Virtual Year 6 Transition
We are delighted to welcome all our new families to King Charles I School. We feel you have made an excellent choice in selecting King Charles I School for your son/daughter to study for the next five or hopefully seven years. We feel that our high expectations and sense of community is a winning combination.
We have gathered lots of information from the primary schools so we already feel that we are getting to know our new students. However, of course this will take time but we will build up positive relationships to ensure your son/daughter feels safe and secure at school in an environment that students will thrive.
The virtual transition, replaces our normal 5 day transition for students and our ‘new intake’ evening, where we would have the opportunity to meet parents/carers and present essential information that you need to know before joining us in September. We hope that this page will provide you with all the information, guidance and support that you need, along with the communication we have already shared during the Spring and Summer term.
Transition 2020 presentation
Head Girl and Head Boy welcome
As Head Girl and Head Boy of the Borrington Road Site we would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families who have joined our school. We understand our new Year 7 students will be nervous and excited about joining our wonderful community.
Twelve months ago we were in the same position with lots of questions and we hope that all of these will be answered during this virtual transition. One of our main questions was: how much homework will we have? We are set homework each day but it is very structured and we have a homework timetable to help keep us organised. There is also a homework club which many students use and find helpful. The schedule is also phased in so you will have 30 minutes of reading every day to complete, then you will have Hegarty maths and you will then be trained how to quiz, which will be added to the schedule. Keeping organised and completing the work on the day it is set is a top tip.
When we joined King Charles I School we were keen to find out what extra-curricular activities and trips were available. There are too many to list. They range from sporting activities to debating clubs, there is something for everyone. Although the trips have been interrupted this year, there will be several opportunities to expand horizons by going on a day trip or even a residential. For example Year 8 students visit the Christmas markets in Cologne and also have the opportunity to visit Belgium and France; Year 9 students go to Paris and Year 10 students go to Berlin. There is a bi-annual ski trip and a New York trip for the sixth form. This can be found by clicking here.
Community is a big part of being a King Charles I School student. Joining Year 7 is a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends. We all support and encourage each other to do well. The school promotes excellent behaviour and manners and therefore all students are polite and respectful to each other. Our tutor and subject teachers are supportive and work extremely hard to help us achieve the best we can.
We have had a wonderful time in Year 7, even if the year has not quite gone to plan. We can’t wait to get back to school and we know that the staff are missing all the students.
Welcome and good luck.
Chloe Christopher and Thomas Wright
Moving to secondary school is both an exciting and anxious time for parents and their son’s/daughter’s. We offer excellent pastoral support to help all our students thrive. We model our expectations and students practise lots so they can make things permanent. We have a wide range of staff who will work with students to support them through the transition process including tutors and non-teaching staff. Here are just a few of the pastoral staff on the Borrington Road Site:
| Assistant Headteacher
| Head of Year 7
| Head of Year 8
| Achievement Leader
As a school we try to deal with issues as quickly as possible. We aim to respond to all queries, questions and concerns from parents/carers within 2 working days, which does not include weekends or between 6pm and 8am in the morning. Our aim is to resolve them within 5 working days. Full details can be found on the Contact page of the school website.
Please be aware that all our heads of year have teaching commitments and so they are unable to see you without an appointment. If you wish to speak to someone in person, an appointment will need to be made by getting in contact. The best way to do this to do this is by going to the contacts page of our website here. If you are unable to do this reception are happy to send a message to the appropriate person with an outline of the enquiry.
- Essential Information
- Working From Home
- Appeal Trust
- Parent FAQs
- Student FAQs
- Top Tips
How to be organised for School
Where to line up in the morning
What do I need on the first day?
Maximising lesson time
Cycling to School
Stationery and equipment
We have produced an array of tours which we hope will help students familiarise themselves with the school buildings on the Borrington Road Site.
Arrival to School
Harradine and Reilly
Parent/Carer Information Pack
Parent/Carer Information Pack
We recognise the value of modern technology systems and welcome their development. We continually strive to enhance their appropriate use (both within school and outside) in order to promote the educational attainment of our students.
