After School

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Anisa Van der Laan

Founder/After School Activities Manager
[email protected]

After School Programme Policy


Introduction

After School Programmes (ASP’s) run from 3:30 until 4:20 p.m. and are offered at no additional cost to HeadStart students. In addition to our ASP’s, the school also provides a range of other fee paying programmes for students from Foundation through to Secondary, which Parents may opt to choose from.

Foundation students may be signed up to a maximum of 1 free ASP sessions per week. Parents may also register their child for additional fee paying classes.

Primary and Secondary students may be signed up for a maximum of 4 free ASP sessions per week. Parents may also register their child for additional fee paying classes.

The After School Programmes will be set at the beginning of the academic school year and remain the same with as few disruptions as possible.

There are no trial sessions for ASP classes. Students must remain in the ASP class they have signed up to for the duration of Term 1 or Term 2 & 3. There will be no allowance for joining new ASP classes throughout the term. Students newly enroled at HeadStart must wait for the two week ‘settling in’ period before applying to join ASPs.


After School Programmes Calendar

Term 1 ASP’s begin the Monday of the fourth week and finish one week before the end of term. Term 1 Academies will begin in the thrid week of the term and will run until the end of term.

Term 2 ASP’s begin the Monday of the second week of term and will run until the end of term. Term 2 Academies will commence from the first day of Term 2 and will run until the end of term.

Term 3 ASP’s and Academies begin from the first day of the term and finish three weeks before the end of the academic year.

After School Programmes do not run during holidays or on days that HeadStart is closed.

After School Programmes may be suspended for whole school events at HeadStart. Parents will be notified well in advance.


Sign up Procedure

The After School Programmes are announced before the term begins by email, on the first Weekly Update, posted on the school website as well as on school bulletin boards within the first week of the term.

Parents of Foundation and Primary students sign up for ASP’s online through the Parent Portal on given dates. Secondary students sign themselves up for ASPs online on the given dates via the Student Portal.

ASP booking will be taken twice a year.


Class Size

Each After School Programme must have a regulated amount of students who can join the class. Please refer to the ASP chart on the website and display boards. If an ASP class has less than the minimum number of students attending, it may be terminated; the ASP manager will contact you if this is the case.


Student Oversight

Foundation-Year 2 students are brought to their ASP by the ASP teacher.

Key Stage 2 up (Years 3-13) students are expected to proceed to their ASP classes independently.

Primary students not registered for ASPs will be escorted to the Dining Hall.

Parents are required to pick up their children from the Dining Hall by 4:20 p.m.

It is imperative that parents come to pick up their children on time. Failure to do so will result in a reminder from the teacher.


Cancellation of ASP classes

HeadStart will avoid cancellation of ASP classes (except in the case of emergencies), in order to avoid disruptions to the routine. Should a teacher be absent, the head of the department will do their best to find a qualified replacement. If this is not possible, the head of the department will send the students to wait in the school canteen until they are collected by a parent or guardian.


Booster/VAP policy

Primary Boosters are offered to students needing to improve their academic performance. These ASPs are considered mandatory, students will not be allowed to sign up to other ASPs on those days. Parents will be informed by their Homeroom teacher if their child has been recommended for a booster prior to the online booking period so they will be aware what options they have for other ASPs.

Secondary Boosters are offered to students needing to improve their academic performance, and are considered mandatory in the core subjects of EAL, English, Maths and Science. Boosters are recommended by the Heads of Faculties. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for an academic booster prior to the online booking period. Students may also sign up voluntarily.

VAPs are programmes designed to enrich the learning of our Very Able Pupils. Students must be invited to these clubs by a Head of Faculty. Eligibility is determined by previous performance in the subject, end of year results or achievements and recommendation by subject teachers.

For further enquiries please see the After School Manager in the front office or email [email protected]


‘The outstanding programme of enrichment activities is very well attended and appreciated by students. These opportunities enrich and extend not just their academic learning, but also develop their sporting, creative and musical talents.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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