Parents of Children Starting Year 7 in September

There is so much to communicate, we felt it was important to write directly to you and highlight some of the specific areas that are relevant to our new year 7.

Dear year six parents,

Our update this week is a little different. We’ve announced all of our plans for our return in September and we wanted to share them with you too. We're mindful that there is lots of information in this document and it could be a little overwhelming. There is so much to communicate, we felt it was important to write directly to you and highlight some of the specific areas that are relevant to our new year 7.

We've already created lots of transition information which you can find here on the website including the student handbook. At the start of term, the aim is for us to have a mini-transition to replace those we have lost. We want year 7 to have the first two days without the rest of the main school (year 12 will be in) so that they can feel comfortable. We wanted to give you some details on how those first two days will look for the students. Many of these are standard expectations but there are a few that are specific to the first few days:

  • We would like all students to be in school each day, wearing full school uniform.
  • We would also like students to be fully equipped for school (a pencil case containing: pens, pencils, a ruler and rubber).
  • Year 7 students will use the main school entrance to come into school, this will continue for the first half term.
  • We would like students to be on site by 08:30 each day.
  • For the first three days, we will be accepting cash in the canteen. If your child needs to buy food, please send them in with £3 in cash.
  • There will be lots of different things going on in the first few days. Students will be getting to know their progress tutor, experiencing some lessons and logging on to the Academy computers and homework app for the first time.
  • Students will also use the canteen system for the first time. To do this we need families to have returned the induction pack which contains permission slip for biometrics. If you have not returned that as yet, please do so.
  • Students will also finish each day ten minutes before our normal finishing times. This is to aid the transition period whilst they settle into life at Forge.  Again, they will be dismissed via the main gate, this will also continue for the first half term. Here are the start and finish times for year 7:

Monday: 0830 - 1600
Tuesday: 0830 - 1500
Wednesday: 0830 - 1500
Thursday: 0830 - 1500
Friday: 0830 - 1305

We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming year 7 into school in September and want to ensure that they get the most from these updates and their transition into the Forge family. If you have signed your child up for summer school, they are in for a brilliant time. If you have any questions, please get in touch via the dedicated transition email address: [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Michael Gill - Head of Year (year 7)
Miss Hannah Smith - Pastoral Leader (year 7)