Parent & Carer Information

Did you know…

Just registering your child for free school meals means that the school gets extra money, not just for the provision of a healthy cooked meal but some could be used to support your students in the following ways:

  • Applied Learning Uniform costs
  • School trips
  • Music lessons
  • Plus all sorts of other educational costs

It also leads to a 50% reduction on the cost of the Kent Freedom Pass.

This is totally confidential between yourself and the school – your child’s friends will not be aware of their entitlement.

Your child does not have to take up the free meal option for the funding to be made available, you just have to register.

Registering is quick and easy – if you think you qualify please contact your child’s College Office at the school.

Do You Qualify?

You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an Annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. 

Students can also register for free school meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.

Apply

Click here to apply online today and find out more information about free school meals from the Kent County Council web site.

Once you have completed your Free School Meal application, you have two options

  1. Post your application to the address at the bottom of the form,

OR

  1. Pop it into our Student Reception (located in G Block – be sure to sign in at main reception first), and we will fax the application directly to Kent County Council for you. This will save you the postage fee and may speed up the process for you as well!

We are here to help, so don’t delay, apply today!

You can view the latest Ofsted report by clicking the below link:

2019 Ofsted Report

Or you can view the report from Ofsted’s website:

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/137484

To make online payments, please use the following address: https://www.scopay.com/homewood

The school dinner payments will link with a new biometric system at the school and this will be covered later in this letter. Payments for uniforms will not be included in the system at the current time. Similar online payment systems have been installed in many schools nationally, bringing a number of important benefits:

  • Simple to use web interface.
  • Payments are made through World Pay so they are secure and reliable.
  • Parents can view their payment history online.
  • Reducing the risk of pupils losing cash.

This is a straightforward process. You will be able to access the system via the school website or direct through Tucasi and I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that all personal data with Tucasi will be held in a secure and confidential system.

For your convinience, we have attached a User Guide below.

Online Payments Guide – PDF

Share your views through Parent View

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an online questionnaire called Parent View.

When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View online facility as this has replaced Ofsted’s paper questionnaire. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.

Please register with an email address and a password at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about aspects such as quality of teaching, the progress your child is making, how well your child is looked after, etc.

Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved.

If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception. 

SIMS Parent App

Shares with you information such as attendance, school reports and student achievement for your child. You can also access, review and request changes to information held on your child.

ParentMail

Enables communication between parents and the school, parents evening booking (when available), electronic form submission and event management with users (parents/carers etc).

Google Classroom

Allows you to be able to view homework set for your child and in some cases keep you up to date on what they are currently studying.

Homewood School and Sixth Form College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Through the training of our staff, we are fully committed to ensuring that effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We make every effort to ensure that students are provided with a safe and secure learning environment. This means ensuring that children are not put in any position where they are vulnerable to abuse or neglect. We enforce a school safeguarding policy for permanent and temporary staff members, volunteers and all school visitors.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Vicki English and her deputies are Hannah Jones, Jane Ross-Smith and Scarlett Faulkner.

Vicki Englishv.english@homewood.kent.sch.uk01580 764222 ex279
Hannah Jonesh.jones@homewood.kent.sch.uk01580 764222 ex339
Jane Ross-Smithj.ross-smith@homewood.kent.sch.uk01580 764222 ex261
Scarlett Faulkner
s.faulkner@homewood.kent.sch.uk01580 764222 ex369

 

 

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other student at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice. Along with the 6 Family Liaison Officers, any safeguarding concerns are dealt with efficiently, consistently with the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

It is the duty of the school to ensure that the training and professional development of the DSL and deputy DSLs is ongoing, in order to enable them to deal effectively with changing child welfare concerns and the extra responsibilities that the job requires. This means being able to identify possible abuse, and knowing the right level of action to take, depending on the individual situation and circumstances.

The school will ensure that the DSLs attend relevant new or refresher training throughout their time in this role to make sure that they are up to date with all statutory policy and legislation and that they are in the best position to deal with concerns, incidents and allegations. They will also feed back to the rest of the school staff, including school governors, on updated safeguarding provisions and policies, and provide any available support resources.

Teachers and associate staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Safeguarding Team. Using our experience, concerns will be shared with necessary individuals, which will ideally include parents or carers and occasionally outside agencies.

Comment from the Principal:

“From time to time, we get reports that children in different parts of Kent have been approached by a stranger and invited to get into a vehicle.

Please remind your son/daughter never to accept a lift from anyone they do not know and to report the incident as soon as they get to school.”

Prevent Strategy

As part of Homewood School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance to help build resilience to extremism.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists, supporting terrorism, fundamentalism or extremist behaviours.

It:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy – PDF

The School operates a medical facility with a full time qualified nurse.

Procedure if a Student feels unwell

If Students are feeling unwell during a lesson, they should tell their Teacher who can issue them with a pass to leave the class and go directly to Sickbay.

If Students feel unwell during the morning break or at lunch time they should go directly to Sickbay.

The nurse will assess the nature of the condition, administer medication as necessary and decide whether or not it is appropriate for parents/carers to be called to collect their child. Students must then respect the decision of the nurse and not call home if they are judged fit to return to lessons.

Procedure if a Student is using crutches

If a Student is on crutches, please telephone the nurse at least 24 hours before your son/daughter returns to School. If they are non-weight bearing, we may look at the possibility of them working in the Student Support Centre. If they are weight bearing they will need to be assessed by the nurse to see if they can safely access and use the stairs.

Medical Conditions

Please inform the nurse of any changes in medical conditions, new illnesses or hospital admissions. If you wish to speak to the nurse to discuss your child’s medical condition, or have any queries, please contact us.

Contact

Telephone01580 764222 ext 297
Emailnurse@homewood.kent.sch.uk

Uniform Shop

For more information on the Uniform Shop, such as prices, opening times and contact details. Please see the Uniform Shop page.

 

School Uniform

To view the full list of School Uniform. Please see the School Uniform page.