What happens in the Year 7 Induction?
- In the summer term you are invited to attend an Information Evening where the Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers and the Wellbeing Team will deliver a presentation. You can then make an appointment to meet with your child's Form Tutor at the Meet the Tutor Evening.
- Meet the Tutor Evening takes place about a week after the parent Information Evening. Along with your child, you will have the opportunity to meet your child's form tutor and ask any questions that you may have. During this evening you can also buy uniform and find out more about laptop/tablets, cashless catering and bus passes.
- July hosts an Induction Day for new students who are due to start in September. Your child will participate in team building games, have a tour of the Academy, gain an understanding of the times of the day, and play drama and sport games.
Who can my child go to if they have a problem or concern at school?
- If your child has a problem at school then they shoudl talk to their form tutor as a first port of call. If the problem is serious, then your child or their form tutor may take the issue to their Head of Year.
Travel to and from School:
How do most students get to school?
- Most students get the bus into school, with buses travelling to Cornwallis from all over Maidstone. More information about buses to the Academy can be found by clicking here.
- A number of students walk, cycle or get dropped off at school. If your child is cycling to school, we have a number of bike sheds for them to secure their bike. It is important that your child secures their bike with a suitable chain. The Academy takes no responsibility for loss or damage of bikes left on site.
How does my child get a bus pass?
- For students in Years 7 to 11, a Young Persons Travel Pass is available via Kent County Council. It costs £200 for the year, and includes all bus travel for students. It costs £100 for students who get free school meals. Please click here for more information, and to apply.
- Students aged 16 and over can apply for a 16+ Travel Card. The most you'll pay is £400. You may pay less if you’re only using it for part of the year or if you are from a low-income family. Please click here for more information. The bus pass will be sent to Cornwallis’ Sixth Form team who will distribute to students.
Where can my parents drop me off if I am not taking the bus?
- Parents can drop off and pick up students in the ‘Student Drop Off’ area, which is located just inside the school’s main entrance. Beyond the barrier is for staff, visitor and disabled parking only.
- If your parents have a meeting, or you are disabled, please use the buzzer at the barrier to enter the main car park.
What happens on the first day of school in September?
- Your child will spend registration with their Form Tutor, when they will be given a planner and timetable, and have time to get to know their form group. They will then go to their normal lessons with guidance from their subject teachers.
What equipment does my child need for school?
- Pencil case
- Biro or fountain pen
- Colouring pencils and pens
- Reading book of your choice
- Scientific calculator
- PE kit (click here for a full kit list)
What are students not allowed to wear?
- Mobile phones must not be taken into lessons. If you bring a mobile phone to school, it must be switched off and stored in your locker. The Academy takes no responsibility for loss or damage of mobile phones.
- Only one set of earrings can be worn, which must be PLAIN gold or silver studs
- No make-up, acrylic nails or nail varnish
- No necklaces or bracelets
- No chewing gum or sweets
- No big hair clips
- No short skirts, skin tight trousers or leggings
- All school shoes must be black, and no trainers or canvas shoes to be worn in school.
For more information about uniform and expectations please click here.
How long is the school day?
- The school day runs from 8.30am until 3pm, with optional afterschool activities available.
How long does my child get for break and lunch?
- Students get one 15 minute break and 30 minutes for lunch. Please click here to see the Academy’s timetable.
How many lessons are in a school day?
- There are five one-hour lessons in a typical day.
What should my child do if they are late for school?
- Report to Reception and sign in.
What should I do if my child misses a day of school?
- Parents/carers must contact school on the morning of absence, and everyday thereafter by calling 01622 743152 ext.1 . For more information please email the attendance team, Mrs Kelly Green and Mrs Emily Walters, on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if my child needs time off school for an appointment or holiday?
- Parent/carers must contact the attendance team, Mrs Kelly Green and Mrs Emily Walters, via email email@example.com or by calling 01622 743152 ext.1.
Is my child allowed a mobile phone in school?
- Yes, but during learning time they must be switched off and stored in their locker. The Academy takes no responsibility for loss or damage of mobile phones.
