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The school's Attendance Officer is Elena Brilliant. She can contacted on:
0207 908 1082 or by email:
Students are expected to behave impeccably at all times. We have a clear Code of Conduct, detailed for students in their Student Planner. All students and parents sign an agreement with the school pre-admission that outlines the school's expectations and parents' responsibilities in relation to these.
The Governing Body of Holland Park School recognises the valuable contribution that a wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make toward education. The school's charging policy provides guidance on when the school may make a charge for such activities.
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP / RE
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops students' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
The school holds an assembly every morning. These provide all students, regardless of faith, an opportunity to reflect and consider a wide range of spiritual, moral, cultural and social issues.
The school seeks to resolve all concerns fairly and efficiently through informal dialogue. However we recognise that sometimes a more formal approach is both needed and helpful. When such instances arise we aim to operate an effective and efficient process which is fair to students and their parents and which ensures that formal complaints are dealt with in accordance with the key guidelines set out in the DFE’s School Complaints Procedure.
The new school building opened in November 2012 and is fully compliant with DDA requirements. Lifts provide access to all teaching floors and teaching rooms are equipped with height adjustable desks and specialist equipment. The swimming pool is equipped with a pool hoist. Such equipment allows access to learning for most learners regardless of physical ability.
Applications from students with disabilities are assessed on an individual basis and in conjunction with the family and the Royal Borough.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
The Freedom of Information Act (2000) received Royal Assent in November 2000 and came fully into force in January 2005. The Freedom of Information Act provides for a general right of access to information held by public authorities. A requirement of the Freedom of Information Act is to adopt, maintain and review a Publication Scheme.
The Publication Scheme sets out what information the local authority publishes or intends to publish as a matter of course, how this information will be published, and whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.
The Publication Scheme is intended to promote an increasing culture of openness by encouraging the proactive publication of material held by the authority. The purpose of the Scheme is to make sure that a significant and growing amount of information is easily available without the need for individuals to make a specific request.
HOLLAND PARK TRUST
The school is generously supported by the Trust. A registered charity, it supports the academic achievements of all students.
Full details can be found at: www.hpstrust.co.uk
The school encourages students to live healthy lifestyles, not least through the type of food products available from the school canteen. We do not permit students to eat crisps or consume fizzy drinks. In accordance with our secular ethos daily dishes comply with no particular religious diet, though both Halal and non-Halal meat dishes are served. When our healthy menus are combined with our students' sterling work for Sport Relief, parents will appreciate that our focus is very much on health and fitness.
LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN
The term includes all children being looked after by the local authority (LA); those subject to a care order under section 31 of the Children Act 1989; and those looked after on a voluntary basis through an agreement with their parents under section 20 of that Act. Many looked-after children have suffered disrupted learning and may have missed extended periods of school.
The gaps in their learning, and in many cases the emotional impact of their experiences, are likely to have become significant barriers to their progress. The complexity of this fragmented educational experience means that careful assessment and planning is required. Excellent practice in supporting looked-after children already exists in our school. Ms Di Donaldson, Director of Student Needs is our designated member of staff; her role includes overseeing provision for this group of learners.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of a wider safeguarding system for children.
The school is committed to supporting students with Statements of Special Educational Need. We work to ensure that that every child with identified SEN reaches their full potential in school.
The school's SENCO is Mr Joe Holloway.
The school has a clear uniform policy and all students are expected to follow this at all times and take a pride in their appearance. Our Uniform is of high quality and is supplied by Stevensons. It is available from the school shop every Thursday after school or you can use their 'click & collect' service on line at: http://www.stevensons.co.uk/School/HollandParkSchoolLondon/Browse.
'Click & Collect' enables you to order uniform on line and if you order by mid-day on Wednesday, you can collect your items from the uniform shop the next day.