Academy Nurse – School Nurses are employed by the Nurse Health Authority to work in the academy. They are available to give information, advice and support to students, parents and teachers. They will discuss health matters in confidence and students may see the nurse by appointment. Nurses can be contacted via Mildenhall Clinic on 01638 713499 or you can contact ChatHealth in confidence on 07507 333356.
Medical Procedure – We need to know about medical conditions which may affect a child’s well-being in the academy. Parents will be asked for this information. Immunisations are organised by the Suffolk Area Health Authority. We have a medical room and a procedure for dealing with accidents and administering First Aid.
Emergencies – We try to get in touch with parents or, failing that, with the “emergency contact” – a relative or friend who has agreed to accept telephone calls from the academy if emergencies occur. It is therefore essential that we have an emergency contact telephone number.
Cycling to the Academy – Students may cycle to the academy if they have their parents’ written permission. Bicycles must be in road-worthy condition. There is a bicycle shed where bicycles can be stored safely. The academy cannot accept responsibility for stolen or damaged bicycles.
Motorcycles/ Cars – Students may bring motorcycles or cars to the academy provided they have obtained permission from their House Leader.
Money and Personal Belongings – Lockers with keys are available for coats, books, PE kit and other small articles. Please do not allow your child to bring large sums of money or valuables into the academy. Safe storage of musical instruments in the Music Department storeroom is the responsiblity of the child. All clothing should be clearly marked with the name of the student. We cannot accept responsibility for money or for personal possessions. (Please see section on mobile phones). Before PE lessons students should lock their valuables in their locker.
Lunchtimes – Academy Meals: We have a cafeteria providing reasonably priced meals. Students have three opportunities to purchase hot food during the day; before college, morning break and lunchtime at Bury Road. At MCA6 hot food is available at morning break and lunchtime only.
If you receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, you may be entitled to claim a free meal for your child/ren. Queries about this should be made to the Educational Welfare Officer, Bury St. Edmunds – 01284 352121. Application forms are available from the House Office (at Bury Road) and Student Support Centre Reception(MCA6).
Packed lunches must be eaten in designated areas.
Going home to lunch/ Exit Pass – We expect you to stay on site at lunchtimes. In exceptional circumstances we may give you permission to go home for lunch if you live in Mildenhall. Your parents will need to request permission in writing from your House Leader. Your House Leader will issue you with an Exit Pass on the understanding that you go home and nowhere else. Your Exit Pass will be withdrawn if you do not use it to go home. You must return to the Academy by 1:25pm in time for lesson 4.
Lost Property – Enquiries about lost property should be made to The House Office at Bury Road and Student Reception at MCA6.
Transport – The responsibility of ensuring that children attend the academy regularly rests with you as parents, but the Education Committee has a duty to help with the provision of transport if your child lives over three miles from the Academy.
The administration of the Transport Service is undertaken from the County Education Department, County Hall, Ipswich and enquiries should be made there (01473 265056)
Fire Emergency -Fire and emergency evacuation procedure is practised each term.
Educational Welfare – The Educational Welfare Officer can be contacted through the Academy or by ringing the Education Department at Bury St Edmunds on 01284 – 352171/2.
The Education Welfare Service exists to help your child. If you feel there is a problem that you may like to discuss in confidence, please contact your Education Welfare Officer.
Late Entrants – If your child joins the academy after Year 7, every attempt will be made to provide courses similar to those studied at a previous school. However, this provision is subject to the availability of places and the student’s aptitude.
Mobile Phones -These are valuable items which are not insured against loss, theft or damage whilst on Academy property.
The academy accepts that the use of mobile phones can be a very useful thing when they are used appropriately. However, misuse can create a range of problems and unnecessary issues between staff, students and parents.
Students wishing to bring a mobile phone to the academy should follow the clear guidelines laid down in this document:
- Students may use phones before and after college hours, breaks and lunchtimes.
- Phones should be turned off during lessons, tutor time and assemblies.
- Phones are not to be used in any way during lessons, tutor time and assemblies and should be kept out of sight.
- If a phone is seen or heard at the times above it will be confiscated for the remainder of the day. It will be delivered to reception by the teacher confiscating it and will be placed in a clearly marked envelope.
- If a phone is confiscated for a second time, it will be confiscated until a parent collects it. Further misuse of the phone will result in the student being banned from bringing the phone to the academy for a length of time determined by a senior member of staff.
- Students found using the phone for any form of bullying will receive a sanction to be determined by a senior member of staff.
- Phones may not be taken into examinations. There are strict regulations issued by examination boards that cover this rule.
- Students should not use their phones for playing music apart from before and after college hours, breaks and lunchtimes.