Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page.  These are just a few of the questions asked and the responses we give.  If you cannot find what you want to know, then please feel free to contact the School for an answer.  Hopefully, your question will appear here within a few days as well, so don’t worry if you forget what was said; look it up here.

General

Do parents have to pay for school activities?

The 1988 Education Act states that parents should not be asked to pay for any activity which is considered to be an essential part of the curriculum.

From time to time the School organises activities which it believes will be of great benefit to students even though to take part in them may not be essential. In such cases, the Governors have agreed that parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to help meet the costs involved.

No student will be unable to take part in the activity because her/his parents do not make a voluntary contribution, but the activity may not take place where the School does not have sufficient funds to meet costs.

How do I access the schools network?

When you arrive at JKHS you will be given a network username and password which you will need to use every time you log on to our computers.

Your username will be based on your real name and will have the following format:

  • 4 numbers representing the year you started in Year 7, followed by…
  • Your first initial; followed by…
  • Your surname.

For example someone called Jane Doe who started in year 8 in 2014 would have the username: 2013JDoe

There are exceptions, usually when we have two students with the same surname and initial starting in the same year. In this case a number is simply added to the end of the second person in the list – alphabetically.  Sometimes names containing special characters will also be modified slightly to allow them to be used as network usernames.

These details will also give you access to your school email account.

How does the School Restaurant work?

Our popular and busy school restaurant is run by Alliance in Partnership. Useful information can be found on their website: http://allianceinpartnership.co.uk

All our food is cooked fresh each day and is available from 8.00am for breakfast right through to lunch.  Staff serve hot and cold fresh food in several locations in the school, not just in the restaurant.  These locations include the Lower School Deli area and the Upper School yard.

A cashless system is in operation, via a biometric system.  Parents and carers can top-up funds on-line (using ParentPay) and see what has been purchased.

Free School Meals are available to those eligiable. (More information can be found on Herefordshire Council’s website). An application can be obtained from the school office.

We cater for vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies.

Please contact Mr J Woods for further information on our catering provision via reception.

How will I find out if the School is closed due to bad weather?

Firstly, our default position is that we stay open, if we can. However, if we do have to close due to snow, or other extreme weather condition, it will be announced on the front page of this website. It will appear in the dark grey panel to the right on top of the sliding pictures.   The text will give the date and the reason and will be displayed as soon as possible on the day concerned. It will also be on local radio and on the Herefordshire website. We also have the facility to text parents, if we have your mobile phone number.

We are aware that some areas in our catchment can suffer extreme conditions longer, or earlier, than we do at the School and would say that safety should be the overriding issue in deciding if you should send your child to School. This will still be classed as an absence.

We are also subject to the bus companies running services and occasionally, with their local knowledge of road conditions, they will arrive at School early to take students home before the roads become impassable.

What equipment will I need to bring to School?
  • A pencil case
  • A pen
  • Pencils
  • An eraser
  • A sharpener
  • A ruler
  • A calculator (as specified by the Maths Department)
  • A reading book
  • A rucksack to put all of the above in
Required Equipment

All equipment should be labelled. There is also an opportunity for each pupil to hire a locker at a small cost. Lockers are shared between two. Pupils need to buy a padlock with their friend and ensure they have 3 keys.

One key needs to be given to your Head of Year in an envelope with your name and your friend’s name on it. Should you ever lock yourself out, your Head of Year will be able to give you the spare key.
A fashion bag is inappropriate and should not be brought into school at any time.

What if I am ill and I cannot come to School?

If you are ever absent from School, a note must be given to your tutor when you return. The note must explain your absence.

If you are away, we would also like your parents to ring us – the Absence Line number is 01989 760395 – and tell us what the problem is and if we can help.

Good attendance is the key to success at John Kyrle High School.

What if I have a complaint?

Make it! You will be treated courteously and your complaint will be taken seriously. Often, things have been misunderstood and your contact allows the School to explain fully what has happened. When the School is in the wrong, it will say so and will try to put things right.

