You should have already:
- 1Read the SJB Charter
- 2Completed the Year 7 Additional Information Form
- 3Read the iPad Scheme Information Booklet
- 4Printed and completed the iPad Scheme Declaration Form and returned it to school
- 5Ordered a school locker if required
- 6Made arrangements for coach transport if required
Dates for your diary:
- School starts on Wednesday 6 September
- Any problems or queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Into 7 Transition Portal
Dear Parents and Students,
Starting in year 7 at secondary school can be both very exciting and scary. It is quite natural to feel nervous about making new friends, getting lost and organising a much larger number of subjects. We will do everything we can to make the change of school as easy as possible for you and hopefully this website will help you feel part of SJB before you arrive.
Remember to get involved in lots of activities and clubs, go to social events, and to greet everyone new you meet with a smile. If you work hard and do your best there is really no need to worry.
I look forward to seeing you in September!
Head of Year 7
Documents for prospective 6 into 7 parents
The SJB Parent Portal is a website where you can get information about your child's timetable, teachers, progress reports etc. The site is password protected, usernames and passwords to access the portal will be issued to parents before half term.
Please make sure that you have read the SJB School Charter. If you have any queries please contact the school office.
The School DayOPEN
Frequently Asked QuestionsOPEN
Your child is absent from school
Please contact the school office before the start of the school day by email or telephone.
You would like to meet with one of the teaching staff
You may arrange an appointment through the school office or directly by e-mail and you will receive a prompt response.
You are worried about anything
Please contact the school office or speak to or email the Head of Year.
Your child finds the work too difficult
Please contact the Head of Year.
Your child is being bullied
Please contact the Head of Year.
You have a problem at home or with the school and would like to talk to someone in confidence
Please contact the Chaplain.
You have an idea
Feel free to share any positive ideas you may have by speaking to us or e-mailing at any time.
Your child loses something
Please ensure your child checks with lost property (make sure everything is clearly labelled)
Your child forgets something
Please bring to the school office and let your child know so he/she can collect it.
Your child wants to cycle to school
Fine - make sure a helmet is worn.
Your child needs to take medication
Please contact the school office.
Your child needs to visit the doctor or dentist
Phone and advise the school office.
Your child is in receipt of Free School Meals
Please contact Mrs M Harding c/o School Office.
You need to keep your child away from school in exceptional circumstances
Please contact the Headteacher.
We ensure we always appoint exceptional teachers at SJB. If you wish to contact anyone please email the teacher directly or call the School Office and leave a message. All the email addresses take the same format eg Miss Stephanie Clark is email@example.com
Head of Year - each year group has a head of year. From September, the Head of Years will be:
- Year 7
- Miss S.Clark
- Year 8
- Mr B.Vaughan
- Year 9
- Mr L.Evans
- Year 10
- Mr I.Goulbourne
- Year 11
- Mr D.Kelly
- Year 12
- Miss F.Brooks
- Year 13
- Mrs S.Hearne
They have an overall responsibility for students' academic progress and behaviour.
Year 7 Form Tutors - below is a list of the Year 7 Form Tutors for 2017/18
Chaplain - Miss Hornby is our lay Chaplain#
School Leadership Team (SLT)
- Executive Headteacher
- Miss A.Magill
- Head of School
- Mr J.Granville Hamshar
- Deputy Head
- Mr N.Windsor
- Deputy Head
- Miss A.Dwyer
- Assistant Head
- Mrs J.Belli
- Assistant Head
- Mrs L.Kenny
- Assistant Head
- Miss A.Berry
- Assistant Head
- Mr O.Bruynseels
Top Tips to Support LearningOPEN
- Please always encourage your child and talk positively about success and education.
- Please ensure where possible that your child has a quiet place to work at home with fast broadband, iPad charger, pens, pencils, calculator handy.
- Discuss ‘house rules' with your child before they get their iPad – here's a few to help you get started.
- Please be ready to help BUT don't do the work for your child.
- Please encourage your child to read every day.
- Every so often please discuss the work with your child. Ask the question 'What have you learnt today?'.
- Please use everyday activities to help your child put learning into practice.
- Please encourage your child to use a dictionary to clarify meanings and spellings.
- Please watch out for TV programmes that link to school work or are interesting documentaries that will aide form time discussion.
- Please ensure your child gets plenty of exercise and has a healthy diet. Remember breakfast gives them the energy to learn!
- Educational games and activities on their iPads can help make everything enjoyable.
- Make sure the messages your child receives about Maths are positive, it's not helpful to say 'I was hopeless at Maths when I was at school!' Be positive – here's some tips to help you support your child with Maths.
We have a cashless catering system at SJB and hope that the links below will give you all the information that you need. Each member of the school community has a catering account. You will need to pay money into this account before your child starts at SJB. You will receive a letter giving your individual registration details relating to your child.
Payments can be made by Tucasi School Cash Office (SCO). You are then able to transfer money to pay either into their lunch account or to pay for trips as requested throughout the school year.
