Haybridge has much to offer your son or daughter. The staff of the school will go to great lengths to support and help each and every student, and will use their skill and experience to provide the required environment for successful learning and development.
We hope that school and parents/carers together can motivate students so that they in return are willing to work to the best of their ability to become involved in all aspects of the school community and to be courteous and well-mannered.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team, Heads of House or Student Support Co-ordinators are always happy to meet and talk with individual parents/carers who can call into school at any time, although a prior appointment will ensure that they can be received by a specific member of staff.
We welcome the your views and involve you in decision making via our ‘Parent/Carer Forum’, and other discussion forums on our virtual learning environment (VLE), Frog.
You will, of course, be contacted if a student’s work, progress or behaviour gives rise for concern, and we sincerely wish that in this event we can work together constructively for the benefit of your child.
Leading Parent Partnership Award
Haybridge was proud to receive the Leading Parent Partnership Award in July 2010, 2013 and again in 2017; we continue to uphold the principles of the awarding body. As an LPPA school we actively reflect upon the ways in which we work together with parents/carers and the community in order to enhance our students’ experience of school.
We are very fortunate at Haybridge to have such an active Parent/Carer Forum and PTA, and we appreciate the commitment of parents/carers in attending the numerous events held in school so that we can work together to support the learning and well-being of their sons and daughters. We actively seek your feedback by means of an annual questionnaire and evaluation forms following key events, but should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via your son/daughter’s Head of House.
We provide a detailed Home/School agreement, updated each September, but in general terms our aims are to:
- actively involve parents/carers in the education and progress of their son/daughter.
- employ user friendly communications with parents to keep both school and home informed of what is happening in a student’s life.
- enhance every student’s learning opportunities by using the skills and experiences available from both the parent and local community.
- gather and put into action parents’ views and ideas where possible.
- share information about what your son/daughter is learning through curriculum updates.
- send home reports about your son/daughter’s progress.
- hold regular parent /teacher evenings where you can discuss your child's learning.
- hold information sessions which will help you help your son/daughter to learn and make informed choices.
- update parents and carers through our newsletter, the prospectus and letters which are clear and understandable.
- share key policies with you in a straightforward way.
- regularly inform you about the curriculum and important issues relating to specific year groups as students move up the school.
- provide a planner for students each year so that you can monitor homework and organisation.
- provide access to the SIMS Parent app to permit you to monitor your child’s attendance, behaviour, achievement and homework.
Reports and Parents'/Carers' Consultation Evenings
We aim to provide quick, up-to-date and efficient feedback for parents/carers. Assessment, attendance and behaviour data are all available to you via constant updates on the SIMS Parent App and we provide a report, twice a year for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and three times a year for Year 11 and 13. One of these reports is incorporated into a traditional Parent/Carers’ Information Evening.
As most of us know from our own experience, being a parent/carer is perhaps the most difficult and yet rewarding job that we do. Working closely with the school is an important part of this task. Students who receive the same messages and support from both home and school are the ones that are most likely to succeed.
When your son/daughter starts school you will get a generic login to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Frog. On Frog you can access general information and school documents.
SIMS Parent App
As well as Frog, you can download the SIMS Parent App, where you can access specific student data, including behaviour and achievement.
Use ParentPay to make payments to the school, for things like trips, and to top up up your child's restaurant balance. You will be issued an individual ParentPay account by the school and upon first log-in, you will be asked to change your user ID and password to something more suitable. You will also be able to ‘merge’ accounts if you already have other children in the school. The system should be quite straightforward, but if you would like some additional support, need any help or advice in using this system, or forget your username and/or password then please contact the Finance Team at Haybridge.
The school recognises its obligation to promote the safeguarding and welfare of young people, and this is reflected in our policies related to the safe recruitment of staff, health and safety and school trips for example, and also in the way we promote a positive school ethos of mutual respect and trust. Students know they can seek support from the adults in school, in particular their form tutors and the members of the House student support teams.
This school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children.
We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first - unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Nicola Stanfield
- The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Beth Cherrington and Mrs Helen Georgiou
- The Governor with responsibility for child protection is Mrs Charlotte Mondon-Lines.
A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found on our Policies and Documents page.
The school has a strictly enforced policy on school uniform in that business-like dress instils a pride in, and a sense of loyalty to, the school. It is also our experience that this view is strongly supported by parents/carers. Full school uniform should be worn at all times including travel to and from school. Outdoor coats may be worn over, but not instead of, blazers which are compulsory in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Hoodies or non-school jumpers may not be worn under school blazers.
The basic colours for Haybridge uniform are brown and honey gold. The Haybridge logo is included on the blazer pocket. We recommend that name tapes should be put into all garments.
For formal occasions we expect all students to wear the long sleeved shirt, tie and blazer.
