The Academy is focussed on providing the very best climate for learning for our students and wants to ensure they are fully prepared for lessons and that any distractions are eliminated. To support this focus, the decision has been made to implement a new policy to ban the use of mobile phones within the Academy. This is because of the negative effect they can have on student learning, in addition to some safeguarding concerns that have been raised (e.g. not being able to monitor what students are looking at over the 4G network). This decision has not been taken lightly and we have done significant research into the topic to look at some of the issues.
The new policy will not start until after the October half-term 2017 and the Academy understand that it will take some time for students to get used to this. The basic principles of this policy are listed below:-
- Mobile phones (including music players and ipods) should be ‘switched off and stored away’ at all times. Any phone seen or heard will be confiscated, including phones on display in shirt pockets. Headphones should not be visible.
- Phones that are confiscated will be returned to students at the end of the day in the first instance. However, should there be a second occurrence, a call will be made home with a request for a parent/carer to collect the phone on their child’s behalf.
- The restriction is in place at all times whilst students are on the Academy premises (main building & external grounds and building). Phones should be switched off and put away when students arrive at the start of the day and not accessed until after they have left the Academy premises at the end of the day.
- Should students wish to use their phone at the end of the day to contact parents with any concerns, or to arrange to be collected following school-based activities, they should use the main reception area of the Academy or Sports Centre (following a fixture) where phones may be used during this time.
Further information relating to this change in policy will be added to this section of the website in due course.