Frequently Asked Questions
Our Frequently Asked Questions page will hopefully provide useful information for Christ's College parents to ensure they can support their child's learning and time at school.
Please click here to open the 2020-21 College Guide for Parents and Staff which provides some additional information not listed below..
Everyone has the right to be treated with respect. With this right comes the responsibility of treating others with respect.
The college has a clear anti-bullying policy, which recognises that bullying exists in all institutions and that to reduce, or eradicate bullying depends on the co-operation of learners, parents and staff.
All of us have a responsibiity to help - we will not pass by if we see anyone being bulled - we will either deal with it ourselves or get help. If we have knowledge of bullying, it is our duty to let someone know.
A variety of sanctions will be used to combat bullying.
The College will offer support and counselling to both the victim and the bully.
A senior member of staff will deal with persistent bullying and at this stage, the community liaison police officers may be involved.
If your child experiences bullying in any form, please inform his/her Progress Leader straight away.
Please click here for our anti-bullying policy.
Click here if you have any bullying concerns
Appointments in College Time
Students who wish to attend an appointment in College time, such as a dental appointments, must have a note about the appointment and provide an appointment card/letter. Wherever possible parents are asked to arrange appointments outside College time.
Attendance & Absence
If your child is absent from College, please telephone the Attendance line on 01483-484509, between 8.00 am – 9.30 am. We have an automatic communication system in operation that will contact you directly if your child is marked absent at registration and we have not heard from a parent/carer. This is to ensure that the reason for absence is known as soon as possible and alert you if your child is not in College when they should be.
Upon your child’s return, please provide a written note to explain any absence.
The College will monitor each student's attendance and contact you if there is a concern. If attendance is unsatisfactory, we may have to inform the Education Welfare Service. This may result in legal action. Unauthorised absence from College may, in line with government legislation, result in a penalty notice charge of £60, per child, per parent, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If not paid, the recipient will be prosecuted for the absence.
If a student is late to College without a reasonable explanation and arrives after registration closes they would normally serve a breaktime detention on the same day. If a student is consistently late, then further sanctions will be applied as deemed appropriate by a senior member of staff. If a student arrives after registration closes, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. This is to comply with legal requirements.
Change of Information
Please ensure that any changes in address, telephone numbers or emergency contact numbers are kept up to date. It is very important should there be an emergency situation involving your child that the College is able to contact you, or an adult who you have given authority, at all times.
You should contact Mrs Unwin, Admissions & Pastoral Administrator, on 01483 484511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any amendments.
Most concerns and complaints are resolved by your child's Progress Leader. However, the parent or the Progress Leader may refer matters that cannot be successfully resolved to one of the Assistant Principals, depending on whether it is a curriculum or pastoral matter.
The College Complaints Procedure can be found here .
Progress Leaders are the key people responsible for the overall progress and welfare of each child in their Year Group. In most situations, the Form Tutor or Progress Leader will be the usual points of contact for parents, but concerns about specific subjects can be raised directly with the appropriate teacher or the Subject Leader of the particular subject. Parents who wish to see the Progress Leader should telephone for an appointment.
Teachers cannot be disturbed when teaching. We aim to respond to telephone calls/emails within 48 hours and reply to letters within three days.
Cycling To College
If your son/daughter cycles to College, they should wear a protective helmet and padlock the bike on arrival at College. For general safety and that of others, students cycling to College must dismount from their bike once they arrive at the main gate, then walk it to the bike shed. The College cannot be held responsible for damage or loss of cycles.
Detentions are set for a variety of reasons. Detentions at break or lunchtime may be set by a teacher. After College detentions are set by Subject Leaders, and Progress Leaders. CLT Detentions take place on Wednesdays after College between 3pm and 4pm.
If a student arrives to College after 8.30am and does not have a written note explaining the lateness or a phone call from their parent/carer, they will be escorted to a breaktime detention for 15 minutes.
