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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

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Year 7

Welcome Year 7 to your area of the school website

Hello Year 7! Welcome to your area of the Aylesford School website. We have designed this area as a place for you, where we will share achievements and successes within the year group as well as a place to reference things that we feel could be useful to you. 

We will also include some useful links to websites that can help you get more information or help on a topic (academic and wellbeing support). Check in regularly for messages from myself, Miss Benbow or your tutors, important news, updated information and any important dates that you may need to make a note of.

We hope you find our year 7 page fun and informative.If you need to contact us please find our email addresses below. 

Miss McLean

News and Notices -8th November 2021

Hello Year 7!

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely half-term and enjoyed Halloween and Bonfire night and stayed safe.

So here comes the countdown to Christmas...

Now you have settled in, know your way around, and you are familiar with staff, it's time to make sure we keep up the amazing effort that you started with in September. Please ensure you are on time in the morning, on time to lessons and that you give your homework in when it is due. I say all the time in assemblies how proud I am of you and so are the rest of the year 7 team. So please keep up the good work.

You are aware we are checking uniform regularly and Year 7 have been amazing! Don't forget to start bringing your coats in now its turning colder and wetter, and you still need your blazers every day.

Miss McLean

A few reminders.

Your Tutor registration start at 8.40am- This means you need to be in your seat by then ready to go. If you arrive after 8.40am, you will be marked as late.

You must be in correct school uniform. I do expect to see you with your tie, blazer and school shoes, unless it is a PE day, and then you should be wearing the kit listed below. If you are not in the correct uniform, please supply a note from home explaining why.

Mobile phones! These are not allowed out while in school. Phones that are seen out during the day will be sent to the office until the end of the day.


Miss McLean.                                                                           


                                    Huge Congratulations!

A massive well done to our Year 7 Champion Jaya from 7BNW.

Jaya won the National Schools England Boxing Championships in her weight category in Newcastle yesterday Sunday 26th September, which also happened to be her 12th Birthday, so she had the best birthday present of a Gold Medal.


We are all really proud of you. An Olympic star in the making!
Miss McLean :) 

                                                             Year 7 Sporting success!

Well done to the Year 7 Netball team for winning their first away match! Well done girls! Miss Benbow was SO pleased with you!

                              Welcome to the Year 7 photo gallery 2020-21


                                                                  Kissing it Better.                

Now Year 7, Miss Benbow and I know what a caring, kind hearted bunch you are. So how about getting involved with this. Do your bit for the older community during COVID-19, offer them some much needed support. Lot's of them have been cut off from their families since last year and really need to feel valued and in return just think how you will feel knowing you have brought a smile to some ones face. Have a read below and see how you can take part...


Well done to both Year 7 winners! Great designs.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Aylesford Hearts and Hugs competition designing posters for the charity  Kissing it Better.  The following winners will have striking glossy versions of their work displayed with their names and school at the bedsides in local care homes in Warwick. 

Year 7 winners:

​​Poppy B  7FRL 

Thomas S 7HLY  

Kissing it Better will be very happy to receive letters and pictures after the half-term break to be distributed throughout care homes in Warwick.  Although we try our hardest to match pen pals from Aylesford School to individual residents, please appreciate that replies may be difficult to organise.  

Send your letters to 

Thank you to all new letter writers that have contributed already to KIB Penpal 2021.   


A reminder of a few rules.

Mobile phones are not permitted in school time. If you do bring a phone into school it MUST stay in your blazer pocket and not be out and being used at break/lunchtime. It will be confiscated and placed in my office if you are seen with it out during the day.

You must come into school each day prepared for learning. You need to bring in your own equipment every day (pens, rulers etc) as equipment cannot be shared in school between pupils. Don't forget your reading book!

To clarify what is expected/allowed for PE, please find a list below.

Girls Kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top

·         Blue Aylesford jumper

·         Blue Aylesford skort or shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base layers under normal PE kit - leggings and long sleeved top (they must be navy or black)
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear leggings without a skort over the top.

Boys kit

·         Blue Aylesford PE top or Blue Aylesford rugby long sleeved top

·         Blue Aylesford shorts

·         Blue Aylesford jogging bottoms or plain black jogging bottoms

  •          Optional base-layers in navy or black under normal PE kit
  •          Optional Waterproof or showerproof jacket in wet weather (Ideally navy or black)

Students are not allowed to wear hoodies or jumpers that are not Aylesford's.


Meet the Year 7 team 2021-22

Head of Year 7       

Hello, I am Miss McLean and I will be your Head of Year throughout your time in Year 7. I am very excited to be part of a wonderful and enthusiastic Year 7 team and I cannot wait to support you with your first steps into Secondary school life. I understand transition is a huge step and myself and the rest of the team will do all we can to help you reach your potential and have a happy, fun and safe time at Aylesford School. I truly believe here at Aylesford we foster a caring and nurturing environment and this is one of the reasons I invested my own sons' education here.