However, if you remain dissatisfied after you have spoken to school, you should address you complain to the Assistant Education Officer, Education Office, County Hall, Herefordshire.

What is JKHS’ Local Offer?

Local offer of provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)

 JKHS is a fully inclusive school who ensure that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum (regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs). This document is intended to give you information regarding the ways in which we ensure we support all of our pupils, including those with SEN in order that they can realise their full potential. It may not list every resource, intervention and strategy we utilise in order to achieve this as these are continually developed and used to modify our provision to meet the changing requirements for individual pupils.

Children are identified as having SEN when their progress has slowed or stopped and the interventions, resources or strategies put in place do not enable improvement. Once this occurs, we have specific needs-based plans and pupil profiles which help support their development and accelerate progress.

Other useful documents, e.g. SEN/Inclusion policy, are available on the school website. If you would like any further information about what we offer then please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Telephone: 01989 764358

SENCo & Assistant Head      Mrs T Clarke       trixieclarke@jkhs.org.uk
Assistant SENCo                  Mrs J Malsom      j.malsom@jkhs.org.uk

 

What is the School Uniform?

The table below shows the accepted school uniform for Boys and Girls.

Boys

  • Black trousers (formal / tailored)
  • Black sweatshirt with school badge
  • Red polo shirt with school badge
  • Black socks
  • Plain black shoes

Girls

  • **black trousers (formal / tailored)
    the school’s preferred option is for all students to wear trousers  (if a skirt is worn it must be knee length and worn with black tights. It must be a tailored skirt and not a ‘stretch’ style)
  • Black sweatshirt with school badge
  • Red polo shirt with school badge
  • Black socks
  • Plain black shoes
Physical Education Kit
  • Black shorts
  • Red reversible shirt with black band
  • Plain white t-shirt (gymnastics)
  • Plain red football socks
  • Training shoes
  • Shin pads
  • Rugby or football boots
  • Black pleated skirt & black shorts, or black skort
  • White polo shirt (short sleeves)
  • White socks
  • Knee-length red socks
  • Training shoes
  • Shin pads

Workshops

Coloured aprons are provided by the school

Optional Items

White may be worn by pupils of Year 9 upwards for tennis and should be worn for inter-school tennis and cricket matches.

Tennis racquet, badminton racquet, running spikes, tracksuit (black), hockey stick, gum shields, Astroturf trainers, towel.

Note: The School is able to give details of an insurance policy to cover individual pupils in the event of an accidental injury sustained at school. This might prove useful for pupils regularly involved in competitive sport.

The School Uniform details can also be found in the ‘Year 7 Handbook’ and on the ‘Code of Conduct & Uniform‘ page of this site together with a list of suppliers.

Where can I find the schools latest EPM Report Summary?

EPM Report Summary 2015

Published June 2015 – the attached document summarises the feedback from staff, students and parents, in our latest school survey.


Buses

What happens if my son/daughter misses the bus home?

This is a vary rare occurrence as most bus drivers get to know who they brought to school in the morning and students on the bus check that their friends are present.

Buses are held until all are happy that everyone that should be on the bus is present. However, when it does happen, the child needs to report to one of the many members of staff on duty and arrangements are made to get that child home. Phone calls are made to ensure that parents know that their child will not be on the bus and what arrangements have been made to get them home.


Exams

Where can I find the current Examination Results?

These are published as part of our Prospectus and will be linked to from that page.  However, you can also go directly from this FAQ to the Examination Results page.

Where can I find revision material to help me revise?

There are lots of revision materials on the Assignments Drive. If any student has any questions on revision material, please see your subject tutor as soon as you can. To access the Assignments drive, you need to log on remotely using the link at the top of the screen.  This also requires your network user name and password.

You should also look at the ‘Exams & Revision‘ page of this site and check the individual Curriculum pages for revision material.

Past English papers can be found here.

 

Where can I find out about my exams?

Please see the documents in the ‘Exams & Revision‘ pages for information about the key dates and important information for candidates in Years 11, 12 and 13.

Mrs Milliner is the Exams Officer; please contact her with any general queries.

Subject staff or Heads of Department will be happy to take any specific questions about exams.

