Year 8 and 9 HPV vaccinations for female students

With effect from September 2015, The School Age Immunisation Service for Derbyshire has been responsible for providing all immunisations for children and young people who are of school age.

In secondary schools, all Year 8 and Year 9 female students will be offered HPV vaccinations, and the Immunisation Service will be visiting school on Wednesday 6 July 2016 to deliver these.

A consent form will be coming home with your daughter on Friday 29 April 2016. You will need to complete and return this form, even if you do not wish your daughter to receive the vaccination.  Forms need to be returned to School Office as soon as possible and by no later than Monday 9 May 2016. 

 We are aware some Year 9 students may already have received the first dose of this vaccination.  If this is the case, please still complete the form to give your consent for the second dose.   The immunisation team has access to vaccination records for all children at school, so will be aware of your daughter’s vaccination history.

Important

As the NHS have arranged for these vaccinations to be delivered in school, these are no longer offered routinely at the GP surgery.

You can view/download the NHS leaflets ‘Your guide to the HPV vaccination’ and ‘Immunisation for Young People’ by clicking the links below.  Paper copies of these are also available on request from the School Office.

Your guide to the HPV vaccination
Immunisations for Young People

If you have any medical queries, please contact the School Age Immunisation Team direct on 01283 707170 and select option 3.


Statement on School Dress Code

At the full Governors meeting on 14 January 2016, the governors held a discussion about school uniform. A number of parents of prospective students of Belper School & Sixth Form Centre, currently with children in Primary School, have requested that the school introduce a more formal school uniform.

The school does have a rigorously enforced dress code that covers items such as offensive tee shirts, revealing clothing and flipflops, but it has never had a uniform that includes more formal outfits such as ties and blazers.  The latest parental survey of the school identifies a high level of satisfaction with the school.

There are many arguments in favour of and against a school uniform and following discussion the governors indicated a willingness to explore the issue of the school dress code but do not feel it is a priority at this time. The school faces a number of challenges in the near future, such as managing a shrinking budget, the need to continue to improve exam results and maintain its Ofsted “Good” rating, ensure a consistency of homework and marking and improving the progress of every student as they move through the school.  Before a significant change to the uniform could be made, all the stake holders would need to be consulted, that is existing parents, staff, students and governors. That consultation could easily distract the school from focusing on the immediate challenges it faces and therefore the governors have decided to defer any further action on the potential introduction of a school uniform until at least September 2017.


School Emergency Closure Procedure

It would be extremely rare for Belper School to have to close on a day when it should be open to students.  However it is possible that for health and safety reasons such as the failure of the power or water supply we would be unable to remain open. Severe weather such as heavy snow could also cause the closure of the school at short notice.

You can view the procedure we follow by clicking the link below:

School Emergency Closure Procedure – Information for Parents/Carers

If you wish to have a paper copy of this procedure, please contact the School Office.

 


School car parking

We would respectfully remind parents, carers and visitors that the car parking spaces directly in front of the Leisure Centre are designated for Belper Leisure Centre users only, and would ask that they refrain from using these spaces.

Car parking is available on the main car park at the front of school and overflow parking is available at the rear of the school via the access road to the right of the Leisure Centre.


Measles, chicken pox and shingles

At any time we may have a number of students who, because of low immunity to disease, are at risk if they are exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles. Please let the School Office know immediately if your child is suspected of having any of these conditions.

Your child is not at any risk whatsoever from this situation. However, the health and well-being of students who are at risk, depends on the co-operation of our parents/carers.