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Welcome from the Headteacher Dear Parents A warm welcome to Winton Community Academy. Winton is a happy and hardworking academy. We are here to ensure that every student achieves their full potential during their educational journey with us, resulting in a well qualified and well prepared young person leaving Winton for the next stage of their life. We also want our students to enjoy their education so they can look back in later years with warmth and fondness on their time at Winton. As an academy we demand and achieve high standards in all areas within a disciplined, secure, caring and stimulating environment. We provide a rich, balanced curriculum and a wide-ranging programme of extra-curricular activities covering academic, social, recreational, sporting and performing arts. We value and praise the successes of our students. We are proud of our academy and proud of our achievements. Our overriding aim is to be a centre of all-round educational excellence for the community. We encourage you to be involved in every aspect of your child’s education at Winton. We will do all we can to enthuse, motivate and support our students. We need your active partnership in order to achieve the highest all round standards for your child. I regard it as a privilege to be the Headteacher of Winton Community Academy and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. Yours faithfully

Mr N Thomas Headteacher

Our school At Winton, high quality teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that every student has huge potential and excellent teaching in every lesson is the way to unlock that potential. We provide a creative and innovative teaching environment with state of the art facilities and a curriculum, which considers the needs of each student as an individual.

Who's who?

Mr N Thomas Headteacher

Mr S Flavell

Mr I Parsons

Miss K Webb

Mrs S Chivers

Assistant Headteacher

Assistant Headteacher Personal Development, Wellbeing & Behaviour

Assistant Headteacher Outcomes

Head of Pastoral Care

Mr A Head

Mrs F Thorpe-Tracey

Director of STEM

Director of English

Teaching, Learning & Assessment


If you need to contact the academy to discuss your child's progress and well-being, or to forward information on to the school, you should write to your child's tutor or relevant subject teacher in the first instance.

Welcome from Mr Iain Parsons Assistant Headteacher

We are really pleased to welcome all of our new students to Winton Community Academy. For those of you who already know us, welcome back, and to all the new families joining our community we have no doubt you will enjoy your time with us. For those of you who have or had older students with us you are also very welcome and we look forward to continuing that partnership. Winton has changed and developed each year and I have no doubt that in working together we will ensure your children achieve even more than they thought was possible. This is a point of growth and excitement, built on what is a good school. We have kept one of our greatest strengths, the vertical tutor groups. This will continue to ensure that the children are quickly met and supported by all ages within our community. Each student is supported by a tutor who is your first point of call for everything and anything about your child’s general needs. Alongside that we have an excellent intervention team made of up of pastoral and SEND colleagues who will always go above and beyond to help the children. Finally the academic team of staff are so excited to bring this cohort, our biggest ever, into school and help them flourish in every aspect of their learning. Your children have never had as many opportunities to show how brilliant they are and I know they will rise to the challenge. Every student will excel with hard work, an enjoyment of learning and a big smile. I know we share the belief that they can be whatever they want to be. A warm welcome to you all.

Introduction In this handbook you will find an overview of the information you need this year. If you need any additional information or more depth, then please contact your child’s tutor or the relevant member of staff and they will get back to you within 48 hours. The purpose of the handbook is to provide useful information as opposed to having the details of every academy policy. If you require more information on individual policies, these can be requested from the academy or found on our website,

Term dates Autumn Term:

School Day Wednesday 4th September to Friday 20th December 2019 Years 7 and 11 students start on Friday 6th September 2019 Years 8,9 and 10 students start on Monday 9th September 2019


Half term:

Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019


Lesson 1

Spring Term:

Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 3rd April 2020


Lesson 2

Half term:

Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020




Arrive 8.35am

Tutor Time 8.40 - 8.55

8.55 - 9.55

9.55 - 10.55

10.55 - 11.15

Summer Term: Monday 20th April 2020 to Wednesday 22nd July 2020


Half term:

Monday 25th May 2020 – Friday 29th May 2020


Lesson 4

Bank holiday:

Friday 8th May 2020




Development Days: 1. Wednesday 4th September 2019

4. Monday 25th November 2019

2. Thursday 5th September 2019

5. Monday 6th January 2020


Lesson 3 11.15 - 12.15

12.15 - 1.15

1.15 - 1.55

Literacy Time 1.55 - 2.10

Lesson 5 2.10 - 3.10

End of School Day

Protocol for communication with the Academy We aim to work in partnership with our parents/carers to the benefit of your children, our students. Within this partnership there may be times when you wish or need to contact the academy directly. The tutor should be the first point of contact for both students and parents, as they will know your child best. The tutor sees his/her tutor group for registration every day and is the member of staff who has a personal and direct responsibility for all members of their tutor group. The best way to contact the tutor is by email. If you have a subject specific concern please email the Head of Department. If you have a safeguarding concern please contact the Head of Pastoral Care at If you still require more information or have additional concerns then contact a member of the senior leadership team.

