The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is probably the biggest change in a child’s education. They will go from having mainly one teacher in one classroom on a daily basis to having five different lessons, in different classrooms with different teachers and across a large site.
At The MFG we strive to make the transition arrangements as thorough, reassuring and informative as possible for both students and parents. Through various meetings and information evenings we aim to alleviate any concerns prior to the official starting date in September.
When the new Year 7 students come to The MFG for the ‘Common Transfer Day’ (usually the first Tuesday in July), they will be welcomed by their Achievement Co-ordinator, placed into their Tutor groups, meet their Form Tutor and experience three lessons to introduce them to learning at The MFG.
For the first two weeks in September there will be ‘Support for Learning’ staff in every lesson to help them settle in and assist in the movement around the site. Students should not worry about being late to lessons during this time. After two weeks, students are more familiar with their timetable and are able to arrive to all of the lessons punctually.
Break and Lunchtime
Every year group has their own ‘break time’. The Year 7 break is at 10.05am to 10.20am. There are two eating areas and more than enough seats for the year group.
Year 7 have the first lunch break, 12.30pm to 1.05pm; again, as with break, each year group have their lunch at different times. There are social areas for students to use and they can also access the Learning Resource Centre.
Bullying is completely different to friends falling out. At The MFG we have a zero tolerance to bullying and if you are concerned your child is being picked on or intimidated you must contact the Academy immediately and it will be dealt with swiftly. We advise that parents/carers monitor the use of social media by their child in order to minimise incidences of cyber bullying.
All students are given a planner when they start in September and they can use this to familiarise themselves with the Academy rules and expectations. The planner enables students to organise themselves with respect to home learning and extra-curricular activities and is designed to help:
- Plan work;
- Manage time;
- Record Creating Futures data;
- Set targets for improvement;
- Communication between staff and parents/carers;
We believe that high standards of dress are important for students as individuals and the Academy as a whole. Our uniform has been chosen because it represents the clearly identifiable standard for The Mirfield Free Grammar. It is straightforward and smart. It is compulsory for all students, and parents are asked to support the staff in monitoring their child's dress. The wearing of some items of clothing relating to religious beliefs is acceptable as long as they are in the Academy colours. The Academy reserves the right to comment upon the suitability of the Academy uniform, hair and appearance.
The suppliers of our Academy uniform are Rawcliffes and Natasha's. Both suppliers are based in Dewsbury. Our uniform policy includes:
- The Academy blazer with Academy badge.
- Plain white blouse/shirt with a conventional collar.
- Mid-grey (not black or tight fitting) tailored trousers.
- The Academy tie. (NB: There is a different design for each Year Group).
- Footwear - shoes should be plain black and either flat soles or with a conventional low heel (2" or 5cm max). (Backless shoes, high heels and boots are not acceptable).
- Socks should be white, black or grey. Tights should be black, grey or neutral.
- Jewellery should be limited to a wrist watch.
- For girls one pair of small stud earrings will be allowed.
- There should be no visible piercings apart from ear studs.
- Hair ornaments should be plain and in the Academy colours (i.e. claret, white, black or grey).
- Make-up and nail varnish are inappropriate for the Academy.
- Hair colour and style must be appropriate for the Academy. Hair should be no shorter than 6mm (No. 2). Hair should be one colour, subtle highlights are acceptable. Bands of colour are inappropriate. Should students choose inappropriate patterns, colours or styles the Academy reserves the right to ask a student to modify his/her hair.
NB: All students will require a yellow apron for food technology, which can be bought from the Academy.
Behaviour for Learning
We expect a very high standard of self-discipline and behaviour from all our students at all times. We hope that by encouraging your child to adopt a caring and responsibly attitude at the Academy they will behave sociably at all other times in their life too. To maximise the learning for all students we have a robust Behaviour for Learning Policy, which is outlined below and is in more detail in the student planner.
Behaviour for Learning (BfL) is an integral part of the Academy ethos. It is a behaviour management system which encompasses all aspects of student conduct throughout the Academy; in the classroom, around the Academy and towards the individual. At its heart is the philosophy that all students and staff in the Academy are important and valued individuals and deserve to be treated with respect. All aspects of a student’s behaviour affects their learning and that of those around them. Students learn best when they are happy and confident and the BfL system is in place to help achieve this; no one has the right to interrupt others’ learning. There is significant reward system linked to BfL, but also a range of sanctions to help students learn to avoid antisocial behaviour. A very important aspect of our system is that all sanctions are issued via the BfL system based on a few very simple rules to which we ask the students to adhere.
It is vitally important that your child attends the Academy every day and that they aim to have 100% attendance.
If your child is absent from the Academy please phone before 10am to confirm this on 01924 483687 (absence line). Failing this, the Academy will contact you to seek an explanation. If it is found that your child has set off from home but has not arrived at the Academy you will be encouraged to contact the police.
We hope the information has provided you with assurances that we will do all we can to make the transition as smooth and ‘worry free’ as possible for your child.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy.