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Policies

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Admissions Policy
  • Admissions Policy (Entry 2021; 2022 & 2023)
  • Code of Behaviour & Discipline
  • Drugs Policy
  • Policy on Bullying
  • Health and Safety
  • IT – Acceptable Usage Policy
  • Mobile Phone Policy
  • Participation in Physical Education Policy

Child Protection Policy

Please click on this link:

child-protection-policy-of-loreto-secondary-school-2016-17

 

IT and Internet Acceptable Usage Policy

For full details please click: IT AUP Policy Loreto Bray Jan 2013 final

Please note that the final page of this policy reproduces the ‘Ethical Use of I.T. Contract’ which every student is expected to have signed, then countersigned by a parent / guardian and returned to the school office / Form Teacher.

Mobile Phone Policy

For full details please click: Mobile Phone Policy 2013 final

Participation In Physical Education Policy

For full details please click: Participation in PE Policy March 2014

Please note it is possible to download from this document a template letter that a doctor or other medical expert can use to certify inability by a student to participate in the physical elements of a PE class. This certification is necessary if the condition is likely to affect multiple PE classes.

Admissions Policy

The Board of Management of Loreto Secondary School for girls, Bray, Co. Wicklow, sets out its enrolment policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 for the information and assistance of parents in relation to enrolment matters. The Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.

What follows is a summary of the Loreto Secondary School, Bray Admissions Policy (until 2020). A full copy of the Loreto Bray Admissions Policy is available from the school office (01- 286 7481)

Loreto Secondary School Bray is an all-girls Catholic second level school in the Loreto tradition. Mary Ward’s core values of justice, freedom, sincerity, truth and joy are at the foundation of our school. Education in a Loreto school:

  • Strives for the all round development of the student
  • Promotes Catholic values, attitudes and principles.
  • Affirms the personal worth and dignity of each student.
  • Fosters awareness of the responsibility to work for peace, justice and unity in society.
  • Endeavours to encourage excellence in all areas of the student’s life in an atmosphere of interest, concern and friendship for each person.

Management of the school is under the Board of Management, which is comprised of the following:

 

 Loreto Trust Board:  4 nominees
  Parents:  2 elected nominees
 Teachers:  2 elected nominees

The Loreto Trust Board from among the eight nominees appoints the Chairperson of the Board. The Principal is the Secretary of the Board of Management.

The Board of Management delegates to the Principal Ms. Emma Raughter and the Deputy Principal Ms. Margaret Wainwright the day-to-day administration of the school.

Within the parameters of DES regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act 1998, the religious and educational philosophy of the Loreto Sisters and the funding, resources and places available, the BOM supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Equality of access to and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment in the school
  • Respect for the diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in Irish society.

Insofar as it is practicable within the Admissions Policy and the places available in a particular year (Loreto Secondary School Bray admits one hundred and fifty (150) students to first year each year in five class groups of thirty students per group.), pupils transferring from Primary schools will be enrolled on allocation of places. In the event that the number of applications for enrolment exceeds, or is expected to exceed, the number of places available in the relevant year, the Board of Management will apply the following criteria in the allocation of places.

  1. Sisters of present students (It should be noted that at the time of allocation of places the applicant must have a sister in the school) – Category A
  2. Pupils from St. Patrick’s, Loreto Primary School Bray Co Wicklow – Category B
  3. All others in order of time of application – Category C

In addition to the above, the Board of Management reserves the right to allocate a small number of discretionary places, to allow for special family circumstances that might arise from time to time.

Procedures for the allocation of places and acceptance of places are detailed in the school’s Admissions Policy.

The Board of Management is conscious of its obligations under the Equal Status Act 2000. Applications from students with special educational needs are welcome, provided the school can meet those needs adequately, subject to the limitations imposed by DES funding and resources. Applications from students with special educational needs must be accompanied by an appropriate psychological assessment.

The final decision with regard to the enrolment of students in Loreto Secondary School Bray and with regard to all matters covered by this Admissions Policy lies with the Board of Management. The Board of Management will review this Admissions Policy from time to time.

In accordance with sections 28 and 29 of the Education Act 1998, parents of applicants who are not enrolled in the school may appeal the decision to the Board of Management in the first instance and subsequently, if necessary, to the Department of Education and Science.

Admissions Policy (2021; 2022 & 2023)

To download a copy  of the new Admissions Policy (2021; 2022 & 2023) please click: Admission Policy Bray Ratified 6 April 2016

The Admissions Policy for 2021, 2022 & 2023 was ratified by the the Board of Management on 6th April 2016. The enrolment policy is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.

For queries , please email info@loretobray.com with “Admissions” marked in the Subject box.

