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Mobile Phone Policy

Rationale

Mobile phones are now a feature of modern society and most of our pupils own one. Increasing sophistication of mobile phone technology presents a number of issues for schools:

  • The high value of many phones
  • The integration of cameras and internet browsing into phones, leading to potential child protection and data protection issues
  • The potential to use the phone, e.g. for texting, whilst on silent mode

It is not realistic to prohibit phones being brought to school, nor is it logistically possible for schools to collect phones in each morning and return them in the afternoon. It is our policy to allow pupils to have a mobile phone with them in school under the conditions outlined in the policy below.

Policy

1. Phones and other digital equipment must not be used for any purpose (e.g. phoning, texting, surfing the internet, listening to music, taking photos, taking videos) inside the school building during registration, in lessons or in between lessons.

2. Phones must always be switched off (not on silent mode) and kept out of view.

3. They can be used INSIDE or OUTSIDE the school building before 8:50am, at break time (11:10-11:30am) and lunch time (12:30-1:15pm, and after 3:15pm).

4. Loud speakers must not be used at any time on the school site.

5. If a pupil breaches these rules the phone or device will be confiscated and will remain with that Member of Staff until a time agreed at the time of the incident (usually the end of the day).

6. Pupils who refuse to hand over their phones will be in serious breach of the behaviour policy and will be internally excluded from school for a day.

7. Phones must not be taken into examinations.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the school’s other policies in particular the Behaviour Policy.

Emergencies

If a pupil needs to contact his/her parents/guardians they will be allowed to use a school phone.

If parents need to contact children urgently they should phone the school office and a message will be relayed promptly.

Responsibility for mobile phones:

The school accepts no responsibility whatsoever for theft, loss, damage or health effects (potential or actual) relating to mobile phones or other digital equipment in the possession of pupils or confiscated by staff, and will not undertake any related investigation. It is the responsibility of parents and pupils to ensure mobile phones and other digital equipment are properly insured.