School policies cover most aspects of school life in order to ensure good intentions become consistent practice. Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. If you want to know our policy on something that is not listed, please ask the school office. If English is not your first language and you require support to read these policies, then please ask the school office.
Following Local Government Re-organisation in April 2019, The Priory School became part of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Authority. The school was previously maintained by Dorset County Council, and so there has been a significant body of work to review and update many of our policies. The new BCP Council continues to strive to align 3 different systems (Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset schools all had separate approaches) and so this comprehensive review will take a number of years.
This page will be regularly updated to reflect these ongoing changes.
Teaching and Learning Policies
Admissions Policy 2020-21 (used for allocating places to Reception Class starting in Sept 2020 and in year admissions 2020-21)
Admissions Policy 2021-22 (used for allocating places to Reception Class starting in Sept 2021 and in year admissions 2021-22). This was amended in October 2020 following advice from the Diocese with a COVID Variation statement relating to church attendance during periods of lockdown.
Admissions Policy 2022-23. This policy is currently under consultation. When confirmed, this policy will be used to allocate places to Reception Class starting in Sept 2022 and in year admissions 2022-23.
Proposed Changes: The Priory School will remain a church school and true to its trust deed, serving the common good as a distinctively Christian school. However, the school is seeking to remove faith and church attendance as a criteria for admission to the school. Any questions relating to this change should be addressed to the Clerk to the Governors, firstname.lastname@example.org The full policy can be read below.
Health & Safety Policies
The school’s Critical Incident Policy is not available to view online but an abridged version is available from the school office on request.
In addition to the Health & Safety Policy, the school has detailed risk assessments and procedures relating to:
- Coronavirus / Pandemic Management (see Coronavirus Update page)
- Manual handling
- Fire safety and safe evacuation
- Working at heights
- Lone working
- Volunteers working in school
- Accident reporting
- Slips, trips and falls
- Violence and Aggression at work
- Workstations and digital screen equipment
- COSHH (Controlling exposure to chemicals) and other potentially harmful substances used in schools e.g. science activities, clay
- Lunchtime and food hygiene
- Intimate care e.g. supporting an SEND child with toileting
- Restraint handling guidelines
- Maintenance of equipment e.g. PE apparatus, electrical equipment
- Asbestos Management
- Water hygiene and legionella
These procedures and guidelines are reviewed annually. If you would like a copy, please contact the School Office in the first instance.
Data Protection Policies
Church School Policies