Parental FAQs

What is the School's remote learning provision?

Please find details in the document below

Remote-Education-Provision - January 2021

How do I inform the School if my child is going to be absent from School?

ATTENDANCE

Parents are under a duty to ensure that their children attend full-time education. At Rickmansworth we aim for students to achieve a 100% attendance rate.    In cases where there are health issues and/or attendance is lower than expected we will work with parents to maximise students school attendance.  We may routinely ask for medical evidence from a health professional in order to authorise absence from school where there are attendance concerns, and it will be parents’s responsibility to provide this and to meet any costs incurred.

Notification of absence/reason for lateness:

Students should be in school on time every day that the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.   Notification of absence/reason for lateness should be telephoned/emailed to the School by 9.30am on the first day of absence and all subsequent days. 

The school telephone number is:

01923 726923Messages can be left on the absence reporting option on this number. 

The email address to use is:

On return to school: Written confirmation, addressed to the Form Tutor, should accompany the child on return to School and handed to Student reception.

The parents of students marked absent in the morning who have not contacted the School will receive an email/text message asking them to explain the reason for their child’s absence.

Medical Appointments:

Parents are asked to avoid arranging medical appointments during school time unless it is an emergency.  Absence from school affects a child’s study and in most subjects it is not possible to provide an adequate substitute for missed lessons. Permission to leave the School during school hours will be subject to a written request to the Headteacher from parents, and students must sign out and in at the Student Reception. If a student is given permission to leave school for an appointment during the school day they must be collected by a parent/carer.  Students in year 10 and above only may leave school for appointments without being collected provided that parent/carer has given permission in writing or by telephone.

Illness during the school day:

If a student feels unwell during the day they should tell their teacher who will send them to the medical room with a note should they think it essential.   It is important that children attend their lesson in order to make their teacher aware of their whereabouts and to prevent them being marked as absent, they should not present at the Medical Room during movement.  The Welfare Assistant in Student Reception will deal with any illness or accident in school and, if necessary, contact parents.  Students should not phone home themselves.  For this reason, it is absolutely essential for the School to have up to date emergency contact telephone numbers.  If your child is too ill to remain at school you will be required to collect them. 

If a student is leaving school during the school day as a result of illness or injury, they must be collected by a parent or carer.   

Leave of Absence during term time:

Headteachers can only grant leave of absence during term time where there are exceptional circumstances.  A leave of absence is granted entirely at the Headteacher’s discretion.   Permission for absence other than that due to illness must be sought in writing, in advance, from the Headteacher.    It is for the Headteacher to determine what constitutes exceptional circumstances and to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.  All applications for leave of absence must be made in advance to the Headteacher and any leave of absence taken without permission in advance will be unauthorised.

Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN):

The vast majority of our students have excellent attendance, this is due to their and their parents’ commitment to their learning. However it is important that we keep you informed that, in cases where unauthorised absence meet Local Authority thresholds, Rickmansworth School may apply for a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to be issued. Should a student’s number of unauthorised absence sessions (a session is one half day, am or pm) reach 15 or more in the current and/or previous term Hertfordshire County Council may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.  Schools are only required to send one warning letter to let parents know that they are approaching 15 unauthorised sessions and that once 15 sessions of unauthorised absences are reached a Penalty Notice may be issued without further warning.    Parents are individually responsible for ensuring their child’s regular attendance at school and if a child lives with both parents separate Penalty Notices will be issued to each parent and each parent is liable to pay the penalty.  Penalty Notices are issued for each child to whom the absence relates.  The amount payable is £60 per parent if paid within 21 days or £120 per parent if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of Notice.   Hertfordshire County Council will issue all Penalty Notices which meet the HCC Code of Conduct regardless of the overall level of the pupil’s attendance and whether the unauthorised absence relates solely to an unauthorised holiday or other unauthorised absence.  

The issuing of FPNs will comply with the Code of Conduct and practise as determined by the Local Authority. We would recommend that all parents/carers familiarise themselves with the school Attendance Policy.

How do I update my child's details including my contact details?

If you would like to make changes to your’s or your child’s personal details this can be done via the SIMS Parent App.

 

If you require help with this please email datateam@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

How do I make payments for trips, food and other resources?


