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       6                  MEDEN SCHOOL
                          A Specialist Technology College


                             A message from the Head teacher
Dear Parents/Carers,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this information booklet and prospectus to you.

You are about to make a decision about which secondary school to send your child to; a decision
that is vitally important to their future well-being. This decision will not be taken lightly and you will
want to consider a wide variety of issues and to have a myriad of questions answered.

I very much hope that this booklet and prospectus will go some way to answering your questions
but would like to invite you to visit Meden to see for yourself what we can offer you and your child.
On Thursday 23rd September 2010 we will hold our annual Open Evening when the whole school is
on view and staff are available to answer questions. We will also have an Induction Evening to
which you and your child are invited. Next year this will be on Thursday 7 July 2011. Please
contact school if you would like any information or would like to make a visit prior to this event. We
are always delighted to hear from parents and families.

I am immensely proud to lead Meden School. Our staff and students are amazing. I am however
aware, that no matter how good a school is there is always room for improvement. To that end I
welcome any comments you may care to make about the school as it is now and how it may
develop in the future. I genuinely believe in partnership between home and school and have always
encouraged a close and open relationship with parents and carers. Never feel that you are wasting
our time; your issues are of great importance to us and we need to work closely together for the
benefit of your child.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to Meden in the near future and to meeting you
personally. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments please get in touch with me by
telephoning the school number. There is also information on the school website which is updated

Yours sincerely

Kate Reid
Head Teacher


The information given in this leaflet which relates to the school year 2009-2010 was valid at the
time of printing. It should not be assumed that there will be no changes affecting either the
arrangements generally described in this leaflet or in any particular part of them before the start of
the school year 2010-2011 or in any subsequent years.

Any anticipated changes have been included as part of the text.

DATE OF ISSUE: September 2010.


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                        OUR VISION AND VALUES

Vision: A learning community with high expectations

Values:                       Confidence
     To communicate clearly
     To take risks
     To make mistakes

     Within the school
     Within the community
     Within the world

     For ourselves
     For each other
     For environment

     Of learning
     Of leisure
     Of life

     Enable success
     Encourage success
     Celebrate success


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                               THE GOVERNING BODY OF MEDEN SCHOOL

HEADTEACHER:                                         Mrs. K. A. Reid.
                                                             Meden School, Burns Lane,
                                                             Warsop, Mansfield, Notts. NG20 0QN.
                                                             01623 843517.

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS:                                  Mrs B.A. Young
                                                            Meden School, Burns Lane,
                                                            Warsop, Mansfield, Notts. NG20 0QN.

CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS:                              Governor Services
                                                            Operations and Community Services Division,
                                                            North Base, Meadow House, Littleworth,
                                                            Mansfield. NG18 1RJ.
                                                            01623 433433.


          NAME                                       APPOINTING                    TERMINATION
                                                     BODY                          OF OFFICE

    1.    Mrs B. Young (Chair)                       LEA                           23.03.2013
    2.    Mr C. Savage (Vice Chair)                  Parent                        21.10.2014
    3.    Mr M. Millership                           Community                     10.03.2014
    4.    Mr R. Towndroe                             Community                     10.03.2014
    5.    Mrs A. Fawley                              Community                     20.01.2015
    6.    Vacancy                                    LEA
    7.    Mrs P. Kennedy                             Staff                         11.09.2012
    8.    Mr T. Gibbon                               Staff                         22.04.2014
    9.    Miss M. Harker                             Staff
    10.   Ms A. Pears                                Parent                        13.07.2012
    11.   Mr R. Green                                Parent                        05.10.2013
    12.   Miss M. Carr                               Parent                        15.11.2014
    13.   Mr A.Goddard                               Parent                        21.10.2014
    14.   Mrs K. A. Reid                             Head teacher

This list of Governors is correct as of March 2011.

Notes:            (i)     LEA - Local (i.e. Nottinghamshire) Education Authority
                  (ii)    Community Governors are appointed by other governors and
                          include members of the local business community.


