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SSV A students’ guide to Senior School Internationally British


The School Office 5 Preparation for the school day 6 Travelling to school 6 Arriving at school 8 Tutor period 9 School routines 10 Break and lunchtime 11 After school 12 In case of alarm 13 Homework 14 Library 15 School text books 15 Nursing Team 16 School Counsellor 17 Bullying 18 Rewards System 19 New technologies 20 Digital devices 21 Responsible Use 22 Incidents and consequences 24 CANVAS 25 Your appearance 26 Sport, clubs and activities 28 Instrumental and vocal lessons 29 Mobile phones and iPods 30 Exams 31 Honesty policy 32 Our green credentials 34 Developing Student Leadership 35 The School Rules 36 Don’t keep it to yourself… 37 Sign off 37 School values 38 2 | SSV Basics

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Dear students Welcome to the start of the new academic year! I’d like to extend a special greeting to you if this your first year at Senior School Voorschoten. If you are continuing your journey through the British School and moving on to a more senior year, welcome back! I have learned through my appointment as Headteacher that our students and staff come to the BSN from a wide range of backgrounds – the UK, The Netherlands and over eighty other countries. Every member of our community has experience from which we can all learn and we are keen to celebrate the rich diversity within our school. Whether you are a new starter or student familiar with our school, I am sure you will recognise that all our staff are involved in creating an environment which will enable you to be the best that you can be. This will be true in your studies, the wide range of activities that are available for you to participate in, your relationships with adults and other students, and in the work you will undertake at home.

I encourage you to explore the opportunities that will present themselves at this wonderful school and to immerse yourself in new challenges. Remember, too, that the quality of relationships in our community underpins the school’s continuing success and we will expect you to communicate and work positively and constructively with others and be caring, kind and supportive. This will involve giving as well as receiving, trusting others, being tolerant of those who have different views and cultures, and always being prepared to help when needed. There will be opportunities, also, to take on responsibilities, develop qualities of leadership and make new friendships. Whilst we have collective aims, everyone is treated as an individual and you will be encouraged to use your initiative and develop your skills and talents to help you realise your potential.

The School Office Senior School Office Senior School Voorschoten Jan van Hooflaan 3 2252 BG Voorschoten Telephone: +31 (0)71 560 2222 Fax: +31 (0)71 560 2200 Email:

Have a great year!

The school has an ‘out of hours’ messaging service which operates from 16:30 every day – all calls are received and logged as emails – we do our best to respond to any questions as quickly as possible the following morning. It is really important to keep the office up to date with any changes to your contact details ie; address, telephone, mobile, email etc. – please tell your parents!

Suzanne Wainwright Office Manager

Sue Harris Receptionist

Dawn Corringham Administrator

Be ambitious and take pride in both your achievements and those of others. All my colleagues want you to enjoy your learning and embrace all that will happen in school this year, but most of all we want you to be happy and fulfilled.

If you have any general enquiries about the school, routines or practical issues, then please direct them to the School Office – if the Office is not able to help you, you will be put in touch with someone who can.

Megan Haworth Administrator

Fred van der Pol Reprographics

Nick Koopman SIMS Administrator

If you are absent from school, your parents (not you) must telephone the School Office between 08:00 and 08:30 to give details of the reason for your absence. If you are absent from school and your parents have not notified the Office, then the school will contact your parents. If you have to leave the school early for any reason, or if you have a medical or dental appointment, then you must bring a note from your parents and give it to your form tutor in advance of the appointment. Alternatively, please ask your parents to send an email to: or telephone the school office: 071 560 2222 If you have to leave the school site before the end of the day, you must remember to sign out at the office before you leave and, if appropriate, to sign back in if you return before the end of the school day.

Paul Topping Headteacher

For further details please refer to the BSN Absence and Lateness Policy on BSN Gateway. This can be found with all the school policies under the Practical Information tab. In case of an evacuation of the school it is important that all students remember to register in and out of the school.

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Preparation for the school day It is always a good idea to pack your bag the night before school, making sure that you have all the correct equipment, homework and kit for the following day. It’s also helpful to have your smart school uniform ready for the morning. Remember, it is your responsibility to arrive at your lessons with all the correct text books and equipment.

Travelling to school … by school bus It is important that you keep your school bus pass safe and must always show it to the driver when you first get on the bus. If you miss the school bus on the way to school you must let your parents and the school know as soon as possible. You may only travel on the school bus on which you have a reserved seat and you may not travel on another bus, for example to visit a friend’s house. Your behaviour on the school bus must be excellent and safe – do not distract the driver in any way and always remain in your seat and wear the safety belt until the bus has stopped at the school or your bus-stop. Any student who causes damage to the school bus or whose behaviour is poor, will have their bus pass withdrawn and any damage will be paid for. This will be a matter between the bus company, the student and their parents.

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If you lose your bus pass, please report to the School Office by break time to obtain a temporary pass – don’t leave it until the end of the day. The Transport Co-ordinator will be notified and a charge of €3 will be made for a new pass. If you need help after school because you have missed the bus then ask at the School Office.

… by car, moped or brommer Cars and motor cycles must drive slowly and with extreme caution on the school site – drivers should only use the marked pick up and drop off areas. Due to the limited number of parking spaces, students driving to school themselves, must register their name and vehicle registration number to receive a parking permit. When travelling to and from school, students are expected to act as representatives of the BSN and should drive carefully and never smoke on their journey. Any behaviour that brings the BSN into disrepute will be viewed as a serious school matter and will be dealt with accordingly.

… by bicycle If you cycle to school make sure that your bicycle is safe and complies with Dutch law – good lights are essential and reflective bands are encouraged. Although most people in the Netherlands do not wear cycle helmets, the school recommends that students wear them.

stolen bicycles. Bicycles should be parked in the cycle sheds and locked securely – they must never be left in front of any doors or fire exits – particularly at the front of school. Motorcycles should be parked in the marked, fenced section of the car parking area. If you cycle to school, you must use the the rear gate, if this is not possible, access through the main, front gate and push your bicycle to the rear path of the school. Students must not cycle on the school field or the terrace area at the back of the school. A word of advice – the main road outside the school is often very busy and it is better to push your bicycle along the pavement away from the bend before starting to ride your bike.

… by train Voorschoten train station is approximately ten minutes walk from the school and trains run regularly from Den Haag and Leiden directions. Please exercise great caution when you are at the station as the platform is narrow and non-stop trains can pass through the station at very high speed. Under no circumstances should you climb onto the rail tracks. Do not skateboard or rollerblade at the station. Any inappropriate behaviour at the railway station will be seen as a school incident and may result in a period of exclusion from the school.

