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Easingwold School


This booklet contains information which we hope will help you (and those at home) as you prepare to become a student at

EASINGWOLD SCHOOL You will also find out more about the school during your visits and on your first day.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU

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A MESSAGE FROM MR BENAIGES, HEADTEACHER Dear Student

Welcome to our school.

You are joining us just as our school increasingly demonstrates why it will become one of the very best schools in North Yorkshire. You will have a big part to play in that success. We have been working very closely with your primary schools and parents to ensure that your move to us will be welcoming, well organised and will lead you to making a very positive start with us in September. Easingwold School will provide lots of interesting opportunities, both in its wide range of specialist subjects and the opportunities it offers outside lesson time, both sporting and otherwise. It is one of our key expectations that you get involved in as much as possible. Our house and vertical tutoring systems will enable you to get to know and receive support from students of all year groups — it will really help you settle in. The house system will enable you to take part in a range of activities, including competitive sport and public performance. These will be truly memorable experiences and will provide really important life skills. Your student council is here to make a difference and improve the student experience. Pease get involved and have your say. You will want to ask lots of questions about all aspects of our school and might have some worries, but by the time you have read this booklet, we hope that you will be far less anxious and will really be looking forward to joining us in September. Starting at a much larger school is both exciting and a little bit scary: you will change from one school where you are well known, are the oldest students in the school, and where you know the teachers and the routines, to one where much is unfamiliar. Very quickly you will get to know your way around, using the map provided in your planner as well as asking your new friends, and will soon feel settled as you get used to how we do things at Easingwold. I look forward to meeting you all again in September, and to our next seven years together as we work to make our school and your future as bright and positive as it can be. 3


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Each house has a head of house who, with your form tutor, is there to help and support you.

YOUR FORM You will be placed in a form group with another pupil from your primary school. It will be a ‘vertical’ form which means it will include pupils from every year group in the school, with a tutor. All pupils in your form and your tutor will belong to the same house. The other pupils in your form and your tutor will help you to settle in. You will also have a buddy from the year above to help you, especially at the beginning. Your form will be named according to your house and the initials of your tutor.

LEARNING GROUPS You will learn all your subjects with other Year 7 pupils. In some subjects you will be put into sets with people who have a similar ability in the subject. The sets can change and once you have settled into Easingwold School we will check whether or not you are in the correct set and make changes if necessary. 4


HEADS OF HOUSE

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OUR RECEPTIONISTS OUR ATTENDANCE OFFICER

MRS TRANTER will be at the Reception desk during your school day. She will help you with any questions you might have.

MRS LACEY deals with attendance. If you are off sick or are unable to come to school for any reason, your parent or carer needs to contact her by text (07624811697), voicemail (08442393097) or email (d.lacey@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk).

IMPORTANT DATES 2015-16 TERM/HOLIDAY DATES Autumn Term 2015

Tuesday 8 September – Friday 18 December

Half Term Holiday

Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October

Training Day

Monday 4 January

Spring Term 2016

Tuesday 5 January – Thursday 24 March

Half Term Holiday

Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February

Training Day

Monday 11 April

Summer Term 2016

Tuesday 12 April – Friday 22 July

May Day Holiday

Monday 2 May

Half Term Holiday

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June

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STAFF TRAINING DAYS Monday 7 September 2015 Monday 4 January 2016 Monday 11 April 2016

THE ORGANISATION OF THE DAY There will be a five period day, each period lasting 60 minutes. There will be three periods in the morning session and two periods in the afternoon. 8.40 am Warning Bell 8.45—9.00 am REGISTRATION 9.00 am—10.00 am Period 1 10.00 am—10.20 am BREAK 10.20 am—11.20 am Period 2 11.20 am—12.20 pm Period 3 12.20 pm—1.20 pm LUNCH 1.20 pm—2.20 pm Period 4 2.20 pm—3.20 pm Period 5 3.20 pm SCHOOL ENDS 3.30 pm BUSES LEAVE

