BOARDING HOUSE COM MON RULES The common rules supplement the normal school rules. Cars The school rules obviously apply to all boarders when No boarder may bring a car to school or drive during they are at school and in their houses. The Common term time, apart from when in the company of their Rules should be strictly adhered to by boarders in each parents or a driving lesson. They may only be driven by boarding house. other pupils in exceptional circumstances with the written permission of both sets of parents. No boarder Bedtimes may drive a car during term-time, except when they are Years 7 and 8 21.30 Year 9 22.00 under their parents’ direct care, i.e. they have returned Year 10 22.15 Year 11 22.30 home to their parents or during driving lessons. Nor Sixth Form 23.00 may they drive a car unaccompanied between home and school, and no car may be kept at school or in the Bicycles vicinity. Boarders are allowed to ride bikes providing they are properly maintained and ridden safely. They must agree Boarders on study leave at home under the direct to the rules for safety common to all houses and parents supervision of their parents may only drive once they are should sign a permission slip (see Section 6). The agreed followed the procedure for day pupils. Boarders may not safe route is over Park Grange paths not the fields, but accept lifts from anyone (other than Staff of the School) riders must be aware of pedestrians and dismount at the unless the Boarding Housemaster/mistress has written other side of the tunnel and leave their bikes there. They permission from both sets of parents. may not ride around the central campus, and if they are found doing so, or riding dangerously, e.g. at the Grassy Curfew Monday – Friday Lane exit, they will lose the privilege for a period of time appropriate to the offence. This must be made crystal All Sixth Form boarders should be back in their clear to all boarders. houses by 22.00, unless they are involved in an organised school activity, e.g. play trip, sports event, etc. Bounds There are certain areas around the campus which are off- Middle School Boarders should be in their houses by limits to boarders. Boarders are not allowed to: 21.00, unless they are involved in an organised (i) walk along Oak Lane, school activity. (ii) walk into town along the top part of the High Boarders are not allowed into town after 18.00 Street between Manor House and Gregg’s Monday to Friday. Exceptions to this are rare and restaurant, require specific permission from the boarders’ BHM. An example would be an 18 th Birthday meal. (iii) walk through the Park Grange gate to get to the School, to the town or to the tuck shop, Saturday except Sixth Formers at certain times, Years 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed into town after (iv) walk in Knole Park after dusk in Michaelmas 18.00. and Lent Terms or after 19.00 without permission from BHM in the Summer Term. Year 10 must return from town and be back in their (Boarders should never walk alone in Knole houses by 20.00. Park). Year 11 must return from town and be back in their Boarders must use the tunnel to get from Park Grange to houses by 21.00. the main School. However, after Games at weekends, Sixth Form pupils must return from town and be Sixth Formers may use Park Grange gates. back on campus by 22.00. They must be back in their houses by 22.45. Breaking Bounds All boarders must be in their houses, or have gained Sundays permission to be out of their houses after 18.30 in the Years 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed into town after evening and at all times at weekends. If boarders are out 18.00. of their houses after 18.30 they have broken bounds. When this happens the offence should be referred to the Year 10 must return from town and be back in their Divisional Head by the BHM. houses by 20.00. Year 11 must return from town and be back in their houses by 21.00. Sixth Form pupils must return from town and be Duty staff must attend breakfast and evening meals to back in their houses by 21.00. supervise their Houses. Exeat weekends Meal times: Breakfast 7.30 - 8.20 Fridays Supper 17.45 - 18.30 All boarders in at the weekend should be in their Sunday Brunch 10.30 - 12.30 houses by 18.30. Eating Establishments Saturdays Boarders below Year 10 should not visit places such as Years 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed into town after Pizza Piazza during the evening or at weekends unless 18.00. there are exceptional circumstances. Years 10 and above may go on Saturday or Sunday (Years 10 and 11 must not Year 10 must return from town and be back in their be allowed to drink alcohol) but should not be allowed houses by 19.00. unlimited time out. Year 11 must return from town and be back in their