Always cycle with care and use the cycle paths – if possible, we recommend that you cycle to and from school with other students. You should not cycle with earphones – they significantly reduce your awareness of the traffic around you. Bicycles brought to school, or left overnight, are entirely at the owner’s risk – the school takes no responsibility for damaged or SSV Basics | 7

Registration and Tutor period You should be in your form room by 08:45 and have all the equipment that you will need for the day. Your form tutor will register you in school and keep a record of your attendance – any late registrations and absences will be included in your end-of-year report.

What is the role of your form tutor?

When you arrive at school You should aim to arrive at school between 08:30 and 08:40 and be in your form room by 08:45 for registration – students are not allowed upstairs to their lockers until after 08:30. If you arrive in your form room after 08:45, you are late! The Library is open from 08:30 and the Student Café is open for breakfast in the morning before school. You should collect all the books and equipment that you will need for the first two periods of school before registration. You may only return to your locker at break, lunchtime and after school. If you arrive late, after 08:45, you must sign the late sheet at the school office. If you are late more than three times, without a good reason, then your head of year will be informed and you will serve a head of year detention. 8 | SSV Basics

It is really important that all students register in and out of the school – we need to know where everyone is in the unlikely event of an evacuation of the school.

Lockers Each year, students are provided with a locker – some have keys but most have combination locks. You should memorise the combination number of your locker and keep it to yourself – never give it to another student. You should absolutely never take anything out of another students’ locker. Keep your locker tidy and don’t use it to store food! If you have a locker key and lose it, you will have to pay 5 for a replacement key – if you lose a key for a second time, you will be charged 25 to replace the lock. At the end of the summer term, and if you are leaving the school, you must empty your locker. The remaining contents of any lockers will be disposed of during the summer holiday. Students will be expected to pay for any damage done to lockers.

Your Form Tutor is the first person to greet you in the morning and get your day off to a good start and is also the first point of contact for any issues or concerns that you may have during the school day. They are all there to help you to be happy at school, to feel safe, to promote your learning, to help you build good relationships and to encourage your personal development. You will meet your Form Tutor in your form room every morning. They will give you information about things that are happening in school that day or week. They will also collect any notes from your parents about medical or dental appointments, absence and other matters. Your Form Tutor will check to see that you are wearing the correct uniform, will regularly look at your homework agenda and monitor your class book – Years 7, 8 and 9 only. Your form tutor will also accompany you to weekly assemblies with your Head of Year or House Leader. You will have a period with your tutor group daily. This is an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to keep you healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work.

Your Form Tutor will monitor your progress and will write a comment about your achievements on your progress report. They are available to meet your parents when they come in to discuss your progress – we encourage students to attend progress meetings with their parents. If there is a fire drill, you should follow the evacuation procedure then your form tutor will meet you on the back school field to register you and make sure that you are safe. Walk in silence out of the school. In Year 12 and 13 your form tutor will make an important contribution to writing your university application.

Head of Year Pastoral Team

Mrs Laycock Head of Year 7

Mrs De Costa Head of Year 8

Mrs Hallett Head of Year 9

Ms Gulliver Assistant Head of Year – KS3

Ms Rayner Head of Year 10

Mr Bennett Head of Year 11

Ms Daley Assistant Head of Year – KS4

Mrs AndrewsWouters Deputy Director of Sixth Form

Mr Lloyd Director of Sixth Form

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School routines

Lunch time Space in the Student Café is limited and arrangements for lunchtime varies for each year group:


Students can only enter the Student Café from opposite the Library. The cash register area and other doors are only for exiting.



Period 1


Period 2


Period 3A

10:50–11:10 (Break for KS3; Tutor Time for KS4&5)

Period 3B

11:10–11:30 (Break for KS4&5; Tutor Time for KS3)

Period 4




Period 5


Period 6


Break time Use this time to collect anything that you will need for the rest of morning school and go to the toilet. It is also a good idea to have a drink and a snack.

Students from any year with an early pass for the Café can enter between 12:30-12:35 and take lunch away to their activity. Year 7, 8 and 9 Year 7, 8 and 9 can then buy food from the Student Café and eat lunch in the café, Atrium or on picnic tables between 12:35-12:45.

If your locker is not on the ground floor you should go directly to your locker from your lesson as you are not allowed in classrooms or in the corridor areas of the school on the first or second floors during break time. You may only eat and drink in the following areas: ● The Student Café ● The Atrium ● On the outside benches or on the grass

Years 10-11 and Sixth Form Years 10-13 can then enter the Café from 12:45. Tables will be available in the Atrium for Y10 and Y11 students to eat packed lunch from 12:30. Y12 and Y13 students can eat lunch in the Sixth Form Common Room or in the Study Room. The Study Room is available as a place to eat lunch between 12:30 and 13:00 only. Students must line up in the Atrium and wait for permission from the staff on duty. The Student Café is open to everyone from 13:00. In the Student Café, students who have finished eating must vacate their seats.

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Simple rules for break and lunchtime ● Only Year 12 and 13 students are allowed off the school site during these times, and must sign in and out at the School Reception as they leave and return. ● You are not permitted to be around the upstairs classrooms during break or lunchtime, unless you are attending an organised event or club. ● If it rains, you must stay inside in the Atrium, Student Café, the Library, and Event Foyer or at clubs. If you are in Years 7 or 8, you may be asked to go to the School Hall. ● Valuables, including your Surface Pro should not be left in your bag, but kept safely in your locker. If your Surface Pro is broken or damaged because it is in your bag, you will have to pay to have it replaced. ● The area behind the large tennis court hedge is out of bounds. ● ● No ball games, other than basketball at basketball nets are to be played near the school building and take care to avoid hitting people with rugby or soccer balls – skate boards, bikes or iPods, etc., are not permitted on the back field. ● ● You should never leave the school grounds to retrieve footballs or go near to the canals. If you need help retrieving a ball ask at the School Office. ● ● In the event of snow, take care not to hurt people with snow balls. Only make snow balls from soft snow and do not throw them at the school building, vehicles or adults. Ice-slides are dangerous. Never walk on frozen canals or ditches.

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After school School buses depart 15 minutes after the end of the school day and the canteen closes 15 minutes later than that. After that time you must either go home or be in one of the following places: ● the Library which is open until 17:30 Monday to Thursday and 16:00 on Friday ● at a club or activity that is supervised by a member of staff ● the music area waiting for a lesson If you are being collected from school by your parents and they are delayed then you must wait on the benches by the doors of the Atrium. If you have mislaid your bus pass ask the concierges for a temporary bus pass but if, after a thorough search, your bus pass is lost, then go to the School Office. If you have a problem after school then go to the main School Office and ask for help.

