Cranford 6 to 7 Transition Guide - 2016

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Dear Student and<br />

Parent/Carer,<br />

First of all, I would like <strong>to</strong><br />

welcome you <strong>to</strong> <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

Community College.<br />

We are very proud of our<br />

school, both of the students<br />

who make it such an exciting<br />

place <strong>to</strong> work and the<br />

families who care so much<br />

for the education of their<br />

children. <strong>Cranford</strong> students<br />

and staff work <strong>to</strong>gether as a united and harmonious team<br />

<strong>to</strong> create a huge range of opportunities and achieve<br />

amazing results - we hope you will be able <strong>to</strong> join us.<br />

I am sure you will find much <strong>to</strong> excite and motivate you<br />

here and we look forward <strong>to</strong> working <strong>to</strong>gether <strong>to</strong> ensure<br />

the very best future for you. This publication is designed<br />

<strong>to</strong> help you understand more about Secondary School and<br />

particularly what you can expect of <strong>Cranford</strong> and what we<br />

will expect of you.<br />

I look forward <strong>to</strong> meeting you all and am delighted <strong>to</strong><br />

welcome you <strong>to</strong> our outstanding school.<br />

Yours Sincerely,<br />

Welcome<br />

Kevin Prunty<br />

Executive Headteacher, National Leader of Education<br />

Year Manager Role<br />

Debra Knights<br />

Your Year Manager<br />

will look after you<br />

throughout your time<br />

at <strong>Cranford</strong>. As well as<br />

being a first point of<br />

contact for parents and<br />

carers, they will provide caring emotional<br />

and academic support throughout your<br />

journey through Secondary School <strong>to</strong><br />

make sure you become the best student<br />

you can be.<br />

Head of Year Role<br />

Randeep Sidhu<br />

Your Head of Year<br />

works with the<br />

tu<strong>to</strong>rs and teachers<br />

of your Year Group<br />

<strong>to</strong> ensure the highest<br />

academic standards.<br />

They lead your assemblies and form<br />

time activities and help create a happy<br />

and positive atmosphere, rewarding all<br />

your successes throughout your time at<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong>. You can moni<strong>to</strong>r events for<br />

your year group on the school website:<br />

www.cranford.hounslow.sch.uk<br />

Beavers - Berkeley - <strong>Cranford</strong> Park - <strong>Cranford</strong> Primary - Feathers<strong>to</strong>ne - Norwood Green<br />

- Springwell - William Byrd. Alexandra Junior - Bedfont - Blair Peach - Chatsworth - Crane<br />

Park - Dairy Meadow - Fairholme - Forge Lane - Grange Park - Grove Road - Harmondsworth<br />

- Hayes Park - Heathrow - Hes<strong>to</strong>n - Highfield - Hounslow Heath - Hounslow Town - Iver<br />

Village - Ivybridge - Khalsa - Laurel Lane - Minet Junior - North Primary - Orchard - Oriel<br />

- Pinkwell - Pippins - Rosary - Smallberry - Sparrow Farm - Southville - St Lawrence -<br />

St Michael & St Martin - St Helen’s College - St Richard’s Three Bridges - Vic<strong>to</strong>ria -<br />

Welling<strong>to</strong>n - Westbrook - Wolf Fields - Yeading

Learning at <strong>Cranford</strong><br />

At<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong>, learning is at the heart of everything we do. All students study a broad,<br />

balanced, dynamic and personalised curriculum and are constantly challenged <strong>to</strong> do their<br />

very best. The teachers are experts in their subject and will help you <strong>to</strong> enjoy your learning and<br />

achieve the highest possible standards in every subject.<br />

Subjects<br />

At <strong>Cranford</strong> you will study an exciting<br />

range of subjects from Year 7: Maths,<br />

English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,<br />

His<strong>to</strong>ry, Geography, Design and Technology,<br />

Religious Education, PE, Art, Music, Drama,<br />

ICT, Languages.<br />

The School Day<br />

There are five lessons of timetabled learning in<br />

the school day but you must also continue your<br />

learning through engaging in extra-curricular<br />

opportunities and proving yourself <strong>to</strong> be a hard<br />

worker by learning more independently outside<br />

of school.<br />

As you get older you might also study:<br />

English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics,<br />

Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies,<br />

German, Spanish, French, Urdu, Panjabi,<br />

Business Studies, Economics, Food Studies,<br />

Health and Social Care, Computing. This list<br />

is always growing.

