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1. ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS AND DISABILITY

The new school building opened in November 2012 and is fully compliant with DDA requirements. Lifts provide access to all teaching floors and some 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.

2. ATTENDANCE

The school expects all students to attend school regularly and punctually so that they are able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. We encourage all students, and their parents, to recognise the connections between attendance and success/achievement in school and beyond.

The school's Attendance Officer can contacted on:

0207 908 1082 or by email: attendance@hollandparkschool.co.uk

3. BEHAVIOUR

Students are expected to behave impeccably at all times. We have a clear Code of Conduct that is 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.

4. CAREERS

Provision for career's guidance is overseen by Mr Joe Holloway, Deputy Head. Details of our provision can be found in the following two publications.

5. CHARGING POLICY

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.

6. COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

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.

7. COMPLAINTS

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 for schools as set out in the DfE’s School Complaints Procedure.

8. EQUALITIES

The single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) came into effect in April 2011 as a result of the Equality Act 2010. It requires public bodies to promote equality and replaced three pre-existing duties relating to disability, race and gender equality. Paragraph 5.1 of the document explains that the PSED has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
  • foster good relations across all characteristics, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The school is committed to embracing and protecting the following characteristics: race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

9. FOIA

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.

10. FOOD AND HEALTHY EATING

Accent Catering lead and manage the school's food provision for students. They describe themselves as '... a talented bunch who share an enthusiasm for providing the highest possible standards in contract catering. We pay close attention to detail in every aspect of our operation: whether it’s sourcing the freshest ingredients, recruiting and training the best Chefs, or implementing transparent accounting systems, we aim to deliver outstanding food as part of the most complete food service within our industry'. By working alongside Michelin starred Chef Graham Garratt, they develop innovative, seasonal menus carefully prepared by a team of motivated and inspired chefs. Menus rotate on a three weekly basis.

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.

11. HPS TRUST

The Holland Park Trust was established by generous donors, Mr Richard Nelson and Mrs Rogy Nelson. It has gone on to raise significant funds for the school. It aims to provide enrichment and extra-ordinary experiences for young people. It has a number of patrons and is administered by Mr Anthony Howie (BMus).

The Trust has, for example, funded visits to Iceland, to historical places across Europe, to summer school in America and to visits by universities. It contributes to free breakfast for students and pays for a wide range of day visits and theatre excursions.

It also takes an interest in the place of the school in the local community and is an advocate of its excellence with local residents and more widely.

12. 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. Mr Ross Wilson, Deputy Head, is our designated member of staff.

13. SAFEGUARDING

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. Mr Ross Wilson, Deputy Head, is our designated member of staff.

14. UNIFORM

The school has a clear uniform policy. 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 Tuesday and Thursday after school or parents can use their 'click & collect' service on line at: Stevensons

'Click & Collect' enables parents to order uniform on line and if an order is placed by mid-day on a Monday or Wednesday, it can be collected from the uniform shop the next day.