Be polite We are all part of an international community which lives and works together – we come from many different countries all with our own customs and cultures.

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Good manners help to make our school special, safe and caring and make daily life more enjoyable for us all. We expect everyone in our community – students, staff, parents and visitors – to be treated with respect and tolerance. Always speak in a polite manner, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, eat with good manners, walk on the right of the corridor and never drop litter. We expect doors to be held open for staff and visitors. Bad language will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Guest students visiting the school Former students are welcome to visit the school and must arrange this with the relevant head of year, well in advance. These visits may only take place during the lunch period. Guests must make an appointment at least 24 hours prior to their visit by telephoning the main school office. Visiting guests must sign in at the school office where they will be issued with a badge. They must be accompanied by a current student at all times. They may not attend lessons and must follow the school rules when they are on site.

What should you do if you hear an alarm? When the fire alarm sounds you should remain calm and leave the building via the nearest exit. As soon as you are outside, you must assemble at the back of the school in your Form group where a register will be taken to ensure all staff and students are accounted for.. If you are in lessons when the alarm sounds, then the teacher will escort your class out to the back field unless you are instructed otherwise. If you are not in a lesson, or it is after school has ended, then you should make your own way to the assembly point. Do not take bags with you. Leave the building in silence and walk, don’t run. You should remain silent so that you can hear instructions being given: for example, you may be asked to use another door if an exit is blocked.

As soon as the building is declared safe by the Headteacher and Emergency Services then you will be instructed to go back into the school. If it is not safe to return to the building, then the whole school will walk a short distance to another local building and remain there until a decision is made about what will happen next. If you are in school and see a fire then you should press the fire alarm. If you are concerned about any matter of health and safety then report it to the nearest teacher or go to the School Office. It is worth reminding you that even on a school visit, you should be sure to read the fire safety instructions and locate the nearest exit. When travelling by air or sea you should also pay attention when important safety information is being explained.

Lockdown If a continual bell sounds students and staff must lock themselves in a room and close all internal and external blinds. Hide and keep quiet.

Never use the lift when a fire alarm sounds. Never go back into the building once you are outside.

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Homework Homework is an important part of the learning process, consolidating work done in class, and developing good habits and self-discipline. You will have a homework timetable and should record your homework assignments in your agenda when your teacher gives them to you. You can expect to spend the following amount of time on homework. These timings are guidelines, tasks may vary in length but should not be longer than the guide times: Years 7 and 8 about 1 hour per night and up to two hours at the weekend. Year 9 about one and a half to two hours per night and up to two hours at the weekend. In Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 the homework indicated is a guide and may vary with mock examinations and coursework. Coursework may be set as homework and it is important not to leave it until the last minute as this will result in unnecessary stress.

Years 10 and 11 about two hours per night and four hours at the weekend. Years 12 and 13 should plan to do three hours per night and six hours over the weekend. What happens if homework is not completed on time or is of a poor quality? ● The first missed homework will result in a warning and your teacher will keep a record ● If it happens again, then detention will be given and the head of year informed. This will be recorded in your behaviour file ● If there is a third time, a record will be entered on your behaviour file, a faculty detention given and parents informed Late or poor homework is on record and it will be on your progress report, grade cards and end of year report. We want homework to be purposeful and worthwhile. The Homework Review in Years 7 to 9, which involved students centrally, has led to more choice, creativity and flexibility with homework. Students are expected to make the most of these learning opportunities.

The Library The library is open Mondayto Thursday 8.30 - 17.00 and Friday 8.30 16.00. You are very welcome to use the library whenever you have free time during the day. During lessons you must have your teacher’s permission and if your teacher is not with you please come and see us when you arrive. The library has 1000s of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, dvds, eBooks, access to online databases, study space and much more. Use the web-based library catalogue, Oliver, to find books and other resources. You will have an introduction to the library and you will be given a library card when you start school.

A few things to remember… ● No resources can be borrowed without your own bar-coded library card (you will be given this when you start school) ● Never lend your library card to anyone ● If you lose your card you will be charged for a new one ● You should be quiet and sensible in the library at all times

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● Please do not eat or drink in the Library ● No mobile phones, MP3 players or iPads to be used during the school day ● Computers are for school work only – so no games, please ● All resources are clearly stamped with the last date for return so there is no excuse for late returns

School text books As students are not charged for text books, we expect all books to be returned at the end of the year in good condition. We reserve the right to charge for any text books which are defaced or lost. Leaving students must return all text books to their subject teachers – any unreturned books will incur a charge. If you have any questions about using the library, finding resources or if you would like help choosing a book to read, please ask a member of the library staff.

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School Counsellor

Ms Liz Stammers School Counsellor

Michelle Choudhry School Counsellor

What is counselling about?

The School Nursing Team A member of the School Nursing Team is on site during the school day and will help you if you have any of the following health-related issues: ● Any minor ailments e.g. headache ● Any injuries e.g. sustained during sport ● support and counselling requests (eg; stress about exams, friends etc.) ● put you in touch with the school counsellor ● Help you to manage any chronic health issues ● Advice on health issues e.g. smoking, sexual health or eating problems If you are unwell during class time, please report to your teacher and come to the Nurses’ Office. If you can, please try to confine visits to break and lunch times.

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The School Nurse will make the decision if you are too unwell to stay on at school, and will make arrangements with your parents should you need to go home. You must not ring your parents yourself. The nurse cannot provide a letter for the PE Department to excuse you from sport. If you are unwell or recovering from an injury, a letter should come from your parents. If you are using crutches, please report to the nurse on your first day back at school so appropriate emergency evacuation information can be given. The nurse will also assess that you are able to move safely around the school.

Sometimes we all have problems that are worrying. A counsellor is someone who will listen to you very carefully and who will not judge you. You can talk to the counsellor confidentially when appropriate. Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself – like, making decisions and choices, helping you look at things differently. It can help you feel better about yourself.

The counselling service can help you to cope with or learn to manage 5 days a week: ● Anything that worries/concerns you ● Stress (exams, homework) ● Anger ● Depression ● Peer relationships ● Bullying ● Isolation/loneliness ● Attendance difficulties ● Psychosomatic symptoms ● Eating problems ● Smoking, drinking behavior ● Separation issues ● Grief ● Expat issues (moves etc.) ● Changes in your life

How do I get to see the counsellor? You are welcome to request an appointment yourself. You can also talk confidentially to a member of staff that you trust and they will help you arrange to talk to the School Counsellor. You can also ask for an appointment through the School Nurse, Head of Year, form tutor or any teacher.

