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Peterhouse Boys

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phone policy (PHB & PHG)

Preamble
The purpose of this policy is to govern the pupil use, and security of cell phones at Peterhouse. It is made with the best intentions for the pupils’ wellbeing and to take account of their requirements for essential communications.

General conditions governing use of cell phones
At the beginning of every term all phones of any kind must be registered with the Housemaster / Housemistress for security purposes. Any new phones brought into school during the year must be added to the register.

No cell phones are allowed out of the House unless (with the permission of a coach / Housemaster / Housemistress) it is needed for travel home or on a long distance sporting fixture.

If a cell phone is being used on travel it will be entirely at coach’s discretion and pupils must maintain perfect cell phone etiquette in public (i.e. don’t dismount from the bus with earphones / talking on the phone etc.).

The use of mobile phones is prohibited at any school fixture. Pupils can use their phone once the fixture is complete to contact parents. If the pupil is seen using a phone, it is confiscated until the end of the fixture.

Cell phone entitlement cannot be presumed and they may be withdrawn as a punishment by the school if deemed appropriate.

Posting of inappropriate materials (including videos and photos) on social media will be deemed misuse and may result in the withdrawal of cell phone use, and could well result in further consequences.

No pupil may use their phone (or other device) to record (audio or visual) any other person without the prior consent of the person/people that they want to record.

Use of cell phones:

5th & 6th (PHB and PHG)
5th & 6th (PHB and PHG) are:
i. allowed phones at all times;
ii. allowed to use their phone in the House only; and
iii. not allowed to use their phone after lights out.


A, B, C Block (PHB)
A block, B block and C block pupils (PHB) are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the House only, subject to the following restrictions:
a. Access to their phones:
i. Weekdays.
• Phones can be signed out at approximately 13.00 on Tuesday and Thursday.
• Phones must be handed in by 19.00 evening roll calls on same days.
ii. Weekends.
• Friday: Phones can be signed out to pupils going on a floating or an away sporting fixture (Sporting pupils to hand in their phone on their return to PH Friday evening)
• Saturday: Phones can be signed out at Saturday morning roll call and must be handed back at the Sunday evening roll call the next day.
ii. Phones must be handed in prior to any prep session.
iii. Phones are locked in the House office and safe facility at all other times

A Block (PHG)
A Block pupils (PHG) are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the House only;
ii. have access to their phones at all times but during prep phones are handed to the wing leader; and
iii. not allowed to use phones after lights out.

B Block (PHG)
B Block pupils (PHG) are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the House only;
ii. have access to the phones:
a. at the w/e except during prep times
b. from 12.30/15.30 – 19.00 on weekdays
c. phones are locked in the House office at all other times; and
iii. not allowed to use phones after lights out.

C Block (PHG)
C Block pupils (PHG) are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the House only;
ii. have access to phones:
a. on Tuesday 13.30 – 17.00
b. on Thursday 15.30 – 17.00
c. on Friday 12.15 – 17.00
d. on Saturday and Sunday 09.00 – 17.00
e. phones are locked in the House office at all other times; and
iii. not allowed to use phones after lights out.

D block (PHB and PHG)
D block (PHB and PHG) are:
i. not allowed any phones at all while at School; and
ii. may be allowed a phone at the Housemaster/Housemistress’s discretion in preparation for pupil’s transition to a more senior house.

If a pupil is in breach of any of the rules the phone will be confiscated until end of term or another sanction will be applied at the discretion of the Housemaster/Housemistress.

Neither the School nor its employees are responsible for any valuables, including cell phones that are brought to school.

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