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Student Welfare


Mobile Phone Protocol

Mobile phones can cause difficulties and  disruption during the school day. For this reason, students who wish to  bring a mobile phone to school must  follow these rules:

  • Mobile phones must be turned off during the school day, including break and lunchtime
  • Mobile phones should not be seen and should be placed in the inside blazer pocket
  • Students who bring their mobile phone to school do so at their own risk, and they must be responsible for the safety and security of their mobile
  • Students who are caught using their mobile will be placed in a same day detention
  • Students who use their mobile to threaten or abuse other students may be referred to our Safer Schools Police Officer

REMEMBER: mobile phones are not allowed into a public examination room!

Safe Use of ICT in School

Students are asked to adhere to the terms of the school’s ICT Acceptable Use Policy and will sign this in Year 7.  Serious sanctions will be imposed for those that fail to comply with the Policy.  Students will be asked sign this summary of the ICT Policy each year to say that they will:

  • keep their Network Username/Password secure
  • be responsible for everything that is done using their Username/Password
  • treat ICT equipment with respect
  • not interfere with any equipment (e.g. unplug hardware, move equipment)
  • not eat or drink in ICT rooms or near ICT equipment
  • inform a member of staff immediately if equipment has been damaged
  • treat others with respect, and be responsible for their behaviour when  communicating on the school network or internet
  • not bring the school into disrepute
  • not upload or send personal information/images of themselves or other students to anyone
  • not use the internet, including messaging systems or chat rooms, either in school or through private access, to make defamatory or insulting comments about, or post images of, staff working at the school
  • not download software/games to the network
  • not download, use, or upload copyright material without permission of the owner, or without acknowledging the source in their work
  • not visit sites that try to bypass the school filtering and security systems
  • not view, send, upload or download any material which is likely to be unsuitable for children (including material of a violent, sexual, intimidating or defamatory nature) – if students accidentally access inappropriate material, they should inform their teacher
  • never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they know only through emails or the internet
  • use the network/learning platform (moodle) for learning purposes only
  • upload content that is for educational use only
  • include non-educational content on the student home page as long as it is not offensive or insulting to any other person
  • use the discussion forum/blog/wiki contributions to support learning and not make defamatory comments or use inappropriate language

Counselling Service

The school employs an experienced Counsellor.  Students can access this confidential service directly or by speaking to their Year Tutor or Mrs Briggs.  Full details regarding the service can be found in Information for Users document.

If students require support outside of school hours, there are many other online platforms for young people to access:


  • NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 Contact professional counsellors for help, advice and support.


  • 0800 1111 — Free, confidential advice and support for children and young people.


  • Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. It can be accessed also via an app which can be downloaded onto most devices. Kooth provides a range of services to young people including counsellors who will work online with a young person.

Young Minds Messenger

Complaints Procedure
If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from Bishopshalt School Counselling Service, we would like to know so that we can address your concerns. We would ask you to follow the complaints procedure.




  • To raise aspirations and standards
  • To celebrate achievement
  • To develop student involvement in activities in and outside the classroom

Merits are awarded throughout Years 7–9 for…

  • Being especially helpful to staff or students
  • Being especially considerate or thoughtful
  • Being  especially polite and well-mannered
  • Excellent homework and classwork
  • Excellent effort
  • Excellent presentation of work
  • Demonstrating an especially positive attitude
  • Volunteering in class
  • Making good progress
  • Achieving targets
  • Raising money for charity
  • Performing in public
  • Attending extra-curricular clubs and activities

Special Achievement Awards each term will recognise…       

  • Attendance of 100%
  • Positive behaviour resulting in no Year Tutor or School Detentions
  • Outstanding achievement in other areas

Data Analysis for Years 10 and 11 will…

  • Reward students with high effort grades
  • Recognise those who have made considerable progress              

Equal Opportunities and Bullying

At Bishopshalt we believe that all of our students are equally valuable. It is up to all of us to consider the needs of each and every person in our school community and not to judge others unfairly. We will not tolerate bullying of any kind, including all types of prejudice-based bullying.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person through words, actions or manner, and which results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying is different from arguments or fights between peers because it is usually persistent and repeated over weeks or months.

Bullying can be:

  1. Physical: hitting, kicking, pushing
  2. Verbal: name-calling, insults, gossip
  3. Indirect: excluding someone from the group, intimidating gestures, taking someone’s belongings, graffiti about someone
  4. Cyberbullying: bullying that occurs online or via text or mobile ‘phone

Advice for any student who feels that they may be bullied:

  • Realise that Bishopshalt does not tolerate any form of bullying and there are people here who will listen to YOU
  • Speak to someone about how you feel – a member of staff, an older student or your parents
  • Try to ignore the bullies and do not let them see that you are upset
  • Do not lash out at the bully because violence is never the answer
  • At break-time or lunch-time, stay with your real friends or join an extra-curricular activity.  Bullies are more likely to pick on a child who is alone
  • Work to rebuild your confidence and self-esteem, so that you can become more assertive

Advice about what to do if you see bullying:

  • Remember that everyone has the responsibility to report bullying whenever and wherever they see it. By doing nothing, you only support the bully!
  • Comfort the victim and support them 
  • Encourage them to report the incident
  • Tell a member of staff what you have seen

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