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General Information

Letters and Information sent to parents during COVID-19

Assessment and Marking

Attendance

Trinity is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils. Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them. One of our basic principles is to celebrate success.

Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual awards to promote good attendance and punctuality (please see our gallery at the bottom of the page).

The Governors, Head Teacher and Staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at Trinity.

Pupils are expected to arrive by 8:45 am. All pupils that arrive late must report to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.

Attendance Policy

Communication with Parents

All parents and carers are equally valued as part of our school community. Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership with their parents or carers and their whole family. We therefore believe in close cooperation with all families and in regular consultation between home and the school. We communicate with parents by:

  • School Website
  • Texts
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Letter

We aim to acknowledge all communications within 24 hours

A copy of all generic letters that we send home with students and will be available to download via our website.


Identifying Concerns

  • In the first instance, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or for specific subject enquiries, the classroom teacher.
  • If your concerns are not addressed, please contact the leadership team by emailing parentvoice@trinitysevenoaks.com in the first instance.

 

Getting to School

Public Transport

The County Council have advised us that children will need to purchase a Kent Young Person’s Travel Card (Yrs 7-11) or a 16+ Travel Card.  This will enable them to use the existing public bus services.

Kent County Council will only provide free transport to children who meet their school transport criteria. If you would like to be considered for transport under these terms you will need to apply to Kent County Council School Transport department directly. 

For further information on all school transport please visit the KCC website: 

 Kent County Council School Transport

Traveline is a dedicated local transport website. You will be able to input your location and your destination. All route options are displayed.

The drop off point for most of the services is either Riverhead Tesco or Knole Academy West. Go Coach provide a ‘link’ service between Knole Academy and Riverhead Tesco.  For further information on their services, please visit their website:

Traveline

If you have any questions about the local bus service in your area you can also contact the bus companies directly. Their contact numbers are as follows:

Arriva: 0844 8004411 www.arrivabus.co.uk

Go! Coach: 01732 668090 www.go-coach.co.uk

Nu Venture: 01622 882288 www.nu-venture.co.uk

Redroute: 01474 353896 www.redroutebuses.co.uk

Private Transport

We understand that it will be necessary for some children to come to school by car. We would encourage parents to consider car sharing and if you are interested in this please contact the school office.

Parking

Parents are welcome to use our car park to drop off and collect their child. You must be aware that buses also use the entrance. We ask that children use the pavement and do not cross the bus bay for safety reasons.

Trinity School Travel Plan 2017/18

Trinity have produced a School Travel Plan (STP), a document written and adopted by the school outlining the action it will take to encourage healthier, safer and sustainable travel to and from school for both students and staff. It includes a package of measures based on specific aims and objectives that are reviewed annually by an interested group within the school. There are targets, deadlines and people responsible for monitoring progress.

Trinity School Travel Plan 2017/18

More information about School Travel Plans can be found on the following website:

Jambusters website

 

 

Reporting Absence

Students are required to be in full time attendance at school and are expected to arrive on time. In accordance with national guidelines, students arriving after their year group’s official start time, without a parental note, are considered to be absent.

All absence from school requires:

  1. A telephone call before 0915 on the morning of each day’s absence.
  2. Written confirmation of the reason for absence; this can be by email.

Authorised absences are as follows:

  • Illness (supported by confirmation from parent/carer)
  • Medical/dental appointment/close family funeral (approval in advance)
  • Interview, e.g. prospective employer or new school

Please be advised that unexplained absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

Unauthorised absences are not in students’ best interests, are viewed negatively on their academic records, and in extreme circumstances could jeopardise their place at future academic establishments and with potential employers.

Following national guidance the school will not authorise absence during term time for family holidays etc.

First Day Absence Check

As noted above, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to notify the school of any absence.  However the school also endeavours to operate a first-day absence check, whereby if a student is absent without the school’s prior knowledge, the school will telephone or text the parent/carer to check the reason for non-attendance. If you receive a text message, you should either reply by text or telephone the school.

By operating this system the school is aiming to ensure that students who have left home arrive safely in school. To facilitate this process, we would ask you to telephone the school every morning your child is absent. Messages may be left on the answer phone before 0830 or you may speak with a member of the office staff between 0800 and 0915. Name and form of student and details of reason for absence will be required

School Day

 

Site Open

7.00am

Tutor Time

8.45am - 9.15am

Lesson 1

9.15am - 10.15am

Break

10.15am - 10.35am

Lesson 2

10.35am - 11.35am

Lesson 3 .            

11.35am - 12.35pm

Lunch

12.35pm - 1.25pm

Lesson 4

1.25pm - 2.25pm

Lesson 5

2.25pm - 3.25pm

 

 

After School Clubs

3.30pm - 4.30pm

 

School Closures

All information can be found on the following page

Severe Weather Arrangements

School Equipment

School Bag
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Purple Pen
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Glue stick
  • Coloured pencils
  • Highlighter pen
  • Planner
  • Reading book
  • White board pen
General
  • English dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Maths
  • Geometry Set (compass and protractor)
  • Calculator
Modern Languages
  • Bilingual Dictionary (English -Spanish)
  • Earphones for computer use.

 

Mobile Phones and Electronic items are not allowed in school:

Mobile phones can cause disruption to lessons. If a student is seen with an electronic item a member of staff will confiscate it, and it will be put in the school safe. A letter will be given to students, asking a parent/carer to collect the item from the school reception. The exception to this is a tablet computer (e.g. iPad)

Phones that are turned off and remain in a school bag will not be confiscated.

School Uniform

School Uniform - What to wear

Please order online by clicking the link below or visit their shop in Sevenoaks

Horncastles

Please see the latest Uniform Policy below for further details.

Uniform Policy

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