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From time to time, you may need to request that your child has time off college. An ‘authorised’ absence is one where we as a college support and agree with the reasons for why your child needs to miss college. The broad guidance we use is that the reason for the absence is so unique, or has such social or spiritual value, that it outweighs the loss of teaching time. ‘Unauthorised’ absences would cover taking holidays during term time, family days out or going shopping. In serious or repeated cases of ‘unauthorised absence’, we may consider the use of a Fixed Penalty Notice (click for more details), but we will talk to you about this first to see if there’s anything we can do to improve matters. Our message is simple – assuming they are well, we would love to see your child in college for every one of the 190 days we are open each year.
Adverse Weather Procedure
In the event of disruption caused by adverse weather conditions (ie heavy snow), the prime concern of WSAPC will always be the safety of the pupils and staff. The decision whether or not to send a pupil to one of our Centres if it remains open to learners during poor weather conditions must be at the discretion of the parents/carers, taking into account factors such as local road conditions and the availability of childcare.
The WSAPC aims to remain open in the event of adverse weather conditions. We feel this is important for those parents who are relying on us to provide for their children in term time. In the event of extreme conditions, we cannot guarantee a normal school day.
However, there are certain factors which may lead to a WSAPC Centre closing, such as whether:
If the Centre your child attends is to be open, we will post this on the website as soon as possible and normally by 7.00am on the day as well as notifying you of this by SIMS InTouch.
If, for the reasons outlined above, the safest or most expedient judgment is to close the Centre your child attends, a ‘Closure Day’ will be declared and we will post this on the website as soon as possible and normally by 7.00am on the day as well as notifying you of this by SIMS InTouch.
Closure notices will also be made available on the West Sussex County Council website:
When checking websites regularly, please remember to refresh for updates.
The series of frequently asked questions below should answer any queries.
Will parents/carers be contacted in the event of adverse weather conditions?
Our website www.apcollege.co.uk should be consulted regularly. Remember to refresh for updates. We will also endeavour to contact parents/carers via SIMS InTouch to ensure a clear message is sent.
Do I need to contact the Centre my child attends?
If the WSAPC Centre is classed as ‘open’ but parents/carers decide not to send their child, please contact the relevant unit to inform them of absence (see contact details on our website).
To travel to school or not?
Parents/carers have to decide whether it is safe and desirable for them to make the journey into the WSAPC.
Will you close all WSAPC Centres?
We will always endeavour to keep all our Centres open but their geographical location may affect the ability to continue teaching in a Centre as weather conditions affect Centres differently. For example, if weather conditions are poor in Crawley and a decision is made to close the Crawley Centre, this does not necessarily mean any other Centre will close. We will ensure information on our website and messages to parents/carers clearly state which Centres are closing and which remain open to students.
What will happen if weather conditions worsen during the school day?
If weather conditions deteriorate during the school day we may take the decision to close the college earlier than usual. This would be communicated to you via the website, SIMS InTouch and telephone call. If pupils travel to their Centre by taxi, changes to taxi timetables will be made by the WSAPC.
If adverse weather conditions are forecast please ensure that you are checking the website and InTouch messages regularly and that you have made available to the WSAPC an emergency contact number so we can advise you of any early closures.
If, in the event of an early closure, parents/carers wish to collect pupils from one of our Centres they are welcome to do so, but please ensure you inform a member of staff before leaving to ensure effective recording. Staff will supervise pupils until parents/carers or taxis are able to get to the college, but please remember that members of staff will be also be anxious to get home if the weather and road conditions are poor.
Although we are a large campus in a large geographical county, we aim to provide consistent education and support in all of our centres. Every child is therefore taught the core subjects in English, maths and science as well as a variety of experiences including PE, art, outdoor activities and cooking.
The aim in all of our centres is to work with the pupil on their individual needs, for both their academic and their social and emotional requirements, thus developing their ability to make informed choices for their future.
We seek to understand where the child is academically when entering our college and then set aspirational targets to help them move on to other educational settings, as well as addressing the social and emotional needs that are blocking their pathways to success.
Every child is different and so it can take one pupil a short period of time to address the issues and then move on quickly, and it can take another child longer; depending on the circumstances of the individual. Whatever the case, WSAPC will work with local schools and the local authority to support the child’s next steps in education.
Full details of our curriculum can be found on the Information page, under ‘Curriculum’.
