Frequently Asked Questions

In answer to a few of your questions

Helping Your Child Prepare

Start talking to your child about school a few months before they’re due to start. When you’re near a school at drop-off or collection time, stop and explain to your child what’s going on. If they know what to expect they are less likely to be unsettled or have a difficult transition. As their first day nears, talk to your child about what to expect. Talk about playtime and lunchtime as well as teachers and learning. Try to familiarise your child with letters and numbers before starting school. If you can, read more often with your child.
Moving from the top class of primary school, Year 6, to the bottom class of secondary, Year 7, is probably the biggest change your child will have ever known. Don’t underestimate the importance of this moment in your child’s life, even if most of their friends are going to the same school, and you have older children. Because moving schools is such a change in their lives, your child will almost certainly be nervous. Take time to talk things through—or at least, let your child know that you realise they might be anxious and you’re willing to listen. Children often feel better about worries when they share them.
Aim to keep your time as free as possible around the early days of secondary school—your child may be growing up, but this doesn’t mean you’re not needed. Could you get home from work early, or even work from home, so that you’re there to talk through how things are going when they return home? 

Learning at Grace

The National Curriculum covers learning for children aged 5–16, and sets out: which subjects should be taught; the knowledge, skills, and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age); and targets—so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject.
The National Curriculum is divided into four Key Stages that children are taken through during their school life. For example, Key Stage 1 is taught during Years 1 and 2 of primary school. Targets defined in the National Curriculum are assessed at the end of each Key Stage. Key Stage 1 is comprised of Year 1 and 2, ages 5–7; Key Stage 2, Year 3–6, ages 7–11; Key Stage 3, Year 7–9, ages 11–14; and lastly, Key Stage 4, Year 10 and 11, ages 14–16.
In the current security climate, we don’t hold open days but we are only too pleased to arrange an appointment with one of the heads of school in order to find out how Grace might meet your child’s educational needs. Reach us at: admissions@grace.school
Take your child with you...
you need a child’s eye view as well as your own, and they’ll notice things you happen to miss.
Pay attention to the pupils themselves...
do they seem happy and motivated? Do they speak positively about their teachers and school-life? Our pupils are the best Grace ambassadors.
Ask about our extra-curricular activities...
such as sports and clubs—so your child can develop their interests.

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