Transition FAQs

Pupils' FAQs

How to I sort out uniform? Our 3 preferred uniform suppliers are now ready to welcome you to purchase uniform. For further details please use the following link https://horbury.accordmat.org/uniform/

Do you have to fasten your hair back for school? No, although in some lessons (for example Science and Technology) you may be asked to fasten your hair back for safety reasons.

How many lessons do I have each day? You will have six lessons a day. The first lesson will last for 30 minutes and will be with your form. The next five lessons will all last for an hour each.

What if I don’t know where my next lesson is? Do I get a map of the school? Don’t worry about where your lessons are; there will always be a member of staff around to help you find your way and you will get a map of the school in your planner.

What subjects will I be taught? You will have the following lessons each week in year 7; English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French/Spanish, PE, Music, Drama, RE, ICT, Art, Design Technology and PSCHE.

What happens if I can’t keep up with the pace of the work? Who do I speak to? If you have any problems with your work then you can talk to your teacher, your form tutor or your Pastoral Year Leader.

What will the first day look like and how will I know where to go and who to see? Your first day will have time at the start of the day when you will get to meet your new form tutor and form group. You will also get to go on a tour of the school, have your lunch and will also start your normal lessons.

Do I have homework to complete every night and how much work? In Year 7 there is a specific timetable for each week so that students are set approximately 3 hours of homework per week across all of their subjects. Tasks are set that take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The homework you will get at secondary school will be explained to you and it will also be on Show My Homework so you can look at it online at home. We also have a homework club every day before and after school that you can attend where you can get help.

What happens if I don’t have a computer/laptop or printer and I need to do my homework on a computer? You can go to homework club before and after school. You will be able to use a computer and print your work off too.

Do I get a detention if I forget or lose my homework? No, you do not get a detention if you forget or lose your homework, but it is important that you complete your homework as it will improve your understanding of the subject.

My child has special educational needs. How do make sure Horbury Academy knows their needs? If there are any extra detail that you wish to pass on to us about needs then please contact us using the email address: enquiries@horbury.accordmat.org and a member of our SEN team will then contact you directly.

What equipment do I need to bring for the first day? A bag, pencil case, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber etc. and your PE Kit. You will be given a student planner and your timetable on your first day.

How are class groups arranged, who will I be with? You will be assigned to a form group with a form tutor. Form groups are made up of groups of students from different primary schools and you will see this class at the start of every day for 30 minutes. Some of your subject classes are mixed and some are setted. Do not worry if you don’t know anyone in a class, we will work really hard to ensure you make friends quickly.

What steps are taken to help the children bond and make new friends outside of their normal peer group? We know how important this question is and we will do our very best to make sure we have steps in place! All form groups in year 7 include children from a range of primary schools so they can begin to form friendships from outside their existing peer group of friends. Activities are built into period 1 (form time) that help children bond and make friends outside of their normal peer group.

What will happen if I am late to school or late to lessons, will I be in trouble? Punctuality and attendance are really important in helping you achieve at school. Senior Leadership will always be on the ‘purple line’ in the morning from 8.00am to welcome you into the Academy with a smile and a good morning! If you are late in the morning it will be a 30 minute detention the following day. Don’t worry about being late to your lessons in the first week, you may get lost! The Senior Leadership Team and Pastoral Year Leaders will around in between lessons and they can help you find your way to lessons.

Who do I speak to in school if I’m worried, nervous or have any other concerns? All members of staff in school are here to help but in the first instance you should speak to your Y7 Pastoral Year Leader (PYL), a member of the Senior Leadership or your form tutor. You can also go to Student Support for advice.

I am unhappy and need to talk to someone, what can I do? Go to Student Support and ask to speak to your Pastoral Year Leader. If they are not available another member of staff will be able to help you.

What if I can’t do the work when I get to secondary school? If you have any problems with your work at secondary school then please speak to your teacher who will help you with your work.

Do we still have playtimes? Where can I meet my friends? At secondary school you will have a break of 15 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes over lunch where you will have chance to meet your friends.

What if I’m not in the same lessons as my friends? You will still be able to see your friends at break and lunch time. You will also have chance to make lots of new friends at secondary school.

Am I allowed my phone at high school? You are allowed to bring you mobile phone to secondary school but your phone must be turned off and out of sight at all times (in your blazer or school bag) until you leave school at the end of the day.

How do I pay for my lunch? How do I select my lunch? We operate a cashless system which means you will have an account where money can be put on via the internet. You can choose your lunch on the day and do not have to select which food you want for each day of the week. There is a wide variety of yummy food for you to choose from that is good value!

Where do I eat my lunch? Is there a quiet place to go? There is a variety of places to eat your lunch; the restaurant, the canteen or in a seating area for packed lunches in our atrium. There are also quieter places to eat your lunch.

What clubs are on offer and how do I join them? We have a wide variety of clubs on offer at secondary school. Some of these are sports clubs (like netball, football and archery) and some are linked to subjects (like STEM club, Young Voices and cooking club). When you are in year 7 you will get a booklet explaining which clubs are on offer and how you can join.