Schools no longer have to give 24 hours notice in order to detain a child after school for 1 hour (Secretary of State ruling 16/1/2012). We do however endeavour to inform parents after 3.30pm the day before a detention is to be served by email or text message.
Hair Styles & Makeup
Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. We consider this to include the following points.
- Hair must be of a reasonable length (not less than grade 2) and with no shaved lines.
- No styles that would identify the wearer with a particular group.
- Hair colour must be natural colours only and discreet highlights of natural colours.
- Two toned, or dip-dyed hair is not permitted.
- Long hair must be tied back in all practical lessons, (Science, Food & Nutrition, Design Technology, PE, Dance and Drama).
- Boys in boy Lower and Upper School must be clean shaven.
Makeup is only permitted in Year 8 onwards and must be discreet; no heavy eye-liner or false eyelashes etc can be worn.
No nail varnish or artificial nails (of any description) should be worn in College.
Holidays / Leave of Absence
In line with government legislation the standard penalty charge for unauthorised absence will be £60, per child, per parent, if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If not paid, the recipient may be prosecuted for the absence. If there are exceptional circumstances which require the student to miss days at College, please complete the Application for Leave form which can be dowloaded here. Exceptional circumstances would include recognised religious events and family bereavement. The Principal will make a decision in each case and her decision will be binding.
Lockers are available for all Year 7 students and the majority of Years 8 to 11 from the Finance Office at a charge of £20. When your child leaves Christ's College, and on return of the locker keys, £10 is refunded. However, if a key is lost and a spare key has to be issued, then there will be no refund unless both keys are returned.
Lost property can be claimed from the reception office. It is essential that all property is clearly marked with the students name so that it can be returned promptly. We are unable to store un-named items for a long period and un-named lost property will be available for collection from the reception office for one month from receipt, and thereafter donated to charity
Neither the College nor the Trust can be held responsible for any personal property lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
All medication required by a student must be supplied by a parent/guardian. A Parental Agreement form for the school to administer medicine will need to be completed and handed in to the office. The medication must be provided in its original packaging, named, be in-date and clearly labelled. Medicines which do not meet this criteria will not be administered. A receipt will be given by the office staff when medication is handed in, and all medications will be stored in a secure location in the office. No student should be in possession of medication themselves unless it is for life-saving purposes.
Students with life threatening conditions i.e. severe asthma, diabetes and severe allergies, are allowed to carry their prescribed emergency medication. Spare emergency medication will need to be stored in the College office. A specialist consent form and an Individual Health Plan will need to be completed, along with a Parent Agreement form.
The student must have full understanding about their medication and know what to do in case of a medical emergency.
All students must bring to College every day:
- A selection of black/blue pens
- Pencils (HB, 2B, B)
- Colour pencils and/or felt tips
- A 30cm ruler,
- Pocket English and French dictionary
- Reading book
- College Planner.
- A set of mathematical instruments including a pair of compasses. and protractor.
- A scientific calculator model CASIO fx-83GT plus (available from the College at a reduced price).
- On certain days they will also need to bring their PE kit.
Uniform / Appearance
Christ's College is very strict on appearance - more strict than most other schools. All students are encouraged to take pride in their personal appearance.
Uniform must be worn in College at all times and at official functions and on some College trips. Uniform should also be worn to and from College. Students on their way to and from College represent us in the local community and their appearance and behaviour influences our reputation.
Please click here for our uniform policy.
With the exception of Years 12 and 13, valuable items including iphones, iPods, iWatch, Smartwatch and PSPs etc must not be brought to College. There is no insurance policy for lost items and as there is always a risk of damage or loss the recommendation of the College is not to bring any valuable items to College. If a parent wishes their son/daughter to have a mobile device after College, the student must hand the device in at morning registration and collect it at the end of the day. If a mobile device is seen or heard during the College day, it will be confiscated immediately and returned at the end of the week.