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Behaviour and Welfare

Lunchtime and Food

Lessons and Homework

Uniform and Equipment

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Behaviour and Welfare

Lunchtime and Food

Lessons and Homework

Uniform and Equipment

General

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Pupil FAQs – Behaviour and Welfare

What happens if I get a detention?

If you get a detention you will complete this in the old gym with a senior member of staff. You could be issued with a lunchtime detention or an after school one for more serious incidents. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of time to still get your lunch and go to the toilet after the detention, and if you get an after-school we text parents to make them aware.

I don’t feel very well. Who do I tell?

You would tell your class teacher who would decide if they needed to send you to our Pastoral Office to get checked out. If you feel unwell at break or lunch, you would go to the Pastoral office or your Head of Year directly.

I am worried about me or one of my friends. Who can I tell?

You can tell any member of staff about something you are worried about and they will know what to do!

I feel really sad and have a lot on my mind. Is there someone I need to tell?

You should speak to your Form Tutor, Head of Year or the Pastoral Office if you are feeling low. They will be able to help you, or direct you to someone who can.

Will I be able to find the toilets OK?

There are 3 sets of WCs’ in school, these can be located in: the entrance to the Practical block, the bottom floor of the Tower block, and in the Sports Hall. We also have a number of accessible WC’s around the school.

Are the toilets open all day?

Yes, and they are checked regularly. Pupils are discouraged from using the toilet during lesson times unless of an emergency, or if they have been issued with a toilet pass for medical reasons.

My behavior at Primary school was not good enough – Can I change?

Yes. Absolutely yes! Coming up to Secondary school is a really good time to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start. You can be whoever you want to be here as you have a clean slate.

Someone has sent me nasty messages outside of school. Should I tell my teacher?

Yes. Tell any member of staff and they will inform your Head of Year who will investigate this.

What do I do if I am worried about COVID-19 and getting tested in school?

Please try not to worry and speak to your Head of Year who will support you and keep you informed about testing.

Can my parents/carers check my ClassCharts?

Yes. Parents and carers get a log in and there is an app. They will get a notification if you receive ‘Red clicks’ or ‘Green Clicks’

What happens if I get blamed for something I did not do?

Here at Longfield, incidents are investigated by your HOY before sanctions are applied. We will gather statements from any pupils involved in the incident, along with statements from any staff or pupil witnesses. We also use CCTV where possible to determine what has happened. Only once all of this evidence is gathered and looked at by the Welfare Team, will a sanction be applied. If it is something very serious, then we may ask you to stay in one place until we have an outcome.

I want to move as I do not like my class. Who do I tell?

You are placed into specific classes based on your ability level. Pupils cannot move classes unless the Head of Department requests the move. You could speak to your class teacher and explain your concerns – it might be just change in seats that may help you.

Pupil FAQs – Lunchtime and Food

How do I pay for my dinner and snacks in school?

We use Biometrics in school, and you scan your finger to pay for any food or drinks.

How do I get money on my dinner account?

Your parents/carers ‘top your account up’ using ParentMail online. You can also use the dinner money machine in school. There is one at the bottom of the Tower Block and one in the Practical Block. Watch the Longfield Way video on Biometrics to see how you use them.

What type of food do you sell?

We have hot dinners, such as lasagna, chicken dinners, burgers and lots more! In the canteen there is a copy of the menu for that week. We also sell Pasta and sauce/cheese, a selection of cold sandwiches and hot paninis and wraps.

What if I run out of dinner money?

You can go overdrawn on your account, but you must pay it back.

How long do we get for dinner?

You get 45 minutes for your lunch break. Lunch is 12.35pm to 1.20pm every day.

What if an older pupil pushes in the dinner line?

Your year group go in for lunch together so this should never happen. You have a different slot each week. Staff are on duty to prevent this from happening and you can speak to any member of staff who is there.

I don’t like anything there is to eat! What should I do?

Hopefully the selection we have will include something you like. If there is nothing, please see a member of staff who is on duty and they will help you as you must eat something. If you have any allergies or dietary needs, you must make us aware.

Can I eat my sandwich in the yard?

No. Everyone must eat food in the designated indoor areas.

Do I have to let you know if I am going on packed lunch?

No. You can choose to do something different every day and don’t need to tell school.

Are there any clubs on at dinner time?

