The Bennett Memorial refectory serves hot meals, snacks, cold food and drinks during the morning and lunch breaks, and also breakfast before school.
The refectory operates a cashless system. The account can then be topped up through ParentPay.
Bennett have a welfare team available to provide support to students.
If a student requires support from a member of the Welfare Team, they should inform a member of staff and an appointment will be arranged for them.
Worried about school work, lessons or homework:
If your child has a concern about school work, we always encourage students to speak with their teacher. If they have a concern in school, please contact your child’s year manager, their contact email addresses are ion the contacts page link
If you have a welfare concern:
Please either contact the relevant year manager or a member of the welfare team by e-mail in the first instance
Welfare team contact details:
Mrs Woosey (years 10 and 11) [email protected]
Mrs Aguiriano (years 7, 8 and 9) [email protected]
Mrs Johnson (years 7 – 11) [email protected]
Mrs Chibhaga (years 12 and 13) [email protected]
Reverend Rachael [email protected]
SAFEGUARDING AND PASTORAL CARE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
We would like to make sure that families feel supported in school and also know how to access support from outside agencies.
In the event of an immediate and emergency safeguarding situation, please notify the Designated Safeguarding lead, Dr Karen Brookes and take the appropriate action set out below.
Dr Karen Brookes [email protected] Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Vicki Woosey [email protected] Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Nicola Santaana [email protected] Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Rachael Chibhaga [email protected] Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
In an immediate and emergency safeguarding situation, families should contact the following:
Kent Social Services
03000 41 11 11 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)
03000 41 91 91 (outside of office hours – for emergencies only)
text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11 email: [email protected]
East Sussex Social Services, Single Point of Advice (SPOA) team
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
999 or 111, or visit the nearest A&E Department
In a mental health crisis
• Freephone 116 123 (free even from mobiles without credit)
• SHOUT – mental health support
• text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
• Papyrus (Hopeline) – for preventing Young Suicide and support for those affected by suicide
• Call: 0800 068 41 41 or Text: 07786209697 or email: [email protected]
• Childline – Between 9am and midnight: Call 0800 1111
• Release The Pressure – open to anyone 16 years or older in Kent and Medway to provide confidential support in an emotional crisis or advice Freephone 0800 107 0160
My name is Nurse Becki and I am the School Nurse at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. I work together with our Welfare Team to ensure the health and general wellbeing of our students.
I am available from 8:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, to assist students, who sustain an injury or become unwell during the school day. If I am ever unavailable, a trained First Aider will always be on hand to assist.
At Bennett, we encourage students and their families to manage their health independently.
Medications & Treatment
• The School Nurse can administer Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Antihistamines to alleviate symptoms to enable a student to continue with their school day.
• Over the counter medication will only be administered if a parent consent form has been signed, this is normally completed when a student joins Bennett. Click here for the consent form.
• All medications administered and treatments provided during the school day will be recorded in the student planner. Nurse Becki is unable to telephone/email all parents when their child is seen in clinic, however, we will always contact a parent if their child is too unwell to remain at school or if they have any concerning symptoms.
• It is important that students with asthma and severe allergies always carry their inhalers and EpiPens with them.
• Please contact Nurse Becki if you require your child to keep emergency medications in school e.g. EpiPen, spare inhaler, antihistamine medication, migraine medication etc.
Parents/Guardians of all students with a medical condition, whether it be a long-term illness or a short term one, that impacts on the child’s daily life will be asked to complete a Healthcare plan, available here.
Medical needs, Ill health & First Aid
If a student is injured or feels unwell during the school day, they should request to see Nurse Becki via a member of staff only. If their symptoms appear to be serious or debilitating, a parent/guardian will be contacted immediately in order that their child can be taken home or to hospital.
Please could we ask for your support with the following:
• If students are unwell, but well enough to come into school in the morning then they should attend all lessons as normal. Please can I ask that you administer medication before school as the stocks of Paracetamol, Calpol & antihistamines deplete regularly.
