Mobile Phone Policy

Coronavirus Closure

Following on from the updated Government directive on school closures in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, Sir Jonathan North is now closed from Tuesday 30th June to all students except children of key workers who have registered for a place.

We recognise that some parents will want their children to have mobile phones with them in College. We do not object to this as long as the phones are SWITCHED OFF and kept SECURELY AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BAGS at all times during the college day.

If you need to contact your child in case of emergency, you MUST phone the College Office and we will get a message to the student.

Any student having a problem in the college MUST report it to the appropriate person in the college and not telephone home. Parents are often worried by such calls and cannot resolve the issue.

In particular, for safety reasons, students must NEVER use their phones to arrange with a parent or family member to go home. This MUST be arranged through Pastoral Leaders or the First Aid Officer.

Student roles and responsibilities 

  • It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.
  • The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or carers. It is incumbent upon parents to understand the capabilities of the phone and the potential use/mis‐use of those capabilities.
  • Parents/carers should be aware that if their child takes a mobile phone to school it is assumed household insurance will provide the required cover in the event of loss or damage. The school cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to its use.
  • Parents/carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached in a relevant and appropriate way.

Most phones have a camera and a video facility. Students should be aware that it is an extremely serious matter to take photographs or recordings of staff, in lessons or around the College. If students wish to take photographs or videos of other students, this must be done outside of the college unless it is part of an activity arranged by staff and with the students’ consent. Normally, College cameras would be used in such circumstances.

If students are seen using their phones in College, their phones will be confiscated.  Students will then have to collect them at the end of the day from the College Office. If a student has a phone confiscated three times, then the parent will be asked to collect it. If a phone has been confiscated more than three times then a personalised plan may be agreed with a parent regarding the student’s phone.