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THE SCHOOL DAY - Organisation and times

The school day conforms to the Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority’s statutory school day
length of 5 hours 40 minutes, and is organised as follows:

                 Staff Briefing                      8.25 -                 8.30 a.m.
                 Start and Tutorial                  8.30      -            8.55 a.m.
                 Period 1                            8.55      -            9.55 a.m.
                 BREAK                               9.55      -            10.10 a.m.
                 Period 2                            10.10     -            11.05 a.m.
                 Period 3                            11.05 -                12.00 p.m.
                 LUNCH                               12.00 -                12.45 p.m.
                 Period 4                            12.45     -            1.45 p.m.
                 Period 5                            1.45      -            2.45 p.m.
Year 7 and 8 students are not allowed off the school premises at lunchtime. Years 9, 10 & 11 are allowed
to go off site if they live within walking distance of the school and have permission from their parents.
Any student who returns to school late after lunch will have their dinner pass confiscated.
The school offers a number of activities at lunchtimes including GCSE coursework clubs, homework, sports
activities, computer clubs, film clubs and play equipment is also available for students to borrow.
Parents are asked to note that the deadline times of 8.30 a.m. and 12.45 p.m. are most important.
Students arriving after these times are officially late, and if late arrival occurs regularly, they can expect
to be disciplined for lack of punctuality and will have to remain in school at lunchtime.

The following advice is issued by the Department of Education in a document entitled ‘School
Attendance Information for Parents’.
        Wherever possible you should take your holidays during school holidays
        Avoid taking your child on holidays when they should be taking exams or tests
        You should not expect your child’s school to agree to a family holiday during term time. The
         school will carefully consider your request and they may take your child’s attendance record
         into account.
        Schools will not agree to your child missing more than a total of ten days for family holidays in
         any one school year, unless there is a very good reason.
        If your child is away for more than ten days, the school will set work for them to do while you
         are away.


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In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine
which applications will be granted once places have been allocated to students who have a statement
of special educational needs which names the school:

1.       Children looked after by a local authority.
2.      Children who live in the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother
        or sister attending the school.
3.      Other children who live in the catchment area.
4.      Children who live outside the catchment area but who are attending a linked primary phase
        school on 16th October preceding admission to secondary school and who will have a brother or
        sister at the preferred secondary school at the time of admission.
5.      Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a
        brother or sister attending the preferred secondary school.
6.      Children who live outside the catchment area but who are attending a linked primary phase
        school on 16 October preceding admission to secondary school.
7.      Other children who live outside the catchment area.

In the event of over-subscription, within any criterion preference will be given to children who live
nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home
to the principal entrance to the main administrative building of the school.

For applications for all Nottinghamshire community and voluntary controlled schools the following
groups of children will be given special consideration in their application for a particular school:
Children whose particular medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or other
social circumstances are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant
professional stating that the school is the only school which could cater for the child’s particular needs.
The evidence must be presented at the time of application.

The Local Education Officer will consider each case on its merits and determine the allocation of any
such place on the basis of written evidence. Admission under ‘special circumstances’ will take
precedence over all but the first numbered criteria.
Children of nomadic travellers will be allocated a place at their catchment area school.


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GCSE/Level 2                                                    AS AND A2 COURSES

Acting (BTEC)                                                   Art
Art and Design                                                  Biology
Business                                                        Business Studies
Dance (BTEC)                                                    Chemistry
Electronics                                                     Critical thinking – new course
Engineering (BTEC)                                              Dance (Shared)
English                                                         English Language and Literature
English Literature                                              English Literature
Food                                                            Further Maths
French                                                          French (Shared)
Graphics                                                        Extended Project
Health and Social Care (Applied)                                Health and Social Care
History                                                         History
ICT (Single, Double and Quadruple Award)                        Human Biology
Mathematics                                                     Information Technology (OCR National)
Media Studies                                                   Mathematics
Music                                                           Media Studies
Philosophy and Ethics                                           Medical Science (BTEC – Level 3)
Religious Studies (Short Course)                                Music Technology (Shared)
Resistant Materials                                             Performing Arts (BTEC level 3)
Science (Single, Double and Triple Award)                       Philosophy and Ethics
Science (BTEC)                                                  Physical Education
Sport (BTEC)                                                    Physics
Textiles                                                        Product Design (options in 3D, Graphics
                                                                and Textiles)
                                                                Sport (BTEC Level 3

LEVEL 1 and 2 DIPLOMAS (delivered through Mansfield Learning Partnership)

Business and Finance                                        Creative and Media
Engineering                                                 ICT
Society, Health and Development                             Construction
Hair and Beauty                                             Hospitality and Catering

