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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Parents' Handbook

This booklet has been prepared to give you the key information about Sir Jonathan North 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

To download a copy of Tracking Progress at KS3 please click here

Contact Information 

Details can be found on the Contact Us Page.

The Main Office is open from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Please contact the main office:

  • to report your child's absence from College
  • to request information
  • to inform us about your child'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 child is going to be absent, whatever the reason - illness, emergency dental/medical appointment, family emergency. Please send in a note to give to the tutor on your child’s return to the College.
  • Send a note in with your child to give permission to leave the premises for a prearranged medical appointment.  This will be checked and signed by the Pastoral Leader or Student Support Officer and then your child will be able to sign out at the Main Office.

An agreement to authorise the absence is entirely at the discretion of the Principal and authorisation will only ever be considered for exceptional circumstances. We expect parent/carers to avoid absences during term time other than for illness. Any request for leave of absence must be made well in advance on the Leave of Absence Request Form available from the Main Office. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if leave of absence is not agreed but the time off is still taken. 

  1. If permission is granted, photocopies of airline or travel tickets showing date of booking will be required by the school office before you travel.  If your request has been agreed, failure to provide this information will mean that the request is no longer agreed and your child’s absence will be classed as unauthorised. 
     
  2. We may also request copies of other travel related documents from you. We will advise you if this is the case.  Where we do not receive copies of documents requested, this is likely to mean that we will not authorise some or all of any absence your child has in relation to this request.
     
  3. If permission is granted, students must ensure that they are up to date with their school work before they leave and in addition, it will be parents’/carers’ responsibility to ensure that their child, on return, makes up any missed work in their own time upon return.
     
  4. The decision made by the College is final.

If students do 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 -1.45 pm

                    Years 8-11

 1.05- 1.45 pm

Lesson 5

 1.55 - 2.45 pm

End of College Day

 2.45 pm

 
For term dates please click here

College Dress Code
 

Dear Parent/Carer,

The dress code is under review and is subject to change from August 2020 but please use the link below for our current dress code.

Sir Jonathan North

Students' Property
 

  • Students must take responsibility for their property and they must keep it with them at all times.
  • Students should NOT bring VALUABLE ITEMS into College such as expensive phones, headphones or watches.
  • We cannot guarantee the safety of such valuables or money and do not have the resources to investigate any losses.
  • If your child has their mobile phone out in the College buildings, it will be confiscated. Your child 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 child’s name.
  • Lost items are sent to the Main Office.  We dispose of unclaimed items at the end of each month.
  • Students should not carry large sums of money around with them during the day. The only money required during the College day is enough to load the student card to purchase food which can be done immediately on arrival to school or to pay for travel.
  •    Where larger amounts of money may be required, such as for trips, fund raising or visits, we recommend using the college’s online payment system. Otherwise the money must be brought into college in a sealed, labelled envelope. Students will need to deliver this in morning registration to a named member of staff and obtain a receipt.
  •    Payments for dining room purchases are on our cashless system. Parents can choose to deposit money into their child’s account through the college’s online payment system or students may use the cash loaders situated around the college.

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 college day.

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

Any student having a problem in the college MUST report it to the appropriate person in the college and not telephone 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 Pastoral Leaders or the First Aid Officer.

Student roles and responsibilities 

  • It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.
  • The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or carers. It is incumbent upon parents to understand the capabilities of the phone and the potential use/misā€use of those capabilities.
  • Parents/carers should be aware that if their child takes a mobile phone to school it is assumed household insurance will provide the required cover in the event of loss or damage. The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to its use.
  • Parents/carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached in a relevant and appropriate way.

Most phones have a camera and a video facility. Students should be aware that it is an extremely serious matter to take photographs or recordings 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 the college 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 the parent will be asked to collect it. If a phone has been confiscated more than three times then a personalised plan may be agreed with a parent regarding the student’s phone.

College Charter
 

Our values

At Sir Jonathan North we believe it is vital to foster students’ holistic development alongside academic excellence. The holistic development is underpinned by our values, the 4 Rs and we will be utilising these throughout all aspects of college life and are illustrated in our College Charter below:

 

Resilience

  • never give up, even when things are hard or times are tough
  • arrive on time to their lessons ready to learn
  • not let their emotions negatively affect their behaviour
  • use time in lessons well so that they make progress.

Respect

  • follow the instructions of all staff in and outside of the classroom
  • respond courteously to staff, visitors and other students inside and outside the classroom
  • value the college buildings and everyone’s property so that the environment is a positive place to work and be in
  • value and be tolerant of each other’s differences.

Reflectiveness

  • adjust their attitude and behaviour to suit the situation they are in
  • accept the consequence and reflect on how to get it right next time when they get it wrong
  • reflect on feedback given and respond by making improvements
  • reflect on their attendance and punctuality taking action when required to make improvements.

Resourcefulness

  • take pride in keeping their work neat and presentable
  • bring what they need to every lesson
  • use all the resources available to them to help with their work
  • ask probing questions, make links between topics and adapt to different situations.

We ask parents/carers to support your child in developing these core values. In addition we ask that you:

  • make sure your child attends every day, on time and in full College dress
  • support your child by attending Parents’ Evenings and College events
  • contact us if you have a worry or concern about your child.

