Welcome Pack Information

Useful Information - Please click the sections below to expand the content.

Attendance and Times of the School Day

The Autumn Term starts on Thursday 3rd September. Please note our term dates differ to those on the NCC website. A full list of our term dates is available on our website www.moultonschool.co.uk/dates.

The school day starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.10pm. Students can arrive from 8am and the school library is supervised and open from 8am for students to work quietly. Please do not drop off your child before 8am. Any students who arrive at their first lesson after 8.50am will get a late mark and an automatic detention that lunchtime. It is very important that your child arrives at school on time so we recommend they aim to arrive between 8am and 8.40am.

All students have a target attendance of 98% or above as there is a significant and proven link between high attendance and academic success.

The school does not authorise time off school for holidays and will continue to refer to the LA for consideration of a fine, any parent whose child is removed from school for 5 school days for a holiday.

Only the first 3 sickness absences in one academic year will be approved; thereafter, these will be recorded as unauthorised. Obviously, any student with an on-going medical condition will be treated as an exception to this rule.

If your child is unwell please either telephone us before 8.50am, and leave a message on the absence line, or email the Attendance Office attendance@moultonschool.co.uk. Please do not leave absence messages on the year office line as these may not be picked up until later in the day.

Transport

School Buses from the linked villages

NCC send all the bus passes to Moulton School and we give these out to students on the first day of the Autumn term. As new passes are issued each academic year, all students will be able to travel without a pass on the first morning.

If your child was allocated a late school place, after the initial allocation on 1st March, you will need to apply for a bus pass on line. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/schooltransport. You must contact NCC to arrange a bus pass. The school can not arrange this on your behalf.

Please note NCC no longer accept paper applications.

Public Buses

NCC does not provide free transport from Northampton. If you live in Northampton, you are responsible for arranging transport for your child. There are public buses from some areas but please note not all routes stop in Moulton Village and the times the public buses run may not fit in with the school day. You will need to check with individual providers to see if there is a suitable bus service from where you live.

Cycling

Over the last couple of years, we have had an increasing number of students coming to school by bike. Whilst this is good for the students in developing independence and getting valuable exercise, it has raised questions regarding keeping the children safe. To this end, the governors decided to implement the following two requirements for students who wish to come to school on their bike.

  1. All students who cycle to school will be required to wear a suitable cycle helmet. Such a helment must be worn throughout the journey both to and from school.

  2. It is a requirement of all students bringing their bike to school that they ride with due care and respect for themselves and others.

Please refer to this letter for more information.

We also recommend bringing a bike lock as bicycles can then be secured in our bike sheds.

Car

If students are being dropped off by car we ask that you do not drive up Pound Lane please due to the congestion with the school buses.

Walking

If students are walking to and from school please explain the importance of walking sensibly and showing respect for themselves and others. Some of the paths in the village are quite narrow so they need be aware of traffic and road safety.

Cashless Catering / Online Payments (SCOPay)

We use a company called SCOPay to process online payments on behalf of the school. The online service can be used to pay for school meals, trips, music tuition and various other items including revision books and year books.

Our catering provider Impact Food Group uses a cashless catering system. This system allows us to continue with the development of the school meal service, and provides us with a more efficient, faster and ultimately better quality of service.

This system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash throughout the day. Any amount of money can be paid into a pupil’s online account, and any money spent on food and drink at the tills will be deducted on a daily basis. The cashless system is biometric, so there is no need for pupils to carry a card as the system will recognize the thumbprint of your child at the tills.

You will receive an email* from SCOPay (donotreply@scopay.com) early August containing the setup instructions. Please follow the instructions to set up your account so you are able to use the online payment facility. Crediting the account must be done through the SCOPay website or mobile app (Apple/Android) using a debit or credit card. We do not accept cash or cheques.

As per current legislation we will be operating an ‘Opt In’ policy for biometric registration which is part of Form 1 – Admission Form within the consent section. If you choose not to have your child registered on the biometric system a 4 digit PIN Code can be allocated. Please note that PIN codes do not have the same level of security and it will be your child’s responsibility to remember the code and keep it secure at all times.

Key Points:

  • You will receive an email from SCOPay containing your unique link code and setup instructions early August.

  • You can register the account once you've received the email, but will not be able to add credit until September 1st.

  • It can take up to an hour for the credit to be available to spend at the tills.

  • We can enforce a daily spend cap. Please notify us if you would like us to apply a cap by emailing scopay.support@moultonschool.co.uk

You can also refer to the letter with a paper based consent form attached should you wish to give consent at a later date - Paper Consent Form

*This will be addressed to the email contact used to complete the Form 1 - Admissions Form.

Communication

We communicate with parents/guardians electronically by email and text/SMS. We use SCOPay (the same system as school meal payments) as the message delivery service. The contact details you provide when completing Form 1 - Admissions Form will be used for this purpose.

Day to day letters are sent to all contacts marked as having Parental Responsibility.

