Return To School : September 2022 (Secondary Years)

Mr Di Salvo held a Virtual Town Hall meeting for parents on Thursday 1st September. This event was recorded and can now be accessed via our blog which can be found on the homepage of this website.

We ask that you read the information that follows so that you are aware of our expectations for students and parents in readiness for the start of the new academic year in September 2022.

This information contains details of arrangements for the start of term and clear expectations relating to significant areas of academy life. Please take time to read everything carefully.

Site Entrance

As of 1st September 2022, there will continue to be two entrance/exit points for the academy site.

  • Main Entrance (opposite Almond Road)
  • Dahlia Road entrance (opposite Dahlia Road)

We will maintain a high level of staff presence at the start and end of the academy day as students enter and leave our site.

The pedestrian gates at the main entrance and Dahlia Road entrance will be opened each morning at 8:10am. Only members of staff will be allowed access to the site before this time.

Please be aware that students should not arrive before the time that gates open to avoid large groups gathering on pavements.

Traffic On Site

Please do not enter the school site by car to either drop off or pick up your child at the start and end of the school day. The reduction of traffic on the site has a positive impact on the safety of children and adults on site.

The only exception to this rule is for students who have mobility issues and need to be dropped closer to the academy entrance doors.

Timings of the School Day

We are making an adjustment to the start of the school day from September 2022. Students must be on site before 8:25 and must be seated in tutor rooms ready for the morning register to be taken at 8:30am.

Our advice is for students to maintain their routines from this year where arrival had to be before 8:20am. By doing this students will ensure that they are always on time.

The timings for the end of the school day are found in the table below.

Day of the Week

End of School Day

Monday

All students finish at 3:00pm

Tuesday

All students finish at 3:50pm

Wednesday

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 finish at 3:00pm

Years 11, 12 and 13 finish at 3:50pm

Thursday

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 finish at 3:00pm

Years 11, 12 and 13 finish at 3:50pm

Friday

All students finish at 3:00pm

 

First Day Of Term Arrangements: Years 7 to 13

The first day of term for students in Years 7 to 13 will be Monday 5th September 2022.

Our advice is for students to maintain their routines from this year where arrival had to be before 8:20am. By doing this students will ensure that they are always on time.

All students should arrive at school fully prepared for learning to begin. Please ensure that your child has an appropriate school bag as well as a pencil case with the following items: Chrome Book* (fully charged), black pen (ballpoint), pencil, ruler, eraser, protractor and scientific calculator. Students can choose to bring coloured pens or pencils but please be aware that the following items are banned: permanent markers and correction fluid.

*students in Year 7 will be issued their Chrome Books during the first week of term.

Year Group Arrival

Year 7 students must enter through the main secondary entrance and go directly to the theatre where they will be met by Mrs Hawthorn and their form tutor.

  • Year 7 students must wear their academy PE kit as they have PE on this day.

 

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

7B1

Emma Yarde

S102

7B2

Miriam Peiro Hernandez

S103

7G1

James Politano

S104

7G2

Emma Chan and Charlotte Bean

S104

7P1

Olivia Bonner

S106

7P2

Victoria Roberts

S107

7V1

Tom Brooker

C102

7V2

Naomi Vincent

C103

 

Year 8 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 8 students should come in full school uniform as they do not have PE on this day.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

8B1

Lydia Greentree

C104

8B2

Paul Henderson

C105

8G1

Michael Douglas

C106

8G2

Laura Shocklidge

C107

8P1

Carl Cooper

N205

8P2

Mary Parkes

N206

8V1

Rhiannon Marshall

N207

8V2

Amy Holland

N208

 

Year 9 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 9 students should come in full school uniform as they do not have PE on this day.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

9B1

Josephine Sams

N104

9B2

Emma Jeeves

N103

9G1

Cameron Dhadli

N102

9G2

Steven Atkinson

N105

9P1

Ellie Rowden

N106

9P2

Victoria Ortega Laguna

N109

9V1

Louise Lovell

N110

9V2

Ged Lowry

N111

 

