Parent Booklet 2019
DRESS CODE 2019/20
It is school policy that all pupils wear school uniform. Considerable effort is made to maintain high standards of dress. It is the strongly held view of the Governing Body that the School should follow a school uniform policy.
PE/GAMES KIT – All pupils
ANY SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KIT MUST BE DISCUSSED WITH THE HEAD OF PE
All items of PE kit can be purchased from: Mansuri, Clive Marks and Early Years
The school will insist upon:
- Plain black shoes with no markings, any laces must also be black. No trainers, trainer style or pumps. Shoes must be appropriate for busy corridors, stairways and playgrounds. Plain black leather style boots may be worn in extreme weather conditions only.
- Outdoor coats, scarves and gloves must be in a plain colour. No hats except in extreme weather conditions.
- No sweatshirts, tracksuit tops, sports tops, hoodies or caps.
- No unreasonable haircuts or hair colourings – including tram lines or patterns or unnatural hair colourings..
- Jewellery is restricted to one ring which must be unobtrusive and a pair of small studs/ sleeper earrings with only one earring in each ear. No other body piercing.
- No excessive make-up. No nail polish or nail accessories.
- A suitable school bag that will both carry and protect exercise books.
- Hair accessories must be plain black or navy.
- Head scarves worn for religious observance must be plain black or navy.
- Plain tights or socks (no patterns)
Full school uniform must be worn in lessons and in the school building (except during break and lunchtime).
All items of school uniform should be named. If, in exceptional circumstances, your child cannot attend in full uniform, we ask parents to contact school immediately.
At Hall Green School, we pride ourselves in providing excellent pastoral care for all our pupils.
OFSTED noted that relationships between staff and pupils and between pupils themselves are excellent.
Responsibility for Pastoral Care
Pastoral care of all our pupils is the responsibility of the whole school community. However any concerns of a pastoral nature are referred directly to The Pastoral Team, who is also the main contact for parents and pupils.
Our Pastoral Aims
- To create a caring and safe environment where pupils are valued.
- To enable each pupil to fulfil their own potential both academically and socially.
- To promote in pupils the self-awareness and self-confidence that they need to face the challenges, both academic and personal, that are placed on them.
- To establish excellent relationships with every parent, so that together we can support our pupils and help prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The Pastoral Team
Mrs P Evans – Designated Safeguarding Lead/Assistant Headteacher
Mrs K Harper – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/Welfare & Inclusion Manager
Miss T Smith – Head of Lorien House
Ms G Wright – Head of Shire House
Mr Y Khan – Head of Isengard House
Mr N Bressington – Head of Rivendell House
Mrs R Monk – Student Support Base Manager/Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Ms H Lloyd – Attendance Officer
Hall Green School is committed to providing a friendly caring, safe environment for all of its pupils. In doing so we recognise that there may be occasions when bullying does take place, but we will always take action to prevent it recurring.
We believe that everyone has the right to come to school and feel comfortable; to be able to learn and to access all permitted areas of school.
If you or someone you know is a regular victim of the following:
- Play fighting
- Damage to your property
- Money or property being taken
- Being deliberately ignored or left out by friends
- Physical abuse
- People laughing at you
Don’t suffer in silence – tell a member of staff or a prefect.
Disciplinary action will be decided after all evidence has been collected and reviewed by the school.
Sanctions available include:
- Official warning to cease offending
- Exclusion from certain areas of the school
- Lunchtime exclusion
- Fixed Term exclusion
- Permanent exclusion
Yardley Trust Foundation
There is a fund provided by the Yardley Education Foundation which provides a grant of £80 towards school uniform. Pupils currently qualifying for Free School Meals (FSM) or pupils who have qualified within the past six years are eligible. Each parent/carer has to apply using the new online system, which takes roughly two minutes. If successful, the grant will be awarded and our school will also receive extra funding to purchase literature for specific subjects or the school library. The attached map shows the geographical area for which the pupil’s postcode would be eligible.
Please find below the application link. The password for this (which is case sensitive) is: yef2019. We encourage any parents/carers who qualify to apply.
In addition, there is a letter here that provides additional information.
More & Most Able
What do we mean by ‘More & Most Able’ children?
The DCSF defines the group supported by the National Programme for gifted and talented education as: “Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).”
All institutions are free to determine the size of their MMA cohort. At Hall Green we aim to identify approximately the top 10% of our learners, these pupils are identified through a combination of teacher assessments and data.
The definition ‘able’ has two strands: ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’. Hall Green’s MMA policy works on the basis of the following distinctions:
- Gifted is relevant to core academic subjects – Maths, English, Science, Humanities, ICT etc.
- Talented is a particular skill in creative arts and sports
What do we do at school to help these pupils?
