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FAQs - Year 7 Guide to Starting at Harris Boys’ Academy
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Academy. In this guide we have included a great deal of useful information.
Remember, you should NOT come to the Academy and should stay at home if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our attendance line as soon as possible.
When will I be coming to Harris Boys’ Academy?
Students in Year 7 start on Friday 3rd September. We have allocated a full day just for Year 7 so that we can dedicate the whole day to make sure that you are familiar and comfortable with the plans we have put in place and participate in a Transition Day experience.
Do I need to wear uniform?
All students must wear full HBAED uniform. The uniform includes black trousers that must be school trousers. Chino or jean style trousers are not permitted. It is also important that you also wear the correct shoes. These must be black leather shoes that can be polished. As autumn and winter approach can I also remind you that HBAED students wear a plain dark coloured coat. Camouflage style coats are not permitted.
The Harris School bag is also part of our daily compulsory uniform. Please also remember that you should not have decorated your hair or eyebrows with any designs/cut-always or non-natural dyes. If you have a query, Please check our uniform and equipment policy if you would like examples of acceptable uniform and further information.
We are aware that sometimes there might be some delays with uniform, if this is the case please arrive on Friday 3rd September in black trousers white shirts and black school shoes (no trainers or patch pockets on trousers). As there have been unavoidable delays with some of the uniform items we have a large number of new ties here so please don’t worry about which colour to get. We will be able to swap your tie for the right colour.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring the blue Harris rucksack suitable for schoolbooks, this is where you can keep your water, packed lunch, PE Kit etc.
Please note that you do not need to bring any equipment as this will all be provided for you. Each student will have allocated their own personal learning equipment including pens, pencils, ruler, pencil, sharpener etc.
What lessons will I have?
On Friday 3rd September, after a welcome session delivered by your tutor and an assembly led by the Principal, you will follow your normal timetable of lessons. This means you will get to meet a selection of your teachers and start your learning journey straight away. Please note that you will not need your PE kit for Friday 3rd September and that you will receive your full timetable on Monday 6th September 2021.
Where will I have my lessons?
Your lessons will hold in your classes depending on the various subjects to your classes.
How will I enter the Academy?
On Friday 3rd September, you will enter the Academy grounds via the student gate on Peckham Rye. Once you have entered you will be directed to the Year 7 area. You will then need to line up in the allocated area for Year 7s, but don’t worry as there will be lots of staff on hand to help you find your way.
You will then be taken in single file to your classroom where you will remain for the day with the exception of breaktime and lunchtime.
If you are being dropped off, your parent/carer MUST NOT leave the vehicle.
We are aware that this is a big day for both you and your parents/carers and that also for many of you, it is the first time you have been to the academy. To acknowledge this for Friday 3rd September ONLY, we have put measures in place for parents/carers where arriving on foot/public transport to drop you off at the entrance and then leave in a safe way.
What time will I start and finish?
will arrive at the Academy either at your allocated time or no more than ten minutes earlier. Gates will open at 7.30am and line up for Year 7 will start at 8.10am so students need to arrive in the Academy before this. If you are early you will need to wait outside.
*Note enrichment and early finish Friday for staff CPD
What will happen at break and lunchtime?
We are pleased that for the first day only we will provide all students with lunch. We do suggest that you bring an additional bottle of water or juice (not fizzy drinks) in case the weather continues to be very warm.
From Monday 6th September, you will be able purchase a hot meal at lunchtime so please ensure your ParentPay account is kept topped up. Students who are in receipt of free school meals will receive their lunch in the normal way. Please also feel free to bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water if preferred.
Year 7 students will have a 20minute break and 45 minutes lunch time. During these times you will remain in your year group allocated area but will have access to the playground and the canteen.
How can I protect myself from Covid-19 whilst I am at school?
You MUST remain socially-distanced from staff and students at all time.
You will be expected to wash/sanitise your hands frequently and it will be required at the following times:
- After coming into school
- After sneezing or coughing
- Before and after handling or eating food
- After going to the toilet.
How should I get to school?
Where possible you must walk or ride a bicycle. If this is not possible and you need to use public transport you must maintain social distancing and follow TfL guidance on wearing a face covering. If you are concerned about this, please speak to your tutor or a member of staff.
You must travel alone or with siblings; you are not permitted to wait for friends or meet friends and you are expected to go straight home at the end of the day.
Student expectations (guidelines)
The following outlines what students must do while at the Academy:
- Arrive to the Academy at your allocated time only
- Students will wash/sanitise hands before eating
- Students are to remain in year group area
- Maintain social distancing where appropriate and possible
- Students will avoid using shops before or after school
We operate a ‘not seen and not heard’ system for mobile phones, so that students are able to carry mobile phones at the Academy in readiness for an NHS Track and Trace App to help control the virus.
What will happen if I do not follow the new rules?
We know that most of you are excited to start in your new school and meet some of your teachers. We have had to put new rules in place to keep everyone safe and it is important we all follow them. We will go through all of the expectations with you in more detail, however parents/carers please do also read our behaviour policy.
What else do I need to know?
Over the next week you will receive a welcome call from the Year 7 team. The purpose of this call is for you to speak to one of your Year 7 teachers and for you to have an opportunity to ask us any questions you may have after reading all the guidance.
Remember to keep checking the website for any further information. We look forward to meeting you all!