You can apply for a place at Kingdown School through the Admissions Team at Wiltshire County Council. The quickest way is to complete an application form on line by visiting the County Council’s website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/
Contact details for the Admissions Team:
Schools Admissions Team
Telephone number: 01225 713010
After you have submitted your application, please contact the school (by telephone: 01985 215551) to arrange to meet with Mr Dudley, Deputy Headteacher, who is responsible for admissions.
If you have a copy of your child’s most recent school report, please bring it with you to your meeting with Mr Dudley.
Talk and Tour mornings are informal with guided tours of the school during a normal working day, followed by an opportunity to meet the headteacher, and other senior staff, over coffee. We ask visitors to contact the school to book a place on a tour.
Talk and Tour (9am to 11am):
Open Day (9.00am to 11.00am and 5.00pm to 6.30pm)
The format for Open Day is guided tours of the school (during normal lessons in the morning), followed by a formal talk by the headteacher in the Large Hall. During the evening session the departments across the school showcase their facilities and put on displays of student work. Teachers and students are available to speak with visitors. It is not necessary to book a place for Open Days.
Providing your application is successful, a start date will be agreed, and you will be told which House your child will join. (Certain uniform items, e.g. ties, are in house colours so it is important to know this when buying uniform)
New students usually start at 10.30am on their first day to give them a chance to meet their Head of House, and their tutor. New Students must come to school on their first day wearing correct school uniform, and ready to learn. Every student is expected to be equipped with a pen, pencil, ruler and calculator. Our Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 277 in year groups 7 to 11.
Moving from Primary to Secondary school is an exciting and significant event for your child. He or she is expected to cope with a whole variety of new experiences and challenges, many of which demand skills and abilities they have not had to use before. These skills have to be taught, and your child will need support in developing them.
For many parents, their own experience of Secondary education is all they have to go on – and as we all know, nothing ever stays the same. We have a dedicated section on our website about the primary transition. All applications for a place at Kingdown School must be submitted to the Admissions Team in Trowbridge (see above), with a deadline of 31st October.
Places in Year 7 for September 2018 are limited and parents are encouraged to submit their applications without delay.
Kingdown School and its feeder primary schools are part of a Learning Partnership. They are committed to working together to provide an education that fully prepares all students for the world today and for the future.
There is a well established Transition Programme designed to link learning between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, with a focus on key learning skills. This ensures that the students make a confident start to their Year 7 curriculum. Also, every effort is made to enable students to settle in quickly and feel part of the Kingdown community in their new houses, tutor groups and classes.
To help with this process, your child will spend three days participating in an Induction Programme at Kingdown in July, when they will get to know the school and experience some KS3 lessons. However, most parents would like to be able to reassure their children and help to prepare them for the changes ahead. It’s worth the effort to get them right to start with – so much easier than putting things right when they’ve gone wrong.
Achieving the balance between doing too much or too little for your child is difficult. A useful rule of thumb is never do anything regularly for your child that they are capable of doing for themselves. A list of the top ten worries that Year 6 students always mention:
Most students are anxious about not being with their friends and not making new friends. The most helpful thing you can do is tell your child that everyone else will be feeling anxious, and within a week or two their worries will have disappeared.
At Kingdown we make every effort to ensure that no student is socially isolated, and new friendship groups are actively encouraged and supported.
The other major worry for Year 6 students is bullying. Kingdown has a rigorous anti-bullying policy and we pride ourselves on being a ‘telling’ community. Bullying of any description is not tolerated. If your child is being bullied at school, they must tell their tutor, another teacher or any other adult in the school straight away. They will be listened to, and action taken immediately. The remaining worries are nearly all to do with the new organisational demands that will be placed upon them. Luckily these are the areas in which you can help the most.