Confidentiality will be maintained where appropriate. When you joined the BSN, your parents will have been asked to complete a Student Health Record Form – please keep the nurses informed of any changes to your health – this could range from the onset of hayfever to any acne treatment you may be taking. The School Nursing Team should be informed. SSV Basics | 17

What should you do if you are being bullied? The Student Council, representing all age groups in the Senior School, defines bullying as: ‘A series of acts intended to hurt other individuals which can be verbal, emotional, cyber bullying (by phone, internet or social network sites), homophobic (prejudice against lesbian, gay or bisexual people), physical bullying or distress caused to another person about their religion or culture.’ This also includes sexual harassment – making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature in person or via forms of social media, or requests for sexual favours or unwelcome touching.

If you are being bullied, or are a bully, the students suggest that you seek help as soon as possible from: ● your parents ● your form tutor ● your head of year ● the School Nurse ● a student who is older than you are ● any teacher ● the School Counsellor ● the Assistant Headteacher Mrs Smith:’ Remember – this includes bullying online. The BSN has an Anti-Bullying Policy – this can be found on BSN Gateway with all the school policies. Senior School also has a clear Code of Conduct, which can be found on BSN Gateway. Both of these are intended to be clear about how we will not tolerate bullying and emphasises our expectation of a positive atmosphere for all individuals. Any act of bullying will be recorded by teachers and passed to the Head of Year.

Senior School Rewards System If you work hard and make an extra effort at school, or have achieved a higher than expected level in academic subjects, or for good conduct, manners and helpfulness, we have a rewards policy which encourages all students to achieve, progress and enjoy learning. These rewards points are counted towards your House totals which culminate in a celebration for the winning House.

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● commitment and engagement in co-curricular activities ● actions that demonstrate the school’s core values If you receive one of these, they will be recorded by a member of staff and collated through the academic year.

Award Celebrations During the summer term, students successes are recognised at Senior School Award Celebrations – awards are made for academic, sporting and musical success, as well as progress and creativity and contribution to the community. SSV Basics | 19

Learning with new technologies Predicting the future is a difficult, if not impossible, task and you will be leaving school and university to face a rapidly changing world. Technology will play a key role in allowing you to embrace new ways of working, learning and being creative. The BSN is constantly exploring ways to embrace new technologies to enhance your learning. In June 2017, following a comprehensive review of the existing Ed Tech programme, the BSN decided to develop our ‘Next Generation’ strategy for the effective use of Ed Tech. As part of this strategy we decided to replace iPads with school-owned hybrid (tablet and laptop in one). The model we have chosen is the Microsoft Surface Pro as the preferred hybrid computer. All students are expected to use their school provided Surface Pro in school. Although the following pages mostly refer to Surface Pro’s, it is important for you to understand that messages about e-Safety, responsible use and consequences refer to any digital learning device that you use at the BSN. e-Safety is something the BSN takes very seriously. The use of technology carries responsibility and behavioural expectations consistent with all BSN school rules and policies. These are set out in the BSN’s Responsible Use Agreement and e-Safety policy. You should also think about your online reputation or ‘digital brand’ – how you use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Snapchat, Instagram…. and whatever new social media emerges in the coming years. Remember, what you post online may be able to be accessed by others – including future employers or universities or may cause others distress or offence. 20 | SSV Basics

Before you post anything THINK: T | Is it true? H | Is it helpful? I | Is it inspiring? N | Is it necessary? K | Is it kind?

Whilst trying to ensure that all our students have good access to ICT to enhance learning, the school will, in return, expect you to agree to be responsible users. By accessing the school’s network, you are agreeing to the BSN e-Safety Policy and by using any digital device in school you agree to the Responsible Use Agreement which you signed when you were given your Surface Pro (and will sign for new students and Year 12 students). These policies, amongst other things, set out appropriate use of the device, school owned devices, the school network, Internet and email to protect you and to safeguard all users. This policy is also relevant to incidents of cyber-bullying, or other e-Safety incidents which may take place out of school, but are linked to your membership of the BSN. If appropriate, we will inform parents/carers of incidents relating to e-Safety behaviour that take place in and out of the BSN.

ICT room use outside of lessons During the school day, access to the ICT rooms is allowed under supervision of staff and must only be for the use of school-related work or enrichment (such as programming or game-creation). Non educational games are not allowed and persistent offenders will be excluded from the use of school ICT facilities. No gaming, messaging, social networking etc. at any time without express permission of a BSN member of staff. This is as per the Responsible Use Policy all students have signed. Inappropriate use of the iPad or other digital resources will be dealt with on a case by case basis with a range of sanctions possible in line with the Incidents and consequences table on pages 24.

Device use in school You are fortunate to have a digital device and must take good care not to lose or damage it. To help protect you and your device, the following pages outline the rules which apply and are also in the Responsible Use Agreement that that you signed when you collected your device – a copy of which is on pages 22 and 23. Remember, your device is to be used as a tool to enhance your learning at school – use it appropriately and responsibly. If you are at all concerned about any messages sent to you via your device – in or out of school – talk to your parents, Form Tutor or Head of Year as soon as possible. This will help us to put a stop to it. You cannot play games in school or use your device outside the classroom without permission.

If, in your use of ICT, you have experienced something you are uncomfortable with or feel that you are a victim of ‘cyber-bullying’, you should ensure that you speak to a trusted adult (e.g. parent, teacher, form tutor, Head of Year). If you want more information about e-Safety then take a look at this website:




Before 8:30

The School Canteen

For school work



For school work – providing a teacher is present and has allowed it

Break time


For school work – providing a teacher is present and has allowed it

Lunch time

071 and/or classroom

For school work – providing a teacher is present and has allowed it

After school


For school work and at the discretion of the library staff. This privilege can be removed at any time

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e-Safety Responsible Use Agreement This Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) is an essential part of the use of technology whilst at the BSN. Your use of technology can be summarised as follows: are you/others safe? are you/others secure? is it appropriate? do you have consent? and is it responsible? This policy applies to all students of the BSN community who have access to, and are users of, school ICT systems and digital devices including Surface Pro Devices. The use of technology carries responsibility and behavioural expectations consistent with all BSN school rules and policies. This policy is also relevant to incidents of cyber-bullying, or other e-Safety incidents which may take place outside of school, but are linked to your membership of the BSN. If appropriate, we will inform parents/carers of incidents relating to e-Safety behaviour that take place in and outside of the BSN. ● our personal safety is of the utmost importance. Think about how, when, where and how often you use technology (e.g. do not use devices on the way to and from school). ● Think carefully about the personal information about yourself (and others) you post online. ● Your digital device should be handled carefully and only used in appropriate environments and in ways that meet the BSN’s expectations (it should not be left unattended and you should be aware of where it is at all times). ● For your own security you must have a passcode lock set up on your device – this may be checked.