Yes, there are a range of lunchtime clubs available to join. You will be informed of these during Form Time by your tutor.

What do we do if it is raining at break and lunch?

If it is raining or very bad weather, we will ring the bell twice for an indoor break. You will be directed where to go by your class teacher and any staff on duty. For Y7 we normally meet in the main hall.

Pupil FAQs – Lessons and Homework

How do lessons work at Longfield?

You have 25 lessons a week, which is 5 lessons a day. You will also have a 20 minute ‘We Are Longfield’ daily with your Form Tutor where they will share information with you, you will have an assembly or complete your Literacy and Numeracy work.

When will I get my timetable?

You will get your timetable on your first day from your Form Tutor. You need to keep this safe and also write it in your Planner.

I am really stuck in lessons and can’t keep up. What should I do?

Speak up and let your subject teacher know so that they can offer you support in class.

My handwriting is really untidy. What if you can’t read my work?

Don’t worry. If you need support with your handwriting, speak to your Head of Year or Mrs Walker in the ORB and we can look at how we can support you.

The work is too hard for me. I can’t do it!

Lessons at Longfield will challenge you; this is a good thing. Just like every muscle in your body, your brain needs to be exercised. You could practice skills at home or ask your teacher for support in class. If this continues to worry you, please see your Head of Year.

I want to learn as much as I can. What can I do extra to get ahead?

That’s fantastic. You need to look at your ‘Above and Beyond’ lists and complete as many of the tasks as you can using our Retrieval Strategies. Not only will you make excellent progress, you will get rewards along the way too!

Why do I have to do homework?

Homework is one of the best things you can do to make your learning ‘stick’. At Longfield we use ‘Retrieval Strategies’ to complete homework. Have a read all about them in this handbook and watch the video on them on The Longfield Way!

I have forgotten my homework. What should I do?

Speak to your Form Tutor or subject teacher and let them know straight away.

Can I get any help with my homework?

Yes. We have homework clubs at lunch and after school and you can always go to the
Library or the ORB to complete your homework with support. More info on homework clubs in September.

I don’t like the person I sit next to. Can I move?

Please speak to your Teacher. If you continue to have problem with the person you are sitting next to, speak to your subject teacher or Form Tutor.

I have missed lots of lessons as I have been absent. How can I catch up?

Speak to your class teacher and see what work you have missed. It is important you do this so that you are fully prepared for your end of term assessments. You will need to catch up on this work in your own time.

Pupil FAQs – Uniform and Equipment

 

What do I need to bring on my first day?

On your first day, you need to bring your school bag with a fully stocked pencil case (which school will provide but you can also bring your own), a reading book, a drink of water, a packed lunch (if required) or money for dinner, and a snack if you choose. You will need to carry other things such as your planner, but you will get this on your first day.

Can I wear black trainers for school?

No.

I am not in full uniform. What should I do?

Firstly, you need to make sure you are in full uniform every day. If needed, we can loan uniform out from Connect where we have a fully stocked uniform loan room. You can come to Connect directly, or a member of staff will take you and get what you need.

Am I allowed to wear jewellery?

No. For health and safety reasons, no jewellery is to be worn in school. This
includes stud earrings. Clear retainers are permitted; however, you must remove these for PE lessons.

What if I cannot afford to buy uniform or new equipment?

Don’t worry – speak to your Head of Year about this if you are worried.

I have forgotten my pencil case—what should I do?

See your Form Tutor who will be able to help you with equipment for the day. If you forget it often, this will impact negatively on your Class Charts wheel.

I need a new ruler/pen/glue stick… where can I get one?

You can buy equipment from Connect if you run out or need any.

Why do I need different coloured pens?

Because we use different colours for different feedback. Purple is progress, red is self-assessment and we write in blue or black pen. You must have all of these in your pencil case.

Can I bring in my own pencil case?

Yes of course. We provide all pupils with equipment, so we know you all have what you need. If you want to bring in your own pencil case, highlighters, colouring pencils and equipment then that is even better!

Am I allowed to have a skin-fade cut or dye my hair a different colour?

No. Our policy for haircuts and styles can be found on the ‘Useful Links’ page in the Transition area.

Do I have to bring a bag to school every day?

Yes, as you have items you must bring into school every day. These are your knowledge planner, pencil case, reading book, packed lunch/snack/drink (if required) and any additional equipment needed for specialist lessons such as food or PE.

