The staff at Joyce Frankland Academy would like to welcome you to our information page for incoming year 7 students. Here you will find some useful information that should help you get off to the right start at your new secondary school.
Our induction day for all incoming students is Monday 9th of July. In addition, we would like to invite the parents/carers of our incoming year 7 students to a ‘Welcome Briefing’ in the main hall at 2.30pm on Monday 9th July. You will be greeted by Mr. Roberts (Acting Principal) and Ms. Brien (Director of Key Stage 3) to discuss some of the key elements that will help you support your year 6 student as we embark upon a new and exciting change in their education.
Remember, feeling nervous about this transition is completely normal, but this is also an exciting time for year 6 and one that we hope that you will all embrace.
(Director of Key Stage 3)
Induction Day – Monday 9th July 2018
FAQs – Tips and Tricks
Where do I go?
When you arrive at the school please go directly to the sports hall. Here you will be greeted by key staff members and year 10 prefects. You will be registered into your new form and house. Please arrive no later than 8.35 am.
What do I wear?
Please wear your primary school uniform, but you should also bring your primary school PE kit.
What do I bring?
We advise students to bring a pencil case with appropriate writing materials, their primary school PE kit, a packed lunch, ‘All About Me booklets’, and plenty of enthusiasm!
How will I know where to go?
Students will be escorted to and from lessons by a year 10 prefect. Each prefect will have a timetable of the day, to ensure that students visit a number of different and exciting lessons with ease.
Will I be split up from my friends?
Yes, each student will be placed in a form separate to other students from their primary school where possible. We feel this encourages students to become integrated and make friends freely and quickly. Our staff are aware that this can be a difficult experience for some students, and are ready to help where required. If you are feeling overwhelmed or having a challenging time, please speak to your form tutor or another member of the pastoral team.
Can I bring my mobile phone to school?
Yes, you can take your mobile phone to school. However, it is your responsibility to keep it safe and turned off in your schoolbag during lesson time. You may use your phone at break and lunchtime, but please do so responsibly. If you are having a difficult time on your first day, please refrain from calling your parents and speak to a member of staff first; we are here to help!
Starting off right
What are behavior points?
Students are rewarded for good behavior in lessons by receiving a ‘Green Card’. This will add achievement points to your school profile.
Equally, if a student misbehaves in lessons they may receive a yellow or red card. This works similar to sports events; a yellow card is a formal warning, where you are requested to get back on track and focus on your learning. A red card is a more serious consequence, and may be followed up with a detention. This may be as a result of persistent poor behavior in lessons. For more information, please see the ‘Academy Expectations’ or ‘Academy Rules’ sections on our homepage.
What if I get lost?
You will most likely get lost at some point at the beginning of the school year. However, please don’t panic! Speak to a member of staff or familiarize yourself with the school map. You won’t get in trouble for being late during your settling in period at school.
What if I lose something?
We ask that students refrain from taking expensive or valuable items to school however if you lose something there are several things that you can do:
- retrace your steps
- ask at student reception
- ask at the pastoral office
- ask at the PE department
- speak to your form tutor
- label your belongings
How much homework will I get?
You are likely to receive homework from each lesson during the day. There are two types of homework: C homework (consolidation) which is a larger piece of homework that may take several days to complete, or P homework (preparation) which is a smaller piece of homework that is likely to take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is important that you stay organised and ensure that homework is completed to a satisfactory standard. You will be able to check your homework on ShowMyHomework.
I’m useless at staying organised, what can I do?
It is important that you are nicely prepared for the day at school, both mentally and physically and this can begin from the night before. Check that you have completed your homework, pack your bag and make sure that all of your equipment/pe kit are nicely organised for the following day. Ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and recharge your batteries for the week. Eating a healthy breakfast will also provide your body with the energy levels it needs to get off to a good start.