Year 7 Transition Information 2022 – Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, there will be a number of important forms to complete prior to your child starting in September. These include:
– Admission Form (included in Data & Information Pack)
– Biometric Registration (included in Data & Information Pack)
– Photo Consent (Included in Data & Information Pack)
– Home School Agreement
– Parent and Student ICT Code of Conduct
The Data and Information pack forms will need to be returned by post. All other forms and information will be sent to you via email, and we will request that they are sent back in the same way.
We will have been given the email address you used when you applied for your child’s school place so if this has changed, or does change in the next few months, please inform us by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our school uniform is an integral part of our culture of excellence. We ask students to take pride and care in how they wear their uniform as this demonstrates a sense of belonging to the school community they belong to. Information regarding our uniform expectations can be found on our website (www.plymstockschool.org.uk/uniform) and in the Year 7 Transition Information 2022 Booklet.
Plymstock School uniform is available from:
Trutex Schoolwear, Unit 3, Sugarmill Retail Park, Billacombe Road, Plymouth, PL9 7HT (01752) 491353
Schoolwear Shop, 105 Mayflower Street, Plymouth, PL1 1SD (01752) 252025
Please click on the link for information regarding grants for school uniforms – https://plymstockschool.org.uk/financial-assistance-for-school-uniform/
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 2022/2023 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 (May & June)
– Enhanced transition programme (invitation only, May & June)
– Induction days (5th or 7th July)
– Parent Information Evening (5th or 7th July)
– Summer School Programme (Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th July)
– Year 7 Induction Day (5th September)
– Year 7 Character Development Week (Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th September)
– Year 7 Welcome Evening (TBC)
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:
Tuesday 5 July 2022 – 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Elburton Primary, Goosewell Primary, Holy Cross, Prince Rock, Sailsbury Road, St Matthews, St Peters, Stoke Climsland, Cathedral School, Wembury, Woodford Primary and Yealmpton Primary
Thursday 7 July 2022 – 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Austin Farm, Chaddlewood Primary, College Road Primary, Compton Primary, Drake Primary, Eggbuckland Vale Primary, Fleetwood School, Hooe Primary, Hyde Park Primary, Kings School, Laira Green Primary, Marine Academy Primary, Morley Meadow, Mount Street, Oreston, Community Academy, Pennycross Primary, St Maurice Primary School, Pomphlett, Sherford Primary, St.Andrews, St.Mary’s (Brixton)
Further information will be sent nearer the time
Year 7 will start on Monday 5th September. All year 7 pupils should arrive to school no later than 8:40am on this day. Only Year 7 & Year 12 pupils will be in school on this day.
At Plymstock School everything is focused on learning. Pupils are expected to take responsibility in ensuring they have the right equipment in every lesson. This includes:
2 black/blue pens
1 green pen (to support checking, correction and development of work)
2 HB pencils
Pair of compasses
Full PE kit (on timetabled PE days)
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). We will write to 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.
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.