Do I have to buy a diary to write things in?

No – we will provide you with a Knowledge Planner on your first day at Longfield and show you how to use this.

 

Pupil FAQs -General

Will I get to meet my class before we start school?

Hopefully! If we have our ‘normal’ Transition days then you will meet your class, Form Tutor and lots of other people face-to-face. If we have any COVID restrictions, it is more likely you will do this on TEAMS.

Who will my Form Tutor be?

You will find out who your Form Tutor during Transition days in June. You will be with your Tutor for 5 years. .

Who is going to be my Head of Year?

Your Head of Year will be Miss Piggett. Miss Piggett will become very important to you during your time at Longfield, as she is the person responsible for your whole year group. All pupils will have the opportunity to meet Miss Piggett before joining Longfield, either face-to-face or virtually. There is also a ‘Getting to know you’ page on Miss Piggett in the Transition area on the school website!

I have come on my period at school.

Don’t worry — it happens all the time girls! We have the Red Box project at school and have sanitary products, wipes and fresh clothes you are able to use anytime. Just visit Connect, Pastoral or see your Head of Year.

Can we go on the field at break and lunch?

You cannot go onto the field at break time, but in the summer we open up the fields to use at lunchtimes depending on the weather.

When it snows can we throw snowballs?

Snowballing is banned at Longfield and we take this very seriously as it can really hurt and upset people. If you choose to snowball, this will be investigated.

Can we play football at lunchtime?

You are not allowed any balls in the yard, but sometimes we allow football to be played if the fields are open. Please see the PE department or Mr Thompson for more
information.

Where is my form room?

Good question! When you join us we will let you know what Form group you are in and show you where your classroom is.

I don’t like my form class. Can I please swap?

This is a really tricky one because when one person swaps, everyone wants to! Once you are in a Form group this is where you will stay. You will eventually go into ‘sets’ for lessons so will be in different classes for some lessons depending on your assessment grades.

How do I join Extra-curricular activities and clubs?

A timetable will be given out when you join us with the clubs that are on. You can go to as many clubs as you like and just need to register interest with the member of staff who runs them. If you are still unsure, your Form Tutor will help you with this.

Can I bring my mobile Phone into school?

You are not permitted to have use any mobile devices in school. This covers all mobile phones, smart watches and headphones.

What if I need to have my mobile phone with me for walking to and home from school?

If you need to bring your mobile to school, you must hand it in to staff at the designated Year 7 area by 8.45am and it will be locked away during the day. You then collect your phone at 3.20pm to use on the way home.

Why am I not with the people I chose for my form group?

We tried to make sure people were together, but it wasn’t possible in every case. Think of this as an opportunity to make new friends and still see your old friends at break/lunch.

Can I bring snacks to school?

Yes of course. We do not allow any energy drinks/fizzy drinks or chewing gum in school.

I am worried about me or one of my friends. Who can I tell?

You can tell any member of staff about something you are worried about and they will know what to do!

Where will I find my Head of Year?

Miss Piggett will be popping into your lessons across the day so you should have plenty of opportunities to speak to her. She will also be in the yard with you at break and lunch. If you need to find her, ask any member of staff who will be able to locate her for you. You can also e-mail at Rpiggett@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk.

What if I get lost?

Please do not worry. We know that all pupils need to learn to find their way around the school. To help, pupil mentors will show you around for the first two weeks and staff will be there to support you when you are moving around the school.

I have older brothers and sisters at Longfield. Can I see them in school?

Yes of course! Your older siblings or cousins that come to Longfield are also great to speak to for support and guidance as they already know how we work!

What do I do if I am absent from school?

If you are going to be absent, your parent/carer needs to ring school before 9am every day you are off. When you return to school, you must also bring a note with you. You must also ensure you catch up on all work missed.

Is there a swimming club we can go to before or after school?

Your Head of Year, Miss Piggett, is also our school’s Swimming Teacher. When you join, she will have more information on this for you.

Can I find things out about Longfield online?

Yes! You can visit our school website to find out all about Longfield and log onto your pupil portal from home. You can also find us on Instagram. Each department has an account and posts lots of interesting things along with the hashtag #WeAreLongfield.

What do we do if there is a Fire alarm?