Everyone at <strong>Cranford</strong> has the right <strong>to</strong>:<br />

We<br />

believe everyone has important rights and responsibilities. At <strong>Cranford</strong> the behaviour of<br />

students is excellent and this ‘outstanding’ behaviour is not just about how you manage<br />

yourself in lessons and around and outside the school but also about your attitude and enthusiasm for<br />

your own learning and the learning of others. We all work <strong>to</strong>gether and have high expectations and<br />

ambitions, <strong>Cranford</strong> is a happy place where everyone can be successful.<br />

Marking and Attitude<br />

<strong>to</strong> Learning<br />

All students’ work is marked regularly<br />

and you will always be congratulated on<br />

what you are doing well and given next<br />

steps <strong>to</strong> follow in order <strong>to</strong> continue <strong>to</strong><br />

make excellent progress. We expect all<br />

students <strong>to</strong> respond <strong>to</strong> teacher comments<br />

and advice in green pen and this ongoing<br />

conversation with your teacher<br />

about your work will help you make<br />

the best possible progress. All students<br />

also get an Attitude <strong>to</strong> Learning grade<br />

<strong>to</strong> let you and your parents know how<br />

you are working in lessons. Homework<br />

is set regularly and at least once a half<br />

term, a practical or extended written<br />

task is assessed <strong>to</strong> make sure you are on<br />

track <strong>to</strong> do brilliantly in every subject.<br />

Attendance<br />

Attendance Officer: Amina Hassania<br />

Education Welfare Officer: Famida Rasulian<br />

It’s really important that you come <strong>to</strong> school on time, coming late<br />

has a bad effect on your studies and the others in your class. You<br />

should come <strong>to</strong> school every day and should aim <strong>to</strong> have 100%<br />

attendance. If your attendance level goes down, your achievement begins <strong>to</strong> slow and your progress<br />

in all your subjects will suffer, as well as your examination results.<br />

School is closed for 13 weeks each year and you can only take holidays during this time. Holidays in<br />

term time are not permitted and the school enforces this strictly.<br />

If you are absent your parents/carers must contact the school by 9am on the first day of absence<br />

and tell us why you are not in school. On the third day of absence your parent/carer should call<br />

the school <strong>to</strong> update. When you are well enough <strong>to</strong> return <strong>to</strong> school you should bring a letter<br />

from your parents/carers <strong>to</strong> explain your absence. A medical letter or certificate will be required<br />

for absences longer than 3 days. Only hospital appointments and visits <strong>to</strong> the orthodontist will<br />

be authorised (evidence will be required). All routine medical and dental appointments should<br />

be made after school hours. The full attendance policy is available on the school website:<br />


In addition <strong>to</strong> your lessons, there are loads of activities happening before<br />

and after school every day. These include a whole range of sports clubs<br />

from dance <strong>to</strong> boxing; musical bands, orchestras and singing groups;<br />

homework clubs for you <strong>to</strong> get support with your work and other great<br />

opportunities like the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or the First<br />

S<strong>to</strong>ry writing group and <strong>Cranford</strong> computer coding club. There are many<br />

more and we are always looking for staff and students <strong>to</strong> start new ones.<br />

At<br />

<strong>Cranford</strong> we have a positive<br />

approach <strong>to</strong> behaviour which<br />

means all students are rewarded for<br />

the good choices and extra effort they<br />

make.<br />

DREAM points for Discipline,<br />

Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement,<br />

Maturity are awarded <strong>to</strong> all students<br />

and you can win prizes for yourself and also your form<br />

group, including certificates, vouchers and pizza parties. At the end<br />

of every school year we have a Rewards Day with trips for all students based on how many DREAM<br />

points you have accumulated. There are fantastic outings <strong>to</strong> theme parks, sporting activities and<br />

museums and cultural visits around the country.<br />

Being at <strong>Cranford</strong> means understanding what happens if you do not follow the expectations of the<br />

school. Initially we prefer a Res<strong>to</strong>rative Justice (RJ) approach <strong>to</strong> support good behavior and the school<br />

works closely with parents <strong>to</strong> support students <strong>to</strong> ensure this. The <strong>Cranford</strong> Rights and Responsibilities<br />

apply <strong>to</strong> everyone and <strong>to</strong> be part of the <strong>Cranford</strong> community and <strong>to</strong> keep the school a safe place at all<br />

times, they must be adhered <strong>to</strong>.

