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

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.

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, dark coloured coat, 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.

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

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.