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We strive to work closely with parents, carers and all agencies that may be supporting a young person to enable them to achieve their potential.

With this in mind, we allocate every young person their own designated linkworker. This person is one of the Residential Social Care Workers (RSCW) who is based in the young person’s residential house group, and will acts as a key contact point in virtually all matters.

Parents and carers can also keep in contact with their child by telephoning in the evening either on the school phone or the public pay phone situated in the main building.

At the end of each term we send out academic and social reports, the more detailed one being at the end of the summer term. Our report for the annual statutory reviews of Educational, Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s) will also include this information and involve both written and verbal reports.

School Uniform

School Uniform Guidelines

All young people will wear school uniform during the school day. School shoes must be completely black; low heeled and formal in style. Shoes must be able to be polished i.e. not made of canvas or suede. No boots or steel or hardened shoes are allowed at all at Farney Close and Trainers are not allowed in the school day.

Coats are not to be worn in the school building or class. All young people must have a warm, waterproof black coat in school with them for adverse weather.

Young people may not wear hoodies with or without a zip or jackets e.g. denim as an outside coat during the school day. They can wear hats, gloves or scarves at break times and they must all be removed when in the main building, classrooms or on the house. Baseball hats can be worn only in social time, though not in any building. No full-face head wear, e.g. balaclavas are allowed at all.

No young people may wear any clothing or head wear associated with gang identity.

No young people may wear short, revealing tops, such as vests or strappy tops during social time.

Where young people wish to follow their religious or cultural choice in relation to attire, advice must be sought in advance.

We are aware, at Farney Close, that some of our young people find the texture of uniform trousers is not conducive with learning. Please find the link below which will enable you to access “Autism Friendly Black School Trousers”, as well as various other clothes and items that may benefit your child, such as seamless socks and other comfy clothes.—spectra-sensory-clothing-from-15996-p.asp

Acceptable Hair Styles

What hairstyles are acceptable?

Hair must be worn in a style that in the judgement of the school is appropriate for a formal uniform situation. An unnatural, striking appearance that may be considered suitable for social occasions is inappropriate for the school.

Shaved patterns, undercuts, extensive braiding or beading, unless for cultural or religious reason, are not acceptable. Where young people wish to follow their religious or cultural choice in relation to hairstyles, advice must be sought in advance.

Short style haircuts must be no shorter than a No. 2.

Unnatural/extremes of colour, for example those caused through dyeing or bleaching are not acceptable.

Hairstyles with coloured streaks, patterns or two-tones are not acceptable.

Young people with long hair must ensure it does not obscure the face and is kept tidy at all times. Young people may be requested to tie hair back if necessary. Boys should attend the school clean shaven.

Piercings, Rings & Tattoos

What are the rules on piercings, rings, tattoos and make up?

Young people may only wear one pair of stud or small earrings in the lower lobe. No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed.

Young people may wear only one small, flat ring and a watch. All necklaces must be kept inside clothing. No other jewellery or accessories are permitted.

No tattoos are allowed.

You can also view the Dress & Appearance Policy here: [PDF] [Online]

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