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Alcohol Policy

1. Introduction
This policy relates to the misuse of alcohol and applies to all pupils at Peterhouse.
i. This policy applies at all times to the school premises, school transport, school visits, trips, fieldwork, expeditions and camps etc. from the day a pupil joins Peterhouse to the day he/she leaves, including school holidays.
ii. This policy makes clear procedures for responding to and managing alcohol related incidents including the sanction following any incident.

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Bus Booking Policy

Parents: Bus Booking Policy (PH Group)

The Peterhouse Group of Schools provides various regular weekend bus services for pupils. Parents are requested to take note of the guidelines in this policy document regarding booking and use of these services.
In all cases parents should contact the relevant Housemaster, Housemistress or School Secretary (SVH) with regards to bus bookings. 
Bus booking are consolidated for the Peterhouse Group by the Bus Administrator who can be reached on Contact Us - Bus Bookings.  
Please note that changes to arrangements should NOT be made via phone, whatsapp or any other email address.

Staff accompanying
Please note that pupils who travel in a hired bus will be accompanied by a Peterhouse member of staff but pupils who travel in a Peterhouse bus with a school driver (including airport buses) on a routine basis will not be accompanied by a Peterhouse member of staff. When dropping off pupils at Harare airport the school driver will ensure that pupils are delivered safely to the check in counter.

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Car Policy

This policy is in place to ensure that the use of cars by pupils at Peterhouse is restricted and that the risk of serious accidents is kept to a minimum.

6th form pupils are allowed cars in school strictly on the conditions laid out below:

1. Prior to a car being driven to school the parents of the pupil concerned are required to write to the relevant Housemaster/Housemistress to seek permission for their son/daughter to use a car for transport to/from school; ( See item 6 )

2. The car must be registered with the relevant Housemaster/Housemistress before it is driven to Peterhouse (a form is provided for this exercise). A copy of the pupil’s driving license and vehicle insurance document must also be submitted to the relevant

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Careers’ Guidance Policy

The overarching aim of careers’ guidance within Peterhouse is to provide pupils with the opportunity and knowledge to assess their subject preferences and careers options to enable them to make informed choices for tertiary education.

i. D Block - There is no formal careers’ guidance at this level but pupils are encouraged to discover the advantages of a broad based academic curriculum

ii. C Block - Careers’ guidance at this level focuses on subject choices and their implications at IGCSE level. Pupils participate in an externally arranged and conducted Cognitive Ability Test to assist with their subject selection at IGCSE level.
In the Infinity Programme the pupils cover Subject Choices and are introduced to the DOE – IA and the value of this on any CV.

iii. B Block - Careers’ guidance at this level focuses on the pupils developing their ideas for their career aspirations beyond school. Pupils participate in the “Affinities Programme” where they discover a set to “strengths” – Learning, Thinking, Relationship and Activity Strengths.

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Cell Phone Policy

The purpose of this policy is to govern pupils’ use of and security of cell phones (and other similar devices) at Peterhouse. It is made with the best intentions for the pupils’ wellbeing and to take account of their requirements for essential communications.

General conditions governing use of cell phones
At the beginning of every term all phones of any kind must be registered with the Housemaster/Housemistress for security purposes. Any new phones brought into school during the year must be added to the register.

No cell phone is allowed out of the House unless (with the permission of a coach/Housemaster/Housemistress) it is needed when travelling home or on a long distance sporting fixture. If a cell phone is being used whilst travelling it will be entirely at the coach’s discretion and pupils must maintain appropriate cell phone etiquette in public (e.g. pupils should not alight from a bus with earphones/talking on the phone etc.).

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Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy for the Peterhouse Group of Schools


The Peterhouse Group of Schools (Peterhouse) takes the matter of child protection seriously. This document outlines the guidelines and procedures of relevance to child protection.

Every pupil should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse. Peterhouse is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and care of its pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Peterhouse will take all reasonable measures to:

i. ensure that suitable staff and volunteers are recruited to work with pupils;
ii. be alert to signs of abuse both at Peterhouse and elsewhere;
iii. do all that is possible to protect each pupil from any form of abuse, whether from an adult or another pupil;
iv. deal appropriately with every suspicion or complaint of abuse;
v. support pupils who have been abused;
vi. design and operate procedures which ensure that teachers and others, who are innocent, are not prejudiced by false allegations;
vii. be alert to the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
viii. operate robust and sensible health and safety procedures;
ix. operate clear policies on drugs, alcohol and substance abuse;
x. teach pupils about safeguarding through the curriculum and specifically via Life Skills lessons; and
xi. take all practicable steps to ensure that Peterhouse premises are as secure as possible. (All three schools are surrounded by a security fence and a team of guards gives 24/7 cover throughout the year. The two Peterhouse campuses each have a guard house and all visitors are checked in and out).

