Education is a continuous process and so we aim to work closely with our colleagues in primary schools to make sure that the arrangements for transfer run smoothly and that students settle rapidly into their new school. Many parents and children like to visit the School in advance; there is an Open Evening on Tuesday 4 October 2016 at the Upper School site on Glossop Road, from 6pm-8pm. Senior staff visit the main feeder schools to meet parents of prospective students. Parents are also very welcome to visit the Lower School site at work during the day.
Alongside the curriculum contacts, we believe that it is vital that the transition to the secondary stage of education is socially as smooth as possible and the role of our pastoral team is vital in providing a secure base for every child. Our teachers visit junior schools and great efforts are made to remove any worries students may have before they join us. A dedicated transition team will be engaged in preparing transfer arrangements for September 2017. A carefully prepared Induction Programme is organised in July for all new entrants, when they have a chance to become familiar with the School and follow a full day’s timetable, covering a variety of subjects. Much work goes into ensuring a smooth and trouble-free move to secondary school.
Students also join the School at various times of the year and into years higher up the School. We are equally anxious to make sure that these entrants receive proper support and care. The Local Authority is responsible for deciding who is allocated a place.
The number of places available in Year 7 for September 2017 is 230. This is known as the Admission Number. Parental requests for places once again far exceeded this number for September 2016 (803 Initial Applications). Places were allocated to all catchment and sibling pupils and all feeder primary category applications. 56 pupils were placed from the “other”category and three students were placed through the on-going Statutory Appeal Panel process. At the end of the normal allocation process, pupils who were not allocated a place, were put onto a waiting list operated by the Local Authority. It is expected the School will again be over-subscribed for September 2017.
Parents who live outside the catchment area, and who wish their child to attend King Edward VII School, should contact the Local Authority. The address is:
Admissions Section Children and Young People’s Directorate
Floor 5 Moorfoot
Sheffield S1 4PL
Telephone 0114 273 5709
Many students from throughout the city transfer into King Edward VII after GCSE to study for GCE Advanced Level or vocational courses at Advanced Level. In the first instance, any student thinking of joining the School at the age of 16 should contact Mr Jeremy Twyman, Assistant Headteacher and Director of Post-16 Studies. A separate and detailed booklet on Post-16 Education is available from the School on request.
If you require any assistance or further information, or simply wish to discuss your child’s needs, please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher, Ms Gooden.
Student groups: organisation for lessons
The basic unit of organisation is the form or tutor group – there are 8 forms in each of Years 7 to 11. In the Sixth Form students are organised in joint Y12/Y13 forms.
Tutor groups are created in Year 7, the intake year, to guarantee a genuine mix of students. We contact our Feeder Schools for information about friendship groupings so that our new students can look forward to being with established friends as well as making new ones. This provides for stability and a sense of identity at the time of transfer. Students are taught in these forms for some subjects. Students are set by ability from Christmas of Year 7 in other subjects.
Many but not all curriculum areas prefer to group students according to performance and the ability they show in the subject. This arrangement, known as setting, is very flexible. It is widespread practice in most secondary schools. It means that a student is placed in a set according to the assessments in each individual subject. Thus it is possible, for example, to be in a first set for Science and Mathematics but in a second set for French. The Mathematics and Science Departments group by sets during the course of Year 7 and in Years 8 and 9. These arrangements are kept under close review, so that a student can move up or down from time to time, depending on how much progress has been made. This pattern continues into Year 10 and Year 11. This is fundamentally different from streaming which takes performance or presumed ability in one or two subjects and uses this performance to make decisions about where to place a student for all subjects.