chelmsfor mum wrote:
hello , bingo
may thanks for your message, yes i would love any info , about 1st day to 1st year . our look around the school back in sept last year is a distant memory and was a flying visit and i saw little of it, but what i saw i loved. i have recieved a welcome pack and an invite to netball/hockey and an induction day in june. did you attend these? did you get to have another look round? do the children do cats tests? as you can see i have many questions, one from my daughter is about the winter coat and school bag? did you purchase the regulation duffle coat or is a high street one more acceptable.
Firstly, tell your daughter that mine absolutely loves it there. She has made lots and friends (she was the only one from her school to go there so she had to start from scratch!). I would definitely recommend the hockey and netball days - the girls get to play together and also get to know each other. She also attended the induction day in June and loved it and we went along later that afternoon. The current year 7 girls are given a "new pupil" to look after (they write to them beforehand) and they take them around that day (I think it is from lunchtime). When the parent come along later in the afternoon, the year 7 pupil them takes them around and tells them different things about the school and how they have found it. You also buy some of their PE kit etc. I didn't buy the school duffle coat. Wards in Rayleigh have a perfectly good coat which is fleeced inside and waterproof - it costs about £12. I don't think any of my daughter's friends have the school coat. We just bought a should bag for school (looks like a post bag!!) and she has managed with that fine. The girls do not do CATs tests but they are continually assessed. Homework in year 7 is very light - I would say my daughter has no more than 3-4 pieces a week at most and they are not time consuming. The homeworks that require a bit more time e.g. essays the girls are given maybe 2 weeks to complete or at least a full week. I was surprised at the high standard of work. I know it is an excellent school but when I look at the English my daughter is now writing, it really impresses me. It is miles away from the primary school level. The teachers are brilliant at enthusing the girls to keep wanting to do better. The maths is also a very high standard. They sit the SATs a year early in Year 8 which is something I was worried about but I think they do get the girls to the standard required by then.
Let me know if you want me to answer anything else - there is so much to tell you!!