Year 10 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 10 students should come in full school uniform as they do not have PE on this day.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

10B1

Desiree Thompson

N202

10B2

Adriano Di Salvo

C201

10G1

Susannah Illife

C202

10G2

John Mason

C203

10P1

Jon Teare

C204

10P2

Frances Dempster

C205

10V1

Kate Thomas

C206

10V2

Ben Williams

C207

 

Year 11 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 11 students should come in full school uniform as they do not have PE on this day.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

11R1

Catherine Pringle

A204

11R2

Daniel Prudden

S201

11R3

Becky Collins

S202

11R4

Leighann Smith

S203

11R5

Will Gourlay

S204

11R6

Matthew Hounslow

S205

11R7

Kim Furniss

S206

11R8

George Bott

S207

 

Year 12 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 12 students should come dressed in accordance with the Sixth Form dress code.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

12R1

Jane Thom

Art Barn

12R2

Karen de Boer

A213

12R3

Georgia Bainbridge

N008

12R4

Bill Pringle

N010

12R5

Jo Watts

C001

 

Year 13 students must go directly to their tutor room where they will be met by their form tutor.

  • Year 13 students should come dressed in accordance with the Sixth Form dress code.

Tutor Group

Tutor

Tutor Room

13R1

Amy Coates

S017

13R2

Wendy O’Sullivan

C005

13R3

Martin Shepherd

N009

13R4

Alison Randle

N007

13R5

Tracy Druce

S016

13R6

Andrew Major

S015

 

School Uniform

As well as enjoying a break with your children, parents will no doubt be looking forward to (or dreading!) the annual trip to the shops to source uniform and school shoes! Before any of you embark on this please take time to read the expectations set out below. All bespoke KBA items can be purchased from Karlsports.  

Secondary School Uniform Year 7-11

Item

Compulsory of Optional

Purchase From

KBA blazer

Compulsory

Karlsports

Black trousers

Either trousers or KBA pleated kilt are compulsory

Any retailer

KBA pleated kilt

Karlsports

KBA House tie

Compulsory

Karlsports

KBA V-necked jumper

Optional

Karlsports

White formal shirt

Compulsory

Any retailer

Black polishable shoes

Compulsory

(No boots, trainers of other forms of footwear are allowed)

Any retailer

Plain black or white socks/tights

Compulsory

Any retailer

 

Secondary Physical Education School Uniform Year 9-11 (to be worn on timetabled PE days)

 

Item

Compulsory of Optional

Purchase From

KBA sports polo shirt

(old style)

Compulsory

n/a

KBA sports polo shirt

(new style)

Optional at start of year

(Compulsory if/when old style polo shirt is replaced)

Karlsports

KBA black training trousers OR

KBA black sports leggings

Compulsory

(plain black or branded black training trousers / leggings are not allowed)

Karlsports

KBA sports hoodie

(old style)

Compulsory

n/a

KBA sports hoodie

(new style)

Optional at start of year

(compulsory if/when old style hoodie is replaced)

Karlsports

KBA sports shorts

Optional

Karlsports

KBA sports skorts

Optional

Karlsports

KBA sports zip rain jacket

Optional

Karlsports

 

Secondary Physical Education School Uniform Year 7 and 8 (to be worn on timetabled PE days)

 

Item

Compulsory of Optional

Purchase From

KBA sports polo shirt

Compulsory

Karlsports

KBA black training trousers OR

KBA black sports leggings

Compulsory

(plain black or branded black training trousers / leggings are not allowed)

Karlsports

KBA sports hoodie

Compulsory

Karlsports

KBA sports shorts

Optional

Karlsports

KBA sports skorts

Optional

Karlsports

KBA sports zip rain jacket

Optional

Karlsports

Other Uniform Expectations

Jewellery

A single ring and one pair of small, plain stud or sleeper size earrings and a watch are the only items allowed.  All Jewellery must be removed for PE activities and is brought into school entirely at the student’s own risk. Students must not wear multiple rings, ear piercings, hoop style earrings or jewellery in the upper ear, ear cartilage, nose, tongue or gum. These items are banned and will be confiscated.

