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Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

The Royal Docks
Community School

Parent Handbook
Taking you step-by-step through starting
at The Royal Docks Community school

“We invite you to join with us in creating something very special. We are building a
fully inclusive environment that celebrates achievement, aspiration and a life-long
passion for learning for all members of our community. Through rich provision, a
holistic approach to learning, excellent teaching and no ceiling on aspirations, our
Ms Bower pupils will develop into young men and women who are successful, motivated, and proud
Headteacher to be ambassadors for themselves and their communities.”

“pupils are making rapid progress in most
subjects, including English and mathematics”

Ofsted, April 2015

Welcome “The headteacher has been

relentless in her pursuit of excellence”
Ofsted, April 2015

The Royal Docks Community School is a The school has built strong partnerships with two
Co-operative Trust, ‘inclusive’ community school within the independent schools: Warminster and Felsted, who have
‘inclusive borough’ of Newham. There are approximately 900 supported the school to strengthen its curriculum and
pupils on roll aged 11 to 16. The school’s facilities are extra-curricular provision, and social mobility initiatives, and
exceptional and the school is a wonderful place within which develop the extended school’s programme. The Outward
our young people learn and grow. The school building, which Bound Trust has sourced sponsorship for our school that
opened in 1999, has achieved national architectural means all students in KS3 are funded to attend an Outward
recognition for its design. Bound expedition in Wales or the Lake District. The school
is an active member of the East London Business Alliance
Within a harmonious and cohesive community ethos, the and our Governing Body has nurtured close links with City
curriculum is designed around an EBAcc model, that Livery Companies to bring a meaningful careers education
provides broad and balanced learning opportunities, programme to the heart of making education and ambition
alongside a linear learning programme that prepares pupils relevant to the students and families of our school.
to do well in final exams. Final embedding of a curriculum
design and assessment programme, that meets the demands Pupils are taught how to stay safe and healthy. This is
of Progress 8, Attainment 8 and EBACC is secure. The delivered through specific curriculum areas such as ICT, PE
school also provides an additional curriculum for 25 pupils and Citizenship, as well as during tutor time and assemblies.
within its Resource Provision where pupils with complex The school has robust safeguarding procedures and a
needs are taught by a dedicated and specialist team. well-qualified team to support pupils.

I was appointed in January 2014, and along with The Trust, There is a committed, dedicated and hardworking team of
Governing Board and school leadership “identified the right teachers and support staff and the whole team is focussed
priorities for improvement” (Ofsted March 2015). This has on raising standards and improving the quality of teaching
ensured a continued and relentless ‘pursuit of and learning and ‘go above and beyond the call of
excellence’(Ofsted 2015) and a whole school commitment duty’ (Ofsted 2015). We are proud of our school and
that results in high standards for the quality of teaching and incredibly excited to belong to a school community that is
pupil behaviours ensuring at least good progress for highly ambitious, outward looking and family centered. We
individuals and groups of pupils in a school that asserts itself welcome you to join us and encourage visits from
to bring the very best to its community. Our school has prospective pupils and their families to see our school in
successfully closed the gap on national average for Value action and the reasons why we are so very proud of our
Added measures over a three-year period, and has school – The Royal Docks Community School!
exceeded the DfE Progress 8 Floor Standard for all
published groups 2016. Results 2016, show the school to be Wendy Bower
in-line with national averages – the school exceeds floor
standards and is not a ‘coasting school’. Head Teacher

At Key Stage 3, pupils sit end of year formal exams and
prepare throughout the year with in-class assessment to
develop written accuracy at speed. At Key Stage 4, to
support exam preparation, experienced teachers have been
placed within the timetable to offer personalised intervention
for EBACC subjects.

Pupils are positive towards their school. This is evidenced by
pupils’ smart dress, the way they look after the building, and
the pride they take in their work. Key stage 4 pupils dress
professionally for their work experience and career
enrichment days. They understand the importance of first
impressions at interview and are offered high quality careers
advice from Year 7 through to Year 11, to develop
work-based skills and information about different careers
open to them.

The school sets high standards of conduct through a clear
set of simple rules mirroring effective work related behaviour.
Pupils demonstrate these both in and out of lessons. Those
who find this challenging are supported through an
experienced pastoral team.

Aims School Mission and Aims

Pupils will achieve the very best they ASPIRE - LEARN
are capable of achieving as they
progress over five years from year 7 to CO-OPERATE - ACHIEVE.
11 and move on successfully to the
post-16 phase of their education. Aspire.