As well<br />

as all the other<br />

exciting things<br />

happening at <strong>Cranford</strong>, we have<br />

something entirely unique: on<br />

Wednesday afternoon every week<br />

is the WFac<strong>to</strong>r. The WFac<strong>to</strong>r<br />

gives all students and staff the<br />

chance <strong>to</strong> learn something new<br />

in an exciting and innovative<br />

way. It is all about offering you<br />

something extra <strong>to</strong> enrich your<br />

school life.<br />

There are over 60 different activities and the<br />

list is always growing and changing. You will<br />

work on a different activity of your choice<br />

each half term, making sure you get <strong>to</strong> learn<br />

new skills, experience sports and creative<br />

pursuits, have the chance <strong>to</strong> expand<br />

your horizons and the opportunity <strong>to</strong><br />

play an important part in your local<br />

community.<br />

Which would you choose?<br />

Debating<br />

Volunteering in the community<br />

Construction challenge<br />

Current affairs<br />

Psychology for KS3<br />

Shadow of the Wind book club<br />

Beginners Urdu<br />

The Listening Project<br />

Latin and ancient civilisations<br />

Rounders<br />

Rowing<br />

Running<br />

Football<br />

Basketball<br />

Lacrosse<br />

Cricket<br />

Boxing<br />

Mindfulness<br />

Street Dance<br />

Athletics<br />

Rugby<br />

Tennis<br />

Swimming<br />

Get in<strong>to</strong> Jazz and<br />

Blues<br />

Modern Man<br />

Exotic Animals<br />

Astronomy<br />

First Aid<br />

Beginners French<br />

Journalism<br />

Touch Typing<br />

Knitting<br />

Puppetry<br />

The Hounslow His<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

Project<br />

Sports Leadership<br />

The International Schools Project<br />

Social Change Campaign<br />

Sculpture and Ceramics<br />

Craft<br />

Sketching<br />

Bollywood dancing<br />

Stand Up comedy<br />

Jamie’s Farm<br />

Duke of Edinburgh<br />

Drama Production<br />

Driving theory<br />

Rock Choir<br />

Charity Work<br />

Yoga<br />

Future Learning<br />

Culture Vulture<br />

The Social Change Campaign<br />

Music for all

Uniform<br />

Essential<br />

equipment list<br />

It is really important you<br />

have all the equipment<br />

you need in every lesson<br />

<strong>to</strong> help you progress in your<br />

learning; your tu<strong>to</strong>r will check<br />

this regularly. Here is a basic<br />

list of what you need. We will<br />

provide you with a school planner<br />

and all your exercise and text books.<br />

You have probably guessed by now we are extremely proud of our<br />

school and at <strong>Cranford</strong> we expect everyone <strong>to</strong> wear their school<br />

uniform with pride. School uniform is compulsory from Years<br />

7-11 and the Sixth Form have their own smart professional dress<br />

code. All students at the school have <strong>to</strong> dress smartly.<br />

Everyone in the school must dress in a way which:<br />

• is not likely <strong>to</strong> render them vulnerable <strong>to</strong> criticism or allegation<br />

• is not likely <strong>to</strong> be viewed as offensive, revealing or sexually provocative<br />

• does not distract, cause embarrassment or give rise <strong>to</strong> misunderstanding<br />

• does not include any political or otherwise<br />

contentious symbolism or slogans<br />

• is not considered <strong>to</strong> be discrimina<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

