School Policies

At Lostock Hall Academy, we recognise that all children are individuals with their own particular talents and needs.

We aim to ensure that they make the most of each day and achieve success through:

• Feeling safe, secure and supported.
• Enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
• Celebrating learning and achievement.
• Contributing to the community.
• Preparing for choice and opportunities.

A safe, happy and challenging environment

We aim to create a safe, happy and challenging environment in which students can work and grow into confident, caring and responsible young adults who respect themselves and other people.
Visitors always comment on the excellent ethos in the school. The Ofsted team commented on the outstanding relationships between staff and students and between different year groups of students.

Strong discipline

Strong discipline is a key feature of the school but it is applied in a very supportive environment and students are encouraged to develop self discipline.

Care and guidance

Form tutors are key people in a student’s experience. They track both the academic and personal development of individual students and provide an invaluable link with parents and carers. They are supported by key stage co-ordinators and their assistants.

We also hold reviews and parents’ evenings during which we can discuss academic potential, current performance, behaviour, attendance, interests, and together set targets for improvement.

We recognise that individual students have different needs and may require support within areas of the curriculum. Learning support encompasses all abilities including, Able, Gifted and Talented.
A register of students requiring additional support, monitoring or provision of an individual education programme is compiled, based upon information received from the primary school, and circulated to all subject leaders.

Statemented students receive additional support determined by the recommendations of the statement. There are regular reviews to allow a student to be moved into a larger group when it is felt that the student has the coping skills and has achieved a functional level of literacy. Parents are consulted at each stage.

Enjoying a healthy lifestyle

We believe that students need to be physically and emotionally healthy in order to achieve their academic and personal potential. The school has been awarded National Healthy School Status in recognition of the support it gives to parents and students in the following ways:

Encouraging healthy eating through ensuring access to fresh water and providing healthy food options at break and lunchtimes. The school council has worked with the catering manager to develop these options.

Promoting participation in physical activity through offering a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular sporting activities including games, dance, outdoor and adventurous activities. There are also specialist activities such as cheerleading and we run a successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme that involves regular expeditions.

Supporting emotional health and well being. We employ the services of Pupil Mentors and a counsellor who run both an appointment system and ‘drop in’ sessions for students. We also provide quick and easy access to the wealth of other external services available to help when needed.

Further personal, social and health education is provided through weekly life studies lessons. A variety of topics are covered including sex education and relationships, drug education and healthy living.

Part of a community

“The use of practising designers and participation in community projects are outstanding features of the curriculum.” - Art & Design Subject Inspection

We are justifiably proud of our School Community

We have established high standards over the years. Great value is placed on the quality of relationships. We try to promote in students a sense of their belonging and contributing to the community at school, local, national and global levels. Students’ experiences are planned to highlight their rights, responsibilities and opportunities as members of these communities. They contribute to improvements within the school through discussion at school council and the year councils. We operate a prefect system in year 11 and a form prefect system in year 10.


Our closest link is with parents. We believe good communications are important. There is an on-going dialogue with parents regarding the welfare and progress of their children. The student planner offers a route for the mutual exchange of information between home and school. We conduct parent surveys, the feedback from which helps shape the development of the school. Parents receive a weekly newsletter that provides a record of the richness and diversity of our school community.

Our wider community

The school contributes a great deal to the local community and has received national recognition for its charity work. We regularly exhibit in local and national galleries and have created large scale art work for Bamber Bridge Clinic, St Catherine’s Hospice and Fox Street Homeless Shelter. Our Bands regularly perform in the community.

We operate a lettings policy and local groups and sporting teams use our leisure and fitness centre. Various community groups regularly use our school facilities. Lancashire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Lancashire Schools’ Concert Band also use the school for practice and concerts.

The school has teacher training partnerships with the University of Cumbria and Edge Hill University. These provide a wide range of opportunities for student teachers, in all subjects, allowing them to complete school based experiences as part of their Initial Teacher Training. We also accommodate placements for trained teachers returning to the profession after a break.

Our School Policies