Code of Behaviour & Discipline

Introduction:

Education in a Loreto School strives for the all round development of the student, promotes Christian values, attitudes and principles, affirms the personal worth and dignity of each student and fosters awareness of the responsibility to work for peace, justice and unity in society. The school endeavours to encourage excellence in all areas of the student’s life, in an atmosphere of interest, concern and friendship for each person.

Our Code of Behaviour and Discipline is based on respect for self and respect for others. It seeks to promote individual self-discipline and the common good. It further seeks to challenge our students to act responsibly and to take responsibility for their actions.

What follows is a summary of some key points from the Loreto Secondary School, Bray Code of Behaviour and Discipline.. A full copy of the Policy is available from the school office (01 – 286 7481)

Rationale of the Code:

At Loreto Secondary School we aim to maintain a safe and orderly environment where teachers and students can learn and work together in an atmosphere of co-operation and mutual respect.
More specifically our aims are:

  1. To promote justice and fairness for all;
  2. To protect each student’s right to benefit fully from Loreto Secondary School;
  3. To enable all students to work to the best of their ability thereby achieving their full potential;
  4. To help students acquire a high standard of social behaviour;
  5. To encourage students to develop self-discipline;
  6. To develop in our students a sense of pride in themselves and in their school.

Code of Behaviour and Discipline  – Role of Parents/Guardians

Supportive parents and a favourable home environment play a crucial role in shaping the attitudes that produce good behaviour in school.

In particular, parents should:

(i)     Co-operate with the school by encouraging their daughter to abide by the school rules;

(ii)     Actively support the school staff in the application of the Code of Behaviour and Discipline;

(iii)     Keep themselves informed of their daughter’s behaviour, progress, attendance and punctuality by regularly checking their daughter’s Journal;

(iv)     Contact the school if they are concerned about any aspect of their daughter’s behaviour and/or progress.

In the spirit of good communication the school will endeavour to keep parents / guardians informed of their daughter’s progress and to alert them at an early stage if difficulties arise.

Parents should note that they have the right to appeal any decision to the Principal or to the Board of Management as appropriate.

Code of Behaviour and Discipline

The School Authorities expect full co-operation on these points in order to provide a setting conducive to good teaching and good learning in a disciplined environment.

  1. To enable each student to work to the best of her ability and achieve her academic potential the school authorities insist that each student:-    Show respect for the person, property and professional status of her teachers;
    • Show respect for the person and property of her fellow students;
    • Show respect for the right of her fellow students to work and make progress in the classroom;
    • Attend class regularly and punctually;
    • Have the required books, equipment, etc. necessary for each class;
    • Record and complete homework to the satisfaction of her teachers.
  2. Good study habits and skills need to be developed from First Year3    Activities should not be allowed to adversely affect a student’s homework or her ability to concentrate during the school day. In view of the time commitments required for homework, the school strongly recommends that students do not hold part-time jobs during term time.
  3. Students should record all assigned homework in their journal; complete the homework on time, present the homework for correction on time and make a reasonable effort to catch up on homework missed due to an absence from school.
  4. The highest standard of courtesy and good manners is expected when dealing with all those involved in school life, teachers, all other school staff, fellow pupils and visitors. Answering back rudely, verbal insults, defiance, any form of disrespect to adult or student will not be tolerated.
  5. Students’ behaviour must at all times be in accordance with the School’s Safety Statement.
  6. Full School uniform is obligatory and must be worn to and from school, during school hours and at school functions as directed by the school authorities. Nose-studs, lip rings and eyebrow rings etc. are forbidden and earrings should be discreet.  Jewellery should be simple and in keeping with uniform. Included when considering uniform and appearance are items such as blazers, overcoats, footwear, hairstyles, make-up and jewellery. In all cases the school authorities are the judges of acceptable standards of appearance. On non-uniform occasions dress should be appropriate to the event.
  7. While wearing school uniform students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the standards set by the school. Smoking, using alcohol or other illegal substances or chewing gum is not permitted in school uniform.
  8. Students must be punctual and regular in attendance.  Lateness will be recorded. Absences must be explained satisfactorily by a parent/guardian in the student’s journal.
  9. Students may not leave the school premises during school time without having their journal stamped. This absence must be acknowledged in the journal by a parent/guardian.  Students may however go to a designated home at lunchtime provided they have been granted a lunch pass in their Journal to do so.
  10. Students must not enter areas deemed “Out of Bounds” by the school authorities.
  11. Students are forbidden to take into school or to use any of the following:
    • Chewing gum
    • Cigarettes
    • Alcoholic Drink
    • Other dangerous or illegal substances.
    • In the case of Alcoholic Drink and other dangerous or illegal substances, the Principal may suspend the students involved. The matter will be referred to the Board of Management where the question of expulsion will be considered. (See Policy on Drugs, Solvents, Alcohol and Tobacco & Procedures for Suspension/Expulsion).
  12. Bullying, verbal, physical or otherwise, and/or any other violence is forbidden and is a serious breach of discipline.
  13. Truancy is forbidden and is a serious breach of discipline.
  14. Camera Phones are not allowed on the premises. If any student is found to have a camera phone on the school premises, then the phone will be confiscated and kept in the office until a parent or guardian can come and collect it. The student will be given two hours detention for bringing a camera phone to school. In addition, no one is allowed to take a photograph of another person in school or at any school event without the express permission of that person.
  15. Cameras/Digital Cameras are not allowed on the premises without permission from the Principal or Deputy Principal. If any student is found to have a camera/digital camera on the school premises, then the camera will be confiscated and kept in the office until a parent or guardian can come and collect it. The student will be given two hours detention for bringing a camera to school. In addition, no one is allowed to take a photograph of another person in school or at any school event without the express permission of that person.
  16. If a student has a non-camera mobile phone, MP3 Player or other electronic device  in class, between classes, during “little break” or study it will be confiscated until the end of the day and the student will have a two-hour detention. Use of non-camera mobile phones is permitted only before and after school and during “big break” i.e. lunch break.
  17. Students must participate in all activities (e.g. Pastoral Care Programmes, School Liturgies, Lectures, Concerts, Prize-giving etc.) as instructed by the school authorities.
  18. Students have a responsibility towards the cleanliness and tidiness of their classrooms and the school environment.  Litter must not be scattered and the school furniture must not be defaced or wilfully damaged.
  19. Books and clothing should be clearly marked with the student’s name. It is inadvisable for students to bring items of value to school. School management accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to a student’s property.  School insurance does not cover loss or damage to Mobile Phones, MP3 Players or any other property of the student.
  20. This list of rules of behaviour is not exhaustive. This policy must be read in conjunction with other school policies. The school authorities reserve the right to alter/expand this list in the best interests of the school. In all cases the school authorities are the judges of acceptable standards of behaviour.