If you do decide to allow your child to have additional piercings, please ensure that they are removed for school. This will be strictly enforced and students not correctly attired for lessons may be withdrawn from mainstream lessons until the issue has been fully resolved.

Hairstyles

Students are expected to have moderate hairstyles, avoiding extremes. A definitive list of acceptable and unacceptable hairstyles is impractical but our guiding principle will relate to whether or not the hairstyle is appropriate for a professional, working environment.

Make Up

Discreet make-up only is allowed. In practical terms this means no bright lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner, false eyelashes or false nails.

Nails

False nails can represent a health and safety risk in physical education lessons and are not appropriate for school. It is far easier to maintain the cleanliness of short, natural nails than longer acrylic or varnished ones. Clear or subtle nail varnish is allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Uniform

What happens if my child comes to school without school shoes?

If there is a genuine reason for your child not wearing school shoes we ask that you inform their Head of Year either by email or telephone before your child arrives at school on that day. In cases where a genuine reason exists students will be provided with a non-uniform pass for a limited duration of 1 day. If no reason is provided your child will be required to wear a pair of black plimsolls for the day.

Why can’t my child wear clothes, jewellery or make-up to express their personality and individuality?

School is a formal setting (just like a place of work or business) where students should be treated equally and have equal access to attention and support from staff.   We do not want to encourage an environment where students are competing in terms of their appearance or how “fashionable” they look. Students very often claim that their appearance sets them apart from others and is an expression of individuality when actually they are simply conforming to the expectations of their peer group.

Why can’t my child wear piercings/nail extensions/varnish when I have been told that other children do?

Students often use this as their first defence with parents/carers and members of staff. Invariably, the truth is that everyone else is not being allowed to break the rules that also apply to your child.  Where there are students wearing piercings/nail varnish/extensions then they will also be dealt with. However, the school is not at liberty to discuss the sanctions and issues regarding another child with you or your child.  In the same way, we will not discuss issues to do with your child with others.

Why can’t my child have nail extensions?

As previously stated, long nail extensions pose a risk when a student is engaged in physical activity or taking part in specific subjects within the curriculum. If one is ripped off or brushes another student, this can result in painful cuts and rips to the skin.  In addition, the academy does not want to encourage an environment where such “additions” to appearances are taken as the norm.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are banned from being used at any point on the academy’s site, whether indoors or outdoors.

Mobile phones are not just distracting, but when misused or overused, they can have a damaging effect on a pupil’s mental health and wellbeing. It is to be recognised that the enhanced functions of many mobile phones give the most cause for concern and are most susceptible to potential misuse. Examples of misuse include the taking and distribution of images of others on the academy site without permission, the capture of indecent images, exploitation and bullying. It must be understood that mobile phones can have a negative impact on a pupil’s safety, dignity, privacy and right to confidentiality.

Procedure:

We operate a ‘See it, Hear it, Lose it’ policy with regard to mobile phones. This simply means that a mobile phone will be confiscated if it is seen or heard on the academy’s grounds*.

  • This restriction will be in place at all times while students are on the grounds of the academy; this includes when students arrive and leave at the end of the day. It is also in place after enrichment clubs have finished. Phones should be turned off (not just put on silence) and put away before students enter the academy gates and not turned on again until they have left the site.
  • We recognise that some parents/carers, in the interests of their child’s personal safety, may wish their child to have their mobile phone with them for their journey to and from the academy but must stress the importance of parents/carers clearly communicating that this must be turned off at all times on site.
  • Mobile phones that are seen or heard will be confiscated and stored in a secure place at Student Reception and can only be collected by a student at the end of the academy day.
  • If a student repeatedly has their mobile phone confiscated the device may be kept until parents/carers make an appointment for it to be collected.
  • Students will be able to contact staff on duty/staff running clubs if there is an emergency and they require to speak with their parent/carer although we do not envisage this to be necessary. Whether or not a situation is an emergency can only be determined by a member of staff.
  • We will ensure that any important messages are relayed to your child through the day if you leave a message at reception. However, please be aware that this facility should only be used for emergencies.
  • Students who refuse to hand the phone over to a member of staff will be placed in Internal Exclusion for the rest of the day. In these instances, parents will be contacted by the relevant Head of Year. Refusal to go into Internal Exclusion may result in a Fixed Term Exclusion.