                                                                Leisure studies
                                                                Performance Studies
                                                                Science (applied)
                                                                Sport (BTEC level 3)
                                                                Stage Management (BTEC level 3)
                                                                Theology                                  7

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                                LEARNING PARTNERSHIP

                                                          Level 1 & 2 Courses available Post 16 at Meden
English Language
                                                          English (GCSE retake)
                                                          Maths (GCSE retake)
                                                          Science (GCSE retake)
Government & Politics
Human Biology
Media (BTEC Level 3)                                       Level 3 Diplomas
Performance Studies                                        Engineering
Science (applied)                                          Society, Health and Development
Stage Management (BTEC level 3)

Level 1 & 2 Courses available to Meden students through Mansfield Learning Partnership

Art and Design BTEC level 2
Business BTEC level 2
Business and Finance Diploma level 2
Finance level 2
Health and Social Care level 2
Leisure and Tourism level 2
Media BTEC level 2
Performing Arts BTEC level 2
Public Services BTEC level 2
Science BTEC level 2
Sociology GCSE
Sport BTEC Level 2


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The School Governors have agreed a uniform which we regard as a practical, distinguishing feature that
helps the students to feel a part of the school and gives a formal appearance. It is the expectation of
the Governing Body that all students wear the uniform below.
Any student who has the need to come to school out of uniform should have with them a note
explaining the reason for this.

Years 7 – 9
     Black blazer with school badge – fitted jackets are NOT allowed
     Black or grey trousers –trousers should be properly tailored cloth, not hipsters
     Black or grey knee length skirt
     Meden school tie – tied correctly and worn up to top button
     Plain black or brown shoes (heels no more than 2”– not trainers)
     Navy or black V neck jumper (optional). No cardigans
     White or pale blue school shirt – No fitted shirts or blouses
     Students should not wear jewellery except a wrist watch and one pair of small studs. No sleepers.
     Hair styles should be neat and presentable. Natural hair colours only, no extreme styles including
     Hats should not be worn in and around the school building
     No denim should be worn at school
     Shirts must be tucked in at all times
     Make up should not be worn.
     Belts should not be worn.
Years 10 - 11
     As above with the addition that girls may wear semi fitted blazers (not jackets) that have a pocket on
         which to sew the badge.
     Girls in Years 10 -11 may also wear minimal amounts of concealer and mascara.

Physical Education Kit

Each boy should have a pair of black shorts, Meden short sleeved PE shirt, white ankle socks and training shoes
(with non-marking soles) for indoor activities and a Meden long sleeved PE shirt, black shorts, blue football socks
and studded football boots for outdoor activities.
Each girl should have a pair of training shoes (with non-marking soles), a white shirt, a pair of white socks, black
shorts any dark coloured sweat shirt.

Students are responsible for looking after their P.E. kit which should be marked with their name and brought to school
on the day required, preferably in a bag and kept with the child at all times. It is always advisable to bring a plastic bag
to put any wet kit in at the end of the lesson.

All students must bring kit to take part in all Physical Education lessons. Those students who are unable to perform
will participate in other roles such as officials, observers or recorders. They must bring a note from their parents to the
P.E. teacher stating the reason. If a student is to be excused for a considerable period i.e. more than a month, a
Doctor’s certificate should be sent.

Parents should ensure that the Progress Leader is informed in confidence of any disability from which their child
suffers so that due allowance can be made, where necessary, when arranging their child's P.E. programme.

Year 12 and 13
As senior members of the school, 6 form students are not expected to wear uniform.


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Both teachers and students through their School Council meetings have drawn up a Code of Conduct
which reads as follows: In this school we do our best to make sure that everyone -

Here are some of the things that we can do to make sure that this happens:
        1.      Respect the feelings of others - try not to do or say anything offensive.
        2.      Be tolerant of other people’s likes, dislikes and beliefs.
        3.      Come to school ready to learn and behave in a way that allows others to learn.
        4.      Don’t bully.
        5.      Look after the environment - we all have a right to pleasant surroundings.
        6.      Be courteous to ALL members of this community.
        7.      Make visitors to the school feel welcome and be aware of the need to
                behave properly when travelling to and from school.
Parents and students are asked to sign the relevant page in their personal planner to show that they
have read and understood the Code of Conduct. Parents are also asked to sign and return a Home
School Agreement. Following on from this there follows a simple list of Dos and Don’ts which both
students and teachers feel are essential to understand if we are to make our school a happy and
successful place in which to work.
                                          Some Dos and Don’ts

