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Parent Handbook 2022

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HANDBOOKParent/CarerSeptember 2022THE PRIORY SCHOOLDORKINGFIDE ET LABORE CONFICERE

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A warm welcome to you and your child to The Priory School and the Priory community. The transition to secondary school can be both an exciting and anxious time for students and parents and we want to do everything we can to make this a happy and smooth process, especially during these difficult times. Secondary education at The Priory will do so much to continue to help shape your child’s character through a holistic approach to education. At The Priory School we educate for life in all its fullness; we work together to create engaging learning environments that help students reach their potential. We listen and encourage, and make sure students feel valued for their contributions. We believe in their success. This requires us to work effectively together. It is for this reason that we expect parents and carers to join us at key annual events to Meet the Tutor, Leading Learners and Parents Evening. In order to get the most out of The Priory we will encourage you and your child to get fully involved in the life of the school. As a parent or a carer you may want to get involved with our PTA or join us at school productions and celebrations. You can also support us in encouraging your child to engage with the opportunities they will have beyond the classroom. There are a whole host of extra-curricular activities, enrichment, after school clubs, sports teams and supporting school events that they will be warmly invited to try out and become part of. We will keep you updated on all these aspects of school life via the parents section of our website where you will also find resources and information designed to help you support your child in this changing educational world. We want your child to love learning and to love being part of the school community. In these rapidly changing times it is more important than ever to equip our students with the academic, social and moral skills and attitudes they will need to be successful in their adult lives and empower them to become active members of the community. ContentsWelcome 3Term Dates 4The School Day 5Curriculum 5House System 5Homework/Edulink6Study Centre6Equipment 7School Clubs/Teams 7Uniform & Appearance 8Student Services Office 10Pastoral Support 10SEND 10Punctuality 11Attendance 11Medical Issues 12Behaviour 12Mobile Phones 13School/Personal Property 13Physical Education & Sport Lessons 13Form Tutor Responsibility 14Lunchtime Arrangements 14Scopay 14Cyclists 15Communication 152

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WelcomeA warm welcome to you and your child to The Priory School and the Priory community. The transition to secondary school can be both an exciting and anxious time for students and parents and we want to do everything we can to make this a happy and smooth process. Secondary education at The Priory will do so much to continue to help shape your child’s character through a holistic approach to education. At The Priory School we educate for life in all its fullness; we work together to create engaging learning environments that help students reach their potential. We listen and encourage, and make sure students feel valued for their contributions. We believe in their success. This requires us to work effectively together. It is for this reason that we expect parents and carers to join us at key annual events, such as Meet the Tutor, Information and Parents Evenings. In order to get the most out of The Priory we will encourage you and your child to get fully involved in the life of the school. As a parent or a carer you may want to get involved with our PTA or join us at school productions and celebrations. You can also support us in encouraging your child to engage with the opportunities they will have beyond the classroom. There are a whole host of extra-curricular activities, enrichment, after school clubs, sports teams and supporting school events that they will be warmly invited to try out and become part of. We will keep you updated on all these aspects of school life via the parents section of our website where you will also nd resources and information designed to help you support your child in this changing educational world. We want your child to love learning and to love being part of the school community. In these rapidly changing times it is more important than ever to equip our students with the academic, social and moral skills and attitudes they will need to be successful in their adult lives and empower them to become active members of the community. 3

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4Term Dates 2022/23Autumn TermStart date Half Term Finish date2 September 2022 24-28 October 2022 16 December 2022Spring TermStart date Half Term Finish date3 January 2023 13-17 February 2023 31 March 2023Summer TermStart date Half Term Finish date17 April 2023 29 May - 2 June ‘23 21 July 2023Inset Days Bank Holidays1 September 2022 7 April 2023 Good Friday23 September 2022 10 April 2023 Easter Monday30 November 2022 1 May 2023 May Day Bank Holiday3 February 2023 29 May 2023 Spring Bank Holiday20 February 2023

