Dear Year 7 Parent/Carer,
I hope that you are safe and well.
As I explained in my last letter, we will be modifying the start of the new school year to facilitate a comprehensive ‘Induction Day’ for the new Year 7 students, prior to the commencement of their timetabled lessons and everyday school life.
Although September 2021 signals a significant step towards normality, updated government guidance requires us to keep a number COVID 19 protocols in place. The main points can be summarised as:
Government guidance will also require us to administer a programme of COVID 19 testing as the students return to school at the end of the summer holidays. However, please be reassured that no student will be tested without the clearly expressed consent of the parent or carer. The new guidance for schools and information for parents/carers can be found on the following links: operational guidance What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19
The start of term for our new year 7 will, therefore, be as follows:
On Friday 3rd September, our new Year 7 will be invited into school, for an appointment slot to facilitate a COVID test, subject to parental consent. Students will not be expected to wear school uniform for this appointment and should return home on completion of the test. If you would like to accompany you child for this appointment you will be very welcome, or the students can attend independently if preferred. Full details of the testing schedule will follow shortly.
Then, on Monday 6th September, the new Year 7 will be the only Year group in school. This will enable us to deliver a comprehensive introduction to the school, providing the students with a thorough programme of orientation and ‘settling in’ activities. The students will be expected to attend in full school uniform from Monday 6th September onwards.
From Tuesday 7th September onwards, on arrival to school Year 7 students will be able to use the front entrance from 7.30am or the side gates, next to the Tennis Courts from 8am. Then they will follow the usual school day schedule that is attached for your reference.
At the end of each school day, students will leave the site at one of two exit points depending on their location for their last lesson. All students in the new teaching block and those that are downstairs in the main teaching block will leave via a new school exit at the front of the school between the new and main teaching block. Students who are upstairs in the main teaching block and those in PE/Performing Arts will leave via the side gates next to the Tennis courts. A map is attached for your reference. Students remaining in school for extracurricular activities will need to wait for a few minutes, whilst the main body of students leave the site, before moving to their after-school activity.
We have extensive building work going on throughout the summer. However, this is all currently on schedule, and we expect that everything will be ready in time for the new school year. We will, of course, inform you immediately if there are any unexpected changes to these arrangements.
As always thank for your support and understanding as we work together to ensure that the start of the new term is a happy and successful one for all of our students.
Very best wishes and kind regards
2021 Transition Video from Mr S Carter (Head Teacher)
How do I find my way around the school?
You will have a map and your timetable will show which room your lesson will be taught. Staff and students will always be around to help you to find your way around school.
Who will help me if I have a problem at school?
Everybody at The Telford Langley School is helpful and will listen to you if you have a concern. You will be placed in a Tutor Group with a Form Tutor who you will see every day during Tutor Time. You will also belong to a House and will have access to your Head of House, Assistant Head of House and a Student Support Officer. Your subject Teachers will also be happy to answer any questions you might have or deal with any problems. We also have students who act as Peer Mentors, School Prefects and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Where do we keep our school books and PE kit at school?
You can request a locker to store your books and PE kit.
What are the rules about mobile phones?
You are allowed to have your mobile phone as long as they are switched off during lessons. You can use your phone during break and lunch time. Using your mobile phone during lesson time will result in an after school detention.
What clubs can I attend after school?
The Telford Langley School has a full enrichment programme that you will be able to take part in from rugby and football clubs, to drama club and choir or even web design. There really is something for everyone to become involved in.
Will I get homework?
Yes! There are independent learning projects available on the school website. Teachers will also set a combination of online learning through SAM learning and other activities linked to developing skills, knowledge and understand.
What is a Form Tutor?
A Form Tutor is a teacher in charge of your Tutor Group and will look after you for your 5 years at The Telford Langley School.
What is a detention?
A detention is a sanction you are given for not following the rules. At The Telford Langley school we promote good behaviour and follow a consequence system to manage poor behaviour.
Will I be with my friends?
Teachers form your primary school will advise The Telford Langley School about friendships and where possible we try to keep friends together. However, if you are not with your friends, don’t worry as you will soon make new friends and still see your other friends at break and lunch times and when you’re not in your tutor group.
Will I be allowed to take off my blazer?
Good question! Normally Teachers will have no objection to you taking off your blazer in the classroom, but you have to ask. When walking around school blazers must always be worn. In the summer months, when the weather is hot the Headteacher makes the decision to allow us to take off our blazers and ties.
What will I have for my lunch at school?
The school canteen is open for breakfast before school starts, at break time and at lunch and serves a selection of hot and cold food and snacks.
Where can we eat in school?
You can eat breakfast, break snacks and lunch in the school canteen or outside on the picnic benches.
What equipment will I need to bring to school?
You will need to bring a school bag, as well as a pencil, black or blue pen and a ruler. On days when you have PE, you will also be required to bring your full PE kit into school