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This is a brief summary of our main school policies:

Attendance Policy

Good attendance at school is one of the most important factors in ensuring that children and young people have the maximum life chances. The more time a child spends around other children, whether in the classroom or part of a school team or club, the more chance they have of making friends and feeling included, boosting social skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour and it is absolutely unacceptable. It will not be tolerated at Westhoughton High School. This policy covers all aspects of bullying, including physical, verbal and indirect bullying, including the spreading of gossip and cyber bullying via social media, email or text messages.

Charging Policy

Westhoughton High School is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all students, regardless of financial circumstances, and has established the following policy and procedures to ensure that no child is discriminated against by our offering of school trips, activities and educational extras.

Complaints Policy

Issues can occasionally arise, and we always welcome suggestions for improving our work in school. We have received relatively few complaints over the years, but when we do, we work hard to resolve them quickly. This policy sets out how complaints are handled internally and the escalation process. 

Equality Policy

Westhoughton High School is a diverse school, where people from many different backgrounds and cultures work together. This school and its partners have a longstanding commitment to celebrating this diversity, promoting good relations between our diverse communities, and ensuring that its services are appropriate and accessible for everyone.


Westhoughton High School is very active in our GDPR compliance. We are committed to ensuring we do the right thing for our Governors, our families, our students, our staff and the third parties we work with. Verified by a national law firm, we are focused on ensuring our processes can be evidenced to demonstrate compliance.

Health and Safety Policy

This policy provides whole school guidance around ensuring that we meet national guidance to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. It sets out details of universal rules to be observed in all classes, workshops, laboratories, on trips and during breaks and lunchtimes.

Privacy Notice for Students – Data Protection Act 1998

We collect information from our students, their parents, previous schools and the Learning Records Service. We do not share this information with anyone outside the school without the necessary consent, unless the law and our rules allow us to. The full Privacy Notice for Students is available to download.

Respect To Learn (R2L) Code & Behaviour Policy

This one concerns our day-to-day assertive discipline policy. It is based upon respect and rewards. It also covers our position on seclusions and exclusions as well as the use of physical intervention. The full policy is available to download.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Westhoughton High School will strive to ensure that all students remain safe and free from harm and is committed to playing a full and active part in the Multi-Agency response to Child Protection concerns. It is recognised that Schools and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.

SEND Policy

These inclusion policies set out the governing body’s commitment to quality provision for our vulnerable students, those with special educational needs or those who have a disability. They have details about our facilities and resources and outline the arrangements which we make. More information is available on the Learning support section of the website.

If you have any comments or feedback about our policies, please contact Mrs C Unsworth (Deputy Headteacher) or e-mail the school.