Information for incoming year 6 parent and carers

A Message From Mr Tomkins 

I am writing to update you on arrangements we will be putting in place to prepare for the arrival of our new Year 7 students when schools reopen and become fully operational once again.

As you will appreciate, at this time of year and through the spring and summer months a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for the next academic year and it is our full intention that this will continue to be the case this year as we ready for the arrival of our new Year 7 students in due course. We will be allocating our new students to their houses and tutor groups, constructing the learning groups (the groups in which students take their taught lessons), allocating modern foreign languages and Latin (where appropriate) and constructing the new school timetable, amongst many other tasks. To ensure that we can get all of these different and complex interlinking elements in place we will now need to adapt and change aspects of the way we do things this year, as outlined below.

Updated arrangements for Year 7 students joining Maidstone Grammar School in September 2020.

· Learning groups and modern foreign language allocations. As described above, the learning groups are the groups in which the students take their academic lessons. Previously we have used information from our own internal literacy testing coupled with parental requests for language choices to construct these groups. We have also used the literacy test information to make decisions about which students will study Latin, in addition to their two modern foreign languages. This year, the school will allocate two languages (from French/ German/ Spanish) to each student, rather than basing this on parental request. Each year some students also study Latin. This year we will make use of elements of the 11+ PESE data to determine which students will be best suited to studying Latin.

· House allocations and tutor groups. There are four houses within the school - Barton, College, Corpus Christi and Tonbridge. Each of these houses consists of 13 mixed age tutor groups (students spend 10 minutes at morning registration and 15 minutes at afternoon registration in their tutor group each day). Students with a sibling currently in the school will be allocated to the same house as their older brother or sister. Other students are allocated across the houses and tutor groups. Where possible and as we have done in previous years, we do our best to group incoming students so that there are two or three students from each primary school who join each mixed age tutor group. Where a student is the only student joining MGS from their school, we group them together with a small number of similar students.

Return of Information Booklet

We would ask that, where possible, parents / carers return the completed information booklet which was sent out by the school shortly after National Offer Day as soon as possible. If you are delivering it by hand to the school reception, please do check on the school website before you come in to the school to confirm that it is open or call the main reception on 01622 752101. We also have a letter box on the right-hand side of the reception doors.

 Please find enclosed further information about the school which we hope that you will find useful and informative to read.

 Finally, we fully understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everybody. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to smooth the transition of our incoming Year 7s and to look after and care for them when they join us. We also very much look forward to welcoming and getting to know all of our new parents and carers. On behalf of the whole MGS community, I would like to thank you for your support and warmly extend our very best wishes to you all.