Information for current parents

STUDENT ABSENCE LINE - if you child is absent from school, please TEXT 07860 095106


We know how important it is to our parents to know what is happening at school. Being able to find the information you need quickly and easily, as well as knowing how best to contact the school when you have a question or concern, is vital.

 

Below are links to the most frequently accessed information on our website:

Information for prospective parents

We are delighted you are considering our school for your child. Haygrove is an excellent secondary school where pupils make good progress and achieve outstanding examination results.

 

Below are links to some of the important information you need to make the right decision for your family:

If you need to get in touch or wish to make an appointment:

 

Phone 01278 455531 between 8 am - 4 pm or use our Contact Us enquiry form

Contact Form

If your enquiry is urgent, please telephone the School Reception during school hours to leave a message for a member of staff who will call you back within 2 school days. You can also telephone the school to make an appointment to meet with a Head of Year.
 
If you prefer, you can use this online form to contact your child's Head of Year - you will usually receive a response to your online enquiry within 3 school days. Please direct all general school enquiries that do not relate to a student at Haygrove School to the School Receptionist.
 
You can also email the school using this form.
 
If you are unsure to whom you should send your enquiry, please address it to Mrs C Canham, Headteacher at the School Office.
 
Our website includes lots of useful information about the school, so before you submit your enquiry it may be worthwhile checking that the answer to your question is not on one of the web pages already.
 

 
Student Absence Line: text - 07860 095106
 
Staff Absence Line: 01278 287213
 
 
Access onto the school site
Please note that parents should not to drive onto the school site to drop off or collect children. If you do require access to the site during school hours, please seek permission from the Headteacher in advance.
 
We have limited parking available at the school if you are visiting.
 
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E-Safety

E-Safety

New technology is transforming our world. Computers, the internet, and mobile phones are now such a part of everyday life that it is hard to imagine how we coped without them.

However, technology is not all positive, and an awareness of the downsides and risks is essential. As a parent you should be aware of the dangers, so you can monitor, support and advise your children. It is impossible and possibly unreasonable to stop your child from accessing technologies, but it is important that you discuss with them what the dangers are, and help them to understand the risks.

This page contains some key information you should be aware of, and provides links to other sites that give more detailed information.

The Internet

The Internet is a fantastic source of information for all ages. However, there is information on the Internet that is unsuitable for young people, or that is misleading or inaccurate. Some sites are constructed by fraudsters and criminal gangs, that either try to extract personal information or install malicious software on your machine without your knowledge. Certain sites can expose exposed to video footage that might not be age appropriate. Users can also leave comments about videos that could contain unsuitable language.

Please consider the following:

  • Keep computers/ tablets / laptops / consoles / phones out of bedrooms so you can see what your child is accessing
  • Explain to your child not to share personal information online
  • Turn on ‘safe search’ options on search engines (Google) to help prevent inappropriate material being seen by your child.
  • Be careful using file sharing sites and avoid downloading / installing software unless you are sure it is safe
  • Install a virus checker and keep it up-to-date

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying using digital technologies like mobile phones and computers. This is just as upsetting as physical bullying, and in some ways worse, because the victim can be bullied in their own home, and can never escape from the bully.

Remember:

  • Encourage your child to take a screen shot of the bullying as evidence and not to respond
  • Make sure your child is aware of how much damage cyberbullying can do and to not become involved themselves
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  • If it happens in school contact your Child’s tutor or Head of Year

Social Networking

The most used social networking sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Whilst they can be a good way to keep in touch with friends and family, there are an increasing number of distressing incidents occurring on these sites.

One issue is the number of people that children will 'friend' on these sites. Often children become competitive with the number of 'friends' they have. This means they will sometimes friend people they don't know very well and this can leave them open to exploitation.

Finally, most of these sites invite the users to record lots of information about themselves, including home address, phone number, age etc. The privacy settings can be very complicated, and getting them wrong can mean that information can be seen by anyone at all - not just friends or family. The companies that produce these sites have on occasion changed the settings so information is made public on all accounts unless you tell them otherwise.

  • Make sure your child understands all the privacy settings and checks them frequently
  • Advise them not to ‘friend’ unless they are positive they are who they say they are.
  • Remember children should be 13 before signing up to social media sites
  • Have a family member ‘friend’ your child to help keep your child safe

Child Exploitation

The most serious risk for children as a result of technology is through exploitation. The Internet can provide anonymity for those who will exploit vulnerable children. The UK Police have set up an organisation called Child Exploitation Online Protection - CEOP to educate children and their parents as to the dangers posed by predators on the Internet.

 

Online Resources

ThinkUKnow – a website created by CEOP aimed at young people and provides information about how to stay safe online.

NetSmartz – the teens sector gives real life stories told by teenagers who have been victims of internet exploitation.

Know It All – helps students look at how they use technology and the dangers that may arise

Bullying Online – has a section covering cyberbullying with advice on how to stay safe

Kidsmart- targeted at  children aged 11+ and includes games and competitions

 

Facebook Checklist

Twitter Checklist

Instagram Checklist

Snapchat Checklist

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