1. Principal’s Message
2. Academy Ethos
3. Paddington 10- Our code of conduct for students
4. Uniform Expectations
5. Uniform Procedures
6. Student Equipment
7. Banned Items
8. Around the Academy
9. Attendance and Punctuality
11. Consequences of Poor Behaviour
12. Report Cards
13. Serious Incidents: Keeping the Community Safe for All
14. Supporting the Individual
15. The Academy Day
16. Term Dates 2011-2012
17. Key Contacts
Welcome to our Parent Handbook. This is a guide for parents to help you support
your child while they are a student at Paddington Academy.
We want all our students to leave having enjoyed their learning, achieving their very
best results, experiencing success in a variety of ways and having a strong sense of
community, integrity and leadership.
At Paddington Academy we want to secure the very best learning. For this to happen
we need to ensure the highest standards, expectations and aspirations at all times.
We maintain very high standards for attitude to learning, uniform, attendance and
behaviour. We will support our students to achieve this. The Blue Book contains
guidance on these.
We listen to both students and parent voice. If you have any queries that you wish to
discuss please contact us via the web site, phone, parent focus group or Principal’s
Please support us to be our best and bring out the best in
Very best wishes
Thank you for taking the time to read the Parent Handbook.
Please let us know via the contact list on the back page if there are ways that we can
improve our Parent Handbook or our commitment to your child.
Paddington Academy – Our Ethos
We believe Our students learn to Our students leave us
Learning is the most Know that the street stops Feeling safe and secure at
important reason for being at the gate Paddington
at the Academy
Nothing should stop Dress and behave Able to learn effectively and
learning appropriately in a formal with the resilience to
environment continue doing so
Teachers and students are Have high standards for
active participants in the themselves and be good
learning process role models
No matter what the Overcome any barriers to With the qualifications and
starting point, outstanding success and to achieve at determination needed to
progress is achievable by the highest level possible reach their ambitions
There are no limits, no Recognise their ambitions
short-cuts and no excuses and talents, focus on them
and realise them
Paddington Academy is a Acquire the personal and Able to function effectively
unique community where social skills they need to in any area of society and
all people are of equal participate in different as part of a community
Disadvantage is not a Always seek a ‘win win’ Feeling confident in a
barrier to success solution variety of situations
Always show courtesy to
Education gives you Pursue a sense of self- Able to make responsible
freedom worth and recognition of choices and to fulfil their
worth in others that is not potential
linked to possessions or
Fulfilment is derived from
having choices in life and
being able to choose to do
what you enjoy and are
Paddington 10 for Students
The Paddington 10 are the non negotiable basics we expect from all of our
students all of the time.
1. I do as I am asked, the first time I am asked
2. I am always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing
3. I keep my hands, objects and inappropriate comments to myself
4. I always look smart and am ready to learn (correct uniform, no chewing, no
swinging on chairs, no mobile phones, headphones or iPods)
5. I always have the right equipment for my lesson (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber,
books, PE/Dance kit)
6. I am a resilient learner- I always try my hardest and learn to the best of my
7. I am responsible for my learning and the learning of others-this means I work
well independently and with others
8. I respect others
9. I am a reflective learner-when someone is speaking I always listen and give my
10. I take pride in my work including the presentation of my work and exercise book
We expect Paddington Academy students to be smart, proud and confident.
This means that they should be dressed in the correct uniform, worn in the
Plain navy trousers pulled up, under garments must not show.
Plain light blue shirts, short or long sleeved (polo type shirts are not permitted)
Students may not wear visible t-shirts underneath their shirts.
Shirts must be buttoned up to the collar and tucked into trousers.
Shirt collars must be worn turned down.
Paddington Academy jumper (optional)
Clip on Paddington Academy tie worn properly
Plain blue or black belt. No big buckles.
