Choosing Fullbrook

Thank you for your interest in Fullbrook. This area of the website is tailored for parents, who are interested in choosing Fullbrook for their children, as well as parents with children just starting at Fullbrook.

 

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How to apply to Fullbrook

Applications for a place at Fullbrook School in September 2020 should be made through the Local Education Authority.

You can apply online via Surrey County Council’s website:

www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions or by telephoning the Contact Centre on 0300 200 1015 to request a booklet.

Applications must be made through Surrey County Council. Details of how to apply can be found on their website. The 2020/21 admissions policy, provided below, will be applied to all applications for the September intake and to all in-year applications for the 2020/21 academic year.

Typical Day at Fullbrook

At Fullbrook we have a 10 day timetable which means your lesson schedule takes place over a two week period. Year 7 students are given their timetables and can stick them into their Contact Diaries. You can also view your timetable on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Students can arrive onto the school site from 8 am to meet friends or buy some breakfast in the restaurant.

Tutor time takes place between 8.40 and 9.00am.

Tutors work really hard to make sure students feel welcome and safe in school every day. The Head of Learning may well pop in to highlight an inter-house competition or celebrate student success. Tutors and students work together to make sure everyone is prepared and ready to make the most of the day.

Period 1 takes place between 9.00 and 10.00 am.

When Year 7 students first join Fullbrook they are mentored by specially trained Year 11 students. Mentors will help you find your way around and make sure you are able to get to lessons.

 

Break is between 10.00am and 10.20 am.

During break you have a choice of where to go. You can meet your friends in the playground or buy some food and sit in the restaurant area. If the weather is nice students often like to buy something from the Snack Shack and sit at the outdoor table area. You could visit the LRC to play chess, borrow a book or print homework in the IT suite.

At Fullbrook Year 7, Year 8 and Year 11 students have their break after Period 1. Year 9 and Year 10 students have their break after Period 2. This means there is always plenty of space to sit, play and spend some time with your friends.

 

Period 2 takes place between 10.20 and 11.20 am.

Period 3 takes place between 11.20 and 12.20 am.

Lunch Break takes place between 12.20 and 1.00 pm.

 

As at Break Time you can go to the restaurant, the Snack Shack or the LRC. If you have a packed lunch you are welcome to eat it in the restaurant area or in the hall. There are also a number of clubs or activities you may want to take part in.

 

Period 4 takes place between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm.

Period 5 takes place between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

 

Afternoon tutor time takes place between 3.00 and 3.10 pm. Your Tutor will ask how your day went and remind you of any important notices you need to be aware of.

 

Reflection Time takes place between 3.10 and 3.15.

 

Fullbrook staff and students have a restorative approach towards issues and incidents. Your tutor might, once in a while, ask you to stay behind for a few minutes after Tutor time to have a conversation about any issues or concerns that may have cropped up throughout the day.

 

At this point a lot of students enjoy a wide range of clubs and activities that take place after school. Every time you take part in an extra-curricular activity you earn precious house points. There is also a Homework Club in the LRC where you have access to PCs and a colour laser printer.

 

There is a Yellow Bus that leaves at 3.30pm and a Late Bus that leaves at 5.00pm. There is also a secure lock up for push bikes.

Year 11 Mentors

What are mentors?

Each student in Year 7 has a mentor. This mentor is a student in Year 11 who has been trained to help the Year 7 students to settle into life at Fullbrook.

How are mentors selected?

All Year 11 students are invited to apply. They are then interviewed and approximately 70 mentors are selected. Once selected, the mentors receive training and then meet their Year 7s on the Induction Day in June.

What do mentors do?

Mentors take the new Year 7s from lesson to lesson for the first two weeks in September and help the Year 7s become familiar with the layout of Fullbrook. Mentors help the new students to be organised and resolve every day problems that they may face. Mentors also run activities twice a week during tutor time until October half term and are available on the Year 7 playground during lunch times.

We are very proud of our Mentors!

  • “Mentors are nice and helpful and when you are lost, they help you”
  • “They wear ties so we know who to ask for help”
  • “They help you remember where to go for each lesson”
  • “The Year 11 mentors help us in the first two weeks”

Transition Timeline

  • March
    The Local Education Authority will send letters to parents confirming their child’s place at secondary school. Fullbrook send enrolment forms to parents.
  • March – April
    Fullbrook Parent Voice host ‘Preparing to Make the Change Together’ sessions.
  • June
    Primary school student profiles are transferred to Fullbrook and tutor group lists are established. Head of Year 7 completes Year 6 Primary School visits to collect data and answer initial questions from Year 6 about the transition.
  • June/July
    Induction days – Year 6 pupils visit Fullbrook for two days. They will experience an assembly at secondary school for the first time, meet the tutors, tour the school, attend some lessons, meet with some current Year 7 students and meet their Year 11 mentors. Your child will be given the emaila ddress of their mentor so they they can remain in contact and ask any questions over the summer.
  • July
    Primary schools prepare students to change schools and families attend ‘leavers’ events.
  • September
    SATs results are transferred to Fullbrook.

 

Year 7 have special arrangements at the start of the school year. On the first day of school there is a staggered start allowing Year 7 to start a little earlier than the rest of the school.

Lunch arrangements are adjusted in order to give Year 7 more time to eat for the first two weeks. Mentors take students from lesson to lesson for the first two weeks of term. Learning Support Assistants are allocated to a tutor group for the first two to three weeks and will go to every lesson with that tutor group.

Academic Profiling – this continues as other forms of data are gathered about the students and in-putted into the schools database. All teaching staff use this information in order to challenge students appropriately.

Parent Information Evening – All Year 7 parents are invited to attend and Evening event where they have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Fullbrook and gain a deeper understanding of how the processes work.

 

  • October
    Students are no longer taught in tutor groups for English, Maths and Science but are grouped so they they are taught alongside other students of similar ability. This allows teachers to challenge students appropriately and target their individual needs.

Meet the Tutor Evening – An early opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s tutor and discuss how their child has coped with the transition and their child’s academic profile.

Supporting your child

10 Top Tips!

1. Children need a quiet place to do their homework.

2. Keep pens, pencils, calculators, dictionaries and rulers handy!

3. Dip into a dictionary to check meanings and spellings.

4. Help them, but don’t do it for them! If you ask your child for explanations it will encourage them to think it through more clearly.

5. Regularly look through your child’s books and discuss their progress for each subject.

6. Use everyday activities like going to the shops to help them put their learning into practice.

7. Go out and about to visit a variety of places and enjoy learning together.

8. Watch out for tv programmes and dvds that have something to do with their studies.

9. Breakfast gives your child energy to learn.

10. Buy them educational games and books to read. These are activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Transition videos 

Below is a selection of videos to help your transition into Fullbrook