and Guidance Open Evening
An Open Evening is held annually early in the Autumn Term for parents and students in Year 6 interested in coming to King Edward VI School in September of the following year. The purpose of this event is to give students and parents an initial opportunity to look around the school, to hear more about our ethos and the opportunities which we offer and to ask questions. Many of our current students choose to act as guides and provide a real insight in to life at the school. Information regarding this meeting is communicated via local primary schools and dates are advertised in the local press as well as on our website.
Liaison with Partner Primary Schools Arriving at a new school is an exciting time in the life of all students. We aim to enable new students to feel at home as quickly as possible. King Edward VI School works closely with its partner schools to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. This close liaison enables students to transfer without undue difficulty and to settle quickly to the routines of secondary school.
In addition to regular meetings with primary staff by pastoral and subject
staff, all students attend King Edward VI School for two full days. This provides Year 6 students with the opportunity to become familiar with their new environment during a normal busy school day.
In all cases of admission to King Edward VI School, contact is made with a student’s former school prior to the date of admission and educational records are requested. In the case of students joining Year 7 in September contact is made with primary and other schools in the Spring and Summer terms and transfer information is passed on. The induction period for students also incorporates a further opportunity for parents to attend an evening meeting in the summer term to receive detailed information about admission and induction arrangements. As part of the admissions process, an induction pack is provided for parents dealing with matters of everyday routine and containing the forms which should be completed and returned to the school before admission. Details of school uniform are also provided. The school is committed to high standards of uniform and all students are expected to wear their uniform well as a clear indication of their belonging to the school and commitment to its standards.
For students who join the school at other times individual arrangements are made for admission and induction. New students and their parents will usually be invited to visit the school and meet the headteacher. A student guide is also allocated to each new arrival to help them to find their way around during the first few days of their time here.
Pastoral Arrangements On their arrival at King Edward VI School, students are placed into one of eight mixed ability tutor groups after consultation with primary school staff. Each group is allocated a tutor who is responsible for overseeing the progress, welfare and development of each student in his or her group. Tutors usually remain with their group for the full five years of compulsory schooling. Tutors meet their tutor groups daily for registration, once per fortnight for a tutor period and once per week for an assembly. All year groups have Pastoral Support Assistants who work with students on any issues related to well- being, behaviour and attendance. There is also a linked Achievement Leader for each year group who, alongside an Assistant Achievement Leader, works to ensure the progress of students within the year group.
“Attendance is above average because students value what the school offers them. Students’ positive attitudes are reflected in their good behaviour”.
Ofsted report March 2014
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