1.1 Adams Academy (AA) is a welcoming school where everyone is valued highly and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment. A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential regardless of disability, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief or gender. We endeavour to promote positive relationships with parents, governors and members of the wider community.
At Adams Academy (AA) we aim to promote equality and tackle any form of discrimination and actively promote harmonious relations in all areas of school life. We seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We take seriously our contribution towards community cohesion.
At Adams Academy (AA) we seek to:
* Eliminate Discrimination.
* Advance Equality of Opportunity.
* Foster Good Relations.
1.2 The Registrar and Head of Admissions are responsible for managing enquiries and the administration of admissions up to the point of school entry. The headteacher is responsible for interviewing parents and prospective pupils and ensuring that the school can meet the child’s needs. This may include an entrance assessment depending upon the age of the child.
2. Criteria for Admission:
* The school’s ability to meet the needs of the pupil.
* An available space in the appropriate age group. Pupils should not be admitted into a year group outside of their age group unless there are exceptional circumstances.
* Pupils from outside the EU meet immigration requirements.
3. Process for Admission:
If there is available space, the parents/guardians/child are invited to visit the school. Arrangements for the child to be assessed in order to judge whether the school can meet his/her needs may be made at the same time.
Parents must register the child prior to assessment (this does not confirm a place). Registration includes the payment of a non-refundable administration fee. After assessment the school may offer a place verbally and in writing to the parents.
Parents must carefully read the current Terms and Conditions prior to signing the acceptance/enrollment/application form and pay the fees to secure the place.
The school’s registrar must also sign the form of acceptance/enrollment.
Once parents have signed the Terms and Conditions (enrollment), it becomes binding and a date of entry is agreed and confirmed in writing with the parents/guardians. Parents/guardians also receive written information about the school, term dates and the induction procedure. If the parents are separated a copy must be sent to both parents.
If there is not a space available, the pupil will be placed upon a waiting list. Priority will be given to pupils who have a sibling attending the school(discount may aplicable for a sibling). Priority is also given to the children of staff but this is not guaranteed. Consideration may also be given to maintaining a gender balance.
4. Student Conduct Collapse:
4.1 Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which demonstrates respect for the School and its staff, fellow students and property (whether tangible or intangible), and in adherence to the Student Code of Conduct, as contained in the Student Handbook for their particular programme of study.
4.2 Breaches of the Student Code of Conduct and individual programme regulations can amount to gross misconduct, and can lead to expulsion from study, and forfeiture of all fees.
4.3 The School reserves the right to dismiss any student at any time for non-payment of fees or lack of attendance. No fees will be refunded to any student dismissed under this section.
5. As an Academy we aim to:
* Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 95%
* Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance As a school our intention is to ensure every pupil benefits from good attendance.
Good attendance is important because :
- Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance.
- Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically* Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with.* Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
6. Parents will be advised to:
6.1 Ring on the first morning of all absences with the reason and saying when the child will return.
6.2 Send in a note explaining the reason for absence on your child’s return to school after an illness.
6.3 Keep us updated by telephone or letter if your child has an extended period of absence due to illness.
7. All staff have a duty to promote good attendance. As a school we will :
7.1 Follow up unexplained absences by phone call and letters as soon as possible.
7.2 Remind parents of the importance of regular attendance and punctuality in newsletters, the school brochure and the Home School agreement.
7.3 Discuss pupils’ punctuality/performance during the twice yearly Parent Consultation appointments/meetings.
7.4 Inform parents about the high priority we place on attendance during Parent Information Evenings.
8. Lunch Time Monitoring:
Our staff moniter and support children at lunchtime.
Duties may include:
8.1 Sitting with very young children helping them to manage their food, collect and clear their plates.
8.2 Escorting younger children to the playground.
8.3 Engaging children in purposeful play.
8.4 Ensuring that children are moving safely and are in the correct part of the school.
9. PROMOTING GOOD BEHAVIOUR:
All members of the school community should be aware of the importance of encouraging appropriate behaviour in school and of the many ways this can be achieved.
10. REINFORCING GOOD BEHAVIOUR:
All staff are asked to emphasise an ethos of good positive behaviour rather than reprimand and punishment. Staff should consciously praise and reward many more times than they employ sanctions. Constant criticism should be avoided. Research has shown that an emphasis on praise and reward has a direct effect on the minimisation of unwanted behaviour and an improvement in wanted behaviour. Staff are asked to share any other ideas which have worked for them.