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Key information

Who do I talk to if I have a problem?

The form tutor should be the first point of contact for students or parents with any worries.  If a concern persists, you could contact the progress leader for year 7.  For concerns about a particular subject, contact the head of faculty.  There is a wonderful pastoral support area led by Mr Harper, who provide support to students on a daily basis and also a fantastic nurturing team in study and support; this is mainly aimed at students who have a special educational need or disability.

What to do at Break time

There will be range of healthy snacks, sandwiches, hot meals and drinks available for students from the school canteen at both break and lunch.  The cost of a hot meal is approx. £2.  Alternatively, your child may prefer to bring a packed lunch.  Food may only be eaten in the lunch hall or the covered canopy area adjacent to the hall.   Break & lunch is a time to catch up with friends, get some fresh air and recharge your batteries.  Students have access to a variety of outdoor social areas, including the school field during the summer months.  If your child is eligible for free school meals, you can either apply online at www.westberks.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or phone (01635) 424 00.

Homework

Homework is a vital part of learning. The amount varies from an hour to an hour and half each night. It allows students to build up their self-reliance and organisation skills. Our vision is that John O’Gaunt School will be an outstanding learning school.  We also aim to produce independent, lifelong learners.

Homework tasks are published electronically on ‘ClassCharts’ and all students will be given a login in order to access this when they arrive. Staff and parents can monitor what is being set and completed via the website or a downloadable app. Students will each be given a school planner which they can use to record their set homework. It also contains a lot of information about the school.

Please contact the class teacher with any query regarding your child's homework before it is due to be handed in. You can view our homework policy on the school website.

Communication

Parents are kept informed of events at school with a weekly bulletin that is sent by email.  We also use ParentMail to text or email information about specific events.  It is important that the school has up-to-date contact details for this purpose, as well as in case of emergency.  The student planner can also be used to send messages between parents and teachers. ClassCharts is used to communicate not only messages regarding homework, but also inform parents and students about any positive or negative sanction points they have received; this also details any detentions they may have been set as a result. ClassCharts is an essential app for parents and students to download when they join the school.

Houses

When starting at John O’Gaunt School, your child will be placed into a house. This house will be the one they are assigned to for the remainder of their time at the school and will form part of the competitive environment in which many of our students thrive. There will be a range of competitions, the main one being the end of year sports day. If your child already has a sibling at the school, they will be placed into the same house. The badge that you will require for your child that goes on the blazer will be linked to the house they are placed in.

Pupil Premium / Free School Meals

If your child is currently in receipt of a free school meal or is on his / her school’s Pupil Premium register, the information should be forwarded to us automatically. However, if you wish to discuss this further or are in need of support, please liaise with the Vice Principal, Mrs Walker, via the school office.

Behaviour

John O’Gaunt School has a simple behaviour for learning system.

ClassCharts is an online system where praise and sanction points are allocated. Parents/carers and students can download the app which informs them of when these are awarded, from which teacher and the reason.

Praise

Praise points are given for a variety of reasons, e.g.

  • Good work in class
  • Excellent homework
  • Fantastic contribution to class discussion
  • Being ready to learn

Rewards are given to students at regular points throughout the year depending on the number of praise points earned. Some examples of rewards are:

  • Free tutor time on phones
  • Wearing own clothes for the day
  • Film afternoons
  • Bags of chocolate
  • Breakfast with member of senior leadership team

Sanctions

John O’Gaunt School operates a 3 warnings system whereby students who do not follow instructions and rules in place, are sanctioned for poor behaviour choices.

There are a range of sanctions ranging from break detention to isolation and exclusion (these are for serious offences and will be determined by the senior leadership team, in particular the Head of School).

Details of detentions or other sanctions set will be shared with parents/carers and students via the ClassCharts app so you can keep up to date with how your child is doing in school.

You can find out more about this system via the policy which is on the school website and of course, more information will be given to you when you join in September.