Will we be able to meet our form teachers before September? Unfortunately you will probably not be able to meet your new form tutor before September.

When will we find out which form I am in? You will find out which form you are in via a separate letter in July.

Where do I go on the first day? On the first day come to the front of school and there will be lots of members of staff ready to show you where to go. Don’t worry!

How busy is high school? Don’t worry about this! Even though secondary school has more students than your primary school it isn’t as busy as you think. There is a one way system to help you move around safely, there are lots of spaces for you at break and lunchtime and year 7 even have lunch by themselves so there is lots of space.

I am worried about bullying, should I be? No. As an Academy we aim to create an atmosphere where all staff and pupils feel safe, where no individual or group feels threatened and where members of the Academy community feel valued.  We work hard to make sure the whole school community (pupils, staff, parents, governors and neighbours of the Academy) have a shared understanding of what bullying is. We have a clear procedure for reporting, investigating and stamping out bullying. To make it clear, bullying will not be tolerated!

Parents' FAQs

Where do I find the Academy privacy notice? You will find our privacy notice here.

Where do I find the Academy’s policies? You will find all of our policies here.

Where do I find the Home Academy Agreement? The Home Academy Agreement can be found here.

What happens if there is an emergency during the school day? The academy has a range of business continuity procedures in case of emergency during the school day. Our most up to date policies can be found here.

Should the academy need to close during the academy day for any reason, parents will be informed by text and parental communication app (MCAS) to the priority one contact to inform them of the closure. If safe to do so, pupils will not be sent home from site until 30 minutes after the decision to close site has been made so that parents/carers can make arrangements for pupils to go home safely.

 Why do I need to fill out the electronic admissions form? We need to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information to be able to contact you about transition and once your child has started at the academy about all aspects of academy life, and also in case of an emergency.

The Admissions Form can be found here imminently.

How do I update my child’s medical details? You can provide any medical details on the admissions form, but if you want to make any changes, please contact enquiries@horbury.accordmat.org to do so.

Do you take and publish photographs of pupils? The Academy uses an approved third party to take photographs of students to use for identification and safeguarding purposes.

Academy staff or an approved third party may take photographs of students and their work/achievements in the Academy and when on Academy visits. These photographs may be used in publications, websites and social media across the Accord Multi Academy Trust, and we may share them with approved third parties such as newspapers.

In our admissions form we ask for your permission to contact you to offer you the opportunity to purchase a copy of these third party photographs from the third party supplier. and for separate consent for us to publish any photographs of your child.

Should you wish to change your consent preferences, please contact enquiries@horbury.accordmat.org.

How does my child take part in a sports fixture? The academy has a range of sporting clubs available which will be communicated at the start of the new academic year in September.

The Academy has a variety of sports fixtures which take place on the Academy site and at alternative venues. All fixtures that your child is taking part in will be communicated via the Academy’s parent app, MCAS. It is expected that children will make their own way home from the Academy when they return to the Academy after a sports fixture

Educational Visits PE curriculum visits may take place to the Academy’s off-site playing fields during the normal school day, as part of the day to day running of the Academy.

The Academy notifies parents of all other off-site activities that take place during the Academy day by letter or by Text/Parent App (MCAS).

In our admissions form we ask for your consent for your child to take part in other off-site activities during the normal school day.  Should you wish to change your consent preferences, please contact enquiries@horbury.accordmat.org.

All other off-site activities that take place in the evening or are residential will require specific consent in relation to the specific visit. 

All Educational Visits are currently on hold due to the Covid 19 situation.

How does the academy use biometric data? Under normal circumstances, the Academy uses a cashless catering system which uses biometric data to access your child’s account.  The cashless catering system is provided by Live Register and this is how they use biometric data:

In our admissions form we ask for your consent to obtain biometric data to use with the Academy’s cashless catering system. If you do not consent, alternative arrangements will be put in place to allow your child to use the system.

Should you wish to change your consent preferences, please contact enquiries@horbury.accordmat.org

As part of our service in the Academy restaurant, we operate a cashless system which is designed to eliminate the handling of cash in the restaurant, and uses a Biometric system instead. Biometric is the use of scanning 12 key points of a thumb print and storing that data against the student record. We do not hold a finger print of each student, it is only a unique code based on the 12 key points of the scanned thumb.  For those students who do not wish to have their thumb print scanned, they can have a 4 digit pin code allocated to them instead.

Pupils are usually registered onto the  Biometric system in September as they start in Year 7. 

Due to the hygiene measures in place due to Covid 19, we are not currently using our biometric system. Should this still be the case in September, we will let you know. 

How do I put money on my child’s cashless catering account? In September, you will sent details of about creating an account for our on-line payments system. Further information and your individual log in details will be issued to you via your child in September.  

How do I register for Free School Meals? Pupils who are entitled to a Free School Meal will have their account automatically credited on a daily basis. You need to be registered with Wakefield Council for Free School Meals

Families may apply for income-related free school meals if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Please be aware that the following benefits do not qualify for Income Related Free School Meals: Contributions based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Contributions based Employment & Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Child Benefit.

You can apply here: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/free-school-meals?

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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