Frequently asked questions

How long is the school day?

Students must be on site at 8.45am.

How many lessons are there in a day?

We have 5 lessons per day. P1 is 30 minutes long and P2, P3, P4 and P5 are each 75 minutes long.

What do I need to bring on my first day?

Students are expected to attend school in full uniform, bring with them their PE kits and their equipment for that day. For further information click here.

Who can I talk to if i have a problem?

Our Pastoral Team are assigned to each year group who will be more than happy to support your child’s needs or concerns.

How do I pay for lunch?

We operate on a cashless basis which includes the canteen and trips. Parents/carers can top up online via our secure system SCOPAY. Students are also able to add cash to their accounts via the fingerprint scanning machine in our canteen. 

Can I ride my bike to school?

Yes, we have various bicycle stores available for students to use. The school accepts no responsibility in the event a student’s bike is damaged or stolen. 

When will i receive my timetable?

All students will received their personalised timetable on the first day they attend school.

What do I do if my child is late to school?

Inform our Attendance Officer, Mrs Stock, by telephone or email your child will be late for school.  When your child arrives at school they should report to Mrs Stock’s office to sign in.

01732 840995 Option 1     or     emma.stock@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk

 

How do I report my child's absence from school?

Telephone or email our Attendance Officer, Mrs Stock, on the day of the absence before 9.00am.  A message can be left on the answer machine if she is not available.

01732 840995 Option 1     or     emma.stock@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk

 

How will I be informed if there is a school closure?

On the very rare occasion the school needs to close we will inform all parents via text or email.  Please also check our website where you will find regular updates.

What do I do if my child is prescribed medication?

If your child needs to have medication at school you must contact our Attendance Officer, Mrs Stock, to arrange for it to be kept in a secure location.  All medication should not be kept with the child during the school day.

What happens if my child has a medical/dental appointment?

Please try to arrange medical appointments outside of school time. If this is unavoidable we ask that you send in, or email, the appointment letter to our Attendance Officer, Mrs Stock, to be recorded on your child’s register.  emma.stock@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk

COVID 19 - What are bubbles?

A bubble is a whole year group.  Year group bubbles allow students to have access to the whole curriculum and specialist teachers without mixing with different year groups to minimise transmission. Break and lunchtimes are currently operating in year group bubbles only.

COVID 19 - Should my child wear a mask in school?

From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. We will continue to maintain all other COVID-19 safety measures and support students and staff who still wish to wear face coverings. Further information can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/984846/FINAL_Face_coverings_in_education_guidance.pdf

COVID 19 - What happens if my child has a positive lateral flow test? 

Rapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you. If you or a family member have symptoms and/or a positive lateral flow test you should continue to get a PCR test.  You must self-isolate if you test positive. Do not meet up with others and follow the stay at home guidance. You usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days if you've tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been in close contact with someone who has it. You might need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms or your symptoms do not go away. If your child has recently tested positive for COVID-19, can you please notify the school at your earliest convenience. For further information please refer to the latest NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/test-results/positive-test-result/

COVID 19 - What if my child or someone in our household has symptoms?

If your child, or anyone in the household, has symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature/hot to touch, new persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) the child and their household need to follow the Government guidance on self-isolation (www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance) and arrange for your child, or the person/people with symptoms, to be tested (call 119 or book through www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test).

You also need to inform the school.

What is Key stage 3 | Keystage 4 | Key stage 5?

Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the National Curriculum taught to children between Year 7 and Year 9. 

Key Stage 4 (KS4) is the National Curriculum taught to children between Year 10 and Year 11 (GCSE's)

Key Stage 5 (KS5) is the National Curriculum taught to children between Year 12 and Year 13 (Sixth Form)

WHAT IS THE ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE (EBACC)?

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure showing the proportion of children in a secondary school who achieve a Grade C or more in core academic subjects - English, maths, a science, history or geography and a language.

WHAT DOES A PROGRESS 8 SCORE MEAN FOR SCHOOLS?

The Progress 8 score is a new rating for English secondary schools which shows how well students have progressed academically during their time there. It compares results from different schools so that their performance can be easily seen by parents.