Admissions policy and arrangements
All schools have admission criteria to decide which children get places and admissions criteria are different for each school.
Our Admissions Policy can be looked at by clicking here.
Please click here for the Secondary Transfer Admissions Appeals Process, or here for the Admissions Appeals Process.
Our commitment is to value every individual in the community with respect and care.
It is our commitment that everyone in the school community is kept safe, remains healthy and is able to enjoy and achieve. How our school responds to bullying is crucial: the message that pupils, parents and carers and others receive from the school's actions over bullying demonstrate that it is totally unacceptable at all times.
Please read our anti-bullying statement here.
Attendance, punctuality and absence (including requests for leave of absence)
For a child to reach their full potential and educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. At Bay House we expect excellent attendance and punctuality.
For more information click here.
Our Careers and Aspirations education follows a similar approach to that of our Citizenship Education and our Religious Education approaches - complementing and supporting our ‘in and beyond’ curriculum provision. Our Careers and Aspirations education prepares young people as citizens of the future with a sound understanding and knowledge of the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.
Please read our Aspiration and Careers Education statement here.
Charging and remissions
The School’s policy on charging parents or carers for learners’ extra-curricular and optional activities is fully in accord with the 1996 Education Act – details can be found here.
Curriculum at Bay House
Our aims are to enlarge pupils’ and students’ curiosity, knowledge, skills and experiences. We aim to foster learned pupils and students, confident to enquire challenge and question the knowledge they acquire and highly skilled in expressing and communicating what they have learned and think. Our curriculum offer strongly promotes increasing the cultural capital of our learners – lifting them from their everyday experience and empowering them to be at home in a range of different environments.
Our curriculum policy can be found here.
Detailed information about provision in each curriculum area can be found here.
Photographs and video images of pupils and staff are classed as personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. We do not use images of identifiable individuals for school publicity purposes without the consent of a parent, guardian or carer. All images are stored securely and used only by those who are authorised to do so.
Our aim at Bay House is that every learner makes better than expected progress and enjoys and engages in a rich, diverse and challenging learning experience. This is supported through the sustained modelling of our ethos, values and expectations where we have a culture of strong behaviour for learning, intrinsic reward and embedded ‘Foundations for Learning.’ To achieve this equality of opportunity is essential, this requires all to oppose any forms of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability.
To read our ‘Equality Objectives’ click here.
This sits alongside our Equality & Diversity Scheme which can be read here.
This scheme is linked to the application of the following policies: Admissions, Anti-bullying, Accessibility, Behaviour, Charging, Complaints, Disability, Race, SEN and Uniform.
Examination Results - GCSE
2016 saw us achieve a Progress 8 score of +0.5, representing our best ever progress performance.
83% of pupils achieved an A*-C i/GCSE grade in English and in the Mathematics GCSE 74% of pupils achieved A*-C.
We are delighted with the superb achievements of our Year 11s last academic year, as under the government's Progress 8 measure for the best eight subjects, these were the school's best ever results and will be judged as outstanding.
To view our latest GCSE Examination Results please click here.
Click here for our iGCSE English results 2016.
Click here for Bay House details on the DFE school performance tables.
Examination results – A level
Bay House sixth formers once again secured an exceptional set of A Level results which placed them amongst the very highest achievers in the country.
The A*-E pass rate stands at 100%, with an impressive 90% of passes at A*-C and 67% at A*-B.
We are particularly proud of the significant number of students from Bay House who will be the first in their families to enter higher education.
To view our A level examination results please click here.
Click here to find out more about our sixth form.
First Aid and Administration of medicines
We undertake to ensure the well being and good health of all in our school community. To do this, we ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and guidance for First Aid, Administration of medicines and Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions.
Pupils who need first aid are cared for by one of our team of qualified first aiders, pupils with medical conditions are supported by a team of colleagues who work with the young person, their parents or carer to put in placed individual health plans that enable as full access to the life of the school as is practicably possible.
To view our First Aid and administration of medicines policy please click here.
Fundamental British Values
As a school we explicitly support the Government emphasis to ensure that key ‘Fundamental British Values’ are taught its definition summarised through the ‘Prevent Strategy’:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
To find out how we do this, click here to read our Statement on Fundamental British Values.
We recognise that Home learning is vital in preparing learners for success. It helps develop independent, reflective learners who can also self-manage their work and learn to prioritise commitments and meet deadlines. It also encourages parents/carers to engage with the pupil’s learning and helps to promote a collective positive attitude towards home learning.
To view our Home learning policy click here.
For tips and ideas for how parents can support click here.
In addition to the wide and very varied range of music provision in the curriculum and through extra curricular activity, we are also fortunate to have a team of visiting vocal and instrumental teachers who deliver additional lessons.
For further details about our music provision and tuition please click here.
Meals and lunchtime arrangements
Hot and cold meals and snacks are available through break and lunchtime at Bay House from three different outlets; the canteen, the ‘hatch’ and the ‘pod.’ A cashless facility is available to all pupils, and different year groups have priority queuing on different days of the week.
Our catering providers are Aramark.
For more information click here.
