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Pupil Handbook - Session 2017-2018

Welcome to Bo’ness Academy for the session 2017-2018. The information in this booklet reminds you of the standards expected from pupils at all times which will keep Bo’ness Academy as a safe place for pupils to come to school.



Every pupil is assigned to a House: Avon, Forth or Kinglass. Your House Pastoral Head is the main person that you can talk to about any concerns or worries that you have at school and who will get to know you from first year until you leave. Please look at the school House information on page 7 of this booklet.


The School Day

Punctuality: the school day starts at 8.40am. You should be in school in time to be in your Tutor Group classroom at 8.40 am. You should arrive on time for all of your classes.


Mon, Wed, Fri (6 Period Day)                                                 Tues & Thurs (7 Period Day)


Tutor Group:                8.40 - 8.50 am                                             8.40 am - 8.50am

Interval:                    10.30 am – 10.45 am                                    10.30 am – 10.45 am

Lunch:                       12.25 pm – 1.05 pm                                       1.15 pm – 1.55 pm

School ends:                2.45 pm                                                       3.35 pm


The school Social Space is open to pupils from 8.20 am. Pupils arriving before 8.20 am will have to wait outside until the pupil entrance is open.


Pupil Entrance

Pupils should use the pupil entrance to enter and exit the building before school, at break and lunch and at the end of the day. If you are late to school you will have to use the main staff/visitor entrance. Fire exits are for emergency use only and must not be used as entrances and exits to the building.


School Uniform

School uniform consists of a white blouse/shirt, black trousers/skirt, school tie and blazer. School uniform MUST be worn. For PE you should have a white T shirt with sleeves and black shorts or jogging bottoms. In swimming classes boys must wear swimming trunks and girls must wear a 1 piece swimming costume. 

Outdoor clothing

Pupils must remove jackets at the beginning of the period in every classroom.

Scarves, gloves and hats must be removed inside the building and must be carried in schoolbags. Blazers can be worn in classrooms.



Sprays can adversely affect pupils and staff who suffer from asthma, therefore deodorant sprays are not allowed in changing rooms or any other area of the school. You may use roll-on deodorant.


Personal Organisation

Academy pupils are expected to: 

  • Bring all books, jotters etc in a schoolbag
  • Bring their homework planner every day
  • Bring all of the appropriate equipment pen/pencil/ruler/ calculator etc


Access to Lockers

 Lockers may only be accessed at the following times:

 Before school starts

  • During break
  • During lunch 

Lockers should be accessed before the warning bell. Pupils will not be allowed out of class to access lockers.


Access to the Hub 

Pupils may only access the Hub at the following times: 

  • Before school starts
  • During break
  • During lunch
  • At the end of the school day if doing extra-curricular activities 

All foodstuffs, including drinks, purchased in the Hub must be consumed in the Hub or transported in school bags. Food must not be taken out of the Hub.


Access to Toilets

Pupils are expected to use the toilets before school, during interval and lunch. Only in exceptional circumstances will pupils be allowed out to the toilet during class time. Pupils who have a short or long term medical condition should bring a note from parents/carers and will be given a special pass.

Access to Medical Suite 

Pupils who feel unwell or who are injured in school should inform a member of staff. The member of staff will contact the Medical Suite and arrange for you to go to the Medical Room. If you have a more serious illness or injury then a member of staff trained in First Aid will be called to assist you.

If you are not well enough to return to class then you parents or your emergency contact will be phoned and asked to collect you from school.

Pupils who require medication at school will have an arrangement put in place with the staff in the Medical Unit.



Notes from home

Pupils should bring notes for all of the following: 

  • Absences
  • Appointments
  • Problems with school dress
  • Problems with personal organisation
  • Medical problems

 Electronic devices including mobile phones, MP3 players etc


These devices may be used only at the following times:

  • Before school starts
  • During break
  • During lunch

They must be put into school bags when the warning bell sounds. 

Pupils using these devices in class will be instructed to put them away. If this instruction is not followed the item will be taken from them and put into the school safe. Pupils will collect their device at the end of the school day.

If an item is removed for a second time then parents will be asked to come into school to collect the item.

