Welcome to Year 7

 

To our new Year 7 cohort and their parents and carers, welcome to Gaynes School!

Year 7 is the start of an exciting new chapter in each of our students’ lives. Students will join our community and meet a range of new people, both staff and peers, who will enrich their lives and develop their awareness of, and empathy towards, others in our School.  There will be challenges ahead, but students will be supported to gain the relevant skills they need, both academic and socially, in order to overcome problems and prepare themselves as best as possible for their futures.

The first year at secondary school is important for students in building as strong a foundation as possible for their future learning at Gaynes. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the wider life of the School, such as involvement in extra-curricular activities, and to take pride in representing the School and the community.

Students at the school will be supported by a form tutor, who is the first point of contact and who will offer guidance and advice. I will be responsible for the learning and achievement for the year group, supported by other staff in the Year Care Team (YCT) who will be available to help students and parents with concerns, in particular with student welfare and well-being. There are many other staff at Gaynes who may have a role to play in supporting, for example our SEND department, with all staff working closely together so that students can achieve the best they possibly can.

Every student at Gaynes is expected to have high standards of themselves, and we expect students to work and behave in the appropriate manner, following the School’s Code of Conduct and ‘being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.’

We are keen to celebrate students’ achievements, successes and progress. Achievements will be congratulated with letters, certificates and prizes to recognise the high level of effort that students contribute to their learning and to the School.  Equally, sanctions are used where students fail to meet our expectations, with students made to take responsibility for their actions.  We ask that parents and carers work with us to support our students with this too.  Additionally, form groups will receive a ‘Bulletin’ weekly with updates on student and form achievement points.

Students are expected to have excellent attendance, be punctual, organised and prepared to learn, bringing the correct equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, diary, reading book and calculator) and resources to lessons, and ensuring that homework is completed regularly, accurately, neatly and on time.  In order to support this, parents, carers and form tutors are to check the student planners weekly, and parents and carers should be monitoring the completion of homework.  Homework clubs, with ICT facilities, are available for students outside of lesson time.

We are keen to involve parents and carers in the learning of their children, and believe that good communication and a strong home and school relationship is important in developing our students.  There will be regular contact made by the School to keep parents and carers informed, both of positive events and of areas that require improvement to help to raise students’ achievements.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance, and we will do our best to assist you.

I look forward to working alongside you this year to ensure every student’s success and would like to thank you in advance for your continued support.

Mr. P Whiteman
Acting Assistant Head – KS3 Standards & Delivery