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● You must have a case in place at all times which gives protection to the front and rear of the device. ● You must ensure that your device is regularly backed-up to safeguard information on it. ● It is your responsibility to charge and update the device as well as to bring it into school. The school will not loan out chargers to students. ● If students forget their device they are responsible for ensuring that any work missed as a result is completed. ● Students/families are responsible for all damage or loss to their device. ● Loan devices may be issued to students if their device has been sent for repair. ● The student should ensure that all apps required for lessons are installed and updated. The following are prohibited: ● Using a ‘jailbroken’ (modified) device on the BSN network ● Accessing, or attempting to access, another student’s device or user-area without their permission ● Downloading, uploading, sending, or importing of inappropriate content (for example, but not limited to, content of an offensive, obscene or indecent nature) ● The Illegal use or transfer of copyrighted materials to a BSN-owned computer ● Use of the school’s student email accounts for illegal activity, including ‘spamming’ ● The use of gaming apps, social network sites, chat-rooms, messaging services (or similar) or sites selling student work (e.g. essays) whilst at, or under the control of, the BSN (unless allowed by a member of BSN staff ● The use of inappropriate language when composing email or other forms of online communication ● The taking of photos or videos of others without their consent or the consent of a member of BSN staff.

● The posting online, or sharing by other means, of photos, videos of others (or other content e.g. written content) without their consent ● Encouraging communication which could be seen as ‘cyber-bullying’ e.g. spreading rumours, images, gossip or activity that is harmful or disrespectful to others ● By-passing the BSN’s web-filtering through a proxy or use of external mobile communication services eg cellular devices or wireless tethering. ● Any action that goes against existing BSN policy or local or national law. Whilst the BSN will strive to ensure a robust ICT infrastructure is in place, we cannot guarantee 100% connectivity all of the time. ● To safeguard the integrity of the school and its network, and the safety and welfare of others, the school may undertake inspections of any digital device using its facilities.

● If you are unsure about anything contained within this document, or in your use of the Surface Pro or other technology, you must speak to a responsible adult (e.g. parent, teacher, form-tutor, Head of Year). ● The school is responsible for providing guidance to students to ensure compliance with this policy. Remember: if at any time you feel unsafe or unsure in your use of technology talk to an appropriate adult eg; your parents, Form Tutor, Head of Year.

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Incidents and consequences What happens if you do not use devices responsibly? Students/pupils




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The severity of each issue is indicated by the colours used Behavioural issues will be logged in the school’s database (SIMS) Continual breaches of these (up to three times in one school year) may result in restrictions being put on to your Surface Pro






Forgetting the Surface Pro or failing to adequately charge it more than twice in a half-term Unauthorised use of non-educational sites during lessons Unauthorised use of Surface Pro/mobile phone/digital camera/other handheld device outside of allowed times e.g. before school, break times or lunch-times Playing non-educational games without permission Unauthorised use of social networking /instant messaging /personal email (or similar) Filming or photographing individuals without their consent and/or posting such content online (without their consent). Sharing usernames and passwords

Canvas is our virtual learning environment (VLE). We use Canvas in every subject area from Year 7-13. Canvas courses are also used to promote Year group activities, student leadership and co-curricular clubs. Canvas supports your learning in lessons and at home. You have courses for each of your subjects located in a dashboard area. Each course has a calendar that shows the homework set for you by the teacher. There is also an email feature linked to courses allowing teachers to send key messages to you and for you to contact teachers about homework matters. Canvas also has an extensive notification system that gives you reminders of various activities in each course. Your subject teachers will use Canvas in several different ways. In all subject areas, you will be able to find resources to support your learning. Some subjects are trialling out an online gradebook where you will receive a range of feedback from work you have done. Teachers will record homework in the calendar for each of your subject courses.

Not having a passcode lock in place on the Surface Pro Accessing, corrupting, deleting or destroying the data of other users (or attempting to) Receipt or transmission of material that infringes the copyright of another person or infringes the Data Protection Act Sending an email, text or instant message that is regarded as offensive, harassment or of a bullying nature (‘cyberbullying’) Downloading, uploading, sending, or importing of inappropriate content (for example, but not limited to, content of an offensive, obscene or indecent nature)


Canvas is a secure platform. This means you must log in with your school username/ email addresses and school password. It is also ‘cloud’ based and accessible anywhere there is an internet connection; at school or at home. There are two ways to operate Canvas; through the website or via the App. To get on to Canvas on the web, you type in the address into a browser of your choice (we recommend Google Chrome) and log in with your school credentials. Canvas is constantly developing and improving, updating old features and adding new ones. Keep up to date with the announcements in tutor time and in your tutor group courses. If you have any questions or problems with Canvas then you can use the special email address or contact any one of the IT Support team. We also have a drop-in helpdesk run by our digital leaders and Mr Williams.


Having a modified (‘jailbroken’) Surface Pro or similar device, on the school network Actions which could bring the school into disrepute or breach the integrity or the ethos of the school


Using proxies or other means to get around the school’s filtering system


Accidentally accessing offensive or inappropriate material and failing to report the incident


Deliberately accessing or trying to access offensive, illegal or inappropriate material


Inappropriate use or treatment of the Surface Pro that is not listed here but has the potential to impact on curriculum use and the safety of school IT provision or the safety of others



Continued infringements of the above, following previous warnings or sanctions


Refer to tutor and/or teacher/ HoD as appropriate


Refer to Head of Year/ Director of e-Learning


Refer to Deputy Head/Head Teacher or IS Manager Record in incident log (SIMS)

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Possible Police involvement or exclusion (time as appropriate) Depending on severity

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Your appearance School uniform At the BSN we believe that wearing uniform encourages a sense of unity and common purpose. Uniform is worn by all students from Year 7 until the end of Year 11. The uniform changes as the students progress through the school and is designed to reflect the seniority of older students. Students in Years 12 and 13 are not required to wear uniform but are expected to wear clothing appropriate for school. A full list of requirements can be found on Gateway and in the School Uniform Handbook which is available from The School Office. The School Uniform Shop is based at Junior School Leidschenveen with a branch at Senior School which stocks all items of uniform except footwear. SSV Uniform Shop opening times: Thursday 12:30-14:30 (priority given to students between 13:05-14:00) Thursday 15:30-16:30 (second Thursday of the month) Online uniform orders Uniform can also be purchased via the Online Uniform Shop on Gateway. Once ordered and paid for online, items are delivered to the SSV Office – usually on Wednesdays or Fridays during term time only.