        DO:             RESPECT YOUR SCHOOL
                        Work to the best of your ability
                        Take a pride in your work
                        Wear the correct uniform
                        Be on your best behaviour
                        Bring proper equipment to school
                        Do your homework on time
                        Arrive on time for lessons
                        Take an interest in lessons

        DON’T:            Bully
                          Disrupt lessons
                          Be abusive or annoying to others
                          Vandalise other people’s property,
                          Bring chewing gum or chew chewing gum
                          Drop litter
                          Bring valuable items to school
While the above code and lists have deliberately been kept brief and to the point, the following more
detailed set of rules also exists for reference purposes.


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Many of the school rules stated below have been made for reasons of health and safety. In order for
students and teachers in a large organisation to work together in a civilised manner certain rules
have to be adhered to. They make sound common sense.

Movement around school and school environment

Students are expected to walk quietly and sensibly around the school. Running is not allowed in
corridors, on pathways or in the courtyard. Students are expected to keep off the grassed areas and
keep to the paths provided. All litter should be placed in the bins provided. Chewing gum should not
be brought into school. The school is a non-smoking site. Spitting is forbidden.
Polite behaviour is expected as students pass through doorways in corridors and courtesy should be
shown to visitors and adults. Large bags should not be carried at shoulder height. Students should
generally keep to the right on staircases and corridors. They should line up quietly and sensibly
outside classrooms and await instructions from the class teacher.

Classroom Behaviour

Students, upon entering the classroom, should not be wearing any outdoor coat. They should
consider as routine the placing of bags on the floor and the getting out of the necessary books and
equipment for that lesson. Students will be expected to carry with them basic equipment such as a
pen, pencil and ruler.
Insolence and rudeness to teachers will not be tolerated and abusive or aggressive behaviour of any
nature will be dealt with seriously.

Punctuality and Attendance

It is a legal requirement for all students to attend school up to the age of 16. Regular attendance at
school is the shared responsibility of parents, school and the Local Authority.

Students are expected to be on time for morning tutorial, after lunch and for all lessons. Students
arriving after 8.30 will be entered as late. If a student has to leave school early s/he must first gain
permission and then sign out at the school office. Child protection procedures require that students
leaving school during the day must be collected by the parent or carer. It is against the law for a
student under the age of 16 to be absent from school without good reason. When returning from
school after an absence for whatever reason, a note must be brought in to the form tutor, written
and signed by the parent or guardian.

The school has to record when the absence is authorised by the parent i.e. a reason given and note
written and when an absence is unauthorised i.e. no reason given or note written.

Clearly the school must consider unauthorised absence as a serious matter. When this occurs
frequently the Educational Welfare Officer will be involved. The consequence of long term absence
or truancy can lead to a court order and fine.

Parents are also reminded that requests for leave of absence for family holidays should not exceed
two weeks per year.


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The benefits of good attendance for your child are obvious. Many of our students receive awards for
100% attendance not only for a whole term but for a whole year.

In accordance with the Education Regulations 1991 we are required to publish the following data for
the year 2009 – 2010

        The total number of registered students of
        compulsory school age on roll at least
        one school session during the reporting
        year to July 2010                                                  =   1064

        The percentage of half days (sessions)
        missed through Authorised absence                                  =   4.80%

        The percentage of half days (sessions)
        missed through Unauthorised absence.                               =   2.30%

Lunchtime Procedure

Year 7 and 8 students are not allowed to leave the premises at lunchtime. Students in years 9, 10
and 11 who wish to go home must return a form signed by a parent or carer. When agreeing for
their child to be “off campus” at lunch time, parents/carers should be aware of their legal
responsibilities. The school releases students specifically to ‘go home for lunch’ and not to go into
Warsop to buy food. Any student leaving the campus must have a valid lunch pass with their
photograph on it.

Serious Misconduct

Theft, physical violence and damage to property are considered extremely serious offences by the
school and could result in police investigation or prosecution.

