Mobile Phone Policy

Rationale

Mobile phones are now part of modern society and the majority of students will now own a mobile phone. We understand that for safety reasons students will carry a mobile phone in order to contact parents/carers after school/before school; however, mobile phones can lead to several problems in school such as bullying, disruption to lessons and inappropriate web usage. As a school, we strongly encourage our students to talk to each other and develop friendship groups at break and lunchtime, as opposed to using their mobile phones. As a result, the use of mobile phones during school hours is completely forbidden and students found using their mobile phone during school hours will be dealt with in accordance with this policy.

Purpose

  1. To clarify the school position on mobile phones.
  2. To ensure that staff, students and parents are fully conversant with the policy and understand the reasons for the policy.
  3. To support our behaviour management policy, which aims for outstanding behaviour and safety of students across the school.
  4. To ensure that student welfare and safeguarding incidents associated with mobile phones are minimised.

Guidelines

  1. Mobile phones must remain switched off during school hours. This includes break and lunchtimes.
  2. Any student seen using their mobile phone during school hours will have their phone confiscated. Phones must not be seen or heard.
  3. Confiscated phones must be taken to reception where the phone will be secured in the school safe.
  4. Parents may collect the mobile phone following the confiscation. Students are only allowed to collect the phone at the end of the week in which the phone is confiscated.
  5. When a student hands in their mobile phone, they must also hand in their ‘Sim’ card. When a phone is confiscated, parents need to be aware that there may be a time delay before the phone is able to be collected.
  6. After the school ‘end of day’ bell students are allowed to use their phone outside of the school building as they exit the site.
  7. Students are allowed to use their phone to contact home relating to safety/transport or for personal reasons after a drama, music or sporting activity. In this instance, staff should allow students to use their phone on the school site where appropriate.
  8. Students who persistently infringe the mobile phone policy will be spoken to by their Head of Year. If this continues, the student will be referred to the Pastoral Deputy who will then consider strategies such as a pastoral meeting, detentions, or Room 101.
  9. Students will receive assemblies explaining the mobile phone policy and the policy will be placed on the school website for parents/carers to access.
  10. When issues with mobile phones exist that involve serious misuse of the phone such as transmitting images or cyber bullying, parents will be brought into school and the Malicious Communications Act will be explained to them. This states that parents are responsible for the phone and any issues resulting from the phone when it is used by a ‘minor’.

Policy revised July 2014.