Welcome Year 7's
Secondary Headteacher Welcome
It is with pleasure that I can welcome you, and your child to Eastbury Community School, Secondary phase. Here at Eastbury, creating opportunities that allow all members of our school community to realise their full potential is at the heart of our ethos. We recognise that success comes in many forms, we value the individual talents and attributes our pupils have, and aim to create an environment where these unique talents can be developed, within a community that has a culture of respect, inclusivity and ambition.
Being part of an all-through school comes with many advantages and opportunities. The school community thrives when pupils from toddlers in nursery through to young adults in sixth form are united on one site under one set of common values. Shared facilities and resources provides pupils with continuity and stability and transitions from Primary to Secondary, and Secondary to sixth form, which means that usual periods of uncertainty and anxiety for many, become seamless, and are approached with confidence and positivity.
Resources are also shared by teaching staff and subject specialists in Primary and Secondary, who work closely together to ensure continuity in learning. This ensures that repetition is avoided as much as possible, with a focus instead on the progression of the knowledge and skills gained from the students’ Primary education, regardless of which school they joined us from.
We look to provide a diverse, inclusive, challenging, ambitious and aspirational curriculum, that reflects our local context. We establish this through excellent teaching and learning, where diversity is celebrated and inclusivity promoted. We are a community where every pupil is recognised, valued and challenged to achieve the best academic outcomes they can, to develop character and leadership skills and to receive individual careers advice when deciding next steps. We recognise that when young people feel safe and happy, they are then able to succeed both in and outside the classroom.
I am excited to welcome you to our Secondary phase here at Eastbury Community School. II am excited to welcome you to our Secondary phase here at Eastbury Community School and look forward to seeing you in September!
Ms K Ward
Head of Secondary
If you have not received confirmation from us that you have completed your registration, please contact the school office at 020 8507 4500 to check if you require an appointment to do this. Failure to have fully registered with us could lead to complications with your child starting on Wednesday 6th September. If you know you have completed your registration, no further action is required.
Wearing the ECS badge and wearing smart school uniform with pride is an important part of our school community. Use the link below for details of all correct uniform items and places to purchase.
Please ensure your child arrives with a reading book, pen, pencil and ruler for their first day. These are the basics that are required every day, so it is good for them to get into the right habits early. They do not need their PE kit for their first day.
Biometrics Form & Free School Meals
Please complete the Biometrics form and return it via your child on their first day. This will enable them to get lunch from our cashless, till system in the canteen. To ensure the system can be set up as efficiently as possible, we highly recommend your child brings a packed lunch for their first week of school. You will be notified when the biometrics and ParentPay have been synced, allowing your child to purchase lunch at the canteen.
If you are entitled to Free School Meals, lunch will be provided.
For Free School Meals information and the application form, please see the link: https://eforms.lbbd.gov.uk/free-school-meals
My Child at School (MCAS)
Using the MCAS app, you can have daily access to your child's education. This includes individual lesson attendance, positive & negative behaviour events, school reports, homework, and much more. Once your child has received their log-in to their own portal on the first day, you will be sent your own log-in details to access this. Download the MCAS app here
We are a cashless school, which means all payment for resources, events, trips, etc is done via ParentPay. You will be sent your log-in details for this before September. If you do not receive your detail by Wednesday 6th September, please contact our Finance team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not enquire about this until that date, as it can take time to be set up on our system over the summer.
Summer Art Projects
Below are projects that your child can engage in to help them make a great first impression! There are awards available for the best projects, so make sure your child doesn't arrive empty handed on their first day!
2024/25 Year 7 - Open Evening
Wednesday 20th September 2023
Enter via Hulse Gate, on Hulse Avenue, where our peer mediators will greet you to show you around.
Please note that we are located in a residential area, so parking may be difficult. We ask that you please respect our neighbours if looking to park down local roads.
16:00 - 18:30
An opportunity to speak with subject teachers around the school and get an idea of who the people are behind your child's education. You will have access to all the information you need for each subject, as well as guides to useful tips and resources. You will also be treated to some fun and dynamic activities, to help your child feel comfortable and positive about the prospect of joining us!
Executive Headteacher Speech:
16:15 - 16:30 & 17:30 - 17:45 (repeated)
A welcome talk from the Executive Headteacher, Ms Gladman. In this talk, Ms Gladman will talk to you about the ethos of our school, detailing our commitment at ECS to Excellence, Collaboration and Success.
SLT available to take questions
18:30 - 19:00
Our Senior Leadership Team will be available to take any additional questions at the end of the evening, to ensure that you leave satisfied that you have gained enough from your experience to make an informed choice for your child.
We look forward to seeing you!
We want to ensure that your questions and queries are answered. Please see the contact details of specialist staff who are available for you:
Ms S Gladman: Executive Headteacher: email@example.com
Ms K Ward: Head of Secondary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr L Wood: Head of Year 7: WoodL@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Mr J Jhita: Senior Assistant Headteacher: email@example.com
Mrs R Lastiotis: Deputy Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr M Read: Associate Assistant Headteacher (years 5 - 8): email@example.com
Ms J Higson: Special Educational Needs Coordinator: JHI@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Mr Smith: Head of EAL: English as an Additional Language: SSM@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Ms H Devereux Murray: Deaf Additional Resource Provision: HMU@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Ms S Primus: Family Support Advisor (including FSM): SPR@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Mrs S Vincent: ParentPay & Finance: SVI@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk
Ms G Piskin: Attendance Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org