Plain navy blue skirt worn no shorter than knee length
Plain navy blue trousers
Plain light blue open neck shirt with revered collar, short or long sleeved
No visible t-shirts may be worn underneath
Paddington Academy jumper (optional)
Ankle or below the knee white or navy socks
Plain navy tights
Hijabs must be plain navy or black with no other colour of decoration
Plain navy blue blazer
Plain black or navy waterproof outdoor coats without any large emblems and
with no ‘hoodie’ style inserts
Plain and black leather polishable shoes, lace up or slip on with black soles
Uniform checks are conducted every morning at reception and in lesson 1 by
student support mentors.
The actions for students not wearing the correct uniform are shown
The following items are essential:
School lunch pass (where appropriate)
Additional desirable equipment includes:
Calculator, compass and protractor
All these items are available for sale in reception each morning
PE and Dance Kit
Paddington Academy or plain navy blue track suit
Plain white shorts
Light blue t shirt
This kit should be
Brought to school on days when PE and Dance take place.
Students will be given kit from PE supplies to borrow if they do not bring kit.
Sanctions will be imposed by the PE/Dance departments for students who
persistently fail to bring kit to school.
Students who are unable to participate in PE or Dance for medical reasons
must bring a note
All our students must be safe and have high standards of dress at all times.
For these reasons, the following items are not permitted and should not be
worn or bought to the academy. Such items should be confiscated
consistently by all staff.
No jewellery may be worn to school, including piercings of any kind.
Any type of hat or cap.
Bandanas, headbands and combs
Nail varnish and or nail extensions
Weapons or items that could be used as weapons
Drugs including cigarettes and alcohol
Mobile Phones and Electronic Equipment
Mobile/ MP3 players phones should not be brought into school etc. If seen at
any time during school hours such items will be confiscated and held until the
end of the day. This applies to all students including the sixth form.
During PE/Dance lessons valuables must be handed to PE /Dance staff for
safekeeping at the beginning of the lesson.
Items taken from students during the school day are usually returned at the
end of the day. However, where a student persistently brings/uses banned
items during school hours, parents may be requested to come to collect.
Unclaimed items are sent to lost property in the reception area at each half
There is a lost property claim at the end of each half term. Items not collected will be
disposed of. Unclaimed uniform items will be donated to the school uniform shop.
Around the Academy
There are many of us in our community. Please remember that sensible
movement around the academy and safe, polite behaviour is essential from all
at all times.
There are two dining areas, one serving cold food and baguettes, the other
There is also a sixth form canteen on the second floor.
Students who bring packed lunches eat in the dining areas as well.
Students are expected to queue for their meals in an orderly fashion. The
queue areas have benches for student comfort.
Students are expected to eat in a sensible manner and clear their trays at the
end of their meal.
Food and drink should not be eaten outside the dining room area.
Free School Meals
Application forms will be sent to parents when entitlement to free meals is due
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure this form is completed and sent to
Westminster Local Authority to ensure continuity of meals.
Free school meal cards must be shown each day.
The card may only be used by the owner. Cards passed to other students will
Breakfast club runs each morning from 7.45am in the dining room.
A selection of snack items are available from the school canteen at break
times. Free school meal cards cannot be used for these snacks.
Isolated Breaks and Lunch
Students who behave inappropriately during break and lunch times will be
isolated with a member of staff at these times.
Are open on the ground floor before and after school and at break and lunch.
Students are not permitted to use the toilets during lesson time except in an
emergency or unless they have a note confirming a medical condition.
Lifts are for the staff use only. Students with injuries or illnesses may be given
a lift pass for their sole use.
Attendance and Punctuality
Good attendance and punctuality are vital for good learning and progress. We
reward outstanding attendance and punctuality every half term.
Attendance and Punctuality
Please aim for 100% attendance. In the event of an absence please call the
attendance officer on 0207 479 3900
The school operates a first day calling policy and parents will be contacted by
phone or text message if a student is absent and we have not received a
The school will refer students to the Education Welfare Officer if attendance
becomes a concern.
Parents may be required to provide medical evidence for absence and attend
an attendance panel within the school where attendance falls below 90%
We encourage good punctuality in our students both to work and lessons.
