Policies & Guidance Documents

The Ascent Academies’ Trust’s Board meets regularly to discuss policies and governance. This page provides statutory policies and further guidance.

Emergency Evacuation procedures

All individual premises have their own site specific emergency evacuation plans and procedures.  These are displayed in the academy buildings, reviewed and tested regularly and are communicated to staff and visitors.

Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

There are a number of separate procedures in place in each academy regarding business continuity to deal with range of potential scenarios, events or circumstances.  Disaster recovery and business continuity arrangements for business critical resources and systems are detailed in the relevant policies (i.e. Finance Policy and IT Policy).

Procedure for checking the identity of visitors

Visitors to the academies are required to sign in on the visitors register and are asked to produce photographic identification and the reason for their visit. If photo ID is not available other methods of confirming identity will be sought. Visitors without appropriate ID and clearances are not permitted on the premises unaccompanied.

Trust Wide Statutory Policies

Policy

 Date

Review Date

Accessibility Plan & Equality Objectives December 2023 December 2024
Admissions Policy October 2023 September 2024
Attendance Policy January 2024 October 2024
Careers Education, Advice, Information & Guidance (CEAIG) June 2023 June 2024
Charging and Remissions Policy October 2023 October 2026
Code of Conduct Policy January 2024 January 2026
Complaints Policy March 2022 March 2025
Data Protection (GDPR) October 2022 October 2024
Dealing with allegations against Trust colleagues October 2023 October 2024
Early Years Foundation Stage Policy October 2023 September 2025
Equality and Diversity Policy October 2022 October 2025
Exclusions Policy January 2024 October 2025
External Visits October 2022 October 2024
First Aid October 2023 October 2024
Freedom of Information Policy October 2022 October 2025
Health and Safety Policy October 2023 October 2024
Public Sector Equality Duty December 2022 December 2025
Pupil Illness and Infection Control October 2023 October 2024
Readiness to Learn (Behaviour Policy) – For more information on the Toolkit please contact the school February 2024 November 2024
Relationships & Sex Education Policy October 2021 September 2024
Risk Management Policy March 2024 March 2026
Safeguarding and Young People Protection Policy – Ash Trees Academy September 2023 September 2024
Safeguarding and Young People Protection Policy – Barbara Priestman Academy September 2023 September 2024
Safeguarding and Young People Protection Policy – Hope Wood Academy September 2023 September 2024
Safeguarding and Young People Protection Policy – Portland Academy September 2023 September 2024
SEND Policy and Information Report February 2024 January 2025
Supporting those with Medical Conditions October 2023 October 2024
Weapons Policy October 2023 October 2024
Whistleblowing – CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING October 2022 October 2024

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Policies

For child protection policies and further guidance documents in relation to safeguarding please refer to our Academy Specific Policies and Further Guidance sections below.

Policy

 Date

Review Date

Complaints Policy March 2022 March 2025
Early Years Foundation Stage Policy October 2023 September 2025
First Aid October 2023 October 2024
Missing Young People Policy October 2023 October 2024
Pupil Collection and Late Collection of Young People Policy October 2023 October 2024
Pupil Illness and Infection Control October 2023 October 2024
Supporting those with Medical Conditions October 2023 October 2024

 

Further Guidance

Further Guidance – Safeguarding
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
(KCSIE guidance must be read in conjunction with academy-specific Safeguarding and Young People Protection Policies)
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023
What to do if you think a child is being abused
Additional Information

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Common

Further Guidance – General
GDPR DP statement