Michaela Community School | Mobile Phones & Confiscations
Michaela Community School, Wembley
5542
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Mobile Phones & Confiscations

Mobile Phones & Confiscations

If a pupil’s mobile phone is seen or heard anywhere on the school grounds it will be confiscated immediately. Confiscated items will normally be returned at the end of the term or half term in which they were confiscated. However, if an item is confiscated in the two week period prior to the end of a term or half term the item will be kept by the school until the end of the next half term. So an item confiscated in the last two weeks of the summer term would not be returned until the autumn half term holiday – a confiscation period of around sixteen weeks. 

If a pupil hesitates (even slightly) in handing over a confiscated item, they will receive a detention. If they refuse to hand it over or if they pretend that it was not theirs, the item is confiscated until the end of the following half-term. If the item is confiscated in the last two weeks of the half-term and the pupil refused to hand it over or pretends that it was not theirs, the item is kept for one term in addition to the remaining time of that half-term.

To avoid confiscations pupils should not bring mobile phones and electronic devices to school. If a pupil does bring a phone or other electronic item to school they should turn this off before entering the school site. If the device goes off accidentally, or is seen on the school site, it will be confiscated immediately. Please note that SIM cards will only be returned at the end of the confiscation period.

Some families like their children to ring home to confirm that they have arrived at school. Please be assured that if a child does not turn up for school the school will contact the family directly within an hour of the morning register being taken. This reduces the need for pupils to carry phones.

Pupils should keep all valuables on their person at all times and not leave items such as money, electronic devices, travel cards or keys in their bags or coats. Pupils should keep all valuables in their inside blazer pocket. The fewer valuables brought to school the better.