Frequent Questions

We are currently compiling answers to frequent questions about school life, school policy, and other day-to-day matters at Alfriston School. If you have ideas of questions that might be useful to others, we'd love to hear them. Please get in touch.

School Policy and Guidance Questions

Can I see the schools Child Protection Policy and Procedures?

The schools Child Protection Policy and Procedures can be downloaded here

Will I be charged for school trips and activities?

Alfriston School has a "Charging and Remissions Policy for Educational Activities" document. Click here to download this policy document.

Can we see the school's Accessibility Plan?

Yes, click here to view Alfriston School's Accessibility Plan

I'd like to order school uniform online

Please click here to order school uniform online.

What is the guidance for Alfriston School Uniform?

SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

We believe that a school uniform for students in years 7 – 11 and a dress code for Post 16 students is desirable and appropriate at Alfriston, and help to promote a good working environment.

School uniform also serves to create a sense of identity and has a PR role to play in the wider community. Students in school uniform represent their school, so we expect it to be worn correctly and with respect.

Click here for the Alfriston uniform and PE kit order form.

Through our uniform and dress code we aim to:

  • Encourage pride in the school
  • Support teaching and learning
  • Enable students to be comfortable, safe and secure
  • Encourage a sense of equality and belonging to the school community
  • Protect students from social pressures to dress in a particular way
  • Support parents to provide an efficient and value for money dress code for their daughters
  • Ensure that girls from different social, religious and ethnic groups feel welcome
  • Communicate a positive school identity in the community

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their daughter comes to school in the correct uniform. Pastoral tutors are responsible for monitoring uniform, and will inform parents of any incorrect clothing. The headteacher and deputy headteacher are the final arbiters in all matters of uniform and dress.

Requests to vary the uniform requirements for particular reasons, such as medical needs, will always be carefully considered.

We appreciate the support of parents in maintaining our high standards of dress and encouraging pupils to take a pride in their appearance.

UNIFORM

Trousers:
Plain black classic style trousers*

No tight, drainpipe or jeans style.

Skirt:
Plain black straight or pleated*

Skirts should not be tight, slit or too short.

Jumper:
Regulation black jumper or cardigan with School Logo

Available from school

Shirt:
Regulation white polo shirt with School Logo

Available from school

Blazer:
Regulation black blazer with School Logo

Available from school

Coat:
Black winter jacket with or without School Logo

Available from school

Or Plain, preferably black (no leather or denim)

Socks:
Plain black, grey or white - trainer, ankle or knee length

Tights:
Plain black or neutral

Shoes:
Black with flat heel and protection of the front of the foot

No trainers, boots or open toed sandals.

Scarves/Hats:
Outdoor wear only, any colour.

The wearing of a head scarf or hijab, in plain black or white, for religious reasons, is permitted.

Jewellery:
Jewellery is not permitted, however, girls in KS 4 and Post 16 can wear one small, discreet stud in each ear; the stud must be worn in the lower part of the earlobe and must be removed for PE and Sports.

Watches are permitted.

Hair:
Hair should be worn away from the face using plain black, gold or white hair bands or hair clips. Long hair should be tied back with a plain black, gold or white band.

Grey or silver is also permitted.

Make-up/Nails:
Make up or nail varnish should not be worn.

* Available from any High Street store

POST 16 DRESS CODE

There is no uniform for Post 16 students, girls should wear smart, casual clothes that are appropriate for the day’s activities.

In order to help the girls to make mature decisions about their appearance, the following dress code will apply:

  • Tracksuit bottoms or leggings may not be worn as an alternative to trousers
  • No revealing clothing such as strappy tops, short skirts or shorts
  • Underwear should not be on show
  • No flip-flops or shoes of an unsuitable nature
  • Light make-up may be worn
  • Nail varnish may be worn (except when cooking) but must be kept tidy
  • Jewellery may be worn, but will need to be removed for some activities

School PE kit should still be worn for school PE and Sports (see separate document).

What is the Alfriston School PE Kit?

Items in red bear the school logo and must be purchased from school

Click here for the Alfriston uniform and PE kit order form.

