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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.

Breakfast Club

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.

Peer Mentoring

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

Times of the School Day

8:40am - 9:00am

Session 1 
9:00am - 10:40am

10:40am - 11:00am

Session 2
11:00am - 12:40pm

12:40pm - 1:30pm

Session 3
1:30pm - 3:10pm

"A Year 7 Parent's View"

"B has had the best start to secondary school, she's enjoyed the lessons, has made great friends and learned a lot of new skills. She's enjoyed the clubs & trips, she has thrived so much this year, she's grown in confidence and gained so much knowledge and interests in so many different lessons. She speaks so highly of all the teachers and how kind and engaging they are and always comes home saying how much she's enjoying each day, she's really matured this year and I'm very grateful to all the staff who have taught her, supported her and helped her throughout one of the biggest transitions she's been through so far in her schooling, I hope she is becoming a credit to the school and continues to thrive and challenge herself to become better on her journey at Kelmscott, I'm very proud of B for all her efforts this year she's worked very hard and been very dedicated and our family is very proud of the young lady she is shaping into. Thank you again to all the staff at Kelmscott for all their hard work, what a year, this is just the start of B’s journey at Kelmscott and cannot wait to see all the amazing things she will achieve over the coming years"

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