As an Academy we are very keen that all of our students develop as individuals. We offer them opportunities to do so within the curriculum and in a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. We aim to work in partnership with parents/carers – offering them the opportunity to participate, not just in Parents’ Consultation evenings, but also by consulting them on matters that are important to themselves and their child.
We are well aware that the transfer from any primary to secondary school can be an unsettling time for both students and their families. We have, therefore, organised a programme of transition events that will give them all the opportunity to feel confident about changing schools and to look forward to a new start at the Kingswood Secondary Academy in September. Over the next few weeks we will be providing parents/carers with all the necessary information regarding their child's transfer to us.
This week we have posted Admission packs to parents/carers of Year 6 children who will be joining us in September 2018. The following is some of the information included in the pack:
We would like to take this opportunity to invite parents/carers to a Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 28 June 2018 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. This is not an evening for children and we do ask parents/carers to come alone on this occasion, due to limited space. The main purpose of the evening is to provide an opportunity to meet key staff, to find out more about our Academy and its core values, and most importantly ask any questions that they may have. During the evening parents/carers will meet the Year 7 team, their child's Form Tutor and Mr Burton, Principal. We will also outline details of the Transition days scheduled for Friday 13 July 2018. We hope parents/carers will be able to attend this important meeting as it represents the first step in fostering positive, working relationships between the Kingswood Secondary Academy and home.
We would appreciate parents/carers please confirming if they will be attending the Parents' Information Evening by contacting Sue Johnson, Senior Administrator, by email at: email@example.com or by telephone on 01536 741857. Please be aware that parking will be limited on the Academy premises and we would like to suggest that wherever possible parents/carers consider alternative means of transport.
Primary schools will be liaising fully with the Academy's SEN Team about any children who have Special Educational Needs or a Disability. Our Special Educational Needs Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Marian Porter is happy to meet with parents/carers and individual students at the Academy if they think this might be helpful to support their child. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time during Term 6.
An admission booklet which we would appreciate being completed and returned as soon as possible before the Transition Days is included in the pack.
Government legislation requires schools to obtain consent from parents/carers to process biometric information for all youngsters aged 18 years and below. Parental permission is required before students can access our Cashless Catering System. Biometric identification and photographs of students will be recorded on the system on the Year 6 Transition Day. Without parental permission, this will not take place and therefore students will not be able to access the cashless catering system in September (the consent forms provide more information). Details of how to use sQuid, our secure online payment system, will be provided to parents/carers in September. Also enclosed is a Digital Citizenship Contract which parents/carers and their child should sign and return to allow them to access ICT and the Internet in the Academy.
Details of our uniform and how to order items online from Price and Buckland, our uniform supplier are also enclosed. Please note that our uniform can only by purchased directly from Price and Buckland. If parents do not have access to the Internet, a uniform order form is enclosed for them to forward with the correct payment to Price and Buckland. If parents/carers are uncertain about sizes, they are free to come to the Academy on Tuesday 3 July 2018 from 4.00 pm until 6.30 pm when samples of the uniform will be available in the Reception area.
We offer subsidised travel to those students who live at some considerable distance away from the Academy, and more information about this will be available shortly. The cost of travel is likely to be approximately £70 per term (6 terms per year).
If children have moved since their original application to the Local Authority in September/October 2017, please let us know to ensure that all correspondence is delivered to the correct address