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Blaise High School

TRansition FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I have been offered a place at Blaise High School. How do I accept it?

A: To accept your school place, you need to log onto the school admissions portal via the Bristol City Council website. You would have used this portal to apply for your child’s secondary school places. When you log onto the portal, you have the option to accept or withdraw your child’s place here at Blaise High School. Please use the link below to log on to the school admissions portal.

https://parent.bristol.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/parents/admissions

 

Q: Will my child visit the school for a transition day?

A: We are following the latest advice from the Government on safe working practice for           schools. This means that we are not able to invite Y6 students into school at the moment. We will, however, make sure that all Y6 students are able to experience time in school, getting to know the routines and school building, before being joined by students from other year groups. We will update this information as more advice is made available.

 

Q: Will my child be in the same tutor group as his/her friends?

A: We have students joining us from a large number of different primary schools. Students will be allocated to a number of different groups throughout the day and may be with a different group of students in lessons. It is likely, therefore, that students from the same primary school will be with other students they know at some point during the day.

 

Q: My child has additional needs. What extra help will he/she get?

A: Inclusion is a core value at Blaise High School and we have very high expectations of all our students, whatever their additional needs. Our SENCO will meet with the SENCO of your child’s primary school to make sure that we understand your child’s individual needs and to plan for any support that needs to be put in place to allow your child to access a full and varied curriculum.

 

Q: Will my child be able to take part in any clubs?

A: Character education is central to the experience of all students at Blaise High School. All students will be encouraged and supported to take part in a wealth of opportunities, including sport, music and the performing arts, creative activities, cultural visits, outdoor learning experiences, work experience and opportunities to develop leadership skills. There are extra-curricular clubs running every night of the week and during the lunch hour.

 

Q: Will my child have homework?

A: All students are expected to complete daily homework because this is what will ensure they have a better chance of success. Students in Y7 have daily reading and  self-quizzing homework. They also have weekly online homework in their core subjects. This includes using the Hegarty platform for maths and the Bedrock platform for  English. Y7 students may work in the school library every day during Champions Hour, where they have access to computers and support from school staff to help with any homework challenges. Computer rooms, staffed by subject specialist teachers, are also open during the lunch hour for students wishing to complete homework. Incomplete homework will result in an after school detention sanction. Repeated incomplete homework will trigger additional support.

 

Q: When will I be able to buy school uniform?

A: Our uniform is supplied by a specialist uniform company called Monkhouse; they have a shop in Henleaze. The shop is currently closed due to the COVID situation. Monkhouse are updating their website https://www.monkhouse.com/ to include the required uniform for Blaise High School. You will be able to order uniform from them very soon. For further details about uniform, please view the school website.

 

Q: I have heard that you are very strict about school uniform. Is this true?

A: Yes! Students at Blaise must look smart and professional at all times. This means we check uniform at the start of every day. Shirts must be tucked in; black socks must be long enough to cover the ankle fully (trainer socks are not allowed); students may wear one pair of plain small gold or silver stud earrings and a watch - no other jewelry is allowed. Trousers have to be straight-cut or boot-cut - tight-fitting trousers are banned. Nail varnish and visible make-up are not allowed.Trainers or trainer-style shoes are also not allowed. We are able to lend students items of uniform if they forget something but students who refuse to work in collaboration with us or who persistently choose to break uniform rules, are sanctioned.

 

Q: What equipment will I need?

A: All students need a bag to carry books and their equipment. Y7 students are given an A4 size planner to record their homework and a Knowledge Organiser to help them learn key information for all of their subjects. These must be brought to school every day, along with a reading book, pencil case and a scientific calculator. Student Services is open before school and at break and lunch and sells essential stationery. All students are able to purchase a locker for keeping larger items, such as lunch or a PE kit. A £5 deposit for the locker is needed and students keep their locker for 5 years.

Q:        Which scientific calculator should I buy

A:        We recommend the Casio FX-83GT X Scientific calculator

 

Q: Will my child have to do tests or exams?

A: All students joining Blaise High School complete assessments regularly so that we can check on their progress and plan any additional support, such as numeracy or literacy interventions. Reading tests are key to making sure that teachers plan work that challenges students at an appropriate level. Y6 students will complete reading assessments as part of their transition.

 

Q: I’ve heard that students who disrupt learning are taken out of class. Is this true?

A: Learning in a disruptive free classroom is a commitment we make to all students at Blaise High School. If you choose to disrupt someone else’s learning, the teacher will give you a warning and will remind you of the rules. If you choose to disrupt learning for a second time, you will be asked to leave the lesson and to report to a supervised study area and we will contact your family; you will not be permitted to return to class that day. Repeated removal from class will trigger additional support.

 

Q: Can my child bring a bike to school?

A: Yes. We encourage students to walk or cycle to school to stay healthy. Students may lock their bikes up in one of our bike lockers (they will need a simple padlock for this) or on a bike rack, using a traditional bike lock. Students may not cycle on the school premises and should observe safe cycling rules on the roads as they approach and leave school.

 

Q: Can my child take part in the Blaise High School remote curriculum this term?

A: Yes, our remote curriculum includes academic lessons and character development which are all available online.

The academic curriculum is available to all through our YouTube channel, the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfrjZZrO08ud5b7p4Nf17pQ

Our remote Greenshaw Choir runs weekly on Fridays, to find this follow this link: https://www.nigelif.com/singspiration/

Our daily Tutor Time Reading Programme is released by 8:30 every morning here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfWw_AneGN0yuTC75X7vLcDwX0IBqKhwW

Our Fun Friday activities are released weekly on our website here:

https://www.blaisehighschool.co.uk/news-events/fun-friday-challenge