School Sanctions

Every school has to resort to administering certain sanctions if rules are continually disobeyed.
Sanctions can vary in nature and include being put on report, being isolated, being detained after
school and more seriously being excluded from school. Although these procedures are outlined in
more detail it is important that parents are made aware in this document of their rights regarding


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Exclusion Procedures and Parental Rights

Exclusions will be used for serious offences only after other school sanctions have been tried.
Exclusion is a serious matter for the student, family and school. The Head Teacher may exclude a

         (i)     for a short specified period
         (ii)    permanently

Parents have well defined rights of representation and appeal which will be made clear through
standard documentation when an exclusion occurs. It is important that parents appreciate their role
and their legal responsibilities in respect of their child’s behaviour both in and out of school and are
aware of the school rules stated above and the disciplinary code of practice. The involvement and
support of parents will always be sought by the school, when serious disciplinary measures,
including exclusion, have to be taken.

Services from which the School Benefits

The booklet “Going to School in Nottinghamshire” which will be issued to all parents of children in
Feeder Schools from Area Education Offices, has full details of the range of services provided for
schools, for students and parents by the Education Authority. Some of these services are heavily
used by this school. Brief comments only can be made here and parents seeking more detailed
information are referred to the booklet mentioned. Further copies of the booklet may be obtained
from the Area Education Offices.

The Connexions Service

Staff from this service work with students in the school particularly in Years 11, 12 and 13. Individual
interviews are held so that relevant advice may be given. The staff of the Careers Service work
closely with the school Careers Department to provide a thorough advisory service.

Details of the Destinations of Students Leaving Meden School (2009)

                 Destination                          Number of Young People   % of cohort     2008 %
                   6 Form                                         84             36.5%           35%
                    College                                       89             38.7%           35%
 Combined Total of those staying in education                     173             75%           70%
          Into Work and Training                                  35             15.2%          15%
                Unemployed                                         2             0.9%            6%
                    Other                                         20             8.7%            9%
                    Totals                                        230            100%           100%


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Educational Psychology Service

Regular visits are made by the Educational Psychologist assigned to the school. The Educational
Psychologist works with the students and parents at home and in the school to seek solutions.

Educational Welfare Service

In addition to the traditional role of ensuring correct school attendance, the Educational Welfare
Officer, who is based at school for part of the week, offers help and support to parents and students
who require advice, she also has access to other Council services such as the Social Services

School Nurse

A trained nurse is provided by the Health Authority. Her role is to help students get the full benefit
from their education by promoting high standards of health. Whilst a child’s health is primarily the
responsibility of the parents, the nurse welcomes discussion with the parents. The nurse is based at
the Health Centre and also serves other local primary schools. She is not, therefore, always readily
available and should not be used as a family doctor might be.

Library Service

The School Librarian makes full and regular use of the project collections, loan services and other
features of the Education Library Service. Without this use it would be difficult to maintain an
adequate supply of teaching resources.

Dance and Drama

Meden students have 3 studios in which to practice their performances. Apart from the annual
production, students take part in many competitions and exhibitions both through dance and


Meden School has an excellent allocation of time from the peripatetic music staff who come to
teach individual students on a range of instruments.

In- service Training

At times of great change in the education system staff training is most essential and Meden makes
full use of its grants both to carry out training on the five days of school closure which are required
each year and to support staff on courses and on in-school training activities.


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The Governing Body’s Charging and Remissions Policy for School Activities

1.     General Principles

1.1    The School governing Body like the Education committee is committed to the general
       principle of free education. In determining the charging and remissions policies which are
       set out in the document the Governors have been mindful of the policy statement produced
       by the Nottinghamshire Education Committee and have also taken account of the
       Committee’s Entitlement Curriculum.
1.2    The Governing Body recognise the vital contribution that a wide range of activities, including
       school visits, residential experiences and clubs can make towards all aspects of students’
       education. The Governing Body would accordingly wish to promote and provide as far as
       possible such activities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the benefit of
       students of the school.

2.     Charges

2.1    The Governing body reserves the right to make a charge for the following activities
       which may from time to time be organised by the school.
2.2    Residential Activities held during school hours: charges may be made for the board and
       lodging element of those residential activities which take place during school hours. Parents
       will be notified in advance of any such activities which the school proposes to organise and
       the estimated cost. Parental consent will be obtained for their children’s participation for
       any such activity for which a charge may be made.
       Any charge for a particular activity will be calculated by reference to the actual cost of
       providing the board and lodgings for each student; no other costs will be covered by the
       charge. Any remission arrangements for such activities will be at the discretion of the
       Governing body EXCEPT in the circumstances described in paragraph 3.1 below.
2.3    Activities held outside school hours: The school will endeavour to provide a range of such
       activities from time to time. These will sometimes include day and residential experiences,
       and are known generally as ‘optional extras’. Charges may be made for these activities
       EXCEPT where they are provided to fulfil any curriculum requirements.
       Any charges for a particular activity will be dependent upon the type of activity and its cost
       and the number of participants. This charge will not exceed the actual cost of providing the
       activity, divided equally by the number of students participating. The charge may include an
       appropriate element for such things as:

