SCHOOL POLICIES

2012-2013

INTRODUCTION

Unity High School is an independent, co-educational and multi-racial school which serves the needs of both the Sudanese and Expatriate families in Khartoum. The school curriculum is the English National Curriculum plus Arabic and Religion (either Christian or Islam).

External UK examination are held as follows :

Year 2                         SAT                 (UK EDUCATION AUTHORITY QCA)

Year 6                         SAT                 (UK EDUCATION AUTHORITY QCA)

Year 11                       IGCSE                        (CAMBRIDGE)

Year 12                       AS                   (CAMBRIDGE)

Year 13                       A LEVEL       (CAMBRIDGE)

ASSESSMENT

Children’s work will be continually assessed and school examinations will be held in December and May. Internal assessment, if missed through illness, arrangement must be made immediately with the teacher after return to school provided the school has been informed at time of absence. Students communicating in any way during examinations will have their examination cancelled. Any student found with mobile phone during an examination will have his/her examination cancelled.

NOTE : NO STUDENT CAN TAKE AN EXAMINATION AT ANY TIME OTHER THAN THE TIME SCHEDULED. Please do not ask for your child to sit examinations early or when you return from holiday as this will not be possible. This is the policy of all International Examination Boards and one that Unity has adopted to ensure the security of examinations and hence fairness for all. As the external examination board is based in the UK, we have to adhere rigorously to the examination times and days stipulated by the board. In practice this means examinations sometimes being schedule at times later than school is usually in session and on Fridays.

APPOINTMENTS

If at any time you are concerned about your child’s academic progress or behaviour then please contact the school. Make an appointment to see the class teacher or form tutor, the year or departmental head, the head of section or the Principal. Matters of urgency will be dealth with immediately and appointment for less urgent matters will be made within 3 days. If at any time teachers are concerned about your child for any reason you will be contacted and may be requested to come to school. If you wish to meet with a teacher please make an appointment through the relevant office. Please do not try to discuss your child’s progress at the beginning or end of the day when you drop/collect your child, as the teachers are on duty at the time and are responsible for the well-being of the students. Please do not call or e-mail teachers directly out of school hours.

HOMEWORK

Homework is an essential aspect of study at Unity High School. Homework offers children the chance to develop and reflect on ideas, and to ensure assessed work in completed to the best of the child’s ability. Homework will be given on a daily basis according to a published homework schedule. The child should complete his or her student planner each day so the amount and nature of homework may be monitored. These planners need to be signed by parents weekly. There is also a section for teachers and parents to communicate with each other through the planner. It is essential that students keep their planners with them at all times.

The usual amount of homework required in the various parts of the school is given below. In the Primary section, children should be reading every night for at least ½ an hour.

Reception                                Twice a week

Year 1 and 2                           Three times a week

Year 3 and 4                           ¾ hour per night

Year 5 and 6                           1 hour per night

Year 7 to 9                              1 ½ hours per night

Year 10 to 12                          Not less than 2 hours per nigh, but more will usually be required.

It cannot be accepted that students fail to submit assessments or homework due to the failure of ICT equipment.

Students are expected to complete homework. However, if homework is not completed or submitted students may be subject to a one hour detention and/or caution. If this becomes persistent a target sheet will be issued and a follow up meeting with parents will be arranged, in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

ABSENCE AND LATENESS

Regular Attendance at school is essential if any child is to experience a comprehensive educational experience.

Pupil absence from school

Only the school may authorize the absence from school of a child. Parents may request authorization for absences, whether they be for sickness, family reason or anything else, but the school reserves the right to identify the absences as “an-authorized” should it feel the reason proffered is not valid. All unavoidable absences must be advised to the school as soon as practicable on the day the child is absent. Except in the case of serious illness or injury, if a period of absence lasts more than one day, parents must contact the school on every day of absence. If notification has been made verbally, it must be supported by a note from the parent, explaining the absence, sent with the child on the day she/he return to school. For absences that are anticipated, advance warning in writing must be given to the school as early as possible with an explanation.

Absence from school for avoidable reason is discouraged as it can be detrimental to the learning of the individual child. Holiday should only be taken when school is not in session. Routine and ongoing medical, dental and other treatments should be booked on days when school is not in session, or well outside school hours. It is unlikely authorization will be given for absence in normal circumstances. The school is under no obligation to support children in catching up with work that has been missed due to avoidable reasons.

