Mobile Phone Use Policy

Kingsdale Foundation School understands that many parents wish their child to have a mobile phone in their possession as they make their way to and from school each day.  This is a reflection of parental concerns where students travel to school or their own, or where they are young carers who may need to be contactable. We also understand that many parents rely on the functionality of ‘smart phones’ such as tracking software or communication apps to keep in touch with their child at these times of the day.

As such, students at Kingsdale are permitted to bring a mobile phone to school with them each day subject to the following stipulations:

  •    The value of the mobile phone must not be more than £100.

  •    The phone must be registered with the school and logged on the database of authorised phone devices.  Registration is completed  by sending the following information to the email address phones@kingsdale.southwark.sch.uk stating clearly the name of the student, the tutor group of the student, the make and model of the mobile phone , the approximate value of the device and the IMEI number. Phones which are not registered on this database will considered to be unauthorised devices. A template is located in Appendix 1 which may be used to provide this information.

  •    A deposit of £25 (payable on ParentPay) must be paid for each registered device.  This sum is cover potential administrative costs in the event of loss, damage or theft of registered mobile devices. Please see Section 6 of this policy below.

  •    On entry to the school site, students must switch off the mobile phone and ensure that it is kept out of sight for the duration of the school day.  This would include, during movement time, at lunchtimes or before/after school in the school Atrium.

  •    Students must also ensure that any attachments related to the mobile device, e.g. headphones etc., are also removed on entry to the school and are kept out of site for the duration of the school day.  This would include, during movement time, at lunchtimes or before/after school in the school Atrium.

  •    The mobile phone may be stored in the student’s bag or in the student’s allocated school locker.

  •    Students are not permitted to use mobile phones to listen to music while working or to use their mobile device in any other capacity whilst on the school site.  This includes as a clock, calculator etc.

  •    The mobile device may only be switched back on at the end of the school day once the student has left the school site.  Mobile devices and associated attachments, e.g. headphones, should not be visible in the school Atrium, walkways etc. once the end of school pips have sounded. 

Students in the Sixth Form (Upper & Lower Sixth)

As the oldest students in the school community, it is understood that Sixth Form students may use their mobile devices to a greater degree to assist their learning and for self-organisation. 

As such, Sixth Form students at Kingsdale are permitted to bring a mobile phone to school with them each day subject to the following stipulations:

  •    The value of the mobile phone must not be more than £100.

  •    The phone must be registered with the school and logged on the database of authorised phone devices.  Registration is completed  by sending the following information to the email address phones@kingsdale.southwark.sch.uk stating clearly the name of the student, the tutor group of the student, the make and model of the mobile phone , the approximate value of the device and the IMEI number. Phones which are not registered on this database will considered to be unauthorised devices. A template is located in Appendix 1 which may be used to provide this information.

  •    A deposit of £25 (payable on ParentPay) must be paid for each registered device.  This sum is cover potential administrative costs in the event of loss, damage or theft of registered mobile devices. Please see Section 6 of this policy below.

  •    On entry to the school site, Sixth Form students must ensure that any mobile phone and associated attachments, e.g. headphones, are not visible and that such devices are kept out of sight in and around the main school site for the duration of the school day.  This would include, during movement time, at lunchtimes or before/after school in the school Atrium.

  •    Sixth Form students may utilise their mobile device in Sixth Form classrooms and the Sixth Form Centre.  It is expected that this would primarily be for the purposes to support their education, e.g. use of ShowMyHomework etc. Sixth Form students are not permitted to use or display any mobile phone or device in the Upper School Library as this area is also used by students from the main school. 

It is noted that as a prohibited item, the school has the power and authority to identify and confiscate unauthorised mobile devices or devices which are used in breach of this policy and to retain such devices until arrangements are made as outlined below for the return of such devices.

A breach of the school’s Mobile Phone Policy may be identified as follows:

   Where a student has a clearly visible mobile phone in a situation where it is not permitted and/or

   Where a student has a clearly visible mobile phone attachment, e.g. headphones, in a situation where it is not permitted

   Where a student is openly using a mobile phone on the school site

   Where a student is in possession of a device on the school site that exceeds the minimum value and/or is not registered on the school’s database of authorised devices 

Please refer to the operational draft of our Mobile Phone Use Policy which can be accessed via the link below, along with the Mobile Phone Registration Form.

 
 
 

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