Meetings with staff It will not be possible for parents to arrive in reception and request a meeting with a member of staff on the same day. It is essential that parents arrange meetings prior to coming to the academy site. This can be best achieved by emailing the member of staff or ringing the main office.

Leadership and Management roles Senior Leadership Team Mr Nathan Thomas


Mr Iain Parsons

Assistant Headteacher (Behaviour, Safety, Well Being and Personal Development)

Mr Sean Flavell

Assistant Headteacher (Teaching, Learning & Assesment)

Miss Karen Webb

Assistant Headteacher (Outcomes)

Mr Andy Head

Director of STEM

Ms Felicity Thorpe-Tracey

Director of English

Subject Leaders Mrs Sam Webster Miss Laura Jacobs Mr Gareth Brown Mr Martin Ashworth Miss Rebecca Teal Mr Max Lee Miss Chloe Franklin Mrs Lynette Willis

Support Staff roles Mrs Jackie Lusk Miss Kelly Ryder Mrs Sally Chivers

Head of Humanities Head of Mathematics Head of MFL Head of PE Head of Science Head of Technology Head of Visual & Performing Arts SENDCo

Headteacher's PA Examinations Office Head of Pastoral Care

Vertical Mentoring There are four Houses:Farah(Red), Rowling (Yellow), Malala (Purple), and





Hawking (Blue), each House has 6 mentor groups. Each mentor group is made





students from across the year groups.

Uniform School uniform is to be worn at all times on the school site; all students must comply with the academy's uniform code. Uniform should be kept clean and neat at all times and all items should be clearly named. A high standard of appearance is required at all times and is integral to all students' time at Winton Community Academy.

Students are only allowed to wear one pair of stud earrings. The only badges allowed to be worn are those provided by the school. We do not allow the following: jackets other than the school coat, hoodies, body and facial piercings, extreme hairstyles or colours, excessive make-up.



Please note that all our uniform can be purchased from Stitch-a-Logo. Orders placed before the 18th August are guaranteed for delivery before the start of term. Orders placed after this date cannot be guaranteed.

Lost property If items are lost, students should inform their tutor as soon as possible.

Free school meals Any parents who think they are entitled to help should collect an application form from the main reception.

Lunch arrangements The canteen operates a cashless system using finger recognition. Students can bring money into school to deposit onto their account using the machine located at the rear of the dining hall or parents can deposit money online using their Scopay account. The approximate cost of a main meal is ÂŁ2.20. Students may, if they wish, bring a packed lunch. Students may buy snacks and drinks from the dining room during morning break. Students can eat/drink in the dining room, outside the building, or within the designated areas around the school site.

Attendance All absence from school must be covered by a phone call, before 8.15am, on each day of absence by calling 01264 351822 and confirmed via a note addressed to the mentor. If students are off ill for several days, home must stay in touch with the school on a daily basis so that school is aware of the reason for the continued absence.

Research shows that for each 10% reduction in attendance all GCSE grades will drop by one grade!

Absence Holiday requests Holiday requests during term time will not be authorised; the hidden cost of lost education is very precious to us. The academy can use fixed penalty fines to discourage holidays in term time, but we prefer to work with parents and come to an understanding that attendance is vital to academic success. No holidays will be permitted in term time.

Leaving the site Students are not allowed off the academy site at any time unless they have a medical appointment; students must bring a letter or appointment card for their tutor to sign if they have an appointment during the academy day. When students leave the site, they must take the letter or card to Miss Stockwell where they will sign out.

If students arrive late Students must always get marked into the register. If a student arrives before 8.40am they should go straight to tutor time. However, if students arrive after 8.40am they must report to Main Reception to sign in. We must know if students are on site so that we can check in an emergency such as a fire drill.

If a student becomes unwell during the day Students should tell their teacher that they feel unwell. If the teacher feels that it is a medical emergency a first aider will be called to the lesson. The First Aid staff will make an assessment and phone an appropriate contact. Students will not be sent home without authorisation from a parent/carer. If students require first aid during break or lunch they should go to Student Reception which is staffed by the First Aid team. Please make sure all contact details are kept up to date and sent to your child's tutor in writing. Please note students should not phone home themselves or sign themselves out; this could result in students being recorded as truanting.

