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Frequently asked questions for Students

 

  • What do I do if I get lost?

Any member of the Denny family should be able to help you! Ask an older student or someone passing by. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, go to the Wellbeing centre where they will be able to help you out.

 

  • What do I do if I lose some of my belongings?

Your property is brought to school at your own risk; however any items found are normally taken to lost property or the Well-being Centre and sorted by staff. Named items are returned to you. Staff will email you if a named item is brought to lost property.  Unnamed items are stored until the end of term.  We do not have space to store large amounts of lost property for any length of time so items that are not claimed after the end of term are given to charity.  Please ensure that all of your items are named.  You are expected to be proactive in searching for items that you may have lost.  If a lost item is valuable, you should ask at Reception as well as the Well-being Centre and also tell your Form Tutor.

 

  • What do I do if I lose my timetable?

It is a good idea to take a photo of your timetable and have it stored on your phone when you first receive it.   However, you can get a replacement from the Well-being Centre or let Miss Hodnett know and another copy can be given to you.

 

  • What do I do if I feel unwell?

If you feel unwell during the day, you must tell your teacher that you are with or report to the Well-being Centre, where you will be assessed. You must NOT phone home independently.  Staff in the Well-being Centre will contact home if they think it’s necessary.

 

  • What do I do if I feel unhappy?

Any new experience in your life can cause anxiety; there are so many things to take on board when you change school and we understand that sometimes you may worry about certain aspects of school life.

Please ask for help if you need it. The first person to approach is your Form Tutor.  However, you can also approach Miss Hodnett, or Mrs Kittle (Student Support).  Alternatively, you could speak to another teacher you feel able to talk to or the school nurse (on a Tuesday lunchtime). Remember we are a family at Denmark Road: we are all here to help and support you!

 

  • What time is break and lunch?

The school day is divided into 5 x one hour lessons with time for registration with your Form Tutor, a 20-minute break from 11.00 to 11.20 and an hour lunch from 1.20 to 2.20 pm.

We operate a two-week timetable so you will have to remember whether it is Week 1 or Week 2 to ensure that you have the correct equipment/books for the lessons. This information can also be found on notices around school.

 

Times of the Day

 

8.40 am

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9.40 am

 

Lesson 1

9.40 am

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10.40 am

 

Lesson 2

10.40 am

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11.00 am

 

Tutor

11.00 am

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11.20 am

 

Break

11.20 am

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12.20 pm

 

Lesson 3

12.20 pm

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1.20 pm

 

Lesson 4

1.20 pm

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2.20 pm

 

Lunch

2.20 pm

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3.20 pm

 

Lesson 5

 
 
  • How do I use the School Restaurant?

Food service is as follows:

7.45 – 8.30 am        -   Breakfast Club is available serving bacon rolls, toast and hot drinks.

10.45 – 11.05 am   -   Selection of hot snacks, sandwiches/rolls, water and fruit juices.

1.05 - 2.10 pm        -   Choice of main meals, snack meals, vegetarian choice, selection of sandwiches, hot and cold desserts, fresh fruit and yoghurts. Soft drinks as above.

A full school lunch (main course and dessert) is available for £2.50 per day.  A selection of rolls, baguettes and sandwiches are available from £1.50 and hot snacks from £1.00.   Menu here.

There is a queueing system, which your tutor will show you when you start with us. It is important to use this system, as the school restaurant can get busy! You are also expected to clean up after yourself: always leave the area you have used, as you would wish to find it.

Denmark Road is a cashless site, this way; you don’t have to worry about losing your school money! We ask that parents and carers pay for your school meals by Parent Pay.  This means that your parents/carers will be able to top up your account and using your fingerprint, you will be able to purchase snacks and meals in the school restaurant, if agreed with your parents/carers.

Your parents/carers will receive an activation letter from the school, which will allow them to create their Parent Pay account at www.parentpay.com   Full details on how to do this can be found on our website under Parental Information.

 

  • What equipment do I need?

The following items are required by your daughter:

  • House Badge
  • DT Folder
  • Art Textiles and Art and Design Sketchbook
  • Art Textiles Kit List
  • A4 Art sketchbook (available from school) Please don’t buy your own
  • Set of white board pens and small rubber
  • Pad of lined paper
  • Small notebook
  • Calculator
  • Small earphones for Music lessons
  • Set of colouring pencils
  • Set of highlighters
  • Glue stick
  • Paper scissors
  • A purple coloured biro
  • Collins (or similar) French dictionary
  • Collins (or similar) English dictionary
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  • What uniform do I need to have?

Main School Uniform Requirements (Years 7-11)

Winter Uniform

*     Navy blazer with school badge

*     Trutex woven blue and white striped, long-sleeved blouse

*     School tie

🔾   Navy blue skirt, straight, with a small vent at the back, knee length and of appropriate material (not lycra/stretchy/denim/linen fabric) or

*     Navy blue school trousers with logo available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester.

