These are common questions that have been raised by families across our feeder schools.


1) How will we find our way around?

All students will be met by Ivanhoe Staff as they enter the school on the first day. You will be directed to the yard and all new students will be escorted to their Form rooms. There are always a lot of staff on duty between lesson who will help direct you to where you need to go. You will probably be with lots of other members of your form group and you’ll get to know your way around really quickly.


2) Will I be in a form group with people I know?

The Ivanhoe Transition Team receives information from your Primary School and we use this to place you in mixed ability form groups with at least one other student from your school. This year our form groups are made up of Year 7 students only so you might find that you are with quite a few other children that you are currently in class with. You will get to see other friends at break and lunchtimes. We find that our students enjoy meeting other children and quickly make new friends alongside existing friendship groups. 


3) Who do we contact if a parent/carer has a question or wants to discuss a concern with school?

Your child’s form tutor will be your point of contact for all queries or concerns. You can email them or call our reception team who will pass the message on. Your child’s form teacher will either answer the query or will pass it on to the relevant member of staff. If you have a safeguarding concern, Mr Bellmore, our Deputy Head Teacher, can be contacted via email or the telephone to discuss your concern.


4) If I struggle with some lessons, will help be available?

All teachers at Ivanhoe are teachers of SEND. Most of our subjects are taught in mixed ability classes because academic research shows that this is the best way for students to learn. Your teachers will work incredibly hard to get to know you and they will scaffold your work to meet your needs. Some students access The Learning Zone to receive additional help during registration and non-core subject time. However, we believe in an inclusive education here at Ivanhoe and so we try to limit the amount of time you are taken out of class for additional support. You can always ask if you are unsure. Your teachers will want to know if you are finding something tricky and they will help accordingly. 

If you are currently on the SEND register, Ivanhoe have requested information about your needs and any reasonable adjustments that need to be made in the classroom. This information will be shared with the staff via our Mintclass system which every member of classroom staff has access to. There will be SEND staff assigned to your year group who you can chat to if you are finding things tricky. They will then work with your form tutor and teaching staff to support you.


5) Why aren’t Ivanhoe holding Induction Days?

As you know, this has been a very different year for all children in schools. The Government has asked all schools to keep students in bubbles until at least the 21st June. The current guidance is that primary school bubbles cannot be mixed and as our Year 7 catchment students are transferring to us from 32 different primary schools we are unable to support a transition day safely. It is imperative that we make sure that we keep all our school communities safe so that we can all return to normal as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated if there are any changes to this guidance.

We know that you might be a bit worried about coming up to Ivanhoe without these days which is why this years’ transition package includes the following things:

A longer transition booklet with tasks to complete each week

Mrs Allford’s Head Teacher visit

Examples of your best work sent to Ivanhoe so that we can see how great your work is

Taster lessons delivered by our teaching staff

Regular updates on our website which include videos of our school, staff and students

A transition questionnaire so that we could ensure your questions are answered

Year 7 only Form Groups 

A Year 7 only transition day on the first day back after the summer holidays.

We hope to be able to invite your parents and carers in to Ivanhoe during the Autumn term to meet your Form Tutor and chat about how you have settled in. 


6) How will Ivanhoe help students to settle in to the new school year?

We know that you have had disrupted learning over the past two academic years and you may be worried about coming to Ivanhoe. All our staff are keen to help you settle in and make the most of your time at Ivanhoe. It is important to remember that the whole country has suffered similar learning disruption and we are all working hard to ensure that children are offered opportunities to reconnect with friends, school and learning in the best possible way. Ivanhoe staff have already been given lots of information about you from your primary class teachers and you have told us some information about you, what you are good at, enjoy and things you might find tricky when you completed the questionnaire. All this information will be given to your new class teachers who will help you settle into your new school as quickly as possible.

At Ivanhoe, we have a Care and Guidance Team who are available throughout the day but particularly at break and lunchtimes. These members of staff are non-teaching support staff and can support any pastoral concerns that you might have. We also have Learning Support Assistants who have been specially trained in emotional literacy support and a professional counselling service who comes into school twice a week to support students with particular needs. However, your first point of contact should always be your form tutor. This is the person who will know you best and will be able to chat to teaching staff about any worries that you might have.


7) How will you communicate with parents to keep them informed on our child’s progress and school information?

Ivanhoe uses the MyEd app which is supported on both Apple and Android devices. We ask all parents to download this app in readiness for your child starting with us. We use this app to communicate with parents, share latest news and information and provide links to letters. You will also be able to view your child’s achievements, make payments for trips, school lunches and notify school of any absences.


8) How does the School Bus system work?

If you are eligible for a place on the school bus, your parent/ carer will already have received confirmation of this from County Hall Transport Team. If they have not yet had this, please contact County Hall. Bus Passes are usually sent out towards the end of the summer holiday ready for the new term. You will be told which bus you are on and where you need to stand to catch it. You will be met off the bus each morning by a member of the Ivanhoe staff. At the end of the school day, your teacher will tell you when it is time to go to the car park to get onto your bus. We call the buses in order of their arrival. Members of Ivanhoe Staff will be outside to help you get on the right bus. County Hall Transport Team manage who goes on which bus and where from so any queries should be directed to them.

If you forget your pass, we can arrange a temporary pass but you will need to buy a new one if you have lost it as the bus company will not let you travel without a pass.


9) What clubs will I be able to join at Ivanhoe?

Ivanhoe have lots of great clubs that are offered to students by our teaching and support staff. They take place at lunchtimes and after school. Clubs and activities change each term and will be available to see at on the website. If you catch a bus home and want to take part in an after-school club, you will need to arrange your own transport to get you home. We also have in school opportunities for student leadership and you could become a mental health champion, school librarian or student council member. 


10) What support will Ivanhoe be giving to students and parents to ensure they can make an informed choice about GCSEs and which school to choose at the end of Year 9?

We are really excited by the age range change and the opportunity this offers to our new cohorts to share the GCSE journey with us. Our staff work incredibly hard to build strong relationships with students and their families and we are proud of our mastery curriculum in Key Stage 3 which underpins the knowledge and skills required for GCSE subjects. 

We hope that our students will want to remain with us and complete GCSE subjects at Ivanhoe. Students will be able to consider their GCSE choices and school placement at a series of open evenings and information sessions which will be held by Ivanhoe and Ashby School in the Autumn term. Students at Ivanhoe will receive support to make their GCSE selections and there will be opportunities to begin some step up to GCSE work in year 9, for example, Ivanhoe will be offering GCSE Spanish so there will be taster sessions throughout the year groups for any students who might be interested in this option at GCSE.

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