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01/04/21

Andy Ward, our Head of School, thanked all MPS staff this morning for their amazing efforts this term by making tea and coffee and giving us toasted hot cross buns and an Easter Egg! We really hope that everyone has a relaxing and a happy Easter. https://t.co/6OfMYEh7Jn

31/03/21

A big thank you to all our students who participated in our 'Why Learn Languages?' poster competition. Huge congratulations to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners who won themselves a multilingual wristband and an Easter treat. Bravo! https://t.co/h5vMz7SJ2Q

29/03/21

We have a fantastic opportunity for someone to join our school office team at Merstham Park. If you are looking for a fast paced, varied administrative role (part-time, term time only), please click on the link below for further information and to apply. https://t.co/QN8FfUWENE

12/03/21

A huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers who have been at MPS for the past few weeks testing staff and students. As you can see, even with masks on, they are a welcoming and friendly bunch and they have been amazingly calm and reassuring with everyone having their tests. https://t.co/MJe0LOKyvH

11/03/21

After 3 days of testing and a gradual return by year group, we are delighted to have the whole school back at MPS today. Staff and students are so happy to be back in the socially distanced arms of the MPS family, as you can see from these photos. It's great to be back. https://t.co/oXQRyJ7wem

04/03/21

We are really looking forward to seeing Zachary and all our students back at MPS next week. Congratulations on all your fantastic work during lockdown. We are so proud of you. https://t.co/ewONMMRC3m

04/03/21

Retweeted From Sarah Houghton

Literary inspired bakes by Zachary. Started the weeks challenge early! https://t.co/YVHGCeFrMu

04/03/21

Amazing work Zachary. Well done! https://t.co/xbVigDyzeh

04/03/21

Retweeted From Sarah Houghton

“Scone with the wind” Zachary’s baking daily challenge https://t.co/dopFLVlBR5

04/03/21

One day just isn't long enough to celebrate all that books have to offer at MPS. Every department has been involved in World Book Day this week. Please click here to see what the school has been up to: https://t.co/FRWBZHIjyw

04/03/21

Year 8 did a brilliant job helping Madame Reid 'escape the town' in a breakout game during our lesson last week. Well done! The Language Department are so proud of all your hard work in French. 🙂 Here's what some students had to say about the lesson: https://t.co/Z2qnzYiajk

02/03/21

We were delighted to present Coppice Lea with a Quilt of Positivity today, to let them know that even though we can't visit them, we are thinking of them all. Well done to Mrs Harkness and everyone involved in the making of this beautiful piece of art. https://t.co/HsmaxNsPO4 https://t.co/CVXDDxSm91

25/02/21

Another huge thank you to for their kind and generous donation of Lenovo think pads to MPS. They are amazing and will really benefit our students. Thank you as always to the fantastic work of as well who make it all possible

23/02/21

Foundation expands Chelsea Champions programme to six secondary schools https://t.co/E9OAsTmu2d via

22/02/21

Well done to all our students for their brilliant efforts in our crêpe making Daily Challenge. Here are just a few of their creations. They all look delicious! https://t.co/HnxqeWIskv

22/02/21

Retweeted From Merstham Library

Have you seen our window display, showcasing new books? Opening hours are 10-1 Tue Thu Fri Sat https://t.co/LMKk9JvZZu

18/02/21

Thank you so much to for organising another generous donation for MPS

10/02/21

Retweeted From Reigate & Banstead

🎉 R&BE ACTIVE AT HOME! 🎉 We won't let lockdown stop our much loved half term R&Be Active activities. Book your child a space on one of the brand new dance and drama workshops via our website. All activities take place via zoom: https://t.co/9aZMbCooje https://t.co/pOqKNvmmLk

03/02/21

Retweeted From Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead

💻 Do you have an unused laptop that you could donate to Level Up? The scheme provides refurbished laptops to local children who currently don’t have access to one. 📎350 pledged - 150 more to find! https://t.co/mRPZDlF8gq https://t.co/KeRPZg0Z5d

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Starting at MPS September 2021

Your Transition

This page on our website has been designed to help you to find out as much as you can about MPS before you start. It contains information about our Year 6 into 7 Transition, your first day at MPS and lots more.

Prior to starting in September, please take time to learn all about us so that you know what to expect when you join.  Just in case there is anything you cannot find the answer to or if you would like more information about a current section, please email us: transition@mersthamparkschool.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope that you and your Parents or Carers will find this information very useful and we are looking forward to seeing you very soon.

 

Getting Involved

Extra-Curricular and School Clubs

There are plenty of opportunities at MPS to join clubs and to get involved in extracurricular activities. The extracurricular timetable is updated and released each term, so watch out for the activities and clubs you will be able to join.  