🔾   Plain navy blue cardigan or jumper (if required) which must have a V-neck and not be of sweatshirt/fleece material.  Zipped cardigans are not acceptable. The jumper or cardigan must not be longer than the blazer

🔾   Navy blue or black socks or tights, no trainer socks, as socks must be clearly visible

🔾   PLAIN navy blue or black coat or jacket - NO PVC/DENIM/LEATHER/FUR-TRIMMING

🔾   Black, low heeled shoes (4 cm heels maximum) - NO SLING-BACK SHOES/MULES/BOOTS. Heels should not have steel tips.  Please note canvas shoes or trainers are not allowed.

🔾   Plain black or navy scarf (optional)

Summer Uniform

*     Navy blazer with school badge and house

*     Trutex woven blue and white striped, short-sleeved blouse

🔾   Navy blue skirt - details above

🔾   Navy blue cardigan or jumper - if required - details above

🔾   Flesh coloured or navy blue socks or tights, no trainer socks, as socks must be clearly visible

🔾   Black, low heeled shoes (4 cm heels maximum) - NO SLING-BACK SHOES/MULES/ FLIP FLOPS/ SANDALS.  Please note canvas shoes are not allowed.

* These items can only be purchased from the official suppliers (including Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)

These items can be bought from 'High Street' stores.

Sportswear

Compulsory Items

  • White polo shirt with embroidered badge (available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • Regulation Skort (Available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • Regulation navy hooded sweatshirt (Available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • Navy Tracksuit Trousers with embroidered badge (Available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • White ankle socks (High Street store)
  • Trainers with laces suitable for sporting activities.  Black trainers are not permitted.

       Optional Items – all available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Northgate Streeet, Gloucester

  • Navy Hockey Socks (Needed for hockey and rugby clubs)
  • Reversible long sleeve rugby shirt (Available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • Navy DRHS leggings (Available from Monkhouse Schoolwear, Gloucester)
  • Navy running shorts
  • Football boots (Only needed for football and rugby clubs)
  • Team Polo Shirts (Worn by team players in matches)
  • Team jackets (Worn by team players to matches)
  • Athletics vests (Worn by cross-country and athletics teams)

Team polo shirts, athletics vests and rugby shirts are available to borrow from the PE Department for matches and tournaments.  Therefore, there is no compulsion to purchase the optional items.  The PE Department have a small selection of football boots that may be borrowed for clubs and matches.

Information about the official suppliers of our uniform can be found on the school website in the uniform brochure.

 

Jewellery and make-up – if you have pierced ears you are permitted to wear one small stud in the lower lobe of each ear.  A wristwatch is also allowed.  It is not suitable to wear eye-shadow, nail varnish, coloured lipstick or heavy make-up.  Any make-up worn must be subtle. No other facial piercings are permitted, not even with a clear stud.

 

  • What extra-curricular opportunities are available?

There are many opportunities for you to join in extra-curricular activities (these take place outside of lesson times) and you will be encouraged to do a variety of activities. Some examples include netball, dance, athletics, art club, junior choir, hockey, chess, food club… to name just a few!

 

  • How do I sign up for clubs and activities?

Subject teachers will advertise clubs via your tutor and also on the board outside IT1. 

Notices about the times and meeting places are given in tutor time, so listen carefully. Your Form Tutor may also have notices in registration.  You will also need to check your school email daily to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities.

 

  • Is there anything I need to know about travelling to school?

You may live quite a distance from school and therefore, you will have to use some form of transport to get here.

Please read the following information for your own safety.

BUS

  1. Ensure seat belts are worn at all times.
  2. Do not move around the bus, if it is still moving.
  3. Get on and off the bus in an orderly fashion.
  4. Once off the bus, cross the road carefully.
  5. At the end of school, please wait for the bus in the designated area on Seabroke Road.
  6. Poor behaviour is not tolerated on buses and you could be banned from the bus if this happens.

CAR

  1. Please inform your parents that they should pick you up/drop you off on Lansdown Road, they should try to avoid Seabroke Road or Denmark Road at the beginning and end of the day due to the buses and volume of traffic.   Map here of local roads.
  2. Take great care crossing the road, only use allocated crossings which will be supervised by teachers.

CYCLE

  1. Please wear a helmet.
  2. Dismount your cycle at the gates and push it to the cycle shed.
  3. Lock your cycle in the shed.

It is extremely important that you act sensibly, however you travel to school. You are easily recognisable in our distinctive uniform and as such are representing the school.  Do not let yourself or the school down by behaving poorly.  Remember you are the school’s ambassadors.

 

  • What times are the buses?

Follow this link which takes you to the transport information section of our website.  All bus times are listed on here.

 

  • What happens if I miss the bus?

There is always a member of staff on bus duty. You need to report to them and to the school reception, who will contact home for you.