We will practice what to do in a fire drill during your first week here. You will be shown here to go, how to do this safely and our expectations. Your fire drill area is the Sports Hall car park.

Parent/Carer FAQs – Welfare and Behaviour

What will happen if my child receives a detention?

If your child has an after-school detention, you will be notified of this via text the day before the event to make you aware they will be leaving later than expected. If they have a detention at lunchtime, you will be able to track this using Class Charts.

My child has SEND. Who can I speak to regarding their additional needs?

You can contact our SENCO, Miss Jo Morton or Assistant SENCO, Mrs. Julie Walker via school reception, or by e-mail: Jmorton@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk or jwalker@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk

My child has medical needs that require a Care Plan. How do I complete this form?

If your child has medical needs that you need to inform us about, please complete the Care Plan that you will find in your ‘Return to School’ pack that will be sent out in March.

My child needs to take medication during the school day. What do I need to do?

Our Pastoral Office can administer medication that is provided to us with a signed consent form. To arrange this, you need to visit our school reception where you can hand in any medication and complete the forms as required.

Do you need a spare inhaler for my asthmatic child?

Yes. For all pupils who are asthmatic, school require a spare, in-date inhaler in case of an emergency. This will be held centrally in our Pastoral Office. You will also need to complete one of our Care Plans.

I am concerned about my child’s peanut allergy. How do you aim to keep them safe?

Longfield Academy is a nut free school. The school catering team take great care to ensure that food prepared and cooked within the school kitchen does not contain nuts. In addition, Food Technology Teachers also operate a nut free policy within practical food lessons. Furthermore, Staff and pupils are asked to observe the nut free rule when bringing snacks and/or lunch into school. As with all medical concerns, staff are made aware of issues such as serious allergies and conditions. First Aiders are located across the building and have had training on how to administer a JEXT or EPI pen in case of an emergency. You will also have completed a Care Plan informing us of how to care for your child. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to maintain a nut free environment, products such as chocolate (which may have been manufactured / packaged within the same factory) are used / consumed on school premises.

My child was on a behaviour plan at Primary School. Will this continue?

We are aware of pupils who required additional support around behaviour through our discussions with Year 6 staff. We would not continue on with the same plan as they had at Primary. If required, we would arrange for you to have an extended transition visit where we would work together to support your child and their fresh start. If a pupils behaviour demonstrated to us they still required a support plan, we would put a Longfield arrangement in place alongside the family.

My child has received threatening messages via text. What can you do about this?

It is best practice to make school aware of such issues so that we can monitor the situation in the building to try and prevent any incidents that may arise. If your child is victim to this you must report it to the police as a crime.

What is happening with COVID-19 testing in schools?

For more information on COVID testing, please refer to our school website which has the most up to date information around COVID-19 procedures and testing.

How can I monitor my child’s behaviour?

When your child joins us, you will receive a pass code for ClassCharts. ClassCharts is the behaviour management software that we use to record and track pupil’s achievements and behaviour. You will be able to view the progress of your child in real time. You can view class charts online or download as an app on your smart phone. For more information on ClassCharts and how to use this system, please watch the video for this in the Y6 Transition Area of our website under ‘The Longfield Way’ tab.

My child is very nervous about joining secondary school. How can I support them?

We can arrange an additional visit for you and your child to come into school and meet with the Transition Coordinator. Here we can discuss any issues and plan how to support your child when they join us. We can also have an additional tour of the school and answer all of your questions. There is a ‘Parent Support Handbook’ available to view online in the Year 6 Transition Area with hints and tips on getting your child ‘Secondary ready’.

My child was under CAMHS and received outside agency support in Primary. Will this continue?

Yes. All information will all transfer with your child. Please also contact school to discuss this with the transition coordinator prior to September to see how we can further support your family. We have an Emotional Wellbeing officer in school who works with our pupils and liaises with CAMHS regularly to ensure that we support their work as best we can in school..

What if I need to take my child out of school during the day for an appointment?

We understand this is sometimes unavoidable and pupils need to leave for appointments. You must inform school of this prior to the appointment date. You can do this by ringing school reception or e-mailing your child’s HOY. Any pupil leaving site must be collected by their parent/carer/ designated adult as they will not be allowed to leave site alone. We also expect pupils to return to school immediately after their appointments.

Parent/Carer FAQs – Lunchtime and Food

How will my child pay for their school lunch?