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SCHOOL UNIFORM GIRLS’ UNIFORM School: Green V-Neck jumper House tie Black trousers (not skin tight, jeans or leggings) Green Charleston skirt (available from Schoolshop) Plain white shirt with collar to take tie (must be able to be tucked into skirt or trousers) Black or white socks Black or neutral tights (no patterns) Plain black or brown belt with plain buckle Black shoes (not sports footwear or boots)

PE and Games: Girls’ green Performance polo shirt Dark green football-style shorts Dark green skort Green hockey socks White short socks Trainers Football boots Mouth guard and shin pads are recommended for hockey lessons Dark green hoodie (optional) 8


BOYS’ UNIFORM School: Green V-Neck jumper House tie Black trousers (not skin tight or jeans) Plain white shirt with collar to take tie (must be able to be tucked into trousers) Black socks Plain black or brown belt with plain buckle Black shoes (not sports footwear or boots)

PE and Games: Indoor Summer Kit

Items of Uniform can be obtained from: Schoolshop (www.school-shop.co.uk)

Boys’ white Performance polo shirt Short white socks Trainers

You can also visit their shop: Unit 4-5, Handley Court, Elvington Industrial Estate, York, YO41 4AR

Outdoor Winter Kit Bottle green reversible games shirt with yellow band Plain navy blue striped PE shorts Plain navy blue rugby shorts (optional) Plain navy blue games socks Football boots Mouth guard and shin pads are recommended for rugby/football Dark green hoodie (optional) 9


JEWELLERY If you have pierced ears, one pair of sleepers or small studs is permitted. A simple, small ring and one simple small bracelet are also permitted. NO OTHER JEWELLERY MUST BE WORN. In accordance with advice taken from North Yorkshire County Council, ALL items of jewellery must be removed during PE lessons. (Simply covering any form of earring or body piercing with a plaster is no longer viewed as safe practice.) We must make it clear that the PE department might not be in a position to check certain body piercing and can therefore take no responsibility if pupils injure themselves as a result of not removing jewellery. Please note that North Yorkshire County Guidelines recommend that body piercing is not offered or administered to anyone under the age of 18.

TRAVEL TO AND FROM SCHOOL If you travel to school by bus from one of the local villages, you will need to have a bus pass. All enquiries about these should be addressed to the School Transport department at County Hall in Northallerton (Tel : 01609 533693 or e-mail buspass@ northyorks.gov.uk). However, if you live in those areas from which North Yorkshire does not provide a bus to Easingwold, you will need to make different arrangements. For those who live on the northern outskirts of York (Skelton, Haxby, Wigginton, Rawcliffe/Clifton/Clifton Moor) please contact Reliance Bus Services (tel. 01904 768262) for details of the bus service you require.

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QUEUE FOR THE BUSES At the end of the school day a minimum of 10 minutes is allowed before any buses leave. The buses load near the tennis courts where you will line up. When your bus is ready the teachers on duty will call you to go to your bus. This page shows you where your queue waits.

TENNIS COURT Wet Weather 150R Ampleforth/Brandsby/Crayke

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ABSENCE If you are absent from school for any reason, we expect someone at home to inform school before 9.15 am by text (07624 811697), voicemail (08442 393097), email (d.lacey@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk), or by telephone (01347 821451). Unless your parent or carer has already contacted the school on each day of your absence, you must bring an explanation either in your student planner or a letter when you return. This should be given to your form tutor. If we do not have such a message the school will contact home.

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL If you feel ill at school, or suffer any injury, it is important that you do not contact home yourself. You must go or be taken to Reception immediately.

The school has a sick room but you can only use it with the knowledge and permission of Mrs Webster in the Main Office. If necessary, the school will contact home to arrange for someone to collect you.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have the CORRECT emergency telephone numbers for you in the case of illness or accident.

MEDICATION Please note that Reception does not give out any medication. The First Aiders can administer only medication sent in by your parents and clearly marked with your name and form, with a note giving you permission to take it when needed. This medication will be locked away and you can ask at Reception if you need to use it. If you regularly need to take medication of any sort, including the use of inhalers, it is important that a parent or carer contact Mrs Webster when you start school in September. Such information should be included in the Confidential Student Record your parents will be asked to complete.

