Student safety walking to and from school

We have been made aware of two incidents recently where students have been approached by strangers in a car/van at the end of the school day/evening.

Whilst these incidents are rare and we do not wish to alarm our students, there is the need for them to be reminded of how they can ensure their personal safety on their way to and from school, and what to do if they are approached.

Tutors will be speaking to students during registration time about the following ways they can keep themselves safe.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • If you can, make sure that you walk with someone else or with a group of friends.
  • Should you be expecting a lift or bus and this does not arrive, come back in to school so that we can make contact with home for you.
  • Hide your wallet/purse and mobile phone in your pocket or bag. Make sure they’re not visible.
  • Be seen. Try not to use unlit streets and pathways, and isolated bus stops. If other people are around, this can prevent you appearing alone.
  • Be cautious when wearing headphones whilst you listen to music when you’re on your own as you might not hear what’s going on around you.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged, and you have enough credit/data allowance to text or call someone in an emergency.
  • If you go out after school, tell someone where you’re going, and when they can expect you back. Maybe send a text to let them know you got there.
  • Trust your feelings. If you think a place feels or looks unsafe, back away, go to somewhere you feel safe and call someone to meet you, but if you feel you are in danger, ring 999

We would appreciate parents/carers support in speaking to their child/children about this at home.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.


Year 9 and 11 student vaccinations – March 2017

The School Age Immunisation Team will be visiting school in March 2017 to deliver Teenage Booster (Tetanus, Diptheria & Polio) and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations to Year 9 and Year 11 students.   The vaccination date for Year 9 students is Thursday 2 March 2017, and the date for Year 11 students is Thursday 23 March 2017.

Further information and a consent form is being given to Year 9 and 11 students on Monday 9 January 2017 for them to take home to parents/carers.  We would ask parents/carers to read the form carefully, complete this and return it to the School Office as soon as possible and by no later than Friday 13 January 2017.

Please be aware that parents/carers still need to complete the form even if they do not wish their son/daughter to receive these vaccinations.  In addition, please note that failure to return the form will not be taken to mean refusal, and your child may then be immunised after giving their own consent, if deemed competent.

For further information on vaccinations for school-age children, please refer to the NHS Choices website by clicking the link below:

NHS Choices – Vaccination schedule and information

If you have any specific queries, you can contact the School Age Immunisation Team direct on 01283 707170 option 3.

If your son/daughter does not bring the information and consent form home, please contact the School Office on 01773 825281.  Year 9 and 11 students who are away from school on Monday 9 January 2017 will have the information and consent form posted home to their parents/carers.

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These are the only vaccinations scheduled at present.  HPV initial and booster vaccinations for female students (which protects against cervical cancer) will be next on the programme, and are expected to be scheduled at some point during the Summer term.  We will notify students and parents as soon as we have any further information.


School publications – parental permissions

As a school we are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements.  Whether these are in or out of school, we enjoy celebrating our students’ successes by featuring these in school publications and sometimes on our website or in the local press.

One of the most anticipated publications is our twice-yearly School Review, distributed to parents and carers each January and July, which gives us the opportunity to feature stories and photographs of activities and achievements our students have been involved in either as groups or individuals.  Many parents and carers have commented that these provide a valued memento of their child’s time at Belper School.

In order to help ensure that names and images in our publications are used in accordance with your wishes, we are simplifying the way we collect and record parental permissions for this purpose.  A letter is being sent home with students today with further information.  You can read this letter by clicking here.


Term time holidays

To clarify the school’s position in relation to term time holidays:

The school will continue to apply the Government Guidelines for authorising term time holidays. These will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances – please see existing school Attendance Policy for more information.

Where a holiday has not been authorised the school will follow recent guidance from the Local Authority. Upon a student’s return to school, their 12 month attendance figure to that date will be examined. If the student has 94% attendance or less in the previous 12 months then it is quite likely that a fine will be issued.

The school has decided that any external exclusions will not play a part in the overall attendance figure for any student. The school’s Attendance Policy is under review to bring it into line with recent guidance from the Local Authority.
If you wish to apply for leave of absence, a form is available on request from the School Office or alternatively this can be downloaded from the Forms section of the website.