The King Alfred School endeavours to keep rules and restrictions to the minimum necessary. A number of written policies are in place to underpin the school’s ethos, to set out how various functions are carried out and in order to comply with statutory requirements.
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Anyone wishing further information on the school’s policies, or a hard copy, is invited to contact the Bursary. Contact details can be found on the Staff List page.
Computers and associated technology are provided in order to support students’ education and the management of the school. Whilst being flexible in order to optimise the use of the equipment there are some restrictions to prevent abuse and damage. The policy sets out, in particular, how internet access and email may be used and what should not be done, so as to control the possibility of harm to the user or others. Issues of copyright and plagiarism are covered.
The King Alfred School aspires to be sensitive to the needs of every child, reducing barriers to learning and making the curriculum accessible to every student. Reasonable adjustments to physical and other arrangements of the school are considered where necessary, taking into account the nature of any impairment, pupil and parent views and advice from teachers and other professionals. Prospective parents are asked to inform the school of any disabilities or additional needs their children may have when registering. Continuing communication between parents and staff is vital to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be considered where necessary, whether impairments were apparent when the student entered the school or developed at a later stage.
The admissions policy is designed to achieve a successful fit between the school and its pupils. We seek to maintain the character of the school by maintaining a reasonable spread of ability. The main point of entry is into the Reception Class. Other regular points of entry are Years 7 and 12, with occasional vacancies arising in other year groups. The admissions procedure includes registration with the Admissions Office, a meeting with parents and a visit or visits to the school by the prospective pupil. The Registrar will be happy to answer any queries and to give prospective parents and initial tour of the school.
The King Alfred School promotes values of respect and equality, striving to enable students to become responsible citizens. It aims to provide a safe and secure learning environment. Bullying, in any form, is unacceptable. This policy identifies types of bullying and sets out the procedures, sanctions, reporting and monitoring that the school adopts to prevent and address it. In the event of a bullying incident the school treats any child involved as an individual.
Regular attendance is important for a number of reasons, including a student’s academic progress, social experience and sense of being part of the KAS community. The school recognises that there may sometimes be difficulties due, for example, to medical, social or emotional factors. It is a parental responsibility to ensure that a child attends school and KAS will seek to collaborate with parents to ensure regular attendance throughout the school day.
One of the principal aims of our educational approach is to enable students to understand and take responsibility for their actions and to contribute to their own personal development and that of the school. We keep day to day rules to a minimum. Those we have are there to ensure that The King Alfred School remains a safe environment where learning can take place. The core concept of the behavioural policy is that everyone should feel safe and valued in the community. Every student and member of staff has a set of rights. These come with responsibilities to ensure that the rights of others are not infringed. They are encapsulated in the Mutual Respect Document, which has been written by and is reviewed and updated by students. Sanctions may be applied as a consequence of undesirable behaviour, with each case being considered on its merits to ensure that any sanction is appropriate and proportionate.
The policy deals with bullying behaviour which, in whatever form, conflicts with our principles and is unacceptable. Students are encouraged to talk to appropriate people about any difficulties and the school acts on each situation with understanding and fairness. We are committed to informing students about information technology to equip them with the knowledge, skills and awareness of risks needed to enable them to use it safely and responsibly. The school informs students about cyber-bullying and takes steps to prevent it and to respond to any incidents that might occur.
The King Alfred School offers means tested financial support in order to make the benefit of its education more accessible to all children. Bursaries are available to assist students entering Years 7 and 12, where a place has been offered in accordance with the school’s admissions policy, but parents / guardians are unable to fund the full fees. Awards will normally be offered until the student leaves the school, but are subject to annual repeat means testing. Prospective parents are invited to contact the Registrar or Bursar if they wish to discuss the possibility of bursary support.
The school always wishes to work in close co-operation with parents and to resolve any concerns that may arise quickly and informally. With that in mind, any issues should initially be discussed with the relevant member of staff.
Should it not be possible to resolve a problem satisfactorily in this way, parents are asked to discuss the issue first with school management. If necessary, after that, there is provision for parents to make a formal complaint. The Complaints Procedure sets out the detail of the process, including the making and consideration of any complaints.
Please contact the Bursar if you have any questions about the complaints procedure or if you would like information about the number of complaints registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year.
Complaints about the Early Years Foundation Stage may be raised with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate or OFSTED.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate requires schools to publish the number of formal complaints in the preceding school year. A formal complaint is that which is raised formally with the Head and registered under stage 2 of the school’s complaints procedure as documented in the School’s Complaints policy.
The school does not tolerate illegal drugs and substances on its site. We aim to educate all pupils about drug use and abuse in a manner which is suited to their age and experience. This includes provision of an ethical framework which supports PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and educates students to comply with the law. The policy sets out a framework for achievement of these aims support for students and action to be taken in the event of a drugs problem being identified or drugs being found in school.
