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School Policies

We have a large number of school policies which help to inform our good practice and ensure quality of learning. To view any of our policies, please click on the links below. Paper copies of any of these policies can be provided free of charge. Please contact the school if you require a paper copy.

Admissions

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 provides advice on the admission procedures of children with special educational needs, and the Admissions Code of Practice informs admission arrangements.

Click here to read the school’s Admissions Policy:

Behaviour

At St Nicholas School we promote positive behaviour in a climate where pupils can access the curriculum, achieve success, enjoy learning and participate in activities. Behaviour and learning are seen as interdependent and not separate. As a school we aim to provide a secure, enjoyable learning environment where expectations are clear and conflict is minimised so that everyone’s self-esteem is enhanced.

Click here to read the school’s Behaviour Policy:

Complaints procedure

We endeavour to provide the best education possible for all of our pupils in an open and transparent environment. We welcome any feedback that we receive from parents, pupils and third parties, and we accept that not all of this will be positive.

Where concerns are raised the school intends for these to be dealt with:

  • Fairly
  • Openly
  • Promptly
  • Without Prejudice

In order to do so, the governing board has approved the following procedure which explains what you should do if you have any concerns about the school. All members of staff will be familiar with the procedure and will be able to assist you.

Click here to read the school’s Complaints Procedure:

Data protection and freedom of information

St Nicholas School collects and uses personal information about staff, pupils, parents and other individuals who come into contact with the school. This information is gathered in order to enable it to provide education and other associated functions. In addition, there may be a legal requirement to collect and use information to ensure that the school complies with its statutory obligations.

The school’s policy is intended to ensure that personal information and requests for access are dealt with correctly and securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and other related legislation. It will apply to information regardless of the way it is collected, used, recorded, stored and destroyed, and irrespective of whether it is held in paper files or electronically.

Personal Information or data is defined as data that relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data, or other information held.

Click here to read the school’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information Policy and Procedure:

E-safety

This policy relates to St Nicholas School’s Internet facility.  The purpose of the policy is to protect children from undesirable materials on the Internet, to protect them from undesirable contacts over the Internet and to prevent unacceptable use of the Internet by children and adults.  The focus of the policy is on both personal and shared responsibility.  The policy also addresses legal obligations with respect to copyright and data protection.

Click here to read the school’s E-safety Policy:

Exclusion Policy

A decision to exclude a pupil, either for a fixed period or permanently is seen as a last resort by the Governing Body of St Nicholas School - while always bearing in mind our duty of care to pupils and staff.

The school is responsible for communicating to pupils, parents and staff its expectations of standards of conduct. A range of policies and procedures are in place to promote good behaviour and appropriate conduct. The school will take account of any special educational needs when considering whether or not to exclude a pupil.

The Head Teacher will ensure that reasonable steps have been taken by the school to respond to a pupil’s disability so the pupil is not treated less favourably for reasons related to the disability.

Click here to read the school’s Exclusion Policy:

Safeguarding

The Leadership Team, Governors and staff of St Nicholas School recognise their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people within the School, many of whom are deemed particularly vulnerable. All staff and any other adults supporting the work of the School are expected to do everything they can to protect the children and young people from harm and to make the learning environment safe. All adults work with children and young people in a caring and positive way and seek to help them develop socially, physically and morally.

Adults working with children and young people are in a unique position to identify any welfare concerns and must take action to address them, where appropriate in partnership with other organisations.

All adults working within the School are expected to be open to the possibility that a child or young person in their care may be a victim of abuse and to act quickly.

The school will ensure there is a designated senior member of staff who has undertaken the appropriate safeguarding training.

Click here to read the school’s Safeguarding Policy:

Equalities

St Nicholas School is totally committed to adhering to the legal framework and guiding principles of the Equalities Act 2010. 

  • all learner are of equal value
  • we recognise and respect difference
  • we foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
  • we observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development
  • we aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist
  • we consult and involve widely
  • society as a whole should benefit
  • we base our principles on sound evidence and information
  • we work towards smart equalities objectives

Click here to read the school's Equalities Policy:

Whistleblowing Policy

Click here to read the school's Whistleblowing Policy:

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