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SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS

Our Determined Admission Arrangements can be found below.

We do not have a catchment area. The furthest distance from which the school is able to admit changes each year, due to a number of factors including how many applications we receive from:

 

  • LAC children

  • SEN children with an EHCP (with Thomas Aveling named on their EHCP) 

  • Siblings of current students

  • Students who live in our access area in Borstal.  A map of our access area can be found below

After applying the above oversubscription criteria, student applications are then ranked according to distance from the school.  

Whilst in past years we have always been significantly oversubscribed – approximately three applications for every place – we would always advise parents/carers to put their choice of schools in order of preference.

  

The Local Authority will allocate your child a place at the school highest on your list for which a space is available.

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THE THOMAS AVELING ACCESS AREA

 

DETERMINED ADMISSIONS POLICIES

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DETERMINED ADMISSION POLICY SEPTEMBER 2023

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DETERMINED ADMISSION POLICY SEPTEMBER 2024

 

APPEALS

 

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school you have the right of appeal to a Panel set up under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The School Admission Appeals Code which sets out the requirements for dealing with Appeals together with associated guidance can be accessed at the website of Department for Children Schools and Families www.dcsf.gov.uk/sacode.

This Panel is independent of the School as the Admissions Authority and is not answerable to it. Its decision is final.

A parent guide to the appeals process can be downloaded below.

Download:

Y7 APPEALS PARENTS LEAFLET

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APPEALS GREEN FORM (COLOURED FOR INDIVIDUAL APPEAL)

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APPEALS PINK FORM (COLOURED FOR GROUP MEETING)

TERM
DATES

SEPTEMBER 2023 TO JULY 2024
TERM 1

Thursday 31st August 2023
START Year 7 ONLY

Friday 1st September 2023

YEAR 7 ONLY

Monday 4th September 2023
WHOLE SCHOOL

Friday 20th October 2023
FINISH

 
AUTUMN BREAK
Monday 23rd October to Friday 3rd November 2023
TERM 2

Monday 6th November 2023
START
 
Friday 24th November 2023
TRUST INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS
 
Friday 22nd December 2023
FINISH

 
CHRISTMAS BREAK
Monday 25th December 2023 to Friday 5th January 2024
TERM 3

Monday 8th January 2024
START


Friday 9th February 2024
FINISH

 
FEBRUARY BREAK
Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February 2024
TERM 4

Monday 19th February 2024
START
 
Thursday 28th March 2024
FINISH

 
EASTER BREAK
Friday 29th March to Friday 12th April 2024
TERM 5

Monday 15th April 2024
START

Monday 6th May 2024
EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 24th May 2024
FINISH
 
LATE SPRING BREAK
Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2024
TERM 6

Monday 3rd June 2024
START

 
Monday 1st July 2024
STAFF CPD - STUDENTS NOT IN SCHOOL

Friday 19th July 2024
FINISH

 
SEPTEMBER 2024 TO JULY 2025
TERM 1

Monday 2nd September 2024
START Year 7 ONLY

Tuesday 3rd September 2024

YEAR 7 ONLY

Wednesday 4th September 2024
WHOLE SCHOOL

Friday 18th October 2024
FINISH

 
AUTUMN BREAK
Monday 21st October to Friday 1st November 2024
TERM 2

Monday 4th November 2024
START
 
Friday 22nd November 2024
TRUST INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS
 
Friday 20th December 2024
FINISH

 
CHRISTMAS BREAK
Monday 23rd December to Thursday 2nd January 2025
TERM 3

Friday 3rd January 2025
START


Friday 14th February 2025
FINISH

 
FEBRUARY BREAK
Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2025
TERM 4

Monday 24th February 2025
START
 
Friday 4th April 2025
FINISH

 
EASTER BREAK
Monday 7th April to Friday 18th April 2025
TERM 5

Tuesday 22nd April 2025
START

Monday 5th May 2025
EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 23rd May 2025
FINISH
 
LATE SPRING BREAK
Monday 26th May to Friday 30th May 2025
TERM 6

Monday 2nd June 2025
START

 
Friday 27th June 2025
STAFF CPD - STUDENTS NOT IN SCHOOL

Wednesday 23rd July 2025
FINISH

 

KEY
DATES

STAFF
LIST

MATHS

Head of Department

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

ART AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Head of Department (Art)

Head of Department (D&T)