Please click here for our most recent Ofsted report (March 2013)
Partnership with parents and carers
As a school we value, and recognise the benefits to every young person of a strong and supportive partnership between home and school. We encourage parents and carers to work closely with us from supporting young people with their learning in school and at home, to encouraging their child’s active participation and engagement in all aspects of school life and in the ethos and culture of the school. There are a wide range of opportunities for communication between school and home.
Click here to read about our partnership with parents and carers.
Click here to find out who to contact within school .
Click here for tips on helping your child.
Permission for Use of Images
At Bay House School we value the contribution to the life and morale of the school, that responsible use of children’s images can make. The use of photographs around school through motivational and inspiring displays, through school publicity materials increases pupil motivation, self confidence and supports parents and the local community recognise and celebrate the school’s achievements.
We only use images that the Headship Team and Governing Body consider suitable and which appropriately represent the range of activities the school provides and the values it adheres to.
No images are used which could be considered to put any child at increased risk. Through this policy we aim to respect children’s and parents’ rights of privacy and to minimise the risks to which children can be exposed to through the misuse of images. The policy takes account of both data protection and child protection issues, minimises risks through the misuse of images and respects young people and parents’ privacy rights.
Once a pupil is aged 13 or over, we are required by law to pass on certain information to the providers of youth support services in your area. This is the local authority support service for young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide the name and address of pupils and parents (and the pupil date of birth) and any further information relevant to the support services' role. However, until pupils are aged 16 or older, parent(s) can ask that no information beyond name, address and date of birth (and their name and address) be passed on to the youth services provider. This right transfers to the pupil on their 16th birthday. Please inform the School if you or your parents wish to opt-out of this arrangement.
As a school, we recognise and value the role pupils and students have in supporting the leadership and shaping the further development of our school. We have an active Junior Headship Team and prefect team who lead our pupil voice work.
Their page can be found here.
Pupil Premium Statement
(including catch up literacy and numeracy)
The Pupil Premium Grant (and the Catch Up money for pupils entering our school with a National Curriculum Level of below 4) is additional funding to support schools in closing the gap between achievement and progress for disadvantaged or vulnerable young people and their peers. The Department for Education encourages schools to deploy the Pupil Premium according to our knowledge of our pupils’ needs to ensure the greatest impact and support is delivered.
To view our Pupil Premium Report – outlining what the pupil premium is, how it is spent at Bay House and the impact of this deployment please click here.
Our Religious Education provision at Bay House composes a rich programme of curriculum provision, with a dedicated off timetable provision that complements our assembly and tutor programmes. Pupils experience reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Our teaching of Religious Education sits within the requirements of our locally agreed syllabus.
To view our policy and Religious Education programmes click here.
The statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 states that all schools and colleges must have clear and transparent safeguarding processes. Our safeguarding policies and practices are regularly reviewed and updated to incorporate guidance provided to schools from the Department of Education and from the NSPCC.
We have a dedicated safeguarding team of 15 colleagues, and a team of ‘experts’ with specialisms in different areas of safeguarding and child protection. All colleagues at Bay House receive regular safeguarding updates and training.
The key people with regards to this aspect of the school are:
- Kirstie Andrew-Power - Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Deanne Coombes and Gill Halls - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Jean Morgan - Designated Governor Safeguarding Officer
Our regularly reviewed and updated safeguarding policies can be found on our website.
Click here for our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
Click here for our Code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
School Discipline and Behaviour policy
We believe that in order to enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is necessary. Our community is founded on mutual respect, tolerance, inclusivity and aspiration to the highest standards of behaviour, wellbeing, personal development and achievement.
Our school discipline and pupil behaviour policy can be found in our Ethos and Values policy here.
School Improvement Priorities 2017-2017
Click here to see our 2017-2018 School Improvement Priorities.
SEN Information Report
At Bay House School we are committed to ensuring the best quality provision for all our learners to achieve to their best, make progress and to be happy and well. Our ‘Virtual School’ works alongside all teachers and staff in the school to provide access to the curriculum for those with special education needs or disabilities, or those with barriers to their learning. Support is provided in lessons, beyond the curriculum and through a wide variety of different interventions and strategies.
The Virtual School works alongside other teams in co-ordinating support and guidance from outside agencies.
The key people with regards to this aspect of the school are:
- Sam Smithbone - SENCo and has responsibility for all matters relating to Special Educational Needs.
- Jan Dale - Director of operations
- Gemma Patterson - Assessment Specialist
- Deanne Coombs - Head of Virtual School and is the SENCo/Senior Lead for SEN across the secondary provision of the GFM
- Jean Morgan - Designated Governor for SEN
To view our Special Educational Needs document please click here.
To view our Virtual School provision please click here.
SMSC – social, moral, cultural and spiritual education
Our SMSC provision is a feature of pupil experience through the curriculum, assembly and tutor programmes and our broad extra curricular offer. Our SMSC provision recognises our commitment to developing young people with the skills, disposition and outcomes to prepare them for an ever changing 21st century world.
For further information about our SMSC provision visit:
Our Citizenship page here.
Our Off-Site Visits, Learning Outside the Classroom and Clubs and Societies page here.
Our International Links page here.
We believe that School uniform further instils our sense of community and belonging and the pride we have in our School. A consistently applied uniform expectation is fair and equal, whilst additionally giving pupils valuable preparation for the workplace.
To view our uniform expectations click here.