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Questions and Answers

Do I have the same teacher all day?

No, you will have a different teacher for each subject. You will soon get to know their names.

Do I have an assembly every day?

No, because it is a bigger school than your previous one, it would be impossible to have an assembly every day. You will have a year assembly once a week. When there is no assembly you will have Personal Tutor time.

Are there detentions?

Yes a subject detention could be held any night, Monday to Thursday, school detention is on a Wednesday evening and will last for one hour. Detentions are also organised for break and/ or lunchtimes.

If you do not work or misbehave you may:

Your parents/ carers will be informed if you are given any of the above.

So that you know what we expect of you, we have a set of student expectations which are displayed in each classroom.
Your Personal Tutor will go through them with you and make sure you are clear about them and the school rules.

Do I have all lessons in the same room?

No, you will have to move around school a lot. You will go to different rooms for different lessons. Don’t worry you will soon find your way around.

At the change of lessons or at break time all the students in the school are on the corridors and it is therefore important that certain basic rules are followed:

Are there any Ambassadors?

Yes some Year 11 students are Ambassadors. One of their roles is to offer you help, support and guidance and ensure that you settle into school life.
They are all on duty at break times and you should always do what they ask.

Are there any areas which are out of bounds?

Yes, there are various parts of the school which are out of bounds to students. These main areas are:

These will be explained when necessary.

What activities can I take part in after school?

There are lots of clubs which you can attend after school. You can go to practices for the various school teams, such as rugby, hockey, basketball, football, netball and cricket. Even if you are not in a team, there are clubs for you to attend.

If you prefer other activities you could always join in the practice sessions for the school production, choir and drama.

The REC Room is open after school if you need to look anything up, work on the computers, read or complete homework at homework club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday 3-4pm.

What do I do if I have a problem?

At some point in their school life most students will require help and advice about something which may be upsetting them or preventing them from going about their daily school life in the normal way.

Do not worry about things!

Whatever the problem, large or small, staff and senior students are on hand to listen and help in the best possible way. Remember most problems are quite easily solved if you share them. You can talk to your Personal Tutor, Head of Year, Member of Staff or Learning Mentor.

What do I do if I feel ill during the day?

Tell the teacher if you feel ill, they will send you to The Attendance Office.
Your Head of Year, a Deputy Headteacher or member of The Attendance Office may decide to contact you parent/ carer to come and collect you.

On no account must you leave school without permission.
Should an accident occur, please report it immediately to the nearest teacher.

What do I do if I get lost?

For the first few weeks you may find difficulty in getting from one part of school to another. Should you get lost or lose your bearings the best thing to do is to ask any member of staff or student who will point you in the right direction. Don't worry- teachers will understand if you arrive late to their lessons for the first week or so.

What do I do if my parents want to take me on holiday during term time?

Due to new Local Authority regulations we are unable to grant holidays during term time. Any holidays taken in this period will be marked as unauthorised absences.

What do I do if I find something?

Please take it immediately to The Bridge.

What do I do if I lose something?

Tell your teacher or Personal Tutor as soon as you discover something is missing, he/ she will help and advise you; you should also check to make sure it has not been handed in at the Heads of Year Office. Think carefully about when and where you remember last seeing it. Don't panic, most things have a habit or re-appearing.

Do not bring expensive items to school. If they are lost it is your responsibility.

What do I do if I have to bring any monies to school?

It is always advisable not to bring large amounts of money or valuables into school. If you have to then hand them to your Form Tutor for safe-keeping. Make sure you arrange to collect them.

You must not leave any monies or valuables in classrooms or changing rooms.

What do I do if I am not fit to do PE?

Bring a signed note from home explaining the reason and give it to your PE teacher. You must still bring in your PE kit.