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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Telephone : 01227 931300 Email : Office

Your first day

We’re hoping that your first day will be Wednesday 2nd September 2020, this will of course be confirmed as soon as we can.

Please arrive at reception between 8.50 and 9.00 and report to a member of staff. Do not arrive any earlier than 8.40. You will then be escorted to the Stage where you can wait for other Year 6 pupils.  During the week, you will be working with a team of Pupil Mentors who have been trained to support you and ensure you feel confident as you move through the school. If you have any questions, they are the best people to ask as they will be with you for the day.

On Thursday and Friday, please arrive at school ready to begin lessons at 8.40. You will come into school with other pupils via the Sports Hall and the ‘link’ corridor.

Mrs Stephens (your PSM) will also be around during the day. The teachers will do everything they can to help you settle into your new school. Remember, if you have any concerns or difficulties you can approach any one of the school community to help you. Don’t worry about any questions that you may have. We would prefer to answer your many questions than have you feeling anxious.

You are advised to bring along a bottle of water. The school tries hard to be as ‘plastic free’ as possible. It may be hot and you are going to be very busy. It’s also worth having a snack at break time to keep your energy levels up. While we organise your biometric thumbprint or your PIN, we would like you to bring in a packed lunch. During break and lunchtimes, teachers and Student Mentors will be on hand. Our older pupils are looking forward to seeing you too and there will be opportunities for you to see sisters, brothers and your friends from other year groups. You will find the school is a friendly and calm place. For the first week, we encourage you to stay in the courtyard in the middle of the school or the library (if you prefer to be indoors). After this, once you have settled you can use other outdoor spaces such as the football pitch, tennis and basketball courts.

After your lessons, at 3.00pm you will be escorted to the main reception. Parents and siblings can wait for you outside of the building or you can walk home with friends. 

Equipment list

  • 2 black pens
  • 2 pencils
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Reading book

Uniform

We want our pupils to wear their uniform with pride, ties are red or blue depending on what House you are in.  We will tell you your house before you start.

Click here to see the uniform requirements for the school.  Barnums in Herne Bay sell our full uniform range and you can also purchase the PE kit online through Ambition Sport.

You do not need to bring your PE kit every day, only on the days you do PE or dance.