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SCHOOL NURSE Our School Nurse is Diane Birch and she visits the school every Monday from 12.30 pm to 1.30pm in the Youth Centre Annexe. If you should ever want to make an appointment with her, the telephone number is on the wall in Reception and also on the general notice board.

PUPIL LEAVE OF ABSENCE The school encourages you and your family not to take a holiday or time away from your studies during term time. If your family wants to request permission for you to be absent from school, you need to ask for an Application for Pupil Leave of Absence from Reception. This application will be sent home and, once it has been filled in, you should hand it into Reception clearly marked with your name and form. Your family will then receive a letter stating whether or not the school will give permission to take the time away.

LATE ARRIVALS & EARLY DEPARTURES There might be occasions when you arrive in school late or have to leave early, e.g. for a medical or dental appointment. You should always bring a note for your form tutor to sign explaining why this is necessary or ask a parent or carer to put a note in your planner.

It is very important if you have to leave school before the normal time that you report to Reception to sign out. In the same way you must sign in at Reception if you arrive in school late or return to school after an appointment.

CAR PARKING Our school car park is very busy at the beginning and end of the day so if you are brought to school or collected from it by car, please avoid using the car park. Instead, we ask that you be dropped off or picked up in Hambleton Way, at the end of the school drive, where there is ample opportunity for your parents to turn around without blocking entrances.

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BULLYING At Easingwold School we believe that it is essential for every member of the school community to feel safe, valued and respected. We do not tolerate bullying. Bullying may take many forms such as mental, verbal, physical, racist, homophobic or media related and we treat all incidents seriously and deal with them appropriately. Many pupils worry about being bullied at school. If you feel you are being bullied, or know of someone else who is being bullied, it is VERY IMPORTANT to tell someone.

Here are some of the ways which you can do this: • Get a parent or friend to inform a teacher • Tell a teacher yourself • Tell an older pupil in your form • Pop into the drop-in centre in the Youth Annexe.

You can help by: • Being a friend to someone who is being bullied. People being bullied often feel alone and helpless, so it is very important for them to know that somebody cares. • Offering to talk to the person being bullied about how or what they are feeling and encouraging them to ask for help from a teacher or other adult. You could offer to ask for help or advice for them.

Peer Mentors and counsellors The school has a team of trained peer mentors who are based in the Youth Annexe. A counsellor from an organisation called Relate Teen is also available to listen to pupils who might be worried or upset. She comes into school each week and pupils can ask their form tutor or head of house to make them an appointment, or they can attend a drop-in session. 14


NON UNIFORM DAYS There are three standard non-uniform days and three extra ones added by the School Council during the academic year. On these days you will be asked to pay ÂŁ1.00 if you wish to come to school in casual dress. The money raised is shared between the School Fund and charities which are usually nominated by the students themselves through the School Council.

PUPIL RULES AND ROUTINES Like all schools, we have a list of rules and routines which you will be shown when you join and reminded of from time to time. If you respect the rules and routines, your time at Easingwold School should be happy and successful.

Mobile Phones It is better not to bring mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players into school. If seen, they will be confiscated and passed to the Head Teacher, from whom you should collect them at the end of the day. If you have these items confiscated more than once, on the third occasion your phone/MP3 player will be passed to your head of house who will contact your parents so that they can come in and collect it.

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SCHOOL MEALS We have a cafeteria system and you will find a very large choice of food. Once you have obtained your food, you will register your choice at one of the tills, and then sit anywhere in the Dining Hall where you can find a space.

When you have finished, you must take your tray to the hatch in the kitchen and then go directly outside by the door in the far corner of the room. You may bring your own packed lunch if you prefer, but you must eat this in the Dining Hall.

EARLY DINNER TICKETS If you are involved in an organised activity at lunch time, you will need to have an Early Dinner Ticket. This allows you to join the Early Dinner Queue. You will normally obtain a ticket from the teacher who organises the activity. He or she will explain to you exactly how the system works.

