|Information for Parents and Carers|
In Partnership with Parents and Carers
If our students are to achieve their best they must have high standards of attendance and punctuality. We expect all students to attend the academy regularly and encourage parents/carers to avoid making medical appointments during school hours. We also request that holidays are not taken during term time, there are no periods of the year when students will not be affected by an absence and important work will be missed.
We have a clear Code of Conduct which sets out our high expectations of students regarding standards of behaviour. We aim to ensure that students in school feel safe and secure and they can work in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect. This helps to create the right climate for learning and we will not tolerate behaviour that disrupts the learning and teaching of other students.
We believe it is important to work closely with parents/carers and are keen to keep you informed not only when problems arise but also when students behaviour warrants praise.
At Aston we have high expectations of our students regarding uniform. All of our students in Years 7 to 11 wear full uniform. This reflects an important sense of belonging to our academy community. Our aim is to encourage the highest standards in all that we do as an academy and part of this is that our uniform reflects these standards. Our Sixth Form students are not required to wear a uniform.
The academy uniform is as follows:- Black blazer with school badge. Blazer must be single breasted with a front pocket for the badge on the left side. The blazer must be in plain black.
- White shirt with collar, short or long sleeved, tucked into trousers/skirt.
- School tie.
- Plain black 'V' neck jumper may be worn under the blazer in cold weather.
- Plain black knee length skirt or plain black trousers (no jeans, cords, combat trousers, tracksuit bottoms, flares, decorated trousers, ski pants or tight leggings/trousers).
No jewellery is to be worn with the exception of one pair of plain studs for students with pierced ears.
The School Day
Period 1 08:40 - 09:40
A range of snacks are available during morning break and we have two cafeterias providing a wide choice of meals at lunchtimes. Students leaving the school site at lunchtime must be going home for lunch, otherwise it is expected students will remain on site throughout lunchtime.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals are a statutory benefit. The Government does not allow us to recognise any qualifying income other than those mentioned below. A parent is entitled to Free School Meals for their children if they receive:
- Income Support, or
There is no entitlement to Free School Meals if the parent, receives any Working Tax Credit on a regular basis.
However, from the 1st May 2009 if a parent loses their job or sees their working hours reduce to less than 16 hours, and because of this are still entitled to Working Tax Credit for a four week period (also known as Working Tax Credit Run On), their children are entitled to Free School Meals.
Please note that in cases where children receive 'education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age', there will be a conditional requirement that they receive education both before and after the lunch period, before being eligible to receive Free School Meals.
To apply for free school meals please visit the following link:
Please note: a limited number of CCTV cameras are in operation around school to support our safeguarding policy.
Leave of Absence in Term TimeThe government‘s guidance states that under exceptional circumstances the principal may consider giving permission for a child to be absent from school for a maximum of 10 days in any one school year In line with Government guidelines. Please fill out the form below to request a leave of absence in term time.