Uniform Year Round ● BSN white polo with logo OR BSN white blouse with logo WITH ● BSN sweatshirt with logo (yrs 7-9 Navy, yrs 10-11 Black) OR BSN cardigan with logo (yrs 7-9 Navy, yrs 10-11 Black) 26 | SSV Basics

AND ● BSN black skirt with logo OR (Royal blue BSN Lion logo ONLY available from Uniform Shop) ● BSN black trousers with logo (Royal blue BSN Lion logo ONLY available from Uniform Shop- strictly no jeans, sportswear or leggings.) AND ● BSN Black tights or black/white ankle socks - No white tights

Additionally in the Summer Term and First Half of Autumn Term BSN Tailored Shorts with Logo (Royal blue BSN Lion logo – ONLY available from Uniform Shop and must not be altered or adjusted for length.)

Footwear All senior school students should wear either leather closed shoes, sneakers or leather ankle boots that are entirely black.

Make-up, jewellery and hair In general, jewellery should not be worn in school, for safety reasons. Students with pierced ears should wear small stud earrings, but they should be removed or covered during PE lessons. Inappropriate jewellery such as large rings, necklaces, including choker necklaces, bracelets or large earrings should never be worn. Inappropriate nail varnish and make up should not be worn in school. Hair colour (natural) and style, beards and moustaches should be suitable for a professional environment. All questions of suitability are at the discretion of the Head of Year.

The school will respect different cultures and religions – please talk to your Tutor or Head of Year about how this may affect your appearance.

Equipment You must also be sure to have the following: ● Art overall (eg; old shirt) ● Pencils and pens ● Coloured pencils ● 360º protractor ● Set of compasses ● Long ruler ● English dictionary Text books and note books are provided in most subjects, but you may find that your own binders and files are useful to keep things together and in order.

Sports kit

Rugby (boys) ● BSN navy blue rugby shirt – available from Uniform Shop

Sports kit Years 7 to 11 ● BSN house-coloured t-shirt ● BSN navy blue midlayer top ● Navy blue track suit trousers ● Navy blue hockey skirt or shorts (girls) ● Navy blue shorts (boys)

Additional sports kit Swimming (Year 7 only – for 1 term) ● One-piece swimming costume (girls) ● Swimming shorts (boys) ● Towel Sports footwear

Safety items for hockey, football, rugby as required ● Shin pads ● Mouth guards All clothing and equipment should be clearly labelled.

Additional items The following items are available from the Uniform Shop: ● Water bottles ● Lunchbags ● Calculator

● Trainers (non-marking soles only) ● Hockey boots (girls) ● Rugby or football boots (boys)

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Sports, clubs and activities Here at Senior School we run a wide range of clubs and activities you may like to join; these are often run during lunchtimes and after school as well as in the evenings and sometimes at weekends too. There is lots more detailed information about all the activities available to students on BSN Gateway. Early in September, soon after the start of the school year, we hold a Co-Curricular Activities Fair in the Atrium where you can find out more about all that the Senior School has to offer. Don’t worry if you start mid way through a term, you can ask Mrs Suzanne Wainwright, the Office Manager to put you in touch with the right person.

Some of the co-curricular activities we have run at Senior School in recent years include: ● Badminton ● Basketball ● Bridge Club ● Calligraphy ● Chemistry Club ● Creative Writing ● Choir – Junior ● Choir – Senior ● Concert Band ● Cookery Club ● Cricket ● Drama Club ● ECDL Advanced ● Environmental Group ● Fitness Suite ● Football ● Golf Club 28 | SSV Basics

Would you like to learn to sing or play an instrument? International Sports Tournaments The BSN is a Sports Member School of the International School Sports Tournament (ISST) and competes in basketball (boys/girls), football, golf, hockey (girls), rugby and swimming. We also have a competitive gymnastics team which competes in european competitions including ISGA. The BSN has an excellent reputation for its sporting success – keep an eye on the PE notice boards for details of opportunities to try out for these teams throughout the year.

● Gymnastics ● Hockey ● International Award ● Language Clubs ● Latin ● Model United Nations (MUN) ● Orchestra ● Progress Band ● Reading and Book Club ● Recorder Club ● Rowing ● Rugby ● Science Club ● Senior Performance Choir ● Showstoppers ● Sixth Form Literary Society ● String Orchestra ● Speech and Debate ● Swimming

● Swing Band ● Table Tennis ● Tennis Club ● Ultimate Frisbee ● Volleyball ● Young Enterprise ● Youth Club If you arrive midway through the year ask your form tutor about joining clubs and activities.

We have a vibrant, specialist, dedicated teaching team here at the Senior School. They are on hand to help and advise you, equipping you with the essential skills you need to enjoy performing, both on your own and in larger groups or ensembles. Some of our teachers are specialists on more than one instrument and it really doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner, or more advanced – we have students of all levels learning a wide range of instruments, including: ● Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Baritone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Tuba ● Guitar: Classical, Folk, Electric, Bass ● Piano ● Singing: Classical, Pop, Jazz ● Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass ● Woodwind: Oboe, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet ● Drums

The BSN employs all school based instrumental teachers directly. This means that the BSN pays teachers for hours worked and then bills parents accordingly. Instrumental tuition is available for all students, from Year 7 to 13. Daytime lessons for some instruments are open to students in Year 7, 8 and 9, with the full range of instruments available after school. Lessons take place in the Music Department, and are administered by the Music Office. You can pick up a sign-up sheet or download one from the SSV Music site on the extra-curricular page on Gateway. Daytime lessons are available in drum kit, classical and acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano and voice. This solves the problem of organising transport after school, and avoids potential clashes with other school activities. For more information visit the Music site on Gateway, or contact: Remember, you do not have to be studying music to participate in the performance groups! How much do lessons cost? There is a flat lesson rate: Lesson Length Rate 30 minutes 25.00 euro 45 minutes 34.00 euro 60 minutes 45.00 euro Lessons will be billed termly, on a pro rata basis. Should you wish to discontinue the lessons, there is a 5-lesson notice period. How do I register for lessons? Registration for instrumental lessons is handled via Gateway under the Co-Curricular tab.