What resources are available to help me plan my revision?

An A3 planner was given to all Year 11 students before the Easter holidays, as a suggested outline for revision. We recommend that you should spend about 45 minutes working on different subjects with a break in between. If you attend an after-School revision class – which you should! – that counts as one of the three sessions. Initially, you should write your subjects into each space – we advise to begin with and spend more time on the areas you find more challenging.

Any other tips?

Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to revise and you may, by now, have your own tried and tested techniques that work for you. For your interest, we have listed below some revision tips we hope you find useful.

Create a timetable that is realistic, but allows you to cover all the topics you require. Students should revise in short bursts, with plenty of breaks. A rule of thumb from experimental psychology is that our attention span deteriorates rapidly after 45 minutes of study. Therefore each revision session should terminate after 45 minutes. You should then allow a 15 minute break before the next session begins.

  • Set a schedule that allows you to study in blocks. Ideally in the morning after breakfast revise from 10-1 each day (i.e. three 45 minute sessions with breaks). You are then free, and guilt free, to spend the rest of the day as you wish.
  • You should use your time in school or college productively; do not waste time during the day so that you have more time to relax in the evenings. Make sure that if you are not studying, your parents are aware that this is scheduled ‘rest’ time. Parents only worry if they think you’re not in control of the situation.
  • Count the topics you cover rather than the hours you spend. There are no marks awarded for spending a long time at your desk. It is pointless revising for a long time material that you are comfortable with, whilst ignoring that which you find trickier.
  • Do not revise things you already know. Although this can be reassuring, if you know something well, learn something else!
  • In your schedule, have at least one day per week when you do not study and do not think about exams. Do something else instead!
  • As this period is very close to examinations, it is a good idea to work on past papers first. To test your understanding, begin with trying questions from previous exams on the topic you are working on. If you cannot answer them, use your notes and your books until you can. Never reverse this procedure. At this time of year, it is essential to focus intensely and exclusively on responding to exam-style questions rather than attempting to master a topic to its fullest extent.
  • Some people learn well by listening and so dictate their revision to tape or mp3 then listen to it when it suits them. Others prefer to write notes or use mind-maps to summarise ideas. Few people learn through reading alone. It is much more productive to revise actively than to revise passively
  • During exam period look after yourself. Do not start a diet or attend late parties or nightclubs. Get plenty of sleep and do not stay up late studying (or doing anything else for that matter). Cut down on the weekend or evening job. Eat well, especially breakfast. Take regular exercise – it helps to get rid of many of the toxins that build up in your body and will help you to sleep and relax.
  • If you are stressed – tell someone. This may be a friend, relative or teacher
  • There are many helpful revision websites. A particularly good one is www.s-cool.co.uk.
  • Do not try to ‘question spot’ no-one can predict what will come up. However do familiarise yourself with past paper questions and practice as many as you can. Use these to test yourself in timed conditions.
  • Proper materials. Ensure that your notes are up to date and you have readily available to you copies of A level and GCSE past paper questions and any textbooks you know to be useful.
  • Study Groups. Try to form these with friends. Have a list of phone numbers and email addresses so that you can discuss and meet to share problems you find perplexing.
  • N.B. The principle behind study groups is simply this: if you have to explain something to someone, you have to understand it first. Try it, it works!

Induction

Am I allowed to wear jewellery in school?

For security and safety reasons jewellery should not be brought to school.

Pupils who have their ears pierced may wear a single or one pair of gold sleepers or studs (one in each ear).

They may also wear one plain ring and a wrist watch.  Nose rings/studs are not allowed.  Any other form of facial decoration is also not allowed.

Can you please tell us what activities we can take part in during the break times?

The two morning breaks are only 15 minutes each. During this time you could have a snack, go to your locker, talk to your friends or play a number of games – tag, skipping, football, table tennis, etc.

The lunch break lasts for 45 minutes. After you have eaten your lunch, you could continue to take part in games or visit the Literacy Resource Centre or the Computing / IT Suite. You could also go to one of the many clubs available to you.