We use Biometrics in school, and pupils scan their finger to pay for any food or drinks from their ParentMail account. Please sign and complete the Biometrics consent form in your ‘Return to School’ pack.

How do I put money onto my ParentMail account?

You will receive a log in and password to create your ParentMail account. This should be e-mailed over to you in June so that you have time to set this up in preparation for September. Here you will be able to add funds to your child’s account and check their balance.

What if my bank card fails and I cannot add funds?

You can give money to your child if this occurs and they can add money manually in school. Please see the Biometrics video on The Longfield Way for more information.

My child has allergies and specific dietary needs. How will this be managed in school?

If your child has allergies and specific dietary needs, please make us aware of this when you complete your ‘Return to school’ pack. All staff will be made aware of food allergies and dietary needs. Kitchen staff are also provided with pictures of pupils so that they are aware of who’s who and their individual requirements.

Can my child come home for lunch?

No – they must remain in school over lunch.

Do I have to let you know if I want my child to go onto packed lunch?

No. You do not need to let us know. Your child can switch from packed lunch to dinners as and when they choose, and no one needs to be informed.

My child has T1 Diabetes and needs to eat at a certain time. Can this be arranged?

Yes. We can arrange for your child to have a ‘queue jumper’ pass to ensure they get lunch at the required time. Mrs Walker (Assistant SENCO) will be happy to talk through your concerns about managing your child’s diabetes in the school environment.

How long will my child have for lunch and break?

Break is 15 minutes long, and for lunch pupils get 45 minutes. Due to the volume of pupils going through the canteen at lunch, we run a system where each year group goes into lunch at a different time. This is on a weekly rota to ensure fairness. Pupils will eat their lunch in one of the canteen spaces before they move into the yard.

Are there snacks available at breaktime for my child to buy?

Yes. Pupils can buy food and drinks from the canteen at breaktime. They will pay for this through our biometrics system.

Can my child bring food into school to eat?

Of course. Lots of our pupils bring food in for breaktime. We do not allow nut products, energy drinks, fizzy drinks or chewing gum. We do allow sparkling flavoured water.

My child is a very picky eater. Will they be catered for at Longfield

Our catering staff ensure a varied menu is on offer each day. This includes two choices of hot meals, a vegetarian option, jacket potatoes with toppings, pasta pots, hot and cold sandwiches and hot and cold deserts and a range of drinks.

Are there lunchtime clubs for my child to attend?

Parent/Carer FAQs – Lessons and Homework

How can I learn about what my child will be studying during their time at Longfield?

The Curriculum area of our website hosts a wealth of information. Here you can discover our broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that ignites pupils’ love of learning and successfully unlocks the true potential of each individual. To visit our curriculum area, please click here https://longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk/curriculum/subjects/. Click on each individual subject and you will find the ‘Learning Track’ of the knowledge rich learning journey the pupils will go on.

What is the Longfield Learning Station?

In short, it develops what and how the pupils are learning. Each platform of the Learning Station energises the learning journey our pupils go on; from being educated on the uniqueness of every subject to meeting individual need. Click here to find out more about the Longfield Learning Station https://longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk/longfield-learning-station/

How will you ensure my child realises their full potential?

Our curriculum encompasses the two hands: the academic hand and the welfare hand. The academic hand offers an ambitious and aspirational knowledge development journey, allowing pupils to excel academically, to gain a range of high-quality qualifications when they leave school. The welfare hand allows the academic hand to flourish by supporting the personal development of each individual through the therapeutic programme and then the readiness to learn centre. Equally, the two hands blend together to support, secure and create happiness within each individual to allow personal success to enhance personal qualities, employability skills and cultural capital.

How do you challenge the most-able pupils in school?

DAll subject curriculums are knowledge rich, and are designed to be broad, balanced and challenging. Pupils are allocated to sets during their time at Longfield, so that the level of work in their lessons is appropriate for them. These are reviewed over the course of the year. Our Above and Beyond Programme encourages all pupils to read more and watch more, to develop their knowledge outside of the curriculum. More information can be found here at https://longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk/above-and-beyond/. We offer a range of extra-curricular and inter-form activities that provide opportunities for pupils to develop outside of the curriculum, ranging across a variety of subjects including PE, Food, Music, STEM and Debate Club. We also have an active School Council. Master classes and educational visits are also embedded into the school calendar.