You can provide the school with multiple contacts and prioritise them from 1 to 5 (1 being the highest priority). We will attempt to call priority 1 first in an emergency or if your child is feeling unwell. Some parents/guardians will opt for a grandparent to be priority 1 because of work commitments. Please notify us if you have any special arrangements. We can add notes to our system so we are aware.

Go4Schools Messages

We also use Go4Schools to notify parents of detentions. You can install the Mobile App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to receive push notifications. You can also access your child's attendance data and reports. More information about Go4Schools can be found here.

Free School Meals

NCC should transfer current claims from Primary to Secondary School. If your child did not claim free school meals at Primary School but you think you may be entitled, then you will need to apply on line before your child starts at Moulton School through the following link: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.

The Free School Meals allowance is a daily allowance on your child’s Scopay account, which does not show as part of their balance. Only funds that you have paid in to top up will show on your child’s balance. We recommend they bring a water bottle to fill up during the day as drinking water is available from cold water coolers in school.

Uniform

Moulton School uniform can be purchased from The Schoolwear Shop, 40-42 Abington Square Northampton.

  • Price List - Price list produced by The Schoolwear Shop.

  • Uniform Policy - Please refer to the school uniform policy for a complete list of acceptable items of clothing.

Please note girls must wear tailored black trousers (straight or bootcut) or the Moulton school tartan skirt.

Each year group is identified by a colour and must wear the appropriate coloured tie. Year 7 September 2020 will have Green as their year colour so will need the maroon and green striped tie.

Jewellery

Students are not allowed to wear jewellery in school apart from discreet studs in a piercing which must be removed for PE. If your child needs to wear an item of jewellery for medical or religious reasons then please let us know. Watches are permitted with the exception of smart watches.

PE Kit

Refer to our uniform policy for a complete list of PE items.

The PE kit should be brought in in a clearly named drawstring bag.

Please note that all jewellery, including piercings and body modifications, must be removed for PE. Failure to do so for any reason will be treated as defiance. Thus any new piercing should be done at the beginning of the summer holiday, and be removable by the beginning of the autumn term.

Equipment

It is essential that all students arrive to school properly equipped to learn. Failure to have the correct equipment will be treated as failure to have the correct uniform, and will be sanctioned accordingly. The following items are compulsory for all students:

  • School bag (large enough for an A4 folder)

  • Pencil case, containing

    • Pen (black or blue)

    • Pencil

    • Eraser

    • Ruler

    • Green Pen (for corrections and improving work following staff feedback)

    • Scientific Calculator

The following items are advised, but not compulsory

  • Pencil crayons

  • Sharpener

  • Compasses and Protractor

  • Glue Stick

  • Highlighter

Student Mobile Phones

Any student (years 7 - 11) who uses a mobile phone or electronic device (including smartwatches) without permission, or whose mobile phone goes off in school, will have the phone or device confiscated. (Note: The sight of earphones will result in the confiscation of the phone/electronic device).

The school operates a ‘See it, Hear it, Take it’ policy. This will simply mean that the phone will be confiscated if it is seen or heard in school grounds (including phones visible in pockets), or if earphones are seen (whether or not the earphones are actually in-ears at the time).

This restriction is in place at all times between 8.45 am and 3.10 pm. Phones should be turned off and put out of sight by the first bell, and not accessed again until after students have left their final lesson of the day.

It is the responsibility of each student to have a paper copy of his/her timetable. Should a student need to check Go4Schools for any reason then he/she must do this with the permission of, and whilst being supervised by, a member of staff.

Occasionally, a teacher may wish a class to use their mobile phones for a learning activity. The teacher will make clear when this is the case. All phones must then be switched off and placed out of sight when the activity is complete.

Confiscation of Phones
If a member of staff asks a student to hand across his/her phone, then the student is expected to immediately comply with this instruction.

Any student who refuses to hand his/her phone to the member of staff who asks for it will be placed out of circulation for the rest of the day, and also placed in Internal Exclusion the following day for defiance. The student will also be immediately referred to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. Any student who then continues to refuse to hand his/her phone over will receive a fixed-term exclusion of 2 days.

Confiscation – First Occasion in an Academic Year
The student may collect his/her phone at the end of the day.

Confiscation – Second Occasion in an Academic Year
The phone will only be returned to parents/carers.

Please refer to our Positive Behaviour Policy for more information.

Lockers

Independent Locker Solutions (ILS) provides lockers for Moulton School & Science College students.

The lockers are owned by ILS and are available for students to rent on an annual basis. Rental costs are £25 per year allowing use from September through to July.

Please note all bookings terminate at the end of the school year in July. We apologise but there is no discount for lockers booked late in the year.

The locker size is as follows:

  • Height: 595mm
    Width: 300mm
    Depth: 450mm

Lockers for September 2020 – July 2021 will be available online from June 1st. To guarantee a locker please book online at our website www.ilsschools.co.uk.

