Frequently asked questions
How long is the school day?
Tutor time starts every morning at Insert time 8.35am. We ask that all students are in school by 8.30am at the latest. School finishes at 15.00pm, except for Wednesdays when the finish time is 14.45pm.
Can I ride my bike to school?
You can ride your bike to school. We have bike racks in the school car park. Please ensure you have a sturdy lock for your bike and if possible make sure it is security marked. Please wear a helmet.
How long are lessons
Lessons are all one hour long.
How many lesson are there in a day?
There are five lessons every day.
How will I find my way around the school?
All classrooms have numbers – no two rooms have the same number – staff and older students will be more than happy to help you if you are unsure. Room numbers will be shown on your timetable and you will quickly get to know your way around. For the first few days, no one will be cross if you arrive a little late to lessons if you couldn’t find you way.
What lessons will I have?
You will have an exciting mix of many different subjects, some of which you will have studied at primary school, some you will not have done: English, Maths, Science, Art, History, Geography, Design and Technology (including Food Technology), PSHCE, Drama, PE and Spanish
How long is lunchtime?
You will have a twenty minute break in the morning and a thirty five minute break for lunch.
Can you play football at lunchtime?
Yes you can, many students play football mixed with different year groups, it’s a great opportunity to make new friendships.
What kind of food is served in the canteen?
There is so much to choose from in the Restaurant. It is open in the morning for breakfast and open again at break for hot and cold snacks, cakes, pastries, baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, pasta pots, fruit and drinks. At lunchtime in addition to baguettes, sandwiches etc. there is also a choice of hot meals and a hot dessert. There is usually a roast dinner on Wednesdays and always fish and chips on Fridays! The canteen can and will cater for all dietary requirements.
How do I pay for my lunch?
The academy runs a cashless catering system. Students will have their thumb scanned during their first day of school, and parents will be able to regularly top up monies via the school “Gateway”
Can I bring food into school?
You can bring a packed lunch if you wish. You can eat it in the Restaurant with your friends or outside on benches around the playground. We do ask that students do not bring chewing gum, fizzy drinks and large quantities of sweets into school. There are plenty of bins around school – please use them for all your litter and recycling.
When do I find out who my tutor is?
You should by now know who your tutor will be, if you are not clear you can always request this information via the Transition email address. When you arrive with us you will have lots of opportunities to get to know your tutor really well. Don’t forget you will be seeing them every morning, so it won’t take long to get to know each other.
When do I find out who will be in my tutor group?
You will be working for much of the first day with your tutor group, involving lots of getting to know you activities.
What do I need to bring on my first day?
Please bring a pencil case with basic equipment (blue or black pens, pencils, ruler, sharpener, eraser etc), water bottle and trainers. Please ensure all items are named. You may want to bring a healthy snack to keep you going. Most importantly bring along bags of enthusiasm and a little bit of courage. There will be lots of people on hand to help make it a really great day!
Where do I go if I need help?
Ask any member of staff if you need help. Your tutor will see you first thing every day so they will be a really good person to ask if you are unsure about anything. Mr Endicott, Head of Years 7,8 and 9 or Mrs Knight, Student Manager for Years 7,8 and 9 will be around a lot too, to help out. Staff on Reception will also be happy to help at any time, especially if you feel unwell.
How much homework will I get?
You should normally get two or three pieces of homework each night and these might take up to an hour in total. Homework will be published for parents and students via an online system called ‘Show My Homework’. Knowledge Organisers will be given to you which contain key information that you will need to learn and will often form the basis of your homework.
Where should I go if I lose something?
Lost property is usually taken to Reception. If the item has your name on it we will get it back to you as soon as we can. If it is not named that makes it much harder to reunite you with your things. If you have lost something please go and check with Reception. Also think about where you last had it - it may still be there. Make sure you have a safe place for your important things (phone, bus/rail pass, lunch card) and get into the habit of checking they are safe.
What clubs are there?
There are different clubs running throughout the year. We will be able to give you more details when we see you. Examples would be, Sports, Art, Maths, Drama, Young Farmers, and Homework club to name a few.
What if I feel unwell when in school?
First tell the teacher or staff member you are with. They will send you to Reception to be checked by a First Aider. If you need to go home or be collected they will ring and make arrangements with your parents/carers. Please do not leave site without telling anyone.
I am worried about travelling to school on the bus/train on my own
Make sure over the summer you find out exactly where and when you need to catch your bus. Maybe make a few practice journeys with your parents/carers or a friend. Is there anyone you know who will be travelling on the same bus? You could consider travelling together. Once you have joined us we will make sure we introduce you to other students who travel from the same area as you. Very soon there will be familiar faces to and from school each day.
Can I bring my mobile phone to school?
Mobiles can be bought to and from school, but they should be kept in bags or lockers once you arrive. We have a See It, Hear It, Lose It policy with regards to mobile phones during the school day, including both break and lunch times. If mobile phones are seen, they will be confiscated and handed into main reception where they can be collected at an agreed time. Consequences are also issued for the confiscation of mobile devices. Unfortunately no responsibility will be taken by the academy for any loss, or damage caused to phones that are bought onto the academy site.