We have a broad selection of clubs running at lunchtimes from choir to manga and mediation clubs, so something for everyone to sign up to!  After school we offer Chess, Art, Textiles, Dance, D&T and Drama.  For those of you who enjoy your sports, you can get involved with Football, Basketball, Rounders and Handball, to name a few!

Whichever clubs you belong to, these are a great way to make new friends and to take part in something fun.
 

Behaviour Expectations

Please find the link below to our Behaviour for Learning Policy, which we ask everyone at MPS to follow:

Behaviour for Learning Policy 

If you have any queries regarding our Behaviour guidelines please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Strachan, Assistant Headteacher.

Class Charts

At Merstham Park School we use an application called Class Charts to help you keep track of your achievements, access your behaviour report, view assigned homework tasks and track any detentions you may get.

Class Charts for students can be accessed via the Class Charts website, or using iOS and Android apps.

You will be given an access code by your teacher when you start at MPS in order to log in.  Your parents will also have a code so that they can keep track of your achievements too.

The House System

At Merstham Park School we have four houses.  These are Gatton, Mercers, Nutfield and Priory which comprise one Learning Group per year. Each student belongs to a house and we promote a sense of unity within each house. The houses were chosen by our Founding Headteacher, Martin Beard, and they take their names from local areas of natural beauty.

Gatton lies to the west of Merstham on the crest of the North Downs Way. Dating back to 880 AD, Gatton was a local Parish, known as Gatton Park.  It is a very picturesque area and popular with visitors. Students in Gatton House can be identified by a yellow tie and blazer trim.

Mercers is a local country park, south of Merstham.  It offers a wide range of activities including water sports on Mercers lake and nature watching in the nature reserves. Students in Mercers House can be identified by a blue tie and blazer trim.

Nutfield is a village south east of Merstham. The area dates back to 1086 AD when it was a farming community. Today Nutfield comprises three areas; Nutfield, South Nutfield and Nutfield Marsh. Students in Nutfield House can be identified by a green tie and blazer trim.

Priory is a Manor and Park situated in Reigate, south west of Merstham. It is 65 acres of open parkland with a pond, woodland and playing fields. This area has a vast history. Students in Priory House can be identified by a red tie and blazer trim.

The sense of unity within each house is very important and is highlighted during house competitions. You will get to know your peers in your Learning Group very quickly within the first few months, as well as getting to know older students in your house who will be there to support you at the start of, and throughout, your secondary school experience.

House Competitions

Students will compete for House Points in subject, sporting and creative challenges that will be regularly set, as well as by demonstrating actions that deserve rewarding. Some house competitions include Arts, Sports, Maths Challenges and Spelling Bees to name a few. The range of competitions allows students’ specific abilities to thrive. During house competitions, students will be rewarded with house points which, along with those points achieved daily, will go towards the grand total. The house with the most points at the end of the academic year will be awarded the coveted House Cup. 

House Charities

We are delighted to announce that at MPS, each house raises money to support a local charity.

Gatton: Sparkfish - https://www.sparkfish.org.uk/

Mercers: Connie's Crusade - https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/conniescrusade

Nutfield: The Breck Foundation - https://www.breckfoundation.org/

Priory: Loveworks https://www.loveworks.org.uk/

Student Support

Year 7 Learning Mentors

You will be in one of four different Learning Mentor Groups when you start at Merstham Park School – there is one Learning Mentor Group per House.  Each Learning Mentor Group is led by a Learning Mentor who you will see twice a day.  Your Learning Mentor is there to help you to settle into MPS, be the key contact for your Parents or Carers and will help you with any problems that you may have.

Mr Williams - Chelsea Champion

Mr Williams works closely with Learning Mentors to ensure that your transition to MPS is smooth and once you are here in September, he will support you to ensure you have no worries or concerns, and to make sure you settle in well.

Mrs Barnes - Behaviour Support Mentor

Mrs Barnes will also work closely with Learning Mentors and help you on your way with transition.  She will help those who need additional support with settling in, building resilience and forging positive relationships.  

Head of Year 7 

The Head of Year 7 works very closely with the Learning Mentors to support you during your time at MPS and will drop into your Learning Mentor time at least once a week.  The Head of Year 7 will work with your Learning Mentor on activities which you carry out in Learning Mentor Time.  It is the Head of Year 7’s responsibility to ensure that you work hard and succeed in your studies and if you are struggling they will help and support you to get you back on track.

Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

During the transition period members of the Senior Leadership Team, in particular Mrs Strachan, will be supporting you alongside your Head of Year and Learning Mentors.
 

The School Day

Your first day at MPS will be Friday 3 September 2021.  It will just be Year 7s in school for that day so that you can get used to being at MPS before the older years start on Monday 6 September.  You will be given a free packed lunch on that day, prepared by our caterers, or you can bring your own packed lunch.  Don't forget to bring a named water bottle - they can be refilled from any tap at MPS.

