Expectations and The Way We Do Things Here

Expectations

At Stratford School Academy we hold high expectations of every member of our school community, as a community working to high expectations, we will have a community continually striving for excellence.

Below are the expectations of every student at Stratford School Academy:

Arriving at school

  • All students should arrive to school by should 08:35.  Any students arriving after 08:40 will receive a late detention which must be completed at the end of the school day.
  • Students arriving to breakfast club must arrive between 08:00 and 08:30.
  • Students must arrive in full school uniform (see uniform section)
  • Students must remove their coat when they enter the building.
  • Students must go to their registration room.  They are not permitted to be anywhere else. (Breakfast club is the only exception to this)
  • Students must read their reading book until registration starts.
  • Students arriving late must attend a late detention at the end of the school day in the assembly hall. Parents will be contacted by text message by midday.

Uniform

  • Students must arrive to school in full school uniform. The below are the versions of the school uniform that can be worn by students:

  • If a student is wearing a coat to walk to school, it must be plain black.
  • Students must wear their blazer at all times unless given permission to remove it in lesson time.
  • All shoes must be black leather school shoes. This means they must not be trainers or sports shoes and must not be made by one of the following companies (though list is not exhaustive); Adidas, Nike, Converse, New Balance, Under Armour, Puma, Vans.

Any child with a medical need preventing them wearing traditional school shoes must have a meeting with their Head of House where medical evidence is provided.  If the need is long-term, it will be referred to the Pupil Services Manager to arrange a medical care plan and reach a suitable arrangement involving the Academy supporting the family which may involve wearing specialist medical footwear.

P.E. Kit

The below details the SSA PE Kit:

  • SSA Sports Jumpers are also available and can be worn with either PE Kit option above.
  • In the winter months, students are advised to wear multiple layers to keep warm.  All students must wear their SSA White Polo Shirt or SSA Sports Jumper as the top layer with additional layers underneath, this is to ensure students are easily identifiable.

Equipment

  • Students must have the following equipment with them every day:
    • School bag big enough for an A4 folder
    • Reading book
    • Class work books and any text books
    • Pens (black and green) and a pencil
    • 30cm Ruler
    • Mini whiteboard and pen – provided by SSA
    • Scientific calculator – Casio fx-83GT X
    • PE Kit – whenever students have PE

Equipment will be checked regularly by registration tutors

In-Class Expectations

  • Students must arrive to lessons on time with their equipment
  • Students must complete the work set and achieve the success criteria
  • Students must do what staff ask them to do the first time they are asked
  • Students must make contributions to the lesson and respect the contributions of others
  • Students must not disrupt the learning of any other student
  • Before the teacher arrives to the lesson all students must read their reading book.
  • Students that do not complete the above will be encouraged to do the right thing. If a student continues to fail to meet the expectations, the teacher will give warnings before removing a student to allow the learning to continue for others.
  • Students must complete and submit homework as per the instructions of the teacher.

Social Times Expectations

  • Students must only be in the playground or in the ground floor areas with the purple line
  • Students are expected to move around the school and site in a sensible way.
  • Students must respect personal space and should never make deliberate physical contact.
  • Students must speak in a way that is polite and appropriate for the school setting.
  • Students must look after the school and its facilities, including the use of sports equipment.
  • Students must wear the full school uniform during social times unless completing a physical activity, at which point the blazer can be removed.
  • Students must not wear a coat inside the school building.
  • Sports equipment is provided by SSA and therefore students must not bring their own footballs or basketballs into school with them.  Table tennis bats can be brought in but must be kept in bags outside of social times.
  • A whistle will be blown 5 minutes before the end of each break and lunch.  At this point students must stop what they are doing and move directly to their lesson.  Student toilets will not be accessible in the last 5 minutes of breaks or lunches.