Your Head of Year will either be in their office during break-times or in the Lower School playground.

How much homework will I have in Year 7?

A Year 7 pupil can expect to receive between 1 and 3 sets of homework per night. Each homework takes approximately 20 minutes. Teachers may also set longer tasks for you to complete over a longer period of time.

You will be given a homework planner. Your tutor and your Head of Year will check your planner regularly. Both your tutor and your parents/carers must sign your planner.

Your subject teacher or tutor may wish to communicate with your parents via the homework planner. It is, therefore, essential that you bring your planner to School every day.

In 2015 we are also introducing an app. linked to our VLE that will also show tasks set through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE for short).  This will show all tasks set and when they are due.  Parents are also able to download and instal this app. so they will also know the tasks set.

What equipment will I need to bring to School?
  • A pencil case
  • A pen
  • Pencils
  • An eraser
  • A sharpener
  • A ruler
  • A calculator (as specified by the Maths Department)
  • A reading book
  • A rucksack to put all of the above in
Required Equipment

All equipment should be labelled. There is also an opportunity for each pupil to hire a locker at a small cost. Lockers are shared between two. Pupils need to buy a padlock with their friend and ensure they have 3 keys.

One key needs to be given to your Head of Year in an envelope with your name and your friend’s name on it. Should you ever lock yourself out, your Head of Year will be able to give you the spare key.
A fashion bag is inappropriate and should not be brought into school at any time.

What happens if my son/daughter misses the bus home?

This is a vary rare occurrence as most bus drivers get to know who they brought to school in the morning and students on the bus check that their friends are present.

Buses are held until all are happy that everyone that should be on the bus is present. However, when it does happen, the child needs to report to one of the many members of staff on duty and arrangements are made to get that child home. Phone calls are made to ensure that parents know that their child will not be on the bus and what arrangements have been made to get them home.

What subjects will I learn about at John Kyrle?
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing & IT
  • Music
  • Art
  • P.E
  • R.E
  • Learn-to-Learn

You will have lessons in the subjects listed on the right.

A two week timetable operates at John Kyrle. Each pupil attends 25 one hour periods each week. The core subjects (English, Maths and Science) have more hours than any other subjects.

Setting

English, Maths and Science are taught in sets. The sets are based on the SATs results and the Year 6 teacher assessments. The sets can be changed throughout the year and are regularly reviewed. All remaining subjects are taught in mixed ability groups and as a tutor group.

What support is available for my child?

A wide range of support is available for students. We try to ensure that the same Tutor stays with each group as they move through the school. This helps Tutors get to know students really well. Lower School Heads of Year stay with Year Groups in Years 7 & 8 and Upper School Heads of Year do the same in Y9, 10 & 11. Subject staff also have student welfare at the top of their priorities. Our Special Needs Co-Ordinator leads a large team of Teaching Assistants for in-class support.

In addition we have embraced the Government’s recent Extended Services agenda. As part of ‘wrap-around’ care we have trained First Aid staff, Attendance officers and access to wider, multi-agency services. These include counselling, bereavement advice, school nurse service, behaviour and learning support teams and health care. The ‘Forus’ clinic, for example, offers confidential access to a GP on-site on Wednesday lunchtimes. The school often hosts meetings for a wide range of services engaged in student support. This led OFSTED to say that “The students’ personal development and well-being, and their care, guidance and support, are outstanding’“.

If you still have any questions unanswered or would like to discuss any questions you have in any detail with the school, please do not hesitate to get in touch – our details are on the ‘Contacts‘ page and someone will always be prepared to help you.

What time does my bus leave in the morning / arrive in the afternoon?

Please refer to the Transport and Buses page on this site for full details of all buses.

Who will look after us as we begin Year 7?

MrsClarkeMrs Clarke is the Head of Lower School (Year 7 and Year 8).  She is responsible for the welfare and education of the Lower School pupils. Her office is in the Wyepod. She often visits the primary schools and is responsible for the very important move from Year 6 into Year 7.

