The Abbey School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourages them to talk openly, and enables them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
All members of staff in The Abbey School, know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected. Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school and other agencies as appropriate.
Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.
The welfare and safety of children are the responsibility of all staff in school and ANY concern for a pupil’s welfare MUST always be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead;
Lesley Temple and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lee Jago.
Mrs P Wright (Chair)
Mrs C Woodend (Headteacher)
Professor C J Bennett
The Internet has become an integral part of children's lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.
Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.
Unfortunately, though there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Young people and parents should be aware of the potential dangers, taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
This area of the school website is dedicated to helping users better understand the issues around e-safety and manage the risks more effectively.
We have put a number of safeguards in place to ensure that the material students access via computers, mobile phones, websites etc. are safe and those students are aware of the dangers and what to do if they are concerned.
|Think-U-Know for Parents|
|Kent County Council e-Safety|
|Kent Police Internet Safety|
|Cyberbullying - An Introduction|
|CEOP - The Parent Guide to the Net|
|Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre|
|Parents' Guide to Technology|
|Get Safe Online Free expert Advice|
|Safer Internet Day 2016|
|Young People, ICT and e-Safety PDF|
|Suggested Facebook Privacy Settings|
|Online Exploitation Letter|
For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.
To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days, you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail when you receive this please just follow the instructions below.
If you have both a mobile number and an email address registered on your account, you will receive a registration invitation by text and email. You can decide which way you register – but you will only need to register once.
Please click on the link from the text message and follow the verification process. You will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.
Please click on the link from the email and follow the verification process. As above, you will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.
The ParentMail website has also changed to https://pmx.parentmail.co.uk/
Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.
If you have any issues or queries with the process please contact Mr P Stiles via the school office as soon as possible.
The Abbey school operates a 2 week (48 periods) timetable which alternates between Week A and Week B according to a pre-published schedule.
The school day begins at 8.50 with a 30 minute registration period with form tutors. Within this slot there is time allocated to support students with literacy, numeracy, thinking skills and academic mentoring. There are also regular year group and house assemblies that take place for each student dependent on their year group.
On Thursdays Period, 4 is lengthened by 10 minutes and the school day ends at 2.30 for students. The remainder of the afternoon until 4.45 is used for staff CPD and INSET.
Activities are available for those students who have to remain in school until 3.20 on Thursdays."
|Tutor Time/Assembly||8.50 - 9.20|
|Lesson 1||9.20 - 10.20|
|Lesson 2||10.20 - 11.20|
|Break||11.20 - 11.40|
|Lesson 3||11.40 - 12.40|
|Lunch||12.40 - 13.20|
|Lesson 4||13.20 - 14.20|
|Lesson 5||14.20 - 15.20|
The Abbey School was the first school in Canterbury and Swale to achieve the Investors in Careers mark in 2009 and has retained the status ever since. This is a quality standard mark for the management of Careers Education Information and Guidance in schools and is evidence of the quality guidance we provide to our students. In 2015, we were successful once again in our re-accreditation.
In recent years, career education and guidance at The Abbey has had some key developments, which include:
The school has active SIG (School Improvement Group) of cross-curricular professionals who are responsible for spearheading developments at the school.
For most of the year we enjoy a spacious and open site at The Abbey School, but unfortunately, this presents us with many problems when we encounter snow. The long access road and car park can become impassable and the many pathways that link the various buildings are difficult to restore to a condition that will ensure the safety of the 1150 people that work on the site. The other consideration to make is that, although a few of our staff live locally, many travel from a wide area that includes Thanet, Dover, Maidstone and the Medway Towns, so that heavy snow in these areas reduces our capacity to adequately supervise all of our students, even if the snow in the town is not so bad.
Obviously, it is our aim to keep the school open wherever possible to minimise the disruption to student learning and parent/carers’ own arrangements. However, given the above, there may be occasions when the school will be forced to close.
If the school closes you will be informed by a message on the main page of the school website and local radio stations. If there is any doubt, you will see a message on the website that a decision is pending. Students should not leave home until the message confirms the school is open. If the school is open, but the whole site cannot be cleared, we will ask the more senior year groups to come into school. In certain circumstances, we will open the school later in the morning to allow for the site to be cleared, if the forecast is more optimistic.
On rare occasions when the weather deteriorates rapidly during the school day and we are concerned that students and staff might face difficulties getting home, we may have to evacuate the school earlier than 3.20p.m. However, this measure will be taken in exceptional circumstances only and we will endeavour to contact parents.
If you have changed your contact details recently please ensure that the school have been notified in case we do need to contact you.
We believe these arrangements will help to maintain the health and safety of children and staff, endeavouring where possible to keep the school open to minimise the disruption to student learning. Thank you for your support.
In the event of the school being closed due to the severe weather, students can still access the VLE and work from home. We have lots of resources on the VLE including revision material and you can even access most of the school’s software from home too, using the secure gateway.
Our vision is of a school where all students reach their full academic and vocational potential and develop into considerate young adults who are in a position to pursue their aspirations and interests as responsible members of society.Our mission statement:
“Be the best you can be”.Our Aims and Values:
At The Abbey School, respect is the cornerstone of everything we do and this is reflected in our aims:
We expect everyone to take responsibility for their learning.
We embrace the opportunities we are presented with and show respect to all.
We aspire to achieve our full potential in everything we do.
We enrich the experiences of all through our community partnerships.
We empower all to develop a ‘can do’ attitude.
We provide challenging lessons and wide-ranging learning.
We work together to achieve excellence.
The progress of Pupils is a partnership between parents/carers, the pupil and the school
In order to make the best of this partnership, it is important that parents/carers have all relevant information regarding the school and are aware of the depth of opportunities to learn, enjoy and achieve while with us here at The Abbey School.
The guide also gives important practical information for new and existing parents alike.
Download the Parent Guide Here.
It has taken the investment of time and resource on the part of the school and an investment in the region of £25,000 by Chartwells, our catering partner, to bring this exciting project to fruition. This is an excellent example of feedback from the School Council and the PTFA being acted upon to improve the school environment.
All pupils should now have registered and some have added money to their accounts and are ready to use the system. One of the main benefits of the system is that it avoids the need for cash to be brought into school. Any pupils not yet registered can do so any school day. Please speak to the Dining Hall staff.
Those pupils receiving free school meals will automatically be updated onto the new system.
How can I add cash to the system for my child to use?
These can be processed by the Dining Hall office. Please make cheques payable to "Chartwells".
If, as parent or guardian of a student attending this school, you require a paper copy of the information on this website, we shall provide this free of charge.
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