Boys' and girls' uniform is mostly the same. Where there are allowable variations for girls, these are clearly noted in the table below. For the avoidance of doubt, please take a look at our examples of appropriate uniform document.
|Blazer||Trutex Brown polyester with Haybridge logo on breast pocket. Blazers should be worn at all times.|
|Jumper (optional)||Sleeveless pullover, dark brown with gold stripe at the neck. These may be worn as well as, but not instead of, blazers. Parents may, if they wish, continue to purchase the long sleeve sweater.|
|Trousers||Plain black formal school trousers. They should not be patterned or skinny fit. Jean (or jean-style) material is not permitted. Pocket rivets and jean-style pocket stitching are also not acceptable. Girls' trousers are available from Dancers, although can be sourced from alternative suppliers, but no variation in style will be accepted. Skirts - for Year 7 and 8 only. Trutex Stitch Down Black Pleat Skirt. The black ‘Medway' skirt is compulsory for Year 9 to 11. No other variation of skirt will be acceptable. These skirts are both available from Dancers, although can be sourced from alternative suppliers if they are exactly the same style. Skirts must be worn on or below the knee. We would recommend that skirts purchased at the start of the year are of below-knee length to allow for any growth during the academic year. Please be aware that if a student is is wearing a skirt deemed inappropriate for school due to it being too short (not knee-length, or below the knee) or because it is not a skirt that has been agreed as part of the school’s uniform policy, we will ask the student to change into a skirt that we have available until a new one is purchased.|
|Shirt||Trutex ‘Honey Gold’ or similar. Plain formal style. Long sleeves in the winter. Coloured or patterned T-shirts are not to be worn under shirts. During the Summer Term, students may wear short sleeved plain 'Honey Gold' shirts. Shirts must be tucked in and top buttons fastened at all times.|
|Tie||Each House has a striped tie unique to that House. These can be purchased from Dancers (or other suppliers) once a House has been allocated. Ties must be worn at all times. Year 11 have a brown tie that is also unique to the indicial house.|
|Shoes||Black leather, or leather-effect shoes. (not boots, casual slip-ons, canvas, or suede) Black trainers or trainer-style shoes with fashion logos or sports soles are not appropriate, and may not be worn as school shoes. The shoe needs to be a ‘full shoe’ (not slipper style) with a maximum heel size not to exceed 5cm, measured at the inside arch. No stiletto or kitten heels of any height - a square sensible heel is both comfortable and practical for school activities.|
|Socks||Unpatterned and grey, dark brown, or black. Trainer socks are not acceptable. With a skirt, students may wear unpatterned black or dark brown ankle or knee high socks, or black opaque tights. During the Summer Term, students may wear flesh coloured tights. Fake tan is unacceptable as a substitute to flesh coloured tights.|
Students will need to bring their books to school in a sensibly sized black, dark brown or dark blue bag. Any logos on the school bag should be no larger than a credit card in size. The bag will need to be strong and big enough to cope with a student’s daily needs without being so big that books, homework, letters home and old sandwiches can be left in there for month, unnoticed and forgotten! When buying the bag it might be helpful to ensure that an A4 ring binder sits comfortably inside.
Bags obviously need to be waterproof with a secure fastener to prevent the contents getting wet. The idea is that (with your help at first) students should get into the good habit of checking their timetables each evening and packing their bags with the books and equipment they will need the following day; homework due in should go into the bag at this point.
Hair, Makeup & Jewellery
Make-up (including eyelash extensions, nail varnish, eyebrow pencilling, false nails and foundation) should not be worn at all by students, neither should jewellery. Students with pierced ears may wear small plain gold or silver stud earrings, which must not be ‘jewel style’ earrings. There should only be one earring in each lobe. No other piercing is allowed. We recommend students wear a wrist watch.
As a Health and Safety measure, long hair should be tied back from the face at all times and secured at the back of the head (not on top). Hair bobbles / ties used to tie the hair back should be black, brown or navy blue - other colours are not acceptable. Hair bands or ‘scrunchies’ are not to be worn. No extreme hair styles or colours are permissible – this includes hair that is shaved excessively short or has shaved patterns / skin fades that are not a traditional ‘short-back-and-sides’.
Should you have any queries regarding the school’s view on a particular aspect of uniform, please contact the Heads of House who will be happy to discuss the school’s expectations with you.
The school PE kit is purchased from SWI Schoolwear, and there are easy to follow instructions regarding how to set up an account on their website. You can download an order form on our Useful Documents page and you can phone them on 01928 752610.
Should you have any enquiries, please contact Miss Dawkins, Head of PE
PE Kit for all students
|Aptus female short sleeve training top||Aptus training top|
|Aptus ¼ zip training top||Pro Tec rugby shirt|
|Black Netburn skort and/or Performance female leggings||Aptus training shorts|
|Black knee high sports socks||Black knee high sports socks|
|Sports training shoes (not fashion trainers)||Sports training shoes (not fashion trainers)|
|Aptus ¼ zip training top (optional)|
Shin pads: Shin pads must be worn for girls' and boys' football for safety and protection. Gum shields: Gum shields must be worn for boys' contact rugby. Care should be taken to ensure that they fit properly. Studs for football boots: Students wearing football boots should ensure that their studs are of the new composite type carrying the British Standard Kite mark.