Administration of medicines Medical forms to administer all medication must be completed and are available from the school office on request. Due to new Government regulations, only paracetamol (to be supplied by parents) may be given to students with written consent. All other medicines must be supplied on prescription. Students taking any medication must hand it in to a member of the First Aid staff (in student reception) where it will be kept under secure conditions.

Mobile Devices When appropriate, Winton Community Academy encourages the use of new technologies to assist learning. Please note: should an emergency occur during school hours that requires a student to contact home, this can be done either from Student Reception or the main school Reception. The Academy will not accept any liability for misuse or loss of a mobile phone/MP3/iPod or similar device. Phone use outside school hours for travel to and from school: It is recognised that parents may wish their child to be able to contact them outside of school hours by the use of a mobile phone, and this will necessitate them having phones with them during the day; rules regarding their use are as follows: Mobile phones/MP3 players/iPods or similar devices should be switched off and kept at the bottom of bags until students have left the school premises. Whilst on the school premises mobile phones/MP3 players/iPods should not be used and will be confiscated and a Headteacher's detention set.

Clubs and societies There will be a number of clubs and opportunities available for all students, as well as trips. All trips will be advertised through letter and on the Academy website.

Productions Students wishing to get involved should watch out for notices about meetings and auditions – it is good fun! Rehearsals generally take place at lunchtimes and at the end of the day. There is an active and successful Performing Arts Department who welcome student involvement.

Evacuation If the alarm is sounded (a continuous bell lasting at least two minutes) the building has to be evacuated and students and staff must proceed to the tennis courts which is the allocated evacuation point (the evacuation procedures are posted around the academy and in all classrooms).

Cycling Students are encouraged to cycle to the academy if they wish. However they must wear a cycle helmet and have completed the Bikeability training course. Students can register for this course with Mrs J Lusk at A lockable bicycle shed is available on site where bicycles can be kept during the day – students will need to provide their own individual locks. Students arriving late will need to ask at main reception to access the bicycle shed.

Homework All students should be set meaningful homework or independent learning. This should be used to reinforce the learning which has taken place in class or prepare students for future learning. Approximate length of independent learning as follows:

Year 7 and 8

Approximately 3 hours of independent learning should be completed per week, this should include independent reading.

Year 9

Approximately 5 hours of independent learning should be completed per week, this should include independent reading.

Year 10 and 11

1 hour of independent learning per subject, per week.

Where appropriate students should be given one week to complete a piece of independent learning and should expect feedback within one week from the handing in date. All independent learning requires some form of feedback from staff. In Key Stage 3 staff should avoid, wherever possible, setting independent learning tasks over holiday periods. A homework timetable will be produced and sent home later in the term. Show My Homework is Winton Community Academy’s homework calendar for all students. It ensures that homework is set effectively across the school, and allows us to monitor homework by year, class, teacher and subject. For parents who wish to take a more active role in their children’s home learning, you have access to your own Show My Homework account. We're giving ‘power’ back to parents. You can now take a more proactive role in driving homework prioritisation, keeping tabs on homework without being intrusive. Visit the academy homework calendar here:

Assessment and reports Students will receive five data based reports a year, which will indicate their progress in all subjects as well as their attendance, the number of house points and negative referrals they have received. Parents will also receive a full written report once a year.

Parent Voice The prevailing wisdom in some secondary schools is that students don’t want their parents involved, and that parents can no longer help with learning because they do not understand the work. Nothing could be further from the truth! Students behave better and achieve more when their parents are involved in their education. Their concerns can be resolved more quickly when their parents have a positive relationship with the academy. Parents benefit from being able to express their views and knowing that they are able to make a difference. They also benefit from meeting and working with others in a setting in which they feel comfortable, from the advice and guidance at the academy and from other parents. As a parent led group they are making a real difference through our close and constructive relationship with the academy and have the full support of the governing body and academy leadership team.

Special Needs and Disabilities Winton offers excellent individual support to students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Additional information on the SEND department is available from our SENDCo.

Academy policies Copies of our academy policies can be either downloaded from the academy website or a copy requested from the main reception office.

