Parents’ Info

Is your child safe?

Nothing is more important than this! We take safeguarding and child protection very seriously at William Howard School. Visit our Safeguarding page.

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course designed for parents and carers. It will answer many questions you may have on e-safety and sexual exploitation of children. http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/resources/keep-them-safe/

There is also more information, at the following link, for parents to help them ensure that they keep their children safe online: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

Please contact Mr McPartlan (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Mothersdale if you have any further safeguarding queries or concerns.
Email: safeguarding@williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk or phone: 016977 45700.

Homelearning

Homelearning is organised in a different ways for each year group. Homelearning tasks should be written in the Student’s Planner and should be signed by a parent each week. You can also use the planner to communicate comments or difficulties with the Form Tutor and/or subject teachers. If difficulties continue, please make an appointment to see either the Form Tutor or Student Manager. Students can access the LRC as a venue to complete Homelearning tasks at lunchtimes and after school.

Communications

We believe that good schooling is about us working in partnership with parents and students to ensure the best outcomes for the students. In order to do this lines of communication need to be clear and easy to follow. The first point of contact for parents is their child’s Form Tutor or Student Manager. A phone call or email to them is usually sufficient to ensure that an issue can either be dealt with there and then or you will be directed to the most appropriate person to help.

The school also has a text messaging system that is used to inform parents when students don’t arrive in school on any given day. We also use it to inform parents of emergency school closures and reminders for Progress Evenings etc. It is vital to keep us informed of any changes to your child’s contact details.

Publicity Permissions

On occasions school activities are reported in the press, in our own newsletters and on our website. Please contact your child’s Year Group Manager if you would prefer for your child not to be included in any of the above.

Privacy Notice – Data Protection Act 1998

We, William Howard School, are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:
  • Support your teaching and learning;
  • Monitor and report on your progress;
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care, and
  • Assess how well your school is doing.
This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs and relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number (ULN) by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.

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Free Microsoft Office for William Howard School Students

Microsoft 200Microsoft’s Student Advantage Scheme, allows qualifying schools to provide a copy of Office 365 Pro Plus to their students at no charge. Students at William Howard School are eligible for this benefit, as part of our software license. For download details and installation instructions click here: Installing Office 365.

Office 365 Pro Plus allows students to download and install the product on up to 5 devices, including PC, Mac, Android and iPhone.

Further details on Student Advantage are available by accessing this link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/educloud/archive/2013/10/15/microsoft-offers-students-at-eligible-educational-institutions-access-to-full-office-productivity-suite-for-no-additional-cost.aspx

Further details on Office 365 Pro Plus are available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2013/10/15/student-advantage-and-office-365-proplus-faq.aspx

If you have any questions, please email studentlicensing@williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk

Martin Robson (Network Manager)