Frequently asked questions:
If my child is unwell, how do I inform the school that he/she will not be attending school that day?
Telephone the school absence line on 020 8780 1244, contact us via the school app or send an email to email@example.com, giving the reason for your child’s the absence.
If my child is having a problem with a particular subject or if I have a concern, what should I do?
Contact your child’s mentor via email. He/she will deal with it in the first instance, and keep you informed of the process and outcome. You can also write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns.
How can I arrange to see a particular teacher or obtain a number of my child’s teachers, when it is not a Parents’ Evening?
Contact your child’s mentor, giving the names of the teachers and the reason for wishing to see them. He/she will then arrange with you and them a mutually convenient date and time or a telephone conversation. More information regarding Parents’ Evenings. Email addresses of Curriculum Team Leaders and House Leaders are on the contact page of this website.
How do I obtain permission for my child to attend a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment during school time?
We encourage parents to make appointments outside of school hours. However, if this is not possible, your child should bring a letter to Reception or send an email to email@example.com the day before the appointment, stating the reason for the appointment, the date and time he or she needs to leave. In the interests of your child’s safety, please make it clear if he or she is to be collected or allowed to leave school alone for the appointment. Please ensure your child returns to school after the appointment, if at all possible. It is not acceptable for a child to miss a day of learning to attend a dentist appointment or something similar.
How do I obtain permission for my child to have time off school to attend a family funeral or other such event?
As a rule, requests during term time will be refused, unless the circumstances are exceptional. Any request must be made on the Holiday Request form (available from Reception) at least 2 weeks before the proposed absence, giving as much detail as possible including why the holiday cannot be taken during the school holiday time. Each request will be considered individually by the Headteacher.
If permission for a holiday during school time has not been granted and your child is away from school, the absence will be marked as ‘unauthorised’.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please contact your child’s mentor or the school Reception.
How do I top up my child’s catering card so he/she can have lunch?
This facility is available on ParentPay. Please ensure that payments for meals are made at least 24 hours in advance. If you have any problems with the system, please contact Miss Michaela Millar or Miss Kerrie Elliott on firstname.lastname@example.org or via the main school number 020 780 1244. You need a password to login into ParentPay – if you don’t have one, please contact the Mrs Millar and Miss Elliott.
What if my child is late?
Your child will be marked “late” on the register if he or she is not in the classroom, ready for the school day, when the register starts.
If your child arrives late to school, (after 8.50am) he or she needs to report to Reception at the time of the arrival. This is of vital importance as he or she may not be accounted for in an event of a fire or emergency. As I am sure you understand, it is impractical for us to interrupt teaching to ensure a child has arrived after registration so, in order to avoid the unnecessary telephone call from school (as below), please ensure that your child follows this procedure.
If we have not heard from you by 9.30/10.00am, we will contact you, asking for information on the whereabouts of your child. If we leave a message, please telephone us back as soon as possible with this information. It is important for pupils to be on time for school as children who arrive late disrupt the learning of the whole classroom.
Other useful information:
Stevenson’s, our school uniform supplier, has now set up facilities for parents and carers to order school uniform and sportswear directly from their website www.stevensons.co.uk
The uniform consists of the following compulsory items:
- maroon blazer with school badge on breast pocket in either boys’ or girls’ fittings
- school tie with appropriate House colour stripe
- plain white shirt or blouse
- plain charcoal grey trousers (boys)
- plain charcoal grey trousers or knee-length skirt (girls)
- black shoes
There is one optional item:
- grey v-neck jumper with green stripe
We have a school app called ‘My Ed’. The app is an easy way for parents to access their timetable, latest news, make payments and much more.
You can download the app via the link: https://www.myedschoolapp.com/
Pupils are allowed to bring their mobile telephones to school but must have them switched off whilst on the premises. If a mobile telephone rings during the school day, it will be confiscated and the parent/carer asked to collect it on behalf of the child. This has proved to be an excellent deterrent for pupils who might ‘forget’ to switch off the telephone. Similarly, if your child brings a mobile telephone to school, we cannot be held responsible if it is lost or stolen.
Medication in school
If your child require the use of an Epi-pen or asthma pump, he or she must carry his or her own, but you should also provide the school with a spare of each item. The items will be kept safely in the school but be easily accessible to any staff member in case of an emergency. You will need to complete a form which is available here.
Please note that the school does not have a stock of paracetamol so if your child has been prescribed paracetamol or any other medicine, he or she is welcome to bring it to Reception for safekeeping. Your child can then use it as and when needed.
The School Reception is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday during term time.
The following replacement items can be purchased online (via ParentPay) – or via Reception – and collected from the Reception desk:
- Lunch cards
- School ties
Lost property items are also dealt with the Reception desk.
In the event of an absolute emergency between 4.00pm and 6.00pm, a direct dial number has been made available at the request of parents. The number is answered by a member of the Premises Team who will either offer direct assistance or contact a member of the school’s Leadership Team if necessary. The emergency number is 020 8780 6705. This number is for use in emergencies only and will be discontinued if parents/carers do not respect its status.
Pupils in Years 7-11 must adhere the school uniform policy at all times. The full pupil dress code can be found at the front of your child’s planner.
Labelling School Uniform
Please ensure that all items of school uniform (including small items such as sports socks!) are clearly labelled with the pupil’s name. This will make it much easier for lost or misplaced items to be reunited with their owner!
Parents/carers telephones and emails
It is really important for parents/carers to keep the school up-to-date with their contact details. This is particularly important in case of an emergency. Please send an email to email@example.com in order to inform us of any changes.
Process of removing your child/children from Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School
Parents must inform the school in writing of their decision to remove their child/children from the school. Within the letter or email, parents must explain the following: ‘the reason/ reasons for removal’ and ‘the Name and address of new school’ (within England).
If the family is being relocated abroad, the school will need to know the following:
- The name of the country the family is moving to
- The name of the home address
- The name and address of the new schoolIf parents wish to inform the school via email, please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The school’s Behaviour Policy takes into account the legislation, as specified by The Department for Education, that provides for the detention of a pupil at the end of the school day with or without parental consent. As a result of this however, the school will still continue to provide notice for detentions that are longer than one hour.
Pupils might receive detention for a number of reasons – to complete Private Study or classwork, lateness, to engage in a discussion with a member of staff about unsatisfactory work or behaviour, or as a punishment for failure to co-operate or follow a member of staff’s reasonable instructions. By imposing the detention, the member of staff has every expectation that the punishment will resolve the problem.
Detentions are not given where there are long-term or persistent issues relating to poor work or behaviour, or where the sanction has been previously applied to little or no effect.
There are four levels of detention:
- Staff Detention (up to 30 minutes)
- Department and Year Detentions (up to 60 minutes)
- Leadership Team (LT) Detention (90 minutes)
- Extended Leadership Team detention – over two hours
Saint Cecilia’s has a reputation for producing successful school teams in a wide range of sports including rugby, netball, and football. Representing the school is an honour and it is treasured by our pupils. Discipline, teamwork, rigour and competitive spirit are all key elements to us, along with the most important of them all, fun!
When a sports fixture is due to take place, parents/carers of pupils who have been selected for the match will receive a text informing them of the date, time and location of the fixture. If a pupil cannot attend a fixture he/she needs to inform the teacher in charge as soon as possible so a replacement can be found.