My child requires support academically. How will you provide this?

We aim to meet academic needs of all pupils through quality first teaching where lessons are expected to be delivered to a suitable standard to support and challenge pupils appropriately. Each individual pupil has different needs so we would need to look at those carefully and through discussions with the pupil, parents and carers and the primary schools we would ensure that their needs are known to relevant staff. The strategies used in primary school would be shared with us and where appropriate and possible continued or modified for a mainstream secondary setting. If further needs arise or more support is needed, we would try further validated strategies and ultimately seek further advice from outside agencies such as the Educational Psychologists.

What is the school’s homework policy?

It is the policy of Longfield to set homework tasks in all subjects. Core subjects (English, Maths, Science) will set homework weekly, and foundation subjects (Geography, History, etc…) will set homework each half term. Pupils are issued with a Longfield Knowledge Planner and they will copy their homework timetable into here at the start of Y7. Planners should be checked and signed by a parent/carer each weekend. Form Tutors will inspect planners every week and any general concerns regarding homework will be brought to the form tutor’s attention.

Does every class have a teaching assistant?

There are currently no staff with a specific teaching assistant role in school. We have a large and active welfare team who monitor the pupils and offer a range of therapeutic interventions and support packages based on need. We aim to meet academic needs through quality first teaching in the classroom and our welfare team aims to target the intervention and support to ensure that the child have the skills and are ‘ready to learn’ holistically across all areas of the curriculum. We do have staff that may on occasion support pupils with class work in lessons or in small group sessions.

How many lessons are there a day?

Pupils have 5 lessons per day. Our timetable is a two-week timetable to maximise the broad and balanced curriculum we deliver. Pupils also take part in a 20 minute ‘We Are Longfield’ daily where they will have time each morning at 11am with their Form Tutor.

How will my child be assessed across the year to monitor progress?

All pupils will sit a base line test in English and Mathematics to determine areas of strength and areas to develop. Pupils will also be assessed in all subjects using formative and summative assessment. The frequency of these assessments will differ between departments depending on how they have set up their learning tracks. Pupils will also be assessed through homework to monitor pupil progress via retrieval strategies.

Do you have end of year exams?

In a non COVID-19 year, the pupils will have exams towards the end of the year to assess their progress.

Can my child be moved up or down a set during the school year?

Calendared meetings are in place with SLT and Heads of department throughout the year for discussion about pupil movement up and down sets.

How do you decide what class my child will go into?

The pupils enter year 7 in mixed ability form groups. Year 6 pupils will be able to request up to 3 friends they would like to be in a form group with, and this will be considered when creating the groups. Academically, at the end of the first term pupils will sit baseline tests in English and Maths which are used along with discussions with department leaders to set pupils.

 

 

Parent/Carer FAQs – Uniform and Equipment

Where can I buy Longfield school uniform?

Any uniform that has the Longfield logo can be purchased from Elizabeth’s Embroidery in Stockton. This includes items such as our jumper, blazer and polo shirts. Please click the following link to go directly to the shop’s website https://elizabethsembroidery.co.uk/. If you enter the password longfieldee it will take you to our school’s specific page with our uniform requirements.

What uniform does my child need?

Your child will need their full school uniform and PE kit ready for joining us in September. For all uniform requirements and a copy of our uniform policy (which includes information on jewellery, hair and makeup), please click here: https://longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/05/LFA-School-Uniform-2020.pdf

What does my child need to bring on their first day?

On their first day, your child will need to bring with them a reading book and any stationary that they may have purchased ready for Year 7. A packed lunch is required – if that is their choice of lunch for that day – and it is a good idea to bring a drink of water. If your child is asthmatic or has severe allergies, they will need to carry their own Epi Pen/Inhaler on them at all times. On their first day, we provide all pupils with fully stocked pencil case and a Knowledge Planner. Along with their reading book, they must have these items on them at all times.

What does my child need in their pencil case?

We provide all pupils with a clear pencil case when they join us in September with the following:

  • Black/Blue Pen
  • Purple pen
  • Red pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • 15cm Ruler
  • Glue Stick
  • Protractor

 

Your child can choose to supplement this with their own stationary if desired – a lot of our pupils do. If so, you could include:

  • Colouring Pencils
  • A range of highlighters
  • Spare pens in each colour
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper scissors
  • 30cm ruler
Can my child wear trainers?

