Parents' and carers' information
TERM DATES 2023-24
Inset days: Friday 1, Monday 4, Tuesday 5 September 2023
Starts: Wednesday 6 September 2023
Ends: Friday 20 October 2023
Starts: Monday 30 October 2023
Ends: Friday 15 December 2023
Inset day: Tuesday 2 January 2024
Starts: Wednesday 3 January 2024
Ends: Friday 9 February 2024
Inset day: Monday 19 February 2024
Starts: Tuesday 20 February 2024
Ends: Thursday 28 March 2024
Starts: Monday 15 April 2024
Ends: Friday 24 May 2024
Starts: Monday 3 June 2024
Inset day: Friday 21 June 2024
Inset day: Monday 8 July 2024
Ends: Tuesday 23 July 2024
Many thanks to all of our parents/carers who took the time to fill in a survey form at one of our parent/carer evenings in the last twelve months. We received an incredible response.
The anonymous questionnaire was based closely on the questions which Ofsted, the body responsible for monitoring standards in schools, use to judge parental satisfaction at schools across England.
We received a huge endorsement for the culture of confidence, respect and success that lies at the core of our school. This was demonstrated by the fact that:
Teaching and learning was also noted as a strength, with responses showing that:
Safeguarding and welfare are our very highest priorities at Wellsway, and we were delighted to be told that:
The survey has also helped us to identify areas for development. We have recently reviewed and improved our behaviour systems and will continue to seek the opinions of students, parents and carers to ensure that these changes have a positive impact. The number of bullying incidents reported at IKB is extremely low and we therefore urge you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns in relation to your child or another individual.
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
Year 11 information evening: November 2019
Headline results for 2019 (not current)
Key Stage 4 (end of secondary school) results
Key stage 5 (16 to 18) information 2019 (not current)
IKB does not cover the full Progress 8 period
Some schools start educating pupils partway through the 5 year period covered by Progress 8, which should be taken into account when comparing their results with schools that start at Key Stage 3. Progress 8 is not the most appropriate performance measure for university technical colleges, studio schools and some further education colleges. These establishments typically start educating pupils at age 14, with a focus on preparing pupils for their future careers by providing an integrated academic and professional education. Other headline measures, particularly pupil destinations, are more important for these establishments.
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 child protection and 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 our child protection and safeguarding policy has been written in accordance with the DfE “Keeping children safe in education” statutory guidance for schools.
The safeguardiing and child protection 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.
General principles for student images and video recording
Student photos and video recordings may be used for identification purposes and evidencing educational development. Such data will not be shared unless the law requires us to do so, or specific consent has been provided by the parent/carer.
Videos may be taken of lessons to support staff development; these may be seen by other teachers in school for staff training.
Where video or sound recording is required as part of an exam course for moderation purposes, such as drama, dance, music and PE, consent is not required other than opting to choose to study the course.
Parents / carers are welcome to take videos and photos of their children at school events for their own personal use. However, to respect everyone’s privacy rights and in some cases protection, these images must not be published or made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers comment on any activities involving other students in the images / footage. Websites and social media can be viewed throughout the world, not just in the United Kingdom, where UK law applies. When images are posted on the internet, it is not possible to prevent others from reposting them.
Futura Schools use third party school photographers. These third parties come into school to take pictures of students (and their siblings) and pass the images back to the school. Proofs are distributed to parents/carers by the school. Parents/carers wishing to purchase images, do so by direct payment to the photographer. Schools are able to provide information on the specific photographer used in each school and direct parents/carers to their photographer’s own data protection policy.
Additional and specific consent for use by external agencies/companies may be sought.
For further information about how students’ personal information is collected and managed, please refer to the privacy notice on the trust website.
Parents provide consent for publication of their child’s image through the Parental Consents section of the My Child At School parent portal, or by contacting the school. Parental consent falls into two broad categories: School News/Events and Promotional Material.
Parental consent - school news and events
By consenting to ‘School News and Events’, parents/carers give consent to the following:
Parental consent - promotional material
By consenting to ‘promotional material’, parents/carers give consent to the following:
Parents/carers can withdraw consent at any time either through the Bromcom MCAS account or by contacting the school.
Severe weather conditions
Severe weather conditions before departure for school (if for example, there is a heavy fall of snow during the night, the following arrangements will apply)
Severe or deteriorating weather conditions during the school day
With our students’ safety in mind we shall keep a constant check on road condition reports and weather forecasts. If conditions worsen during the day or if bus operators advise on an early departure, it would normally be our policy:
It is absolutely essential that you give your child clear instructions now for use in this kind of emergency. Make sure they have up-to-date telephone numbers and that they know how to contact you or some other responsible person. Ensure, also, that your child can get into the house in your absence.