QUEUING PRIORITY If you do not have an Early Dinner Ticket, you line up outside the Dining Hall. A different year has priority each day to go into lunch immediately after the �Earlies�. Year 7 Monday, Year 8 Tuesday, Year 9 Wednesday, Year 10 Thursday, Year 11 Friday. For further information about the restaurant and cashless catering system please see page 28.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Good schools have a rich and varied programme of activities for you to do in addition to your lessons. We think that these activities are very important to your overall education. There are more than fifty supervised activities each week, covering a wide range of interests. We are proud of the opportunities we offer, the standards we achieve and our successes in competition. Activities include: • Sport (football, basketball, rugby, cross-country cricket, gymnastics, hockey, rounders, netball, athletics and tennis) with weekly practices and competitive games at most age-levels, both inside the school and with teams from outside • Music, including instrumental and singing tuition (for which there is a charge), choirs, an orchestra, bands and other ensembles, with regular concerts and other performances both in and out of school, including occasional tours in the UK and abroad • Drama, including an annual production • A House Music and Drama Competition in which a very large number of pupils participate • Language exchange visits • Chess Club • Warhammer Club • Teen Xtra Reading Club • Games Club • Various lunchtime groups and activities in the Youth Annexe.

For pupils wanting to read or work at lunchtime, work areas are available including the main Library Resource Centre (LRC), the Careers Library, the IT Centre and the Desktop Publishing Centre (DTP).

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HOMEWORK By “homework” the school means work done in your own time. You will be expected to do regular homework once you are at Easingwold School. Here are a few notes which we hope will help you. Why do we set homework? • To encourage you to become used to studying on your own • To encourage you to do your own research and preparation for the lessons you have at school • To enable you to finish work you have begun in lesson time and to practise the skills and develop the knowledge you have gained in the classroom. Problems with homework If you are in doubt about the work that has been set, you should talk to your teacher. If there is a special reason why you have not been able to do the work, bring a note from home to explain. Planning your homework It is important to make sure you know exactly what homework has been set and by when it should be completed. You can use the Library and Resource Centre at lunch times to help you keep up to date with your work. Types of homework In English, maths, science, languages, art, music and ICT, you will be set a weekly amount of homework. There are various tasks that you can be set for homework. Here are some examples: • Reading

• Written work such as essays

• Completing worksheets

• Writing up notes or experiments

• Investigations and project work

• Learning vocabulary or spellings.

• Revision for exams or tests In design technology, geography, history and R.E. you will be expected to complete a 4-hour project lasting roughly four weeks, one subject at a time. We will publish the details of these projects on our websites to enable parents and carers to be as well informed as possible. 18


MERIT AND REWARD SYSTEM The school runs a merit and reward system called Vivo Miles which enables staff to awards points for good things you do. You can earn points for all kinds of things, such as: • outstanding work, improved work or consistently good work • extra effort in class • being helpful in school • representing your house or the school. When you have earned enough points, they can be exchanged for a variety of rewards, from stationery items to computer games and sports equipment. Your Vivo points will also contribute points to your house.

PRIZE GIVING The school has a special evening for awarding prizes to pupils who have worked hard and been successful during the previous school year. You will find out more about the evening later on in the school year. If you win a prize, you will be given a token with which to choose something appropriate.

REPORTS AND PARENTS’ EVENINGS Each term you and your parents or carers will receive a report on your progress in all your subjects. Two of these will be short reports showing your current levels of attainment and scores for your behaviour for learning. A third will include comments written by your teachers, including what you need to do to make further progress. Report timings are shown in the school calendar and on the website. Your parents will also have an opportunity to meet your subject teachers to discuss your progress during a parents’ evening. Details will be sent out nearer the time.

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LOCKERS We have in place a very successful locker system. Lockers are available to rent. A ÂŁ5.00 returnable deposit must be paid for the locker key in addition to the rental charges.

SCHOOL PLANNERS You will be given a school planner when you arrive. The front cover will be in your house colours and it is important that you look after this and use it properly. Your form tutor will explain how the planner should be used. You will be able to use it to write down the homework tasks which you have been set. It should also be shown regularly to your parent or carer, who should also sign it.

It is most important that you look after your planner carefully. If you have to replace it we will have to ask you to pay ÂŁ2.50.

