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Important Information for Parents

The following important information is also contained in the Parent Handbook.  

Passports

The Student Passport is a vital piece of communication for students, teachers and parents. The Passport is not just a record of homework but a crucial link between home and school. Passports should be brought into school everyday and these should be signed by class teachers and parents at least once per week. Please take some time to look through your child’s Passport with them.

Communication with Secondary Passports

Student Passports are the key organisational tool for students to keep track of their homework and assessments in Secondary. They are also used for the first line of communication with home, be it for uniform issues, to praise the student; the Passport should be used in the first instance, if appropriate.

Passports will be checked at least once a week by the tutor to check that parents have been signing the Passport, the homework is being written in with the correct date and that any parental communications are picked up on.

Passports should be used to inform tutors of any student absences, but the students must also provide the correct medical certificate for any absences.

Tutors and teachers will use the Passport to send notes home about a student’s behaviour, positive or negative. It is imperative that parents check the Passport regularly.

Student Passports in Primary

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 and 2, Student Passports should be used for communication between home and school. If there is any information that we need to know about e.g. if your child has a dentist appointment or is not wearing the correct shoes today for whatever reason; this should be communicated in the passport. If any parent requests a meeting with a teacher, or a teacher wants to inform a parent about a missed homework, a behavioural issue or a positive message, these will also be recorded in the passport. The Key Stage 1 Passport is set out like a record diary, where each message can be written in with the date and the reply is written directly below.  The EYFS and Key Stage 1 passport is slightly different to the passport used from Key Stage 2 and up.

In Key Stage 2 Student passports should be used to begin to emphasise the importance of organisation to students. Students are required to keep note of the homework they are issued in their passport along with the details about their timetable and their ECA activities. In the same manner as Key Stage 1, these passports are also the first line of communication between parents and school.

In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Passports are checked at least once per week by class teachers. We expect that students’ Passports are signed weekly at home by one parent to show that parents are aware of any homework or messages.

Please be aware, the passport can be used to inform school about student absence due to illness. The correct medical certificate should still also be provided.      

Birthday Parties

BSU believes that every child should celebrate their birthday with their friends; however BSU has certain rules that must be followed if you wish your child to have a party at school.

  1. At least 72 hours notice must be given to the school

  1. The party can only happen at lunch times or break time, not during teaching and learning time unless agreed with the teacher

  1. The parent must tell reception or the class teacher what the food contains - we may have children with allergies

  1. A single cake, eg a cupcake, is a suitable item. Anything that requires cutting or needs a fork and plate is not allowed

  1. A soft non-fizzy drink in a carton is acceptable

  1. Items such as balloons and party poppers are now allowed

  1. Please do not bring presents for the other children

These rules must be followed if you wish your child to have a party at the school. If you do not follow these rules your child will not be allowed to have the party. Imagine the hurt your child will feel if they have told all their friends they are having a party and they cannot because the simple steps above have not been followed.

Mobile Phones and other electronic devices

The school receptionist will assist in phoning home in any emergency.  Neither cell phones nor pagers are to be brought to school. We ask that parents do not allow their children to bring mobile phones to school. On the rare occasion, we understand the need for a child to bring a phone.  Students should hand their phones to the relevant Coordinators at 8.30am for safe keeping. Should a student be seen using a mobile phone without prior permission, it will be confiscated. If a phone is confiscated more than once it will be returned when a parent comes to collect it.

I-Pads, CDs, laptops, game boys and other valuables are not to be brought to school.

The school and its staff will not be held responsible for the loss or theft of mobile phones and other electronic devices that have not been handed in at the beginning out the day.

Zero Tolerance

BSU has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for certain types of anti-social behaviour. Fighting and bullying are not allowed in school and will not be tolerated. If a child is caught fighting or bullying other students, parents will be contacted.

BSU has a ZERO TOLERANCE  policy on language spoken whilst in school. It is expected that students speak English at all times (except in Mongolian lessons) as this is the language of instruction.

Homework

Homework refers to any work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time. Homework is an integral part of the school experience.  It has a strong positive effect on achievement.  It provides practice, teaches discipline and helps focus family attention on education. It also consolidate and further a student’s understanding. Homework may take many forms: revision, project, essay, exercise, reviewing a book or a TV programme. Some pieces of homework may take 15 minutes, others may be completed over a given time frame.

Students should record all homework in their Passports.