Complaints The Complaints Procedure for Winton Community Academy follows a three-stage model. The underlying principle is that concerns ought to be handled, if at all possible, without the need for formal procedures. Many concerns will be dealt with informally and parents/carers are encouraged to make contact with the member of staff concerned or the student’s mentor. Parents/carers may also choose to speak to an Assistant Headteacher on an informal basis, particularly if they feel they would have difficulty discussing a complaint with a particular member of staff. Similarly if the member of staff directly involved feels too compromised to deal with the complaint the complaint should be referred to an Assistant Headteacher who can refer the complainant to another member of staff. Where the complaint concerns the Headteacher, the complainant will be referred to the Chair of the Governing Body. Where the first approach is made to a governor, the next step would be to refer the complainant to the appropriate person and advise them about the procedure. Governors may not engage in the hearing of an individual complaint outside the formal procedure or be involved at the early stages in case they are needed to sit on a panel at a later stage of the procedure. A copy of the complete complaints procedure can be downloaded from the academy website.

Data protection Fair Processing under the Data Protection Act 1998 Winton Community Academy will only share and process student data with relevant organisations such as exam boards, training organisations, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Local Authority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information on data protection or freedom of information.

Home - School Agreement This agreement will enable us to make a commitment to work together. The aim of the home/school agreement is to ensure that every student fulfils his/her potential and that we work in partnership to achieve this. If we all have high expectations we can support your child to make good progress and be happy while they are learning at Winton Community Academy.

As staff at Winton Community Academy, we will: • Have high expectations of all students in terms of behaviour and learning; • Provide an engaging curriculum to meet the individual needs of every student; • Mark and assess work and set challenging targets to ensure that all students are supported to reach their full potential; • Keep you informed about general developments within the academy and your child’s progress, in particular; • Provide a safe and supportive environment in which all students can learn effectively; • Be available to listen to, discuss and act to resolve concerns expressed by parents and students; • Make appropriate contact with external agencies as and when we are concerned about a child’s wellbeing.

As parents/carers I/we agree to: • Ensure that my child attends regularly, arrives on time, is properly equipped and is always in correct uniform; • Ensure that my child is supported in his/her studies at home and has a quiet place to complete homework; • Ensure that my child is aware of the behaviour expectations and anti-bullying procedures and the consequences of poor behaviour; • Attend parents’ meetings and report reviews to discuss my child’s progress; • Make the academy aware of any concerns which might affect my child’s work or behaviour; • Support consequences of the School’s Code of Conduct and behaviour expectations.

As a student of Winton Community Academy I agree to: • Attend regularly, on time and with the correct equipment for each day’s lessons; • Do all my class-work and homework as well as I can; • Respect other people, their work and property; • Wear school uniform at all times on the school site; • Keep the school free from litter and graffiti; • Act in accordance with behaviour expectations and follow academy rules.

Keeping children safe. Safeguarding Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Parsons

Reporting safeguarding concerns Everyone is responsible for safeguarding. Winton must continue to be an academy where children’s welfare is promoted and timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken for children who need extra help or who may be suffering, or likely to suffer.

Definition of safeguarding •

Protecting children from maltreatment.

Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.

Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Winton Academy has a legal a requirement to safeguard children. As part of this we have specific legal duties regarding female genital mutilation and radicalisation. If you have any concerns on either of these matters please contact the Police through 101. Please report all safeguarding concerns through the email You will receive a response with 24 hours. If your child has a concern Where any student has safeguarding concerns about themselves or another student they should: 1. Inform their tutor 2. Inform their parents 3. Inform Mr Parsons or Mrs Chivers 4. Email: If they or you have a concern about a member of staff you should write to the Headteacher. A copy of all relevant policies and procedures can be found on the website. If the concern is regarding the Headteacher you should write to the chair of governors of contact the local authority.

Bullying – We can STOP it This can take a number of forms relating to everything you could imagine. Bullying, particularly on the internet can have a real impact on young people. We are lucky that at Winton it is extremely rare and over 90% of students say we deal with it well. If students, staff or parents have any concerns around a child being bullied they should either; 1. Look to support the young person and suggest they use their ‘go to’ person. 2. Inform the child’s tutor. 3. Email naming the child and outlining concerns. Our priority is to support the victim and ensure that the sanction supports re-education, preventing a repeat. Bullying at Winton is defined as Several Times On Purpose. Friends falling out, one off incident or disagreements are not bullying. The malicious repeated targeting of a student will not be tolerated. All bullying allegations are investigated. If they are recorded as bullying then they will be classified and monitored by the designated safeguarding lead. There is a termly STOP report which goes to the governing body.