               a)       the student’s travel costs
               b)       the student’s board and lodging costs
               c)       materials, books, instruments and other equipment
               d)       non-teaching staff costs
               e)       entrance fees to museums etc.
               f)       insurance costs
               g)       the expenses only of participating teachers engaged on a separate
                        contract for services to provide the ‘optional extras’
       Any remission arrangements for such activities will be at the discretion of the Governing
       Body EXCEPT in 3.1 over.
2.4    Materials and Ingredients: a charge will only be made for any materials and ingredients
       related to activities taking place during school hours where parents have indicated in

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      advance a wish to own the finished product. Alternatively parents may, in these
      circumstances, be asked to volunteer to provide the materials.
2.5   Examination Fees: no charge will be made for a prescribed public examination for which a
      student has been prepared by the school. The only exception to this policy is for Post 16
      students who re-sit a module test more than once. If a student fails without reasonable
      cause to complete the examination requirements of any public examination for which the
      Local Authority or school has paid, the fee involved will be recovered from the student’s
      parents. The examination fees payable by parents in these circumstances may be remitted if
      the Local Authority or the school Governing Body, is satisfied that the cause of the student’s
      failure to complete the examination requirements was reasonable. Each case will be
      considered on its individual merits.

3.    Remissions

3.1   Where the parents of a student are in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit, the
      Governing Body will remit in FULL the cost of board and lodging for any residential
      activity the school organises for the student if the activity:

      a)      takes place within school hours OR

      b)       forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or fulfils
               statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or religious education,
               irrespective of whether the activity takes place within or outside school
3.2   Any other remission arrangements for a particular activity or student will be entirely at the
      discretion of the School Governing Body.
4.    Voluntary Contributions

      Nothing in this policy statement precludes the Governing Body from inviting parents to
      make voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or in support of any school
      activity. Any contributions sought will be entirely voluntary and students will not be treated
      differently according to whether or not their parents make a contribution in response to any
5.    Breakages and Damage to School Property

      The Governing Body reserves the right to seek reparations from parents where their
      children cause breakage or damage to school property.
6.    Review

      The Governing Body reserves the right to review and amend this policy statement
      from time to time, as appropriate.

7.    The School Fund

      In addition to money provided by the Local Education Authority, there is a school fund
      which is managed by the Head Teacher and which consists of donations and other income
      raised in a variety of ways, the purpose of which is to benefit the students of the school by
      the provision of facilities etc. which cannot be made available for whatever reason from
      monies provided by the Local Authority.


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                                     Meden School Policies

Physical Education Policy

Work within the Physical Education Department is designed to support, contribute to and
compliment the aims of the school.

The department aims to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme, with the
opportunity for all students to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. At Meden,
the physical education curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs
of individual students and encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and

The development of confidence, tolerance and appreciation of one’s own and other’s strengths and
weaknesses are considered to be an important part of the learning process.

It is intended that the programme offered, together with an awareness of the leisure opportunities
within the community, will develop those skills and attitudes conducive to involvement in an active
and healthy lifestyle.

There is an active and varied extra curricular programme which is staffed by members of the
Physical Education Department and staff from other curriculum areas.

The Meden Family of Schools is a member of the ‘North Nottinghamshire Sports Partnership’ which
aims to boost the range and quality of sport available for our students.

Drugs Policy

Where does The Meden School stand on drugs?

It is our policy to make Meden School a safe place for everyone.
We believe we have a duty to inform and educate young people on the consequences of drug use
and misuse.
We also believe it is essential to share this responsibility with parents and seek effective
communication and co-operation.
What is a drug?
A drug is a substance which when taken into the body alters the way the mind and body works.
                                    Advice to students and students

1.      The School has a legal responsibility to take action over illegal drugs such as
        cannabis, speed, ecstasy, heroin, crack and acid.

        You must not    a) give, supply, buy, possess or use drugs on school premises,
                        b) for health and safety reasons, come on to school premises under the
                        influence of drugs.