Miss K Benbow

Assistant Head of Year 7 and 7BNW

Hello, I’m Miss Benbow and I am Assistant Head of Year 7, where I work closely with Miss McLean to ensure that your transition to Aylesford is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This will be my fifth year at Aylesford, where I also teach PE. The PE department run many different sports clubs both at lunchtime and after school, and it would be great to see you at some at these throughout the year. When I was in Year 7 netball quickly became my favourite sport, and it still is to this day, as I continue to enjoy playing for my team on the weekends.

Miss L.Collins


I''m Miss Collins and I started at Aylesford last year, but I’ve settled in so quickly it seems like I’ve been here longer and its part of my job to help you feel at home here too.

I’m a science teacher, and I’m a specialist in Biology, I love everything living. This probably explains why I have four dogs, three cats and a small flock of chickens at home! I’m looking forward to hearing about your pets and favourite animals.

Over the school holidays I can normally be found playing video games, watching anime, reading or playing board games. I’m excited to hear what you love doing in your spare time as well. I love crafts and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do plenty of these in our tutor time.

Miss C.Costanza


I am a language teacher and I am fluent in four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and of course English!! I enjoy running, cooking, baking, gardening and travelling. My favourite quote is "Life is a stage and you only get one performance. Make it a good one"


Miss L.Dougan


Hi guys, I am Miss Dougan. I am a teacher of Child Development and Health and Social Care. I have worked at Aylesford for just over 4 years now. When I am not working, I enjoy reading and craft making. I also love to go on holiday and see new places. I look forward to meeting you all.

Mrs V.Grinham


My name is Mrs Grinham and I teach Art and am also Head of the Art Department, so I will also teach some of you Art during your time at Aylesford.

I have been a teacher at Aylesford School for a very long time which means that I will probably know the answers to any questions that you might have. It also means that I may have taught some of your mums or dads, however if I have taught any of your grandparents, please do not point this out, as it will make me feel even older than I already feel! Some people ask me why I have stayed at the same school for so long and the answer is really easy. It’s because I love teaching at Aylesford!

Miss M.Kiernan


I have been teaching at Aylesford School for 8 years now. I started off on a maternity cover teaching French and Spanish then stayed on as a cover teacher. I'm now enjoying something completely different in supporting the math's department. Although I have been teaching for over 20 years, I have never been a Year 7 tutor so I am very excited to meet you all and join you in your journey through Aylesford.

In my spare time, I am a big reader, so I encourage you all to have your books ready for tutor time! I have 3 children, aged 18, 16 and 11. Both my daughters will be at Aylesford this year. I also love running, yoga and snuggling with my Jack Russell, Robbie. Be prepared for the pet photos!

Miss G.McCubbin


Hi Team,  I’m Miss McCubbin, a Year 7 tutor and PE teacher at Aylesford School! This is my fifth year at the school, as staff anyway, I was one of the lucky ones to be a student here too - it was so good I came back! This is my first year being a tutor, and I am super excited to watch you all flourish. I’m always up for a chat, especially if it involves talking about your four-legged friends. I have recently become a proud dog Mumma to my little Border Collie pup Chester!

You’re going to love it here at Aylesford and I am looking forward to everything this year is going to bring, especially sports day!

Mr McLean -   

Cover Supervisor - Covering 7MCB

Hi all, I am Mr McLean, I am currently tutor for 7MCB. This is my 8th year at Aylesford. 7 Years as a student and in Sixth Form, and then I returned after finishing University as a member of staff. I love the friendly atmosphere here and the wide range of topics and sports. I teach Ultimate Frisbee and Basketball during lunchtimes and after-school. I am looking forward to welcoming you all and any questions just ask, as I was in your position once!


Mrs L.Brown

Year 7 Transition TA

Hi, I'm Mrs Brown! I am the transition TA in year 7. I recently joined Aylesford after working in a local primary school for 10 years. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to settle in and enjoy your new adventure! My favourite subject is History and I also love to read, I would love to know about any good books you have read! 


Miss M.Hensel

Attached tutor-Year 7 Team


House news 2019/20

Huge congratulations to Ragley House, who are this years house champions. Unfortunately, due to lock down, the exciting announcement and cup lift was done without the usual sports hall full of students.  A massive well done to all Ragley tutor groups and also well done to Charlecote, who came in 2nd place and Stoneleigh who were 3rd place. The results were very close and there has been a lot of Kudos points awarded to well deserving students this year.


Useful Resources.

Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Attached below is a pdf of BBC Bite size's secondary timetable for w/b 18th Jan if anyone wants anything extra to look at. You can also look at this on catch up.

Family Information Service (FIS) We provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

Useful Apps: 

Forest - I love this idea! This is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones! One of the worst habits for destroying concentration and ruining quality time is constantly checking your smartphone – whether to play games, look at social media or stay up to date with endless group WhatsApp threads. With this App, you plant a seed in the ground and within 30 minutes the seed can grow into a tree, you simply need to ignore your phone to allow the seed to grow.  While the tree grows the App displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.  I really need to get my 20 year old son to download this!

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.

Take a look at this month's well being calendar.

This Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other.

                                                    TEN KEY STEPS TO HAPPIER LIVING  

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone's path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people's happiness and well-being.

The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.