Bradfield School

Bradfield School – Where People Thrive – Bradfield School 2012

Bradfield School Ethos and Aims

Bradfield School Ethos and Aims – Bradfield School is an excellent school that provides a high standard of education and care to the children entrusted to us.

Our aim is that every child should be enabled to reach the maximum of their potential,

and we should all strive to ensure that every child is happy to come to school every day.

Bradfield School’s ethos is that all students should be valued equally and therefore,

whilst it is important to both students and parents that the very best examination results be achieved,

it is similarly important that opportunities for success and enrichment are created for everyone,

and that these successes are recognised, valued and used to enhance student self-esteem.

Our approach to behaviour and discipline, which are essential to create the optimum learning environment,

emanates from these same principles: students must be given opportunities to take responsibility;

mutual respect should be an expectation;

and learning and the evaluation of its success has to be a process shared by teachers and students.

The need for high quality education is driven by the fact that the students we teach have only one chance at their education,

and it is therefore mandatory that we get it right first time.

This requires us to provide an environment in which every student achieves to the maximum of their potential;

every student has access to a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum; everyone has the chance to make a positive contribution to school life;

every person involved in the system feels valued; students become critical and active members of society;

basic human virtues such as tolerance and equality are instilled and promoted, and become the basis for future conduct; a lifelong intellectual curiosity is inspired.

David Conway
Head Teacher


Mobile Phones

Mobile telephones are allowed on school premises as long as they are switched off and kept in the student’s bag from 8:40am until 3:05pm..

They are not to be used during the school day.

Any student found with a mobile telephone during the above times, either switched on or off,

will have it confiscated and it will only be returned, by prior arrangement, to a responsible adult between 3:15pm and 4:00pm. 

To make arrangements to collect a mobile telephone, please contact school Reception on 0114 2863 861.

We are aware that this may not be a popular decision but it has to be taken in the interests of all our students’ safety and education. 

Students have access to a landline pay telephone situated in the main Reception area, which accepts denominations of 10p, 20p, 50p and £1.

Mobile Phones and Examinations

Mobile Phones must not be taken into an examination room. 

Possession of these unauthorised items (including mobile phones, i-pods and MP3/4 players) is an infringement of exam regulations and could result in disqualification from the current examination and the overall qualification.

Exam candidates are advised that mobile phones in particular MUST NOT be in their possession whether switched or not.

Source: JCQ, AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC

Attendance, Behaviour and Punctuality

Attendance & Behaviour Officer: Mrs D Brookes

Pastoral Team:  Mr D Sleaford, Mrs M Hague, Ms F Harriott, Mrs K Tabani, Mr J Hunter

Working in liaison with the Children and Young People’s Directorate (CYPD) Attendance and Inclusion Team, we monitor attendance and punctuality on a regular basis.

Bradfield has always had a very good record in these areas, and with your help will continue to do so.

Regular and punctual attendance is absolutely essential if students are to benefit fully from their education at Bradfield.

If students are not here, they cannot learn!

Therefore, it is one of the most important areas where we look to parents to give us their support.

What the school expects of our students:

• To attend regularly and on time

• To arrive on time properly prepared for the day and for lessons (equipment, bag, planner, homework etc.)

• To report to the Attendance Officer Mrs Brookes if they arrive after 8:40am or 1:05pm

• To inform their Form Tutor of any known problem that will prevent them from attending school at any future time

• To sign out at Student Enquiries if they have official permission to do so

• Not to truant!

What the school expects of parents:

• To fulfil their responsibility by ensuring that their children attend school whenever possible

• To ensure they contact Mrs. Brookes on the first day if their child is unable to attend and that their son/daughter returns to school with a note explaining the full period of absence

• To contact the Form Tutor whenever any problem or essential appointment occurs that may keep their child away from school

• To seek authorisation for any holiday to be taken during school time

• To ensure the continuity of their child’s education by taking holidays and arranging appointments outside the school day whenever possible

• To ensure that their child arrives on time and is properly prepared for the day (equipment, bag, planner, homework etc.)

What parents and students can expect of the school:

• A broad and balanced education that is dependent upon regular attendance at school

• The encouragement and promotion of good attendance and punctuality

• Regular, efficient and accurate recording of attendance

• First day contact with parents when their child fails to attend school without providing good reason

• Prompt action on any problems notified by parents or identified by the school

• Close liaison with the CYPD’s Access and Inclusion Team (AIT) and police to assist and support parents and students where needed

Code of Conduct:

The following rules apply at all times:

• Follow instructions

• Speak politely

• Respect the environment and each other

In addition, this rule applies in lessons:

• Do your best

Communication Policy


At Bradfield School we strive to be an open, professional organisation in which all members of the community feel valued and able to play a full part in its development.  

We recognise that education is a partnership between home and school and your engagement with your child’s learning is extremely important. 

We will keep you informed about events and your child’s progress through information evenings, student reports, half termly newsletters and academic tutorial meetings.

Our commitment

All staff are asked to set aside time each day to check e-mail, voice mail and any written communication.

We will strive to acknowledge all external communications by the end of the next working day after receipt.

From this point we will then endeavour to provide an answer within five working days. 

If a resolution cannot be found in that time we will respond to ensure that you are aware of the circumstances and when a full response will be communicated to you.

External communication

The school planner

This is the ideal avenue of communication, and can be used for notes for teachers (e.g. questions about student’s work). 

Your child should bring this to the attention of the tutor or teacher concerned.

Teachers may also use the planner to contact you, so you should check and sign the planner once a week to confirm you have seen it.


Email communication can be directed through if you know the name of the staff member you wish to contact please clearly state this in the subject.

Telephone messages

Absence line: If your child is absent from school please leave a message on our absence line by dialling 0114 2865022 or via the school switchboard on 0114 286 3861 and following the prompts.

The school switchboard is open from 8am to 4.30pm daily.

Teachers are unable to accept calls whilst teaching so you will be required to leave a message stating your preferred contact number.

Student / Parent notices

Communication from school will take one of the following forms:

  • School newsletter
  • Parent mail
  • Website update
  • Personal email (If requested)
  • Pupil post

On occasion we will use the postal service but due to the costs this will be kept to a minimum.

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