Access to Social Networking services (for example Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and Tumblr) is forbidden in school and all such sites are blocked. Students using such sites outside of school have a duty to use them responsibly. Any incident of slander, abuse or defamation perpetrated on a social networking site which impacts upon one of our students, shall be treated as bullying and shall be sanctioned in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy.
Please see the graphic below for the age restrictions for different social media platforms.
It is our policy to allow students to have a mobile phone with them in school should they choose to do so under the conditions outlined in the policy below:
- Phones must not be used for any purpose (e.g. phoning, texting, surfing the internet, taking photos, checking the time, using it as a calculator, taking videos etc) on the school site.
- Phones must always be switched off (not on silent mode) and kept out of view. If a student breaches these rules the phone will be confiscated and taken to reception. Parents/carers will be required to collect the confiscated item from school on behalf of their son/daughter. Please note that the reception closes at 3.30pm. If it is not possible for a parent/carer to collect the phone, then it will be released to the student from whom it was confiscated at the end of 5 working days.
- Any subsequent or serious breach of the rules will result in confiscation for up to six weeks (including weekends and school holidays).
- Phones must not be taken into examinations.
Please listen to the presentation by Miss Thomas on e-safety and the use of mobile phones:
Homework is one of the differences between primary and secondary school and as you will learn by clicking on the presentation done well has a significant impact on learning. Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important, since it serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes good study habits, eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class, and supplements and reinforces work done in school. In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility, and brings home and school closer together. It helps students to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school, and in adult life.
We firmly believe that getting into good study habits and building routines is the key to success. In Year 7, students complete homework according to a streamlined timetable. We expect Year 7 students to complete homework on school nights only – Sunday to Thursday – which means that no homework is to be completed on the weekend. Building routines early on will ensure that foundations are secure, enabling all students to cope as homework demands increase in later years.
To support Year 7 students as they transition from primary to secondary school, homework will be implemented in two phases across the year. In the Autumn term, students will complete daily reading (5 x 30 minutes) and daily Hegarty Maths (4 x 30 minutes). In the Spring term, following explicit teaching, we will introduce quizzing using knowledge organisers.
Please see the following presentations for more information:
Working From Home
Working From Home
Remote learning technology has come to the forefront of education due to the pandemic and need to ‘home learn’. Mr Mander head of computing has created an excellent student guide for new students, so they can learn about the technology that students at King Charles I School use. Mr Mander will model this to students during their first computing lesson.
Students with special educational needs are well supported by a fantastic team led by Miss Bott (assistant headteacher/inclusion manager/SENCO), Mrs Legge (deputy SENCO/Borrington intervention lead) and Mr Burkin Head on Communication Centre. They have been working hard with the primary schools to ensure they have all the information about your son’s/daughter’s so they can plan their provision at secondary school. ‘We are committed to providing an excellent education to all our students and our philosophy is that the best form of pastoral care is an outstanding set of GCSE results.’
Borrington Intervention Lead
|Head of Communication centre
Please see the welcome messages from the team:
The Appeal Trust is a registered charity for the school that raises funds to help provide the extra things needed to enhance the education of your son/daughter. The Appeal Trust fund their awards to the school from a combination of donations from parent/carers and investment income. The Trust have provided invaluable opportunities and experiences for all students at King Charles I School. These experiences range from university visits to providing reading books for every new Year 7 student. They include theatre visits, first aid courses, music, art, maths, science and dance workshops to mention just a few. Your support would enable us to continue to provide wonderful opportunities for King Charles I School students.
At King Charles I School we are proud of our standards of school uniform that are the result of a high degree of co-operation between parents/carers, students and the school.
We are firm believers in a school uniform that is properly and consistently worn. We believe that this helps young people to develop a real pride in themselves and their school and to look smart helps them to think smart too. Uniform helps students to feel part of our community, and makes the point that there is no discrimination. It sets a standard which supports our expectations of work and behaviour. We find it helps maintain the right environment for learning.