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Complaints Procedure

Parents: Complaints’ Procedure (PH Group)

The Peterhouse Group takes all complaints seriously. Complaints of all types are dealt with in accordance with this procedure:

Complainants can be assured that:
i. their complaint will be addressed courteously and efficiently and within a reasonable time
ii. as far as is possible their complaint will be treated as confidential
iii. if and when necessary appropriate action will be taken to address their complaint

Parents can, in particular, be reassured that their child will not be discriminated against because they have made a complaint.
Parents are encouraged, in the first instance, to raise a complaint of a general nature with their son’s Housemaster (PHB), daughter’s Housemistress (PHG) or the Head (SVH). If the complaint is of an academic nature parents are encouraged, in the first instance, to raise the matter with the Director of Studies (PHB and PHG) or the Head (SVH).

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Courtesy and Manners Policy

Pupils at Peterhouse are expected to be courteous and well-mannered at all times.

General Greetings

Pupils should greet members of staff and adults of the school ground with “Good Morning, Sir” or “Good Morning Ma’am.”

All members of staff should be greeted at all times; this includes Admin. Staff, Maintenance Staff, Drivers, Cleaners, Kitchen workers etc. “Hi” and “Hello” might be suitable for greeting friends but it is not an acceptable greeting for adults.

Staff are expected to respond to the greeting.

Pupils should stand up straight when greeting an adult. Boys should remember to raise their caps/hats and should not greet adults with their hands in their pockets.

Pupils are expected, as a sign of respect, to stand up and greet when a member of staff enters the classroom.

Visitors to the school should also been greeted courteously in line with the instructions above.

Sports Field

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Curriculum Support Policy

The Peterhouse Group is sympathetic to the needs of pupils with a learning difficulty.

This Curriculum Support policy sets out the measures which are taken across the Peterhouse Group to ensure that pupils with curriculum support needs are properly supported. Curriculum support needs includes:
i. Pupils who have a learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)) which has been formally diagnosed by an Educational Psychologist and which necessitates curriculum support and possibly access arrangements (e.g. additional time) in Public or internal examinations.
ii. Pupils in receipt of curriculum support who have not been be formally diagnosed with a learning difficulty but benefit from support for their learning needs (e.g. helping with literacy, numeracy, study, revision skills or organisation).

Applications from parents of children with curriculum support needs are welcomed at all levels. Parents of incoming pupils with identified curriculum support needs are expected to meet with the relevant Head of Curriculum support prior to entry to The Peterhouse Group and to provide educational assessment reports, specialist reports (e.g. educational psychologist reports) or medical reports so that the School is fully informed of the pupil’s needs. It is the specific responsibility of the parents to provide this information and not that of the previous school. Failure to supply this information may subsequently result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.

Identification and Assessment
The Peterhouse Group aims to identify pupils with curriculum support needs at the earliest opportunity. The identification of pupils can come from a variety of sources but specifically:
i. Class teachers at SVH raise concerns they have at an early stage with the school’s Headmaster and, if necessary, parents are advised to refer their children to an Educational Psychologist for formal assessment.
ii. All D Block pupils at PHB/PHG are ‘screened’ for curriculum support needs during their first term and, if necessary, parents are advised to refer their children to an Educational Psychologist for formal assessment.
iii. Teachers/tutors at PHB/PHG raise concerns they have with the school’s Head of Curriculum Support.

Parents are encouraged not to arrange for their son/daughter to be assessed without referring the matter in the first instance to the School.

A Curriculum Support register is collated by the Head of Curriculum Support in each school and distributed to all teaching staff shortly after the start of each academic year (i.e. by the end of January at the latest). The register is formally updated at the start of each term. The register provides relevant information (i.e. specific learning difficulty etc.) on each pupil with a curriculum support need.
Curriculum support needs are also listed on individual pupil’s profiles on iSAMS, the central management information system for the Peterhouse Group.

Curriculum support provision
Curriculum support provision for pupils in need will include one or more of the following:
i. Lessons in the Curriculum Support Department provided either in small groups or individually to target specific needs. This may include support with literacy, numeracy, revision or study skills or subject specific support.
ii. Occasional “drop in” sessions in the Curriculum Support Department to target a specific difficulty. In some cases a pupil may need a one off session or possibly a couple of sessions during the course of a term to target a specific learning area e.g. formulating a glossary of subject specific terms or support with essay planning.
iii. The Head of Curriculum support working closely with academic departments to ensure that the needs of pupils are known and met. Teachers are advised on the best way to assist pupils with learning needs in the day to day environment of the classroom.
iv. Appropriate access arrangements in public and internal examinations for pupils with a formally diagnosed learning difficulty. This is managed by the Director of Studies at PHB/PHG.
Curriculum support lessons are arranged so that they minimise disruption to the curriculum as a whole but from time to time pupils do miss other lessons to receive curriculum support; this is kept to a minimum and under no circumstances are pupils withdrawn from English, Maths or Science lessons.

Curriculum Support Department
Each school in the Peterhouse Group has a modern Curriculum Support Department which is well resourced and staffed by properly qualified/experienced teachers who deliver individual and group support to pupils with a variety of learning needs. The Head of Curriculum Support attends Heads of Department meetings (PHB/PHG). The Head of Curriculum Support is also expected to:
i. Maintain accurate records of pupils’ learning activities and outcomes.
ii. Participate in professional development opportunities.
iii. Liaise with tutors and teachers about the progress of pupils with curriculum support needs.