Students are expected to arrive at school by 8.20am each morning ready for
lessons to start at 8.30am.
Students will be kept in detention on the same day if they arrive late.
Students who are frequently late will receive ‘cockerel calls’ at 7.00am
Students who are persistently late will be placed on a Punctuality Contract.
Failure to improve will result in a Saturday morning detention.
Holidays requests during the term
We cannot condone holidays taken in term time, even with good reason, because it
damages the education of your child. For this reason, holidays within term time will
only authorised in the case of a genuine emergency for which evidence of the need
to travel has been provided. Unauthorised holidays taken in term time will
automatically be referred to the Education Welfare Office which may result in a fine.
Possibly the most important factor in encouraging good behaviour is constant
and consistent positive recognition; it improves students’ self esteem and
creates a positive school environment.
Reward Given for? When?
Positive Sims Positive work, At any time by class teachers.
effort /contribution in Prizes and certificates for most tutor
lessons group and individual positive SIMS
Students may ‘cash in’ their net positive
SIMS points for school equipment and
Positive Consistently At any time by class teachers/subject
Postcards positive work, leaders
effort / contribution in
Badges Participation At any time by teachers in recognition of
participation in clubs or special events
Learner of the Positive work, Weekly nominations. Certificate given in
Week effort / contribution in assembly and published in newsletter
Learner of the Most frequently Certificate at end of each term in
Term nominated student in assembly and published in newsletter
Learner of the Consistent work and Certificate and gift voucher at end of year
Year effort all year assembly
Attendance 100% attendance and Bronze, silver and gold awards each term
punctuality in assembly.
Rewards Trips For students with 0 End of school year
negative SIMS and
Awards Evening Effort and Annual evening event for winners and
achievement in each families.
Students achieving 100 or more net positive SIMS will become
The 100 Club members of the 100 Club. They receive a badge, certificate and
prize and earn special privileges.
Consequences of Poor Behaviour
The good behaviour of students is essential to effective teaching and learning.
Inadequate behaviour will always be challenged and acted upon.
Both negative and positive student behaviour is logged on an electronic behaviour
monitoring system called SIMS. Parents can access this information via the Learning
Gateway if an email address is supplied to the school.
All schools have the legal right to use detention as a disciplinary measure. Students
who need to be removed form lessons by a senior member of staff will receive a one
hour same day detention. Parents will be informed of this in a telephone call.
Students who are on late contract and break the agreement will receive a two hour
Saturday morning detention with a senior member of staff
The academy has a system of report cards which are used to monitor student
behaviour in lessons where there are concerns. The report card has identified
targets which the student needs to focus on for a two week period in order to be
successful. It is important that when a parent is informed that a child is on report that
they look at the report card each day and sign it.
Internal Exclusion Unit (IEU)
Where a student has behaved in a more serious manner they may be isolated in the
IEU as an alternative to exclusion from school. Students have break and lunch at a
different time from the rest of the school and are expected to work in silence
throughout the day. Parents will be informed by phone call and letter if their child is
placed in the IEU.
Seclusion is the final sanction before fixed term exclusion. Students attend the IEU
Exclusion is a very serious sanction and not taken lightly. The decision to exclude a
student from the academy is made only by the Principal. Parents will be informed by
telephone and by letter if their child is excluded. Parents are legally responsible for
their child for the first 5 days of any exclusion and they must be at home during this
period. Students attend Beachcroft Pupil Referral Unit from day 6 onwards. Parents
are expected to attend a reintegration meeting with a member of the senior team on
return from any exclusion.
The charts opposite give examples of misbehaviour at each level and the
sanctions which may be given and explain the report card system.