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2.       You should be aware that the use of, possession of, or trade in illegal substances on school
         premises could lead to the termination of your education at school and criminal
3.       Alcohol and solvents are also drugs which have health and safety consequences for students
         and the school. You must not bring alcohol or solvents on to school premises, or be in
         school under the influence of these.
4.       You should not smoke on school premises. Cigarettes and matches will be confiscated if
         brought onto the premises.
5.       If you have worries concerning drug related issues, solvent or alcohol misuse, you can talk to
         a tutor, Head of House or the School Nurse. Appropriate support, advice or information can
         then be offered. This advice could be sought through
                                   CHILDLINE Telephone 0800 1111
                          NATIONAL DRUGS HELPLINE (FRANK) 0800 776600

Educational Practice

In all years students will receive drugs education through the school’s Personal, Social, Health and
Citizenship Education programme. With the emphasis on saying ‘no’ the school therefore will
promote a clear ‘anti-drug’ policy through its PSHCE work.

A Whole School Anti - Bullying Policy

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of consultation between staff, students, governors and



“behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another
individual or group either physically or emotionally” (DCFS, 2007)

Bullying can include:
     Physical (hitting, kicking, taking another’s belongings)
     Verbal (name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks)
     Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding from social groups, cyber bullying via sending
        malicious emails or text messages)


        report bullying incidents to teachers so that appropriate action may be taken.
        Be open and honest, bullies thrive on silence and fear.

The tutor should usually be the first point of contact and then the Progress Leader or Pastoral
Support Assistant for that year group and of course children may talk to any teacher who they know
and trust.

Students and parents can be assured that incidents will be handled discreetly and sensitively


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Victims will be offered immediate support.
     Bullies will be dealt with according to the seriousness and nature of the incident. There
        cannot be one standard sanction.
     Parents of both victim and bully will normally be contacted. The police will also be involved
        if action warrants it.
     All incidents will be recorded, logged and filed.
     Depending on the case history of an individual bully, exclusion may also be a necessary
     In certain cases a meeting between victim and bully will be set, so that reconciliation can be
     The school provides many opportunities for groups to discuss bullying in a variety of


Watch for signs of distress in your child. There could be an unwillingness to attend school, a pattern
of headaches or stomach aches, equipment that has gone missing, requests for extra pocket money,
damaged clothing or bruising.

Take an active interest in your child’s social life. Discuss friendships, how free time is spent and the
journey to and from school.

If you think your child is being bullied, inform the school and ask for an interview with the Progress
Leader or Pastoral Support Assistant for the Year group.

Keep a written record if the bullying persists. It will be painful but it will provide supportive evidence
regarding WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN.

With an appointed member of staff, devise strategies that will help your child and provide her/him
with support inside and outside school.

Special Needs Policy Statement

The aims of Meden School, together with the Nottinghamshire Children and Young People’s
Curriculum Statement and ‘The Code of Practice’, provide very clear expectations about the rights of

Within this context, our approach to special educational needs is based on the following principles:-

    Children with special educational needs are entitled to have access to a broad and balanced
     curriculum, delivered in a relevant and differentiated manner, enabling progression and to be
    The whole school and governors will share the responsibility for meeting the special
     educational needs of children.
    The school will identify and assess the special educational needs of children by a staged
    The school will aim to provide appropriate support and help for children identified as having a
     special educational need.


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    The school will create positive working relationships with external agencies to provide extra
     effective provision for children with special educational needs.
    The school will promote a partnership with parents to ensure that they are involved when
     their children are felt to have a special educational need.

Complaints Policy

There is a procedure agreed by the Local Education Authority for dealing with any complaints about
the school curriculum or any other related activities.

A copy of the full complaints procedure is available for reference in school. The procedure provides:

a)      that there should normally be a preliminary informal discussion with the Head Teacher or
        other appropriate school staff to see if the complaint can be resolved without recourse to
        the formal procedure.

b)      that if the complaint can not be resolved informally the complaint should be written
        either to the Clerk of the Governing Body or to the designated officer in the Local

Access to Documents and Information

The following documents are available from school. If you would like to see any, please contact the
school office, by telephone, and arrangements will be made.

