This section of the website is dedicated to our parents and carers.

We greatly value the contribution that parents and carers make to the life of the Academy in and beyond the classroom, and in response we are making an effort to maximise the opportunities for greater engagement between us.

In response to your feedback from the Leading Parent Partnership Award we are developing online links for parents/carers to reviewing their child’s attendance, behaviour, attitude to learning and homework.

Academy Transport

Transport has been arranged with Skelton Coaches for the academic year 2017-18.

There are still some places available for the current academic year on routes 33 and 34. If you would like to purchase a pass for your child please contact Mrs Sivewright, Academy Business Manager by email to admin@sacredheartrc.org.uk. For more information click here.

Limited seats are available for one off journeys at a charge of £1.50. Students wishing to access this service should request a temporary pass from the Main Office.

Uniform / Behaviour Sanctions

Please note we have a new system for ensuring high standards of dress, behaviour and timeliness. Students who do not comply will be required to serve a detention. Yellow slips will be issued to students and parents will be contacted. See our School Uniform page for more information.

Emailing the Academy

The email address for Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy is admin@sacredheartrc.org.uk Please use this address for all correspondence with staff. If you know the name of the member of staff you wish to contact please indicate this in the subject line and it will be forwarded as soon as possible.

Telephoning the Academy

If you contact the Academy by telephone, please be prepared to leave your name and number. A message will be passed to staff, however, contact with teaching staff is limited during the school day. The Academy policy is that they will return your call within 48 hours.

Please try to make all arrangements for appointments, after school pickup points etc. with your children before they leave home for the day. The Academy cannot guarantee that any messages left for students at the end of the day will be passed on.

Parents/Carers – Important Request

Please ensure we have the correct mobile number and email address for you, so we can keep our records up to date. Change requests can be submitted by email to admin@sacredheartrc.org.uk or telephoning 01642 487100.

Out of School Appointments

Students who need to leave the Academy during the school day for dental/doctors or hospital appointments etc. must have written consent from home. Students can bring a letter to school or alternatively an email can be sent to attendance@sacredheartrc.org.uk. Students need to see the Attendance Officer, Mrs Pegden, and obtain a lilac authorisation slip before leaving the premises. Students are not permitted to leave unaccompanied. Confirmation of appointments (the letter, card or text message) will be required. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Leave of Absence in Term Time

Absences will only be authorised if exceptional circumstances are made clear in writing to the Head Teacher.

Non-Resident Parents

Sacred Heart seeks to work together with parents for the good of the child. The Academy holds to and promotes the teaching of the Catholic church on traditional family life, however, we acknowledge that an increasing number of our students are growing up in families with broken relationships, where people who share parental responsibility for a child no longer live in the same house. The Academy will endeavour to recognise and work with all those who have parental responsibility for the students on roll. More information can be found in our Communication with Non-resident Parents Policy which is available to download from our General Policies page.

Emergency Closure

If the Academy is closed for the day (eg. due to adverse weather conditions), this will be advertised on the local radio stations (BBC Radio Cleveland, Radio Tees and TFM). There will also be an announcement on the homepage of the Academy website.

Sacred Heart has a dedicated email address with an automated message which can inform parents/carers of possible Academy closure. Send an email to snow@sacredheartrc.org.uk

In the event that the Academy decides to close early due to snow or flooding, a text message will be sent to all parents.

PARS (including Rewards and Sanctions)

PARS is the system that we use at the Academy for registers, attendance, recording of homework and behaviour, and much, much more! Students are able to accrue positive reward points in recognition of a variety of things from good behaviour to ensuring they have the correct equipment with them for lessons. Negative points can also be accrued for incorrect uniform, late arrival to class, poor behaviour and failure to complete homework on time. The points are totalled and students with the highest scores each term are recognised with rewards.

Parents, carers and students are able to view their points on PARS Insight.

Insight

INSIGHT is the system we currently use to allow parents secure access to selected items of information. If you have children at Sacred Heart Secondary and you have not receive details of your login, please send an email with details of your child to insight@sacredheartrc.org.uk

Lost Property

We make every effort to reunite students with their lost property, but unclaimed items can sometimes accumulate at an alarming rate. In order to run an efficient lost property system, we have to dispose of unclaimed items at the end of each half term. Please make sure your son/daughter is aware of this policy and urge them to claim property before the disposal deadline. General lost property can be claimed from the Main Office, any items of PE equipment or kit are passed to the PE department.

All lost property which is not claimed and which is suitable for sale, is collected by the Great North Air Ambulance and sold to raise funds for them.