FAQs

 

What is the approach to setting? 

We have different approaches in different subjects and year groups depending on the needs of the cohort and what educational research tells us is best. We currently set in year 7 for English, Maths and Sceince.  Other subjects set in year 9 once the GCSE programme begins.  We have a separate programme running for our higher attaining students. 

 

How big is the school?

 

 

Will I get in?

 

Are you fully staffed?

470 students - we know all the students and ensure that no one slips through the net.

 

Yes, if you put us first choice; we have 150 places.

 

Yes, with specialists in every area and a very low absence rate compared to the national average.

 

How will I know my child is successful at school?

 

We ask teachers to report on their progress once every six weeks. If there are any issues, they are picked up here.  We report to parents termly. 

 

How do you stretch your most able students?

 

 

 

What is the Bourne Trust?

 

 

We run a high fliers programme which targets different students in different subjects.  We ensure challenge is evident in every lesson. 

 

 

The Bourne Education Trust consists of 12 schools. We successfully provide school-to-school support to others that need our help.

 

What languages can you take? How many can you do for GCSE?

 

French, German, Spanish – everyone studies a language and you can do up to two at GCSE

Can you study the three sciences separately?

 

Yes, from Y9 if you enjoy science and do well at it

How many times a week will my child study a subject? 

 

We have a fortnightly timetable: En, Ma, Sc, La 6 hours a fortnight, PE 4 hours a fortnight. Other subjects in Y7 - RS, drama, dance, geography, history, art, technology, computing, PSHE is taught in tutor time and embedded in lessons

 

How much HW do you set?

An hour per week in English, maths, and science. Fortnightly for all other subjects. We aim for marking to be purposeful and to guide students on how to progress in the subject.

 

 

What is the EBacc?

 

A good grade in English, maths, science x 2, history or geography and a language. We make this available to every student

 

Is there bullying at Everest?

Bullying exists everywhere. We deal with it openly and fairly, with a restorative approach, and focus on teaching students other ways to behave. We have a strong support system and believe we have very little.

 

What is behaviour like?

 

 

What is the average class size?

 

Good with a real focus on Teaching and Learning, proactive intervention via the pastoral team to stop matters escalating; exclusions are rare.

 

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What are the after-school activities on offer?

Sports,  performing arts, photography, science, and DofE. In addition to this, we offer a range of external trips and visits.

 

How much does the food cost?

 

£2.00  for a main meal and dessert or a drink currently

What is cashless catering?

Students put money into a machine and then pay at the till by having their finger digitally scanned.

 

What is our exam entry policy?

Terminal exams at the end of Y11

What are the facilities like?

This is a new, state of the art building with access to the community sports centre.  Facilities are first class and fit for 21st century learning. 

What trips and visits are on offer (particularly abroad)?

A range – sports fixtures,  trips to theatre, museums, other schools, colleges / universities, etc, day or residential field trips, exchanges, residential trips to France Germany, and Spain, skiing trips. This is just a selection.

 

How does the school provide for SEN?

We have a SENCO and an excellent team of teaching assistants who run a variety of interventions. We work successfully with numerous external agencies. 

Do siblings automatically go into the same house?

 

No – we try to separate students fairly across the house system.

 

When do students get to choose option subjects?

They start to think about options in the January of Y8. After a thorough process including assemblies, parents’ information evenings, one-to-one interviews, they finally choose towards the end of Y8 and begin their options in Y9

 

 
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