Consequences of Poor Behaviour
Examples of School Action Decision by
Impoliteness Verbal Warning Class teacher
C1 Homework not Move student
done Class teacher
Mobile phone use
As above- SIMS report Class teacher
persistent Referral to subject Subject leader
Refusing to follow leader Form tutor
C2 instructions Internal referral
Play fighting Letter home
Refusal to work Phone call home
Aggressive Report cards
Failure to attend
Continued SIMS referral Subject Leader
disruption to HOY HOY
Abusive language IEU Assistant Vice
C3 towards teacher Parent meeting Principal
Being late Isolated breaks
Lesson Truancy HOY report card
Violent behaviour Permanent Exclusion Vice Principal
towards teacher Pastoral Support Principal
C4 Continued bullying Referral to LSU
Vandalism (serious) programme
Theft External Agency
Possession of Involvement
Drugs/weapons Police officer
Selling drugs Managed Move Principal
One Use of a weapon Permanent
off Causing physical exclusion
Serious injury Police action
Serious Incidents: Keeping our Community Safe for All
School Police Officer
Our police officer PC Turpin assists us in ensuring that our students are safe both in
the academy and in the local community. He also gives advice, information and
support to students. The academy and police officer share information to this end.
Where a criminal offence is known by the school to have taken place either in or
outside school this information will be passed to PC Turpin. Parents can also contact
PC Turpin directly at Paul.Turpin@paddington-academy.org
Bullying of any kind is treated very seriously at Paddington Academy and will be
dealt with promptly. Bullying often takes place secretly. Therefore it is important that
students report any bullying they experience or see to their Head of Year. Parents
should also report any bullying their child complains of IMMEDIATELY.
Drugs, including cigarettes and alcohol, are not permitted on the school site. Such
items will be confiscated and not returned. Students suspected of being under the
influence of drugs or alcohol must be collected by parents immediately and will be
referred to the borough drugs intervention team as a condition of their return to the
Any implement found on a student which could be used to harm a member of the
academy will be treated as a weapon. The academy uses hand held metal detectors
to randomly check students each morning. Any student found in possession of a
weapon will be referred to the school police officer and may face permanent
It is the basic right of all members of the school community to be safe. It is the
school’s legal right to search any student suspected to be in possession of illegal
substances or weapons. Such searches are always done in the presence of a
member of the School Leadership Team and if possible the school police officer.
Teachers have the right to use reasonable force to restrain a child who is presenting
a danger to themselves or other students. Where possible restraint only takes place
in the presence of a member of the School Leadership Team or by the school police
At Paddington we firmly believe education is a three way partnership between the
child, the home and the school. To this end we are fully committed to ensuring strong
and mutually beneficial communication between home and school. We understand
and respect the valuable contribution parents make and know that for our students to
be successful we need support from home. We will make every effort to ensure all
our communication with you is timely, clear and meaningful.
We further recognise the important role fathers play in their child’s well being and
seek to actively encourage full engagement from fathers wherever circumstances
For those parents who wish to play a more active part in Academy life and be
empowered to effect changes there are a number of opportunities for you to do this.
We have a half termly Parents Forum which is held on a Monday from 6.30 – 7.30.
The agenda for these groups is sent by text message a few days before the meeting
so parents can decide if the content of the meeting is of interest to them. The
meetings often invite guest speakers, including members of staff who have a
particular role within the academy. The parent Governor also attends these
meetings. In addition, we have a Paddington Parents Association (PPA) which meets
once every term. Major discussion items generated by the PPA are usually filtered
down to the Parents Forum group for a more detailed discussion.
Parents have a dedicated section on our website where they can obtain information
on their child’s curriculum for each subject over each half term period. There is also
a quick and easy ‘contact us’ link.