Can my child take bottled water into class?
- No, but when it is extremely hot in the summer term tutors will inform students if they can take water into class.
How can I contact my child's teacher?
- Parents/carers should contact Reception by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01622 743152. Reception staff will then put you in touch with the relevant member of staff.
What should my child do if they feel unwell during school time?
- Students should go to their Wellbeing Lead or Intervention Challenge Manager to seek permission to go to the medical room, which is next to the Main Office, where you will be assessed by a qualified first aider. Students should not call their parents directly.
Are there any extra-curricular activities my child can get involved with?
- Yes, there is a full timetable available on the website and SLG. This is published in the second week of each term. Please click here to see the latest timetable of activities.
What will each activity involve and does my child need to bring any additional items, e.g. PE Kit?
- Please speak to the teacher or member of staff running the club. Their name is on the timetable.
How does my child book an activity?
- Please see the teacher or member of staff running the club.
Where are the activities held?
- Please see the timetable.
How will parents/carers be notified if an activity my child is due to attend has been cancelled on the day?
- Students will be informed at school. If students need to contact home, they will need to go to Reception where the Receptionist can call home.
How will students be advised of new activities and any activities that will no longer be available?
- The extra-curricular timetable will be revised.
How should my child inform you if I no longer wish to continue an activity?
- Please speak to the teacher or member of staff running the club.
How much are instrumental lessons?
- 10 group instrumental lessons per two term costs just £40.
What instruments can my child play?
- We offer the following: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, trombone, violin, viola, electric and classical guitar, bass guitar and drums.
How should my child apply?
- Fill out the form that is included in your school welcome pack and return it to Reception.
My child would like to learn an instrument, but I does not own one?
- That is fine, you can hire an instrument directly from Kent Music School.
When will parents be invoiced for payment for the group instrumental lessons?
- With your child's application, you will be asked to send in three post-dated cheques, which will be cashed in September, January and April of the current academic year.
Will my child miss normal lessons?
- Yes. Instrumental teachers operate a rotating timetable so that students do not miss the same lesson more than once per half term session.
When will my child find out if they have been accepted onto the group instrumental scheme?
- A letter will be sent to you before September, notifying you of your place. The letter will also inform you of the date and time of your first lesson.
Would my child have to carry their instrument around school all day?
- No, all students bring their instruments up to the music department before morning registration, where they can be stored all day. Students can then collect their instrument when they come down for their lesson, and again, place it back into the storeroom after their lesson. Instruments can then be collected at 3pm and taken home.
Is there a breakfast club?
- There is no specific breakfast club at Cornwallis, however the canteen opens at 7.30am for students to buy breakfast.
Does my child have to have school dinner?
- No, they can bring a packed lunch.
What is cashless catering?
- Cashless catering is a way to buy food and drink in school. Students load money on to their card in advance, either online or via the machines at school. Please click here for more information
Does my child have to use cashless catering to pay for my lunch?
- Yes, if they wish to use the canteen to buy food or drink. Otherwise they can bring a packed lunch.
How do parents log in to the parent pay website?
- The details will be posted home during the first week of term. For more information about how to login please click here.
What happens if my child is eligible for free school meals?
- Parents/carerss must apply online. If you are successful a hot meal and dessert will be loaded onto your card automatically for you to get lunch. For more information please speak to someone in the Main Office.
Can I view the menu on the school website?
- Yes, please click here to see the latest menus.
Can food allergies be catered for?
- Yes, please speak to our Head Chef by emailing email@example.com.
Is there food and drink available at break?
Are there water fountains around school?
How do I pay for school trips?
- School trips are paid for via the online payment system. Please click here for more information.
Are all school trips charged to parents?
- Yes, trips are charged to parents. In certain circumstances it may be possible for the school to subsidise a trip but parents should contact the school first before applying for a place on the visit.
If my child receives free school meals, will a packed lunch be provided when we go on trips?
- Yes, if the visit runs over lunchtime.
What is the school donation and what does it get spent on?
