We are delighted to announce that we will be inviting all new students into school for an orientation visit during the week of 13th July 2020.

Please see the attached letter for details of when your child can visit:

Year 6 Transition visits

 

Meet the Team!

We have a dedicated team working hard to support the transition process. Please get in contact with any of us if you need support with any aspect of transition:

Ms Morris – Deputy Headteacher

Miss Ralston – Head of Key Stage Three

Mrs Clyne – Student Support Manager

 

All students are allocated a House. If you have older siblings, you will be in the same House whilst you are at Prospect:

Mr Lyddon – Head of North

Mrs Gerrard – Head of East

Mr Gerrard – Head of South

Ms Smith – Head of West

Welcome to Prospect

Please read our Welcome Guide, which has all the key information that you need.
Year 7 Welcome Guide

Transition - Frequently Asked Questions

I have been offered a place at Prospect School; how do I accept it?

To accept your school place, you need to log onto the school admissions portal via the Reading Borough Council website. You would have used this portal to apply for your child’s secondary school places. When you log onto the portal, you have the option to accept or withdraw your child’s place here at Prospect School. Please use the link below to log on to the school admissions portal.

Secondary Admissions

I don't currently have a place for my child; how do I apply to Prospect?

All admissions to Year 7 are handled by Reading Borough Council.

You can make a late application to Prospect School via this link:

https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/schools/admissions/secondary/#late

Will my child be able to visit Prospect for a transition day?

We are following the latest advice from the Government on safe working practice for schools. This means that we are not able to invite Y6 students into school at the moment. We will, however, make sure that all Y6 students are able to experience time in school, getting to know the routines and school building, before being joined by students from other year groups. We will update this information as more advice is made available.

We have unfortunately decided that we will not be able to run our Summer School this year.

Will my child be in the same tutor group as his/her friends?

We have students joining us from a large number of different primary schools. Students will be allocated to a number of different groups throughout the day and may be with a different group of students in lessons. It is likely, therefore, that students from the same primary school will be with other students they know at some point during the day.

We spend a lot of time talking to Year 6 teacher teachers ahead of transition and will always act on their advice where possible.

If you child has older siblings already at Prospect, they will be in the same House, so the Head of House is a single point of contact for all children in your family.

My child has additional needs. What extra help will he/she get?

Inclusion is a core value at Prospect School and we have very high expectations of all our students, whatever their additional needs. Our SENCO will meet with the SENCO of your child’s primary school to make sure that we understand your child’s individual needs and to plan for any support that needs to be put in place to allow your child to access a full and varied curriculum.

For students joining as part of our MLD provision, they may follow a slightly amended timetable and curriculum offer that suits their precise needs.

Will my child be able to take part in any clubs?

Character education is central to the experience of all students at Prospect School. All students will be encouraged and supported to take part in a wealth of opportunities, including sport, music and the performing arts, creative activities, cultural visits, residential trips, outdoor learning experiences, work experience and opportunities to develop leadership skills. There are extra-curricular clubs running every night of the week and during both school breaks each day.

Will my child have homework?

All students are expected to complete daily homework because this is what will ensure they have a better chance of success. Students in Y7 have daily reading and  self-quizzing homework. They also have weekly online homework in their core subjects. This includes using the Hegarty platform for maths and the Educake platform for  Science. Y7 students may work in the school library every day during after school, where they have access to computers and support from school staff to help with any homework challenges. Computer rooms, staffed by subject specialist teachers, are also open during the school breaks for students wishing to complete homework. Incomplete homework will result in an after school detention sanction. Repeated incomplete homework will trigger additional support.

When will I be able to buy school uniform?

Our uniform is supplied by a specialist uniform company called Stevenson; they have a shop in the Market Place in Reading town centre. Stevenson’s are offering priority appointments to all new Prospect students Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th August – see here for details of how to book: https://prospect.reading.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Prospect-School-Appointments-now-live.pdf

Non-branded items of school uniform can be purchased at a wide range of shops; many have dedicated school uniform sections and often have special offers available in the run up to the new school year.

I have heard that you are very strict about school uniform. Is this true?