Staff training
Staff training is arranged either by the Curriculum Support Department or by external consultants:
i. To raise awareness of the needs of pupils with curriculum support needs.
ii. To develop an understanding of the different types of curriculum support needs.
iii. To enable teachers to differentiate within the curriculum and to take into account the pupils’ learning difficulties.
iv. To enable teachers to have a clear understanding of access arrangements.
v. To enable teachers to gain an understanding of professional educational assessments and reports (specifically Educational Psychologist reports).

Partnership with Parents
The Peterhouse Group believes that a good partnership with parents is essential and recognises, encourages and values the participation of parents in the process of identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of their child. Parents are therefore encouraged to approach the School about any concerns they may have about their child’s progress.

Access Arrangements:
i. Public Examinations
In some instances pupils who have a learning difficulty are eligible for access arrangements (i.e. additional time, reader, scribe etc.) in accordance with the regulations and guidance set out by the CIE Board; such arrangements can only be organised if the candidate concerned has had a formal assessment by a recognised specialist assessor. The cost of this assessment is borne by the parents.
The Curriculum Support Department, working in close partnership with the School’s Examination Officer, processes and submits applications for pupils who meet the criteria for access arrangements for public examinations as specified by the CIE Board.
ii. Internal Examinations
In internal examinations additional time will be given to pupils who are eligible for it but a reader or scribe will only be provided for pupils in B Block and above.
iii. Classroom
Special arrangements are not made for informal classroom based tests, but teachers are required to be sensitive to the needs of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities.

i. There is no charge for individual or small group lessons in the Curriculum Support Department.
ii. D block screening tests (PHB/PHG) are carried by Peterhouse at no cost to parents.
iii. Any charges for specialist medical or Educational Psychologists reports are met by the parents.

Disciplining Pupils

Disciplining pupils (PHB & PHG)

The purpose of this disciplinary code is to ensure that pupils:
i. maintain high standards of academic work;
ii. maintain high standards of personal presentation/appearance;
iii. maintain high standards of punctuality; and
iv. are well-mannered and courteous towards teaching staff, support staff, parents, visitors and each other.

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Drugs Policy

1. Introduction
i. This policy relates to the misuse of drugs and other substances and applies to all pupils at Peterhouse.
ii. This policy applies at all times to the school premises, school transport, school visits, trips, fieldwork, expeditions and camps etc. from the day a pupil joins Peterhouse to the day he/she leaves, including school holidays.
iii. This policy refers to the possession, use and supply of drugs and the paraphernalia of drugs or substances intended to resemble drugs, performance enhancing drugs, anabolic steroids, glue and other substances held or supplied in each case for purposes of misuse.
iv. This policy makes clear procedures for responding to and managing drug-related incidents including the sanction following any incident.

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Floating Weekends Policy

All pupils are allowed six “floatings” when they are permitted to stay at home over a weekend.

Floating nights may be applied for and taken with the permission of the housemaster/housemistress. If a pupil has a Sunday detention, is gated, or is being otherwise punished then the floating request is likely to be denied.

Pupils are allowed a total of six floating nights per term, taken in any combination of the following:

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School Rules (Standing Orders)

1 Introduction
i. These Standing Orders apply at all times during a pupil’s career at Peterhouse i.e. behaviour which is prejudicial to the good reputation of Peterhouse and/or is likely to bring the school into disrepute, even during fixture free weekends or holidays, may be deemed to be a breach of these Standing Orders.
ii. No set of Standing Orders can possibly cover all eventualities. Every Peterhouse pupil is expected to show common sense and to behave at all times with proper consideration for other people. Pupils are therefore expected to observe the common courtesies of greeting other people appropriately and to behave in a considerate and civilised manner.
iii. The HMPHG reserves the right to amend these Standing Orders as necessary and to discipline pupils whose behaviour is contrary to the letter/spirit of these Standing Orders; this may lead to a decision "to expel, or to request the removal of, a pupil for any cause judged by her to be sufficient" (the Declaration signed by parents of a pupil on admission to Peterhouse).
iv. Serious cases of bullying, theft, or of a pupil being found in possession of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are always referred to the Rector. The likely outcome of breaches of this nature is permanent exclusion from Peterhouse.

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Sex and Relationships Policy (PH Group)

1. Introduction

This policy applies at all times to the school premises, school transport, school visits, trips, fieldwork, expeditions and camps etc. from the day a pupil joins Peterhouse to the day he/she leaves.

The guidelines below are in place to ensure that the behaviour of pupils with regard to their relationships with one another is both appropriate & discreet.

This policy makes clear the sanction which will be taken following an incident of serious sexual misconduct.

2. General behaviour

It is perfectly normal for there to be friendships/relationships between pupils however in the interests of all pupils and the Peterhouse Group as a whole such relationships should not be overbearing. Physical contact between pupils is forbidden.

The Peterhouse Group strongly discourages intimate relationships between older and younger pupils.

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