An attendance record of below 92% is normally unacceptable.

Absence for between half an hour and three hours in any day will be registered as full day’s absence. Children failing below the minimum requirements, or who have meet the minimum requirements but who have repeated patterns of un-authorized absence, run the risk of not being offered places for the following academic year.

Lateness

Lateness to school disrupts the learning of the individual child and of other children. It makes for an unsettling start to the day. Children should be in school by 7.45 AM each day, so they can be in place ready to start the day’s work at 7.50 AM. The Class/Form Teacher monitors the attendance. Latecomers must register at the appropriate office for before going to class. Arrival after 08.20 AM any day will be counted as half day’s absence for the purpose of calculating and before the school can consider whether it may be registered as an authorized absence. After 4 late arrivals, parents will be informed by letter, that on the fifth late their child will receive a one hour detention after school. The detention will run from 02.00 PM to 03.00 PM and students will work under supervision. Persistent lateness is to be considered in the same light as persistent absence. Children who do not regularly arrive on time to school may not be offered places for future sessions.

BREAK TIME AND END OF THE DAY

Children are not allowed inside the School buildings during break-times or to eat inside except when given permission to do so. Access to the library is governed by the library policy, a copy of which is available form the relevant librarian on request. Secondary School Library access during breaks is gender segregated.

Children may only leave the school grounds as soon as their driver/parent arrives. For safety and security reasons, and for ease of collection, children who have not been collected immediately may not gather in the school grounds to chat or play. Pupils waiting to go home may not play ball games. Rooms have been designated in which children must wait until they have been collected.

When children leave they cannot come back into the school grounds. All children should have left the school grounds by 02.10 PM unless involved in an activity.

Children must be correctly dressed in full daily uniform, they are not permitted to leave the school in sports KIT whether or not they have had a sports activity.

Parents/Drivers collecting students must carry the school’s ID Card.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Boys :  Black trousers/short with white shirt. Shirt must be worn tucked into the trousers.

A School badge should be on the left pocket.

Girls :  Year 3-5 Pale blue tunic and trousers or blue dress as supplied from the Primary office.

Year 6 Pale blue tunic and trousers. Tunics should be just above the knee in length.

Secondary School : Blue skirt (calf or ankle length) or blue trousers. White shirt with badge on the left pocket, or sewn onto the hijab where this is worn.

White or black hijab (if desired)

No make up or nail varnish

Jewellery – Watch, one pair of stud earings and a necklace of a religious nature tucked into the shirt are the only items allowed.

Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) :

Girls : Pleated Grey Skirt with Red chequered Shirt

Boys : Bermuda Grey Trousers with Blue chequered Shirt

Nursery

Girls : G1 Tunics with light blue color on top and dark blue on bottom with leggings and pant and white shirt underneath.

G2 Tunics with light red colour on top and dark red on bottom with leggings and pant and white shirt underneath.

Boys :  G1 Striped Blue overall with White Shirt

            G2 Plain Blue overall with White Shirt

Footwear for all : Black shoes or sandals with closed toe and heel, worn with socks. Plain trainers are allowed, but no bright colours or patterns are permitted.

Sport Kit must be worn for all games/ sport lessons.

            Boys : House T-Shirt and shorts

            Girls : House T-Shirt and track suit bottoms.

Membership of a house is part of the way in which team-building and co-operation supported. Therefore only house sport are permitted. Shirts that are the same colours as the house shirt, but that are not house shirts are not permitted.

All students are expected to wear the approved, correct school uniform on every school day. The School badge is an integral part of this. If for any reason students cannot wear the uniform on a particular day, a note from a parent giving reasons must be provided so the school may consider the situation.

Please Note :

  • Students who fail to come in correct uniform will be sent to the uniform officer to purchase the appropriate piece of clothing or sent home to change.
  • Students are not permitted to wear denim/jeans in any form at any time. Students will be sent home to change or placed in isolation until proper uniform is delivered.
  • Girls should wear loose fitted clothing especially trousers.
  • No coloured, patterned or obviously designed T-Shirt may be visible underneath school shirt.
  • Jewellery : students are only allowed to wear a watch and a necklace or religious significance provided it is inside the shirt. Girls are permitted to wear one earring in each ear. The earring may only be either a stud or a very small close fitting hoop.
  • Girls are not permitted to wear any form of make-up
  • Haircut : boy’s hair must be short. No design cut into the hair. No Mohicans.

