Newsflash 14/7/17 Week 39

Safeguarding: BBC news report about young people and mobile phones

You may have either seen on the news or read online from the BBC about a news report relating to children and young people’s use of mobiles in relation to sexting. The BBC report contained a lot of detail about some of the issues being dealt with by police nationwide. 

Part of the article stated:
“Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 have been spoken to by police in the last three years in England and Wales. Figures obtained by the BBC show more than 4,000 cases since 2013 where children have taken explicit pictures of themselves and sent them to others. It is illegal to possess, take or distribute sexual images of someone who is under 18, including of yourself.
The five-year-old, from County Durham, was spoken to by officers of Durham Constabulary last year. He is the youngest person to be investigated for sexting by police forces in England and Wales who responded to a BBC Newcastle request for information.”

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40566026

Since we introduced a blanket no phones out during the school day policy thankfully there have been relatively few incidents regarding mobile phone use of any nature, however we are not naïve enough to believe that young people don’t sometimes make the wrong choices or wrong decisions.  Therefore we ask and continually remind you as parents and carers to be vigilant about your child’s mobile phone use, what apps they are using and have an awareness of their social media interactions. If at any point you find something that you think is worrying or “just not right”, let someone know.

You can always contact the following to report issues or seek further advice:

  • Parents or carers concerned their child is being contacted by adults as a result of having shared sexual imagery should report it to the NCA or Ceop (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre)
  • Parents and carers can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000; email help@nspcc.org.uk; text 88858; or call the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002.

Lockdown practice

On Wednesday 19th we will be practicing our school ‘Lockdown’ procedures, like the practice we have for a fire drill it is expected that schools also ensure all pupils and staff know what to do in the event of either being told by emergency services that there is an incident in the local area or that something is happening in the building.
I would like to reassure you that we as a school are not expecting anything to happen in the near future, we are simply following national guidelines and best practice.

What will happen on the day?

• A warning signal will be played across the tannoy system.
• Staff will lock their doors.
• Other staff will check doors.
• Once checks are complete school will return to normal.

As a guide, in my previous school which was a much larger building with more pupils, from start to finish it took just over 4 minutes to complete the drill.  Once the drill was complete teachers and pupils continued their lessons as normal. Tutors have communicated what will happen this week with their forms so that there are no surprises.

Reminder: End of term arrangements

Again so you are aware of what is taking place on the final day.

We will be finishing this year on Friday 21st July at 12:05pm, any pupil who receives a free school meal will be able to take a ‘grab bag’ for their lunch on this day. These need to be pre-ordered by calling/texting into school.

All pupils are expected to attend, in full uniform to celebrate what has been a fantastic year for the School in driving up standards and expectations.

First day back arrangements

Pupils in Years 7 – 11 return again in September on Wednesday 6th September.  Timings for the first day back are as follows:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 & 13
Arrive by 8.40am Arrive 9.05am Arrive by 9.25am Arrive by 9.45am Arrive by 9.25am Students will be communicated to separately

All pupils will be expected to arrive with their equipment ready for lessons and be dressed in school uniform.  All pupils will receive a welcome back assembly, spend time with the form tutor on important admin for the year ahead and ensure that everything is order to have the very best possible start to another year.

We will continue to send out reminders over the holidays via Facebook, Twitter, My Ed app and our website which will also contain uniform and equipment requirements for the new school year, again simply to build upon the much improved standards developed this academic year. Please note our Term Dates and important school calendar event dates for your diary.  Check our website regularly for updates, news and information www.gateacre.org. This is where you also find our weekly Headteacher’s Newsflash.

Mr J Roberts

Headteacher

Dates for your diary

17th July Art Exhibition                                 4pm – 6.30pm All welcome

18th July Summer Concert                            7pm – 9pm Tickets £2 available from reception

21st July School Finishes for Summer            12.05pm

 

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