Home School Partnership

At Dowdales parents and students can expect:

  • Equality of opportunity.
  • Access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • High standards of teaching and care.
  • To have their achievements recognised and rewarded.
  • To be respected as an individual.
  • A safe and happy environment which encourages young people to learn.
  • High quality, up-to-date facilities and resources.
  • Regular written communications about student’s progress.
  • An opportunity to meet formally with individual teachers to discuss progress at work.
  • Homework which is regularly set and marked.
  • Extra help if your child has special talents.
  • Extra help if your child has specific difficulties.
  • An opportunity to take part in many extra activities.
  • Any reported cases of bullying to be treated and investigated seriously and sensitively.
  • Their questions, comments or concerns to be listened to.
  • The school to follow national ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection’ procedures.
  • Opportunities to progress up the school’s leadership ladder.

We expect students to:

  • Work hard.  Try hard.
  • Contribute to the excellent public image of the school through actions both inside and outside of school, including online activity.
  • Maintain a student planner and Record of Achievement to a high standard.
  • Complete all homework properly and on time.
  • Maintain an excellent attendance record.
  • Arrive at registration and lessons on time.
  • Come to lessons properly equipped.
  • Be well behaved, courteous, thoughtful and respectful to others, both here and elsewhere.
  • Take part in extra curriculum opportunities.
  • Contribute fully to the life of the school.
  • Wear the school uniform and be tidy in appearance, and to adhere to the school’s specification on personal appearance.
  • Maintain the school’s high standards at all times.
  • Report any instance of bullying immediately to a teacher or to a parent.
  • Follow all the guidelines and instructions relating to the use of the school computers, access to the internet and e-mailing.
  • Uphold the rules, standards and values of the school on social network sites.
  • Follow Health and Safety guidelines within school and be responsible for their own safety.

We expect parents to:

  • Support your child and the school in ensuring that he/she achieves his/her academic potential.
  • Attend parents’ evenings and support and mentor your child’s progress.
  • To monitor and sign your child’s student planner weekly.
  • Provide good conditions and support for child in doing his/her homework.
  • Encourage your child to a take a full part in school life.
  • Support the school in the many events that take place out of school.
  • To take all holidays out of term time.
  • Reinforce the school’s standard over behaviour, uniform, attendance and punctuality, and to ensure that your child conforms to the standard of personal appearance as set out in the ‘personal appearance’ section of the New Intake Information booklet.
  • Work in partnership with the school in tackling any problems which arise and in applying school discipline.
  • Communicate with and support the school in dealing with instances of bullying.
  • Help us to help your child to get the most out of being a Dowdales student.
  • Contact school before 9.30am on the first morning of your child’s absence AND provide a note of explanation for absence upon return.
  • Communicate with the school immediately if there are any concerns.
  • To not discuss the business of school or children attending school in any public forum including social networking sites.