How is the Secondary School different to Primary School?
The main differences relate to the school day, the number of different subjects you will do in a day (5 and a tutor time), the number of different teachers/tutors you will see (6 a day) and the number of students you will be surrounded by in the school (1200-1300 approximately). The College building too will be different in two main buildings and over 3 floors.
How is the day structured at High Tunstall?
Students are required to be in College by 8:35 at the latest, however a Breakfast Club is available to all from 8am. The school day for most students ends at 3pm with 5 periods during the day, a 20-minute break, 40-minute lunch and 20-minute Tutor period.
How do we contact teachers for information or if we have issues that need addressing?
All teachers are contactable via e-mail and will aim to respond within a 24hour period dependent on when the e-mail was sent. You can also contact the College via phone and speak to the Head of Year about pastoral issues and Faculty Leaders about any issues in particular subjects areas. The names of these leaders are available on the College website.
What if my child is anxious about joining HTCS?
At HTCS we have a co-ordinated approach to support students who may be anxious about joining Secondary school. We offer extended transition including a 4-day period for all to ease anxieties and to ease students into secondary life, getting around, making friends, learning routines and so on. In these times much of this will not occur therefore we have developed virtual and paper-based resources that will be sent in due course which will allow your child to understand life and HTCS and to discover all they need to know as best we can, remotely. We will also monitor this once back in school and work with students around anxieties and what we can work together on to support this.
How will my tutor group and house be chosen?
We aim to place students in a tutor group with a friend but please be advised that this is not always possible. Please do not worry! Your tutors will be there to support you and help you make many new friends at HTCS.
How much homework are we given?
Students in Year 7 should be completing one hour of English, Mathematics and Science plus 30 minutes for each non-core subject. One further hour of non-subject specific independent reading should also be completed as a minimum.
What extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities are available?
Students will receive an extra-curricular timetable at the start of the academic year and what they can access and when. This will also be posted on the HTCS website. However, please let us know if there is anything you would like the College to offer if it is not available and we can see if this is viable for the future.
HTCS also offers a vast array of enrichment opportunities. Dependent on the year group they will also be offered trips and educational visits/guest-speakers which parents will receive letters about and further text messages where relevant.
What essential equipment will my child need?
An essential equipment list can be found in the parent planner but this will include, a planner (provided by the College), a pencil case, pen (x2), pencil(x2), ruler, eraser, sharpener, a scientific calculator and green biro pen. They will also need to bring PE kit on the correct days according to their timetable once provided.
How can my child pay for food and drink?
Paying for breaktime and lunchtime meals, drink and snacks is by a cashless system. This can be topped up at special machines in school using cash or alternatively via Parent Pay. The cashless system utilises fingerprint / lunch card technology. If details have not been taken at the start of the year, meals can be payed for in cash until the situation is resolved.
What do I need to do about a tie?
Ties do not need to be purchased! Students should have received their House tie in their Transition Box. If, for whatever reason, there was not a tie in your Transition Box please contact the college. Additional ties can be bought from the college Reception / via Parent Pay at a cost of £6.
What is the situation with college uniform?
Blazers are available to buy from Michael Segal and PE kit is available from Hardgear but unfortunately, it will not be possible to try these items on before you buy them. Students should try and have a blazer and the correct PE kit for when they start with us in September however they will not be penalised if their order has not yet arrived. Students can wear appropriate, dark sportswear as an alternative until their kit arrives.
Where can students store equipment and coats at HTCS?
All students gain a locker when they join HTCS. Students will be shown where their lockers are when they join us. This is large enough to store bags and coats. Outdoor coats must be placed in lockers prior to the college day and should only be removed at breaks and lunchtimes in inclement weather if they wish to go outside.
Mobile phones are not allowed to be present on a student at HTCS during the College Day and therefore must be stored in lockers at all times and not accessed until the end of the day once students have left site if they do chose to bring them in.
Padlocks should be purchased by students for their lockers and they should be 38/40 mm locks (no larger and not very much smaller). If students lose keys or forget codes we do have bolt cutters to gain access and temporary locks available until a new lock is purchased.
All valuable items are brought into College at the owners risk.