Lunch Time and Free School Meals
This school believes in providing a varied, balanced and healthy lunch-time meal to all students. At most of our centres, this is done through our Cook and Eat Programme where the young people are involved in every aspect from planning and preparation to cooking and serving of the meal. Please see our Learning pages for more information of accreditation for the programme. All students dine with their peers and staff to support social engagement and relationship building.
Currently Cook and Eat is not offered at our Burgess Hill centre. A daily hot meal is provided to all students by Chartwells. A menu can be accessed here.
The cost of every meal is £2.30 and, whist there is no expectation to pay, a contribution the cost of the meal would be gratefully received; please contact the school office to make a contribution.
Free School Meals
The school receives extra funding, known as the Pupil Premium; to support students who are eligible for Free School Meals.
From 6 April 2011, children whose parents receive one of the following benefits are entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). Note – from 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
|IF I GET?||DO WE GET FREE MEALS?|
|Child Tax Credit
Household income above £16,190)
|Child Tax Credit
Household income below £16,190)
|Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit||No|
|Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit on a four week run on||Yes|
|Working Tax Credit
Household income below £16,190)
|No Tax Credits but income is below £16,190||No – you need to be getting one of the benefits listed above|
To find out more or to fill out the application form on-line click here.
To get a paper copy to fill out, please contact the school office.
WSAPC are working towards gaining The Rainbow Flag Award that recognises the excellent work and effort all centres are making to ensure we offer a safe and inclusive environment for all within our community – students, staff and families as well as other professional groups we work with. We are working with Allsorts Brighton and you might be interested in looking at their website. http://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/resources
The organisations below can help individuals with issues around gender identity and sexuality. Do not hesitate to contact them; they will be able to give support and they also offer advice and counselling.
WSAPC LGBT+ focus week was at the start of May and all students have had the opportunity to talk about the issues and questions raised surrounding LGBT+. Subject and tutor group sessions offered an opportunity to explore thoughts and ideas around the subject alongside the work they were doing.
We intend that our working on the Rainbow Flag Award will give all students the opportunity to think about their broader community and the diversity of the society in which they live, teaching them key life skills of tolerance, acceptance and respect for one another. It will also give opportunity for any student wishing to access further support via LGBT+ mentors in APC.
We look forward to celebrating this achievement later this academic year.
Term Dates 2017/2018
Please follow the link below to view our term dates for next academic year. Additionally there will be INSET days where the college is closed to students.
Please note Monday 23rd July and Tuesday 24th July are INSET days, therefore the last day of the summer term is Friday 20th July.
Term Dates 2018/2019
Please follow the link below to view our term dates for next academic year. Additionally there will be INSET days where the college is closed to students, to be advised.
Term Dates 2019/2020
Please follow the link below to view our term dates for the academic year 2019/2020. Additionally there will be INSET days where the college is closed to students, to be advised.
We encourage all our students in KS3 & KS4 to travel to and from school independently. In the majority of cases this will be via public transport. Transport for pupils who live further than 3 miles from their nearest centre will be provided free of charge as per the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) transport policy available here. We appreciate that, for some, travel to our centres can be difficult and to enable the best possible opportunities for our students we work closely with our colleagues at WSCC to offer modes of transport that are both suitable and . Currently these include:
- Bus and Train passes
- Bus and Train Passes for Primary children and their parents to enable them to escort them to and from school
- Taxi (Limited to special cases only)
- Bike Scheme – WSCC will provide a voucher for singly registered pupils who live between 3 and 5 miles of the school
More information can be accessed via home to school transport WSCC here.
WSAPC has high expectations of our students and believe a good school uniform presents an image of the highest standards and expectations. Uniform is also an expected standard in most schools across West Sussex and in order to support young people to return to their mainstream school, it’s important that an expectation to continue with this standard is adhered to.
We ask for parent/carers commitment in supporting your child / young person to adhere to our policy.
From September 2017, there will be an expectation for singly registered WSAPC students to wear school uniform. Students who come to us on short stay programmes (60 day placements) should wear their mainstream school uniform.
WSAPC Dress Code / Uniform (Primary & Secondary)
- Black Trousers / Skirt / Shorts
- APC Navy Sweatshirt
- APC Navy Polo Shirt
- Black Trainers / Schools Shoes / Plimsolls
WSAPC uniform can be purchased from Reception. Full details are below:
|Polo Shirt||Age 5-6||£6.77|
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