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Term dates 2019-20
Begins: Monday 2 September 2019
Inset days: Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September 2019
Additional Inset day: Friday 25 October 2019
Ends: Friday 25 October 2019
Begins: Monday 4 November 2019
Inset day: Monday 4 November 2019
Ends: Friday 20 December 2019
Begins: Monday 6 January 2020
Inset day: Monday 6 January
Inset day: Friday 14 February 2020
Ends: Friday 14 February 2020
Begins: Monday 24 February 2020
Ends: Friday 3 April 2020
Begins: Monday 20 April 2020
Ends: Friday 22 May 2020
Begins: Monday 1 June 2020
Inset day: Monday 20 July 2020
Ends: Monday 20 July 2020
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Term dates 2020-21
Starts: Tuesday 1 September 2020
Inset days: Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020
Ends: Friday 23 October 2020
Starts: Monday 2 November 2020
Inset day: Monday 2 November 2020
Ends: Friday 18 December 2020
Starts: Monday 4 January 2021
Inset day: Monday 4 January 2021
Inset day: Friday 12 February 2021
Ends: Friday 12 February 2021
Starts: Monday 22 February 2021
Ends: Thursday 01 April 2021
Starts: Monday 19 April 2021
Ends: Friday 28 May 2021
Starts: Monday 7 June 2021
Inset day: Friday 18 June 2021
Ends: Wednesday 21 July 2021
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Year 11 information evening: November 2019
IKB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, partners and volunteers to share this commitment. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The procedures contained in the safeguarding and child protection policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) the school works in partnership with other children’s services.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
Everyone employed at IKB has a responsibility for child protection. In most cases this will be the referral of concerns to her/his line manager. In day to day contact with children at risk, we note concerns and meet with parents and other associated adults, where this is appropriate.
Increasingly, schools work with, and support different agencies to enable the most appropriate form of intervention to take place. The safeguarding and child protection policy outlines the role of IKB, the procedures that staff will follow and guidance on issues related to child protection generally. It is not exhaustive. All staff should place the needs and safety of the child as being at the centre of any decision they may need to take. The safeguarding policy seeks to ensure that child welfare is an absolute priority and to develop the understanding of all staff. All members of the school staff are expected to uphold this policy and receive regular child protection training/
Due consideration has also been given to The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 and the safeguarding policy has been written in accordance with the DfE “Keeping children safe in education” Statutory guidance for schools March 2015.
This policy should be read and referenced in conjunction with the following school’s other policies:
Staying safe online is a topic of growing relevance as we move forward into an increasingly technological world. The safety of all students within our care is our first priority at IKB Academy and learning how to stay safe online is a large part of this. We strive to educate all of our students about safe online practices both in school and at home, over a range of devices and platforms, through pastoral assemblies, PSHE lessons, plus many other curriculum areas, special events and in collaboration with the local police force and their associated online branch CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
Although many young people appear to have advanced online skills that outweigh most parents’ understanding, they still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
We suggest a range of materials to inform parents about what they can do to promote online safety and educate the whole family about how to remain safe online:
Guidance from Childline containing detailed information on topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and sexting.
ThinkUKnow contains guidance for all age groups about how they can improve their online practises and what parents can do if they are concerned
Online safety: key information about social media (Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications)
Twitter and Facebook provide opportunities for students to communicate with friends, family and with new friends/contacts. There are also other applications which are similar to Facebook or Twitter, such as Instagram, designed for those aged 13 plus where children can make immediate connection with contacts (friends, family, acquaintances) using computers, tablets and suitably equipped mobile telephones. These sites allow children to view videos, images and text and write messages and to upload their own images (photos) which can be seen by the public or by selected groups depending on the security settings your child (or you) has/have chosen.
Twitter, Facebook and other similar sites are blocked on the internet.
Although there are many positive aspects to social media, there are important things for parents to be aware of:
Online safety: what can parents do to keep their children safe?
We suggest that all home computer networks have the appropriate parental controls in place to protect young people from visiting dangerous areas of the internet. Childnet have put together some very useful information on how to do this.
If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online, then make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors
If you have a concern about a family members online safety then please submit a report to Childnet or the police.
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Consider using these conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling:
Online safety: what can parents do if they have any concerns?
If you have a concern of any kind, please do not ‘wait and see’ or assume that someone else is dealing with it. Please contact the school immediately or see the sources of additional information below:
Sexting and online sexual exploitation
The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.
The guide, What's the problem? is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support.
Information about pupils in Wellsway Multi Academy Trust schools and alternative provision
Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information
We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:
This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. For pupils enrolling for post 14 qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.
Once our pupils reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to the local authority in which the school is located who have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A parent/guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to the local authority by informing the school office / administrator. This right is transferred to the child once he/she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young people, please visit the relevant local authority website.
We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact the school office / administrator.
We are required, by law, to pass some information about our pupils to the Department for Education (DfE). This information will, in turn, then be made available for use by the local authority.
DfE may also share pupil level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legislation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.
For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-pupil-database-apply-for-a-data-extract
For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received
If you need more information about how the DfE collect and use your information, please visit:
It is the B&NES admissions and transport team who are responsible for determining entitlement to school transport.
Tel: 01225 394312
Further details are on B&NES home to school transport
Stagecoach UK Bus provides a bus service which serves the areas of Longwell Green, North Common, Oldland Common and Willsbridge. Enquiries relating to this service may be made to Stagecoach on 01452 418630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IKB Academy expects the highest levels of attendance, and every student should aim for 100%. Full attendance is a critical factor in ensuring positive educational outcomes and that our students reach their social potential. We are committed to providing high quality inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Any problems that impede full attendance need to be identified and addressed as quickly as possible.
If a student will be absent then we ask that the parent or carer call us on each day of absence.
Tel: 0117 916 1025
In our experience:
‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.’ (Department for Education, 2017)
Student absence request
The school can only grant leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances. Any request for leave must be made in writing for the attention of the Principal in advance. IKB Academy follows the local authority’s guidelines to address attendance which may include the use of statutory powers which involves the use of penalty notices and court prosecution.
Parents wishing the school to consider granting leave of absence in school term time should read these notes carefully and then complete the Absence Request Form. This form should be sent to the school in time for the request to be considered well before the desired period of absence. Parents are strongly advised not to finalise any arrangements before receiving the school’s decision on their request. In any event the request form must be received by the school at least two weeks before the departure date to allow sufficient time for appropriate consideration.
The granting of leave of absence in school term time is, by law, a matter for consideration and decision by the school. There is no automatic right to any leave in term time. The Department for Education (DfE) and our policy is that family holidays should not be taken in school term time. Where such requests are made, for the leave to be granted, the Principal will decide if there are exceptional circumstances.
Each case will be considered individually and on its own merits. Parents need, therefore, to consider very carefully before making any request for leave of absence the demands of the national and wider school curriculum especially around examination stages. In considering a request, the school will take account of:
Absence request forms