Pupils should note that if you choose to bring an electronic device to school it is


The school takes no responsibility for any devices that are lost or stolen.

Dangerous Items 

Any item that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon should not be brought into school.

 Movement around the school

  • Pupils should move around the building in a quiet, purposeful manner
  • Pupils should go straight from one class to the next
  • Pupils should move to class when they hear the warning bell at lunch and break
  • They should be lined up outside their classroom when the second bell goes.
  • The following behaviours are unacceptable around the school building:

Running, shouting, pushing, jumping onto other people.


Where can I go at interval?

  • Pupils should be in the Hub, Social Area or outside.
  • Pupils should not leave the school grounds at interval


Where can I go at lunchtime?

  • Pupils should be in the Hub, Social Area or outside
  • Pupils may leave the school grounds at lunch-time
  • Pupils attending lunch-time clubs must show a pass to be allowed upstairs
  • Pupils going to lunch-time clubs may take a packed lunch to the club with the club leader’s agreement
  • In good weather pupils are expected to be outside after lunch.

The Hub

If you want to have lunch in the Hub you must remember your card. You will only be served if you have your card.

If you have lunch in the Hub, you should:

  • Use your own Young Scot Card to buy your own food
  • All pupils must wait in the line, even if you have pre-ordered a hot baguette.
  • You must not skip the queue.
  • You must clear your table and put your rubbish in the bins provided.
  • If you have a problem with your Hub card you should report it at the school office. Pupils must replace lost cards by bringing £1.50 to the main office
  • Pupils who do not have their card must go to the end of the queue so that the catering staff can attend to them when the Hub is quieter
  • Pupils should be seated at the tables in the Hub at Interval and Lunch time

If you follow the above points, the Hub will be an enjoyable place to have lunch. Alternative lunch arrangements will be made for pupils who consistently do not clear away their trays and any cans/papers etc.


Food & Snacks

You can only eat food and snacks at Interval and Lunch time, in the Hub, in the Social Area and outside. If you attend a lunchtime club you teacher may give you permission to eat in their room. Pupils found with food or snacks around the school may have them confiscated.

No Takeaway Food can be brought into the school – but you can of course bring your packed lunch to eat in the Hub.


Juice/Water/Fizzy Drinks 

Large bottles of any liquid are not allowed in school or on school grounds. Energy drinks are banned from anywhere in or around the school grounds. If you bring large bottles of liquid or any energy drinks onto school grounds they will be confiscated. Under no circumstances can you consume alcohol. You may drink water in most classes (not science) with the permission of the teacher.



In order to make the Academy a pleasant place to be, all litter should be put into the bins provided. Please remember that we are an Eco-school and use the re-cycling bins appropriately.  Pupils who drop litter will be asked to pick it up and place it in the bin.


School Bags

You should keep your school bag with you or in your locker. The school will not take responsibility for school bags left unattended in the Social Space.


Emergency Evacuation


When the fire alarm sounds you must evacuate the building by the nearest fire exit. If you are in the classroom your teacher will give you instructions. If you are not in a classroom you must still leave the school by the nearest exit.

You should go to the Astroturf and assemble in your House Tutor Group.


Behaviour in the Classroom  

The rules for behaviour in the classroom are:

  1. Arrive on Time
  2. Have Appropriate Equipment
  3. Follow Instructions
  4. Work Steadily
  5. Complete and Hand in Homework on Time


Anti Bullying Policy

We do not tolerate Bullying in Bo’ness Academy. Please see the DARE 2 CARE leaflet or speak to your House Leader for further information


Please follow these school rules.

House Groups





Mr S Dougan



Avon House


Forth House


Kinglass House

Head of House

Depute Headteacher

Mrs C Reid


Head of House

Depute Headteacher

Mrs V McAuley


Head of House

Depute Headteacher

Mr D Killin

Principal Teachers

Mrs L McGlade

Mr J Crawford

Mrs I Reid (Pastoral)



Principal Teachers

Ms D McQuillan

Mrs F Moir

Mr N. Scott

Mr R Latimer (Pastoral)



Principal Teachers

Mr J MacWhirter

Ms S MacFarlane

Mr C McAlister (Pastoral)


Mrs M Thomson (Pupil Support)