The School uses an online payment system called SIMS Pay. On here you can pay the following:

  • Residential & Day Trips. Once consent has been given please allow 24-48 hours for the system to update
  • School Lunches
  • Other resources such as revision books and calculators 

 

Please note that the School no longer accepts payments by cash or cheque, however students are able to use the cash loader machines to pay for school meals.

Click on the link below to access SIMS Pay.  If you have not yet set up your account please contact bursar@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk

SIMS Pay

What food is on offer during the school day?

Please click on the Culinera website for an up to date food menu and tariff

Culinera website

How will you keep me informed of my child's academic progress?

Your child's teachers will report on their academic progress, attitude to learning and home learning 3 times a year. One of these reports will include a written report from each class teacher and a form tutor summary. All reports are published on SIMS Parent App.

If you would like some support using the SIMS system please email datateam@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk or call School Reception and ask to be put through to the Data Team.

You will also be invited to attend one parent consultation each year, which will give you the chance to discuss your child’s progress in each subject with their teachers.  Attendance at parent consultations is essential and we would ask that at least one parent attends.

How can I monitor my child's Home Learning?

You can receive email updates of Google Classroom work using the Google Guardian feature.

The school will send invites out to parent email addresses that are on record.

If you have a Google account you can configure email updates to be daily, otherwise by default it is once per week.

If you have any queries, please contact:
Or ask the School Reception to put you through to the Data Team.

How can I help my child to complete their Home Learning?

Evidence shows that regular completion of high-quality home learning can add on average five months additional progress to your son/daughter’s learning. Completion of home learning Tasks can be useful for the following:

  • Consolidation of knowledge and opportunities to practise skills learnt in school
  • Preparing pupils for later school and university life when more revision is needed
  • Applying learning to new tasks
  • Bridging the divide between home and school
  • Encouraging independent learning
  • Exploiting resources not available in school

For some advice on how to effectively support your son/daughter with revision and home learning, please see the attached guidance.

How does the Home School Agreement help to ensure my child achieves their potential?

On joining Rickmansworth all students and parents sign the Home School Agreement to help ensure every child achieves their potential. It is essential that students demonstrate the highest values and that staff and parents work in partnership to help the students

  • to develop lively enquiring minds and the ability to question and argue rationally and think creatively
  • to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life
  • to achieve understanding and respect for the uniqueness and beliefs of the individual
  • to maximise opportunities for artistic, expressive, creative and technological experiences
  • to value participation, performance and the creativity of others
  • to acquire qualifications which maximise  opportunities in employment and higher education

To achieve these aims

The Staff will:

  1. work hard to help students achieve their potentials

  2. strive to improve continually the standard of their teaching

  3. be fully prepared for every lesson, having the necessary books, writing materials and equipment

  4. assess and mark students’ work regularly and set appropriate and relevant home learning regularly

  5. be punctual in attendance at school and to every lesson

  6. be courteous and show respect to students, visitors, and other staff

  7. offer guidance and care for their students

  8. present a professional appearance at all times

  9. inform parents of their children’s progress, and of School activities                                                                                                                       

The Parents will:

  1. work in partnership with the staff to ensure that their children achieve their potentials

  2. encourage their children to work hard and to strive to achieve their best in all their activities

  3. ensure that their children have the necessary books, writing materials, and equipment

  4. make sure their child is in full school uniform and is dressed according to the School’s requirements

  5. encourage their children to complete home learning to the best of their ability and hand it in promptly when required

  6. ensure their child’s attendance is above 96% and they are punctual

  7. permit no absence by their children except when it is absolutely unavoidable

  8. ensure that School activities for their children take priority during term time over activities out of School

  9. support their children and the staff in their efforts by attending parent consultation evenings and parent information evenings

  10. inform the School of any circumstances which may affect their children’s progress

  11. not talk negatively about the School via social media instead of contacting the appropriate member of staff to discuss any concerns

  12. recognise that staff will respond to queries as soon as possible but within 48 hours. 

