Welcome to St Edward’s Academy. For some of you this will be a new experience as you join our community for the first time. For others, children joining us in September will be following in a long line of family members who have been educated at St Edward’s. This page is for prospective parents/carers and students who will join St Edward’s Academy in September 2021.
Welcome Year 6 students, Parents and Carers to our Transition page which contains useful information as you transition from Primary to St Edward’s Academy. Transition from Primary to Secondary school is an exhilarating time for children and one which builds great anticipation and hope for the future.
The opportunity to experience new subjects, new clubs and make new friends at a bigger school is often met with great excitement. At St Edward’s Academy we understand that whilst most students feel this way, some may experience nervousness at the thought of starting at a new, larger school. St Edward’s staff are committed to ensuring all students feel supported in their transition process and that it goes smoothly so they can live life in all its fullness.
For student, parents and carers joining us in September 2021 please look at the resources below and the documents in the attachments section. These will be updated over the Summer Term so that your child will feel fully prepared for when they enter St Edward’s Academy in September – watch this space!
Don’t worry, on your first day at St
Edward’s we will give you a new tie, lanyard and planner, you won’t be able to buy these before you start. It will then be your responsibility to bring these to school each day along with your other equipment.
Probably but don’t worry, it is a big school! There are lots of signs and people to help you and you will have a map in your planner. Usually, after a couple of weeks (or once through the timetable) people know where they are going.
Yes, during the first few days you will have older students helping you in lessons and at lunch times. These students have been chosen because they are good at helping people. At any time you can go to Student Services where you can get help with anything you need!
In your tutor group you will do “getting to know you” activities. You will also do things in your Year Group to help you. Getting involved in clubs and activities is another way of making new friends.
You can come into school at 8.00am where you can buy lunch or work in the library, you will need to be in school at 8.20am at the latest. You need to be in your classroom, ready to register, correctly uniformed and with the right equipment ready to start for 8:30am. So get to your classroom for 8:25am.
You need to be punctual, this is part of being organised. If you are late to school you will receive a detention on the same day. If you are late to a lesson your classroom teacher will discuss this and the sanction with you.
This information will be on your timetable, there are 5 hour long lessons a day and we have a two week timetable. This means that week 1 will be different lessons to week 2.
Yes! In secondary school you move to the subject classroom. This means in between lessons you have to walk quickly to make sure you’re not late. Don’t worry about getting lost, you will learn where everything is very quickly!
Either you can address teachers by their title and surname for example Mr Smith, Ms Robinson or Dr George or you can call Sir or Ma’am.
Each subject will give you up to 30 minutes per subject per week. You will get homework daily and you will record it in your school planner. Show My Homework (SMHW) is the schools online Homework Diary. You can get it as an app and lots of students find it really helpful. We will go through it in more detail when you are here.
Teachers have high expectations and we expect you to show our values of HOPE both during and outside of lessons. When students do not demonstrate these values it is our responsibility to correct this to ensure our school remains a safe, positive learning environment.
There are different colours according to which year you are in.
Yes, you will get to know everyone in your form really well and you will share some classes with them.
Detentions are only given if a student hasn’t followed the school rules. This could be for not completing a piece of homework or not following the instructions of a member of staff.
We don’t have Heads of Year we have Heads of Learning and you will probably see them most days, but it is your form tutor who you will see daily and will check in with you.
Yes! We have great food in our Dining Hall and there is a range of food from hot meals to cold snacks. We use Parent Pay at St Edward’s, your family will put money onto the account and then you will be able to pay for your food at the tills.
Simple answer – no. If you see a fight or anything you think is not right you must report it to a member of staff. We have a safe school and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure it stays that way
Yes, at both break and lunchtime everyone in our school community has lunch at the same time. However you will be given a specific time to go into the dining hall. Week 1 is Years 7-9 first and Week 2 is Years 10 and 11 first.
Bullying is not common at St Edward’s and we take it very seriously. The important thing is to report it to the tutor or classroom teacher. We will deal with it and we have an Anti-Bullying Policy. It is hard to say exactly how we deal with each case, because no two cases are the same. Our aim is always to make it stop and we will take whatever actions are needed to make this happen. We will and do use sanctions – but there are other things we might do too. We are prepared to exclude people from our school if bullying carries on.
Your Primary Schools will have told us who works well together and we use this information to help us put tutor groups together. Remember you are not always taught in your tutor groups and lessons are about learning. Social times are break and lunch, when you are free to be with your friends.
Year 7 Information
1.What will the arrangements be for September 2020 when my child starts after Covid-19?
Today’s Government update would suggest that all schools will return as normal in their entirety in September 2020;
Assuming everything will, indeed, be back to normal, we will communicate full details during the summer holidays in a letter sent week beginning 24th August 2020;
The date for the first day for Year 7s is Monday 7th September.Please mark this important date in your diary.
2.What does my child need to bring to school on their first day?
Full school uniform, bag, but NO PE kit;
Students will be given their planner, tie, lanyard and school pencil case on the first day;
Please make your payment towards costs for this as soon as possible (deadline: Friday 26th June). Do let us know if you are having any problems making this payment;
Students can bring their own pencil case to accompany their school pencil case, including the additional items needed to ensure they are secondary school ready.
3.What Language will my child study?
