Mobile Phone Policy
Over recent years there has been a huge culture shift regarding mobile phones, especially smart phones. They are used by the general public as a useful tool for much more than just making phone calls. A general ban in school is both near sighted and outdated and we believe that we should be preparing young people to use modern technology in a safe and responsible way.
Clearly any policy that includes approved use of mobile phones must be direct and precise. Also the abuse of this privilege must have clear direct consequences. A failure by a substantial number of pupils to adhere to this new policy will result in a return to a complete ban on mobile phones.
- Pupils can use their mobile phones during break and dinner. They can access the internet, listen to music through headphones and play games.
- Pupils cannot play music through speakers, take any photographs or video, leave their headphones hanging out from their shirt, or use the phone as a means of ignoring staff.
- Pupils must not use their phones whilst walking along the corridors at any time of the day.
- When talking to a member of staff anywhere the pupil must put the phone away if requested; using the phone whilst a member of staff is talking to you is poor manners.
- Phones must be switched off during lessons and be placed in school bags.
- Mobile phones are not allowed to be used in the classroom unless at direct request of Staff. Staff will never give permission for pupils to listen to their own music in class (even through headphones). If mobile devices are required as a teaching/learning tool then the teacher will pre-book and use the school’s resources or give permission for mobile phones to be used (this permission will only be for that actual single period and cannot be used as permission in other lessons).
- Pupils cannot use a mobile phone in an exam – even as a calculator (as per exam board regulations). Mobile phones are collected by exam invigilators prior to every public exam and are kept safely locked away until the exam finishes. Pupils must always hand their phone in during an exam or leave it at home.
- Pupils will NEVER take photos or film in or out of the classroom on a personal phone (it is a criminal offence and will be dealt with severely)
Contact with parents/carers
- If a pupil is ill they MUST see the Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year. The only way any arrangement with home can take place is through the school.
- Pupils cannot phone home from their mobile and arrange to go home.
- Neither should parents contact pupils directly to arrange to pick them up.
If at any point a pupil misuses their phone or refuses to follow the above rules, the member of staff can confiscate the phone. It will be placed in pupil services to be picked up by a parent/carer.
Pupils are not required to have a mobile phone in school and we support parents who make the decision that this is not necessary by ensuring that pupils are able to use school landlines to contact parents in an emergency. Parents can, of course, contact school via the landline. This policy does, however, recognise that the majority of our pupils do own a mobile phone. Any pupil who brings a mobile phone into school does so at their own risk and school will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.