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SUBJECTS YOU WILL STUDY WHEN YOU COME TO EASINGWOLD SCHOOL ART In Key Stage 3 you will have two lessons every fortnight. Your work will cover a broad range of activities, including painting, drawing, sculpture, modelling, printing and textiles.

CITIZENSHIP Citizenship is about helping you to become active, informed and responsible citizens. Citizenship is taught within subjects and covers serious subjects like racism and human rights. It helps to build your self-confidence and become better at debating and speaking in front of a group. In many lessons you will be working with other pupils as part of a team. You learn about important issues affecting the society in which we all live, and will find out about politics and parliament, law and order, and the work of the police and the courts in this country. You will also look at environmental problems such as global warming and discover what you as an individual can do to help.

DRAMA Year 7 receive one lesson a week in drama. During the year students will cover a range of topics looking at scripted and devised drama and exploring performance using a range of different stimuli. Students will also have the opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular drama events including the school’s House Drama and Music Competition and the whole school production. 21


DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Welcome to the Design and Technology Department. Within this creative subject area, we aim to give you a comprehensive understanding of the design process. You will develop your graphical and presentation skills whilst also being introduced to a range of practical skills. In years 7 to 9 you will have four lessons a fortnight, which will involve a wide range of practical activities in a number of material areas. This will include: Product Design – you will be designing and making a range of products. This will include a child’s toy, hand brush, chocolate package, storage box, analogue clock, mood light and a model of a shop frontage. Food Technology – you will be designing and making a number of food dishes and menus. This will include looking at healthy eating, food hygiene and food from around the world. Textiles Technology – you will be developing skills in pattern drafting and constructional techniques. You will have the opportunity to design and make a number of products which may include fleece headwear, soft furnishings and upcycled textiles. Apart from a pen and pencil, drawing instruments and coloured pencils are essential in Design and Technology.

ENGLISH In English you will complete a number of different units of work: Memories and Moments, A Good Read, Telling Tales, My Poetry Anthology and An Introduction to Shakespeare. We want you develop good reading habits and expect you to bring a reading book to school each day. You will have a 30 minute weekly reading homework, and have a lesson in the library once a fortnight to give you the opportunity to read books that you have chosen. You will record what you read in a Reading Diary that your parents should sign each week. In lessons you will read a range of challenging fiction and non-fiction, and learn how to discuss your ideas in groups and express your opinions in class discussion. You will also gain experience in writing in a wide variety of styles, e.g. letters, stories, plays, poems, reports, etc. for a variety of different purposes and audiences. Most of all we want you to enjoy English and to develop your English skills. 22


GEOGRAPHY By studying geography you will develop: • Skills, including Ordnance Survey map work, atlas work and handling geographical information • Understanding of a number of areas around the world, and of the interaction between people and landscapes • Knowledge of the processes and results that shape our world • Application - the ability to use your knowledge and understanding of issues in new and unfamiliar settings. Apart from a pen and pencil, drawing instruments and coloured pencils are essential in geography. A calculator may be needed sometimes. An awareness of current events in the local area and the world will also help.

HISTORY You will study the following topics: • Britain from 1500 to 1750 and 1750 to 1900 • Slavery in the Americas • Britain in the 20th Century. You will investigate people’s lives at these times and learn: • What happened in the past and why • How to find evidence about the past from different sources which remain from past times such as writings, pictures and buildings • To understand that there can be different opinions as to why things happen. You may be asked to investigate topics on your own, so being a member of a library will be helpful. Perhaps you have postcards and guidebooks from historical sites like castles and from museums? These could help with your follow up work and research. You will find it useful to have coloured pencils, fine felt tip pens and stencils for the presentation of your work. 23


INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY During Key Stage 3, you have two ICT lessons every fortnight. This is on top of any other subjects, for example, English, maths, science, history, to name but a few, which use ICT to support your learning. You will learn when it is appropriate to use computers, confidently, safely, responsibly and effectively. Topics covered during Years 7 - 11 include advanced processing, spreadsheets, databases, website design, sound and video manipulation, multimedia and graphics. At Easingwold School, we expect all our pupils to use ICT whenever it is appropriate. We have approximately 300 computers, including some Macs and wireless ICT ‘classrooms’ that can join you any lesson! ICT is available as a learning and enrichment resource during lunchtime and after school ICT Clubs and in some cases the advanced software can be taken home and installed on home computers too. Before you use the computers, you and your parents or carers sign an Acceptable Computer Use Policy, which when submitted is exchanged for a username and password together with a school email account. The email takes the form of: yourname@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk and can be accessed inside the school and from home.

