Support Services

Safeguarding our students is everyone's responsibility.
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share that commitment. This policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, governors, volunteers, students and visitors to our school.
The School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found on the policies section of this website.

School Safeguarding Team

 
 
 
 

These staff members are the first point of contact for parents, students, teaching and non-teaching staff and external agencies in all matters of child protection.

Safeguarding

Keeping our students safe is our highest priority
Child Protection Policy:
The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy is available to read via the policies section of the school website. It is updated annually and revised when government guidance is modified. The school's Safeguarding and Child Protection policy makes it clear what staff should do if they have a concern about a student.

CP staff in school and their contacts:

The following websites are useful sources of information for parents seeking advice and guidance on safeguarding issues:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
http://parentinfo.org/
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/

Student Support

Students may wish to speak to a member of staff about worries and anxieties. Their Form Tutors, who they see daily during registration, are the first point of contact for such concerns. The Head of Year is another adult in school where a student can seek care and support for ongoing difficulties faced in school. If appropriate staff may wish to refer a student to either Mrs Güler, Student Support Coordinator, or Miss Bailey, Chaplain, for further extensive emotional support.
The Sixth Form students are valuable role models for the younger students. Many of them act as mentors to students who may be struggling to cope with the demands of secondary school. Through weekly sessions they offer advice on friendship issues, homework, and study skills as part of the Sixth Form mentoring scheme. They also support Year 7 students through the paired reading initiative

Attendance

Procedures for reporting absence:

When reporting your child's absence please give a detailed reason for your daughter's absence which will be recorded on the school system. If your daughter is absent for more than one day please update the school daily. Minor ailments, such as a headache or slight cold, are not acceptable reasons for failing to attend school. Please keep medical evidence of absence e.g. appointments cards, copies of prescriptions, pharmacy receipts and include them in the letter explaining your daughter's absence on her return to school.

On the matter of term time holiday requests; the current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 does not allow Headteachers to grant leave of absence to a pupil unless the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If a holiday is not authorised, and is taken without permission, the Missing Education Service may issue a penalty notice to each parent.

Medical

BUCHS aims to support all students with medical conditions or those whom feel unwell, in terms of both physical and mental health. Prescribed medication, emergency medication and student's spare asthma inhalers are stored in the medical room and are administered when necessary.
The Brentwood school nursing team runs drop in sessions at school every other Thursday from 12.30 - 13.20. The team can offer confidential help and advice with general health concerns, emotional well-being, stop smoking advice, relationships and healthy lifestyles.

There is a set procedure when students are unwell in school. They should report to the medical room (having sought the permission of the teacher of their current lesson) where they will be assessed by our Medical Officer who will decide if they need medical attention, should be sent home or are well enough to complete the school day. If the student needs to be sent home, the Medical Officer will make the call to parents/guardians. Students should not phone or text home directly. 

Mrs B Güler
Student Support Coordinator
Child Protection Officer