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Period 18.55am - 9.55amPeriod 29.55am - 10.55amBreak10.55am - 11.20amPeriod 3 11.20am - 12.20pmPeriod 4 12.20pm - 1.20pmLunch1.20pm - 2.00pmTutor Time 2.00pm - 2.25pmPeriod 52.25pm - 3.25pmCurriculum In order to ensure that students explore a full and varied curriculum, The Priory School operates a two-week timetable. In years 7 and 8, over the two weeks, students will study:• 8 hours of Mathematics• 7 hours of English • 6 hours of Science• 4 hours of PE, Technology• 3 hours each of History, Geography, Modern Language and RE• 2 hours each of Art, Computing, Drama and Music• 1 hour of PSHCEThe School DayHouse SystemCanterbury Guildford Coventry WestminsterOver the years, the house system at The Priory has had a strong tradition and promotes healthy competition. Our houses are: We will advise which House students are allocated before they join us.As the year moves on students will be allocated attainment (House) points that will provide the opportunity for them to win rewards and take part in House celebrations. 5

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6Study CentreThe Study Centre aims to provide an active working environment for the whole school. It has a comprehensive stock of fiction and non-fiction books which support the National Curriculum. Students use the Study Centre in whole groups during lesson time and may also make use of it for independent study. We offer a Homework Club which runs every lunchtime. The Study Centre is open for the exchange of books and for private study at break, lunchtime and at the end of school until 4.30pm.Edulink Edulink is the Portal for Staff, Parents and Students to use for homework, communication, progress, behaviour and attendance. You will receive full instructions with your login details and it can be accessed via any mobile device. How you can help?• By showing an interest you are communicating the fact that school work is important and needs to be taken seriously• Encourage children to complete homework to the best of their ability• Monitor the amount of time your child spends on social media and playing computer games• Express high expectations for children from an early ageHomework At The Priory School we consider homework to be a vital part of every child’s education as well as playing an important role in preparing students for their GCSEs.We ask that parents support us in seeing that homework is done conscientiously and in the best possible conditions. Younger students will receive approximately one hour per week in core subjects of English, Maths and Science, with regular homework in other subjects. Additionally we promote the importance of reading for pleasure and interest. Students will be encouraged to read at home for up to 30 minutes per day.

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Black ballpoint or fountain pens Scientific calculator Casio Fx 83GTXBlue and green pens ProtractorPencils Pair of compassesEraser Coloured pencilsPencil sharpener Rough notebook/jotterRuler 30cm Pencil caseSuitable bag, such as a rucksack in which school work, exercise books, textbooks, etc. can be kept in an acceptable conditionGlue stickSchool Clubs/TeamsThe school has always sought to enrich the experiences your children have while at The Priory. We have a large number of school clubs which run at lunchtime and after school. We hope that you will encourage them to join in, and make the most of their time at school. All clubs are voluntary and are listed on the students’ notice board situated near the main staircase.Equipment Every student is expected to own the following equipment:Text books and specialised equipment, such as reader pens can be issued on loan and students will be required to pay for any loss or damage to school property. The school is not able to issue laptops for students to borrow. Arrangements will be made if necessary between home and school for students to bring in their own laptop.The appropriate calculator can be purchased directly from the school.Tippex/Liquid Paper is not allowed in school and must not be used in any school work.

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Item Requirements ClaricationBlazerBlack Blazer with school badge Compulsory – is to be worn at all times, including to and from school, unless given permission by a teacher.TieSchool tie School ties must be worn at all times.SkirtBlack knee length pleated school skirt with green stripe Skirts must not be rolled up – no leggings worn underneath.TrousersBlack School Trousers Jeggings/leggings, drain pipe/low slung trousers or jeans are not permitted.ShirtWhite school shirt Must be tucked in at all times (not sports shirt) and top buttons done up.ShoesBlack leather or leather-look shoes No boots, trainers, canvas or sports logos on shoes.Socks/TightsNatural/black tights or plain grey or black socksNo leggings, footless tights or patterned tights. No socks worn on top of tights.JumperBlack v-neck jumper with school logo OptionalNo sweatshirt or hoodiesHairNo extreme haircuts. Dyed hair should be a natural colour.No shaved lines in the hair.Long hair must be tied back for some practical lessonsMake-up and nail varnishShould not be worn.No nail varnish, gels/shellac/acrylic nails or fake eyelashes.Students will be asked to remove it.JewelleryOne pair of small plain studs worn in each ear. No other jewellery is permitted. One watch is allowed. Smart watches linked to mobile devices will be conscated if used for communication purposes.Earrings must be removed for PE No facial/body piercings or any other ear piercings apart from in the lobe.8Coats must be removed on entry to classrooms.Uniform & AppearanceThe staff and governors of the school are keen to ensure a high standard is maintained when it comes to students’ school uniform and appearance.The items required are readily available from our local supplier: www.kit-shop.co.uk 01372 378303

