Welcome to Year 7
“All progress takes place outside of the comfort zone.”
Starting secondary school is an exhilarating time for many students. The opportunity to engage in new subjects, meet new teachers and make new friends is often met with great excitement. At Cecil Jones we understand that whilst most students feel this way, some may be anxious about moving to a new, bigger school. We will always strive to ensure that our students feel supported in their transition process and that it goes as smoothly as possible.
Year 7 is the year where our students will be encouraged and supported to develop all the essential life skills needed to help them build strong foundations for the challenges ahead. We promote and develop resilience, collaboration, curiosity and empathy. A skill set that will help them grow and become ambassadors within modern, British society. There will undoubtedly be challenges ahead, but students will be supported fully throughout the year to overcome challenges and prepare themselves as best as possible for their futures.
We aim to provide a stimulating and supportive environment conducive to learning and personal growth. All students are actively supported and equally challenged in their learning and all students have the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their hard work, progress and exceptional achievements. We are keen to celebrate students’ achievements, successes and progress.
Being organised is developing independence is crucial this year and students are expected to be prepared with all the necessary equipment every day; making full and efficient use of their planners. The planners will allow students to record and track homework, as well as monitor their own attendance and punctuality. The planner is also a fantastic tool for communication between the school and home.
Every student at Cecil Jones is expected to have high standards of themselves, and we expect students to work and behave in the appropriate manner, following the School’s Code of Conduct and ‘being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.’ Sanctions are used where students fail to meet our expectations, with students made to take responsibility for their actions. We ask that parents and carers work with us to support our students with this too.
Students will be fully supported by all members of the academy, in particular from their year team which include their form tutor, the Achievement Team Leader and the care team for year 7, Mrs. Leadbetter. The year care team will be there throughout the day to provide extra support, and ensure students are always reaching their full potential.
We are keen to involve parents and carers in the learning of their children, and are always available to discuss any concerns or queries you may have about your child’s education and progress. Consistent communication and a solid home-school relationship is imperative. There will be regular contact made by the School to keep parents and carers informed about the progress of their child.
Year 7 will be both exciting and demanding for our Year 7 students as they embark on their first year here at Cecil Jones. The year ahead will challenge and stretch them more than ever before, but with support from our dedicated year team, the wider school and parents, I am confident that it will be a very successful year.
Achievement Team Leader