 

  • What do I do if I am worried about a friend?

The first person to approach is your Form Tutor.  However, you can also talk to Miss Hodnett, or Mrs Kittle (Student Support) to let them know your concerns.  Alternatively, you could speak to another teacher you feel able to talk to or the school nurse (on a Tuesday lunchtime). Remember we area family: we are all here to support you!

 

  • What can I do if I am finding it challenging to use Show My Homework?

Notify your tutor straight away.  Mr Fryer and Mr Batten from our IT department (based on the second floor in the main building) will be able to help you out too.

 

  • What can I do if I am finding homework challenging?

Talk to your subject teachers, they are always wanting to help and support you as much as they can. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can also speak to your tutor, Miss Hodnett or Mrs Kittle. Don’t keep worries about homework bottled up: it’s important you talk to a teacher about it straight away. Remember, we are a family and here to support you!

 

  • When can I use mobile devices?

Mobile phones are not allowed in lessons, but you are free to use them at break and lunchtime. Phones must be switched off during lesson time and not on silent. Although we do encourage you to spend your free time in school interacting with your friends and taking part in the many clubs we have on offer!

 

  • When can I use my headphones?

Headphones are only permitted in music lessons and when directed by your teacher. You may want to use them at break and lunchtime; however, we do encourage you to interact with your friends during this free time in school instead of using mobile devices.

 

  • What is the Leader of Learning Programme?

Our Leader of Learning Programme is a bespoke and innovative cognitive science programme designed by Ms Wickson and her team to empower students to understand how and why they learn best.

In Year 7, you have a comprehensive tutorial programme to teach you the key learning strategies, which help you to learn best. You will then use these strategies in the classroom and in your everyday lives. Our core objective for you is that you are able to strive for excellence through active, independent learning, and our Leaders of Learning Programme enables this transformation to take place.

 

  • How do I conduct myself when moving between classrooms?

You will move around the school according to which subjects you will be studying. It will seem confusing for a while but we promise you that it will get easier! Keep a copy of the map with you! As you move around the school, you will be keeping to the left in corridors and on stairs. You should behave in a polite and sensible manner, without running whilst keeping an eye on the time to ensure that you arrive to your lessons on time.  Always check behind you when going through a door: be polite and keep it open for the next person. Go through doors in single file, so that you do not push into someone else trying to get through.

 

  • What are the expectations of my behaviour in and outside of the classroom?

Whenever a large number of people are together, it is necessary for there to be guidelines on behaviour. The School’s guidelines are given below. If followed, life will be made easier for everyone.

  1. Show courtesy and consideration for others.
  2. Treat school property and the property of other members of the school with respect.
  3. Wear the school uniform correctly and make sure everything you bring to school is clearly named.
  4. Always be punctual, whatever it is you are doing.
  5. Move around the school sensibly and quietly, keeping to the left in corridors and on stairs.
  6. You are not allowed to leave the school during the day unless you have permission to do so. If you have an emergency appointment, your parents should complete a leave of absence form in advance, which should be handed into reception or the Well-being Centre.  If you need to leave school during the day for an appointment and you have been given permission then you should tell your Form Tutor and, at the time you need to leave go to the Wellbeing Centre to sign out and collect an exit pass which should be handed into reception when a parent/carer collects you.   A parent or an adult who is on our contact list must come to the main reception to collect you.

 

  • How do I use the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)?

The Learning Resource Centre (also known as the LRC or Library) will become an essential part of your life at DRHS – whether you join a club, create a new one, browse through the fiction, need something for your school work, or use the catalogue to find specific items, you will find plenty of help from your Librarian. 

The LRC is open from 8.15am to 5pm on Mondays to Thursdays and until 4.30pm on Fridays.  It is available before school, at break time, at lunchtime, (when you can book a computer slot) and after school for general use. 

If you need to find something specific, eg by a particular author, or on a topic, you can use the catalogue, which is available on all school computers.  You’ll get further guidance on using the catalogue during your Introduction to the Learning Resource Centre session which usually takes place during an English lesson near to the beginning of the September term. 

Books may be borrowed for 3 weeks at a time (you can have up to 4 books) and renewed if you haven’t finished with them.  DVDs may be borrowed for a week, and again, can be renewed if you haven’t finished watching them.  Books and DVDs must be signed out at the LRC desk and date stamped, so that you know when to return them.  Some books are in high demand, so it is essential you return your books on time, in order that our resources can be shared fairly within our DRHS community.  All LRC items must be treated with care whilst you are looking after them, so that they stay in good condition for all students to use.  All books and DVDs must be returned to the LRC desk, so they can be taken off your account. 

I hope that you will find books that you will enjoy, activities to engage you and that you develop skills to find the information you will need.  It is my role to facilitate all those things and I am really looking forward to welcoming you, our new students, to the DRHS LRC in September. 

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