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10th June 2021
A very warm welcome from Miss Paula McLean, Head of Year 7.
Aylesford School and Sixth Form College are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students in September. Moving up from primary to secondary school can feel like a big step for a youngster and their family, and this is natural. We hope to help you and your child prepare for this exciting step in their educational career.
I have recently started visiting primary schools in the area to meet our new students, it has been lovely to start meeting you all and answering your questions. This will help me get to know you and you get to know me and members of the transition team. I am frantically trying to remember names!!
In the meantime, keep your eyes out for updates, important information and dates and hopefully some videos.
We appreciate that you and your child may be feeling anxious about the jump to secondary. One of the biggest worries for our new starters is their friendships. Students will be placed in a tutor group, and every effort is made to put children with at least one person from their primary school, if a student transfers from a primary school on their own, we will always endeavour to place them in a tutor group with others in a similar situation. Students soon develop new friendships as there are lots of activities in and out of lessons, which are focused on mixing students from different schools and supporting the making of new friends.
It is important to have breaks within the school day. For Year 7, the 20-minute morning break is spent in the designated Year 7 area, which is reserved for them and is always supervised by the Year 7 team. This safe space allows any niggles or worries that students might have, to be easily discussed with trusted staff. Year 7 also leave lesson 4 early for lunch to give them plenty of time to get to and eat their lunch whilst still being able to participate in the wide variety of exciting clubs which happen during the lunch break.
If you have any queries, questions or concerns, please email Miss McLean directly.
INDUCTION DAY 2021 7th July 2021
It is with regret that following new Public Health Guidance and the delay of Phase 4, that Induction/move up day on the 7th July has been cancelled. We are busy trying to plan lots of other things to help aid your child's transition to Aylesford School.
More information will be coming out over the next few days.
AFTER SCHOOL TOURS.
After school tours for our new Year 7 students will be starting soon. The online booking system is now live and can be found under 'Secondary' then 'Year 7'.
Tours will be 30 mins and run from 3.45-4.15pm on the 18th and 25th May, and 8th and 15th June. We can only accommodate 4 families in each group, one adult and one child from each family.
The tours will be run by: Miss McLean-Head of Year 7, Miss Benbow-Assistant Head of Year 7 and Mr Shaw-Director of Teaching and Learning (Year 7 SLT link).
More dates may be added at a later date. If you are trying to book and are unsuccessful, it means the slots are already full. Also, please don't worry as all students will get a tour on induction day.
If your child has additional needs, our SENDCo and Assistant SENDCo are also running tours which will be more tailored to students that will come under our Learning Support Department's umbrella. Please check out their tour dates on the Year 7 page too.
We look forward to meeting you all!
Please note- If you are unable to get the date you want, please keep trying as we have cancellations and double bookings in error sometimes.
Dear Year 6’s,
My name is Holly and in this letter I am going to talk a bit about Aylesford School, so it will make you feel a bit better about starting secondary school. I know how you feel, last year I was in this place, but look at me now I am writing a letter to all year 6’s. I want to tell you I only knew 6 friends that were coming to Aylesford with me, now I have met loads more people which made me feel really happy and confident. I promise it will get better and you will get to know more and more people as you fly past year 7.
Now, I want to give you some tips about starting secondary school. It is always helpful to have an extra pencil or pen or anything, because I have learnt that they can sometimes go missing. Now this one is about homework. It is always good to get your homework done the night it is set so you can get it over and done with.
I have learnt so many things from year 7 that if you are feeling worried it is always good to talk to anyone, your tutor and the lovely head of year 7 (Miss Mclean). At the start of year 7 I only knew two words in Spanish Hola and Adios. But now I think I know about 1 million ! And I was so excited because I wanted to try new clubs like Netball and trampolining.
I hope I have helped you and made you feel much more confident about starting year 7.
See you at school!
Check out the new Aylesford transition Twitter page at @Aylesford6to7. We will add alerts and any other useful information on here, and it can be updated a little quicker than the webpage. Make sure you follow us to find out about all things to do with transition.
Say hello to some of our amazing Year 7's!
You might want to use these resources to help you and your child get ready for starting at Aylesford School and Sixth Form College:
- BBC bitesize (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zh4wy9q/starting-secondary-school/1) is a fabulous resource with video clips and top tips to help settle students as they move from being in the oldest year in their school to their new, often larger school. It also includes tips and hints for parents.
- Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/learning-disabilities/our-work/employment-education/moving-on-to-secondary-school) has put together guides for pupils and parents with ideas to help cope with the move to secondary school.
- Twinkl is an on-line resource bank of material. Due to Cov-19 they are offering free downloads of their worksheets by going to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and using the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. They have made a Year 6 to Year 7 Transition resource pack that can be found here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-c-7469-secondary-transition-resource-pack
Meet this year's Year 7 team:
Frequently asked questions
Q. What happens if I get lost?
A. You are usually with your tutor group, so follow them! Look at the copy of your map if in doubt or you could always ask one of the older students at Aylesford who love to help!
Q. How much homework will I get?
A. Year 7, on average get 2 to 3 pieces of homework set per night. Each piece should take no more than 30 minutes.
Q. Do you have lots of clubs?
A. Yes! In normal circumstances we have lunchtime clubs on every day and lots of after school clubs. Obviously at this time, most clubs are on hold but when they start back up you will be given a list of what is available and when. You don't have to commit to a club forever, we encourage you to try as many as possible until you find one that suits you.
Q. How do I earn Kudos/House points?
A. Easy! You will get awarded Kudos points for a variety of reasons; A good piece of homework, great attendance, having a great attitude, good work in lessons, helping at open evenings and other school events, participating in after school matches and many more reasons.
Q. Who do I speak to if I have a problem?
A. You can speak to your Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year or your Tutor. However, at Aylesford School, we foster a caring and nurturing environment, so you are able to approach any member of staff if you are worried about anything.
1. Be organised! Pack your bag the night before, ensure all your equipment is in your bag along with anything else you need for the day ahead.
2.Do homework on the night it is set. That way you will keep on top of it and won't always be playing catch up.
3. Name everything!
4. Get involved in new things. Try a new sport or club and you will make new friends and might find out you are amazing at something you had never even thought about before.
Important information from Stitch - Tech, our uniform providers:
Listed below some of the measures that we will be implementing this year:
1. A New Online Appointment booking system that runs every 45 mins. So, for example at 9.30 we will accept 3 bookings. The Uniform Appointment lasts 30 mins, and we will then spend 15minutes sanitising the showroom and steaming the garments tried on before the next appointment at 10.15.
This appointment will be Strictly limited to 1 parent/guardian and 1 child per booking. If a parent has multiple children to kit out, they will have to make an appointment for each Child, but this can be done within the same time slot, e.g at 9.30 book two appointments.
This will enable us to socially distance the families in the showroom by approximately 2.5m between families.
We will have approximately 1500 time slots available from end of June to end of August. We will confirm exact start date in due course.
Where possible we would like to prioritise the use of the appointments by the parents of new Year 7.
- Hand Sanitiser will be available and must be used by all entering the building.
- Our staff will be wearing protective gloves and face mask when serving the customers.
- Our online service will continue as normal and again we will encourage parents to opt for the home delivery option this year to assist in reducing the number of people attending the building.
- Where parents use the Click and Collect from Stitch-Tech option, this year we will send a text message when the order is ready for collection and we will have dedicated collection times on certain days in the week. The collection will be made from the Reception area and will not be done in the shop as previous years.
- We have installed screens on the tills for added protection
- We will not service cold calling during this time.
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