  13. make the form tutor the first point of contact 

  14. fully support the school’s rewards and consequence policy, including attendance at detentions 


 

The Student will:

  1. be committed to working hard and taking responsibility for his/her own learning and behaviour

  2. strive to achieve his/her personal best in all he/she does

  3. be fully prepared for every lesson, having the necessary books, writing materials, and equipment

  4. be punctual in attendance at school, to every lesson, and in the completion and handing in of their work

  5. be caring towards others and never bully or intimidate

  6. ensure that his/her actions never disrupt the course of a lesson

  7. be courteous and show respect to staff, visitors, and other pupils

  8. conform to the School’s requirements for dress and appearance

  9. treat school equipment, furniture, buildings, and grounds with care and respect

  10. strive to uphold the good name of the School by his/her conduct out of School

  11. Demonstrate the Ricky Way and the Ricky R’s

 

What uniform does my child need and how can I make a purchase?

Parents can purchase an item of uniform from the PTA Uniform Shop which is hosted on the school site. The PTA uniform shop is run by parent volunteers, in doing so raising significant funds for the school whilst selling high-quality items at very competitive prices.

The PTA School Uniform Shop will be open on Wednesday 2 September from 7.00-8.00pm (further dates to be confirmed).


In response to feedback from recent shops and in order to reduce waiting times, please print this order form, complete it as much as possible, and bring it (and a pen) along with you.  The shop will be in the main hall. The entrance to the shop is currently via the external fire exit doors, which can be accessed from the courtyard to the side of the hall, as has been the arrangement since COVID-19 impacted school.

Please note the following safety measures we have put in place with regards to COVID-19:

  • Staff will serve customers from behind tables at the open doors
  • Customers are asked to wear face coverings
  • Queues may arise outside. Please consider the weather before setting out
  • Please check sizes required/measure your child before attending, as we would like to avoid uniform being tried on
  • Please adhere to the School’s social distancing measures, including maintaining a distance of 2 metres at all times
  • Please follow the one way system which is signposted on entry and use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Card payments are preferred (all cards accepted)
  • Please note that any returns that are made will be quarantined for the appropriate time before they are re-sold. This also applies to any clothing tried on but not purchased

Due to safety measures the Tuesday lunchtime Uniform Shop for students is not currently operational, as soon as this changes we will update you.

 

Use the following link to order name labels. In doing so the school gains a 30% commission.

  https://www.stikins.co.uk

Uniform Price List (March 2021)

Uniform and Sports Equipment Years 7-11  (2020-21)

What are the school's uniform rules and expectations for Year 7-11 students?

Students are expected to wear full school uniform at all times unless instructed otherwise. Furthermore, students are required to adhere to the following.

Jewellery

One small stud earring in each earlobe only.  Cartilage piercings are not permitted. Clear plastic studs are not permitted under any circumstance.

  • No facial piercings.
  • One discreet bracelet (includes charity band).
  • One discreet necklace worn underneath school shirt or blouse.
  • No rings.

Blazers

  • Worn at all times unless students are given permission to remove them.
  • Sleeves are not to be rolled up.
  • Only school pin badges permitted.

Hair

  • Natural colours only.
  • Conventional styles only (No part shorter than grade 2).
  • Year 7-11 are clean-shaven. Any student may approach the Director of Learning to grant permission if there are religious reasons to grow a beard. Students in the Sixth Form may have a trimmed beard.

Other

  • Black, flat formal / school shoes (not sport shoes, canvas shoes, boots or trainers)
  • Hoodies (jackets made of jersey material with hoods) are not permitted either under or over blazers and jackets.
  • Ties must be worn with the knot over the top button.  The crest must be showing below the knot and the tie should reach the trousers/kilt. Students must not pull the threads of ties. 
  • Any student choosing to wear a shirt that can button to the top must wear a tie.
  • Kilts should not be rolled up and the waistband should be at the waist.
  • Trousers should be tailored and not of a ‘skinny’ style or chinos. They should not have rivets.
  • White, not coloured T-shirts, may be worn under school shirts or blouses.
  • Outdoor coats must be dark coloured and not patterned.
  • Shirts must be tucked in with the top button fastened.
  • Blouses do not need to be tucked in if they are fitted.
  • Socks must be black.
  • Tights must be non-patterned, black or ‘flesh-coloured’ without socks.
  • No coloured nail varnish or false nails.
  • Natural, discreet make-up is allowed. For example, foundation and concealer. are allowed but eye shadow, eyeliner and lipstick are not.
  • No fake eyelashes

What equipment does my child need to bring to school each day?