*Please note that if a member of staff does not physically see the phone then this can still be confiscated if they are sure the student has been using it i.e. text has been sent to parents.

Behaviour Policy September 2022

Parental support is essential in relation to our expectations of student behaviour and we ask that you read the Behaviour Policy (which can be found on the academy’s website) so that you and your child(ren) are fully aware of this. Our expectations are high and we make no apology for this as we know that a disruption free learning environment is essential for students to achieve their true potential.

The purpose of our Behaviour Policy is to ensure that all members of our community have knowledge of the behaviour system and follow it to bring about consistency of practice throughout the academy as we transition back fully from the COVID-19 outbreak.

It also ensures that all students understand what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and that every student understands their choices and the consequences of their decisions. The policy also outlines the rewards that helps make the system effective as we recognise that rewards play as vital a role in the process of ensuring outstanding behaviour.

Our key purpose is to ensure the safety, well-being and success of all our students. In order to ensure success for all, we have in place a range of interventions to support students, develop positive relationships and refocus on learning. Poor conduct has consequences for learning and achievement and, in these unprecedented times, the safety and wellbeing of our community. High expectations of staff and students make a positive contribution in our aim of achieving the ‘Best in Everyone’.

Our policy is built around our core values of Respect, Determination and Ambition and is aimed at supporting our students to exhibit the values we look to develop in them, and to reflect when they have breached these values.

In applying this policy, the academy takes into account its duties under the Equality Act 2010 regarding relevant characteristics protected by that act, notably disability. It also takes into account the needs of pupils with special educational needs in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015. The academy will also have regard to its safeguarding policy where appropriate.

Examples of reasonable adjustments include but are not limited to:

  • Specific seating position in classroom
  • Additional direction to remain focussed in lessons before being moved or removed
  • Support from an additional adult in the classroom
  • Time out card

Any reasonable adjustments will be shared with staff of individual stud

Year 7 Intake

We are very much looking forward to our new Year 7 intake beginning their KBA journey in September 2022. Lots of work is already going on behind the scenes in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.

At the bottom of this page you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have a question which is not answered below please use this link and we will add further questions and answers as appropriate.

We held our Transition Day for students on Monday 4th July with a Parent Information Evening being held on the same day. If you were unable to join us for this event we have provided a narrated version of the presentation which was shown.

This can be accessed here.

Don't Worry

If you are a student who is going to be joining us from another primary school we hope you are excited. We do, however, also know that this can be a worrying time for some students and our aim is to make the step into secondary education a happy and successful one.

This link will take you to the BBC website where you will find lots of useful advice and guidance about starting secondary school.

Getting Ready

We will be communicating with all primary schools from where our Year 7 intake are joining us and we hope that Mrs Hawthorn, Head of Year 7, will be able to meet with all new students either virtually or in their primary school setting. Mrs Hawthorn will also be sending out regular newsletters for new Year 7 students so that they know what is happening in preparation for September.

Our SENCO, Mrs Thomas, will also be communicating with staff at primary schools in order to ensure that we have the most accurate picture of individual student's learning needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (Students)

Which House will I be in?

At KBA we have 4 Houses; Braveheart, Griffin, Phoenix and Viking.

  • If you are joining us from our own primary school you will remain in your current House.
  • If you are joining us from another primary school but have a sibling who attends KBA as of September 2021 you will placed into the same House as them.
  • If you have no sibling link, you will be allocated to a House.

Who will my form tutor be?

We have a team of 8 fantastic form tutors who are led by Mrs Hawthorn. We are in the process of allocating students to form groups and will share this information with you before you join us. 

