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Year 7

Welcome to the year 7 section of the school website.

Year 7 pastoral team

The year 7 team is led by the Head of Year Mr B Maher and the Assistant Principal Ms S Bayar. The year group is divided up into 8 tutor groups, each one led by a form tutor.

DETAILS OF FORM TUTORS

Every pupil is also a member of one of the 4 Hurstmere Houses, Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney.

Year tutors are:

Caxton x        Mr  Dye

Caxton y        Mr  Waghorn

Chaucer x     Mr  Matthews

Chaucer y     Miss Bali

Cobham x     Miss Stock

Cobham y     Mr Savage

Sidney x        Mr McDonald

Sidney y       Mr Page

Every member of the year 7 team can be contacted via the main school number 0208 300 5665.

The Transition to Secondary School

Year 7 is an important time as pupils make the transition from Primary to Secondary school. During year 7 pupils will have the opportunity to partake in a range of activities to help them settle into their new school. As a year group we are focusing on three main principals. These principals are to be polite and well mannered, to make your best effort and to be organised. In order for your son to be successful they will need everyone involved in his experience at Hurstmere to be actively involved. We will encourage your son to take an active interest and we ask that you as parents take an active role in his education. Your son will be developing his independence but no person is an island and we all must work together to allow your son to reach his full potential.

Our Ethos

At Hurstmere, we are a telling school and members of staff are only too willing to assist students in resolving any issues they have during their school day. Students can speak with their classroom teachers for issues that occur during lessons. During the 20 minute registration at the end of the school day, boys can also liaise with their form tutors and inform them of any issues they may have in the corridors, between lessons and to or from school. As teachers we can work with your son to get the best out of them, we ask that you support us in what we are trying to achieve and take an interest in what they are studying by assisting them in completing homework and resolving conflicts that may occur during the school year.

Extra curricular activities

The school provides a wide range of activities outside of conventional classroom time and it is important that pupils make the most of the opportunities on offer. This helps pupils to settle in, make new friends and develop their social skills. Activities take place at lunchtimes and after school and timetables are available in every classroom. It is recommended that all pupils take part in some form of extra curricular activity to help them feel a part of their new school.

Achievement and rewards

Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded in a number of ways in year 7. All pupils are able to receive ‘Classcharts’ for their achievements which are noted on an electronic system. Classcharts have been used to monitor pupils within lessons. The cumulative scores are then used to support the reward system within the year group, with certificates, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, being sent home, as well as their names being entered into a half termly prize draw. We will be displaying and recognising the efforts of each week’s “Top Ten”. Pupils can also receive points towards the annual House competition. Be sure to look out for opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the success of your house. Pupils in year 7 can also receive letters and praise postcards from teachers and their tutor for their efforts.

Support

Staff at Hurstmere are here to support pupils as they make their way through the school. We offer a range of support from informal discussions with pupils to more structured interventions such as peer mentoring. We are eager to help our students and rely on open communications to ensure we can quickly deal with any issues that may arise. Please contact your son’s form tutor in the first instance if you have something you wish to discuss with us.

Home school contact

Every pupil is issued with a school planner at the start of the academic year. This is an excellent resource for pupils to keep themselves organised. It also is a useful vehicle for maintaining close contact between home and school. Teachers may use the planner to communicate with you and you are of course welcome to do the same. Please ensure you check and sign your son’s planner at LEAST once a week. All members of staff can of course be contacted on the main school number.

Important dates for year 7

Parents Information Meeting is 26/09/19

Welcome Evening Date is 07/11/19

Year 7 Parents Evening is 19/03/20

Mr B Maher

Head of Year 7