Pupils will be taught by committed Our pupils aspire to a future in which they
teachers who have high expectations play a significant, influential,
of them and set high standards. powerful and satisfying part.

Pupils will continue to improve their Learn.
skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT;
their thinking skills and also their Our pupils learn through
personal and social skills so that they developing knowledge, skills,
are well prepared to be lifelong understanding and creativity -
effective and high quality
Pupils will be a part of a learning com- learning from effective and high
munity where it is safe to learn, where quality teaching will make their
everyone is valued and
included and where they are aspirations a reality.
encouraged to become independent

Pupils will experience a full range of
educational opportunities in school
and after school to allow them to
develop and improve their talents and

Pupils will develop the
co-operative principles of :-

 Self help Co-operate.
 Self- responsibility
 Democracy Our pupils co-operate with each other and
 Equality all members of the school community
 Equity through
 Solidarity mutual respect, regard and
 Honesty understanding.
 Openness
 Social responsibility Achieve.
 Caring for others
Our pupils achieve academic
success, emotional maturity,
creativity, cultural and sporting
excellence, social confidence and


“Studying at The Royal Docks Community
School myself, I had an influence in my
younger brother’s choice of school.
I can proudly say that I wanted my
brother to have the privilege of being
taught by such a passionate
team of staff.”
Fadime Yasar (former pupil)

School Meals

The cost of school meals from 1st September 2017 is £2.10 per day. A range of snacks
are available also for the mid-morning break.

Qualifying for Free School Meals

You should expect to be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of
any of the following :

 Income support

 Income based – job seekers allowance

 Support under immigration and Asylum law

 The guarantee part of state pension credit

 Child tax credit and you have an annual income of £16,190 before tax or less (as worked out
by HMRC for you).

We realise that not everyone has access to the internet, or feel comfortable with making an application
on line. Therefore in order to assist parents, we offer assistance, by appointment or pop in between the
hours of 10am to 5pm from the 2nd of July to the 14th July. All you need is your national insurance number.
A member of our admin team will be happy in your presence to carry out the application process for you,
it takes about 10 minutes. To find out whether your child qualifies for free school meals please fill in the
details requested on the school meals eligibility checker

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who
have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and for children whose
parents are currently serving in the armed forces. In effect, the school will receive financial
support in order to help those pupils who are found legible for Pupil Premium funding.

How the money will be spent
Schools have flexibility over how they use the pupil premium, as they, along with the parents of
the pupils, are best placed to understand their specific needs and to address the barriers that
might prevent such children from achieving their full potential.
For example, schools could choose to invest in one-to-one
tuition or catch-up sessions for particular curriculum subjects, or training for staff on issues relating
to attachment.

How do I find out if my child is legible for Pupil Premium funding?
To find out whether your child qualifies for free school meals please fill in the details requested on
this site – Your child’s school will be informed by this service if your child is
entitled to free school meals.

Your Contact Details

It is important that we hold the correct contact details including:-
 Full address
 Phone number’s (home and mobile)
 email address

If any changes please ensure the school is notified immediately

School Uniform Key Information:

We expect all pupils at The Royal Docks Address
Community School to wear full school uniform. Prince Regent Lane
Any pupil that arrives at school, not in the full Custom House E16 3HS,
school uniform, will be sent home to change.
T: 020 7540 2700,
The uniform is as follows: F: 020 7345 1871,
 Plain black leather/leather look shoes
 Plain black trousers or skirt
 Plain white shirt Breakfast Service
 School tie
 Blazer with school logo We recognise the importance of
 Pupils may wear a small stud as jewellery. every pupil beginning the day with
a breakfast and recognise that they
Large earrings, necklaces or bracelets
are not allowed. may simply not wish/or find time
to eat before leaving home.
 Any hair adornments or head coverings should
be either plain black or royal blue. Our Breakfast Service is open daily
from 7:20am to 8:20am.
For P.E. the uniform is:-
The price of three items is 50p and this is
 PE Polo shirt with school logo free for all pupil premium pupils.

 PE socks with school logo

 PE shorts with or tracksuit bottoms with school

 Trainers

 An additional school tracksuit top with logo can
be bought for colder weather. No other tops
will be allowed.

