Starting Secondary School
We understand how young people feel before they join secondary school. They are often a little worried about being in an environment with so many older children, and nervous about the number of teachers they will have and the work they will be set.
At Kelmscott, we have an excellent record of supporting students as their secondary education begins. We plan well, through our strong links with local primary schools. Our staff are experienced and sensitive to students needs. Lessons are developed in partnership with primary schools in order to help students adapt their learning as quickly as possible. Above all, our students make newcomers welcome and are always on hand to offer advice and support.
Run by the learning mentors our breakfast club gives students a calm and well-ordered start to the day. Children meet to eat breakfast, discuss the news headlines and complete homework with mentors' support. Please contact Mr Rolfe for availability. The club gives new students and visitors from primary schools the opportunity to make friends across the year groups.
The School Council
The School Council is an opportunity for all students to play a part in school decision making. Through the council, students are able to give their views on issues such as improving lessons and the school's code of conduct.
Many of our older students want to support children new to Kelmscott. With our Peer Mentoring Scheme, Year 10 students can train, gaining valuable mentoring skills which equip them to support and advise Year 7 students, both with school and social situations.
How can I prepare my child for Secondary School?
Get them organised. Your child will go from having one teacher to numerous teachers in different classrooms. They will be expected to have the correct books with them and their equipment.
If your child has to travel to school alone, practice the journey to school. Do at least one trial journey and go through alternative routes.
Make sure you have the correct uniform