  • Mrs Knapper will be the Head of Year 7 in September, 2016.
  • Mrs Clarke is also an Assistant Headteacher and a member of the Art Department.
  • Mrs Clarke’s office telephone number is 01989 760391, should you wish to speak to her directly.

Remote Access

A guide to useing Remote Access

There are two distinct ways to access the school system remotely.  The preferred method is to use the link at the top of the main screen.  An alternative method is to use Remote Desktop access which presents you with a desktop just like the one you use in school.  How you do this depends on the operating system on the machine you are using at home (Windows, Linux or MAC).  Please see the appropriate FAQ for your home system.

If you use the preferred method, you will need some help and this is provided in this booklet.  One advantage of using Remote Access rather than Remote Desktop is that you can easily change your password when it expires – something that is bound to happen over a holiday period!

Please NOTE:  You do NOT need to use Remote Access to log-on to the VLE

How do I access my School email?

Every student in JKHS has a school email account allocated when they start school. We strongly recommend that all students, but especially younger ones, use this exclusively as it is both monitored and filtered and should provide a level of safety on the web. All students will need to use it to reset their passwords on the VLE.

Your school email account always uses the same details as your network account. The URL for your email is: https://www.outlook.com/jkhs.org.uk. There is also a link at the top of this page.

How do I gain remote access from my Windows computer

In the first instance, use the link at the top or the bottom of the page in the ‘Quick Links’ bar. If this doesn’t work then try the following:

  1. Download this file. You will need to right click on it and select ‘Save target as…’ or ‘Save link as…’ depending on the browser you are using
  2. Run the ‘jkhsbroadband.rdp‘ file now from wherever you saved it. (You might want to place it somewhere where you have easy access to it like on your desktop.
  3. At the prompt about a security warning tick the box then choose OK – it is secure
  4. At the log-on box enter your usual network username and password. Your username should be in the format of JKHS-PD\username

You should now have access remotely to the School system. However, even if you have had to do this, do keep trying the link at the top of the screen. This gives an improved access interface and also allows you to change your password if it expires.

Using remote access from a Linux or Apple Mac PC

Again, please use the link at the top or the bottom of the page. This gives you full remote access to your resources at school.

Alternatively, you can download an app called Windows Remote Desktop from your app store which will allow you to enter the correct details to access the school system.  You will need to use the IP address: 135.196.75.91 and use the domain name: JKHS-PD\ in front of your username.  Your password will of course be your school password.

However, do continue to try to use the link at the top of the page as it will give you better access to your resources and allow you to change your network password if required.

Sixth Form

What else in on offer in the 6th Form?

We run Young Enterprise, a scheme where you can start and run your own business (remember Pop Idol?).

We also get involved in Lower School, as Year 7 Tutor Group helpers, or as buddies on the reading scheme. You may well have seen copies of our student newspaper.

We do lots of fund-raising and 6th Formers are often asked to help out showing guests around the school and so on.

There are many social events and dinners, e.g. the Christmas bash at Cheltenham Racecourse, or other similar local venue.

What do you do for the rest of your time?

When students are not scheduled for contact time with teaching staff, they use the time for private study. This is an important aspect of sixth form life. There is a study room, a quiet area and, of course plenty of IT facilities. Many students use subject specific rooms such as Art and Technology to enable them to complete work set in these areas.

How much time is spent in lessons?

Each Advanced Supplementary course is taught for nine hours a fortnight.

How many subjects do you do?

Following the Government’s reform programme for Advanced Level, we advise that preferably three subjects are studied at A-level with AS examinations at the end of Year 12. However four subjects can still be selected after consultation with the Sixth Form team. Providing they meet a basic matriculation standard of three D grades in their subjects, students then move to Year 13 and continue studying for their A2 exams.

 

Do you get free periods?

Yes, students choose 2 periods as ‘non-study’ periods. You can play pool, table tennis, put music on, have coffee, chat and so on. We believe we have the best common room facility in the county!

Are we treated differently?

Yes. The Sixth Form are the School’s senior pupils. You set an example to younger students. Also, staff treat you much more as adults and when students start in the 6th Form they often say that this is the biggest difference.