The School Day

Monday 8.25am – 2.40pm
Tuesday 8.25am – 3.10pm
Wednesday 8.25am – 3.40pm
Thursday 8.25am – 3.10pm
Friday 8.25am – 3.10pm

“The most able
Pupils attained the

top GCSE A*
and A grades”
Ofsted, April 2015

School Life

E-Safety Guidance

Your son/daughter will have access to:

 the internet at school

 the school’s chosen e-mail system

 the school’s online managed
learning environment

 ICT facilities and equipment at the school

The school complies with E-Safety regulations
and takes every
reasonable precaution to keep
pupils safe and to prevent
pupils from accessing
inappropriate materials.

There are restricted sites to protect your
son/daughter as well as limited access to
sites deemed as age inappropriate.

Rules on the use of electronic
devices and mobile phones

Mobile phones and other electronic devices
are not allowed to be used in school. They
should not be seen or heard anywhere in the
school at any time and this includes lunch
and break time. If they are seen or heard,
they will be confiscated.

Pupils are allowed to bring mobile phones to
school for use to and from school only. If a
pupil needs to contact home urgently, they
should do so via the school reception;
likewise, we ask parents/carers to contact
reception if they need to contact their

Pupils are not permitted to take photographs
or make any electronic recordings on
personal devices. If a pupil chooses to bring
a mobile phone or other electronic device to
school, we are not able to compensate
against any damages or loss of devices.

“””The life I have had so far at

The Royal Docks Community School
has been amazing.” Hayleigh Larkin

Attendance and Punctuality Visit our website where you

It is an expectation from the Department Of can find lots of useful
Education that children of Secondary school age information , including
maintain an attendance above 96%. Regular
attendance and Punctuality is extremely school policies.
important as missing school can have an impact
on learning, and as I am sure you are aware it is
a legal requirement. Presently, fines of up to £120
are being issued for non-attendance to school. Homework
Good attendance enables pupils to keep up with Homework will be set regularly within all subjects. Please
the work required. help to support us by encouraging your child to share their
homework with you and also look at the written record of
Reporting of Absence homework set within their planners. The school’s homework
Parents/carers must phone the school on the morning timetable is on the school website.
of the child’s absence before 8.30am and give reasons
for your child’s absence (020 7540 2700) Reading at home
It is so important that your child continues to read at home
Parents/carers must phone the school for each day of frequently to improve their vocabulary use,
absence unless medical evidence has been provided comprehension and inference skills. There is a wide
informing the school of how long your child will be selection of texts available for them within the school
absent from school. Library. Reading with them and asking them to read aloud
to you will also help them to improve their reading.
In the event that parents/carers do not contact the
school. Parents will receive an absence call and/or Library
text via our automated system requesting the reason The library is a fantastic learning resource for pupils.
for your child’s absence. The library is equipped with the latest computer software,
laptops and thousands of books covering every subject and
Parents are encouraged to book medical/dental fulfilling pupils’ learning needs. We also have an extensive
appointments outside of school time, however if it is range of fiction for pupils to enjoy. Daily newspapers and
during school hours medical evidence will be magazines are also available.
requested for medical or dental appointments.

Unauthorised Attendance Every year the library shadows the Carnegie medal for chil-
Absence will be recorded as unauthorised if school is dren’s literature. pupils are challenged to read and review
not satisfied with the authenticity of the illness, but the shortlisted titles. This is an extremely popular reading
parents will be informed of this. Medical evidence can challenge with the pupils. The library also runs an annual
take the form of prescriptions or appointment cards. reading competition with fantastic prizes. Last year the first
place winner won a lap top. pupils take an active role in
Holidays During Term Time the library and we are very lucky to have a team of dedi-
You have to get permission from the headteacher if cated pupils librarians. To take
you want to take your child out of school during term advantage of this fantastic
time. You can only do this if: resource the library is available
before school from 7:30am, at
 You make an application to the headteacher in break, lunch and after school
advance (as a parent the child normally lives with) for all pupils to study
independently or read in a
 There are exceptional circumstances calm and quiet environment.

It is up to the headteacher how many days your child The library opens on Saturday
can be away from school if leave is granted. mornings for KS4 pupils.

