Home-School Agreement




  • To offer outstanding education for our students and prepare them for successful, independent lives in the 21st century



  • To be a high achieving academic community
  • To identify and develop the full potential of every member of our community and give them the skills and qualifications they need to achieve their ambition
  • Do this within the context of the culture and values of the Christian faith emphasizing the strong moral and spiritual values shared with other faiths


The Standard of Education which we provide

All students will receive a challenging, broad and balanced curriculum as defined by the National Curriculum.

The particular needs of each student will be addressed through:

  • ability setting for each subject
  • careful target setting for each student and Department
  • the use of Individual Education Plans for students on the Special Needs Code of Practice
  • preparation for end of Key Stage 3 Assessments, GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs
  • careers guidance
  • careful monitoring through the termly reporting schedule and the academic tutoring scheme
  • the use of Individual Behaviour Plans where necessary under the supervision of Heads of House in order to promote learning
  • target setting interviews with Tutors each term


  • Homework is set regularly according to the homework timetable issued to all students at the start of the academic year
  • The time allocated for each subject to each year group is indicated on the homework timetable
  • It is vital that all homework be completed to the best of each student’s ability and handed in on time
  • The purpose of homework is:
  • To reinforce learning
  • To extend learning through independent research or more challenging tasks

Regular and Punctual Attendance

  • This is vital if students are to achieve as highly as possible and achieve their potential
  • There is a direct correlation between the time spent in school and student achievement
  • It is therefore vital that students attend school regularly and are punctual
  • This information is included in our termly reports so that parents and students are aware of the importance we attach to this area
  • Permission to go on holiday during school time will most likely not be given and parents are expected to use the formal holidays which are decided well in advance of each curriculum year and which are intended to be sufficient for families’ needs

Discipline and Behaviour

  • Altwood Church of England School is committed to the promotion of positive behaviour management through:

1) The Code of Conduct

2) School Expectations

3) Rewards and Sanctions Policy

The Code of Conduct and School Expectations are sent to all parents with this document and are placed visibly within every classroom. They are rigorously applied so that there is a consistent approach to behaviour in every lesson.

    • To define appropriate and acceptable behaviour
    • To manage behaviour positively
    • To reinforce learning for all students in an appropriate environment

 The related responsibilities of the school, parents and students:

Students can expect the following:

  • Well planned lessons
  • Real interest from staff in each student’s progress and guidance on how to develop their learning
  • To be treated courteously by all staff
  • To be included in decision making through the School Council
  • To be challenged to think independently through a rigorous curriculum and a dynamic programme of extra curricular activities


  • Parents can expect the following:
  • That their child will be treated as an individual with regard to their overall education
  • Their views will be carefully considered
  • Their support will be actively sought and valued
  • Their children will be safe at school
  • Effective communication will exist


  • Staff can expect the following:
  • Courteous behaviour from all students in and out of the classroom
  • That all students will try their very best at all times
  • Courtesy and respect from parents as well as students


  • The responsibilities of students are as follows:
  • To contribute to an appropriate learning environment within the school
  • To behave with respect to fellow students, staff and visitors
  • To attend regularly and on time unless ill
  • To work hard in lessons and for homework
  • To record homework accurately in their diaries
  • To dress according to the school’s uniform code
  • To bring the correct books and equipment to school
  • To respect the property of the school and other students


  • The responsibilities of parents are as follows:
  • To be familiar with school policies and practices and to support these
  • To communicate important and relevant information to the school
  • To support their children with their school work
  • To ensure that their child takes the proper equipment to school
  • To support the school’s uniform policy
  • To support the school’s behaviour management policy which includes the requirement to undertake after school detention if, regrettably, the need arises
  • To provide a quiet working atmosphere for students to complete their homework
  • To comply with their duty to ensure that the students attend school regularly unless ill and not to seek absence from school for purposes of holidaying during term time
  • To attend important meetings e.g. Reporting Evenings, Raising Attainment Evening, Progress Review Meetings


  • The responsibilities of staff are as follows:
  • To provide clear, appropriate and well planned lessons
  • To support the development of each student
  • To set and mark appropriate class, course and homework and comment on it regularly
  • To report regularly to parents and provide opportunities for parents to meet staff
  • To develop the extracurricular opportunities of students
  • To ensure that there is a smooth transition between one teacher and another year on year
  • For the Head Teacher to provide a Complaints Procedure which is understood by all parties.

This document will be reviewed annually by groups of parents, staff, governors and students.