Starting at MPS September 2021
Virtual Transition Evening Slides from 1 July 2021
Learning Mentor Slides from the Transition Evening on 1 July 2021
Please see our transition handbook below to understand how we will support your child with their move to MPS
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: email@example.com 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.
This gives you a small insight into the facilities we have on our site and what our school looks like
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.
Please find the link below to our Behaviour for Learning Policy, which we ask everyone at MPS to follow:
If you have any queries regarding our Behaviour guidelines please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Strachan, Assistant Headteacher.
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.
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.
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/
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.
08.45 - 08.55
Learning Mentor Time
08.55 - 09.55
09.55 - 10.55
10.55 - 11.15
11.15 - 12.15
12.15 - 13.15
13.15 - 13.55
13.55 - 14.55
14.55 - 15.15
Learning Mentor Time
School Day Ends
15.15 - 16.15
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.
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.
Please ensure that you have a named pencil case and the following essential items:
Black or Blue pen (and a spare)
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
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.
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.