French, Spanish or Mandarin;
If your child knows one of these languages already,please do contact us and we will put them into a different language (to support them in achieving qualifications in two languages);
Students can take a community language as an additional GCSE;
If you child is fluent and can read and write in any language, please let us know so they can be entered for a community language GCSE.
4.My child is coming on their own from primary school –how will they make friends?
We have lots of feeder primary schools so many of our children join St Edward’s by themselves;
At the start of term,we do lots of “getting to know you” activities;
Students are encouraged to join in many extra-curricular activities and clubs;
Throughout the first term,our Tutors focus on relationships and community and talk to all of their form members to check how they’re doing;
Please do contact us should you have any concerns.
5.My child has food allergy –what happens about lunch?
All items on our lunch menu have food allergy details;
You can contact our catering provider (Vertas) for a full menu breakdown;
It is really important that we are given full health details for your child too.These are recorded on SIMS and will appear on the cashpoint as your child purchases their food;
Please contact Mr Adewale (via the email@example.com email) if you have any health conditions that you’d like to discuss.
6.What trips does the school run, particularly international trips?
Looking ahead to next academic year,we cannot be certain which trips will be allowed to run due to the Covid pandemic;
Assuming a return to normal, throughout the year we have a number of subject specific trips such as fieldwork to Walton-on-the-Naze in Geography, PE competitions, Art gallery trips,music events and a number of visits to the theatre relating to texts studied in English and Drama, to name but a few;
International trips include ski trips, language trips and the World Challenge (the last trip was to Borneo);
We feel that it is very important for students to experience the wider world and we encourage our learners to embrace the many opportunities offered to them.
7.What are the plans to make sure the children are safe from Covid-19 when we start school?
We have ensured we have followed Government guidelines for maintaining a safe school during the recent pandemic;
We have installed hand sanitiser stations outside the classrooms, these will remain in use from September;
10 new handwashing stations have been situated around the school, these will continued to be used by students in September and beyond;
We have marked out the social distancing requirements throughout the school. These markings will remain should they need to be used in September;
We will ensure that, with any further Government changes, we will continue to meet all expected standards in the new academic year and beyond;
Our precautions and procedures, although strict, have been successful in protecting our community and allowing the school to continue to run for key workers, the vulnerable and, since 15th June, Year 10 and 12. All students have successfully received remote learning throughout the period of national school closure.
8.Are children streamed into sets?
No, we feel strongly that students are given the opportunity to come to secondary school and have no ceiling on their achievement;
Your child has not had the chance to sit the SATs, a national benchmark for Year 6 children. We feel it would be unfair on students to set them (particularly given their recent experiences at the end of Year 6) and, instead, will ensure that all students have the opportunity and support to thrive;
As students go up through Year groups at the school,they may be put into sets for maths or science. This will only happen when we know our learners well enough to make the right decision for each child. These sets are not static and always allow for students to move up or down to suit their learning need.
9.How do you support children with SEND?
We have a dedicated SEND department at St Edward’s that tailor their support to the specific requirements of individual students;
If your child has SEND needs and you would like to discuss this further,please contact the school (via firstname.lastname@example.org).
10.Which of the Arts subjects are offered at St Edward’s?
We are proud to be maintaining full Arts provision at St Edward’s;
Unfortunately, in some other local schools, Arts provision has been reduced. We feel the Arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education and are committed to continue to promote the Arts;
In Year 7, students will study Art, Music, Drama, DT, Food Technology and Textiles;
Students will have the opportunity to continue to study Art, Music and Drama and we regularly have A Levels running in these subjects.
11.Which clubs run for Year 7?
A full clubs timetable will be distributed in the first term;
As a guide for Year 7,we offer Computing Club, Football, Trampolining, Basketball, Table Tennis, Games Club, Mandarin Club, Gospel Choir, Orchestra, Maths Club, Drama Club, Science Club, English Club, String group, Jazz Group, Debate Group, Art Club and Homework Club, to name but a few.
12.What happens if a child is bullied at St Edward’s?
As part of human nature, it is inevitable that there will be occasions when students are unkind to one another. We are pleased that this is rarely an issue at St Edward’s but acknowledge that any form of bullying will be damaging if not dealt with swiftly and properly;
We have a strong relationship with our students and parents/carers which means we are able to intervene quickly where needed;
We are a “Telling School”. Students are made aware of the staff that they can speak to. We have a strong support structure and encourage students and parents/carers to contact the school at the first instance;
On the rare occasion where bullying takes place,we adhere to our strict policy which can be found on our school website.
13.How many students are attending from my child’s primary school?
Unfortunately,we are unable to give specific numbers of students attending from each of our feeder schools due to privacy guidelines;
We receive detailed notes from all primary schools identifying friendship groups and when it would be suitable to put students into different teaching groups;
You can contact the school if you have any questions before school starts in September.
14.How many students on average are in one class?
This will often depend on the subject being taught and the Year group;
Form groups in Year 7 will be approximately 30 students.
15.Is swimming compulsory at St Edward’s?
Under the National Curriculum, all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.In particular, at primary school, students should be taught to:
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
We hope your child has had the opportunity to learn to swim during their time at primary school;
Swimming is not part of the compulsory curriculum at secondary school;
The St Edward’s PE department provide opportunities for our students compete in a range of sporting events across the borough and county. These include opportunities to compete in swimming galas for our most competent swimmers. Please let us know if your child excels at swimming or any particular sport.