houses by 20.00. The privilege of eating in such places is subject to the good behaviour of all pupils using them. One alcoholic Sixth Form pupils must return from town and be drink with a meal is allowed to those who are legally back in their houses by 20.00. able to buy one. Boarders are not allowed to go to café Sundays bars such as The Slug and Lettuce. Years 7, 8 & 9 are not allowed into town after 18.00. Boarders may attend the 18 th birthday meal of friends in Year 10 must return from town and be back in their other boarding houses during the week providing houses by 20.00. normal permissions are sought and the following Year 11 must return from town and be back in their conditions are adhered to: houses by 21.00. The total number at the meal does not exceed 10; Sixth Form pupils must return from town and be Pupils return to houses by 9.30; back in their houses by 21.00. Pupils only attend restaurants, and not public There are exceptions to these rules if they are agreed by houses; the BHM. In all circumstances the BHM can seek advice from the Head of Boarding. Pupils would not normally be allowed to attend more than three meals per term; Bank Holiday Weekends Prior to IB Exams A full list of those at the meal is submitted to the Pattern followed in 2007: host’s BMH. Friday Sennocke Centre open to boarders from 13.00 – We would not normally expect day students to be at the 17.30. Barbeque on Jockey’s Platch 17.30. All meal. boarders in houses by 19.00 Lower Sixth pupils may have a birthday meal in town between 17:30 and the start of homework time, with the Saturday and Sunday permission of their BHM, however, only boarders from All attend brunch from 10.30 to 12.00 and supper at the same house may attend. All exceptions to this rule 17.45. Sennocke Centre open to boarders from 9.00 need to be agreed well in advance with both the BHM to 17.30. All boarders in houses by 20.00 and the Head of Boarding. Monday Exeat Procedure and Parties Breakfast 8.00 a.m. School campus is largely closed – Students are allowed to leave the House on any Saturday Sennock Centre closed. All attend supper at 17.45 of term after their Sports commitments are fulfilled. They must obtain proper consents from their parents or No trips out of Sevenoaks permitted – only short trips to guardians and the Housemaster/mistress on each Sevenoaks shopping, to cafes, to Knole Park for a walk, occasion. etc. Visits to other boarding houses permitted from 10.00 to 19.00 daily. If a boarder wishes to spend the night with their guardians, we would expect either a letter, a fax or a Dining Room phone call from parents or guardians. In the case of a All boarders must attend every meal provided in the boarder spending the night elsewhere, we would expect: dining room, apart from Saturday Supper, Sunday Brunch and Sunday Supper, which are optional. a phone call or a letter/fax/e-mail of consent from a Boarders are only allowed to miss meals when they are parent or guardian, given specific permission by a member of the house staff. and a phone call or a letter/fax/e-mail of permission from they can give details of guests (by house), and the the host parents or an adult at the address at which the level of supervision. This will be passed to BHMs so boarder will be staying. that they in turn can communicate with their parents. We would also endeavour to obtain full information about the level of supervision and the plans for the Extract from New Parents’ Handbook weekend. In the case of parties, the School insists that Day Parents Hosting Boarders parents give written permission for their child to attend Day pupils often have friends who are boarders and at least 72 hours in advance. The ideal procedure would from time to time may wish to invite them to their homes be for: at weekends. If you are willing to host a boarder in this The boarder to tell the Housemaster/mistress about way please telephone the relevant Housemaster or the party in good time. Housemistress with your request. They will need to be advised about the travel arrangements and the plans for The host parent of the party to contact the Head of the weekend. The School needs to be confident boarders Boarding to give assurances about the level of will be supervised by an adult if they stay at a friend’s parental or adult supervision, that alcohol will not house. House staff also need to receive permission from be consumed to excess and that the sleeping the boarder’s parent or guardian before agreeing to the arrangements give proper thought to gender, and to arrangement. complete the relevant party form. If you are hosting a party to which a large number of The boarder’s parents or guardians to call the boarders are invited, please contact the Head of Boarding Housemaster/mistress who will