New to the School - FAQs
Your form tutor will register you every morning and afternoon.
When you arrive your head of Year will be ready to welcome you, as will your form tutor. You and your parents will have a chance to meet these teachers during the first week. At the start of term, you will be given your tutor’s email address so that your parents can contact him / her.
Your Head of Year will send your parents further information regarding Parents Evening and events. To help your parents find out about other families, the Friends of More House can be contacted via email (please see the table below).
During the first two weeks your parents can drop you and collect you from the form room at the start and end of each day. If you travel to More House by train or taxi, a member of staff will help you find your way to and from your form room.
The School Day
You begin and end your school day with your form tutor. Registration is at 8.30am and 4.00pm. In the morning there is a teacher on duty from 8.20am. You will usually wait in the playground before school starts, but for the first two weeks you can come in and sit in a classroom with a teacher if you wish. Your day ends at 4.20pm. There is a teacher on duty in both car parks at home time.
Registration will usually be followed by an assembly or mentoring. Your tutor will tell you who your mentor is and where you need to go at the start of term. Your mentor will help you choose small
challenges to work on each week. These will be recorded in your diary along with your homework and any notes between home and school.
Period 1 starts at 9.00am. You will have 6 teaching periods a day, each one lasting about 55 minutes.
Your teachers will help you record your homework in your diary. If you are worried about homework you must talk to your form tutor. We have a two-week timetable. Friday of Week B is a Flexi Day, this
means that you study one topic for the whole day. You will still begin and end every Flexi Day with your form tutor.
Lunch and Breaks
There will be a morning break. You are allowed to bring a snack to school to eat at morning break. This should be a healthy snack and not sweets or chocolate. You must follow our ‘no nuts’ rule and make sure that your snack is nut free. Some boys have allergies to different foods – please do not share your snack.
You may bring a hand-held console to use at break times but it must be named and it is your responsibility to look after it. Electronic games are not to be used in the break before school and should not be used every break. All games must be age-appropriate. Further guidelines will be issued to your parents. Your tutor and parents may choose to agree days and times when you can play electronic games.
You will either go home at 4.20pm or 5.30pm, depending on whether you stay for an after school activity or to do your homework. You should be collected from the lower car park. If you need to be collected from the top of the school, make sure that your tutor knows this. If for any reason your lift is later than 4.30pm or 5.40pm, you must be collected at the top car park.
After School Activities 4.30-5.30
If you wish to go to an after-school activity, you must tell your tutor during morning registration. You can find out about the different activities on offer at the start of term. Most clubs are free, but a few require payment. If you stay for a club you can have a drink and snack in the Refectory first.
You will need a plain bag that is comfortable for you to carry around school. You will need a pencil case, with handwriting pens, pencils, a pencil eraser, ruler and sharpener. Highlighters are also
useful. You may want to bring a snack and a water bottle. You can bring your own colouring pencils or use the ones in the class. Teachers will lend you resources if you forget to bring yours, but
you should aim to remember to bring your own every day. The school will give you a diary on your first day.
Make sure you have your uniform and P.E kit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gard’ner House? (Written as GH)
Gard’ner House has form rooms and teaching rooms for Year 7 and below. There is also a computer suite and a small hall with its own reading area. The Head of Junior Years, Mrs Turner, has her office here, as does Mrs Hammond, who is the Deputy Head (Wellbeing) and the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. Lavatories and a drinking fountain can also be found in Gard’ner House.
What’s the Learning Development Centre? (Known as LDC)
The Learning Development Centre is where you will go for therapy sessions: Speech & Language, Literacy, Occupational Therapy and Numeracy.
Where can I leave my belongings?
You may not have a named coat peg, but your tutor will show you where you can leave your belongings. The P.E. department has lockers for your P.E. bag.
Can I bring a phone to school?
During lessons mobile telephones must be switched off and should not be used for any purpose without permission. If you use your phone inappropriately it will be confiscated. If your parents need to contact you they should telephone Main Reception rather than call or text you directly. Sometimes there may be a reason why you need to call home, if so just ask permission from a member of staff and they will help you.
What do I do if I don’t like lunch?
There is always a wide selection of food at lunchtime, and no one will make you eat something you do not like. However, everybody needs to eat something. If you are worried about lunch times, tell your tutor.
What do I do if I get lost?
Any adult can tell you where you need to go or take you to your next lesson. You will have other boys with you who can help you too. You will soon learn how to find your way to the Main Reception or your tutor’s classroom, and you can go there if you need help.