Policies help define rules, regulations, procedures and protocols for schools. All of these are necessary to help a school run smoothly and safely and ensure that pupils receive a quality education.


Schools have policies for several reasons. Policies establish rules and regulations to guide acceptable behavior and ensure that the school environment is safe for pupils, teachers and school staff. School policies also help create a productive learning environment.

Rules and Regulations

In order for rules and regulations to be in place and enforced, policies are created.  Having these policies in place means there are determined procedures for how school operations are handled, so that educators, staff and students know what is expected and can act accordingly. This saves time, prevents confusion and unifies the school.

Safe Learning Environments

Pupils, teachers and staff members deserve to feel physically and psychologically secure in their environment. In order to create this environment, policies are created and instated that establish safety standards for the physical environment and mental state of pupils and staff. This is done by creating policies such as safeguarding and anti-bullying policies. 

Policies are important because they help a school establish rules and procedures and create standards of quality for learning and safety, as well as expectations and accountability. Without these, schools would lack the structure and function necessary to provide the educational needs of students. Ultimately, policies are necessary to the success and safety of a school.

Please ask in the school office if you would like a paper copy of any of our policies including any which are not listed here. All paper copies of any information on our website are free of charge.
Woodside School has a School Emergency Plan (including Lockdown Procedure and Emergency Evacuation) in place.  The plan relates to an event that threatens the safety of the children and staff. This plan contains sensitive information; therefore, is not available for a general public viewing.  A copy of the plan can be found on the school's own policy drive, which is backed up and can be accessed remotely by members of staff in case of an emergency