New Intake May 2014

New Intake Information
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th May 2014
Purpose of the evening
• Describe the process of joining the school
• Give details of the early start
• Give information about school transport
• Explain the school pastoral structure
• Student support
• Order uniform
• Ask lots and lots of questions…
• Mr Andy Edmonds – Headteacher
• Mr Rob Lane – Deputy Headteacher
• Mrs Ginny Lean – Assistant Headteacher
• Ms Emmie Williams – Assistant Headteacher
• Mr Neil Richards – Head of House and Transition
• Ms Kat Vincent - Special Needs Coordinator
• Mrs Caroline Hunt – Student Welfare Officer
Early Start – the details
• We have arranged with our Cluster primary schools for
students who will attend Brannel to start with us on 14 July
• They will spend the last 8 days of term with us until we break
up on 23 July.
• We hope that this will ease any anxieties about starting at
secondary school and give the students a flying start.
• Because some students are coming from outside of the
Cluster schools, we recognise that this might not be possible
for everyone.
Early Start - Activities
• Normal lessons – they will receive their timetables and will go to
most of their lessons
• Admin – pictures for proximity cards, e-safety, network logons,
• Get to know you activities – both for staff and for the site
• Tutor group activities – each student will be in a tutor group with
other students and will have the opportunity to get to know them.
• House activities – we are planning to hold some fun events
during those days so that students become involved in their
House teams.
Early Start – School Buses
• If they are eligible, students will travel to and from school on
the school buses.
• Passes will be issued by Cornwall Council before the end of
• Concerns about passes and routes should be addressed to
Cornwall Council.
• Brannel staff will travel with students during the first two
days of the transition to assist with any concerns.
School Buses - Safety
• We expect the same standards of behaviour from our
students on the buses as we do in school and out of school.
• Buses are met by senior staff in the mornings and are also
checked in the afternoons.
• Students who mis-behave or who cause disruption on the
buses will receive written warnings and will face a ban if
repeated three times.
• We encourage students to report issues to Mr Lane as soon
as possible.
Curriculum – What do Year 7 students
We have a two week timetable with four 75 minute lessons per day.
Students study:
Maths, English (7 periods)
Science (6 periods)
PE (3 periods)
Morals and Ethics (1 period)
Spanish (4 periods)
Art, Design and Technology (4 periods)
Opening Minds (8 periods until December)
Geography, History, Drama, Music and Computing begin after
The Pastoral Structure
Mr Neil Richards
Student Support
• Tutors
• Heads of Houses
• Student Welfare Officer (Mrs Hunt)
• Pastoral Support Officer (Mrs Truscott)
• Senior Leaders
• External Agencies
• Missing school = missing out
• Government guidance restricts the ability of the school to
authorise absence except in exceptional circumstances.
• Please do not book holidays during term time, we will not be able
to authorise them
• If your child is ill, please call and inform the school. We use a
‘truancy call’ system to notify you if your child is absent.
• Please let us know by phone or in writing if your child has a
medical appointment. We ask that you try to avoid these during
school time but, when unavoidable, that your child is at school for
the remainder of the day.
Behaviour System
Continued off-task
2 x missed homework
Lack of work
S1 – Formal Warning
Recorded in student planner
No improvement after S1
Repeated uniform failures
S2 – Break/Lunch Detention
Recorded on SIMS and in planner
Major behaviour incident
Three S2 in one term
Smoking at School
S3 – After School Detention
Record on SIMS and in planner
Parents will be contact by your teacher
S3 will be on Mondays and Thursdays
Withdrawal from lessons required
Failure to attend S3
S4 – Isolation – up to 3 days
(Only actioned by HoH or SLT)
Risk to staff and students
Illegal actions
S5 - Exclusion
• Students earn merits for working hard and for making a positive
contribution to the school.
• Each merit is entered into regular prize draws.
• Prizes have included:
- Pencil cases
- Vouchers for school trips
- Laser-tag trips
- Amazon voucher
- Lunchtime ‘parties’ for tutor groups
- Tablet computer
Uniform - School
School tie
School tie
Plain black shoes
Plain black shoes
Black full length trousers
Black full length trousers
Black knee length skirt (not lycra)
White shirt
White shirt
School jumper or plain black v-neck jumper
School jumper, plain black v-neck jumper or
plain black cardigan
Outdoor, weatherproof coat
Outdoor, weatherproof coat
Please note that we no longer allow students to bring non-school jumpers and hoodies to school
Uniform – PE Kit
School Black PE top and rugby shirt
School black PE top
Black shorts / tracksuit bottoms
Black shorts / tracksuit bottoms
Trainers / Football Boots
Trainers / Football Boots
Long black football socks
Long black football socks
Shin pads
Shin pads
Red PE Hoodies are available from the PE department but are only to be worn as part of the PE kit
• From September, the catering at Brannel will be managed
by the school
• Increased food available
• Focus on meals
• Free school meals
Remainder of the evening
• Staff are available to ask questions you might have
• Please leave any questions or comments on our information
• Refreshments available
• Uniform available to purchase
We are all looking forward to your child joining us on 14 July!

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