• is respectful of ethnic and cultural differences<br />

Hair must be smart and formal and no jewellery is<br />

allowed, nor is nail varnish or make-up permitted<br />

in Years 7-11. You can wear a watch and stud type<br />

earrings. Symbols of religious faith can be worn<br />

where they are essential <strong>to</strong> your religion but nonuniform<br />

items will be confiscated until the end<br />

of the academic year.<br />

The full uniform policy is available on the school website and you<br />

should read this in detail. www.cranford.hounslow.sch.uk<br />

school<br />

planner<br />

Mobile Phone Agreement<br />

At <strong>Cranford</strong> we have a duty<br />

<strong>to</strong> safeguard the learning of<br />

all students and therefore we<br />

actively discourage students<br />

from bringing a mobile phone<br />

or other valuable items <strong>to</strong><br />

school. If you need <strong>to</strong> use<br />

a telephone, school land<br />

lines are available and you<br />

can s<strong>to</strong>re important phone<br />

numbers and information in<br />

your planner. Your parents<br />

can contact you at school<br />

via Reception or your Year<br />

Manager. The full Mobile<br />

Phone Agreement is on the<br />

school website and signing<br />

this is requirement for entry<br />

<strong>to</strong> the school.<br />

• Pen<br />

• Pencil<br />

• Ruler<br />

• Rubber<br />

• Folders<br />

• Pencil sharpener<br />

• Scientific Calcula<strong>to</strong>r<br />

• A reading book<br />

• Headphones for ICT<br />

• A sensible bag big enough <strong>to</strong> carry<br />

all of your things.<br />

• PE Kit (with all items labelled with<br />

your name and in a separate bag)

<strong>Cranford</strong> is a big school with great facilities and you will soon<br />

learn your way around. We will give you a map but we are a very<br />

friendly school and if you get stuck any teacher or student will help<br />

you. Here are some of the places you need <strong>to</strong> know about.<br />

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)<br />

Mahavir Ladva<br />

The LRC is open from 8am until 4.15pm<br />

Monday <strong>to</strong> Thursday and until 4pm<br />

on Fridays. It holds everything you<br />

need <strong>to</strong> help you with your studies and<br />

independent learning: over 11,000 books, 48 computers,<br />

a wide selection of DVDs and newspapers and magazines.<br />

With a membership card, you can borrow items as well<br />

as using the homework club and take part in exciting<br />

activities such as quizzes, chess club, author visits and<br />

trips and competitions throughout the year.<br />

The School Shop<br />

Julie Prunty<br />

The School shop sells school uniform<br />

and all the essential equipment you<br />

need for all of your lessons. It is open<br />

every day during term time and for<br />

much of the school holidays. For holiday opening times<br />

and prices you can always check the school website:<br />

www.cranford.hounslow.sch.uk<br />

Literacy and Numeracy College (LNC)<br />

Kerry Mulhair<br />

The LNC provides help <strong>to</strong> students who need a<br />

‘boost’ <strong>to</strong> their learning. It makes sure you have<br />

all the skills you need in English and Maths<br />

and the literacy and numeracy skills <strong>to</strong> support<br />

students in all of your other subjects. It is open before and after<br />

school, as well as at break times <strong>to</strong> help students with their<br />

studies.<br />

You will find additional information on our website about<br />

Special Needs Education and our Family Support Services.

The school canteen<br />

serves a great<br />

variety of healthy<br />

food and drinks<br />

before school (Breakfast<br />

service: 8am - 8.30am) and during<br />

Breaks one and two. Year 7s eat in the canteen<br />

during Break one and Break two they must use the<br />

Concert Hall. At <strong>Cranford</strong> we do not accept cash<br />

at any of the tills. Instead, students access their<br />

accounts by scanning their thumbs. You can <strong>to</strong>p<br />

up your account online, by cheque, or by using<br />

the revaluer machines on the concourse. If you<br />

are entitled <strong>to</strong> free school meals, the allowance<br />

is credited <strong>to</strong> you au<strong>to</strong>matically<br />

each day.<br />

Before you start at Secondary School you should spend some time talking <strong>to</strong> friends and parents<br />

about how you will get there. <strong>Cranford</strong> is easily accessible by public transport and the 105, 111<br />

and H28 buses s<strong>to</strong>p right outside.<br />

You could also cycle <strong>to</strong> school and there are bike sheds available but make sure you<br />

bring a secure padlock and wear bright visible clothing.<br />

Remember all children aged 11 and over must have an Oyster card and<br />

you can collect a form at your local post office or register online at<br />

www.tfl.gov.uk/oyster<br />

105 - 111 - H28

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