To help parents of children starting in Year 7, we've listed the most frequently asked questions to provide some initial information about day-to-day life at Bridgnorth Endowed School.
Please click on the questions below to find out more.
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NEW FOR 2020: How will students be organised into sets without SATS results?
In the absence of KS2 tests this year, we have been communicating with your children’s primary school teachers to find out as much as we can about the students who are joining us.
Using this information, and in consultation with our SENCo, we have set our classes up in the following ways:
English, Maths and Science
- Students will be placed into one of five preliminary ability groups for the first half term.
- We will then conduct our own internal assessments and monitoring of classwork in each subject throughout this period.
- Our faculty leaders in English (Mr Butler), Maths (Mr Hughes) and Science (Mr Hayre) will then use the full range of assessment information that we have to sort students into one of five sets in each subject for the rest of the year.
- Therefore, students should expect that after the first half term, they may move from the classes that they started the year in, and they may be in different sets for English, Maths and Science depending on where they sit in the rank order for each subject.
- Students will be grouped into one of four mixed ability classes for the whole year, each of which should be broadly similar in profile. They will remain in this class for all history, geography, art, drama, music, languages, computing and RE lessons.
- For design and food lessons, we will break this down into six mixed-ability classes in order to meet health and safety requirements.
What happens in the first week of Year 7?
Your child’s first day will start with some time in their form where they will meet the rest of their tutor group. Here, they will receive everything they need, including their timetables and other key information.
Lessons will then run as normal and your child will get the opportunity to meet their subject teachers. Students often worry about getting lost but there are plenty of staff on hand in the corridors to help direct them to their next lesson.
During the first week, Year 7 students take an early lunch, which gives them the chance to understand how it all works and have their thumb prints taken for the cashless catering system.
What are the school term dates?
What are the school hours and how is the day organised?
What are the uniform rules and where can I buy the uniform?
Our uniform policy and a list of suppliers can be found here →
Ties and blazer badges can be purchased directly from school via the PayPal button below:
NOTE: Prices include postage and packing
What equipment does my child need?
We expect students to bring the following equipment to school:
- Reading book
What are the rules regarding mobile phones in school?
Students are able to bring mobile phones to school but are not permitted to use them during school hours. If phones are used inappropriately, they will be confiscated and parents are required to collect them from reception at the end of the day.
Are lockers available in school?
We operate a ‘hire’ provision for all school lockers, which enables us to provide secure lockers in good condition for students that have requested them.
The ‘hire’ cost is a one-off sum of £15 per student for their entire time at the school, and includes a padlock and key.
Your child will be expected to empty their locker for the main summer holiday, as routine maintenance and cleaning will be carried out during this period.
When your child leaves the school and returns their key, a refund of up to £10 will be given. Should your child lose their key, a replacement can be ordered at a cost of £6.
To request a locker, please collect a form from reception and return it with your payment as soon as possible. Lockers are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Can my child travel to school on the school bus?
Transport is provided by the school’s own minibuses and drivers, to and from Highley, The Hobbins and Bobbington. The Wolverhampton route includes The Mermaid Pub, Perton, Pattingham, Penn, Seisdon and Wombourne.
What are the meal arrangements at the school (including free school meals)?
How do I make payments to the school?
What do I do if my child is absent from the school?
What happens if my child is ill at school?
If your child is ill at school, they will be asked to go to reception where they are assessed. Appropriate care will either be provided at school or arrangements will be made for them to go home.
How will I receive information from the school?
School communications are generally sent out via our School Gateway system. For those that are unable to access the system or for individual letters, paper copies will be handed out to students during tutor time.
How is the Year 7 curriculum organised?
How will I know what kind of homework my child will be set?
Government guidelines specify that Year 7 students are expected to allocate 45 to 90 minutes per day for homework.
Subject teachers will set work that is of an appropriate level and length to ensure that it makes an important contribution to the learning process.
If students need any help with homework, after-school sessions are available in the Study Centre from Monday to Thursday until 5pm and until 4pm on Fridays.
How do I find out about my child’s progress?
What happens if my child has Special Educational Needs?
What kind of after school and lunchtime clubs and activities are there?
What do I do if my child wants to have musical instrument lessons?