LANGUAGES You will start to learn French along with German or Spanish when you join Easingwold School. You will find out in September if you will be doing French and Spanish or French and German. Most language lessons take place in the Europa Block and you will find information about lots of European Countries displayed there. You will learn particularly about countries where French, German and Spanish are spoken. We hope you will enjoy learning to understand, speak and write in a foreign language, but you should expect it to be challenging. You will only make good progress if you memorise words and practise regularly.

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MATHEMATICS In maths lessons your work will cover topics in number, algebra, shape and space and handling data. In addition to these four areas, you will carry out longer pieces of work or investigations. These involve solving problems using maths. It is essential that you have the correct equipment for your maths lessons. This should include a protractor and a pair of compasses. You will also need a calculator. If you choose a scientific model, this will last throughout your school life. Your work will be assessed both formally and informally throughout the year. There will be an exam each term in Key Stage 3.

MUSIC You will have two lessons a fortnight, one of which will be in the Music Suite, and one in the Composing Centre. Music is the only subject you take in which the use of sound is the most important part of the subject. You will be composing with sound, appraising and listening to sounds, as well as performing sounds (playing and singing). You are assessed as the course progresses. For music lessons you will need a pencil, a rubber ... and, of course, your ears! There are other opportunities in school for you to be involved in music. If you would like to learn to play an instrument, this is normally possible as long as there is an instrument available, or you have your own. The school has teachers for viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, guitar (all types), all brass instruments, drums, keyboard and singing.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES Religious Studies at Easingwold School aims to make religious issues challenging and relevant to our pupils. We cover a wide range of different religious and philosophical issues. We focus on two key elements of study: ‘Learning about Religion’ and ‘Learning from Religion’. This helps you to gain a deeper understanding of the variety of religious beliefs and practices in the world around us. 25


BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ PE Boys – You will work on a number of sports including soccer, basketball, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, orienteering and cross country during the autumn and spring terms; and, athletics, cricket and tennis in the summer term. Girls – During the autumn and spring terms you will play and learn the skills of hockey, football, netball, dance, cross country and gymnastics. In the summer term it is the turn of rounders, tennis and athletics. Many opportunities exist for you to take part in extra-curricular sport. These include: • Inter-House matches and school team practices which take place during lunchtimes • Matches against other schools in a variety of sports usually take place after normal school has finished or on Saturday mornings • Area and County teams for which you can compete for selection. It is important that you have the correct PE kit and this should be checked with the list of uniform elsewhere in this booklet. If you are unable to take part in a lesson because of ill-health or injury, you must bring a note from home and hand this to your PE teacher at the start of the lesson. The school provides equipment such as cricket bats and tennis rackets, but if you have you own, you can use them.

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SCIENCE In science lessons at Easingwold, you will investigate a range of exciting scientific topics which start to prepare you for your GCSE, such as space and acids and alkalis. You will have opportunities to do investigations and experiments. At the end of each module there will be an assessment test on the work you have done. For some experiments you will need to wear safety glasses. The school will provide these.

SUPPORT FOR PUPILS Some pupils need extra help with their work or behaviour, and we make arrangements throughout the school to support these students. Where needed, support to develop numeracy and literacy skills is provided, and some students choose to boost their skills by further practice, working with their parents at home. The progress of most students identified is monitored at one of two levels: School Action - if you need a little extra help from your teachers and perhaps other members of staff, or more careful monitoring of your progress. School Action Plus - if you need further advice and support from members of the North Yorkshire Pupil and Parent Support Service in addition to that provided by school. At School Action Plus progress is reviewed formally in a meeting with the pupil and parents, co-ordinated by Dr Williams. Dr Williams ensures the provision for students who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs via annual reviews.