In order for your child to engage fully in every lesson it is essential they arrive to each lesson fully prepared.  Form Tutors will complete regular equipment checks to ensure students are organised. 

Essential Equipment

  • Personal Computer (BYOD - Year 8, 9 and 12 Only)

  • Pencil Case 

  • 2 x Black or Blue Pens

  • Green Pen

  • Purple Pen

  • Pencil 

  • Ruler

  • Eraser

  • Sharpener

  • Scientific Calculator

  • Highlighters (KS4-KS5 only)

All essential equipment can be purchased from the school library. 

 

Desirable Equipment 

  • Glue Stick

  • Colouring Pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Safety/Round Ended Scissors 

 

Maths Equipment (Dependant on current topic)

  • Compasses

  • Protractor

 All maths equipment can be purchased from the maths department. 

 

Can my child use their phone in school?

Students are not permitted to use their phone anywhere on the school site from 8am-3.30pm, unless they are Sixth Formers who can use their phones in the sixth form block.  Students who breach this rule will have their phone confiscated until the end of the school day and issued with a C3. Parents of repeat offenders will be required to collect their child's mobile phone in person.  These rules also apply to school trips during organised events.

 

Should students need to contact their parents or carers they should report to the school office.  We ask parents to avoid texting and calling their children during the school day, instead contacting the school office if required.

How does my child find an item of Lost Property?

If students are not able to find an item of lost property by retracing their steps they should report the item lost to student services.  Students should also check the Lost Property stall which is displayed in the Sports Hall Foyer every Tuesday lunchtime.  Items of lost property will also be displayed on the student information screens.  We strongly recommend that all items of clothing and equipment are labelled.

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

Occasionally the additional learning needs of a student may arise during their adolescent years. The school does not diagnose specific special educational needs and parents will be notified before referrals are made to other professionals. It is important that parents notify us of any diagnosis obtained privately or of any additional changes to their child’s learning needs.

What is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Scheme?

From October 2020 students in Years 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 will be required to bring a device to school everyday to support their learning. Year 7 will join the scheme in January 2021.  Students are able to  purchase a Chromebook through the schools Edde scheme or source their own Chromebook. Sixth Form students may also purchase a Chromebook or can source a device of their choosing.

Further information on the BYOD scheme can be found on the BYOD page of the website. 

Can my child take part in private music lessons?

All students in the school have the opportunity to receive one to one (or group) instrumental lessons with our team of Peripatetic Staff. These lessons take place across a school day meaning students will miss part of their curriculum lessons to attend their instrumental lessons. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and operate on a weekly rotated time table as to avoid students missing the same lessons each week. A notice board of timetables and rooms used is displayed in the foyer of the Music block for students to check where and when their lessons are. In the instance of a Key Stage 4 or 5 student taking lessons, lunchtimes and/or free study periods can be used. We currently offer lessons in:

  • Woodwind (Flute and Clarinet)
  • Saxophone
  • Strings (Violin and Viola)
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Guitar/Bass Guitar
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Brass

Please see attached the Music Instrumental Application Form for further details including cost and terms & conditions. Pupil Premium funding will cover the cost of ONE lesson per term and the hire of an instrument where applicable.

Music-Instrumental-Application-Form

How does the school prevent incidents of bullying?

Bullying is not tolerated at Rickmansworth School and any alleged incidents are dealt with quickly and with significant importance.  If a student believes they are being bullied should speak to any member of staff who will follow the schools Anti-Bullying policy. Alternatively students can report anonymously via the email address stopbullying@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk  or under the student quicklinks report bullying button. We have also placed a link under the parents quicklinks.

We actively encourage students to be part of a positive school community through the Ricky R’s and we celebrate generosity and kindness through our Random Acts of Kindness weeks. 

How do I contact a member of staff?

 

Please see the the communication guidance link:

Contacts and Guidance

How does the school reward good behaviour and student achievements?

How does the School encourage and reward positive behaviour?

Wherever possible and appropriate, staff seek to reward students through our Rewards system which range from R1 (merit) to R8 (annual subject award). Reward points are collected to allow students to achieve a range of certificates, they also contribute points towards the House competition. 