All students wear their uniform both in school and when representing the school at events or on visits. When the students are travelling to and from school in the community we expect that the same high uniform expectations are met with the students wearing the uniform with pride and role modelling our beliefs. Outdoor coats may be worn over, but not instead of, blazers which are compulsory in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In this respect we expect no less from our students than an employer would expect of their employees.
We recommend that name tapes should be put into all garments.
The school keeps a stock of uniform and shoes. If students attend school dressed inappropriately, they will be expected to borrow items and change. If this is not possible we reserve the right to place students in isolation until the issue has been rectified and our expectations have been met.
What time does my son/daughter need to be in school?
All students must arrive to school and all lessons on time.
- School begins with students lining up on the playground (at the Borrington Site) and on the field (at the Hillgrove Site) at 8.40am.
- If a student arrives late to school or to a lesson without an appropriate reason (for example a medical appointment, supported by a letter or appointment card), they will be expected to serve a C2 detention.
- If a student is marked as late twice in a week to school or lessons then they will be placed in a C3 detention. After that student will be placed in the Isolation Room every time that week they are marked as late to school or lessons.
What should my son/daughter do if they arrive late to school but before the end of the tutorial session?
If students arrive after 8.40am but before 9.00am, they must go to reception.
What should my son/daughter do if they arrive late to school after 9.00am?
If students arrive after 9.00am they should sign in at reception.
What number do I ring if my son/daughter is ill?
Please ring 01562 512880 or 07720 212721 by 9:00am on the first day your son/daughter is ill and again for any subsequent day’s absence.
What do I do when my son/daughter returns to school after an illness?
Please provide a signed absence note on the first day your son/daughter returns to school after an illness. Your son/daughter should give this to his/her form tutor.
What should my son/daughter do if they feel ill during the school day?
They should tell their teacher straightaway. They may be sent to reception, where a trained first aider will take care of them. If they are too ill to remain at school or if hospital treatment is necessary then parents/carers will be contacted to make suitable arrangements. Please be aware that it is a legal requirement for us to hold at least two contacts for each student and telephone numbers that are up to date. Under no circumstances should students leave the school, contact their parents/carers themselves on a mobile phone or go home without permission.
Who do I write to if I need to take my son/daughter out of school for medical reasons?
Please send a note to your son/daughter’s form tutor requesting absence for medical/dental appointments at least 48 hours in advance.
Who should my son/daughter see if they have to leave school for an appointment?
Your son/daughter needs to request an exeat from their achievement leader (Miss Willis is the achievement leader for Years 7 and 8; Miss Bates and Mr West for Years 9 to 11; and Ms Gilday for Years 12 and 13). The exeat must be handed in at reception before students leave school for an appointment.
Can my son/daughter bring medicines to school?
Please refer to the ‘Supporting students with medical conditions’ policy on our website.
Who should I contact if my personal details change?
If your personal details change, please inform Julie Hardy (our ‘Administration Manager’). Alternatively, you can update your personal details using the SIMs Parent App.
Can I speak to a member of staff without making an appointment?
All our staff have teaching commitments, we are unable to see you without an appointment. If you wish to speak to someone in person, an appointment will need to be made. The best way to do this to do this is by going to the contacts page, which can be found on our website here. If you are unable to do this reception are happy to send a message to the appropriate person with an outline of the enquiry.
Who should I make contact with if I want to discuss a pastoral issue (for example a confidential matter?)
Please telephone the reception desk at 01562 512880 and request an appointment with the head of year, who have designated appointment slots which can be booked. Alternatively you can email the head of year. Email addresses can be found on the school website under ‘Contact’.
Who should I contact if I want to discuss my son/daughter’s progress in a subject?
Please contact the head of department, who will deal with the issue and direct the most appropriate person to contact you. You can use the information on the ‘Contact’ page of the school website.
Who should I contact if I have an issue about my son/daughter’s education or an issue with the school?
