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30th March 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 am looking forward to visiting you in your primary schools and chatting to your Year 6 teachers in the coming months (subject to COVID guidelines). This will help me get to know you and you get to know me and members of the transition team. In the meantime, I will be putting up news, information and updates regularly – Keep your eyes out after Easter for some more updates and video's.
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 a 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.
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 the 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 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 sanitizing 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
2 Hand Sanitizer will be available and must be used by all entering the building.
3 Our staff will be wearing protective gloves and Face mask when serving the Customers.
4 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.
5 We have installed screens on the tills for added protection
6. We will not service cold calling during this time.
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