08.15

Gates Open

08.45 - 08.55

Learning Mentor Time

08.55 - 09.55

Period 1

09.55 - 10.55

Period 2

10.55 - 11.15

Break time 

11.15 - 12.15

Period 3

12.15 - 13.15

Period 4

13.15 - 13.55

Lunchtime 

13.55 - 14.55

Period 5

14.55 - 15.15

Learning Mentor Time

15.15

School Day Ends

15.15 - 16.15

Enrichment Activities

The two week timetable has 50 hours of lessons running each fortnight, each week containing 25 hours. The weeks are divided into Week 1 and Week 2 and these are clearly laid out on students' timetables.

Uniform and Equipment

Please see a list of the uniform and equipment that you will need, together with details of where and how you can purchase the uniform.

School Uniform:

Our uniform supplier is YOUR IMAGE who are based on the Holmethorpe Industrial Estate in Redhill.  Your Image will supply your blazer, tie, trousers, skirts, jumper and P.E. kit and they can also supply school shirts or blouses.

Your Image:  28-30 Holmethorpe Avenue, Redhill, RH1 2NL  Tel: 01737 766106

School shoes must be plain black, sensible leather shoes. Students must not wear canvas shoes or trainer style shoes. Students not wearing appropriate shoes will be loaned alternatives which they will be expected to wear at school.

Students are allowed to wear one pair of small, plain stud or sleeper size earrings and a watch. All jewellery must be removed for PE activities and is brought into school entirely at the student’s own risk. Nose studs and all other types of piercing are not allowed. Students are not allowed to wear rings. Any other jewellery will be confiscated until the end of the day.

Make up of any description is discouraged and students will be asked to remove any make up which is considered excessive by the Senior Leadership Team.

Nail varnish, gel nails, acrylic nails and other false nails are not allowed.

No bandanas, caps or large hair accessories are allowed.

Only MPS hoodies are to be worn with our school uniform.

School Equipment

Please ensure that you have a named pencil case and the following essential items:

Black or Blue pen (and a spare)

Colouring pencils

Scientific Calculator

Ruler

Pencil Sharpener

Green pen

Headphones

Pencil

Pencil eraser

Protractor

Reading book

Glue Stick

 

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FAQs

What will happen if I lose something?

If you lose something go to the hatch at main reception before school, during break time or after school, where we have a lost property box where lost items get handed in.  Please make sure that you name all of your items (including uniform) as it is much easier for us to ensure anything you lose is returned to you.

Is secondary school more difficult than primary school?

There will be some differences between primary and secondary school when you first transition, such as a range of lessons and different teachers for each subject.  Your Learning Mentor is always on hand if you become stuck and if you are finding it tricky, come and speak to any of the staff and we will be able to help you.

Can I bring my mobile phone to school?

You are allowed to bring phones to school, however you do so at your own risk and they must be switched off in your bag when you enter the main gate.  You are not allowed to have them out during lesson time unless with teacher permission.  Mobile phones must not be used at any point whilst on the school site, even at break and lunch. If a student is seen with their phone, it will be confiscated as per our Mobile Phones Policy.

When will I find out which House I am in?

Students will find out which House they are in by email in early June.

What happens if I receive a detention?

Detentions can be given for poor behaviour, failure to hand in homework, failure to complete classwork, not following instructions, truanting lessons or lateness. Detentions may be set at lunch or after school.   Detentions will be logged on Class Charts. Failure to attend a detention may result in a longer one or an escalated sanction.

Are you allowed to wear trainers?

Trainers are not part of the MPS uniform. If you are injured and need to wear trainers, you will be required to have a signed note from Parents or Carers which must be shown to the Head of Year 7.

How long are lessons?

Lessons are 60 minutes in length and there are 5 lessons per day.

What clubs are there for Year 7?

There are a huge range of clubs that Year 7 can join.  Below is a list of some of the clubs we have on offer:

  • Sporting Clubs - football, basketball,cricket, athletics

  • Drama

  • Music/Choir

  • Chess

  • Manga

  • Art

  • Textiles

  • Dance

Where do I go if I feel unwell during the day?

If you feel unwell during a lesson then you need to inform your classroom teacher, who will then give you permission to go to the medical room. This can be found at the hatch by main reception. If you are unwell at break and lunch you should go straight to the medical room.

How long is break and lunchtime?

Morning break is 20 minutes and lunchtime is 40 minutes.

Any Questions?

If you have a question or something you are unsure about, please take a look at our frequently asked questions section or alternatively, please send your question to the email address below and a response will be emailed to you.

transition@mersthamparkschool.org