We are excited to welcome our new Year 7 students into their first year of secondary education here at The Warren School. This is the start of an exciting but challenging journey for the students and I have extremely high expectations for the year group. The focus for the students this year is high achievement and we will support students with everything they need in order to reach their full potential.
The achievement and progress of Year 7 will be continually monitored and evaluated by myself, Miss Edy, the Achievement Team Leader (ATL). Mrs. Hutchings, who represents the Year Care Team (YCT) for Year 7, will assist with the progression of our students by focussing on their wellbeing, addressing any behavioural issues and dealing with punctuality. Our dedicated team of Form Tutors will also play an integral part of ensuring our students achieve. Form Tutors are the first port of call for any issues, as the students will see them first thing in the morning, as well as at the end of the day, offering those opportunities to pick up on the challenges our students may be facing.
This year is the start of our Year 7 students following their own individual learning pathways. With this in mind it is crucial that students are focused and organised from the start. To assist with this, we will be placing a greater emphasis on students taking responsibility for their own learning and supporting them every step of the way to becoming independent learners now that they are in secondary education.
Our rewards system ensures that all students displaying outstanding work and effort are recognised, receiving certificates in assemblies, positive phone calls and letters home, and earning places on extra-curricular trips. It is essential that students are ‘in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’ and any students failing to meet these expectations will be sanctioned appropriately; we ask for full parental support when dealing with such behaviour. There are no excuses for any students disturbing the learning of others and there will be no tolerance for this.
Organisation is key and students are expected to be prepared with all their equipment every day and to make full and efficient use of their student planners. The planners will allow students to record and track homework, as well as monitor their own attendance and punctuality. The planner is also a tool for communication between the school and home. Parents, carers and Form Tutors are required to sign the planner weekly, monitor the homework that is being recorded and check that the planner is being used to its full potential. Parental/Carer input is essential for a student’s success and a positive relationship between home and school is vital for our students to succeed.
Excellent attendance is essential for students to fulfil their full potential. Students are expected to be in school every day; missing one day results in students missing at least five hours of learning time, which can have a knock-on effect on future learning. Students that have 100% attendance are rewarded regularly throughout their year.
The school will facilitate extended opportunities to assist students in their effort to be their best. Our inclusion programmes for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students and Special Educational Needs students enable them to fulfil their potential and exceed their targets.
After school and during lunchtimes we will offer many extra-curricular opportunities for the students, such as sports clubs, music lessons and arts clubs.
Year 7 will be both exciting and demanding for students as they embark on their first year here at The Warren. The year ahead will challenge and stretch them and staff expectations will be higher than ever. I look forward to helping students to meet these challenges head on and I have every confidence that, with help and support from our dedicated team, our students will succeed.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Achievement Team Leader for Year 7