Other risks to students and staff • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Abuse (Physical, emotional, sexual and neglect) Bullying, cyber bullying and bullying based on prejudice Racism, disability, gender of sexuality based bullying Radicalisation or extremist behaviour Child sexual exploitation Sexting Substance misuse Local issues such as gang culture Domestic violence Honor based crimes Female genital mutilation Forced marriage Sexual Harassment Sexual Violence Peer on Peer Abuse County Lines Upskirting

Reporting a concern As outlined previously all reports regarding the safeguarding of children should be made to the designated safeguarding lead as soon as is possible. The designated safeguarding lead will then make an evidence based decision and where required report the matter to Hampshire Children’s services. Where necessary, police will be called. Parents will be informed where it is appropriate. Where a concern is raised regarding a child at another school it will be reported to the school’s safeguarding lead and where appropriate referred to children’s services. At Winton we will offer support through: • • • • • • •

The pastoral and tutor teams The academy ethos promoting a positive, supportive and secure environment, giving students a sense of value. The safeguarding / You vote program. Liaison with other agencies to support the student. The Winton behaviour policy which is aimed at educating students and ensuring vulnerable members of the community are supported in meeting expectations. Sharing all information with any school or college that the student goes on to attend. The Early Help team.

1. Confidentiality of information regarding students and staff Staff and parents have a responsibility to communicate in a way which maintains appropriate confidentiality. If you have confidential information about your child, which you think is relevant to their safety please email us at If any child is in immediate danger please contact the police. 2. Contact with staff To help students make progress staff are in regular contact. Staff may speak by phone, in person or make contact in writing. The most effective way for parents and staff to communicate is via school email. It is vital that you keep us up to date on your contact details. If they change let us know. 3. Social Media No staff member is permitted to have a social media link with any student within the school including those who are known through family friends. Please do not take offence by this. It is to protect everyone and in turn ensure we maintain a professional code of contact. 4. Physical Contact Staff may have to make physical contact with students. This is done in a planned manner and may include everything from teaching rugby through demonstration to helping guide a student in their dance. Any student contact is done with a students’ permission and in an appropriate, professional manner. 5. School trips All school trips must be processed through the EVOLVE process in line with procedures outlined by the EVC co-ordinator. These should include all relevant risk assessments and measures to ensure the safety of students. 6. Student needs To keep students and staff safe it is important we have a knowledge of the young people we are working with. If there is a medical or educational need it is the responsibility of parents to keep us up to date with any useful information. We will make sure that you are kept up to speed from our end. 7. Extra-curricular activities Parents will be notified of all extra-curricular activities and fixtures as appropriate. For your child’s safety and enjoyment please ensure you return all relevant paperwork as quickly as possible. Staff may, at times provide additional academic support for students. You will be made aware through your child. If you have any questions about students and additional support please contact the teacher directly. 8. Intimate care and first aid Any first aid that has an implication for the student will result in you being contacted. If the student requires emergency action we will ensure you are kept informed. In almost all cases any emergency treatment is done following communication with parents. 9. Images of students Please be mindful of taking pictures or videos of other students. Whilst in almost all cases it will be an innocent mistake we would ask that when you attend school events to please NOT take images of children other than your own. 10. On Line Safety During the year we will be providing several sessions covering on line safety for parents. These sessions are vital. Do you know who your child is talking to? What they are accessing? And what interests them on line? Both of these are useful but if you have any concerns about internet safety for your child please email us.

Useful Links

0800 028 0285 – line is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday to Friday and Email: Important documents School Policies can be found at - Keeping children Safe 2019 – DRAFT_Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019.pdf FGM - Prevent – Updated April 2019 file/445977/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__England_Wales_V2-Interactive.pdf Working together 2018 (Link to update Feb 2019) Working_Together_to_Safeguard-Children.pdf Information sharing 2018 - attachment_data/file/721581/Information_sharing_advice_practitioners_safeguarding_services.pdf County Lines Guidance – September 2018 HOCountyLinesGuidanceSept2018.pdf Sexual Violence and Harassment – May 2018 Sexual_violence_and_sexual_harassment_between_children_in_schools_and_colleges.pdf Confiscation advice for schools – January 2019 Searching_screening_and_confiscation.pdf On line safety – June 2019 Teaching_online_safety_in_school.pdf SRE teaching guidance – September 2020 Relationships_Education__Relationships_and_Sex_Education__RSE__and_Health_Education.pdf NSPCC KEY PEOPLE Designated safeguarding lead: Iain Parsons Sebon and Carole Milnes)

(Supporting safeguarding officers: Nathan Thomas, Sally Chivers, Justine

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Academy contact information Address Winton Community Academy London Road Hants ANDOVER SP10 2PS Website: Email: Tel (01264) 351822 Fax (01264) 332793 Headteacher

Mr Nathan Thomas

Chair of the Governing Body Mr S Cottrell

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