Will I be in a tutor group with my friends?

We cannot guarantee that children will be placed in tutor groups with their friends. It is, however, important to remember that you will be in classes with lots of different people from other tutor groups during lessons. This means that, even if you are not in the same tutor group as your friends, you may be in the same lessons as some of them.

How will I find my way around the building?

Don't worry! When you join us you will be given a special lanyard to wear which will include  a map of the academy building.

If you do get lost at any point, just ask someone politely and they will help you.

How many different lessons will I have?

You will have lots of lessons and this will feel different to your primary school where you are likely to have stayed with one teacher for most of the time. Our curriculum offers you experience of a broad range of subjects.

How long are lessons?

Every day starts with a tutorial. You then have 6 lessons throughout the day that are each 50 minutes long. Occasionally you may have a 'double' lesson which will last for 2 x 50 minutes.

If I am worried about something who can I talk to?

Your form tutor will make sure that you settle into secondary school life. If you are worried about anything they should be the first person that you go to. You can also talk to your parents or carers of course - it may be that they can reassure you about your worries.

Frequently Asked Questions (Parents and Carers)

As a parent, how can I support my child in preparing for secondary school?

Starting secondary school is a significant milestone in a child's life. It marks a passage into adolescence and brings about several significant changes. They will go from being the oldest in school to being the youngest, having to find their way around a large new school with different teachers for different subjects.  They will also have to take more responsibility, such as:

  • taking a new and unfamiliar route
  • planning for each day's timetable
  • making sure they have the right books and equipment
  • doing homework most evenings, which has to fit into their routine alongside other interests

All of this will have to fit into your child’s new routine, alongside their other interests and the often daunting prospect of becoming a teenager. It can take time for children to adjust to these new responsibilities.

As a parent, talking to your child and reassuring them is the best way to make sure that they are ready for their first day at 'big school'. Once your child has started school, make time to talk and listen to your child each day to check how things are going. Just giving attention in this way can help your child feel supported and more confident. However, resist the temptation to ask too many questions, especially when a child first gets home from school and is likely to be tired, hungry and short-tempered from coping with many new people and things.

What do I do if I have a question about something?

If you are the parent or carer of a student who is due to join us in Year 7 in September 2022 and have a question, please email our Head of Year 7, Caroline Hawthorn, who will be pleased to deal with this. She can be contacted via carolinehawthorn@kba.uk

How will I know how my child has settled in to Year 7?

We are planning to hold a Virtual Tutor Evening towards the end of September. You will have the opportunity to speak with your child's form tutor and they will ensure you are informed of how your child has adjusted to the demands of starting secondary school.

I am really worried about my child starting secondary school. What can I do?

Having a child is a bit like a long journey towards redundancy. In those early years, you are indispensable but as time progresses your child grows in their independence and detachment from you. This is, of course, a wonderful journey but starting secondary school can be a difficult milestone for some parents.

Take time to consider how your emotions might be influencing their preparations. Often disagreements about clothing and how they travel to school are really a parental reaction to realising their child is accelerating towards adulthood.

Be sure that you are focused on the real concerns and fears of your child.

How do I make sure my child is organised for school each day?

Starting secondary school brings with it changes in how your child will need to approach their education. They will have to become more responsible as they attend their timetable of classes, manage homework and (hopefully) remember to bring the correct books.

It can be tempting to do this for them. However, the transition to secondary school is about increasing their independence and self-reliance. Therefore help them to get organised by planning a night before routine or make up a checklist of what they need each day based on their timetable.

Then step back and let them pack their bag and prepare their kit for the school day.

My child will be making their way to school on their own. Have you got any advice about this?

Starting secondary school often means travelling further from home. Now public transport or walking with friends to school may be their preference or a necessity.

Help calm any new term jitters by travelling the route with them in advance. Show them the route via car or take the public transport they will need to use to get to school if this is the case for your child.

If your child is going to be travelling to school by bicycle, make sure that they are competent and understand how to be safe. We always advise that children wear a cycle helmet.

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