Changes to the Code of Behaviour and Discipline may occur. Such changes will be communicated to students. Students are bound by any changes in the school rules.

Every student without exception is expected to observe these rules of behaviour.

Details of the steps involved in the school’s discipline procedures and of possible sanctions imposed for breaches – including suspension from school and expulsion – are contained in the school’s Code of Behaviour and Discipline.

A full copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour and Discipline is available for the school office (01- 286 7481)

 School Policy on Drugs

For school policy on Drugs, please click on the following link: Policy on Drugs -approved by BOM May 2014

School Policy on Bullying

For full details please click: anti-bullying-policy-final-sept-2016

Definition:     Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others.

The school strives to generate an ethos that focuses on mutual respect and the promotion of justice and fairness for all. These values are integrated into the school curriculum and are promoted through special exercises undertaken by year or class groups.

The school’s handling of bullying aims to be sensitive and supportive. Counselling will be made available to any student who wishes to avail of it.

Procedures:

1.    Students are encouraged to develop a strong anti-bullying stance and to report cases of suspected bullying to any one of the following:

  • Senior Prefect assigned to class;
  • Pastoral Care Team;
  • Form Teacher, Year Head;
  • Other Staff Member- including Deputy-Principal and Principal.

2.    Parents, concerned that their daughter might be a victim of bullying are encouraged to contact school authorities who will endeavour to sensitively address parental concerns.

3.    All staff members are encouraged to be vigilant in ensuring that students can learn and develop in a happy, secure school environment.

4.    Ultimately all cases of bullying should be reported to the Principal.

5.    The sanction for those involved in bullying may be suspension or the question of a student continuing in the school might be referred to the Board of Management.

 Health and Safety Statement

It is the policy of Loreto Secondary School, Bray, to ensure that each employee, pupil, subcontractor and person visiting these premises is guaranteed to find an environment that is healthy and safe.

 

Management and supervisory employees have responsibility for implementing this policy throughout these premises and will ensure that health and safety are always given priority in planning.

All employees, pupils, subcontractors, and visitors are expected to co-operate with the school in carrying out this policy and must ensure that they behave and work without risk to themselves or others.

In conjunction with School Policy, all work is to be carried out in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Executive responsibility for the implementation of safety in Loreto Secondary School, Bray is with the Principal, Ms Emma Raughter. All questions regarding the implementation of the policy should be addressed to her. In her absence Health and Safety issues should be addressed to the Deputy Principal, Ms Margaret Wainwright.

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Ms Emma Raughter,
School Principal

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Mr. Michael Denny,
Chairperson, Board of Management