Advice for Parents

Getting to Woldgate and back again

Before your child starts

  • Time the journey to Woldgate School or bus-stop
  • Be sure your child understands what time they are expected to be home and what to do if they are late for any reason.
  • Make sure they know and have your contact numbers, including work and mobiles.
  • Buy an alarm clock and make sure your child knows how it works.  Have a test run it before the first day at school.
  • Agree with your child what time they will need to get up to get to school on time.  Work backwards from the time they need to be at school.  Include all the things they will need to do.
  • Agree a routine for the mornings and after school.  Will they shower/bath in the morning or the evening?  Will they get their school bag ready the night before or in the morning?  Who will make the packed lunch?
  • Agree a bed-time for school days with your child that will ensure they get enough sleep.
  • Have a couple of practice runs – set your child the challenge of getting up at the correct time and getting ready.
  • Does anything need changing?

When they start school

  • If possible, be around for your child for first few days and weeks and ‘supervise’.  Praise and encourage independence but be ready to offer a helping hand.
  • Keep to your side of the bargain – if you have arranged to leave dinner money on top of the fridge make sure it is there.
  • Go through the routine regularly with your child if necessary provide a tick-list to help them.
  • Insist on the routine being kept to – it will save you hours in the long run.

Uniform

Before your child starts

  • Check the uniform list including rules about wearing make-up and jewellery.
  • Ring our school office on 01759 302395 if you may be entitled to financial support for buying school uniform.
  • Write your child’s name in every item of uniform. Use a permanent marker pen, or alternatively, name labels can be ordered online from a range of websites.
  • Have spare items of uniform at home if possible in the event of emergencies.

When your child starts

  • Encourage your child to hang up their uniform straight away after school.
  • Decide on responsibilities. For example, who folds clothes and puts them away each evening?
  • If your child is very disorganised, check items on by one, or give a checklist at first.
  • Encourage your child to put everything out (including shoes, socks or tights) the night before. There is a lot more time during the evening for finding socks!
  • Have a system for making sure that clothes are clean and ready – the earlier children start to take responsibility the better, but whoever does it, both parties need to know ‘the system’.
  • If your child regularly loses or forgets essential items, give spares to the form tutor to keep at school (e.g. PE shorts, trainers etc).
  • If you have a timetable displayed for your child (a good idea) colour the days when your child has PE so they can see each day if they need to take their PE bag.

Getting used to a new timetable

Before your child starts

  • Reassure your child that they will quickly get to know their way around (most have it mastered within a couple of weeks), and that they move around as a group to start with. Our teachers are very understanding about new students getting lost and will help anyone who looks lost or bewildered!
  • Look at the plan of school in the weeks and days before starting and talk to your child about how they will move around the school.
  • Use the sample timetable and school plan on the website to practice finding and moving around the school.

When your child starts

  • Display the copy of your child’s timetable on a wall or fridge so that you and your child can refer to it.
  • Encourage your child to learn what lessons they have on which days so that they can become independent.
  • Make sure your child knows what to do if they are late or get lost.
  • Buy your child a watch so they are not late to lessons.

Organising Books and Equipment

Before your child starts

  • Help your child organise their living space so that they have a place for everything to do with their school work. Try to make sure they have access to a desk or table, good lighting and storage space for their school books.
  • Equip them with the tools they will need at home. It’s best to keep two sets of everything – one for school and one for home, so that losing a pen at school does not stop them doing their homework.
  • A useful home ‘tool kit’ consists of:
    • Pens and pencils
    • Rubber and sharpener
    • Coloured pencils and highlighters
    • Ruler and maths equipment (protractor, compass, set square and calculator)
    • Sellotape and glue stick
    • Spare USB memory stick
    • Plastic pencil case
  • A box file or stacking system is useful for students who struggle with organisation. Each file can be labelled with the subject and all books, worksheets etc. can be kept ready to pull out and put in the school-bag when required.
  • A labelled A4 plastic or cardboard folder to take to school for each subject is useful – students are given lots of worksheets which they are not used to organising. Folders can hold all work sheets, books etc.
  • An office two-tier ‘in-tray’ is useful for ‘homework to be done’ and ‘homework completed’.
  • An additional A4 plastic or card folder for finished homework is useful for children with poor memories – they can check it each lesson to see if there is homework to be given in.

When they start

  • Get into a routine of ‘emptying the bag’ each evening. Place all those subjects for which homework is to be done in one pile. Do this with your child to begin with if necessary, then gradually let them take over. Even when your child has ‘got it’ do ‘spot checks’ every so often.
  • Encourage your child to glue any worksheets or odd bits of paper into their workbook each night if possible, otherwise the sheer volume of loose paper becomes overwhelming.
  • When homework is completed supervise the ‘packing of the bag’ to begin with. This is best done the night before.
  • The displayed timetable can be used as a checklist for subject folders and equipment. Write the equipment needed at the top of each day.
  • Encourage your child to check their planner for any reminders or notes each night. It’s usually worth double checking to begin with.
  • Read teachers’ comments in your child’s planner regularly and when you sign it every week. Praise positive comments and discuss any issues with your child that might have been noted by a teacher.

If you know your child has Food Technology on a certain day, check at the beginning of the week whether they need ingredients – searching through cupboards on the morning ten minutes before the bus leaves is not to be recommended!

Contact

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Woldgate School and Sixth Form College
92 Kilnwick Road
Pocklington
York
YO42 2LL
t 01759 302395 e-mail office@woldgate.net

Woldgate School and Sixth Form College, an Academy, is part of the Wolds Learning Partnership, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number: 10518602. Registered Office: 92 Kilnwick Road Pocklington, York YO42 2LL.