inform them of the (Mrs Nichola Haworth – firstname.lastname@example.org / arrangements. This will allow the parents or 01732 467734). She will be able to forward a short guardians to give an informed consent. Parents electronic form on which it would be most helpful if you must also give details of travel arrangements to could supply a list of all boarders invited and which and from the party, please. boarding house they belong to. Please discuss with Mrs Haworth travel arrangements, whether alcohol will be The Housemaster/mistress has the right to ask a boarder available, sleeping arrangements and supervision being to stay in the House if they feel the student’s academic provided. Please contact her at least two weeks in work is in need of attention or if they are not fully advance. satisfied with the arrangements for the party. Films In all instances boarders may not leave their house until consents are given. A copy of the letter from BHM Boarders must stick strictly to the age categories set for DVDs and videos, for example, those below 15 must not to a parent holding a party is included – See Appendix 1. watch films classified as 15. These rules apply to out of school parties involving boarders. For any pupil given permission to visit the cinema, school rules and legal age restrictions apply. On a (i) Boarders may not go to parties except on Saturday Saturday night boarders should return immediately after nights or during the day on Sundays. the end of the film. Lower and Middle School pupils (ii) If going to a party from parents/guardians then the may not attend the final screening. The cinema should school is not responsible. not be visited during the working week, unless special (iii) If going from a friend's house then written permission has been gained from the BHM. permission must be obtained from parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must also contact the host to Holiday Lettings satisfy themselves about the arrangements, All boarders must be prepared to clear their bedrooms of including transport, timing and supervision, and let all belongings at the end of every term, as the School us know that this has been done. reserves the right to let out boarding accommodation during holiday periods. Boarders living abroad or at a (iv) If going by coach from school there should be two great distance from the School will be provided with host adults on the coach to and from Sevenoaks. crates to pack belongings for storage at the Boarding Pupils must go from the coach to House. Those boarders who live closer at hand in the UK friends/parents/guardians. will be expected to take most belongings home at the end (v) Boarders may not return to the boarding house from of term. Therefore, we advise boarders to be selective a party unless it finishes by 20.00. about the possessions they bring to school. (vi) Boarders may only attend a party at which adult On rare occasions Boarding Houses might be let out supervision is present throughout. during half terms. The Bursar will inform the (vii)In the case of large parties the host parents can Housemaster/ mistress well in advance so that they can obtain a short electronic form from the Head of organise the clearing of rooms as necessary. Boarding at least two weeks in advance, on which House Dances Public Houses Boarders must return from house dances to their Pupils are not allowed in public houses, wine bars or off boarding houses. They should do so within a time licences whilst under our supervision. Clearly, if they period agreed by the BHM. Boarders can go home after are staying with their parents/guardians, then the house dances or to friend’s houses if this is agreed with decision rests with them. their parents. Boarders who do this, must be picked up by their parents or by the parents of the friend they are SOCIAL NETWORKING AND VIDEO DOWN-LOAD going to, from their boarding house, after the house SITES: ACCESS POLICY dance. (a) Social Networking Sites Laptops The school recognises that social networking sites Pupils may request wireless connection to the school’s are an important form of communication for pupils. network via their own laptops but these may only be Popular sites include facebook, bebo, myspace, configured by the IT Service Department. All boarding schuelervz.net and others. However school pupils are subject to the ICT Code of Conduct. The use of computers are made available to pupils during the 3G datacards is prohibited. school day primarily for work purposes. Leavers’ Procedure To ensure that pupils in the boarding community are A boarder (usually U6) is deemed to have left the Boarding able to keep in touch with family and friends whilst House and the responsibility of the BHM when: prioritising computer access for work during the Their