Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Mobile Phones

  • Children are forbidden to use mobile phones in school. It is recognised that technologies, such as mobile phones with data plans that include Internet access through 3G/4G phone networks, present a new route to access undesirable material and communication media that are impossible for the school to monitor and filter.
  • Pupils are not allowed to keep phones in their bags, lockers or about their person during the school day. Mobile phones must not be used during lessons or formal school time. The use by students of cameras in mobile phones is forbidden in school/ on site at any time and the sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden. Serious sanctions will be administered should pupils ignore this rule, including confiscation of the phone which may then have to be collected on their behalf by a responsible adult. Repeat offences may result in confiscation of the phone for an extended length of time and could even result in exclusion.
  • If parents feel there are circumstances that may mean that their child needs to bring a mobile phone to school, they MUST complete an application form available from the school reception office (or see link below) seeking approval to allow their child to bring a mobile phone to school. This will be considered by the Headteacher who will make a decision as to whether or not their child is permitted to do so. This decision has been delegated to the Headteacher by the Governors, who will handle any appeals against the Headteacher’s decision. The decision of the Governors in this matter shall be final and the school reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withdraw permission at any time.
  • If a pupil has the permission of the Governors to bring a mobile phone to school then they must leave it in the designated year box on arrival at school and retrieve it from that box at the end of the school day. Pupils bringing mobile phones to school do so at their own risk and the school will not take responsibility or accept any liability for their loss or damage- this includes theft or accidental damage. All phones MUST be visibly named either on the phone itself or on a cover which remains on the phone while it is on school premises. It is strongly advised that phone screens should be protected from scratching or cracking when stored in the boxes by having a cover or being placed in a bag/envelope or similar protective covering.

 

Application form to bring a mobile phone to school