Rules for responsible ICT use

These rules will keep everyone safe and help us to be fair to others:

  1. I will only use the Academy’s computers for schoolwork and homework.
  2. I will only delete my own files.
  3. I will not look at other people’s files without their permission.
  4. I will keep my login and password secret.
  5. I will not bring files into school without permission.
  6. I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet and will not visit Internet sites I know to be banned by the school.
  7. I will only e-mail people I know, or my teacher has approved. The messages I send, or information I upload, will always be polite and sensible.
  8. I will not open an attachment, or download a file, unless I have permission or I know and trust the person who has sent it.
  9. I will not give my home address, phone number, send a photograph or video, or give any other personal information that could be used to identify me, my family or my friends, unless my teacher has given permission.
  10. I will never arrange to meet someone I have only ever previously met on the Internet or by email or in a chat room, unless my parent, guardian or teacher has given me permission and I take a responsible adult with me.
  11. If I see anything I am unhappy with or I receive a message I do not like, I will not respond to it but I will tell a teacher / responsible adult.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a new project that schools in Sunderland are taking part in, in partnership with Northumbria Police.

The project aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse. Domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.

As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with Children’s Social Care who will then communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated Academy staff.  This will make sure the Academy is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support to children, ensuring they feel safe and know there is someone who will listen to them.

The Academy has two members of staff (key adults) who have been fully trained to liaise with the Police and Social Services, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.

I believe that this project demonstrates our school’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.

In the meantime, if you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Welsh or Ruth Steckles telephone 0191 3006506

You can also find out more information through accessing the following website: http://www.operationencompass.org/


In Academy 360 the Kidsafe programme delivered in primary deals with building children’s confidence, self-esteem and equips children with effective skills to deal with unsafe situations.

Kidsafe enables children to value themselves and others and helps children to make wise and healthy choices/decisions in their lives.

Kidsafe teaches children to recognise and/or prevent abuse i.e., what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, this is done in an age appropriate, fun and non-scary way through a variety of media including the use of a puppet, games and singing.  The topics that are covered are raising self-confidence, feelings, and talking about our feelings, bullying, respecting our bodies, inappropriate touching, secrets, communication skills, assertion – saying NO, computer/internet safety and age ratings on DVD’s and computer games.

The programme is delivered by trained tutors.

If you have any questions about the Kidsafe programme please contact Mrs Treleavan.

Snap Chat Maps

Snap Chat have released a new update which connects to your GPS, and automatically (unless activated ghost mode) shows where you are on a map to anyone who is on your friends list and posts can possibly seen publicly depending on your settings.

This may cause concern for certain users, particularly those who have young children who use the app. To change the settings, pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.

Minecraft Guide for Parents

Click below to download the Minecraft Guide for Parents. Prepared for Academy 360. Excerpted from The Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft® by Cori Dusmann.

Minecraft Guide for Parents

WhatsApp Guide for Parents

Click below to download the WhatsApp Guide for Parents.

WhatsApp Parents Guide

Snap Chat Guide for Parents

Click below for a Parents Guide to Snap Chat

Snap Chat Guide for Parents

YouTube Guide for Parents

Click below for a Parents Guide to YouTube.

YouTube Guide for Parents

Primary Acceptable Use Policy

Academy 360 – Primary Acceptable Use Policy

Age-Based Guidelines

A Parents Guide to Instagram

Click below to download a Parents Guide to Instagram

A Parents Guide to Instagram

Parental Controls

Click below for information on how to set up parental controls on your home computer.

Parental Control Guide

Parents Guide to Social Networks

Click below for a Parents Guide to Social Networks.

Parents Guide to Social Networks

Secondary Acceptable Use Policy

Academy 360 – Secondary Acceptable Use Policy

Gaming Age Based Guidelines

Film Age Ratings

Useful Links:

Safer Internet Centre




NSPCC Online Safety

The Anti-Bullying Network