1.      The LA’s statement of curriculum policy.
2.      The Governing Body’s statement of curriculum aims for the school.
3.      All statutory instruments, circulars etc. concerning the curriculum which are sent to the
        school by the DCSF.
4.      All published HMI reports which refer to the school.
5.      All schemes of work currently used by teachers in the school.
6.      All syllabuses followed whether for public examinations or otherwise.
7.      The LA’s procedures for dealing with complaints about the curriculum.
8.      The LA’s agreed syllabus for RS.

Sex Education Statement

The school believes that information on sexual matters, aimed at promoting understanding and
dispelling ignorance, should be part of every student’s entitlement.

The variety within the Secondary School curriculum enables aspects of sex education to be covered
in a number of different contexts. All students will be provided with information about the biology
of sex within their normal National Curriculum Science courses in years 7 - 9. They will also meet
other aspects of sex education within the Health Education sections of Personal and Social
Education programme.

Parents need alerting to the fact that the P.S.H.C.E. programme will include information about AIDS
and HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and aspects of human sexual behaviour, other than

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        The emphases in our presentation of sexual issues are:

        (a)     to teach straight forward factual information.

        (b)     to present all information in a caring and sensitive manner
                so as to avoid embarrassment for any student.

        (c)     to match our teaching to the maturity of the students as they progress
                through the school, choosing materials and methods which are appropriate to
                students at different stages of development.

        (d)     to provide ample opportunity for discussion and questioning.

        (e)     to provide information in a balanced way so that areas which are open to
                controversy can be considered calmly and without bias.

        (f)     to set sex education in a context which supports the context of family life,
                whilst acknowledging the great variation of family circumstances even
                within our local area.

We acknowledge that some parents will have strong feelings about the sex education their children
should receive. Whilst hoping that all our children will be allowed to attend the lessons it must be
pointed out that parents do have a statutory right to withdraw their children from that education
which takes place outside the National Curriculum. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if
they have further queries on this matter.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught throughout the school and follows the agreed Nottinghamshire
syllabus. During the week, each year group has an assembly on a different day. If the parents/carer
of any student attending Meden request that their child be excused at collective worship or RE
lessons, the child shall be excused. If you wish to exercise this right, please discuss this with the
Head Teacher so that suitable alternative provision can be made.
In assemblies we talk about local national and global issues that may affect us, as well as matters
such as discipline and ethos.

Child Protection

‘Every school is required to refer their concerns to the Social Services Department. While we will
seek, in general, to discuss these concerns with the family and, where possible seek agreement to
making the referral, this will only be done where such discussion and agreement seeking will not
place a child at risk of significant harm.

This procedure is intended to protect children from abuse. When we refer a concern about a
student to the Social Services Department, we are not accusing the parents/carers of abuse, but
requesting that further enquiries take place and that any necessary help and support is provided’.


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             Assessment and Examination Results

             External examinations have an important place in the secondary stage of education. However, they
             are only one of a whole range of indicators of the quality of the school.

             All schools’ results need to be interpreted with caution and the school policy concerning
             examinations also need to be taken into account. Experience shows that results achieved by
             students at school may vary considerably from year to year. Good results in one year in a subject
             may be followed by less good results in a subsequent year and vice versa.

             The Government’s published tables of national examination performance for 2009 will be available
             for inspection in school. The results for GCSE and Advanced Level performances of students in the
             summer of 2007/8 will be made available to the public as soon as possible.


     KS3 end of year 9

      Level 5 + %                        2010               2009             2008              2007      2006    2005

      ENGLISH                             77                 71             64 (74)           64 (70)     53     63

      MATHEMATICS                         75                 73             72 (76)           68 (74)     72     72

      SCIENCE                             69                 65             62 (70)           69 (70)     69     67

GCSEGGCSE results                        2010               2009             2008             2007       2006   2005

      5 + A* - C grades                 71.5%               65%             45(50)           45 (48)     48      44

      5 + A* - C grades
                                      36.5% (42)          42%(46)           36(37)              39
      inc. Maths & English

      5 + A* - G grades                  94%                96%             86(90)             (90)      89      89

      1 + A* - G grades                  96%                97%               95                89       90      92

      Average points score             Per entry                           Per entry         34.3 (36)   31.5    34
                                                                          Per student
                                      Per student

                                                           * Targets are in brackets
      A Level Results                    2010               2009             2008             2007

      Average Point Score per
      candidate                          713                657              599.5            530.18

      Average Point Score per entry
                                         182                164              156.5


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