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What you need to know if you’re taking exams… notebooks, video, cameras and any other portable recording or media equipment. We ask you to remember some simple rules about their use in school:

Can I take exams? Yes, absolutely! Many of our teachers regularly enter students for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exams; the BSN is a regional centre for ABRSM exams and Junior School Diamanthorst is a regional centre for Trinity Guildhall exams. Would you like to join a group or ensemble? All students at the Senior School can receive professional ensemble tuition throughout the school year, at no additional cost. Whether you take instrumental lessons or not, there are many different ensembles you can join. These include: Lower School Choir, Senior Choir, Concert Ensemble, Orchestra, Showstoppers (a performing arts group), Swing Band, Recorder Group, Senior Performance Choir, various chamber groups and small ensembles. Just get in touch with Mr Jarrett in the music department.

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Mobile phones must be switched off throughout the school day and will be confiscated if used inappropriately. You may only use your phone in the black carpeted area by the front door of the Atrium for important phone calls: for example, if an after-school activity has been cancelled and you may need to telephone your parents. Mobile telephones must be kept in lockers. The school will not take responsibility for the loss of any valuable items and we recommend that only inexpensive telephones are brought onto the premises. Mobiles phones or photographic equipment of any description must never be used to take photographs or record lessons without the teacher’s permission. The BSN does not allow photographs taken on the premises, or on BSN business (like school trips), to be put on public sites without the permission of the school. It is against school regulations for any student to use images of any school-related activity in school or on trips and upload onto social networking sites or file sharing sites.

The Examinations Office is on the top floor next to the Sixth Form Centre and handles all matters relating to students sitting external examinations. If you are taking exams, this is a really useful checklist to help you: ● Check for examination clashes and let the Exams Office know immediately. ● Have your exam Statement of Entry with you all the times. ● Note the date times and venues of your examinations – get organised! ● Make sure you have the correct equipment eg; a clear plastic bag with two black pens, pencils, rubber and ruler. Remember your calculator, protractor and compass for Mathematics; and coloured pencils for Geography, FT or DT exams. ● Calculators: check the batteries! Clear any stored programs/data, remove covers/lids prior to the examination. ● Use your locker for any materials that are not allowed in the examination. This includes mobile phones! ● Arrive no later than five minutes before the examination begins. ● Enter in total silence and follow the instructions of the invigilators. ● Do a final check to see if you have any unauthorised material or equipment. ● Check that you have the correct examination paper and equipment. ● Read carefully and follow the instructions printed on the paper/answer booklet.

● If, during the examination, an invigilator discovers any unauthorised material or equipment or writing on your hands or arms, then this will be recorded in the log book and the relevant exam board will be notified. ● If you have a problem during the examination, (eg; need more paper) then raise your hand and an invigilator will come to you but remember examination questions can’t be explained to you. ● There should be no communication between candidates: talking, eye contact, looking around or making unnecessary noise is not allowed. ● Do not take away any materials provided in the examination eg; any unused booklets or your examination ID card. ● Remain in silence when instructed to leave the exam venue, think of other candidates who may be continuing after you leave. ● If you are ill: your parents need to inform the school as early as possible. ● If you feel your performance was affected during the exam due to the illness, you must inform the Exams Office immediately after the exam. ● If an unforeseen situation will make you late: please inform the school by phoning as soon as you are able. ● Finally, if you have any questions – come to the Exams Office at any time. You’ll find us in: Room 291, on the second floor by the Sixth Form Common Room. For SSV Only

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Honesty is our ethos… Our school maintains a high standard of academic excellence and achievement by our students. Effort and honesty are the cornerstones of the school’s ethos and are fiercely protected with the following policies;

Academic honesty policy This policy applies to all examinations and year groups in the BSN Senior School. Academic honesty and its attendant study habits and skills should be cultivated from an early age. The following is an extract from Academic Honesty: a Guidance for Schools, 2003, IBO. All students ‘….must understand the basic meaning and significance of concepts that relate to academic honesty, especially authenticity and intellectual property. Ensuring that candidates understand and respect academic honesty should not be confined to original authorship and ownership of creative material: academic honesty includes, for example, proper conduct in relation to the written examinations. In reality, it is probably easier to explain what is academic dishonesty, with direct reference to plagiarism, collusion and cheating in examinations. However, whenever possible the topic should be treated in a positive way, stressing the benefits of properly conducted academic research and a respect for the integrity of all forms of assessment…’ This is preferable to simply warning students that various forms of academic cheating are unacceptable and liable to result in a penalty.

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Authenticity and respect

What does plagiarism mean?


In order to be an authentic piece of work it should be based on the candidate’s ideas. Where the work of others is used, the sources should be fully acknowledged.

Plagiarism takes many forms and should be recognised by students and supervising staff as such – examples of plagiarism include:

If a breach of academic honesty at the BSN is proven, it will always result, at examination level, in:

Where sections are reproduced from the work of another source and are quoted verbatim, the words should be enclosed by quotation marks. It is also important to respect intellectual or creative property and to be aware that this property is usually protected by law.

● Downloading a free research paper ● Copying an article from a website ● Buying a paper from a commercial website ● Using work submitted by students in previous years ● Translating a foreign web article or a printed piece into English ● Cutting and pasting sections of other people’s work to create an extended piece without proper acknowledgement ● Changing some words by copying whole sections or sentences without acknowledgement ● Paraphrasing or summarising without attribution ● Making up a quotation, or inventing false data

The use of works of art – film, dance, painting, music and so on – are also subject to the same restrictions where this might involve the passing off of the work of other artists as a student’s own.

Defining academic dishonesty and malpractice

● Parents being informed ● A mark of zero ● That piece of work will not be submitted for either internal or external assessment ● Parents, staff and students being informed ● A report being sent to the examining authority where this is required In a case outside examination regulations (eg; mock or internal exam/assessment), the teacher has the discretion to: ● Award a mark of zero and not mark the piece of work Or: ● Request that the work be redone in an academically honest way

Plagiarism: where the work or ideas of others are presented as a student’s own. Collusion: where dishonesty is supported by another student who allows their work to be copied and submitted for assessment. This should embrace direct help from adults outside the BSN – parents, other relations or outside tutors. Duplication of work: where work produced for one component or subject is deliberately submitted for another. Other forms of misconduct: defined as actions which might confer an unfair advantage on a student: stealing or gaining access to examination material in advance; unacceptable conduct during an examination or supervised assessment; making false declarations about a piece of work being their own; collusion with staff or other adults to gain an unfair advantage; impersonating another student.