Please make an appointment to discuss the issue with the relevant member of staff. The ‘Contact’ page of our website gives comprehensive guidance on which member of staff it is appropriate to contact. We strongly advise that any concerns or issues are not discussed on social media as this could be potentially damaging for our students. As a school, we discourage the use of social media to criticise and make unsubstantiated comments.
How quickly should I expect a response when contacting the school?
We aim to respond to all queries, questions and concerns from parents/carers within 2 working days, which does not include weekends or between 6pm and 8am in the morning. Our aim is to resolve them within 5 working days. Full contact details can be found on the school website.
What if I need to pass on an urgent message to my son/daughter?
Please contact the school switchboard (01562 512880) and we will pass the message on immediately.
Does the school provide a locker for my son/daughter?
The school has enough lockers for all students. If a student is allocated a locker, then a deposit of £5 for the key issued will be charged. The payment for this is made via ParentPay. The student is responsible for the safekeeping of the key and the condition of the locker. Loss of the key will result in the forfeit of the deposit. Damage to lockers will result in a charge being made for repair and/or replacement.
Can my son/daughter bring valuables to school?
For reasons of security, valuables and large sums of money must not be brought into school. The school does not accept any payment by cash or cheque. No items of value should be left in bags or pockets in changing rooms during PE lessons. The school is not responsible, or insured for, student loss, theft etc.
It is our policy to allow students to have a mobile phone with them in school should they choose to do so under the conditions outlined in the ‘Mobile phone, MP3 player and Games Console policy’. The school cannot accept any responsibility for theft, loss, damage or health effects (potential or actual) relating to mobile devices, nor for theft, loss or damage to any other valuable item, or for the theft or loss of money. It is the responsibility of parents/carers and students to ensure mobile phones and other valuables are insured. During PE lessons, or other times when the phone needs to be kept secure, students should keep their phones in the lockers that they have been provided with.
Does the school operate a lost property system?
Finds and losses should be reported to reception without delay. Property left about the school premises during holidays will be disposed of.
What happens if I need to contact the school over the summer?
Does my son/daughter need their PE kit on the first day of term?
No. Your son/daughter will be given their timetable on the first day and will not be expected to bring their PE kit.
Do I need to buy stationery for my son/daughter when they start in Year 7?
No. Year 7 will be provided with stationery. This includes a pencil case, scientific calculator, pen, pencil, eraser, protractor, glue stick and a ruler.
Students in Years 8 to 11 need to provide their own equipment. Equipment is available to buy at a discounted rate on both school sites. This can be purchased from the libraries from 8.20am to 8.30am on the Borrington Site and Hillgrove Site.
What happens if the school closes during the day?
Please refer to the ‘Emergency Closures’ page on our website. Please note that it is crucial that the permissions section in the Parent-Carer Information Pack is completed to ensure we are able to send your child home in the event of a school closure.
How do I know if my son/daughter has a detention?
For persistently or significantly disrupting learning students will be issued a C3, removed from the classroom and expected to serve a one hour detention the same day. Parents/carers will be informed of the C3 detention by telephone.
For homework not completed on time students will be issued a C3 and expected to serve a one hour detention the following day in the designated classrooms from 2.55pm-3.55pm. Parents/carers will be informed of the C3 detention by text message. We will assume that parents/carers have received the text message.
Please refer to the behaviour for learning protocols for more detailed information
What happens if I need to re-schedule a detention?
This should only be requested in an emergency. Any C3 detentions that are issued always take precedence over other activities (eg after-school clubs or fixtures) and appointments. All C3 detentions should be completed without negotiation. If the student does not attend a C3 detention, a day in the Isolation Room will be issued.
How do I find out what the detention was for?
The reason a detention will always be clearly stated on the detention text or telephone call that you receive as well as being available to view in the SIMS Parent App. Please refer to the policy section of the website if you require more information regarding the reasons why sanctions and rewards are issued.
Why do you have a behaviour policy?
