Information for Parents
The school canteen will be closed at Break Time on the following dates:
Friday 5th May Thursday 11th May Friday 12th May
The school will have early lunches at 12.05pm to 12.45pm on the following dates:
Wednesday 10th May Thursday 11th May
Our 2016-2017 School Prospectus can be downloaded by clicking here
Our school offers Supported Study Classes for pupils. The schedule for 2016-2017 is here.
Many teachers also offer additional lunch-time sessions, if they are able, by request.
Subject Option Information is provided to S3 Pupils and upwards in February 2017 for the following year 2017-2018. This is the option forms that have been issued to pupils this year.
What age do I have to be? EMAs are available to eligible 16-19 year olds.
You cannot get an EMA until you have reached your school leaving age.
If you reach your 20th birthday whilst receiving an EMA, payments will stop from the week after your 20th birthday.
EMAs can be paid for up to 3 years and up to 4 years for students with additional support needs.
EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 per week payable during term time.
To be eligible, your family household income must be less than:
£24,421- for households with 1 dependent child
£26,884 – for households with 2 or more dependent children
You must have a current signed learning agreement and you must adhere to the conditions of the learning agreement.
A new learning agreement has to be completed each academic year, and if you don't comply with your learning agreement, the allowance could be taken away. Please see the Terms & Conditions
Useful Information from regarding use of mobile phones
Thousands of kids got their first smartphone this Christmas. Our idea is to teach them safe camera-behaviour early. When children are older they are then more likely to STOP-&-THINK before sharing an unsafe image.
Our app SelfieCop can be of extra help for kids who need additional support.
It encourages them to think-twice before taking or sharing risky photos.
Download for free at www.selfiecop.com
The app works in 2 ways:
1- Automatic anti-sexting alerts appear every time the child's camera is activated.
2- Parents can be sent a copy of the child's photos & videos to check them for safety.
The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – 120 Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids
Protecting your children online can seem like a daunting task. There always seem to be threats from new angles cropping up in the news. Children these days are more attached to the internet than ever from an earlier age. There are a number of useful tools that can help you protect your child on your home computers and devices, but you should also teach your child internet safety to protect them when they are away from home. Protect Your Kids Link
A new website for parents and carers is now live at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents The new site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.
You can visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
You can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.
Cybercrime: Preventing young people from getting involve
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.
The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents' knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.
For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign, visit www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/765-campaign-targets-uk-s-youngest-cyber-criminals
For advice from the NCA on how to help young people avoid the risks of getting involved in cybercrime, and how to work with parents and carers on this issue visit: www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyber-crime-preventing-young-people-from-getting-involved