The biggest focus at Hall Green is to ensure we provide quality Teaching and Learning for all of our pupils. Within school there are a variety of activities to stretch and challenge them, for example:
- Differentiated tasks
- Independent learning
- Active learning
- Risk taking
- Higher order thinking skills
- Peer teaching
- Enrichment & extension
You might notice that your child is involved in some enrichment activities in or out of school such as:
- Maths Challenge Days, Bletchley Park visit
- G&T Summer School
- After school & lunchtime clubs
- Interviews/Careers/Aim Higher days
- Cambridge/Oxford University visit
- University Summer School
- Aspirations & Leadership day – Lance Edynbry in collaboration with Wheelers Lane School
- Visiting artists
- French and music concert in collaboration with Swanshurst School
- Rolls Royce team and Dragon’s Den
- Language plays
- Advanced Kayaking
What can you do at home to help support your child?
Research has shown that 80% of learning goes on out of school hours. Children are constantly learning from the things they see and hear, from the attitudes they are exposed to and the activities in which they are involved. It is essential that parents recognise the important role that they can play in developing their child’s potential.
Support & Encouragement
A supportive and encouraging home background provides the ideal condition in which young people can develop their abilities. Some ideas to help achieve this:
- Recognise and praise achievement
- Focus on what can be learnt from disappointments
- Discuss school work. Find out what they have learnt and ask them to explain things to you
Activities & Visits
- Try to expose children to stimulating experiences such as, playing a sport, visits to museums, Art galleries, Historical sites etc.
- Allow children to take up different hobbies and join different clubs in and out of school
- Encourage reading of books and newspapers
- Encourage the viewing of a variety of thought provoking documentaries and films
- Help them to become critical viewers and readers by discussing what you’ve seen and read
- Ask for their opinions on moral issues and dilemmas. Encourage understanding of both sides of an argument
Developing Language Skills
There can be no doubt that being able to communicate is a vitally important skill. Whether your child is already a mature reader and excellent communicator, or has yet to develop strong language skills, the following ideas can all be used to develop awareness and interest in the language we use. Many of these ideas also develop thinking skills and logical reasoning.
- Emphasise the importance of speaking clearly and discussing ideas and opinions
- Buy a daily newspaper and subscribe to journals which your child is interested in
- Encourage your child to summarise information and feed back to the rest of the family
- Continue reading together
- Play games associated with language such as crosswords, scrabble and articulate.
Developing Creative and Analytical Abilities
The ability to think creatively and analyse information are essential life skills. Once learnt these are tools for life which can be used in all situations and which form a basis for many careers. All subjects at school focus on developing these skills, it is not subject specific. Some activities which help with these skills include:
- Discussing adverts for obvious and hidden messages
- Pick an item and invent 10 new uses for it
- Re-invent/design something new
- Think up new plots for scripts
Developing Visual and Spatial Awareness
- Let your child redesign their bedroom
- Learn a new craft
- Play ball games
- Design and produce their own website
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. Here at Hall Green you can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from year 9 onwards. You just need to be aged between 13 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
You can do programmes at 2 levels at Hall Green, which when completed, lead to a Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, and Expedition. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, and taking part in a camping expedition. Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
If you need any further information, please contact Miss T Smith at school.
Parents' Evening Booking
Admissions and Appeals Process
Birmingham City local authority administers the appeals for Hall Green School, please use the following link below to access the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service section of Birmingham City Council’s website. To submit an appeal or for further information please use the link below.
Download our Smartphone App
The school smartphone app ‘MyED’ is now available for all parents to download on their Apple or Android smartphone.
The app will help us to keep you up to date with news and events at school and will also allow you to send a free instant message to school to inform us of pupil absences.
The app can be downloaded onto all Apple devices running iOS 8 or above and Android devices running version 4 or above.
Before installing the app, please make sure we have up to date contact details for you, especially email address and mobile telephone number. This will ensure we can securely authenticate your access to the app.
Click here for more information about the app.
How to Report Bullying in School
Report any bullying to Mrs Monk in Support Base or any member of staff you feel comfortable talking to. Use the Sharp System on the school website to email the details.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any peer mentors.
Contact any of these websites for information or advice about bullying.
‘Generation Gifted’ is a programme for 12 specially selected, pupil premium, more able Year 9 pupils in association with an organisation called the Outwards Bounds Trust. The programme aims to provide powerful experiences that will increase levels of resilience, courage and aspiration. It is hoped that this will in turn translate into improved GCSE outcomes and success in further education and beyond.
The specific aims of the programme are as follows;
- Respect: Improved ability to listen and communicate effectively with others
- Tenacity: Increased resilience to get through difficulties and failures.
- Courage: Improved willingness to try new things and overcome fears
- Mastery: Increased awareness of taking responsibility for performance
- Aspiration: Increased determination in setting and achieving challenging goals
- Wisdom: Improved confidence and self-belief in own potential
The programme will involve regular in-school mentor meetings and involvement in peer-to-peer support, but the highlight will undoubtedly be a 5-day “Raising Aspirations” residential course at the Outward Bounds Trust centre in Aberdovey, Wales between Monday 28 Jan and Friday 1 Feb 2019. Some of the activities that will be enjoyed on the residential are mountain hiking, gorge walking, canoeing, camping and high ropes, always with an emphasis on personal development and empowerment.
For more information please contact Mr Jackson (email@example.com)