Q: How do I buy uniform for my child?
A: Uniform can be purchased online from JustSchoolWear. We also have a comprehensive section on the school website outlining our uniform policy.
Q: How do I set up a ParentPay account (cashless payment system) for my child to purchase food at break and lunch?
A: On the first day of your child starting at our academy, your child’s fingerprint will be registered (if you have consented on the form which is part of the application process). Your child will then bring a letter of registration home with details of how to add money to your child’s account.
Q: My child is eligible for a Free School Meal (FSM), how will the school canteen know?
A: Our Catering Manager has a list of all Scholars eligible for a FSM and loads the cashless system with their daily allowance which is available to students ready for the start of lunch. They will put their finger on the scanner the same as all children to purchase their lunch.
Q: What does my child need to bring to school on their first day?
A: They will need a bag and any specialist Maths equipment such as a scientific calculator. We will provide each child with a folder to store their work and a pencil case which includes the following items:
- 4 colour retractable pen
- 15cm ruler
- Pencil sharpener
Q: Who do I contact if I’ve got an issue/query/safeguarding concern?
A: The Year 7 Team is as follows:
Q: My child will need to catch a public bus to travel to school, how do we find out details?
A: Service 11 Bus Timetable below:
|Stanley (opp Bridge Inn)
||Kirk Hallam Community Academy
|West Hallam (White Hart)
||St John Houghton Academy (Abbot Road junction)
|West Hallam (crossroads)
||Stanley (opp Bridge Inn)
|West Hallam (High Lane)
||West Hallam (St Wilfred's Road)
|West Hallam (St Wilfred's Road)
||West Hallam (High Lane)
|St John Houghton Academy (Abbot Road junction)
||West Hallam (crossroads)
|Kirk Hallam Community Academy
Service 11 is not able to serve Stanley Common in the mornings as the operator no longer has permission to turn the bus around at the Top Club. Students from Standley Common should meet the bus at West Hallam crossroads.
Q: What date does my child start school?
A: Monday 6 September 2021 is the first day for Year 7 Scholars (unless otherwise informed).
Q: What times does school start?
A: The school day starts at 9:00am Monday and 8:30am Thursday–Friday. Scholars are expected to be in school at least five minutes early so they are not late for lesson.
Q: What subjects will my child learn?
A: Kirk Hallam Community Academy aims to offer a broad and comprehensive curriculum. Subjects studied in Year 7 are as follows:
- Design and Technology
Q: My child is worried about being bullied at secondary school, how can I reassure them?
A: We have zero tolerance for any form of bullying within our academy, and can only deal with issues we are informed about. Please see our anti-bullying policy and reassure your child that if they let a teacher or parent know if they feel they are being bullied, then it will be investigated promptly and discretely.
Q: My child is worried about getting a detention, what is the behavioural policy?
A: Kirk Hallam Community Academy has a clear behaviour policy which your child will learn within the first week of starting our academy. We aim to ensure that:
- Positive behaviour is rewarded
- Inappropriate behaviour is dealt with promptly, firmly, fairly and consistently
Q: My child is worried they will get lost trying to find their classroom, how will they know where to go?
A: During the first week of your child starting at Kirk Hallam Community Academy they will be ‘on-boarded’ which means they will be given all the information they need to know what is expected of them and how to navigate around the academy.
Q: What after school enrichment activities are available for my child?
A: Your child will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of enriching activities every week. This academic year, on a Monday, our Scholars choose an Elective and attend sessions provided by staff in areas such as Art Club, Music Club, Graphics Club, Animal Care and History Club. On a Tuesday, Scholars attend sporting and games-based sessions which consist of a mixture of activities for them to take part in that sit outside the usual PE curriculum. On a Thursday our Scholars attend a Civics session covering RE, PSHCE, and CIAG. Finally, Scholars are given the opportunity to work on homework and develop their ability to work outside of the classroom on a Thursday during our homework session. All of these activities take place within the school day between the hours of 2.50pm to 3.50pm.
Q: My child will be travelling to school on their bike, where will they leave it and will it be safe?
A: We have two bike sheds on site. It is advised that children securely lock their bikes.
Q: When will my child receive homework?
A: We have a clear homework schedule for Scholars.