COMPULSORY ITEMS:
  • Black/Amber/White Performance Polo Shirt*
  • Black shorts*
  • Black/White ¼ zip Sweatshirt*
  • Black/White Track Bottoms*
  • White Sports Socks
  • Black Football Socks
  • Black leggings
  • Clean Trainers
  • Outdoor/Muddy Trainers
  • Deodorant, Hairbrush, Sun cream, Hair-bands for long hair
  • Water Bottle
  • Swimming Kit in a separate bag
  • One piece regulation swimsuit
  • Swimming hat
  • Towel
  • Verruca sock needed if your daughter has a verruca or athletes foot
OPTIONAL ITEMS:

Football Boots + Shin Pads, Black Skirt (Y10 plus) for Upper School in place of shorts.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL JEWELLERY MUST BE REMOVED, INCLUDING EARRINGS

FOR PE LESSONS:

EARRINGS ARE ALLOWED TO BE WORN IN SCHOOL FROM YEAR 10 ONWARDS. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR DAUGHTER CAN REMOVE HER OWN EARRINGS. PLEASE HAVE EARS PIERCED AT THE START OF THE SUMMER HOLIDAY TO ALLOW FOR THE 6 WEEKS TO HEAL.

How does Alfriston compare to other schools in the School Performance tables?

Please click here to compare Alfriston with other schools in the .GOV School Performance Tables

What is Alfriston's approach to Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

You can read our SEN policy which includes admission arrangements here.

Can I view details of how the pupil premium is used?

  • Details of pupil premium for the present academic year 2017-2018 can be found here
  • Details of pupil premium for last academic year 2016-2017 can be found here

Can I take my daughter out of school for a family holiday?

If a pupil is absent for any period of time, she may miss essential elements of her learning programme and therefore parents are expected to take family holidays during school holidays.

If there is an exceptional reason why your daughter needs time out of school this needs to be requested in writing.

What are the school's policies on examination and assessment?

How do I make a complaint?

The school's complaints procedures are outlined here

Alfriston SEN Provision

What kinds of special educational needs are provided for at Alfriston School?

Alfriston is a special school academy for girls aged 11 – 19. The school has provision for 20 girls to board for 3 nights per week. The pupils’ primary needs are moderate learning difficulties and speech, language and communication needs. Pupils may also have other associated needs in areas such as social and emotional, sensory and physical difficulties.

What are the school’s policies for identification and assessment of pupils attending the school?

All pupils will have a statement of special educational needs, or an Education Health Care Plan.

What are the arrangements for consulting parents and involving them in their child’s education?

At Alfriston we encourage parents to be included in the process of the education their children. This includes:

  • Initial visits to the school
  • Induction meetings
  • Parents’ evenings
  • Annual review meeting and report
  • Annual report on pupil progress
  • School events and celebrations
  • Parental representation on the Governing Body
  • Parent support group
  • Parental involvement in changes to the school through informal and formal consultations

What are the arrangements for consulting young people and involving them in their education?

We listen to the pupils and involve them in decisions about their education through:

  • Individual pupil review meetings with their pastoral tutor
  • Involvement in the annual review meetings
  • Representation on the school council to contribute and decide on aspects of school
  • life
  • Pupil involvement in changes to the school through informal and formal consultations
  • Regular pastoral support meetings

What are the arrangements for assessing and reviewing pupil progress?

Pupils’ progress is continually monitored by their subject teachers and pastoral tutors. Academic and personal progress is reviewed formally each academic year. All pupils have an individual education plan which is reviewed termly, and includes targets for other aspects of learning such as independence and personal and social development.

How do we support our pupils in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood?

We recognise that “moving on” can be difficult for our pupils and take steps to ensure that this is as smooth as possible.

When moving classes within school

  • Information is passed on to the new tutor before the move takes place
  • Pupils are given an introductory session in the new class with their new tutor prior to the move
  • Parents are informed in advance

When leaving our school at the end of Year 11 or after Post 16

  • We will have spent a lot of time with parents and pupils planning and agreeing next steps
  • Staff from Future Focus (previously Connexions) work with pupils in school to get to know them and advise pupils and parents on options for the future
  • Preparation visits and meetings will have taken place
  • The students will have been fully involved in the whole process

What is our approach to teaching?

Our aim is to provide a safe and happy environment, where our pupils can grow in confidence and acquire the education and skills to achieve their full potential.