Payments are made via a secure system (Tucasi SCO) on the internet linked to the school website.
Students who are entitled to free school meals have an account in the exact same way. The system will credit their account daily with the free school meals allowance, but as this can only be used at lunch time you will need to put money into their account to allow additional purchases at lunch or break time.
All students will be identified on the system by biometric measurement and photograph. The biometric measurement involves the measurement of a number of points on the finger. The information is then converted and stored as a unique number. This information is held on a secure database and cannot be reconverted back into an image and cannot be used by any other source for identification purposes. A display at the till point will show the current balance on their account; deduct purchases they make and a revised balance to carry forward to the next day. As parents you will have access to your child's account and we ask that you make regular payments into the account as the students must have sufficient funds to buy their food and drinks. The system will not have any ‘overdraft' facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I use Tucasi SCO?
The School will issue you with a letter with registration details. Just go to the website link on the letter to register. You will then be ready to make secure payments to your child's cashless account whenever you like.
What cards can I use?
Tucasi SCO accepts all credit and debit cards (except AMEX).
Is it safe to make payments on the Internet?
YES. In fact, it's as safe to pay online with Tucasi SCO as it is to use your credit or debit card in a shop or over the phone! Tucasi SCO uses leading technology to process your credit/debit card transactions securely. All communication with the bank is encrypted (jumbled up so no one else can read it). Neither Tucasi SCO nor the school have access to your card details and your card details are never kept by Tucasi SCO or the school.
How can I check that it's secure?
Standard website addresses begin with ‘http' whereas the address for a secure site will always begin with ‘https'. You will also see a ‘padlock' at the bottom right of the screen. Never enter your details or personal data on any web page where the address does not start with ‘https'
What about our personal information?
Tucasi SCO uses a very limited amount of information about you and your child solely for the purpose of administering your account. We do not share or give information to any other organizations. We operate under strict guidelines set out by the Data Protection Act 1998, which ensures the protection and care of personal information. This means that any information you give us electronically will only be used for the purpose that you intended.
Tucasi SCO will NEVER contact you by phone, email, or mail and ask you to divulge confidential information like passwords or card numbers. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to be from Tucasi SCO, please contact the School on 01483 729343.
When you make a payment onto your child's account you can then print a receipt as proof of purchase. However, this credit will not be included in the account balance displayed on your Tucasi SCO home page until the next day as the system updates overnight.
For more information visit www.scopay.com/login
Dining at SJB with InnovateOPEN
The dining experience at SJB has changed enormously since Innovate Catering joined us a few years ago. Innovate produce a daily selection of high quality meals that are nutritious, freshly made from scratch each day and are excellent value for money. There are breakfast items available before the start of school, a variey of 'grab and go' foods available during mid-morning break time, meal deals available at lunch time and a further opportunity to buy food after school should you be hungry.
The canteen is open from 8.00am - 4.00pm daily; menus are displayed on the plasma screen in the hall or by following the link below:
Please visit the Innovate website for more information about meal deals, menus and prices.http://www.innovatefood.co.uk
Do I qualify for free school meals? iApplication for free school meals
We have installed new vandal resistant lockers throughout the school in time for the start of term in September 2017.
The lockers are provided by Prefect Lockers without any cost to the school.
Students will be able to rent a locker for the school year by visiting http://www.locker.rentals/ from any device connected to the internet and select St John the Baptist School under the location of the locker tab.
The cost per school year is £18.00. Payment can be made by Paypal, Debit/Credit Card or by calling Prefect Lockers on 0845 880 2426. On receipt of payment the code for the combination lock is sent via text or email.
There are only a limited number of lockers available so it will be done on a first come first served basis. Lockers will become available to hire before the end of the Summer Term 2017.
This new system for lockers at SJB will allow the school to use our limited resources for other important items and ensure that the students have a state of the art, vandal resistant locker to keep their valuables safe and secure.
For those parents that will require transport to SJB for their child/children as from September 2017 there are no subsidised travel arrangements.
A coach company, which we have used for many years, do currently run a service for our students. They are in the process of getting numbers together of students that will be requiring a place on their coach service to SJB as from September 2017.
For an idea of the cost involved, per child, for 2017 please see below:
£102.00 per month payable by monthly standing order beginning 1st September 2017 for 10 months with the last payment being 1st June 2018
If you would like to request a place/places on this coach service please could you contact Rachel at D&P Coaches on either:
Phone number: 01252 861252 / 01252 8611234
This coach service is run independently through D&P Coaches who deal directly with parents of students at SJB with regards to the running and financial arrangements of this facility. Whilst we are not directly involved with the running of coach travel for our students anymore, we do maintain a close working relationship with this company.
Documents and Additional InformationOPEN
The information below was made available to parents in May 2017
This year, we have decided to provide all documents and collect all additional information from you electronically. Please follow the instructions and read the SJB Charter carefully before completing the online form. This must be done by Monday 5 June, as information regarding language choice is required.SJB Charter Uniform Guidelines Term Dates iPad Scheme Information Booklet iPad Scheme Declaration Forms