Applying for a secondary school place at Kingdown School

All applications for places at Kingdown School must go through the Schools Admissions Team at Wiltshire County Council. The deadline for applications for students joining Year 7 in September 2017 was 31st October 2016. The Schools Admissions Team processes the applications and sends letters to parents offering places during the following March. If any parent misses the October deadline, they must still submit a “late” application to the Schools Admissions Team.

The quickest way to apply 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
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

Email: admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone number: 01225 713010

Moving from Primary to Secondary School

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!

A learning partnership

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.

The Transition Programme

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.

The induction days at Kingdown School

To help with this process, your child will enjoy four induction days at Kingdown in July, when they will get to know the school and experience some Key Stage 3 lessons.  For our September 2017 intake, four days of induction will be held on 3rd, 4th, 5th  and 6th July 2017 for all Year 6 students. However, most parents would like to be able to reassure their children and help to prepare them for the changes ahead. The aim of this information is to provide you with the information you need to help your child make a smooth transition to Key Stage 3, and provide tips and ideas to help them develop the skills required for success at Kingdown.

It’s worth the effort to get them right to start with – so much easier than putting things right when they’ve gone wrong.

As a parent, how can I help?

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:

  • Being bullied
  • Not making friends
  • Getting lost
  • Homework
  • Not being able to do the work
  • Getting to school and back – if it involves a bus journey
  • Not having the right books and equipment
  • Not knowing what to do if there’s a problem
  • Not getting on with teachers
  • Getting into trouble

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. We also have a dedicated anti bullying website where incidents of bullying can be recorded. 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.

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