Joining Year 7 in September 2022
The information below is relevant to students joining Year 7 in September 2022.
All Year 7 students will need access to a Curriculum Pack which you can buy through the school. This pack consists of essential items for mathematics, science, languages and art. Each item is recommended by the subject leaders and is of good quality
The School Curriculum Pack costs £50.00 and contains:
- German dictionary
- French dictionary
- Calculator GCSE
- White nylon polar wallet mix
- Faber -Castell graphite sketch set
- Staedtler Norris Colouring pencils
- Premium Clip Folder A3
- Watercolour tablets set of 25 assorted
This pack represents excellent value for money and is only available for purchase as a complete set.
The school has provided an Art Sketch pad in the Curriculum Pack, free of charge. Science goggles will also be provided free of charge during your child’s first science lesson.
Please note that the Curriculum Pack must be pre-ordered via ParentPay, which is Kendrick School's online method of payment for trips, equipment, educational resources, photocopying and for purchasing food and drink from the school canteen. You will have been sent an email on how to go to the ParentPay website, log in and activate your account. You will also be able to pay for the Summer School in due course using ParentPay.
Students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or at any point in the last 6 years (referred to as Ever6 FSM) will be provided with a Curriculum Pack free of charge.
PARENTS' INFORMATION PACK
Please read the Parent and Carer Information Pack via the link below very carefully as it will include everything you need to know about you child joining Year 7 in September 2022.
KENDRICK PARENTS' SOCIETY (KPS)
We welcome you to the Kendrick Parents’ Society (KPS - a registered charity# 1104281) that forms a strong link with the School, developing relationships between staff, parents, carers and students. KPS provides many socialising opportunities for both students and parents.
KPS organises events and initiatives throughout the year to provide support, enjoyment and opportunities to meet each other and be a key part of the school community while continuing to raise much needed funds for items that the School’s increasingly tight budgets cannot cover. Here is the link to the online membership form that will give you details on what the membership provides, the class rep system and many other useful details. We welcome you to join the KPS Committee too, more details are included in the letter via this link.
Parents and carers meeting - We invite you to our new year 7 families’ picnic planned on the last weekend of August at the Dinton pastures from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday 28th August. If you fill in the online membership form we will have your details to communicate any changes. Please remember to bring a mat, snacks and drinks of your choice for your refreshments. There is a small shop too if in case you want something more!
Parents and carers coffee morning: On the first day of the school, we would like to invite you to the coffee morning at these places:
Picnic Food, 5 Market Pl, Reading RG1 2DP
Munchees Cafe & Restaurant, 2-3 Butter Market, Reading RG1 2DP
Starbucks, 6 King St, Reading RG1 2BH, Reading
Caffe Nero, 66-68 St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2LG
These are near Reading Town Centre and a walkable distance from the school. It is the perfect opportunity to meet other parents. If you want more information, please email us to the addresses given in this letter.
HOLIDAY IN TERM TIME
Please read the information via the link below from Brighter Futures for Children regarding absence during term time. Please refer to our term dates on our website when making your holiday plans to ensure that all holidays are booked during the school holidays and not during term time.
If you have exceptional reasons for removing your child from school during term time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a full explanation of the reason for the absence. This will be passed to the Headteacher for consideration. Please do not write to Form Tutors, Year Heads or any other members of staff with your request.
Unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances, time taken off in term time will be recorded on your child’s attendance record as unauthorised and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. You may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice as outlined in the attached information.
I meet regularly with the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) to discuss attendance and every student with less than 95% attendance (whether through holidays or sickness) is discussed at length, and if deemed suitable, the EWO will send a letter to you. Please ensure that your child’s attendance is not compromised in this way.
Please read the following important information:
Achievement and Attendance (information from Brighter Futures for Children):
- Research has shown that achievement is directly linked to attendance.
- Students with high attendance invariably perform better in class and in exams.
- Across the school year of 38 weeks, 90% attendance means that a student missed four weeks of school (100 hours of teaching and learning).
- If a student continued to attend at 90% over three years they would miss the equivalent of 12 weeks of school (two terms).
- It is proven that attendance is directly linked with academic achievement. A student with 90% attendance is likely to achieve a whole GCSE grade lower than they are capable of because they have missed 10% of their lessons.
I look forward to your cooperation and support in this matter.
Ms C Kattirtzi
Kendrick School Music Department
What happens in Years 7-9?
- All students in Years 7 – 9 receive one 60 minute music lesson per week
- Students will learn a variety of skills including:
- How to read music notation
- How to sing as part of a choir
- How to play the piano/keyboard
- How to play the ukulele
- How to work as part of a team and communicate effectively
- How to create their own compositions (vocal, blues, jazz, pop, reggae, samba and more)
- How to arrange music
- How to analyse and evaluate pieces of music and group performances
What if I want to take Music beyond Year 9?
- We currently offer Edexcel GCSE Music in Years 10-11, and Edexcel A Level Music in Years 12-13
Can I learn a musical instrument at school?