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Item Permitted clothing for all studentsT-shirtsPriory embroidered emerald green polo shirtPriory embroidered emerald green rugby shirt with white collar House T-shirt (can be purchased through Scopay)BottomsPriory embroidered black shorts or skortBlack tracksuit bottomsBlack sport leggingsJumperPriory embroidered black fleecePriory embroidered black sweatshirt SocksEmerald green football socks (winter months)*White sports socks (summer months)FootwearTrainersFootball/Rugby boots SwimmingBlack one piece swimming costumeBlack swimming shorts/trunksTowelGogglesSport specific itemsGumshields*For the winter monthsWhite, black or green base layersAll Priory embroidered items can be purchased from the Kit Shop.*Items can be purchased from the PE department and the Kit Shop.7Uniform for Physical EducationPlease ensure that all uniform and PE kit is marked with the student’s name.Physical Education clothing should be carried in a separate bag so that books are not ruined.9

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Pastoral SupportPastoral support at The Priory School is strong, with a team of pastoral staff to support students through the school. Your child’s form tutor will play a key part in helping them to settle into secondary school. The form tutor is also an important point of contact for parents as is the Head of Year. An attendance manager works with parents and students to ensure high levels of attendance are maintained.10Student Services OfficeThe Student Services Office provides help and support during the day for any problem that a child may have. Students who arrive late to school must sign in at the main reception. Students needing to attend an appointment are required to report to Student Services before signing out.All First Aid treatment is provided by this office along with timetables, lost property and coach and bus passes.MentorsThe Priory School has Year 10 peer mentors to help students settle into secondary school and to find their way around in those first few weeks. These older students have been on training days and are attached to a particular tutor group so they can build up relationships and be available for support and guidance.10The school believes in fully supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to ensure they have access to, and gain maximum benefit from the educational opportunities available.The more information we can gather the better to make sure that needs can be catered for from the first day your child starts school. If parents/carers have any worries they can get in touch with Mrs Smith (Deputy SENDCO).SENDSpecial Educational Needs & Disabilities

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PunctualityIt is very important to arrive on time for the school day and for lessons. Students must be on site and ready to attend lesson 1, which starts at 8.55am. In addition to ensuring students don’t miss out on anything in school, punctuality is an important habit to develop for life in the workplace as an adult. If your child is expected to arrive late (after registration) for any reason please call the Student Services Ofce on 01306 878 784 or the Main Ofce on 01306 887 337. AttendanceGood attendance at school supports progress and establishes good habits for adult life. We set a target of 96% attendance for all students.Letters will be sent home when a student falls below 90% attendance as the Government threshold is 96%. Requests for medical evidence will be made when a student falls below 90%. The school’s Education Welfare ofcer checks records of all students below 90% weekly.If a student is ill, parents should phone the Student Services Ofce or the Main Ofce on 01306 887 337 on the rst day of absence by 9.30am and also every subsequent day that their child continues to be absent. If a student is absent without reason the Student Services Ofce will make phone contact with parents via the automated Truancy Call system. If no notication is forthcoming then we must classify the absence as truancy.Parents are encouraged to limit time off for visits to doctors or dentists as far as is reasonably practicable and to make appointments after 2.15pm. Where this is unavoidable, please notify the school in advance in writing or via email to enquiries@priorycofe.com.Our SEND team offer a range of interventions including:• Social communication programmes• Handwriting intervention • Maths intervention• Assessments to underpin strategies for student support• Targeted support in class1111

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BehaviourDiscipline is rm but fair. We believe in positive encouragement rather than negative punishment. Traditional devices such as lunch time and after school detentions are used. A system of referral and interviews with a Head of Department, the Group Tutor or Head of Year, often with parents present, is used in order to try to get the students to understand why they are in trouble and why they should change unacceptable behaviour. Parents are informed if breaches occur, and we will always give notice if a student is detained after school.The House system is in place to recognise our students’ day to day contributions to school life. Positive behaviour, effort, participation and excellence in class are rewarded by praise and recognition. Students will be rewarded with House Point badges throughout KS3. Attendance Certicates and House points can lead towards further rewards later in the year.To allow teachers to teach, we have a “Ready to Learn” system in place which can be found on our school website.12Medical IssuesWe are not permitted to give tablets, ointments, sprays etc. to students. If students are likely to require any medication they may be brought into school and deposited in the Student Services Ofce. Medication must be clearly labelled along with directions and dosage. Students are not allowed to carry any medication at any time, with the exception of asthma inhalers. Any student needing medical attention must inform their class teacher straight away. If they are too ill to remain at school, or if hospital treatment is necessary, parents/carers will be contacted. It is important that contact details are kept up-to-date and any changes must be notied to the school ofce.Chewing gumChewing gum is not permitted in school. The school takes great pride in the environment that we wish our students to learn in. Chewing gum has a pollutant effect by the way it is discarded. We ask parents to support us in protecting our environment and ensure chewing gum is not brought to school.

