Transition to Y7: Sept 2020

Once again we will be welcoming around 220 new students in September.  We are now working on alternative ways of helping our new starters with the transition to Tewkesbury School ahead of the new term. This will be both in terms of how we can help students get a feel for the school, the staff and the way we do things, and what parents can do at home to get children ready for transition.  We will be in touch again with further information, please read our weekly update emails and follow us on Facebook for other reminders.  

We have created a set of welcome films from some of the departments and each of the Heads of House that you can watch on our YouTube channel

Other information can be viewed on the attachments below. 

Your child’s House/Tutor Group placement has been allocated and sent via letter in July.

Tewkesbury School Key Dates

In light of the ever changing situation, transition updates and reminders will be sent w/c 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug and a final reminder email will be sent w/c 24 August.  Please check your inbox.  

NEW induction days - Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020 8.30-3.25pm

Year 7 will be the only students in school for both induction days.  Children wear Tewkesbury School uniform and will meet with staff and Sixth Form helpers on the Central Tennis Courts. During the two days, children will experience a revised welcome programme including meeting their tutor, a mixture of lessons and activities with different teachers for each lesson, moving aroung the school on the bell, etc. They will be issued with catering lanyards and timetables.

On Thursday 3 September normal lessons will start from break.  We will remind parents/students about all of these details again, nearer the time!  

A minority of you and your children may be more anxious about the re-scheduling of our induction days than others. Perhaps you don’t live in the immediate area or perhaps you and your child have never visited the school previously.  Alternatively, you may be concerned because your child has additional needs and wondering what extra provision will be put in place to accommodate them.  If you do have specific concerns, then please do not hesitate to ask.  Please address any general transition concerns to Mrs Woodward and those relating to additional needs to Mr Collins.
 
lyndsey.woodward@tewkesburyschool.org
nick.collins@tewkesburyschool.org

Other useful information

Welcome brochure:

A Moving up to Tewkesbury School student handbook will also be issued to your child and they will need to keep this to use in September.  Please read and keep the student handbook somewhere safe to bring to school on the first day of term.

Uniform and equipment:

A list of the uniform and equipment is available to view below.  This year it is vital that your child has all of the stationery as we are unable to share/lend items. 

Tewkesbury School's uniform grant for new Year 7 students - September 2020

Grants in support of purchasing new school uniform for students transferring in September 2020 can be applied for via Tewkesbury School. The grant is a one off payment, for the amount of £50.00. 

Please ensure that you provide the relevant supporting information for your application. 

The grants are only available to Parents/Guardians who receive either Income Support, Income Related Employment & Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Support Under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999, Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190, or the Guaranteed element of State Pension.

Uniform, specifically our blazer with the pre-embroidered school badge, girls skirts and trousers with the school logo, v neck jumpers with logo, the clip-on school tie with house colour and the Tewkesbury School PE kit can be purchased from schooltogs Cheltenham, Monkhouse Schoolwear in Gloucester and online from SchoolTrends. PE kit can be purchased from Martin Berrill Sports in Gloucester.  

The uniform grant voucher can be downloaded below.  Once you have downloaded the document where you can type in your details, right click to 'save as'.  We ask that you return the completed form via email, along with supporting evidence, to finance@tewkesburyschool.org.  If you have any difficulties, please contact us.   

Buying school uniform:

Our uniform partners at SchoolTogs in Cheltenham and Monkouse Schoolwear have worked tirelessly to overhaul their operational procedures and have launched an appointment booking system for new starters so that families can visit for sizing requirements.   

We would encourage you to book your appointment as soon as possible and to shop early, considering your sizing requirements with room to grow!   The helpful staff at SchoolTogs and Monkhouse will give full guidance. 

The details from SchoolTogs/Monkhouse and appointments information can be viewed below, or click here to book your appointment. 

We also operate our nearly new uniform shop, which sells branded uniform items and PE kit in good condition at very reasonale price.  You can view items online hereYou may reserve items for payment (via ParentPay, user account details have been issued) and collect at later date.  We hope to be able to display some items later in the summer holidays, please check the inventory online regularly, as once we receive donations the inventory is updated regularly. 

Free School Meals

You will also be eligible for Free School Meals if you are entitled to the benefits listed above. If you are not already in receipt but are entitled please do apply. The application guidlelines can be viewed on the Gloucestershire County Council website here.  There is no need to reapply if you already receive meals as this will transfer over.