- Yes you can! Kendrick School has a number of visiting peripatetic teachers who attend on a weekly basis. We offer lessons on the following instruments:
- flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone
- trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone and tuba
- violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp
- classical guitar, electric & bass guitar, drum kit and orchestral percussion
- classical & jazz keyboard & piano
- classical & pp voice
- We also offer theory lessons both in small groups and individually
What ensembles can I be a part of?
- At Kendrick School, students can be involved in a range of ensembles, including:
- Sinfonia - grades 2 – 5
- Symphony Orchestra - grade 6 +
- Wind Orchestra - grade 1+
- Flute Choir – grade 1+
- Jazz Band – grade 3+
- Brass Ensemble – grade 1+ brass players
- Guitar Ensemble – pen to all
- Harp Ensemble – grade 1+ harp players
- Vox Choir - Years 7-8
- Senior Choir - Years 9+
- Chamber Choir - by audition only (Years 9+)
- Should students wish to create their own ensembles, they are more than welcome to
- Each of these ensembles are involved in our Winter (term two), Spring (term four) and Summer Gala (term six) concerts
- We also hold an Upper School/Sixth Form Chamber Concert in the first term of the year; an annual House Music Competition in term two; a Performer Series concert in term three, focusing on a different instrument each year, and a Lower School Chamber Concert in term five
- Furthermore, we also host practical and theory ABRSM sessions once per year (subject to minimum numbers)
Instrumental Lessons and Extra-Curricular opportunities
Learning an Instrument
Students are welcome to learn an instrument at Kendrick School at any stage of their school career. We offer instrumental lessons for almost any instrument including: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, cornet, euphonium, trombone, tuba, guitar, voice, keyboard and piano.
There are two schemes for instrumental music lessons at Kendrick:
- Kendrick’s private scheme for lessons on piano and harp
- Berkshire Maestros Music Service, who provide every other instrument (and more) listed above
Both schemes offer lessons to beginners, and also to students who have already begun to learn an instrument. Lesson durations are normally 20 or 30 minutes individually or in groups.
We also offer theory lessons for a fee of £10.50 per lesson.
Application forms for both schemes can be downloaded below. Early return of these forms is advisable, since some teachers’ timetables are usually oversubscribed.
Instrumental lesson fees for 2021-2022 for the Kendrick scheme is £17.50 per 30 minute lesson. Details of up-to-date fees for Berkshire Maestros may be obtained from the website: www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk.
Lessons for lower school students are given on a rotation basis so that as far as possible, part of a different lesson of school work is missed each week. Students may only miss one lesson per week. Students are responsible for ensuring that any work missed is copied up. For students in examination years, lessons are fixed in breaks or study periods.
Please note: Lessons missed are charged for except in the case of a teacher being absent. If a student is absent from school because of illness, teachers will attempt to make up the lesson missed at another time, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Ensemble playing is a vital part of instrumental and vocal tuition, and therefore students having lessons in school are expected to play a full role in the musical life of Kendrick. Kendrick is noted for its musical achievements, and students having lessons outside school are also welcome to attend the ensembles. We believe in breadth and depth in the Music Department, so cater for all abilities in all ensembles. There are three orchestras, a Jazz band, four chamber groups and three choirs for all years and standards. In addition, we hold an annual House Music competition, three large-scale concerts and a Lower and Upper School/Sixth Form chamber concert each year. We also perform musical theatre productions: Guys and Dolls (July 2016) and We Will Rock You (April 2018).
Berkshire Maestros Music Service also runs a comprehensive programme of groups, and we have many students who take part in their ensembles, including county groups such as Berkshire Youth Choir and Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Hiring or Purchasing Instruments
he provision of an instrument is the responsibility of parents/carers. Music shops can organise hire purchase schemes for beginners. If your daughter learns an instrument through Berkshire Maestros, she may be able to hire an instrument through them. Alternatively, instruments can be purchased through the school at discount through the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS). Should you need information about this, Mrs Cooper will be pleased to advise. Students who have piano lessons must have access to a piano at home.
Kendrick School is a centre for Associated Board examinations and we run a special visit in January each year. This is for the convenience of our own students who will not then need to miss any more lessons than necessary in order to attend the examinations. Students who learn privately outside school are very welcome to take their instrumental exam at our centre. Should your daughter’s private instrumental teacher require information on how to do this, please ask Mrs Cooper for details.
If you require further details, please email the Head of Music, Mrs Cooper email@example.com
SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE (KPS)
As you start preparing for the start of secondary school you might want to make use of the second-hand uniform shop run by the Kendrick Parents' Society. The shop is open the first Saturday of every term, 9-11 am in the Conservatory at Kendrick School (next to the school library), with the next opening is Saturday 11th June. We have a good stock of uniform items, sports kit and lab coats, but can't guarantee that we will have all sizes available. Payment is by cash, cheque or card and price list is below.
In addition to the Saturday opening, you can also shop second hand uniform during the welcome evening on 30th June. If you have any questions about the shop, please email Teresa Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.