Our Parental Support Advisor is Gina Lansley. Her job is to ensure good
communication, engagement and empowerment for parents, as well as maintaining
strong and lasting relationships between home and school. Gina also runs Parenting
classes on an 8 week cycle. Gina can be contacted on 020 7479 3945 or email at
We welcome suggestions from all parents as to how we can improve and continually
strengthen the link between home and school. Please feel free to contact us with
Supporting the Individual
School Progress Reports
Students will receive a short progress report with their grades in every subject each
half term. A full comment report is sent once a year. Parents can have online access
to their child’s report and behaviour record through Sims Learning Gateway. Further
information can be gained at anytime from the Head of Year and tutor using the
email addresses at the end of this booklet.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Students who have not received a full education in English or who are new arrivals to
the UK receive a range of support based on need. This may involve intensive
English withdrawal classes, in class support and after school homework clubs. If you
have any concerns or questions please contact Rachel Weekes.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
If your child has a statement of special educational needs or if they have support for
a learning difficulty, the SEN department will organize appropriate support. This may
involve withdrawal classes in literacy or numeracy, in class support from a Learning
Support Assistant or specialist support from an external professional. If you have any
concerns about your child’s special educational needs please contact Sarah
Thompson or Malini Sarkar
Learning Support Unit
The learning support unit continues the education of students who are experiencing
difficulties which mean they would otherwise be failing to learn. It helps student
develop strategies to help them in the classroom and around the school and acts as
a supportive base for the reintegration of students who are experiencing personal
and emotional difficulties. For further information please contact Sarah Thompson
Key Stage 4 Support
Dedicated Student Support Mentors strive to ensure that each student in Year 10
and 11 achieve their best academically. Mr. Twine and Miss. Shortt will provide
academic support throughout Key Stage 4 in coursework, BTEC assignments, study
skills and revision classes. Classes with specialist Maths and English tutors are
provided as required.
In combination with regular intervention classes and in class support, a homework
club takes place after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until
Parents are regularly informed about student progress. If you have any questions
about your child’s progress please contact Miss Shortt at sam.shortt@paddington-
Key Stage 3 Success Unit
The Key Stage 3 Success Unit is specifically designed to support KS3 students
achieving their academic targets in Maths, Science and English. To help make the
most of their academic journey, students will be supported by the Success Unit in a
variety of ways:
In-class support in any of the 3 core subjects.
Access to homework club with use of the computers (Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday).
Small group withdrawal for a curricular based project.
One-to-one discussions on individual progress.
Parents of students involved will be regularly informed by phone, mail or meetings as
to their child’s progress.
For more information about this exciting project please contact Ms Koralek at
We place great importance on the development of literacy skills. Students are
regularly assessed to ensure that they are making progress and interventions are put
in place for students who need additional help. As parents you can support this by
ensuring that your child has access to books and is reading regularly at home.
Gifted and Talented
Many of our students have special skills and talents which we aim to identify and
nurture. Some students are gifted in several subject areas whilst others have a
specific talent e.g. in art, music or sport. These students are encouraged to attend a
range of extension and enrichment activities including Master classes, workshops
university visits. Please contact Ellie Miles for further information
In addition to the Connexions service, two careers advisors are on hand to guide
your child through the key decision points in their education. They will help with
choices at Key stage 4 and 5 and guide KS5 students through the UCAS process
for university entrance.
Contact Hamish Mackay or Jenny Daykin on 0207 4793954
Extra Curricular Activities
The academy runs a range of after school activities and clubs which we encourage
students to attend. Holiday Academy provides additional tuition for KS4 students and
fun holiday activities at KS3. Tuition in a range of musical instruments in also
available and there are many opportunities for students to become involved in
performances in music, dance and drama throughout the year.
This room is used by staff and students of all faiths for quiet contemplation and
prayers. Friday prayers takes place in the gym after students have had lunch.
Some times experiencing feelings such as anxiety and sadness can cause students
to underachieve in their studies. Counsellors provide a safe place and regular time
for students to think and talk about their feelings. Talking about what is on their
minds can help students become more confident and more able to concentrate in
class and in general the experience of counselling can help the way students relate
How Parents can help: Where it is appropriate we work with parents to facilitate the
counselling process. Students are usually referred through the Student Support
Panel, or by their teachers. However, students can also self refer, or they can be
referred by parents.
Contact persons: Maureen Gordon (0207-479-3941) Edina Fejzic (0207 – 479-3969)
Students with Medical Needs
Parents of students with medical conditions should complete a Health Plan outlining
the condition and any precautions which need to be taken in school. Medication that
needs to be administered in school is stored in the school medical room and only
given by a qualified first aider. We do not administer any medication which has not
been prescribed by a doctor. Our school nurse Maeve Nolan is in school several
times a week and is available to students who have questions or concerns
Students are issued with a locker which will remain their own throughout their time in
the academy. The locker is for the storage of outdoor clothing , PE kit and school
books and should be maintained in good condition.
