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Central to the success of Kirkby College is the three way partnership between students, the school and parents/carers. It is our expectation that our students leave Kirkby College as well rounded learners, able to deal confidently with the challenges of the world around them. We believe that every student should have access to the very best teaching and learning, which includes not just passing examinations, but encompasses a whole range of skills. These skills should equip them for the world of work in the 21st century and to develop a wider understanding of the world around them to become the people they aspire to be.

Research and, indeed, Kirkby College’s own statistics over the last few years prove that positive parental involvement in children’s education from an early age does make a difference to their achievement and provides a range of benefits, including improvement in reading, writing and numeracy, more positive attitudes to learning, better behaviour and ultimately greater progress in school resulting in a higher level of educational qualifications.

Every student has the right to enjoy learning in a safe environment, free from intimidation both in school and in the community. Kirkby College will not tolerate any unkind action or remarks, even if these are not intended to hurt or offend. Students should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying which, in turn, will be dealt with seriously. This protocol includes cyber bullying during school time, which is completely unacceptable, and students found responsible for this will have their mobile phones confiscated and it will be returned to their parents/carers or passed to the police. Students must also ensure that files stored on their mobile phones do not contain violent or degrading pornographic images as the transmission of such material can be a criminal offence. Students must use mobile phones responsibly at all times and they should not be used for making calls, taking photographs or texting during lessons. Inappropriate use of a mobile phone will be challenged.

The responsible use of technology also applies to the use of the internet. By logging onto the Kirkby College computer system, students, parents/carers and staff are agreeing to comply with the Acceptable Use of ICT guidelines which promote internet safety in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy. A useful website to check on this issue is http://www.childnet-int.org

Our expectations for good behaviour are clear and reflected in the school’s Code of Conduct which students themselves helped to produce. Students must behave in a courteous manner and while we make every effort to praise and encourage good behaviour, we are quick to take action or apply sanctions when there are incidents of poor behaviour.

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school regularly, and arrive on time. Kirkby College will continue to raise levels of achievement and participation by maintaining high levels of attendance and punctuality. Regular attendance is viewed as imperative and improvement is achieved by giving clear information on expected levels of attendance to both students and parents/carers, identifying causes of non-attendance and acting upon them, ensuring all staff understand their roles in the monitoring and recording of attendance and through rewarding and target setting. Parents are reminded not to take annual holidays during term time as these will always be unauthorised.

Finally, our primary aim is to ensure the education experience of all our students whilst they are at Kirkby College is enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling.

The school promotes British values and tolerance and diversity.

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We are consulting on an important new proposal for Kirkby College to join a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). Please see our letters page for further information, document called MAT 2017. Thank you