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The BSN Senior School The Senior School has an active and enthusiastic Environmental Committee which works to make the school more environmentally friendly. These students recognise the importance of the environmental challenges that we face worldwide and were the driving force behind the BSN’s adoption of the ECO Seek approach – we are the first school on the planet to integrate this platform into our school culture. The Committee is made up of about 45 students from Years 8 to 13 under the supervision of two Year 13 Student Leaders and with the support of members of staff from across the school. The School achieved the Eco-Schools’ Green Flag, the highest award of this international organisation which numbers some 40,000 schools in 53 countries. To achieve this important award, students and staff undertook a number of key projects:

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● planning, preparation and establishment of the SSV Eco-Garden. ● reducing waste by eliminating paper cups and introducing water bottles for all students. ● producing energy for the National Grid with the introduction of new solar panels. ● keeping an ongoing wildlife catalogue of the sightings of flora and fauna in the Eco-Garden. ● the organisation of Green Days to raise environmental awareness. ● starting an allotment to grow our own fruit and vegetables. ● getting involved with Eco-Seek. The Environmental Committee is divided into sub-groups, each with a specific focus – these are Biodiversity, Waste, Energy, Allotment and Global Citizenship.

Allotment Group The Allotment Group have learned how to grow and look after a range of fruit and vegetables and are working towards the Royal Horticultural Society Schools awards. The project has been such a success, that the allotment has been doubled in size and a greenhouse has also been added to grow more produce. The addition of chickens in the spring of 2017 makes it a very productive corner of the school!

Student Council

Developing Student Leadership We believe that your voices need to be heard, and that students should take the lead in making changes and developing new initiatives. Every year there are opportunities to be involved.

Student Ambassadors We understand that the best advocates for our school are those who make up its community and students in all year groups are invited to join the Student Ambassador team. This team supports the events in school, speaking with parents and visitors, giving tours and being active leaders in whole school projects.

Students in all year groups are also encouraged to participate in school council. These meetings are run by our Student Leaders and create opportunities to raise concerns and share ideas for change. Recent successes have included developing better drinking water facilities, resourcing more activities at lunch time and integrating new equipment in the school.

Student Leaders Each year 12 students from the Sixth Form are chosen to be our Student Leaders. They have particular responsibilities and lead in these areas. Our team comprises: ● Student ● Student ● Student ● Student ● Student

Leaders Leaders Leaders Leaders Leaders

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Years 7–11 Sixth Form House Leaders Charity Communication

Leading by Example Every day across the school, students will exemplify the traits we want to nurture, and we seek to reward these actions through a special prize, ‘Leading by Example’. The students who are selected may not be in specific leadership positions but they enrich the life of our community and act as excellent role models.

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Don’t keep it Student handbook to yourself…

The School Rules By now you’ve read ‘Basics – your guide to the BSN Senior School’, from cover to cover. This is a potted summary of lots of what you’ve already read – and helps us to be an open, caring and vibrant school – please remember that all students are expected to adhere to these simple rules: ● Always show respect to members of the school community and your environment. ● You must arrive at registration and lessons on time and with the correct equipment. ● Your work in each lesson must start with a clear title or heading and have a date. ● Label your files with your name and form – your belongings must not have any graffiti on them. ● At the end of a lesson, when you leave a classroom, please tidy up, pick up any litter and tuck your chair back under the desk. ● You should not eat in lessons – sweets and chewing gum are not allowed – if you are found chewing in class, you can expect a detention. ● You may drink water from a waterbottle throughout the day, but no other drinks must be taken into class. ● Do not mark or write on desks or damage school property – if you do, you can expect to spend time cleaning and repairing them; and will be asked to pay for a new desk or equipment. ● Complete classwork and homework to a required standard and meet deadlines set by teachers. When homework is returned, please make corrections suggested by your teacher before the next lesson.

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● You are expected to put your hand up when the class is asked a question – never call out. ● Dress according to the school uniform regulations see page 25. ● Jewellery is to be kept to a minimum – rings are not permissible but small ear studs are allowed – facial piercings are strictly forbidden. ● Please notify school of any absences – in advance, where possible, or by 9:00 in the morning. ● Remain on site during school hours. ● Sign in, and out, at Reception if you are late, or if you are leaving school for an authorised absence e.g.; medical or dental appointments. ● Tobacco, drugs, alcohol and weapons are strictly forbidden. If you are found with in school, with any of these things in your possession, regardless of your age, you will be suspended or excluded from school. This also applies to students on school visits, events or external fixtures. ● The school does not take responsibility for valuable items eg; i-pods and mp3 players. It is your responsibility to protect these securely, by keeping them switched off and secured in a locker during school hours. During PE or sports lessons, they should be placed in coin operated lockers situated outside the changing rooms. ● Mobile phones must be switched off at all times in school. They should only be used in an emergency or at the end of the school day, and then only on the black mat area in the front entrance area of the atrium. Full details of the School Rules are on BSN Gateway.

Please help us to improve life in the school. The school staff and management team welcome ideas and suggestions to help make improvements to life at the Senior School. If you have a burning issue or a bright idea that you would like to be considered, please submit it on a piece of paper with your name, your form and the details of your idea into the Ideas Box outside the School Office. We look forward to hearing from you!

The guidelines, philosophy and rules outlined here in your student handbook are aimed at keeping you safe, providing an environment in which you can learn and enjoy your education.

All members of the BSN community should be proud of our students at all times both in and outside school. You must read this handbook and sign the attached form below to say that you agree to follow the rules, to keep to the procedures and to aspire to the philosophy and culture of the school. You are a student in a school that has a long history of excellence and you should do your part to ensure that this outstanding reputation continues and grows in the future. Thank you for your support – enjoy, and make the most of your time at the BSN.

Sign off Name:


I have read the student handbook and agree to follow the school rules, to keep to the procedures and embrace the philosophy and culture of the school.



This form must be signed by you and your form tutor on your first week in school.

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Senior School Student Values We honour and respect people from all backgrounds and cultures We believe in challenging ourselves and others We believe in striving to reach our maximum potential We pride ourselves on being environmentally friendly We believe in keeping the community safe We believe in and respect the individual We believe in making our own choices

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BSN SSV Basics Booklet 2018-2019  

A students' guide to Senior School

BSN SSV Basics Booklet 2018-2019  

A students' guide to Senior School