FAQ

Q Who are the key personnel?

Mr Lawler is the Principal and Dr Stokes is the Vice Principal

Mrs Parker and Miss Foxton are responsible for transition.  Miss Foxton is also the designated safeguarding person.

Mrs Parker is the Learning Manager for Y7

Mrs Beck is the Learning Manager for Y8

Mr Tomlinson is the Learning Manager for Y9

Mrs Kerr is the Learning Manager for Y10

Miss Redden is the Learning Manager for Y11

Mrs Simpson is the Learning Manager for Y12/13

Miss Horscroft is the Inclusion Manager Head of Irwin House

Q How do I apply for a place for my child in Y7 and when will I know if my application has been successful?

Applications can be done online using the unique reference number in the letter send to you by the Local   Authority using the web address below:

http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/secondary-admissions

The deadline for applications is 31/10/2017.  If you apply on line your decision will be emailed to you or can be viewed at the web address above on 1 March 2018,  all letters are posted to parents on 1 March 2018 by second class post.

If you wish to apply for a place for your child in any other year group you should follow the guidance on the web address below:

  http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/secondary-admissions

Q How early can my child arrive in school and where can they go?

 The academy has a breakfast club which is open from 7:30am where students can buy breakfast.  The Learning  Resource Centre is open from 8am if they need to print off homework or want to sit and read quietly.

Q  How much are school dinners and what do they do if they forget their dinner money?

School dinners are £2.10  and on line payments for our catering facility can be made via our online payment portal ParentPay (https://www.parentpay.com/).  Each student has a unique account where you can enter payments for catering and other services provided by the academy.  Students can also top up their account using the machines in the academy atrium. Parents can also access detailed usage which will allow you to see what your child has eaten each day and how much they have spent.  Students can spend up to £5 each day however you can request an amendment to this by either writing to the finance office at the academy or via email (finance@theallsaints.net).

Q Where do I buy uniform from?

All uniform orders can be made direct to our supplier using their website (where access to the internet is an issue, the academy can facilitate a paper based orders via reception).  Details for all uniform orders and enquiries are : www.sptuniforms.co.uk , Tel: 0113 245995. Ties can be purchased from the academy reception.

Q What is the structure of the school day?

Students should be in school by 8:20am and the first lesson begins at 8:25am with the last lesson finishing at 2:30pm, there is voluntary enrichment from 2:30pm-3:30pm. There are 5 1 hour lessons, a 15 minute break and a 30 minute lunch.

Q What happens if my child is ill during the day?

We do not have a school nurse.  If your child has an accident in school then the designated first aider, Mrs Lacey, will deal with it as necessary, equally if your child becomes unwell during the day they should see Mrs Lacey who will assess them.  We will not give your child paracetamol without gaining consent from you.

It is vital that you let us know if your contact details change so that we can contact you in case of emergency.

Q What happens if we need to contact our child urgently?

If it is urgent please contact the academy reception and they will arrange to pass the message on. Please be aware this is for emergencies only and general family arrangements should be made before they come to school. 

Q What do I do if my child is being bullied?

We would suggest that you encourage your child to talk to either their form tutor or Year Learning Manager to tell them what is happening.  We also have a number of Beat Bullying mentors in school who are trained to support children who are being bullied.  The academy takes incidents of bullying seriously and will not tolerate bullying of any kind and has a clear anti bullying policy.

Q Does the academy have student lockers?

Yes, students can purchase a padlock from reception for a £5.00 deposit, they can use their locker for the whole of their time at the academy. 

Q What should I expect in terms of homework?

It is an academy expectation that subjects will set homework at least once a fortnight with core subjects setting homework once a week.

Key Stage 3 should expect 15 minutes’  worth of homework per subject , Key stage 4 should expect 30 minutes of homework per subject (2/15 mins or 1 x 30 mins).   

In Key Stage 5 Year 12 should receive a minimum of 3 hours per week and Y13 a minimum of 4 hours per week.

If students don’t have internet access at home, the library is open from 8am until 3:30pm every day, including break times.  

Q What transition arrangements do you have?

Students attend an induction day in the summer term. As part of the extensive work with feeder primaries through out the year, many of our feeder primary schools will experience a range of activities relating to Maths, English, Languages, Science and PE. This enables students to gain an insight into the Academy, meet key members of staff, as well as improve transition.

As well as Year 7 parent’s evening, we also hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ evening for parents/ carers in the first half term of the Autumn Term. This provides an opportunity for parents/ carers to have an informal meeting with Mrs Parker to discuss how well their son/ daughter has integrated into the Academy and ask any relevant questions regarding induction.

Q Can we visit the school with our child/children before they start in September if we can’t attend open evenings?

We welcome parents and children to visit the academy but ask that it is by appointment so we can make sure there is a member of staff available to show you round and answer any questions you may have on the day.

Q What GCSE/KS4 Options do you offer?

As you may be aware there is currently significant change in the education system, as GCSE's are in the process of being reformed, which means that all GCSE's will have new examinations and specifications to work towards.  As a consequence of this, it would be difficult  to outline in detail what our GCSE/KS4 offer might look like in 2 or 3 years time. 

However, we are committed to offering a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects in order to ensure that our students are able to access the relevant qualifications that allow them to progress on to their chosen path way in Post 16 education.

Currently students in Y9-11 all study the following - English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science subjects and Core PE.  Students then have the opportunity to select from a wide range of options.  We currently offer GCSE/KS4 courses in the following options subjects - Art (Photography), Business Studies, Catering, Ethics, Geography, History, Media, Performing Arts, Product Design, Spanish, Sport.

It is important to reiterate that we regularly review our curriculum and that we will respond positively to the changes that the government introduces.  We would always strive to ensure that students are able to study the options that they want to experience, though like with any school there are always some limitations on group sizes etc.  Last year for example 99% of our students gained 3 out of their 4 options choices, with the vast majority of those accessing all 4 of their first options. 

Whilst we cannot confirm what our curriculum will look like in a few years time, due to the national changes that are taking place, we will always continue to provide a wide variety of options for our students, so that they have a broad and balanced curriculum.

If you have any further questions please email info@theallsaintsnet