We have a behaviour and rewards system so all students can learn free from disruption. We want our students to:
- Learn in a calm and purposeful environment, where behaviour is exemplary and routines are established;
- Be mentally and physically fit to equip them for a successful adult life; be independent and ambitious;
- Be confident, happy and feel safe;
- Be friendly, respectful, caring and polite; and
- Develop resilience.
Why do you set homework?
- Just 1 hour a night can increase student progress from 12 months in a year to a possible 20 months
- improves study habits – to form a habit you need persistence and resilience, students will find school easier and more enjoyable.
- When students go on to sixth form and university, homework helps students work independently.
- Increases retention of knowledge and ability to think critically and solve problems
- Improves time management skills
If a student is off ill for a period of 3 days or more, we always suggest a period of time in our compulsory homework club to allow them to catch up on what they have missed.
We have a homework club on both sites until 3.55pm everyday. If you would like to book your son/daughter in please send a message to the AL who will inform the relevant HOY and staff member running the homework club.
Who do I contact if I have a question about Hegarty maths?
Who do I contact to report a social media incident which has happened out of school?
You can report this to the relevant head of year via the contact page on the school website. Please ensure that prior to this that abuse on line or over social media should be reported to police using the 101 number; reported to the social media provider and can be reported to CEOP. Messages should be saved as evidence. As a school we do not agree with social media use and many of our students are too young to be using it. It is a key factor in bullying and mental health issues and the safest thing to protect your child is not to use it.
The school website is an excellent source of information, so please have a look and see if your questions can be answered effectively. Here are some useful links:
What do I do if I have to leave school to attend an appointment?
First and foremost the school strongly discourages any appointments during the school day.
You need to request an exeat from your achievement leader (Miss Willis is the achievement leader for Years 7 and 8.
The exeat must be handed in at reception before students leave school for an appointment.
What happens if I arrive late?
Our expectation is for you to have 100% attendance and 100% punctuality to school and all lessons.
School begins with students lining up on the courts (at the Borrington Site).
If a student arrives late to school or to a lesson without an appropriate reason (for example a medical appointment supported by a letter or appointment card) they will be expected to serve a C2 detention.
If a student is marked as late twice in a week to school or lessons then they will be placed in a C3 detention.
After that, a student will be placed in the Isolation Room every time that week they are marked as late to school or lessons.
What is tutorial?
Tutorial takes place for 20 minutes every morning from 8.40am until 9.00am in your tutor room. When you have assembly or morning meeting you will be taken straight to the hall or the gym after lining up on the courts and after assembly will go straight to your first lesson. The tutorial sessions are used for a weekly assembly, morning meetings, reading and bulletin messages including PSHE related activities.
What support can I expect from my tutor?
Your tutor is often the first person you see every day. Therefore they are the main person you will be able to get support from if you have any questions or worries. This support can be both academic and pastoral, which means they will try their best to help you with any problem you have so never hesitate to ask and they will advise you on the best person to speak to.
Who do I talk to if I am experiencing problems?
As well as being able to speak to your tutor, Head of Year (Mr Males) or your achievement leader (Miss Willis), you can speak to any member of staff and they will help and support.
What happens if I miss my bus or cannot get home?
If you have any problems you can go to reception and they will help (reception is open from 8.00am until 3.30pm). If you have problems after that you can make your way to the detention room or homework club as there will be a member of staff in there until at least 3.55pm Monday to Friday.
Where do I go if I have lost part of my uniform or PE kit?
Lost property is located in the year office on the lower floor of the Harradine building. If you cannot find your lost piece of uniform, you will need to borrow it. This can be done by visiting reception for shoes and ties or by seeing your achievement leader (Miss Willis) in the year office.
Parent/Carers may be called to bring in uniform as you will not be allowed in lessons without being in the correct uniform.
If you borrow uniform and you do not return it you will be charged for the cost of that piece of uniform via ParentPay.
Can I have chewing gum in school?
No. Chewing gum is one of our prohibited items, which also includes:
- Cigarettes and Electronic cigarettes (also known as ‘e-cigarettes’ or ‘e-lites’)
- Mobile Phones, MP3 players and hand-held games consoles (if suspected of being used in contravention of the ‘Mobile phone, MP3 player and Games Console Policy’)
- Illegal substances
If you are seen chewing gum or bringing it to school you will be issued with an automatic C3 detention and searched as a result.
How will I find my way around school?
You will find your way around very quickly, we have a small site. You may have seen some of our virtual tours on the website. You will be directed by staff when you begin in September. You will see that each door has a room number. The best way is to ask. Any one of our students will be more than happy to help.
How does the King Charles I School behaviour system work?
We have two key actions to ensure you can learn in a disruption free environment. We have a ‘chance to change’, which is a verbal reminder for some infringements and a set of consequences for the disruption of learning within the classroom called C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5. It is designed so that you are well aware of the consequences for the actions you choose.
What happens if I get a detention?
If you are issued with a C2 detention you serve a lunchtime detention.
If you are issued a C3 detention for behaviour, a phone call will be made to parents/carers and the C3 detention will take place the same day, where possible.
If you are issued a C3 detention for homework not completed, a text message will be sent to your parents/carers to let them know you have a detention the following day. A C3 detention is 1 hour.
You will attend a detention by lining up outside the detention room being used.
What is Isolation?
Isolation is located on the Hillgrove Site. This is the place you go to if you persistently fail to follow our behaviour expectations or you have done something very serious. Isolation is for students to sit and do their work silently under supervision. Students will remain in school until 3.55pm on that day and a parent/carer meeting will be scheduled to re-integrate you into normal lessons.
Can I use my phone in school?
The policy on mobile phones in school is that you can have the phone on you but:
- Phones must not be used for any purpose (e.g. phoning, texting, surfing the internet, taking photos, checking the time, using it as a calculator, taking videos etc) on the school site.
- Phones must always be switched off (not on silent mode) and kept out of view.
- If you breach these rules the phone will be confiscated and taken to reception.
Parents/carers will be required to collect the confiscated item from school on behalf of you. Please note that the reception closes at 3.30pm. However we reserve the right to confiscate your phone for up to 6 weeks, which includes weekends and holiday periods.
How does the canteen work?
It is open during break-time to purchase drinks and snacks, and during lunchtime for a range of hot and cold dinners. There is also a café style service area for ‘grab and go’ food in the café area.
- All food purchased from school must be eaten in the café area or in the main dining hall or on picnic benches just outside the main hall.
- If you bring packed lunches, they can be eaten in the areas identified above or under the covered area by the playground.
- The courts, field and corridors are no food zones.
- Food is purchased using the cashless catering system and you are recognised by putting your right index finger on the machine at the till.
Where do I line up for lunch?
- You line up in single file on both sides of the main dining hall (on the right for traditional hot meals and sandwiches and on the left for ‘grab & go’).
- You can also line up and purchase food from the café style service counter.
Where can I go at break-time and lunchtime?
- The areas available for you to go to during break-time and lunchtime include the following: the courts, the covered area next to the courts, the library, the main dining hall, the café area outside the main dining hall and L21 (computer and detention room at lunchtime).
- The field is only used in dry conditions.
NB. When using the field the grassed banks and rugby pitch are out of bounds.
Where can I go if it is a wet break or lunchtime?
The covered area, the main dining hall, the café area, the library, L21 and L22.
When can I go to the toilet?
Students without medical needs should not use the toilet during lesson times. Every second is precious. If students visit the toilet once a day for five minutes that equates to 25 minutes per week and over 16 hours per academic year. Students are expected to go to the toilet at the following times:
- Before school (8.15am-8.30am)
- At break-time (11.00am-11.20am)
- At lunchtime (12.20pm-12.55pm)
If you have a medical condition or illness then you need to bring evidence and alternative arrangements will be made.
If you have an unexpected problem you must alert your teacher by placing your hand up and asking your teacher to come and speak with you to explain the situation.
Are there clubs after school and at lunchtimes?
