Mobile Phone Policy

We recognise that some parents will want their children to have mobile phones with them in College. If phones are ON SITE they must be OUT OF SITE. Phones should be SWITCHED OFF and kept SECURELY AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BAGS at all times during the college day.

If students are seen using their phones in College, their phones will be confiscated and students will receive a 30 minute after school detention.

Students can collect their phone from their pastoral base. after they have completed the detention. If a student has a phone confiscated three times, then the parent / carer will be asked to collect it. If a phone has been confiscated more than three times then a personalised plan may be agreed with a parent regarding the student’s phone.

If you need to contact your child in case of emergency, you MUST phone the College Office and we will get a message to the student.

Students must NEVER use their phones to arrange with a parent or family member to go home. This MUST be arranged through Pastoral Leaders or the First Aid Officer.

Student roles and responsibilities

· It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.

· The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or carers. It is incumbent upon parents to understand the capabilities of the phone and the potential use/mis‐use of those capabilities.

· Parents/carers should be aware that if their child takes a mobile phone to school it is assumed household insurance will provide the required cover in the event of loss or damage. The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to its use.

· Parents/carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached in a relevant and appropriate way.

Most phones have a camera and a video facility. Students should be aware that it is an extremely serious matter to take photographs or recordings of staff, in lessons or around the College and can involve the police if evidence is found of students engaging in this activity.