School policies

In order for the school to operate in an organised, fair and respectful manner, we have a number of policies and standards. Below are some of our core policies and standards. Should you wish to see a full list of all policies, please contact the school office.

Attendance
At Ferryhill School we take attendance very seriously.  It is fundamental to ensuring your child becomes a successful learner, a responsible citizen, an effective contributor and a confident individual.  Your child needs to feel included, involved and engaged throughout their schooling in order to achieve success.

In the event that your child is absent from school, we ask that the school is informed as soon as possible and preferably before 9.15 a.m.  If there has been no communication then a groupcall will be sent, asking you to phone at your earliest possible convenience. Frequent or unexplained absences will be investigated by the home school liaison officer.

If your child has an appointment then please advise the school of the time and the name of the responsible adult who will collect them.

For more information surrounding attendance, including the legal implications of this, please visit: https://www2.gov.scot/resource/doc/294630/0091104.pdf

Lateness
If your child is late, it is crucial that they go through the office to pick up a late pass to hand to their teacher.

Punctuality is an important life skill so we ask for your support in ensuring your child arrives to school at the correct time.   By arriving late, your child will miss important lesson input and consolidation to further their learning.  As well as potentially giving your child the wrong message regarding the importance of school, this can also be very upsetting for them to arrive late and to be placed in a situation whereby they are trying to catch up with their day’s learning.

We appreciate it can be difficult, at times, to get your child to school. For this reason, it is crucial that parents and staff work together to overcome this potential barrier to learning.

Child Protection
Given ongoing public concern on the subject of child abuse, schools are legally required to report if we think that any child has come to harm as a consequence of possible abuse.

Every school in Scotland has a Designated Officer appointed and specially trained to be responsible for Child Protection matters. In Ferryhill school this is the Head Teacher. Should you wish to talk further about Child Protection and the safety of children please feel free to contact the Head Teacher.

Where there is a possibility that a child could be at risk of abuse or neglect, the school is required to refer the child to Social Work, the Police or the Children’s Reporter and under these circumstances, the parent would not normally be consulted first.

Anti-Weapon/Knife Pledge –Anti-Weapon-Knife Crime Policy revised Feb 2019
In accordance with the Aberdeen City Council’s rules, all pupils at Ferryhill have signed a letter pledging their support of the council’s anti-weapon strategy. Signing the pledge means that the pupil has agreed that they will:

  • Never carry a weapon/knife
  • If they see or hear that someone is carrying a weapon or knife, they will share this information.

Anti-Racist and Multi-Cultural Policy
As a school, we actively promote attitudes and values that enable the children to recognise the worth of every individual. The children are encouraged to respect themselves and others, be it in pupil–pupil relationships, pupil–staff relationships and relationships with others in the school and wider community. Tolerance and understanding of others is promoted among the children and staff who are encouraged to appreciate individual differences.

Through our general routines in school and in the classroom we strive to ensure that our practices and procedures are not discriminatory in any way.

As a school, we acknowledge and respond to the differing needs of all individuals whatever their cultural or ethnic background and experiences. Therefore all individuals receive equality of opportunity in our school. Where necessary the curriculum can be adapted so as to respond to the particular needs of a group of children, for example where English is a second language.

Staff try to eliminate any bias towards or against any particular group or individual. They are asked to respond positively in their approach to incidents relating to race or religion be it in the classroom or the playground or with parents.