 

EQUIPMENT

Every child is responsible for bringing the correct equipment to school every day. This includes, for every child, pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, dictionary and student planner. For Secondary section students, this further includes calculator, protractor, set square and compasses.

All students have their own text books and should come to school with them as they will not be allowed to share with others students.

Lockers are available and students may request a locker but will be asked to provide their own lock. Combination locks are secure and are recommended.

No electronics equipments may be brought to school (mobile telephones, I-Pods, MP3 players, tablets, laptops, cameras). They are a distraction from the work of the school, and the school cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to any such items.

Mobile Phones are not allowed at any time and will be confiscated until collected by parents at an arrange time.

Health Policy

Unity High School encourage the healthy lifestyle in all stakeholders.In support of this, we do not allow children to bring the following or similar drinks and foodstuffs to school :

  • Fizzy drinks of any kind
  • Chocolate
  • Sweet/candy/Chewing gums
  • Crisps/potato chips
  • Cake, including birthday cake

Smoking is not allowed on any part of the campus. Children found to be smoking while in school uniform or while in the school’s guardianship will be treated as if they had been smoking on the school premises.

Chewing gum is also not allowed in school.

 

PROGRESSION POLICY

ACADEMIC

  1. Progression from Reception though Year 1 and onto Year 2 will be automatic.
  2. Progression from year 2 to 3 is dependent on students reaching Level in the UK SATs in Numeracy and in the UK SATs in Reading and Writing.
  3. Progression through year 3 to 6 is automatic.
  4. Progression from year 6 to 7 is dependent on students reaching Level 3 in the UK SATs in Math and English.
  5. Parents of students who may be at risk of not achieving the required standard will be informed throughout the year of their child’s progress.
  6. Progression from year 7 to 9 is automatic
  7. Progression from year 9 to 10 is dependent on reaching level 5 in SATs Math and English and passing school examinations. Students may be asked to take re-sit Examination if there is doubt over their capability to deal with the demands of the IGCSE programmed.

Students at risk may also be instructed to select different subjects.

Parents will be informed if the school feels at any time that their child is at risk of failing.

  1. Progression from Year       10 to 11 is dependent on performance. Students may be asked to re-sit examinations, in August, in subjects they have failed. They may not change option at this stage.

BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES

  1. Students with behavioural problems will be identified and parents informed.
  2. Those students will be targeted and/or place on probation
  3. An agreed review period will be made with parents. This could be anything from weekly to half-termly review on the nature of the problem.
  4. Students continuing with these behavioural problems will go through due process which is internal suspension/external suspension followed by Green Card, leading to Orange Card and Red Card and eventual expulsion from the school.
  5. All students failing probation will be informed at intervals both personally and by letter signed by the school Director.
  6. The school retains the right to expel students for serious behavioural problems (drugs, possession of weapons, violence, etc) without prior notice.
  7. No student expelled from the school will be allowed to repeat a year or return to the school at later date.
  8. The expulsion of students will be on the agreement of the full Management team and there will be no right of appeal.
  9. No student may bring to school any weapons. Please note the following statement from the school discipline policy. “In the case of student possessing any illegal substance (perceived or otherwise), offensive weapon or such alike then the school will adhere to guidelines set out by the Minister of Education and an automatic expulsion will follow therefore bypassing all other system.

REPORTING POLICY

Progress Reports

There will be a progress report in October with indication of achievement, behaviour and effort to date.

Year 2, 6, 11, 12 and 13 will received report on the trial Examinations in March.

End of Term Reports

Autumn Term           : This will be the examination and assessment result from August   to December

Summer Term           : This will be include examination grades/ levels and/or percentages.

Parents will collect reports from School

No examination result may be given verbally to students.

Report and result can only be issued to parents when all due fees have been discharge and all school materials, including library books, have been accounted for.

Parents Evenings

August            : Primary parents will be invited to meet their new teacher. Parents of Year 7 students and new students to Secondary will be invited to meet with teachers and learn more about school procedures.

October          : There will be parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress and report.

January          : There will be parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress and report.

February        : There will be meeting for Year 9 Students and their parents to discuss options.

March             : There will be meeting for Year 2 and Year 6 parents to discuss SATS and assessment. There will be also a meeting for Year 11 students and their parents to review the Mock Examination result.

 


 

 

 

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