Parental Guide to Policies

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.

Confidentiality Policy

Our staff need to share information about pupils on a daily basis in order to do their job, this policy sets out the guidance they follow when doing this and how/ when it will be used and how it is safely stored.

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.

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 using the icon below.

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 using the icon below.

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. The full SEND policy is available to download using the icon below.

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