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Mobile PhonesMobile phones and personal electronic devices should not be used in school. These can be a distraction to learning and we also need to consider safeguarding students as phones have so many features to them. Students may bring a phone to school with them for use on the way to and from school for personal safety reasons.At school these must be switched off and in students’ bags throughout the day. We regularly review our policy on use of mobile phones to ensure we get the balance right between phones being a part of life in the 21st century and the impact on learning. The school accepts no responsibility to loss or damage of personal electronic devices students choose to bring into school.13School/Personal PropertyAs a general rule, valuables should not be brought to school. If it is absolutely necessary to have valuables in school for a particular reason, these should be left with the school ofce staff for safe keeping. There are a limited number of lockers available. Inappropriate jewellery will be conscated and students may collect this on a Friday after school.Lost property is handed into, and can be claimed from, student services.Any library books or other items from the Learning Resource Centre which are lost or defaced will have to be paid for. Physical Education & Sport Lessons13Students need to remember to bring their PE kit when they have PE on their timetable. All students are expected to take part in the lesson, correctly dressed in PE uniform. Students who are ill or injured will be expected to get changed into their PE kit. They will not be expected to take part but they will be required to help out during the lesson. Failure to bring PE kit will result in a PE Detention.

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14Form Tutor ResponsibilityThe role of the form tutor is to support your child and be a consistent supportive adult presence throughout the year.Form tutors will be a link between students, staff and the pastoral support team making sure that your child is aware of their day to day responsibilities.They also follow a weekly system that allows them to discuss current affairs and work interventions in literacy and numeracy.Breakfast, Morning and Lunchtime arrangementsMeals are available in the school dining room. A value meal deal can be purchased for £2.50 per day. Some students like to buy a snack before school and at break so will need extra money for this. Dishes on the regular menu will be available on our school website in September.If school meals are not required, your child may bring a packed lunch. Drink containers must be plastic - not glass. Students must not bring zzy drinks or energy drinks to school. Food must be consumed in the designated areas; the dining room, sunken playgrounds and other specic seating areas agreed each term.ScopayWe operate a highly secure online payment system called Scopay which enables you to pay for school meals and other items such as trips, books etc. It will give you a history of all the payments you have made and allows you to create a single account login across all your children that attend a Scopay school.Cash is not accepted. Students will be issued with a payment fob. Parents/carers can set any limit they feel appropriate for their child to spend each day in the school canteen. Limits can be set for morning break and lunchtime if required. You will be sent an activation letter to enable you to set up your Scopay account. Additional accounts can be added so more than one person can make payments. Any questions regarding Scopay, please contact the Finance ofce.14

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CommunicationWe place great importance on our partnership with parents/carers and there are a number of ways we will communicate with you and you can communicate with us. You will receive a weekly letter sent via Edulink from Mrs Trimnell. It is therefore important you set up your Edulink account as soon as you get the login details. Our website has a section specifically for Parents. We would also encourage you to keep an eye on our social media - Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.In terms of your child’s progress you will receive biannual updates on progress in the form of a tracker report. Once per year you will also receive a more detailed written report with specic advice from each subject. Parents’ evenings are an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their form tutor and individual subject teachers via our online School Cloud system.We encourage you to develop strong links with your child’s form tutor and Head of Year. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. CyclistsIt is expected that parents will ensure the road-worthiness of their child’s bicycle and that reectors and lights front and rear are used. All cyclists must obtain a form from their Head of Year if they wish to cycle to school. Cyclists are expected to have passed their Cycling Prociency Test and wear cycling helmets. Students need to provide their own locking device for use when a bicycle is placed in the bicycle rack. 15Main OfceStudent Services OfceFinance Ofce01306 887 33701306 878 78401306 878 796Contact Numbers

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www.thepriorycofe.comTHE PRIORY SCHOOLDORKINGFIDE ET LABORE CONFICERE