Frequently Asked Questions

When do students find out which tutor groups they are in?

Students are usually informed of their form groups on the first parental meeting in July. Students spend time with their new form tutor during this time. They also spend time together during induction days.  

How will students find their way around?

During the transition period, both in July and September, students have plenty of chances to explore the school before anyone else starts. We use a prefect buddy system for the first 2 weeks of term to help Year 7 students to move between lessons and to breaks. The same prefects are usually a part of a student's induction process to provide additional support. If students do get lost they can ask staff members, who are at their doors between lessons, or other students, who are always happy to help.

How do students and parents find out what homework has been set?

All home learning tasks can be found on Show My Homework. This is a really useful platform for communication regarding homework and the online submission of tasks. Parents have told us they don’t know how they managed to help their children without it!

What happens during the application process?

All admissions are managed by your Local Authority. You need to apply using their online system. The link to this form together with all information about how to apply can be found on the admissions tab.

Are we able to have a tour of the school?

Yes. Please select the “Book a Tour” option on the admissions tab.

What time do you start your school day?

We do have an early start! Students begin to arrive at 7.30, the day starts with registration at 7.50. The school day finishes at 14.10

Is there a contract bus?

Yes, there is a contract bus which runs from Great Wakering and Canewdon. The company which runs this service is Stephenson’s. Students from other areas travel using Arriva Buses, the train, or walk.

Are students made to study Modern Foreign Languages and a Humanities subject at GCSE?

Students are encouraged to follow a broad and balanced curriculum. In Year 7 students study French and Spanish and at the end of Year 7, they can pick to continue with either French or Spanish. After which we do not insist that they continue to study a Modern Foreign Language. They are taught Geography and History until the end of Year 9, after which, again, we do not insist that they continue to study these subjects.    

How do I find out what timetable students should follow?

We use School Gateway to ensure that students and parents are kept up to date with student timetables. School Gateway is also used as a means of communication between the school and parents, as well as allowing parents to add funds to student’s accounts.

What extra-curriculum experiences do you offer?

We would usually offer a wide range of activities and experiences for students. Due to COVID restrictions, these are currently limited. However, when we are able to return to our usual provision, we offer activities such as Netball, Choir, and Science Club. We also ensure that students are able to take part in trips to places such as The Globe Theatre, The Royal Opera House, and take part in outdoor pursuit activities on Mersea Island.


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