Welcome to Fitzwilliam - GEMs Programme
Williamson Avenue, West town, Peterborough, PE3 6BA

Centre contact number 01733 978224
Head of Campuss: Christina Mitchley
Programme Lead: Karen Fergusson

Age and stage
The GEMs Programme at Fitzwilliam Campus is for girls aged 12-16 years, who are in school
years 8 – 11.
It is a targeted programme aimed at meeting the therapeutic and educational needs of female
pupils who for a variety of reasons have been unable to engage successfully in a mainstream
education offer.
The programme offers a unique blend of personal, social and educational opportunities all of
which are highly tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Admissions Process
All new pupils and their parents / carers are invited to attend an initial meeting and from this the most appropriate provision is identified. This also provides a first opportunity for individual needs to be identified.
There will then be an admission meeting with the senior staff at the Campus. This is a
second opportunity for pupils and their parents/carers to share any concerns they may have, ask questions and meet staff and pupils

School Times
Monday – Friday  9.20am – 3.10pm

Free breakfast is available from 9.00am each morning and pupils need to register by 9:20am
Core curriculum lessons then run until 12.50pm with a short morning break where snacks are

Lunch is provided during the fully supervised lunch break, or pupils may bring their own.

Afternoon sessions start at 1.25pm and the afternoon concludes with a reflection and acknowledgement session ending at 3.10pm. At various times of the school year we run additional after school activities such as sport or music and at exam times we offer revision sessions in core subjects.

As we are a Citywide provision many of our pupils are eligible for a bus pass on either grounds of distance or welfare. Information will be provided at the admission meeting.

Free School Meals
Many of our pupils qualify for Free Schools Meals and the Pupil Premium Funding this brings into school. Please bring evidence of entitlement to the admissions meeting.

We have a uniform - Black trousers or skirt, white shirt and a school jumper with the school logo.
Pupils may wear jewellery appropriate to a school environment but no facial piercings or spiked
ear studs, or large hooped rings.

Pupil expectations
On arrival at the academy ALL pupils are expected to hand in their personal possessions and these are secured in an individual bag in a locked cupboard in the office for the duration of the school day and returned at home time.

We have a whole school set of pupil rights and responsibilities.

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Teaching and Learning
All our staff are dedicated to enabling our pupils to develop their full potential whilst recognising
many of our pupils have had difficult, and often quite negative, experiences of education before
coming to us. Being a specialist setting we are able to spend time getting to know each pupil as an individual and working with them to recognise and challenge their barriers to learning.
Our teaching groups are very small in comparison to mainstream, on average 6 pupils per group
with at least two staff, so there is ample opportunity to individual attention and support.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of our pupils, develop their full
personal and academic potential and prepare them for post-16 learning and employment
We offer a range of accredited qualifications that are recognised by Colleges and employers and
there are also opportunities to engage in work experience placements and a range of enrichment activities including Sports Leadership, the National Citizenship Scheme and Duke of Edinburgh.

Behaviour, Welfare and Personal Development

Good attendance and punctuality are essential if pupils are to achieve the maximum benefit from their time at the Academy and these are also key skills for the world of work.
Pupils who arrive late spend the remainder of that lesson in the Reintegration room, joining their
timetables sessions at the next lesson change. This encourages good attendance and minimises
disruption to the learning of those who have arrived on time.
Where there are persistent attendance issues we work in partnership with parents and carers to
resolve them effectively.
For full details please see our *Attendance Policy* in the policies section.

Good behaviour for Learning is also essential and whilst we recognise many of our pupils have
additional challenges we have a clear and consistent approach to behaviour in school, which is
built on the foundations of our pupil rights and responsibilities.
We have a single school rule : RESPECT : FOR SELF, OTHERS AND PROPERTY
We have a strong restorative approach to incidents of unacceptable behaviour but we do also
issue Fixed Term Exclusions where an incident is a serious breach of our school Behaviour Policy.

For full details please see our *Behaviour Policy* in the Policies section.

Welfare                                                                                                                                                          We have a team of school nurses and also invite other health and care professionals into school to work directly with pupils.
Please ask at any point during your time with us, if you would like to speak to one of our

Assessment and Additional Support                                                                                                      All pupils have their literacy and numeracy levels assessed on entry and this determines their
individual start point and learning group in these subjects. We are then able to set individual
progress and attainment targets.
We assess pupil progress every 6 weeks and any emerging support needs will be addressed.
Some pupils qualify for additional support with exams.
Some pupils require more specialist assessment and where required we will work with
parents/carers and professionals to ensure this is undertaken.

For full details please see our *SEND and Disability Needs Policy* in the Policies section.


Banned items/Substances
We have a “zero tolerance” approach to substances and weapons in school. Coming into school
under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in possession of alcohol, drugs or drugs paraphernalia will result in the minimum of a Fixed Term Exclusion.
Any pupil found dealing drugs in school, in the vicinity of school, or to other school pupils outside of school will be removed from the Learning Centre and the Police will be informed.

We have a “zero tolerance” approach to weapons in school. Bringing a weapon into school will
result in the minimum of a Fixed Term Exclusion, pending review of placement.                                 
Any pupil found dealing drugs will be removed from the Learning Centre and the Police will be

All pupils are asked to hand in personal items, including any cigarettes, on their arrival at school
and have these secured and returned to them at the end of the school day.
We actively encourage pupils not to smoke through a combination of an extensive PHSE
curriculum and an accessible smoking cessation programme delivered in school by health

Energy drinks
We have a ban on energy drinks in school due to their negative impact on behaviour and high
sugar content. If your child arrives in school with an energy drink it will be confiscated.

Diversity statement
In our school each and every child, and adult, matters as a unique individual. We exist as a school to ensure all pupils have equal opportunity to access, and actively participate in, a learning and personal development programme which challenges and overcomes their barriers, builds on their strengths and successes, enables and empowers them to understand and achieve their potential and equips for further learning and life.

We do not tolerate discrimination in any form and actively respect, value and celebrate
individuality and diversity across the whole school community.

Safeguarding statement
In our school each and every child, and adult, has the right to be and feel safe. We have health
and safety, wellbeing and safeguarding at the heart of all we do.
We are a Listening School where safeguarding is everyone’s business and we actively promote a
whole school culture of openness, respect and vigilance.
All adults have annual Safeguarding and Prevent training and each Centre has a nominated
Safeguarding Lead.