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    Reading, RG30 3EP

Privacy Notice

Safeguarding Policy

Our Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, Mr Astbury, can be contacted via the school office (or email) for any queries, information or concerns you may have about safeguarding of students.

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998

We, Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service.

We hold this personal data and use it to:

  • Support your teaching and learning;
  • Monitor and report on your progress
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care, and
  • Assess how well your school is doing

This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.

We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules allow us to.

We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority and the Department for Education (DfE)

If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact the Headteacher in writing

If you require more information about how the Local Authority (LA) and/or DfE store and use your information, then please go to the following websites:

http://www.reading.gov.uk *



If you are unable to access these websites, please contact the LA or DfE as follows:

  • Data Protection Officer, Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE
  • Public Communications Unit, Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT

Website: www.education.gov.uk

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: 0870 000 2288

In addition for Secondary Schools

Connexions Services - Once you are aged 13 or over we are required to pass on certain information to the Connexions services. Connexions are the government's support service for all young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide both your and your parents(s) name and address, and any further information relevant to the Connexions services' role. However, you (if you are over 16) or your parents can ask that no Information beyond name and address be passed to Connexions. Please inform the school Office Manager if you wish to opt-out of this arrangement. For more information about Connexions please go to the LA website shown above.

*Local Authority to provide link to their website with info on uses they make of data and any other organisations they share data with such as Connexions. Ideally they should also provide an address where parents without internet access can write for information.

Free School Meals

Eligibility for Free School Meals

Children whose parents receive any of the following support payments may be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • ​Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Children who themselves receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance are also entitled to receive free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you will need fill in an application form and pass to your child’s school with documentary evidence supporting your claim.
See further information and a downloadable application form below.

Free School Meal Reimbursement
Please contact your child’s school if you feel that you are entitled to a reimbursement i.e. if you have paid for any school meals during your period of entitlement to Income Support, Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit (but not in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit at the same time) or Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

Please note that claims can only be backdated to the point that the FSM application was made. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made before a FSM can be provided. You will not be permitted to claim reimbursement for meals that were paid for in a previous term where the evidence to confirm entitlement would have been available at that time but was not provided.

Proof of payment will be required to process your claim and should be submitted directly to the school, who is responsible for handling your claim. Any reimbursement will be paid directly via your child’s school.

Public Sector Equality Statement and Equality Policy Incorporating Equality Objectives

At our school, we benefit from the diversity of experience that our pupils bring. We welcome differences and celebrate culture, respecting the needs of the individual, the group and the school community as a whole. We seek to share the different cultures represented here to inform and enrich. Our Public Sector Equality Statement together with Equality policy, which incorporates our Equality Objectives, can be found below.

Charging Policy

In conformity with the requirements of the Education Reform Act 1988, it is the policy of the Governing Body:

  1. To make no charge in respect of books, materials, equipment, instruments or incidental transport provided in connection with the National Curriculum, statutory Religious Education or in preparation for prescribed public examinations or courses taught at the school, except where parents have indicated their wish to purchase the product.
  2. To request voluntary contributions from parents for school activities in or out of school time for which compulsory charges cannot be levied but which can only be provided if there is sufficient voluntary funding, whilst ensuring that no pupil is excluded from such activity by reason of inability or unwillingness to make a voluntary contribution.
  3. To make a charge for activities wholly or mainly outside school hours which are not part of the National Curriculum, statutory Religious Education or in preparation for a prescribed public examination.
  4. To make, except where pupils are entitled to statutory remission, a charge for all board and lodging costs on residential visits.
  5. To seek payment from parents for damage to or loss of school property caused wilfully or negligently by their children.
  6. To leave to the Head’s discretion, the proportion of costs of an activity which should be charged to public or non-public funds.
  7. To delegate to the Chairman and the Head the determination of any individual case arising from the implementation of this policy.
  8. To make no charge for examinations entries, except where:
  • The school has not prepared pupils for the examination in the year for which the entry is made
  • A pupil has failed, for no good reason, to complete the requirements of the examinations or to attend for it.
  • A parent insists upon Examination entry contrary to the professional advice of the subject teacher and Head of Department.

Trips involving a residential element

A charge may be made for the residential part of the trip.  Consult Head for specific details.

Trips which are purely voluntary

A charge may be made for the cost of the trip or visit

Other Trips

A voluntary contribution could be requested or the full cost could be met from Departmental and School Budgets.

Remission of Charges

Where parents are in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit, charges may be remitted at the discretion of the Principal Finance Officer.

Other Charges

Charges can be made for the following items:

  • Cost of replacement exercise books, where they have been lost by pupils
  • Overdue library books
  • Hire of PE kit
  • Contribution to minibus hire for matches
  • The sale of non-essential items which can be purchased in bulk by the school and re-sold at prices lower than commercially available, e.g. Scientific Calculators.
  • A small returnable deposit may be charged, to ensure proper return, for the use of additional textbooks in Year 11 to help students in revision.
  • Replacement costs of equipment damaged or broken through non-accidental usage.
  • Private photocopying
  • Hire and deposit fee for lockers
  • Replacement day books

A voluntary contribution of £10 per pupil is requested from parents termly, to support the Diocesan Building fund.

The contents of the following letter should be included in any letter to parents requesting contributions towards the cost of an activity:

Dear Parent

The outline arrangements have been made for a proposed educational visit to (description of activity and educational relevance).  Your child has the opportunity to take part in this visit.
It will be necessary to ask for voluntary contributions to enable this visit to take place.
The suggested contribution for each pupil is £_______.
The contribution is voluntary, but the visit is subject to there being sufficient funds available to cover the costs.  Would you please indicate your agreement on the proforma below.
The school is, as always, grateful for your support.
Yours sincerely
Name: ___________________________________________       Form: _____________________
I wish my son/daughter to take part in the proposed visit.
I am willing to contribute £______________.

Signed: _______________________________________(Parent)          Date: ________________












All monies must be recorded and processed through the Finance Office.