We are delighted that your child will be joining us. We have put together some information to help you and your child begin to prepare for September.
This evening is designed to help your child settle quickly into the St Paul's community and is a good opportunity for you and your child to meet their form tutor. We will provide you with information that will help you to prepare for September and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. You will receive an email from us towards the end of May with further details.
You'll need to make transport arrangements for your child and detailed information can be found on our transportation page. For safety reasons, students arriving by car must be dropped off and picked up from the Triangle and walk through the underpass.Transportation
You can buy uniform online, over the telephone, or from the on-site shop (full details on our uniform page) but also our supplier will be available at the information evening in July where students can try the uniform on for size.Uniform
Our website, and the information that we send you by email between now and September, contains useful information to help you and your child understand more about how things work at St Paul's. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Term starts for our new Year 7 joiners on Friday 2nd September 2016 as part of a staggered start; the rest of the school return on Monday. Your child will follow an induction programme for their first few days.
The College day runs from 8:30am until 3:25pm and is usually made up of tutor time or assembly and 6 lessons. There are only 4 lessons on Wednesdays as students participate in Enrichment during the afternoon.
We follow a two-week timetable; Week A and Week B. Students will be given their timetable during the first week of term where it will be fully explained. Their timetable will also be published on Gateway and emailed to parents for convenience.
|08:30 - 08:50||Tutor Time or Assembly|
|08:55 - 09:50||Lesson 1|
|09:50 - 10:45||Lesson 2|
|10:45 - 12:00||Lesson 3 (inc 20 minute break)|
|12:00 - 12:50||Lesson 4 or Lunch for 9, 10, 11|
|12:50 - 13:40||Lesson 5 or Lunch for 7 & 8|
|13:40 - 14:35||Lesson 6||Enrichment|
|14:35 - 15:25||Lesson 7||Enrichment|
|The College day ends at 15:25|
Please help your child to prepare for each school day the night before until they are able to do this by themselves, ensuring they have the right tools and equipment for the lessons on their timetable.
Uniform is an important part of being ready for the day ahead. On certain days, students will also need to bring their sports kit for PE.Uniform
Pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, colouring pencils, sharpener, pair of compasses, a protractor and a scientific calculator (e.g., Casio FX-83GT Plus approx cost £7).
If you join our e-learning scheme, your child should bring their netbook into school in its protective carry case for insurance purposes (which can be placed inside the student's bag if preferred).
Many students find it helpful to hire a locker to store PE kit and other possessions at College. The cost of hiring a locker is £25 for 5 years. You'll be able to use our online payment system to pay for a locker.
We are committed to providing healthy meals and snacks and would encourage parents and students to make healthy choices when bringing packed lunches. The Oasis menu rotates on a four week basis and changes every term.
Cashless catering at the Oasis restaurant reduces the need for students to carry cash to College, makes the process of serving students quicker and provides parents with information on students' spending.
Students use their finger (biometrics) or their College identity card for cashless payment. A default daily spend limit is set at £4. If you would like to increase or decrease this amount please let us know in September.
It is easy to top up your child's account using the online payment system. We will contact you in July with details of how to set this account up. If your child is using the Oasis for lunch, please try to provide sufficient funds for half a term (approx 6 weeks) if you are able to.
We'll be in touch by email: our finance team will email you in July with detailed instructions of how to set up your online payment account, view and top up your child's cashless catering balance and pay for trips/visits and lockers.
|Autumn||Theatre Trip/London (Optional)||£35|
|Summer||Music Tour/Belgium (Optional)||£450|
|Spring||Young Voices/O2 (Optional)||£30|
Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of highly enriching curriculum-focused trips and visits during their time at the College.
To help you plan for the trips/visits in your child's first year, we have provided a list of the provisional trips for year 7 students. Details of each trip will be sent out well before the event to help you plan and budget. If you ever wish to discuss financing trips/visits, please contact our finance department in complete confidence.More on Trips/Visits
Most communication is sent to parents via email so please make sure you keep us informed of any changes to your email address. Our College website, Twitter and Facebook are a good source of news and are updated regularly. They will also include any special announcements or plans to cover unexpected events (like extreme weather).
Parents' Gateway is our secure online portal that will enable you to view your child's timetable, ILT (homework), achievement, attendance and progress information online. You will also find other useful information like the College calendar and Staff Contact List. We will email you with instructions for retrieving your login for Parents' Gateway in the second week of September.
We report to parents throughout the year through an interim and profile profile report published on Parents' Gateway, and through our parents' consultation evening. You will be notified by email when a new report is available for you to access. Our reporting schedule is available on our reporting to parents page.
Our head teacher, Mr Carter, offers parents the opportunity to drop in without an appointment to discuss any issues or concerns they may have on the first Wednesday of the month between 4:30pm and 8pm.
You can make payments for trips/visits, lunch card top-ups and locker hire online via Parents’ Gateway. We are unable to give you access to Parents' Gateway until the second week of September but you can still make payments online (instructions to follow separately by email).
Students need to complete 1 to 1.5 hours of ILT per night during year 7, made up of ILTs that are set by their teachers and supplemented with reading, research and skills practice. The amount of time spent on ILTs will increase as students move up the school.
All ILTs are recorded on Gateway by teachers and are accessible to students and their parents. Students will be given a small notebook in case they need to jot anything down about ILTs in class.
In the first week of September, students will be given their personalised login for St Paul's Gateway which will allow them to access their timetable, ILTs, interim/profile reports, courses and much more. Please reassure your child that they will be given plenty of support and training in their first 6 weeks to help them with all of this, including laptop/Gateway training during enrichment on Wednesday afternoons.
We prioritise the preparation of student accounts and usually have St Paul's Gateway accounts for parents ready by the end of the second week in September. When your account is ready we will email you instructions of how to get started. You can still make online payments even if you don't have access to Gateway yet. Our finance team will send you an email in July with detailed instructions of how to make online payments.More on Gateway
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