Frequently asked questions(Please click on the question to show the answer)
1. What is Positive Discipline?
- Positive Discipline aims to encourage good behaviour and provide clear guidelines for unacceptable behaviour. Students receive stamps for positive behaviour and effort. For every three stamps they receive a credit. Credits accrue to certificates and rewards trips. Students are given a verbal warning if their behaviour is unacceptable. If they persist, this results in a negative comment being written in the Student Planner. Three negative comments result in a detention and students who receive three detentions in a half term serve a day in isolation.
2. What is the Student Planner for?
- The Student Planner is an important document for tracking the behaviour and attainment of students. Students should use the planner to record homework and their progress within the Positive Discipline system. They also complete three assessment points each year, identifying their current level of achievement and setting targets for further development. Parents and carers should sign the planner weekly and refer to the assessment pages each term.
3. How can I get in touch with my child's teachers or Head of Year?
- You can telephone the school directly on 0113 2630741 to speak to any of your child's teachers or their Head of Year. Alternatively use the email links on this website to contact members of staff directly.
4. Can I take my child out of school for a holiday during term time?
- Every school day counts. Following changes in the law, parents are not permitted to take their children out of school during term time for holidays. Please refer to the school calendar when booking holidays:
5. What should I do if my child is poorly?
- We would expect all students to attend school, even if they are feeling slightly unwell. If your child is too poorly to attend school you should contact us through our absence line on 0113 2630741 and select option 1. If you do not contact the school and your child is marked absent a Truancy Call will be made requesting a reason for absence.
6. What should I do if I think my child is being bullied?
- The Farnley Academy has very few incidences of bullying. However, if you suspect that your child is being bullied, please contact their Head of Year as soon as possible. We take bullying very seriously and any student found to be bullying another will be punished through the Positive Discipline system.
7. How can I help my child with their homework?
- Parents and carers play a key role in the learning process and your support with homework will have a significant impact on your child's learning and achievement. All parents and carers are encouraged to take part in Engage, a programme designed to support parents and carers in supporting their children's learning at home. However if you would like more help please do not hesitate to contact Mr. S. Wilson, Vice Principal. We will always do our best to support you in supporting your child.
8. How should I inform school of changes to my contact details?
- Please make sure that your contact details are kept up to date by completing the contact pages in your child's Planner every term. If you move house or change your telephone number you should inform us as soon as possible by telephoning the school or sending a letter addressed to your child's Head of Year.
9. Where can I buy my child's school uniform?
- You can buy your child's uniform directly from us. Our Uniform Shop is open from 8.30am until 4.00pm throughout term time. Please go to the school's main reception desk.
10. How can I check that my child is in school?
- You will be informed automatically if your child is not in school by Truancy Call. If you would like to check your child's attendance please call the school on 0113 2630741. All students are registered hourly and this information is fed into our electronic registration system.
11. What is Parent Call?
- We believe that effective communication with parents and carers is important so that you can support your child's learning at home. The Farnley Academy now operates Parent Call, a text alert system designed to keep you up to date with events in school on a regular basis. Please make sure that you inform the school if you change your mobile phone number so that you can continue to receive Parent Call text alerts.
12. What are Parents' Evenings for?
- Parents' evenings provide an important opportunity for parents and carers to meet with teachers to discuss their children's reports and find out what they can do to further support learning at home. Each family is encouraged to see a minimum of seven teachers and parents and carers are provided with Key Actions booklets so that they can record the advice given by each teacher. Attendance at parents' evenings should be seen as compulsory; if you are unable to attend you should contact the school to make alternative arrangements.
13. What is ParentPay?
- ParentPay allows you to pay online using your credit / debit card for items such as dinner money, school trips, etc., and is our preferred method of making payments to The Farnley Academy. It is easy to use and will offer you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, safe in the knowledge that the technology uses the highest internet security available and that funds reach school safely. You will require a secure online account, which you will access by using your unique username and password. If you require your log in details please contact Mrs Barrick in the Finance Office.
14. What is Friends of Farnley?
- Friends of Farnley is a Parent and Community group made of non-academy staff who meet half termly. Their aim is to provide support to the students and staff of The Farnley Academy through discussing important school issues, fundraising and helping out at extra-curricular page.
Click Here to visit our Friends of Farnley page for more information.