After School

After School Programme Policy

Introduction

After School Programmes (ASP’s) run from 3:10 until 4:00 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 2 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 3 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.


After School Programmes Calendar

Term 1 ASP’s begin the Monday of the third week and finish one week before the end of term. Term 1 Academies will begin in the second 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 one week 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 annual events at HeadStart.


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.

Students and parents sign up for ASP’s at a sign up fair usually held in the Sports Hall.

Sign up fairs will be held twice in the academic school year allowing students the opportunity to sign up to new clubs only at these two times in the year.

The first sign up fair will be held during the second week of term one and the second sign up fair will be held in the first week of Term 2.

There will be separate sign up days for Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Secondary from 3:10-4:00 pm.

Sign-ups will be taken on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis, with the exception of academic booster classes, where places will be reserved primarily for students in need of academic assistance in core subjects.

Parents and students who have missed the sign up fairs can fill an ASP Request Form and hand it to the Admin staff in the front office who will determine whether there is a place available and help to sign the student up to the requested ASP. The Admin staff will then contact the parent /student and inform them if the request has been approved.


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 Students must be picked up by the ASP teacher from their classrooms and brought to the ASP classroom.

Key Stage 1 (Y 1-2) At 2:55 pm the Homeroom teacher or deputy teacher should accompany all Year 1-2 students registered for an ASP to the Primary Hall where they will wait for their ASP teacher to pick them up. Students will be supervised by deputy teachers.

Key Stage 2 up (Years 3-12) Students are expected to proceed to their ASP classes independently. The school will assign ‘hallway monitors’ to make sure there are no students roaming the hallways or bathrooms.

Parents are required to pick up their children from the After School Programme classroom or area by 4:00 p.m. Students who have not been picked up will be escorted to the Dining Hall and must be signed out by the parent or guardian.

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, and are considered mandatory. Students must attend both booster classes in that subject, and will not be allowed to sign up to other ASP’s on those days. Parents will be informed if their child has been recommended for a booster prior to the sign up fair so they will understand what options they have for other types of ASP’s.

Secondary Boosters are offered to students needing to improve their academic performance, and are considered mandatory. Boosters are recommended by the Heads of Faculties. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for an academic booster prior to the sign up fair. 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. It is an honor for a student to be invited to one of these programmes. VAPs are not in addition to the 3 free ASPs students may sign up to.

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

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