Year 6 Transition Information 2023/2024 – Frequently Asked Questions
All student data packs should have been completed electronically via Applica. An email link was sent to all parents but if you have any issues with this please contact the main school reception on 01752 402679.
School uniform can be purchased from Trutex and the Schoolwear shop, P.E kit can be purchased from Kitworld. All three of these stores also have an online option.
All students are expected to be in school by no later than 8.40am. Tutor lesson starts at 8.45am.
Students will have 5 one-hour lessons a day, along with two breaks. School finishes at 3.10pm
The school operates a bell system, which signals the start and end of movement time.
Please click on the link for the 2023/2024 school term dates (https://plymstockschool.org.uk/term-dates/)
Change can affect us all in different ways. One of the biggest changes is making the step up to secondary school. Our transition programme aims to support students and families by creating as many opportunities as possible to experience Plymstock School prior to joining in September and investing the time to foster strong, positive relations hsips between the child, the parents/carers and the school. This includes:
– Staff Visits to Primary Schools
– Enhanced transition programme (invitation only)
– Induction days (5th or 6th July)
– Parent Information Evening (5th or 6th July)
– Year 7 Induction Day
– Year 7 Welcome Evening
Yes, it’s really important that we provide the opportunity to welcome parents/carers to school to be able to share important information and to answer any questions. The dates and times are below:
Wednesday 5 July 2023 – 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Thursday 6 July 2023 – 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Further information will be sent nearer the time.
Year 7’s first day will be Wednesday 6th September along with Year 12 only.
Please click below for the equipment list that is needed during the school day
Equipment needed for school
Parent Pay is our electronic payment system. You will use this system to pay for everything at school including school dinners, trips and any other events
You will be able to add credit to your account online for your child to spend in school.
Further details will be provided on the parent information evenings in July.
Parents/carers should have informed the school of any known medical conditions when completing the admission form.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day you will need to complete a consent form for this medicine to be stored and administered by the school. These can either be sent to you, upon request, or you can come into reception to complete the form.
If your child has an ongoing medical condition that requires additional support or medication we will ask you to assist in completing an Individual Health and Wellbeing Plan (IHWP). A member of our first aid team will be in contact with those individuals who have been identified as requiring a plan. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to keep the school updated on any changes to medical conditions.
One of the most positive experiences to joining secondary school is the opportunity to make new friends. Whilst we acknowledge that this is can sometimes be difficult, it is important to remember that we have lots of staff that will help and support. are confident that every student will find the right friendship group for them.
There will be certain classes where your child might be with a known friends, however there may others where they are not. We will also work closely with colleagues at the primary and parents/carers to ensure that all pupils are happy and feel supported within their friendship groups, both in and out of class.
The quality of a child’s education extends beyond the four walls of a classroom. It is important that all pupils have the equality of choice and opportunity to enrich themselves through accessing extra-curriculum clubs and activities. Clubs usually take place after school, starting at 3.15pm and finishing no later than 4.30pm but there are also a range of lunchtime clubs available. Please visit our website (www.plymstockschool.org.uk/clubs-activities) to see an example of the range of clubs and activities available to our pupils.
High levels of attendance is one of the most important factors for your child to fulfil their potential and achieve high outcomes. We expect pupils to attend school 100% of lessons, 100% of the time. We also expect pupils to be punctual.
If for any reason, your child is unable to attend school, the school MUST be notified by no later than 8.30am. You should telephone the school office on the first day of the absence, and each subsequent day. The telephone number is 01752 402679 (Option 1).
Plymstock School operates the ‘Truancy Call’ system. This is part of our safeguarding and welfare processes. If your child is absent from school without parental contact you will receive an automated call to inform you of this by no later than 9.30am.
We are unable to authorise holiday requests except in exceptional circumstances.
Where possible we request that medical appointments are made outside of school hours. If appointments are unavoidable, please provide us with a copy of any appointment cards or letters.