Teacher of D&T

Teacher of Art/Textiles

Teacher of Art/D&T

Teacher of Art

Teacher of Art

Teacher of Art/Textiles

ALTERNATIVE CURRICULUM 

Head of Department

BUSINESS

Head of Business

Teacher of Business

Teacher of Business

MEDIA

Head of Department

Teacher of Media

ENGLISH

Head of Department

Teacher of English    

Teacher of English    

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Teacher of English

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Head of Department

Teacher of French

Teacher of French

Teacher of Spanish

Teacher of Spanish

MUSIC

Head of Department

Teacher of Music

GEOGRAPHY

Head of Department

Teacher of Geography

Teacher of Geography

Teacher of Geography

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Head of Department

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

HISTORY

Head of Department

Teacher of History

Teacher of History

Teacher of History

PERFORMING ARTS

Head of Department

Head of Drama

Teacher of Drama

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Head of Department

Teacher of Health & Social Care 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Head of RE

ICT / COMPUTER SCIENCE

Head of ICT

Head of Computer Science

Teacher of ICT/Computer Science

Teacher of ICT/Computer Science

SCIENCE

Head of Department

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

Teacher of Science

LAW

Head of Department

PSHE

Head of Department

 

EXPECTATIONS

At Thomas Aveling we have the very highest expectations of all involved: Students, Teachers and Parents.  Please scroll down through this section to check out our expectations of attendance, behaviour, our home school agreement, and uniform.  For students to make the very best progress while at the school, it is vital that we all understand our opportunities and responsibilities.

 

ATTENDANCE

Research shows that there is a clear link between high attainment and good attendance in school. Therefore, it is vital that students attend school every day. The school has several support strategies in place to help ensure that all students can achieve their full potential, these include:

 

  • Regular monitoring of student attendance and punctuality – morning registration is taken electronically by the form tutor at 8.40am. In addition to this we have electronic registration in all lessons to ensure attendance throughout the day.

  • Celebrating good attendance – we celebrate students’ 100% attendance at the end of each academic year.  In previous years we have invited students to enjoy a meal together at a local restaurant or students have received shopping vouchers.

  • Actively working to improve attendance – from our regular monitoring of attendance, we can quickly see if there are any causes for concern. If attendance is a cause for concern, then a series of actions are taken. Parents will be informed by text, phone call and/or a letter. Should there continue to be a concern, parents will be invited into school to discuss the issues and, if necessary, the Attendance Advisory Practitioner (AAP) will be informed. Parents and their sons/daughters may be invited to attend an attendance panel where the Senior Attendance Advisory Practitioner will be present. The Attendance Advisory Practitioner will work with parents to help improve their children’s attendance, but they do have the authority to award fixed penalty fines and instigate court proceedings against parents for their children’s non-attendance.

  • Actively working to improve punctuality – from our regular monitoring of punctuality, we can quickly see if there are any causes for concern. If students are late then they will have to attend a punctuality detention at breaktime the same day, should they fail to attend, this will be rolled onto the following day; if the breaktime detention is not attended this will then result in a leadership detention after school.

We will continue to use these strategies and work with students and parents to ensure that students have the best possible opportunities for success.

The holiday form is no longer available as the Governors have not authorised holiday absence for any student during term time since September 2007. Only in exceptional circumstances will authorised leave be granted. In these circumstances, parents should write directly to the Headteacher.

Penalty Notices – In line with Local Education Authority practise we must advise parents/carers that a Penalty Notice may be imposed in certain cases where unauthorised holiday leave is taken, or a child has regular unauthorised attendance.

 

BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING

INTRODUCTION

This guidance underpins the Governors’ statutory policy on Discipline. All members of the school community have the right to work within a safe, well-ordered, and supportive environment where effective learning can take place. At Thomas Aveling we believe we all choose how we behave and are responsible for our actions. To support these beliefs, we seek to create a culture of positive relationships based on mutual rights, supported by individual responsibilities and protected by reasonable rules that are applied consistently.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Ofsted is clear about the key features which make a school successful these are:

  • teachers who manage classrooms effectively and in accordance with the school’s conventions (they control entry and seating, give clear instructions and explanations, use interesting material and activities, challenge, and support students, keep them on task and respond fully to their work)

  • additionally, any weaknesses in basic skills are systematically addressed and students are taught to work independently and efficiently.

Therefore, this school gives priority to promoting good teaching, as this gives the best incentive for students to attend school and behave well. Our written policies and systems must be complied with consistently to ensure success.

In dealing with behavioural issues, it is always our intention to support the student’s return to effective learning.

Student Voice confirms that a good teacher is one who is firm and keeps order in the classroom, explains the work to be done and helps with it, and maintains a friendly disposition in and out of school. Students are much more likely to be compliant if our expectations of them are consistently voiced and applied. The Behaviour guidance below lists the detailed responsibilities of class teachers, House teams and school leaders, as well as our shared expectations of students.

REWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Rewards that are used effectively can support a student in making significant changes to their attitude and behaviour. The rewards below also underpin the House System, and all rewards equate to a value of house points which are added together with the House with the most winning the House Competition – which is a really big thing at Thomas Aveling.

 

Students can be awarded merits which equate to 1 house point for the following categories

  • Ambition

  • Pride

  • Respect

  • Creativity

  • Resilience

  • Kindness

  • Outstanding effort

 

These can be awarded directly to the school system or students can collect these merits on a conduct card. The conduct card once completed is worth 10 merits and any completed conduct cards are entered into a prize draw at the end of each term.

 

For more sustained effort students can be awarded postcards (worth 5 merits) and certificates (worth 10 merits).

 

For instant recognition we also use Legend cards (which are worth 5 merits ) these are only allowed to be awarded to one student per lesson and are awarded for any of the reasons merits can be awarded, but also for showing a sustained change in behaviour or attitude.

 

At the end of each term subjects and house teams nominate stars of the term, these are for students who have shown or developed one of our core 5 virtues over a period of time. All nominated students receive postcards and the overall star of the term per subject and form receives a certificate.

 

Each form earns house points for attendance above 95% and students who have 100% attendance in a term earn themselves 20 merits for their House.

 

At the end of the year, the House with the most house points is awarded a house celebration, where students and staff from the winning House are off timetable and spend time celebrating the success of the year.

 

We run a number of reward trips throughout the year to celebrate the students who achieve well, these include trips to the cinema for students in years 7-10, race to “Rockin’ and Bowlin’” and race to the Prom for year 11s.

 

CONSEQUENCES (SANCTIONS)

Despite all the positive behaviour management strategies, there will be times where student’s behaviour requires a consequence.

In keeping with our belief that behaviour is a choice, it is important that students understand there will be consequences if they choose to work outside our fair rules. The consequence should link the behaviour with the sanction and is applied to the misdemeanour rather than the student. The certainty that there will be a consequence for poor behaviour or insufficient work is more important than the severity of the sanction. Any system will be as strong as the weakest link and it is essential that all staff apply rewards and sanctions consistently.

The following flow diagram will be used when issuing sanctions:

 

Refusal – Level 3

  • If the student refuses to follow instructions, leaves the classroom without your permission or is involved in a very serious incident that cannot be dealt with at Level 2, the Level 3 threshold has been reached.

  • A Senior Leadership Team (SLT) CALL OUT must be placed by sending a responsible student to reception. A member of SLT will come and collect the student and escort them to the Inclusion Zone where an appropriate sanction will be issued.

  • Students will be sanctioned according to their level of behaviour. Incidents that might meet the threshold for Exclusion will be referred directly to the Deputy Headteacher.

THE INCLUSION ZONE

The Inclusion Zone has been established in consultation with Medway and drawing upon DfE guidance on Learning Support Units. It is run by the Inclusions Zone supervisor.  If a child is placed in the Zone for a day or longer, they will have some intervention work conducted by the Zone supervisor and be expected to be visited by their Assistant Director of Learning (ADOL) or Director of Learning (DOL)

There are a variety of reasons a child may be placed in the Zone

a) Time Out

b) Internal Exclusions

c) Stabilising

d) Pending

This facility aims to improve ‘inclusion’, combat disaffection and reduce the number of exclusions from school

Detentions

This policy is based on the Secretary of State’s Guidance. Detention is one of the sanctions used to support the school discipline (behaviour management) policy. The Education Act 1997 gives schools legal backing to detain pupils after the end of a school day.

The school will give at least 24 hours written notice of a detention to the parent indicating:

  • that their child has been given a detention

  • why it was given

  • when, where and for how long

In practice a detention would need to be set with two school days’ notice.

 

PARENTAL OBJECTIONS

Any parental objections will be dealt with by the Subject Leader in the first instance, who may refer to the Director of Learning, and thereafter to the Link Deputy Headteacher.

FAILURE TO ATTEND

If a student fails to attend an after-school detention without a valid reason in writing from a parent/carer, the student will be internally isolated in the Inclusion Zone until 4pm the following day.

 

Download: BEHAVIOUR FOR SUCCESS

 

 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT: RULES AND STANDARDS

Download: Home School Agreement

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

We are extremely proud of how smart our students look in their school uniform and will always insist that high standards are maintained.  Parents will be contacted where the uniform code has been infringed without reasonable explanation and children may work with their tutor all day or be sent home to change.  We appreciate the support from our parents in this matter.

