You probably have loads of questions about starting at your new school - most people will. On this page you will find answers to some of the most common questions or worries you might have. If your question isn't answered here or on this website - send us a question instead.
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What happens on the first day?
School starts for everyone on Wednesday 6th September (though teachers will be in school from 4th September).
All pupils should be at school for 8.30am (or if you are on a school bus - whatever time that arrives). New Year 7 pupils should go straight to the Main Hall and meet your tutors there. You will be welcomed by Mr Lomas.
You will then be taken to your tutor rooms where you will sort out your timetables so you will know what lessons you have and what teachers you have got for each subject.
After that you will go off to your first lesson.
For the first week or two you will get an earlier lunch so you have got more time to find your way around and see how everything works in the school canteen.
What are the school times?
School starts officially at 8.45am, though you should be in school for 8.30am. Except for the first day, you should go straight to your tutor room each morning when you hear the first bell and line up as your tutor has shown you. You should be ready and lined up by the time the second bell rings.
School finishes at 3.15pm every day. Those of you who use the school buses, they will be waiting for you at the bus park where they dropped you off in the morning. Please make sure you go straight there so the buses can depart on time.
We ask parents/carers not to come on site to collect children, but please wait for them off-site.
What will i need on the first day?
You should always come to school prepared to learn - even on Day 1.
You should bring your pens, pencils, rulers and pencil case. You will be give your own personal planner on the first day to help you stay organised at school. You should have this with you every day in school and get it out before the start of every lesson.
You will also need your lunch with you on the first day. If you have hot dinners and want a meal from the dining hall you will have to make sure your parents/carers have set up an account with ParentPay as the canteen no longer accepts cash. Your parents should have had a letter about this already. See the ParentPay section for more information.
You will NOT need your PE kit on the first day - even if you have PE on that day.
All our pupils wear school uniform and take pride in their appearance. Your Pupil Information Pack contains up-to-date information about what uniform you can wear. However, go to the Uniform page in the Menu to find out what to wear and what types of trousers, shoes, shirts etc. are acceptable.
What happens if I get lost around school?
Don't worry! King Edward's is a big school compared to your primary school. It will take you a few weeks to find all the classrooms. If you get lost - don't panic because your teacher will understand it takes a while to find everything. Just ask a member of staff or an older student if you are not sure where to go and they will point you in the right direction! Mr Lomas and the Hear4U mentors will be around to help you! Or ask at Reception.
Who will be my Head of Year?
From September the Head of Year is Mr Davies who will look after all pastoral issues. However you can see your form tutor or Mr Lomas if you have a problem.
ParentPay and school dinners - how do they work?
Since Easter 2016 the school canteen has been cashless zone - which means now pupils cannot pay for food or drink items using cash. All pupils and staff must now use the ParentPay system. Parents should have received information about ParentPay already. Please see our ParentPay page for more information.
What House am I in and what colour tie will I need?
All pupils and staff at KEVI are put into school houses for achievement points and House competitions. You should have been told what house you are in when you came in with your parents for Consultation Day on 7th July, or you may have received the information in a letter. If you do not know, you can either Contact us via this site or call the school from 4th September. If you contact us before the 4th September, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible during the Summer holidays.
If I have a question or problem who should I go to?
Most general questions about school, routines, uniform etc can be answered by the School Office, either by phone: 01785 258546 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your parents have a concern you should speak to your form tutor. Again parents can send them a message via the school website's contact page at www.kevi.org.uk or call the school.
If there is a more serious issue, you should speak to your form tutor, Mr Lomas, Mr Davies or the Assistant Headteacher, Mr Dance - all of whom can be contacted through school.
Each subject you have will set homework every week. But don't panic! There are lots of things available in school to help you with your homework, and to help you stay organised! All homework is recorded online via Show My Homework - so you can see exactly what you have to do and when the homework is due. We also offer homework support clubs in school every day - called "Do My Homework" and you can even come into school any day of the work to "Print My Homework". Details of days and times will be published on the main school website in September. For now, why not read more on Show My Homework by visiting the school website.
How do I apply for a bus pass?
If you live in one of the outlying villages such as Church Eaton, Gnosall, Haughton etc you may be eligible for a free bus pass which means you can use the free school bus service operated by Staffordshire County Council.
The school has no control over the buses and so you will need to get in touch with the School Admissions and Transport Service. You can apply to them for a bus pass, or if you have already applied you can check when you will receive the pass. These are sometimes issued to primary schools in July or to home over the Summer. You should check the eligibility criteria to see if you meet it.