- Yes, there are some house activities that run at lunchtime and you can use the computer rooms for homework. The majority of clubs run afterschool including homework club every night. Homework club runs from 2.55pm until 3.55pm, but you do not have to stay for the whole time.
- The extra-curricular clubs can be located on the website and are displayed at the bottom of the English steps. There are often bulletin messages about clubs and messages in assemblies.
What happens if a club is cancelled?
If a club is cancelled on the day of the club, a text message will be sent to parents/carers and messages will be given out to all students. If a club is cancelled before the day of the activity, message will be placed in the student bulletin and read out to you by your form tutor. If you need to call home, you can do so from reception to make alternative arrangements to return home. You are always welcome to stay at homework club instead.
What is homework club?
Homework club is situated in L21 after school and runs until 3.55pm on Monday to Friday. You can stay in school to complete your homework quietly and access books and computers to help with your studies. If you wish to attend homework club you simply need to arrive at L21 and report to the member of staff. You must ensure you have notified your parents/carers that you are attending the homework club and have made arrangements to get home. You do not have to stay for the whole time but you must inform the member of staff that you are leaving.
NB. If you persistently fail to submit homework you will be placed in compulsory homework club by your head of year.
What is Hegarty maths?
Hegarty maths is an online maths homework platform, which you complete every night. You will be given log in details and it has tutorials you can watch if you are struggling with the tasks. All work will be checked by the maths department.
Hegarty maths support clubs are run after school and you need to speak to the maths department to find out the arrangements for the club.
What happens if I do not do my homework?
If you fail to do your homework on time you will be placed in a C3 detention the next night for 1hour.
How do I pay for a school trip?
All trips are paid for through ParentPay. The school does not accept any cheques or cash payments.
What trips do you go on?
King Charles I School run a range of trips and visits. Some of the trips for Year 7 and Year 8 in the past have included:
- Roman Baths
- Blackwell residential
- Cologne Christmas Markets
- Year 7 rewards trip to the ‘We The Curious’
- Year 8 rewards trip to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye
- The Big Bang Fair
- Drayton Manor Theme Park
- Bristol Zoo
- Bristol University
Advice from Students
Our students on the Borrington Site have some advice and guidance so please take time to have a listen.
Feeling anxious about starting secondary school is normal. Everyone feels nervous when things are new. Remember knowledge is power and the more you know the less anxious you will feel. Students are our best advocates for the school and they are a wonderful source of information.
Here are some of the top tips from students across the school.
- Practise your journey to school over the summer. You don’t want to be late to school (ever).
- Talk to your parents/carers about anything you are worried about.
- Read, read again and then read some more. Being able to read fluently will make a significant difference.
- Organise your bag every night before school, so you don’t have to rush in the morning as you are more likely to forget something.
- When you are given your timetable at the start of the year, make 2 copies so you can have one in your locker and one at home, this helps you get organised.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help from teachers or other students.
- Write down all your homework clearly as this will help you stay organised and you will know what you have to complete.
- Complete all homework on the day it is set and know when it is due in.
- Do not expect to remember everything after the first day, you will have lots of training.
- It’s ok to get things wrong. The most important thing is to react in the right way learn from it and make changes to improve.
- Get your uniform ready and keep it in the same place every day. When you get home take off your tie and put it in your blazer pocket and hang it up. Students lose ties the most so keep it safe.
- Go to the toilet before school, at break and at lunch. You can’t go to the toilet in lessons unless it is an absolute emergency.
- Don’t forget to smile, first impressions are important so sit up and listen.
- Speak to someone from a different school, this is an opportunity to make new friends.
- Listen to teachers and do as they say, they know how to get the best from you, even if we don’t like to admit it.
- Get involved with some of the extra-curricular activities or positions of responsibility such as the school council.
- Enjoy it and work hard.
- Be honest, don’t make excuses for why you have a detention and tell your parents/carers a different story.
- Be yourself (well maybe not all the time)
- If you lose something, do something about it, don’t just leave it. Ask your tutor; the achievement assistant (Miss Willis is lovely); try reception or your head of year.