MATs are groups of schools which work together in partnership for the benefit of their students. The Chalk Hills Academy is part of The Shared Learning Trust, a collective group of Academies (two secondary schools, three primaries and a shared sixth) all with drive and ambition for their students and allowing us to work as a community.
We are a reasonably large Academy with 10 form entry in Year 7.
Each student is placed in a tutor group. Most children will remain in the same group for the following 5 years they are at Chalk Hills, with the same tutor wherever possible. We ensure that Year 7 tutors are experienced tutors who understand transition from primary to secondary schools.
We have a dedicated and experienced transition team who work closely with all the primary schools. In normal circumstances this will involve regular visits to each primary school to meet students in Year 6. Students starting in Year 7 in September will have the opportunity to spend 1-2 days at The Chalk Hills Academy. At Chalk Hills, we believe that building strong working partnerships with our key feeder primary schools enables us to develop a smooth transition programme for our Year 7.
Students are placed in mixed ability form groups and initially are taught in these groups for most subjects. Setting is gradually introduced in core subjects so that they can be taught in ability groups which match their strengths, interests and ability.
Each term the Academy sends home to parents a report, giving details of effort and progress in each subject. We also hold a parents’ consultation evening at least once per year. KS3 students are also provided with an additional pastoral report, completed by the form tutor on criteria such as punctuality, uniform, organisation and levels of respect. In normal circumstances, Year 7 students will have two parents’ evenings – the first in the Autumn term when they have settled into school and the second in the Summer term to discuss academic progress.
We are proud of our pastoral system in school and each year group has a dedicated team of staff who work closely with them. You will be able to keep in touch via telephone, email and face-to-face appointments regarding progress and any other issues you may wish to speak about or discuss.
We use Parent Pay – you will be able to pay for catering and update funds onto the cashless catering system online. You can make payments for school trips and for revision guides, calculators and any school purchases using this system.
Our students wear their school uniform with pride and the way we present ourselves is important. There is an expectation for all students to wear the full school uniform throughout the day – this includes our Academy tie and blazer. A smart uniform sends the message that we care about how others see us and that we are serious about coming to school to work, to do our best and to succeed.
Uniform can be purchased from our uniform providers, Prestige. An appointment can be made to directly visit the shop or orders can be placed online.
We offer a range of hot and cold meals, as well as light snacks. There is always a vegetarian and halal option, as well as fresh fruit, salads and a selection of sandwiches.
We offer a Breakfast Club to all students. This allows students to have a selection of cereal, toast and juice. A cooked breakfast is available on a Friday.
We have a fantastic SEND team who work closely with families to support students who have identified needs. Staff and families work together to identify the most appropriate support that is needed for success.
We operate a Homework Club in our library. This is open Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-5:30pm.