Highdown School Equality Statement
Highdown School believes that all students should achieve their potential in all subject areas. We aim to close the achievement gap across all subjects and for all students. This year our particular focus is to improve the achievement of our middle ability students and to further close the gap for our students in receipt of Pupil Premium.
Highdown School uses the Reading Borough Admissions Service for its admissions. Please read the Admissions Policy below for further information.
As required by new government legislation, Reading Borough Council are required to inform parents of any school within a reasonable distance of the child’s current school which holds a routine admission round for other year groups other than year 7. UTC Reading is considered as within a reasonable distance of your child’s current school and the application process for a place in Year 10 in September 2017 is underway.
More information about the school and how to apply can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/schooladmissions in the secondary schools admissions guide. This information has been sent due to a requirement to inform parents of this process and does not take into account any details about your child, such as academic performance or suitability for the school. Informing you of this admissions round does not impact on your right to remain at your current school or complete an in year transfer to another school.
Admissions Appeal Procedure
Appeals should be sent to:
Clerk to the Appeals Panel
Reading Borough Council
Sarah Wilson – Tel: 0118 937 2532 – Email: email@example.com
Amy Bryan – Tel: 0118 937 2368 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or submit an appeal online at www.reading.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Freedom of Information Statement
Highdown complies fully with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and the Information Commissioner’s Office. We process requests as quickly as is practicable.
Data Protection Officer: Satswana Ltd, Pembroke House, St Christopher's Place, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 0NH
Mobile phone devices are brought to school at students’ own risk. Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre does not accept any liability for loss or damage whilst at, or on route to/from, the academy.
Responsible and acceptable use
We expect students to use their mobile phones responsibly and appropriately to support learning at Highdown School. Mobile phones will be confiscated for misuse and will be returned to the Headteacher’s PA’s office for collection at the end of the school day. An after school detention will also be issued. Examples of misuse include: using in a lesson/mentor period/assembly without permission, playing music so others can hear it, taking photographs/videos of others without consent, making threatening calls, sending inappropriate messages to others or about others and/or misuse of social media. If students choose to refuse to hand over their mobile phone when challenged they will spend a day in internal exclusion.
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