At The King Alfred School, we believe all pupils including those in the EYFS need to feel safe, valued and respected in order to learn. For children learning English as an additional language, we appreciate language is central to identity, so home languages are recognised and valued.
Children come from a variety of backgrounds and have a valuable contribution to make to our school. We recognise bilingualism as strength and actively encourage positive responses to this; negative stereotyping is avoided at all times.
Since its formation in 1898 King Alfred School has been open to both sexes, a wide ability range and those of any faith or none. It is committed to equality of opportunity for all current and prospective members of the KAS community and values the contribution of each one. The commitment applies to both pastoral and educational activities and we seek to give all KAS students access to the curriculum. The school complies with equality legislation. The philosophy of equal opportunity is underpinned in a range of policies and guidance documents.
The school nurse and/or qualified first aiders provide treatment as appropriate for students, staff and visitors during school working hours. First Aid kits to deal with minor injuries are available in several locations. Secondary aid is sought when necessary.
The King Alfred School recognises its responsibilities towards pupils, staff, parents and visitors to provide, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe environment. Council seeks to achieve a balance between practicable safety precautions and reasonable levels of risk that may be retained in support of The King Alfred School ethos and style of education. Risk assessment is an essential part of health and safety management. The Health and Safety Committee, chaired by the Bursar and comprising members of staff and Council, co-ordinates health and safety issues and monitors policy implementation, procedures and safety performance. The policy sets out the Health and Safety responsibilities that apply to all members of staff and details certain responsibilities that relate to specific members of staff. Appropriate training is provided.
Since the inception of the King Alfred School in 1898, we have always embraced education in its broadest form through rich and varied child-centred mixed ability cross-curricular active learning. Children learn through play and outdoor learning and many diverse and stimulating activities, incorporated into formal curricular lessons.
We believe children thrive and learn successfully when they are secure, happy and motivated. To this end, the ethos of mutual respect, individuality, self-reliance and social responsibility, freedom, play and the enjoyment of education and a broad definition of success, enshrined in The Framework, underpins all our work with children.
The policy includes provision for students with particular needs.
At King Alfred School we regard pastoral education as being every bit as important as academic education. Pastoral care is defined by the awareness that the whole child as an individual has to be considered when decisions and judgements are being made. As a child centred school, we recognise the importance of emotional wellbeing. For children to flourish they need the ability to identify and manage their own emotions and also understand the emotions of others.
Our pastoral policy underpins our child centred approach, aiming for students to leave KAS as secure and confident individuals with a sense of responsibility for themselves and others, the environment and society. It outlines the structure, roles and responsibilities that help us establish positive relationships and enable students to develop understanding and resilience.
At KAS, we are committed to protecting personal information and being transparent about the personal information we collect and process.
The purpose of the Privacy Notice is to give clear information on:
The Student Privacy Notice is aimed at Students in Year 9 and above. It explains what personal information we hold on a student and what we do with that information. In some cases, we may need to ask a student to give consent to their data being collected and used.
The school will only ask parents to remove their child when it believes that is in the interests of the child concerned, other pupils or staff. KAS will only take this action after the Head has consulted fully and given the parents suitable opportunities to put their case. There will always be a right of review under KAS’s Complaints Procedure.
The procedure laid out in this policy would normally be followed when a pupil is involved in a single serious incident or is exhibiting a pattern of disruptive or unacceptable behaviour. It may be varied appropriately in accordance with particular circumstances.
All issues relating to pupil conduct are managed in a confidential manner.
The King Alfred School fully recognises its statutory responsibility to have arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The policy complies with the requirements of the London and Barnet Safeguarding Children Boards. Its main elements are:
Safeguarding Arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak:
Every child is an individual with his or her own individual needs. King Alfred School is committed to supporting every pupil to develop into a confident and independent person. During their school career, some pupils encounter significant and substantive barriers to learning; Special Educational Needs. It is vital that a consistent, whole school, best practice approach is employed to identify SEND at an early stage, and to support pupils in developing strategies to overcome these. This policy reflects the principles of the updated SEND Code of Practice, 2015.
KAS has arrangements in place to ensure effective supervision of pupils while on the school premises or on school visits. Staff are conscious of our core KAS values and our policies for safeguarding, anti‑bullying and health and safety.
Our approach both to designing and delivering our curriculum is informed by our stated vision ‘to educate individuals for a successful life – one that is socially responsible, as well as being emotionally, intellectually and culturally rich and textured in the context of a rapidly evolving and unpredictable world’ and our mission ‘to operate a school which takes account of educational reformers, initiates and co-operates in educational research, and encourages the fullest development of whatever talents its members possess without resort to pressures which might upset the proper balance of the physical, the emotional and the intellectual aspects of the individual.’ The core values [as illustrated by The Framework] of: mutual respect; individuality and self-reliance; freedom, play and the enjoyment of education and a broad definition of success have a particular bearing on this approach.
The policy includes provision for students with particular needs.