• Please seek GP advice for ongoing health conditions and injuries.
Students in years 7-11 will not be allowed to leave the premises alone or return to an empty home. Students should not arrange for their parent to collect them, students are not allowed to use their mobile phone at school. and the decision needs to be made by the School Nurse.
With almost 2000 students and staff on site, the number of students wanting to see the School Nurse for non-urgent reasons is increasing daily and as the single point of contact for all students who are feeling unwell, this can make it extremely difficult to prioritise those students who are seriously ill and need urgent attention.
Injuries & Reduced Mobility
Please contact your child’s Year Manager and Nurse Becki if you feel your child will need some additional support when attending school, due to their injury, mobility restrictions or health needs. A support plan can be discussed, in order to help your child access their education. Your child can attend school as normal as we can support them in doing this.
Illness Information for Parents
• Diarrhoea & Vomiting: student can return 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
• Chickenpox: student can return once all vesicles have crusted over
• Shingles: student can attend if rash is covered
• German Measles/Rubella: student can return 4 days from onset of rash
• Scarlet Fever: student can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment
• Measles: student can return 4 days from onset of the rash
• Mumps: student can return 5 days from onset of swelling
• Covid-19: Parents should not send their child to school if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Please follow government Guidance which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
• Please refer to our Covid-19 “Frequently Asked Questions” document for more information.
Health & Well-being Advice
Hydration: We encourage all students to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is essential that every student brings a bottle of water to school each day. We encourage students to refill bottles at breaktime and lunchtime. Students can access the toilets before school, breaktime, lunchtime and after school.
Nutrition: please encourage your child to eat breakfast before school. Food is available to be purchased at breaktimes and lunchtimes in the refectory.
Sleep: Please encourage your child to rest and get good quality sleep each night. We discuss sleep hygiene in our PACE sessions
Fresh Air: we encourage the students to go outside at breaktime and lunchtime, there are many benefits from regularly going outside throughout the day.
Sanitary Products: Female students are entitled to free sanitary products in school. There are a variety of singles and packs of sanitary products available in all girls’ toilets & changing rooms.
Health Questions: Please refer to the School Nurse “Frequently Asked Questions” document for more information.
The following documents should answer your questions:
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is able to offer students a Microsoft Office 365 subscription at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage program. This program allows us to provide current students with the latest version of Microsoft Office at school and at home.
What is a Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus subscription?
A Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus subscription is a rental licence for the complete suite of Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Outlook.
PLEASE NOTE: By taking advantage of this benefit you accept responsibility for the installation, configuration and support of the software offered. Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is unable to offer technical support on personal home computers.
Upon leaving Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (or this offer ending) you will need to purchase a suitable licence from a Microsoft retailer in order to continue using the software offered.
How to get it:
Students need to be currently on-roll at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School.
NOTE: You must uninstall previous versions before running this installation.
How many machines/devices can I run this subscription on?
Each subscription license allows you to run Office on up to five machines – Mac or PC. You can also run Office Mobile for Android or Office Mobile for iPhone on up to 5 mobile devices.
How do I deactivate an installation on either a PC or a Mac?
If you’ve already installed the latest version of Office with Office 365 on five computers that you use and you want to install Office on a sixth computer, you can do that by first deactivating an installation on one of your current computers.
Go to Software > Office. Click Deactivate next to the computer you want to deactivate the installation from.
Is this a full version Office and available for offline use?
Yes, this is full Office on the PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android platform and all are available for offline use.
Do students have to sign into Office 365 to use any of these applications with Office 365 ProPlus?
Yes, a valid Office 365 ProPlus license tied to a valid Office 365 login for students is required to enable any of the four Office 365 ProPlus features.
How long can a student leverage Office 365 ProPlus?
Students can leverage this program until they leave Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. At that point, we must disable their Office 365 ProPlus license.
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