- The school donation is a £25 donation that parents make to the school, per family, at the beginning of the year. The donation money is used to support educational visits, transport to sports fixtures, student support and extra-curricular activities.
Is it optional?
- The contribution is optional but donations enable us to improve the provision of school activities that we can offer students and help to enrich learning.
What is the SLG?
- The SIMS Learning Gateway allows parents and students to access attendance, achievement and self-management information. Termly reports are placed here too.
When will I receive their username and password?
- Parents will receive their username and password in the first week of term via post once a signed agreement form has been received.
Are all students issued a laptop in Year 7?
- The Academy invites families to buy into our Computer for Students scheme, where students will be able to own a learning device for a small monthly payment. We have negotiated an excellent deal on both hardware and software using our relationship with Microsoft and other suppliers. All machines have been tested in the classroom and are supplied with full technical support and insurance. Please click here for more information.
Who should my child contact if they have technical issues with my device, or if they are unsure how to use any element of my device?
- Contact the ICT technicians at break and lunch times, or before and after school.
Do all students get a school email account?
- Yes, all students get an email address to send homework and communicate with staff, where necessary.
How do students log in to their emails?
- Students can log in to your email accounts via the webmail link which can be located at the top of any page on the Cornwallis website.
Can students access these emails at home?
Do students have to have a school device to access my school emails and the SLG?
- No, these can be accessed from any device and any location.
How does Blended Homework work?
- Students in Years 7 and 8 engage in homework through our Blended Learning system, completing online projects in English, maths, science, geography and history each term. The system gives you the opportunity to access a flexible online learning space, which incorporates presentations, booklets, quizzes and videos. Alongside these five projects, your MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) teacher will also set 20 minutes of vocabulary learning each week.
- The Blended Learning system allows you to access your homework from within school or at home. Within each of the homework projects, you are required to upload work for marking. Your work is marked online and once completed, you will be able to view your mark and comments awarded by the teacher.
- Each term you will receive a homework timetable that gives information on the project deadlines and a suggested date to complete each task to help you structure your time at home when completing homework.
- During ICT lessons, at the start of Year 7, you will be shown how to log into the Blended Learning system and begin to enroll onto the homework courses.
How can my child access their homework projects?
- In the address bar of their web browser, type http://bl.futureschoolstrust.com and press enter (note that the address does not start with www)
Log in. Your child's username is your full school email address.
Current Year 7 students’ email addresses are: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Year 8 students’ email addresses are: email@example.com
- Once logged in, your child will land on the Overview Page. Here, a list of courses that your child has already signed up to will display and you just need to click on the arrow to start/continue that project
- If your child needs to search for a course, in the search bar next to the ‘Find a course’ button, enter the name of the course you wish to sign up for and then click ‘Find a course’
- Click on ‘Enroll Now’ to sign up to that course and make it appear on your Overview Page
How can my child upload their homework?
- When a homework project requires a piece of work to be uploaded, your child can follow these steps:
- Press the “Choose file” button.
- A window pops up to let you choose the file you want to submit
- If your file is not there, press the “Choose file” button next to where it says “No file chosen”
- Navigate to where your file is saved, click it and press the “Open” button
- Press the “Upload button”
- Your file should appear in the list at the top, you can now click it and press the “Add” button to add it to the page.
- Lastly, press the “Submit Files” button to save the file to the project.
- Please also note that the ‘accessing your homework projects’ and ‘uploading work’ information above can also be found on the last page of your planner.
Who can my child turn to if they need help with their homework?
- Your child can turn to the teachers that have set the homework, or attend a homework club (see club timetable).
How often do I receive information about my child?
- Academic reports are issued every term.
How often are parents’ evenings?
- Parent Information Evenings are once a year, usually around April for students in Year 7. If parents have any concerns in the meantime they can always contact Form Tutors, the Wellbeing Lead for Year 7, Amy Parker, or subject teachers directly.
What happens if my child get a detention?
- The teacher will phone home to inform you. Students will not be kept afterschool unless the teacher has informed parents.
Useful links and information can be found in the parent and student SLG areas. If you have any suggestions for additional FAQs please get in touch with Main Reception.