All requests should be made using the absence “Studying at The Royal
request form (available from reception) to the school Docks Community School
at least 5 days before travelling. myself, I had an influence
in my younger brother’s
For further advice or any questions re: attendance &
punctuality you can contact the relevant head of choice of school. I can
year, proudly say that I wanted
deputy head of year or the safeguarding /Attendance
officer. my brother to have the
privilege of being taught
Fines by such a passionate team
The local council can give you a fine of £60, which
rises to £120 if you don’t pay within 21 days. If you of staff.”
don’t pay the fine after 28 days you may be prosecut- Fadime Yasar
ed for your child’s absence from school. (former pupils)

Educational Visits, Clubs and Activities

The Royal Docks Community School offers a Our termly newsletter and school
very extensive range of extra-curricular website detail full information about
visits, clubs and activities before and what is available for our pupils. Our
after school, during lunch time and school has many sporting
during some weekends. We also offer opportunities for pupils to enjoy and
academic support and intervention very successful and ambitious sports
before and after school and our library teams, including boys’ and girls’
is open on Saturdays for Y11 pupils. football, rugby, basketball and netball

The Royal Docks Community School
prides itself on the numerous amount
of opportunities offered to inspire,
stretch and challenge our pupils as
they learn and grow; our pupils are
never left unchallenged or

“This school has improved my
levels dramatically and I couldn’t have done it

anywhere else. It’s thanks to the great
teachers who teach

amazingly!” Veeral Patel

“This school has improved
my child’s levels to the
highest limit.”
Ranjit Patel (Parent)


Autumn Half Term

Wednesday 6 September 2017 to Monday 23 October 2017 to
Friday 20 October 2017 Friday 27 October 2017

Autumn INSET Day—School Closure

Monday 30 October 2017 to Monday 4 September 2017
Friday 15 December 2017 Tuesday 5 September 2017

Spring Christmas Break

Wednesday 3 January 2018 to Monday 18 December 2017 to
Friday 9 February 2018 Tuesday 2 January 2018

Spring INSET Day—School Closure

Tuesday 20 February 2018 to Monday 24 November 2017
Thursday 29 March 2018
Half Term
Monday 12 February 2018 to
Tuesday 17 April 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018
Friday 25 May 2018
Spring Break
Friday 30 March 2018 to
Monday 4 June 2018 to Friday 13 April 2018
Wednesday 25 July 2018
INSET Day—School Closure

Monday 19 February 2017

Half Term

Monday 28 May 2018 to
Friday 1 June 2018

May Day
Monday 7 May 2018

INSET Day—School Closure

Monday 16 April 2017

Summer Break

Wednesday 25 July 2018 to
To be advised

“The Royal Docks Community School is a warm and friendly place where you can talk

to everyone and you are sure to make some great friends.” Emily McGuinness

“As a parent, I had many worries with my daughter starting secondary school. Since the very first meeting, these
worries have been settled. There is always a member of staff on hand to help with any concerns. My daughter has

settled in very well. Happy daughter = happy mother! I would highly recommend
The Royal Docks Community School.” Cara Turpin, Mother of Emily McGuiness

“As a parent I have no doubt
that my son is taken care of at all times

during school hours and this was a
significant part of why I chose

The Royal Docks Community School
for both of my children.”
Semra Yasar (parent)


Information about pupils in schools, alternative provision,

pupil referral units and children in early years settings

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their
previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:
Support our pupils’ learning
Monitor and report on their progress
Provide appropriate pastoral care; and
Assess the quality of our services

This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any ex-
clusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any
special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. For pupils enrolling for post 14

qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details
about your learning or qualifications.

Once our pupils reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to
The London Borough of Newham & youth support service provider ‘15billion-ebp’ who have responsibilities in
relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children
aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A
parent/guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to The London Borough

of Newham & youth support service provider ‘15billion-ebp’ by informing the school.
This right is transferred to the child once he/she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young

people, please go to our local authority website

We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do
so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact the school.

We are required, by law, to pass certain information about our pupils to our local authority (LA)
and the Department for Education (DfE).

DfE may also share pupil level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legis-
lation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based
on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity
of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level
data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data,
security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit:

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project)
pupil level data has been provided to, please visit:
If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit:
our local authority at

the DfE website at

“I have two children at
The Royal Docks Community School
and I say it’s sensational because of
the work and support of the staff. The
standards the pupils are achieving are
outstanding. The school, as a whole, is

like one big family.
Help and support is always on hand for

parents and pupils. I’m 100% happy
and always recommend

The Royal Docks Community School.”
Katie Larkin

“Current school
assessment information
indicates that pupils are

making rapid
progress in

all year groups”
Ofsted, April 2015

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