Year 7

YEAR 7 

Welcome to the Year 7 section of the school website. 

Year 7 Pastoral Team 

The Year 7 team is led by the Head of Year Mr A Davis and the Assistant Principal Mrs Bayar. The year group is divided up into eight Tutor Groups, each one led by a Form Tutor. 

Every pupil is also a member of one of the four Hurstmere Houses - Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney.  Each form is linked to a house and competes throughout the year in various events to gain house points for the overall house competition. 

Form Tutors 

Students will spend 20 minutes daily in registration with their form tutors, either at the start or end of the day. This is a great time to raise any concerns they may have about their time in or outside school and gain support when required. It is also a time when form tutors will pass on any messages to students, planners are checked and when year group assemblies take place. Due to COVID restrictions, students will partake in a weekly Teams assembly with the Head of Year in their form room. 

Caxton x       Ms Bradley (co-Tutor: Mr Monksfield) 

Caxton y       Mr King 

Chaucer x     Mr Robinson 

Chaucer y     Ms Awe 

Cobham x     Mrs Anand 

Cobham y     Ms Lambert 

Sidney x        Mrs Ogueh-Etan 

Sidney y        Mr Eiffert 

Every member of the Year 7 team can be contacted via the main school number 0208 300 5665. 

The Transition to Secondary School 

Year 7 is an important time, as pupils make the transition from Primary to Secondary school.  During their first year, pupils will have the opportunity to partake in a range of activities to help them settle into their new school. At Hurstmere we have a set of seven values that all students should expect to work on during their time with us, these are: Resilience, Teamwork, Self-Belief, Respect, Ambition, Leadership and Integrity.  

Moving to a new school can create a feeling of anxiety and it is important for students to ensure they speak out to staff when issues arise. Our Pastoral team are here to support your son through his journey at Hurstmere school and provide him with the tools he needs to reach his full potential. As parents, we encourage you to take an active role in your son’s education, assisting with homework, ensuring deadlines are met, developing organisational skills and supporting the school. Maintaining a positive home/school relationship is a way to foster trust and develop the understanding that we all have the student at the centre of our decisions. Having a growth mindset (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, can learn and improve) is the key to success. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny. 

Support 

Staff at Hurstmere are here to support pupils as they make their way through the school. We offer a range of support which include: EIT’s Referral programme, Accelerated Reading, Peer Mentoring, SEMH support, Educational Psychologist, Student Welfare Access Panel – SWAP, Counselling, School Nurse. We can also support student by recommending external agencies such as GP, CAMHS and EHCP along with Bexley student support. In year 7 we have currently set up 1:1 in class support for students with EHCP and have opened this to other students who would gain from this small group interaction.  

We are eager to support our students and rely on open communication to ensure we can quickly deal with any issues that may arise. Please contact your son’s Form Tutor in the first instance if you have something you wish to discuss with us. 

Our Ethos 

At Hurstmere, we are a telling school and members of staff are only too willing to assist students in resolving any issues they have during their school day. Students can speak with their classroom teachers for issues that occur during lessons. During their 20 minute registration boys can also liaise with their form tutors and inform them of any issues they may have in the corridors, between lessons and to or from school. As teachers we can work with your son to get the best out of them, we ask that you support us in what we are trying to achieve and take an interest in what they are studying by assisting them in completing homework and resolving conflicts that may occur during the school year. 

Extra curricular activities 

The school provides a wide range of activities outside of conventional classroom time and it is important that pupils make the most of the opportunities on offer. This helps pupils to settle in, make new friends and develop their social skills. Activities take place at lunchtimes and after school and timetables are available in every classroom. It is recommended that all pupils take part in some form of extra-curricular activity to help them feel a part of their new school. 

Achievement and rewards 

As a school we like to focus on the positive achievements of students in lessons, around the school and any extra-curricular activities performed. Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded by gaining house points which are allocated to them individually and their house throughout the year. We monitor the totals for the week and the Head of Year will issue a positive postcard home to parents for the top 10 students in the year group. The cumulative scores are then used to support the reward system within the year group, with certificates, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, being sent home, as well as their names being entered into a half termly prize draw. We will be displaying and recognising the efforts of each week’s “Top Ten” on the achievements notice board. Each House Point awarded is also added to the annual House competition which is concluded with the annual sports day event in the summer term. Be sure to look out for opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the success of your house. Pupils in Year 7 can also receive letters and praise postcards from teachers and their tutor for their efforts. Rewards are run on a termly basis for the top 10 students throughout that period and include rewards such as: Pizza Party, Laser tag, Combat Laser games, Bowling and Karting.  

Home school contact 

Every pupil is issued with a school planner at the start of the academic year. This is an excellent resource for pupils to keep themselves organised. It also is a useful vehicle for maintaining close contact between home and school. Teachers may use the planner to communicate with you and you are of course welcome to do the same. Please ensure you check and sign your son’s planner at LEAST once a week. All members of staff can of course be contacted on the main school number. 

Important events for Year 7 

Parents Information Meeting 

Welcome Evening  

Year 7 Parents Evening 

Mr A Davis 

Head of Year 7