parents have signed their Study Leave Form school day, social networking sites are available in indicating when the boarder is leaving the school; school at specific times and on the following basis: The pupil has handed in their completed Leaver’s Access is conditional on safe and responsible Card to the BHM. use and in accordance with the ICT Code of After this point pupils may no longer stay overnight in a Conduct boarding house. If pupils wish to stay in the Boarding Pupils must take responsibility for making their House until Leavers’ Day, the Leaver’s Card should not web pages private and with restricted access be completed until then. If they want to take temporary leave after the exams, but before the Leaver’s Ball, Access to sites may be reviewed on a case-by- normal exeat procedures should be followed. A copy of case basis to ensure that sufficient levels of the Leaver’s Card is in the Appendix II together with privacy are maintained copies of IB and GCSE Study Leave Forms. Guidelines about the safe use of social networking and similar sites can be found on the student portal Leaving Sevenoaks which contains links to www.thinkuknow.co.uk for Unless they are returning home, Lower and Middle more on-line safety recommendations. School pupils are not allowed to leave Sevenoaks during the week or at weekends unless they are accompanied by an adult. Exceptions to this rule can only be made if (b) Video on Demand and Video Sharing Sites agreement has been reached with the pupil’s parents. Sites like YouTube and Google Video use substantial Sixth Form students can leave Sevenoaks with staff internet bandwidth. Simultaneous access by many permission; however parental permission should be therefore degrades service for other school users. sought for long distances. For example, going to major Sites are therefore made available to pupils outside cities for open days, in particular when this involves an teaching and homework times. Watch-again video overnight stay, Exeats from parents/guardians should be on demand sites like BBC iPlayer and 4OD are sought in the usual way. currently unsustainable on the school’s network and remain blocked. It is the expectation of the school that boarders do not attend midweek social or cultural events. However, (c) Access Times there will be occasional family or religious celebrations Access to social networking and video sharing sites when exceptions will be made. All outings must be is available on school computers at the following agreed with the BHM in advance. times: Term House Mon – Fri Sat Sun 06:00 – 08:30 GIH, IC, Johnsons, Park Grange, 06:00 – 08:30 Michaelmas & Lent 16:10 – 18:30 06:00 – 23:30 School House, Sennocke 14:10 – 00.00 21:00 – 23:30 06:00 – 08:30 GIH, IC, Johnsons, Park Grange, 06:00 – 08:30 Summer 16:10 – 18:30 06:00 – 23:30 School House, Sennocke 14:10 – 00.00 20:30 – 23:30 06:00 – 08:30 06:00 – 08:30 Michaelmas & Lent Lambardes 16:10 – 18:30 06:00 – 22:00 14:10 – 00:00 20:10 – 22:00 06:00 – 08:30 06:00 – 08:30 Summer Lambardes 16:10 – 18:30 06:00 – 22:00 14:10 – 00.00 20:30 – 22:00 Sites unblocked at the times indicated: Signing out and in Signing out and in to boarding houses is a basic www.myspace.com requirement. At Sevenoaks duty staff expect a personal conversation with those leaving the campus or going to www.bebo.co.uk another part of the campus at a time when they should www.schuelervz.net normally be in the house. Similarly the pupil should also check in personally with the member of staff on duty so www.studivz.net that he/she can verify their safety and personal condition www.cyworld.com (e.g., if they have been drinking when they should not). www.youtube.com Uniform www.googlevideo.com To ensure that rules are applied equally to boarders and day pupils, the following rules apply. Boarders may not Sites that remain blocked: wear casual clothes on school site before the end of the timetabled day that is 16.10 Monday to Friday and after www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer games on Saturday. They should not wear casual clothes in town before 16.10 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; www.itv.com/catchup 15.30 on Tuesday and Thursday (except when walking to www.channel4.com/4od out-of-school venues when track suits may be worn). www.five.tv/demandfive Weekends off skyplayer.sky.com At least some boarding houses will remain open during weekends off if required. Boarders who stay in at weekends must abide by the normal boarding rules. The weekend curfew times set out in rule on curfews must be adhered to. Apart from this, boarding houses will be closed when the school is not in operation. Except in very special circumstances, boarders should not expect to return from holidays early, nor stay after the end of term.