As a general rule, Ashbourne does not allow animals on the College premises. Ashbourne will only consider allowing animals on site as a support to a student or member of staff with health or disability issues.
When allowing an animal on the College premises we will consider a number of key factors:
a) Allergies of students/member of staff.
b) The fact that some students/member of staff may be scared of the animal.
c) General Health and Safety issues related to having an animal on site.
When this issue is raised, Ashbourne’s Health and Safety Team will meet together. The Health and Safety Team will look at each situation on a case-by-case basis reviewing the risks involved before making a decision. As made clear above, the default position of the College is not to permit animals on site. The Health and Safety Officer may invite other members of staff/students to attend the meeting if appropriate. The Officer will delegate tasks appropriately
If a student/staff brings an animal onto Ashbourne’s premises, without prior consent from the Health and Safety Officer, they will be politely asked to remove the animal from the premises with immediate effect.
The Admissions Team and Events Team are responsible for ensuring that correspondence related to arranging viewings or interviews at the College includes reference to Ashbourne’s Animals on College Premises Policy. The Head of Administration will ensure that the policy has been circulated to all members of staff and that all members of the Operations Team have been briefed on this policy.
Responsibilities if an animal is permitted on site
The Health and Safety Officer bears overall responsible for when an animal is allowed on site. The Officer will ensure that:
The Facilities Team will be responsible for:
The Head of Administration will ensure that:
Note that students are not permitted to miss or leave class to meet the animals.
Any concerns with regard to this policy should be raised with the Health and Safety Officer. In the event the Officer is unavailable, concerns should be referred to either of the deputies.
|Authorised by||The Principal|
|Effective date of the policy||September 2023|
|Circulation||Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request|
|Review date||September 2026|