No. Trainers are not permitted at Longfield without proof of a medical condition where they are advised to be worn. Pupils will be asked to loan a pair of shoes from school if they come in trainers. .

Can my child borrow uniform if they cannot wear their own for any reason?

Yes. We have a uniform loan room where pupils can borrow blazers, jumpers, trousers, t-shirts, shirts, ties and shoes. If they borrow uniform, we expect it to be returned in the same condition as when it was given to them. .

Does my child need a jumper and a blazer?

Our pupils are required to wear a jumper or a blazer. They can wear both if they choose or swap between the two.

Do I have to buy all of the branded PE kit from Elizabeth’s Embroidery?

Yes – with the exception of swimming shorts/costume and plain black ‘skin’ if required. From Elizabeth’s Embroidery, pupils must have:

  • Longfield T shirt
  • Longfield shorts/skort
  • Black games socks

If they wish to wear a warmer top (which is advisable for the winter) these need to be the Longfield ¾ zip top or the Longfield full zip top. If they wish to wear warmer bottoms these must be the either the Longfield Tracksuit bottoms or the Longfield Leggings. Pupils can wear a plain black skin under their Longfield T shirt if they wish and swimming costumes and shorts need to be plain black.

 

Parent/Carer FAQs – General

What are your school times of the day?

Pupils are expected to be in the school yard for 8.45am, ready to move to Registration at 8.50am. Our school day ends at 3.20pm. The day is as follows:

Registration – 8.50am to 9am

Lesson 1 – 9am to 10am

Lesson 2 – 10am to 11am

We Are Longfield Daily – 11am to 11.20am

Break – 11.20am to 11.35pm

Lesson 3 – 11.35pm – 12.35pm

Lunch – 12.35pm to 1.20pm

Lesson 4 – 1.20pm to 2.20pm

Lesson 5 – 2.20pm to 3.20pm

Will there be a meeting before my child starts Longfield?

Yes. In June we hold our New Year 7 Induction Evening. You will be given all of the information you require to get your child ready for September. We cover school values, expectations and requirements along with practical tips on preparing your child for life at Longfield. Dates for this year are to be confirmed, and all Year 6 parents / carers will receive an invite.

My child is very anxious about starting Longfield. Who do I talk to?

We fully understand what a huge life event this is in the life of a child and their family. To discuss any concerns, please contact Miss Angela Metcalfe, Transition Coordinator, via school reception on (01325) 380815 or via transition@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk

How does my child join extra-curricular activities and clubs?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, extra-curricular clubs have been placed on hold. We hope to see clubs re-launched as soon as we are able. Your child will receive information regarding this during their We Are Longfield Daily sessions.

Can my child bring their mobile phone into school?

We understand lots of children require mobile phones to communicate with parents / carers on the way to and from school, however the use of a mobile devices on our premises – including smart watches and headphones – is not permitted under our school policy. If your child brings their phone into school, this will need to be handed in to their Head of Year each morning and collected as they leave each night.

Why is my child not with people they chose for their form group?

We aim to match pupils up in their Form Class with people they have chosen, however this is not always possible. We will ask your child to select three people they would like to be in a form group with, and hopefully we will be able to match them with at least one of their choices.

Do I need to sign my child’s knowledge planner?

Yes. You can check your child’s planner daily or weekly, but it must be signed at the end of every week. Here they will write homework tasks, to-do lists or any important information they might need linked to school life. It can also sometimes be used to communicate with your child’s Form Tutor.

Who can I speak to if I am worried about my child or have any questions for school once they start Year 7?

Your first point of contact from September will be Miss Rachael Piggett, who will be your child’s Head of Year from Year 7 until the end of Year 11. If your child is still in Year 6, please contact our Transition Coordinator, Miss Angela Metcalfe, via email: transition@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk or school reception on (01325) 380815.

How do I contact my child’s Head of Year?

While your child is in Year 6, your main point on contact is Miss Angela Metcalfe – Transition Coordinator at transition@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk. From September, your child’s Head of Year is your main point of contact in school. You can contact Miss Rachael Piggett – Head of Year 7 via school reception on (01325) 380815 or via e-mail: rpiggett@longfield.swiftacademies.org.uk

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