Yes! Students at Prospect must look smart and professional at all times and we have worked hard to ensure that students have a smart, practical and affordable uniform. This means tutors will check uniform at the start of every day. Shirts must be tucked in; black socks must be long enough to cover the ankle fully (trainer socks are not allowed); students may wear one pair of plain small gold or silver stud earrings and a watch – no other jewellery is allowed. Trousers have to be straight-cut and tailored – tight-fitting trousers are banned; if students choose to wear a skirt this must be tailored and of a reasonable length. Nail varnish and visible make-up are not allowed.Trainers or trainer-style shoes are also not allowed. Students who wear a hijab or other head covering must ensure that it is plain black. Full face coverings will not be allowed in the school environment.

We are able to lend students items of uniform if they forget something but students who refuse to work in collaboration with us or who persistently choose to break uniform rules, are sanctioned.

Please do not put your child at a disadvantage by buying them items of clothing that do not meet our requirements.

What equipment will my child need?

All students need a bag to carry books and their equipment. Y7 students are given an A5 size planner to record their homework and a Knowledge Organiser to help them learn key information for all of their subjects. These must be brought to school every day, along with a reading book, pencil case and a scientific calculator.

We recommend the Casio FX-83GT X Scientific calculator

What is your policy on mobile phones?

We understand that used properly, technology can have a very positive impact on young people’s lives and our aim is to ensure that they know how to use their mobile phones safely and appropriately.

We have a zoned approach to mobile phones; depending on the time of day and/or the activity going on, the following zones apply:

Red Zone: During lessons/walking between lessons mobile phones are not allowed

Amber Zone: During a lesson, students may be allowed to use their phone e.g. to photograph a piece of work, only with permission from the teacher.

Green Zone: Before and after school and during break times, students are allowed to use their mobile phones.

However, any student who is unable to use their phone appropriately will be banned from using their phone at any time in school.

Will my child have to do tests or exams?

All students joining Prospect School complete assessments regularly so that we can check on their progress and plan any additional support, such as numeracy or literacy interventions. Reading tests are key to making sure that teachers plan work that challenges students at an appropriate level. Y6 students will complete reading assessments as part of their transition; without SATs we will use teacher assessments but may carry out additional assessments to ensure that students remain on track  to make high levels of progress.

I’ve heard that students who disrupt learning are taken out of class. Is this true?

Learning in a disruptive free classroom is a commitment we make to all students at Prospect School. If you choose to disrupt someone else’s learning, the teacher will give you a warning and will remind you of the rules. If you choose to disrupt learning for a second time, you will be asked to leave the lesson and to report to a supervised study area and we will contact your family; you will not be permitted to return to class that day and in some circumstances you may be asked to work from home. Repeated removal from class will trigger additional support.

Can my child bring a bike to school?

Yes. We encourage students to walk or cycle to school to stay healthy. Students may lock their bikes up on our bike rack, using a traditional bike lock. The bike rack is accessible from Honey End Lane only. Students may not cycle on the school premises and should observe safe cycling rules on the roads as they approach and leave school.

Can my child take part in the Prospect School remote curriculum this term?

We realise that your child is missing out on a crucial part of their education this term.

We have put together a selection of tasks that all new students should complete before they start Prospect School in September.

We would also encourage students to make use of the resources on BBC Bitesize and to follow the Year Tutor Reading Programme (all students will participate in this in September)

http://tinyurl.com/uja3kdv

Be Awesome, Go Big!

We're delighted to bring you these resources, in partnership with PiXL, to support you through Transition. Your own copy of Go Big! will be arriving in the post after half term.

Supporting your child through transition

Some parents and carers have done this all before - for others this is your first child taking the big step to secondary school and that can be pretty scary!

These resources are designed to help you support your child through their journey to secondary school.

Are you Secondary Ready?

In order to help you get ready for starting Year 7, we have put together a list of tasks for you to complete before September.
We will be sending you home an exercise book and writing equipment to help you complete these tasks; you will need to bring your book to school at the start of term in September so we can see how well you have done!

If you get stuck on any of the tasks, email our teachers who will be happy to help you get it finished.

Modern Foreign Languages

We offer French and German at Prospect School; students are allocated a language at the start of Year 7.
Ms Z Mumford

@prospectschoolreading

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