Lockers are subject to availability please book early to avoid disappointment.

All available lockers are shown online

All rentals are subject to ILS' terms and conditions which are available during the booking process.

Please note ILS are a separate entity from the school. All locker queries should be directed to ILS, not the school. Lockers cannot be reserved or booked via telephone. The booking process is online only.

Go 4 Schools

Parental Engagement with Go 4 Schools

Go 4 Schools provides parents online access to information about their children's education. Parents can access live data on assessment, attendance, homework and behaviour information as well as their child's timetable and progress reports. They have everything they need in one place and, crucially, what they see is in step with the latest information available within the school – not just a progress report from 6 weeks ago.

  • 24/7 access to up to date information about their children's education, including target grades and attendance statistics. It isn't just a portal that allows them to download progress reports twice a year.

  • See real-time, subject-specific assessment information with formative assessment and access course descriptions.

  • See real-time behaviour information including praise points.

  • View the homework set for your child

  • Access progress reports online.

  • View your child's timetable online.

  • Notify the school of changes to their contact details.

  • Support your child's independent learning with a clear view of homework set, due dates and homework content.


How Do I Register

New Parent/Guardian Setup - register from 3rd September

Follow the instructions below to get started

1. Visit www.go4schools.com

2. Click the Parents button located in the top-right corner.

3. Click the First-Time User?

4. You must provide the same email address you have registered with the school for communications. Click New Password

5. You will receive an email containing your login password from Go 4 Schools to the email address you provided.

6. At this point, you can sign in. Go 4 Schools will ask you to change your password on your first login.

Existing Parent/Guardian Setup

Go 4 Schools will automatically add your child starting Moulton School to your existing account. You have the ability to switch between the children's accounts to see their associated data.


Go 4 Schools - Parent App Quick Start Guide

The GO 4 Schools Mobile App keeps you informed about any of your children who attend a school that subscribes to GO 4 Schools and ensures you can see how they are performing at school.

The App currently allows you to:

  • View your child's timetable

  • View your child's homework (including details of the homework set, attached documents and links to websites)

  • View your child's attendance

You will also receive a summary of new homework tasks for your child at the end of the school day.

For more information please visit the Go 4 Schools Mobile App - Quick Start Guide for Parents

Term Dates and Timings

The Autumn Term is due to start on Thursday 3rd September. Please note our term dates differ to those on the NCC website.

A full list of our term dates is available on our website www.moultonschool.co.uk/dates.

Pupil and Parent/Guardian Acceptable Use Policy

Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.

The forms for both the Pupil and Parent/Guardian Acceptable Use Policies need to be completed in order to use the internet and computer systems within the school. See Welcome Pack Forms.

Alternatively, you may fill in a printed copy of the policy and return to the school. This can be found on the Supporting Documents page.

Home School Agreement

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT THE MOULTON WAY

ASPIRE - Strive for Great Things

Respect- Safety- Co-operation - Positivity - Kindness

Students + Parents + Staff= Success

View a Paper Copy

Students - I will:

  • attend school' regularly and on time

  • wear my school uniform correctly and with pride

  • bring the correct books and equipment

  • do all my classwork and homework as well as I can, and hand it in on time

  • always behave in a way which is in line with our values

  • always treat school staff with respect and courtesy

  • respect the school environment and keep it free from litter

  • make full use of the opportunities available at school

  • promote the good name of Moulton School by behaving well on activities outside school, and while travelling to or from school

  • let a member of staff know if I have any worries, about myself, my school work, or others

Parents/Guardians - I will:

  • ensure our child attends school regularly and on time, and in the correct uniform

  • telephone the school before 8.50am on each day of absence to notify the school if our child is ill or cannot attend

  • avoid, wherever possible, making medical appointments during the school day

  • not take holidays during the school term

  • actively support our child through the u􀀍e of Go4Schools and Show My Homework

  • take an active and encouraging interest in our child's work, and ensure that any homework set is completed to a high standard and on tinie

  • encourage our child to make the full use of the opportunities available at school

  • support the school's Positive Behaviour Policy, and any sanctions imposed in line with this

  • let the school know of any concerns or problems that might affect our child

  • always treat school staff with respect and courtesy

The School - We will:

  • provide a safe, well ordered and caring environment

  • promote and model behaviour in line with our school values, treating others with respect and courtesy

  • create effective learning opportunities, assess progress, and provide appropriate feedback

  • support each student in reaching their potential, growing as a person, and succeeding in. public examinations

  • encourage participation in a wide range of activities

  • provide regular reports, reflecting behaviour, engagement and progress

  • respond quickly to any concerns

  • inform parents at an early stage of any concerns we may have (e.g. attendance, work, behaviour) so that we can work together to find a solution

Music Tuition

The music department of Moulton offer many musical opportunities including private instrument tuition. Please refer to Form 5 - Year 7 Music Tuition on the forms page for more information https://welcome.moultonschool.co.uk/forms.