Food

  • Food can be purchased and breaktime and lunchtime from the school cafeteria or food service hatch.
  • All food purchased from the cafeteria must be eaten inside the school building in the canteen or the allocated area for the year group.
  • Food purchased from the food service hatch must be eaten at the outdoor eating area benches, with all rubbish being placed in the bins provided.
  • Students must clear their own eating area after eating.
  • Students should not request others to buy food for them.  If a student is unable to purchase lunch, they must speak to their Head of House.
  • Chewing Gum and Energy Drinks are banned from the school site. If found on site they will be confiscated and not returned.

Mobile Phones

  • Students are permitted to bring their mobile phone to school, however, the phone remains solely the responsibility of the student.
  • Mobile phones should not be heard or seen during lesson time or when moving around the building.
  • Students are only permitted to use their mobile phone during break and lunch time, however, they must:
    • not use their phone to take photos or make recordings.
    • use their mobile phone in a sensible and appropriate way.
    • only use their phone in the purple area and playground.
    • not use their phone whilst walking.
  • Students must put their phone away when the whistle blows 5 minutes before the end of break and lunch before moving to their lesson.
  • Headphones must not be used or seen on the school site. Students are also advised not to use headphones when travelling to/from school due to this being a health and safety risk.

 

The Way We Do Things Here

Social Times

Our students are welcome to stay in our buildings’ social areas (the purple zones) at break and lunchtimes.  We provide students with footballs and basket balls to play with at break and lunch times so your child should not bring their own football or basketball to school.

We allow our students to use mobile phones during social time but expect them to use them sensibly, which they do by only being used in the social areas and must be put away before moving to lessons.  Students are not allowed to bring headphones into school.

Our canteen provides food before school and at breaks and lunchtimes.  We serve a good variety of food and there is always a vegetarian option.  As well as the option of a hot meal, we also sell sandwiches and baguettes.  We have a cashless catering system and we will give your child a lunch PIN.  You can top the PIN up through the ParentPay website and there are also cash top up machines in the canteen which your child can use.

Home-School Agreement

Every student attending Stratford School Academy must sign the home-school agreement along with their parent or carer.  The home-school agreement details what is expected of the student, the parent or carer and the school throughout the time the student is educated at Stratford School Academy.

Download: Home-School Agreement

Getting students back on track

When things don’t go as expected, we run two systems to help get every student back to the expected standard,

Prep – We want:

  • Students will be up to date with their work and will have the knowledge necessary to make the most of the lesson they are about to take.
  • Teachers will feel that the school has a system that backs them up in their efforts to make sure that students do the work they need to do.
  • If a student does not work hard enough to achieve the success criteria or does not do their homework their class teacher can ask them to attend Prep at the end of the day. The student will then complete the missing work so that they are up to date at the start of their next lesson.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only running Prep for years 10 and 11.*

Back on Track – We want:

  • Students to be able to focus on classwork without any distractions from others and be held to the same expectations by all members of staff.
  • Teachers to be able to teach their lessons without interruption.

Our behaviour system is used to ensure all students meet our In Class Expectations (ICEs) and do not distract others from their work or interrupt the teaching.

The Back on Track session takes place at the end of the school day and involves the child reflecting on their behaviour with the teacher and completing incomplete work or reading.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each year group now has a separate Back on Track room*

Behaviour Incident 1: Teacher will give a whole class warning.

Behaviour Incident 2: The teacher will ask the student to move seats.

Behaviour Incident 3: A senior teacher will arrive to the lesson and move the student who has disrupted the learning to another classroom with their work.  The child must then attend Back on Track at the end of the school day in the school canteen.

 

FAQ’s: Back on Track

How will my child know if s/he needs to go to Prep?
Their class teacher will tell them if they need to attend PREP in the lesson.

How will my child know if s/he needs to go to Back on Track?
Any child removed from a lesson will need to attend Back on Track.

How will I know if my child has to go to Prep/Back on Track?
We will send you a text message.

How long is Prep/Back on Track?
Both start at 3pm (4pm Wednesday) and last until the student has finished the missing work.

What happens if my child misses Prep/Back on Track?
You will be informed they have not attended.  This will be logged as a Serious Incident which may then result in a sanction.  Your child will then need to see their teacher regarding the incomplete work and you may be called into school for a parental meeting with an Academy Leader.