School Uniform Policy

School Uniform

The term began with a series of assemblies to all year groups about uniform. 

We explained to pupils that in the world beyond school there are often uniforms that have to be worn at work or at the very lest a dress code and that Health and Safety laws mean that certain items of protective clothing are compulsory with severe consequences if they are not worn.  So the message pupils were given was that in school….

” …arriving on time, wearing the correct uniform, ready for work, with all the equipment you need for lessons, is teaching you about employability.”

 We then reminded pupils that wearing their uniform helps us keep them safe.  It allows us to quickly identify people who are not our pupils and may pose a danger to them.  It also helps pupils bond together as a group and prevents rivalry around clothes and shoes which can cause divisions and factions. Finally we reminded pupils that this a good school with a good reputation in the community and that wearing their uniform shows that they are proud to be part of it. 

We finally reminded pupils about the good things that happen if they regularly wear uniform and the consequences for not following the policy – as detailed in the policy available to download by clicking on the following link.

Uniform Policy 2012

New Discipline Policy

Although we have relatively few problems with discipline at Bridge of Don Academy we must ensure that no pupil is allowed to disrupt the learning and teaching of others without being disciplined.  Throughout the process of restructuring our existing Discipline Policy, we have regularly consulted with our Parent Council, Student Council, pupils and staff at all levels to ensure that we reflect the school ethos and the views of all who will be affected.  We are now in a position to run a pilot programme which will take effect as of Tuesday 25 September 2012. 

The new Discipline Policy is outlined in the table below:

Level  Action
Level  1  Verbal warning.
Level  2  Isolation within class or second verbal warning.
Level  3 ‘Stop & Think’ exercise issued, return date specified by teacher.  If exercise is not returned by date, pupil will go straight onto Level 4.
Level  4  Referral to Principal Teacher & Discipline Letter sent home.  (Detention and/or Planned Time Out may also be issued at this point.)
Level  5  Referral to Year Head.  Warning of Exclusion issued.
Level  6  Exclusion by Head Teacher.
Level 7  Removal from school roll.

In rolling out our new policy, the Senior Management Team have held year group assemblies explaining to all pupils how the policy will operate which has been reinforced to pupils by their Heads of House during PSE lessons.  In conjunction to this, posters have also be placed in every teaching area as a reminder to pupils of the new policy alongside articles on the Bridge of Don Academy website and the Autumn Magazine.

We have endeavoured to make the system as straight forward and comprehensive as possible for all involved but should you have any queries/questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

S4 Study Leave – Letter

All S4 pupils will have or will be receiving a letter regarding the forthcoming study leave.  This letter highlights all important information relating to their exams and study leave.

I would encourage everyone to ensure that they have read this information prior to the examinations and any further questions you may have I would be happy to answer.

Please find the aforementioned letter here.  S4 Study leave April 2012