School Policies

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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. We are happy to translate these policies for you.

Following Local Government Re-organisation in April 2019, The Priory School became part of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Authority. The school was previously maintained by Dorset County Council. BCP Council is working 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.

Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding Policy 2021-22

Other Safeguarding Policies

Online Safety and Remote Learning Policies

Teaching and Learning Policies

Admissions Policies

Admissions Policy 2020-21

This policy was used for allocating places to Reception Class starting in Sept 2020 and in year admissions 2020-21.

Admissions Policy 2021-22

This policy will be used for allocating places to Reception Class starting in Sept 2021 and in year admissions 2021-22.

Please note that this was amended in October 2020 following advice from the Diocese with a COVID Variation statement relating to church attendance during periods of lockdown.

A further variation was agreed in July 2021 to comply with the statutory requirements in the School Admissions Code 2021 relating to internationally adopted previously looked after children (IAPLAC).

Admissions Policy 2022-23

This policy will be used for allocating places to Reception Class starting in Sept 22 and in year admission 2022-23.

Admissions Policy Appendices (for dealing with delayed entry requests)

Governance Policies

Equality Policies

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
  • First Aid
  • 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