a child has sufficient maturity to understand her rights and to make an access request herself if she wishes.  A parent would normally be expected to make a request on a child’s behalf if the child is younger.

If you wish to access your personal data, or that of your daughter, then details can be found on the following website:

https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/how-we-work/data-protection-and-foia/data-protection/

For those students/parents for whom this is not practicable, a hard copy of the form can be obtained from Debbie Hudson in the Main Office at Sir Jonathan North Community College.

For students of 13 years and over, the College is legally required to pass on certain information to the Connexions service providers on request.  Connexions is the government's support service for all young people aged 13 - 19 in England. This information includes the name and address of the student and parent, and any further information relevant to the Connexions service’s role.  However, parents or the students themselves, if aged 16 or over, can ask that no information beyond name and address (for student and parent) be passed on to Connexions. If as a parent, or as a student aged 16 or over, you wish to opt out and do not want Connexions to receive from the school information beyond name and address, then please contact the College.

Your attention is drawn to the full text of this Fair Processing Notice, which gives supplementary information about the processing of student data by the organisations mentioned above and gives greater details of how the student data is processed and the rights of parents and students. Either can be obtained by visiting: www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/how-we-work/data-protection-and-foia/how-we-use-information-about-you