GIRLS' UNIFORM

Blazer - Black with *School Badge (edged with house colour)

Skirt - Skirts must be tailored and made of ‘non stretch’ fabric to allow movement and should be no more than 3-4” above the knee (no short or tight skirts will be permitted)

Trousers - Trousers must be tailored and made of ‘non stretch’ fabric (no flares or tight fitting trousers will be permitted)

Blouse - *White with blue pin stripe – short sleeve, worn in or out (no tie required). Whilst we prefer the girls to wear the white blouse with blue pin stripe (as specified above), they are permitted to wear a white shirt with a Thomas Aveling school tie, if they prefer.

Sweater (optional) - *Blue V-necked with embroidered school logo

Shoes - Black school shoes (no platforms, high Heels or open backs, and strictly no boots or trainers of any descriptioSocks

White or black, or plain natural/black tights (no patterns).

* Available from Schooltime Uniform Shop, Railway Street, Chatham, Blazers with pre-sewn badges also available. Parents may purchase blazers from any retail outlet, but badges are only available from Schooltime.

 

BOYS' UNIFORM

Blazer - Black with *School Badge (edged with house colour)

Trousers - Tailored black -  made of 'non stretch' material
Shirt - Plain White, short or long sleeved, suitable for wearing with a tie
Tie - *Blue and gold diagonal stripe
Sweater (optional) - *Blue V-necked with embroidered school logo
Shoes - Formal black leather, or leather-look, school shoes (strictly no boots or trainers of any description, no high heels or open backs)
Socks - Black


Summer Term - Those who have worn the white shirt and tie may choose to wear a *Blue Polo Shirt with school logo as an alternative to collar and tie. A blazer must still be worn.

 * Available from Schooltime Uniform Shop, Railway Street, Chatham. Blazers with pre-sewn badges also available. Parents may purchase blazers from any retail outlet, but badges are only available from Schooltime.

Uniform basics:

  • No long, false or painted nails should be worn in school

  • Make up should be discreet in Year 9 and above and not worn at all in Years 7 and 8

  • Hair should be a natural colour, all one colour and all one style – it should also be a minimum length of a grade 2. No extreme styles allowed

  • Jewellery - only a small pair of studs (one earring in each ear lobe) and a watch are allowed. No other piercings, rings, bracelets/bands or necklaces to be worn

Please click on this link to see what is not acceptable uniform.

PE KIT 

 

Shorts /Skort - Navy and Royal Blue
Polo Shirt - Navy and Royal Blue
Sweatshirt - Navy and Royal Blue (Optional) 
Training Joggers - Navy Blue (Optional)
Trainers - Non Marking soles
Football boots - Optional
Football Socks - Navy Blue
Shin Pads

 

The PE kit is only available at School Time Uniform Shop

ABSENCE

Details of our attendance procedures can be found by going to our Policy and Procedures Page

 

Parents are reminded that they are required by law to inform us of a student’s absence on the first and any subsequent day that their child is off ill. This can be reported using the Absence Reporting tab in the EduLink One app or by phone

 

If students are late for school and miss registration they should sign in with their Assistant Director of Learning.

TELEPHONE

01634 844809

LETTER

Attendance Officer

The Thomas Aveling School

Arethusa Road

Rochester

Kent

ME1 2UW

CATERING

LUNCH MENU

Independent Catering manage our catering service in the school dining room, where students are offered a wide range of foods at breakfast, morning break and lunchtime. The available food ranges from pastas and salads to full cooked meals. Click here for the current menus.

Students may prefer to bring a packed lunch.

Independent Catering is delighted to be providing your child with a freshly prepared meal at lunchtime and providing great food at great value.

We all know the importance of healthy eating to learning and our hot lunches provide, over the week, a nutritionally balanced meal which your children will love to eat.

We have adapted our menus to make sure our suppliers can meet demand, whilst making sure our teams can work safely.

PAYMENT

There is a cashless card system for purchasing food in school- this can be topped up by using ParentPay.   Students have been issued with a contactless payment fob. Parents/Carers can set any limit they feel appropriate for their child to spend each day in the school dining room.

Limits can be set for morning break and lunchtime if required - you can even see what your child is eating online.

 

DIETARY INFORMATION

 

If your child has any specific dietary requirements, please discuss this with the school. All allergies are printed on the menu or held in our kitchens.

PARENT
PAY

All payments for food and drinks, trips, charity donations, specialist equipment and revision books are made via our trust-e Cashless Catering Solution.  Accounts can be credited via Parent Pay or Paypoint.

EDULINK
APP

You can access key data about your child in school by following the link to our login and access page.  You can also download the app from Apple or Google Play.  By accessing this App, you will be able to check your child’s attendance, homework, merits, and behaviour logs.

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