All those students who have claimed free school meals at any time in the previous 6 academic years can apply for a uniform grant of £35.
All students must have the following basic equipment in their pencil case and/or with them in each lesson:
- black, blue, green and red pens
- a pack of different coloured highlighter pens
- pencil sharpener
- glue stick
- water bottle
In addition to the basic equipment needed for every lesson, all students should have the following equipment in every mathematics lesson:
- 30cm ruler
- Casio fx-85 or fx-83 calculator
Art & Design equipment
All students will study Art and Design and Design and Technology in Year 7 and 8 and will need to acquire the following basic equipment in order to participate effectively in all aspects of the coursework both at school and at home.
- pencil crayons
- pencils H to 4B
- 30cm ruler
- a protective overall or shirt (to be kept in the school bag in case of use
- glue stick
- black biro
- small detail brush size 2/3 (white nylon is the most hardy for use at home)
- scissors (for use at home)
- other stationery equipment could be collected, e.g. paper clips
- an excellent quality sketchbook will be provided in the first lesson at a cost of £1.00
Design & Technology equipment
The following are important safety requirements:
- a suitable hair bobble (brown or black) for those students with long hair
- students will be provided with aprons for their Technology lessons but may wish to provide their own overall.
- for transporting ingredients/finished dishes to and from school, a large plastic food container and a firm sided bag with a cover will be required. A clean tea towel is suitable for the cover. This should be clearly labelled with the student’s name
- we encourage all students to collect a variety of media for drawing and painting, and it is helpful if such items can be kept in a suitable container or box. Many of the items e.g. pencils, crayons, felt pens etc required for Art will also be required for work in Design and Technology
|Blakedown||Train from Blakedown station|
If you qualify for your son or daughter to use Worcestershire's school coach transport system you must apply for a travel pass. Application Forms are available from the School Transport Team at Worcestershire County Council (01905 765765) or Haybridge. Students currently attending Hagley Primary School and using the school coaches to travel to school will not be able to use their Hagley Primary School pass - new passes have to be applied for.
ABM Catering provides us with its catering provision. The school has excellent restaurant facilities and benefits from a well-equipped modern kitchen; this allows fresh, nutritious food to be prepared daily. ABM Catering work to strict healthy eating guidelines and actively promote this amongst students.
As well as the hot food choices each day, students can select from a wide variety of freshly prepared sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes.
For a number of years, Haybridge has operated a cashless catering system, whereby biometric data is used to identify staff and students; this has proved extremely popular and effective with parents/carers, students and staff. Individual catering accounts are topped up by either the online payment facility, ParentPay, or via cash revaluation machines located in the school’s main foyer. We do encourage all parents/carers to utilise the online ParentPay facility as it prevents the need for students bringing cash into school and provides reassurance for you as you are able to monitor your son or daughter’s expenditure.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the catering at the school, especially if you have a dietary requirement or an allergy issue, please contact Sally Gill, Chief Finance Officer with responsibility for the Catering Service.
Free School Meals
We fully encourage our eligible parents/carers to apply for free school meals as it not only provides the student with a midday meal but helps the school to fund additional curriculum support for individuals, ensuring that those eligible students achieve to their fullest potential.
The use of cashless catering at Haybridge also ensures complete discretion and confidentiality for those students who are in receipt of free school meals. The free school meal entitlement is automatically credited to the individual’s catering account and there is no cash at the point of sale, ensuring complete anonymity for those who are in receipt of free school meals.
The Free School Meal entitlement is automatic and will allow the student to have a main meal at lunchtime. Parents/Carers will need to top up their son/daughter’s account if they wish to purchase additional items at breakfast and break. The Free School Meal entitlement does not cover the purchase of drinks from the restaurant, however there are a number of drinking water fountains located around the school and we would encourage that students bring with them a clear plastic bottle to allow them to fill up from these to keep hydrated during the day. All those students who have claimed free school meals at any time in the previous six academic years will be eligible to claim a free breakfast each morning from the school canteen, this will either be porridge or muesli depending upon the season.
Free School Meals can only be awarded if you or your partner are claiming one of the following:
- Universal Credit provided annual net earned income does not exceed £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based
- Employment and Support Allowance - Income Related
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income, as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs that does not exceed £16,190.
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
- Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax
Babcock Prime undertakes the eligibility process and administration of free school meals on behalf of the school. Please therefore contact the Free School Meals Team on 01905 678154 to find out if you qualify and for an application form. You can also e-mail email@example.com
This information is correct at the time of printing but you are advised to check with the Free School Meal Team for up to date information.
To report a pupil absence, please contact us on
01562 886213 or
before 9am on every day of absence.
For more information on absences and all associated procedures, view our Attendance Policy.
To see all of our extra-curricular activities, please download the timetable.