Conversely, we also have a range of consequences issued to students should they fail to meet our expected standards, although the majority of students are unlikely to receive consequences.


All behaviour entries are entered on to Progresso daily and generate a parent alert. This includes notifications of detention, which is then served by the student the following day after school. 

For further information, please consult our Behaviour for Learning Policy

How can my child travel to school ?

Walking

Wherever possible students are encouraged to walk to School, not only does this reduce traffic congestion it also provides the opportunity for some light exercise.  Due to the high levels of fast moving traffic students are asked to only cross Watford Road and Scots Hill using a pedestrian crossing or traffic island.  Under no circumstance should students be crossing the Watford Road between All Saints Church and Yorke Road.

The School would be grateful if parents discuss their child’s walking route with them and consider safe crossing points.  We would also ask parents to encourage their child to not listen to music whilst walking to School in order to prevent the possibility of an incident highlighted in the video below which was produced by a group of our Film students. 

Cycling

Students who cycle to School are able to store their bike in a secure shed that is locked during the school day.  Due to the high levels of fast moving traffic students are asked to cycle with care and follow the Highway Code. All students who cycle to school are required to obtain a Rickmansworth Cycle pass from Student Reception and adhere to the rules.

 

• Check my bike on a weekly basis adhere to 

• Wear a helmet 

• Have working lights when cycling in the dark or dusk 

• Never cycle in groups larger than 3, and cycle in single file when doing so 

• Never cycle on pavements 

• Never perform tricks on public roads and pavements 

• Bring a padlock to School and secure my bike 

• Never ride my bike on the School grounds at any time 

• Carry my Cycle Pass at all times 

• Report any dangerous cycling behaviour 

 

The School would be grateful if parents discuss their child’s route and the importance of safe cycling with them.  Further advice is available from the Sustrans website.

 

Parent Drop Off

In order to reduce traffic in the immediate vicinity of the School, parents are asked to drop their children off in a safe location away from the School gates and continue their journey by foot.  ‘Park and Stride’ reduces traffic, lowers the risk of accidents and provides the opportunity for some light exercise.  Parents travelling from Rickmansworth are asked to drop off at the Scotsbridge Public Car Park, whilst parents travelling along The Green or Watford Road are asked to park in an appropriate side road, whilst considering our neighbours.   

We would kindly ask that parents do not park outside the School on Watford Road or by All Saints Church to drop their child off as this causes a very high risk to students.

 

Public Transport and School Coaches

The School is within walking distance of Rickmansworth and Croxley Green train stations and is also accessible via Arriva bus service routes:

http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/

Other operators also facilitate an independent timetabled service for the following routes:

Route Number

Route

Operator

DAV1

Abbots Langley, Gammons Lane, St Albans Road, Watford Town Hall, Croxley, Rickmansworth

Davies Coaches

DAV2

South Oxhey, Carpenders Park, Eastbury Road, Bushey, West Watford Hagden Lane

Davies Coaches

849

Courtsland Drive/The Ridgeway, Nascot Wood Road, Hempstead Road/Langley Road, Croxley Watford Road / Croxley Station, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth School

Lanes Coaches

 

Hertfordshire Savercard

To ensure students receive half price bus travel on Hertfordshire buses for 11-19 year olds, you will need to apply for a Hertfordshire Savercard.  Please follow the link below to apply:

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Schools-and-education/Travel-to-school/Savercard/savercard.aspx

Arriva Child and Student Saver Direct Debit Scheme

Arriva offer a Child and Student Saver direct debit scheme for both Child Scholars (Under 16 or to the end of year 11) and Students ( 6th form upwards). For those who are currently purchasing daily, weekly and 4 weekly tickets, the direct debit scheme not only offers a cost saving, but also the flexibility to stop and start payments when you wish. The additional benefits of these tickets are that the Students can use them in the evenings, weekends and during term holidays.

Further information can be found by following this link 

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/ss-hertsessex

Lanes Coaches

Please follow the link below to view the timetable.  To obtain tickets / check availability, please contact Lanes Coaches direct on 01582 604331  

Lanes Coach Website

 

Davies Coaches 

Please click here to view further details about timetables and to purchase tickets. The contact telephone number for Davies Coaches is 01923 527000.

Davies Coaches Website