We ask to staff to support your child in developing these core values. In addition we ask staff to:

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

Home Learning
 

Home Learning is set in most subjects and as students move through their five years the amount set increases.  It may involve written work, preparation for project or group work, interviews or investigations.  Work is also differentiated according to student ability. 

Home Learning Guidance:

We are in the process of moving to a different online platform called Beehive and will be in touch in due course with additional guidance.

Typically:

  • 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 child is unable to complete their homework on time, please write a brief note of explanation.

Teaching staff are expected to:

  • set home learning as appropriate
  • 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 child if you:

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

Reporting Calendar
 

Reporting Calendar 2019 - 2020

Student Year Progress Check 1 Progress Check 2 Progress Check / Report 3 Parents' Evening
Year 7 21 November 2019 26 March 2020 06 July 2020

24 October 2019

30 April 2020

Year 8

21 November 2019 26 March 2020 06 July 2020

01 April 2020

Year 9  21 November 2019 26 March 2020 06 July 2020 12 March 2020

 

Student Year Progress Check 1 Progress Check 2 Progress Check 3 Progress Check / Report 4 Parents' Evening
Year 10 07 November 2019 23 January 2020 26 March 2020 06 July 2020 21 November 2019
Year 11 07 November 2019 23 January 2020 26 March 2020 N/A 23 January 2020
  • Throughout the academic year we will review your child’s progress.
  • You will receive progress checks 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 progress. We expect all parents/carers to attend parents’ evening.

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 child.

Behaviour for Learning
 

Sir Jonathan North College is a learning community committed to providing high quality education.  In order to achieve this, all students and staff have the right to work in a safe, calm, orderly and positive environment, conducive to effective learning for all. 

We have very high expectations of the behaviour of students, both in lessons and around College.  We want to ensure that students are not disturbed in lessons by the poor behaviour of others.  We want to support all staff to be consistent when challenging poor behaviour.

Our College Values: 

  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Reflectiveness
  • Resourcefulness

Based on these core values as a college we expect the following behaviours from our students:

Resilience

  • Students never give up, even when things are hard or times are tough.
  • Students arrive on time to their lessons ready to learn.
  • Students do not let their emotions negatively affect their behaviour.
  • Students use time in lessons well so that they make progress

Respect

 

  • Students follow the instructions of all staff in and outside of the classroom.
  • Students respond courteously to staff, visitors and other students inside and outside the classroom.
  • Students value the college buildings and everyone’s property so that the environment is a positive place to work and be in
  • Students value and are tolerant of each other’s differences.

Reflectiveness

  • Students adjust their attitude and behaviour to suit the situation they are in
  • When students get it wrong, they accept the consequence and reflect on how to get it right next time.
  • Students reflect on feedback given and respond by making improvements.
  • Students reflect on their attendance and punctuality taking action required to make improvements.

Resourcefulness

  • Students take pride in keeping their work neat and presentable.
  • Students bring what they need to every lesson.
  • Students use all the resources available to them to help with their work.
  • Students ask probing questions, make links between topics and adapt to different situations

Parents/Carers

It is expected that parents/carers will: 

  • ensure their child is in the correct college dress. 
  • ensure their child has a school bag and the correct equipment they require.
  • encourage full attendance by avoiding holidays in term time and arranging routine medical and dental appointments outside of the college day.
  • inform the college as soon as possible if their child cannot attend college because of illness.
  • ensure that their child arrives punctually to the college.
  • ensure that their child completes homework by checking Show My Homework.
  • attend Parents’ Evenings and other discussions about their child’s progress.

Consequences of Good Behaviour

We believe that rewards play a vital part in encouraging students to fulfil their potential and to demonstrate a love of learning. 

The college has developed its reward systems to recognise and celebrate good progress, good attitudes to learning, good achievement, as well as good attendance and punctuality.

These rewards operate alongside the college’s positive attitude towards learning system and the systems that are already in place in each subject area. 

Whole School:

  • Certificates are awarded termly for excellent attendance.
  • The ‘SJN Way’ competition acknowledges the tutor groups that best demonstrate our College values and ethos each week.
  • Students whose attendance and punctuality are excellent are eligible for rewards through ‘star of the week’ and termly prizes.
  • All students who behave well, have good attendance and who are punctual, will have the opportunity to attend the reward events at Christmas and Easter and then also attend the whole College reward trips at the end of the year.
  • Each lesson achievement points are awarded to motivate students to produce high-quality work by recognising, rewarding and celebrating their achievements.

Achievement points are awarded for:

  • Consistently high levels of effort / contribution
  • Consistently producing good / improving work.
  • Developing their character strengths embodied in our values of resilience, respect, reflectiveness and resourcefulness.
  • Academic achievement is measured against the student’s ability.  The more able your child is, the more we expect of them.

Other rewards include:

  • Postcards and phone calls home
  • Work on display
  • End of term reward events
  • Verbal and written praise

Principal Awards are celebrated half termly.  Students are nominated for these award by staff for a variety of reasons.  The aim is to recognise and showcase student achievements. The college records rewards on the school information management system.

More information on Behaviour can be found in the complete Parents' Handbook 

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.