  • Subject teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of pupils in their class, and ensure that pupils are able to access learning as independently as possible
  • School support staff support the individual needs of pupils where necessary and provide overall support for whole class groups
  • Specific resources and strategies are used to support individual needs so that pupils can learn most effectively
  • Planning and teaching is adapted on a daily basis according to the pupils’ learning needs

What adaptations are made to the curriculum?

As a special school, our entire curriculum is tailored to the special needs of our pupils.

What is the expertise and training of staff and how will specialist expertise be secured?

All our staff are experienced in teaching and supporting pupils with moderate learning difficulties, and have a wide range of expertise in subject specialisms and in areas of special need.

Whole staff training is regularly provided to ensure a high level of expertise in a wide range of specialist areas such as speech, language and communication, ASD, social and emotional difficulties and other associated needs.

The school has a performance management process which includes identifying training needs for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of pupils

Specialist expertise is secured through the appointment of the following professionals:

  • Speech and language therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Student counsellor
  • Head of Wellbeing

And through direct input from other professionals as required such as:

  • Educational psychologists
  • Social workers
  • CAMHS professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Specialist advisors
  • Future Focus (Connexions)

What support does the school provide for improving social and emotional development?

The school has a strong pastoral system with each pupil assigned to a pastoral group with a dedicated pastoral tutor who closely monitors each child’s personal development.

Pupils with particular social or emotional difficulties are referred to our school Wellbeing team, who assess their needs and provide an individual programme of support.

Pupils may also be referred on to other professionals as needed.

A high level of care and attention is paid to every child’s welfare, and any issues are quickly identified and addressed.

Opportunities to develop personal and social skills are built into the curriculum, and time given to explore feelings and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

What do I do if I want to make a complaint?

The school's complaints procedures are outlined here

Who can I contact for further information about our special education needs?

If you are an existing parent or carer the first point of contact is your daughter’s pastoral tutor.

If you are a prospective parent or carer, then please contact the school office on 01494 673740.

About Alfriston School

What type of school is Alfriston?

Alfriston School is a state-funded Academy school. Academy status was granted to Alfriston School in March 2012.

Can I read Alfriston School's mission statement?

School Mission

"Learning for life – achieving together".

Aims

To provide a safe and happy environment, where our pupils can grow in confidence, through opportunities to work with others, to acquire the education and skills to achieve their full potential

  • Environment = physical, emotional, nurturing, equality, peer groups
  • Confidence = enjoyment, self-esteem, self-belief, friendship, individuality, participation, fulfillment
  • Opportunities = offer a range of experiences within, and beyond the curriculum
  • Work with others = teamwork
  • Education and skills = achievement, learning, academic attainment, life skills, vocational skills
  • Potential = happiness, independence, vocation, being the best you can be
Our Vision

To be recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for the development of girls with Moderate Learning Difficulties and acknowledged as a leader and model for our specific approaches to:

  • Skills Development through the provision of relevant education and attainment of appropriate qualifications
  • The use of Sport to build self-esteem, confidence, promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage teamwork and social interaction
  • The enabling of Independence through the development of relevant skills and experience (including independent living and work)
  • The use of Information Technology as an enabler for lifelong learning, communication and employment

What were the latest exam results and student destinations?

In 2014, 100% of Year 11 pupils At Alfriston went on to a sustained education destination, compared to the national figure of 92% for all pupils. 29% went on to FE College, 8% to further education providers and 63% to special school provision.

Click here for a breakdown of last year’s exam results.

Can we see Alfriston's Financial Statements?

Yes. You can download our most recent financial statements below:

What is Alfriston's policy on behaviour?

  • You can read our latest behaviour policy here
  • Our anti-bullying policy can be read here

What are Alfriston's policies and objectives on equalities?

You can read our equalities policy and objectives document here.

Where can I read Alfriston School's Academy Trust Value for Money Statement?

You can read and download the available ‘Value for Money’ statements below. From 2015 onwards the ‘Value for Money’ statement forms part of the financial statement which can be found elsewhere on this site.

Where can I read the school's funding agreement and articles of association?

You can read and download this document here.

How is the pupil premium used?

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a Pupil Premium.

For every child registered for Free School Meals at Alfriston the school receives £900.

With this money we could increase our provision for speech and language programmes, and provide further opportunities for students to integrate into the wider community and to develop their independence and vocational skills.