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THE LIBRARY AND RESOURCE CENTRE From the moment you start your first term at Easingwold School you will be a member of the Library and Resource Centre, and you will be able use our books, magazines, newspapers and DVDs. Whilst some things you can only look at in the library, many of them you will be able to take home with you for a short time.

During your first two weeks at Easingwold School you will visit the Library with one of your classes when you will be introduced to the library staff and shown around. You will find out everything you need to know about using the library and you will be given a booklet as a reminder.

The Library is open from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm. You might come in with a class during lesson time; you are also welcome to come into the library out of lesson-time to sit and do your homework, to read quietly or to use the computers. You can also print out your homework, or photocopy something if you need to.

Year 7 pupils are invited to join our Teen Xtra Club which meets every Thursday lunchtime in the library. This is an opportunity for you to do quizzes and competitions, or simply to watch a film, with other students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

We hope that you will find the LRC a useful, peaceful and welcoming area where you can enjoy reading for pleasure, catch up on work, look for information, revise and research. We look forward to meeting you and to helping you seek out knowledge independently, using new-found information wisely to help your studies.

Remember, the library staff are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help you.

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RESTAURANT Mr Davies, Catering Manager At Easingwold School my team and I pride ourselves on producing food of excellent quality. We endeavour to use fresh ingredients sourced from around the Yorkshire region and all the meals are made on the premises. The recipes that we use have all been nutritionally analysed so that we can ensure meals contain a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, minerals and fats, with special emphasis on reducing the amount of saturated fat and also reducing the intake of salt and sugar. We also try to cater for anyone with special dietary requirements after an initial meeting has taken place with me. There is a breakfast service available to all students in the Sixth Form Cafeteria from 8.15 am until 8.40 am where it is possible to enjoy a variety of cereals, croissants, bacon sandwiches, toast and hot drinks. We cater for a mid-morning break when it could be anything from slices of freshly made pizza, homemade scones, toasted teacakes or maybe a piece of fresh fruit. Every day at lunchtime we produce a two course ‘meal deal’ which is very popular, along with a variety of main courses to choose from which can be accompanied by fresh vegetables and potatoes. We have a wonderful deli counter where we offer a range of sandwiches using our homemade bread rolls, whether it’s the hot roast meat of the day or something from the wide variety of other fillings. Jacket potatoes are also available with choice of topping. To finish, why not try one of our freshly made desserts, cakes or biscuits? Easingwold School operates a cashless system. This will mean that you won’t have to bring dinner money; instead your parents will be able to pay for your meals in advance online. This will provide a safe and secure method for obtaining food at school and reduce queuing, while at the same time enabling parents to monitor and be assured about student choices.

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A MESSAGE FOR PARENTS FRIENDS OF EASINGWOLD SCHOOL Welcome to Easingwold School. We hope that your children will enjoy their time at the school and that you will feel less anxious after their positive experiences during the Transition Days. Friends (Friends of Easingwold School) was established in 1983 to provide an important link between the school and parents. Whilst raising funds for special projects is an important part of our role, much of our effort is directed towards organising social, educational and informative events, designed particularly to give parents a greater insight into the education that their children are receiving. The School supports these events and we believe that the interchange they create is beneficial both to staff and parents. Much of the fundraising is now done by supporting staff events. We are very lucky to have a Trust Fund. The Bicentenary Trust, which was set up by past members of Friends, generates income every year. We support a variety of information evenings and on the social front we plan to organise at least one event per term. Friends’ membership is open to all parents at the school and to all members of staff, past and present. You don’t need to be invited to join in - just come along to our meeting and events. You will be most welcome. If Friends is to continue to work well it does need the active support of parents and we would really welcome new members and new ideas. There is only one meeting a term so it is not too onerous! At the beginning of the autumn term you will receive details of the first meeting. We do hope you will be able to attend.

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Easingwold School York Road | Easingwold | York | YO61 3EF (01347) 821451 | admin@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk

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