There is a bike storage area at the front of the school. Students must ensure that
their bikes are securely locked in the bike rack
All members of the academy community are working hard to support your child. Your
first point of contact for any enquiry or concern is your child’s form tutor or Head of
Year. However, if you have any serious concern or complaint please contact Vice
Principal Peter Jones who will be happy to help and advise.
Positive, constructive and professional dialogue between staff and parents ensure
that your child will achieve their very best at Paddington Academy.
Term Dates 2011-2012
Term 1 Wednesday 7th September 2011 Friday 21st October 2011
INSET Monday 5th & 6th September 2011 (school closed for students)
Half term holiday: 24th October - 28th October 2011
Monday 31st October 2011 Friday 16th December 2011
Term 2 School Holiday Friday 25th November 2011
Parents Evening Thursday 15th December 2011: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Parents Morning Friday 16th December 2011: 9:00am - 12:00am (no school for
Christmas holiday: 19th December 2011 - 2nd January 2012
Term 3 Wednesday 4th January 2012 Friday 10th February 2012
INSET Tuesday 3rd January 2012 (school closed for students)
Half term holiday: 13th February - 17th February 2012
Monday 20th February 2012 Friday 30th March 2012
Moderation Day Monday 9th March 2012 (school closed for students)
Parents Evening Thursday 29th March 2012: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Parents Morning Friday 30th March: 9:00am - 12:00pm (no school for students)
Easter holiday: 2nd April - 13th April 2012
Tuesday 17th April 2012 Friday 1st June 2012
INSET Monday 16th April 2012 (school closed for students)
Public Holiday Monday 7th May 2012
Half term holiday: 4th June - 8th June 2012
Term 6 Monday 11th June 2012 Thursday 19th July 2012
Parents Evening Wednesday 4th July 2012: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
The Academy Day
Monday - Thursday
LESSON START FINISH
Lesson 1 08:30 10:10
BREAK 10:10 10:35
Lesson 2 10:40 12:20
Tutor Time 12:20 12:55
LUNCH 12:55 13:40
Lesson3 13:45 15:25
Lesson 1 08:30 10:10
BREAK 10:10 10:35
Lesson 2 10:40 12:20
LUNCH 12:20 13:05
Lesson3 13:10 14:50
Student Support Team: Useful Contacts
Position Name E Mail Contact
Principal Oli Tomlinson Oli.Tomlinson@paddington-academy.org
Director of KS3 Kellie Reichard Kellie.Reichard@paddington-academy.org
Head of Year 7 Philippa Philippa.Simmonds@paddington-academy.org
Student Support Dorcas Ologunde Dorcas.Ologunda@paddington-academy.org
Year 7 Tutors
John Cronin John.Cronin@paddington-academy.org
Abigail Hawkes Abigail.Hawkes@paddington-academy.org
Patricia Iborra Molla Patricia.IborraMolla@paddington-academy.org
Alexis Makris Alexis.Makris@paddington-academy.org
Natalie Power Natalie.Power@paddington-academy.org
Katie Rao Katie.Rao@paddington-academy.org
Allen Williamson Allen.Williamson@paddington-academy.org
Amy Walters Amy.Walters@paddington-academy.org
Student Support Staff
SENCO Malini Sarkar Malini.Sarkar@paddington-academy.org
Student Support Sarah Thompson Sarah.Thompson@paddington-academy.org
Director of EAL Rachel Weekes Rachel.Weekes@paddington-academy.org
Gifted and Ellie Miles Ellie.Miles@paddington-academy.org
Attendance Officer Natalie Riordan Natalie.Riordan@paddington-academy.org
School Police P.C. Paul Turpin Paul.Turpin@paddington-academy.org
Tel: Paddington Academy 0207 479 3900