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                                                                                                                                                  A message from the Head            2

                Within these pages
                you will find everything
                you need to know to get
                started at Dorothy Stringer                                                                              welcome
                    2 A message from the Head                                                                            so nice to have you here
                    3 Attendance
                    4 Learning Gateway and parent news
                                                                                                 Welcome to Dorothy Stringer
                    5 Health and Happiness
                                                                                                 It is a real pleasure to welcome you as parents to the Dorothy Stringer
                    7 School closure due to bad weather                                          community. We hope that this Parent Handbook will help us develop an effective
                                                                                                 partnership between home and school by involving you in your child’s learning.
                    8 Transport to school                                                        We understand the importance of involving parents in a student’s education and
                                                                                                 the positive impact this can have on learning. We absolutely believe that student
                    9 How parents can help                                                       learning and progress is our core purpose. However, we are equally determined
                                                                                                 that students will have the skills and attributes to live and work in the global
                    10 How to succeed at Stringer                                                society of tomorrow, and will be confident in their morals and values in order to
                                                                                                 lead good lives. With the Stringer Learning Gateway (SLG), it is now possible to
                    11 Stringer Learning Culture                                                 better engage parents in the learning process and to harness your enthusiasm
                                                                                                 and time to support your child’s learning.
                    12 Attitude to Learning
                                                                                                 Every parents’ evening we hold a survey inviting your views and feedback.
                    13 Your child’s progress                                                     Parents’ voices have stimulated many of the improvements we have made in
                                                                                                 recent years. There are also social events run by the parent fundraising group
                    14 Miss School = Miss Out
                                                                                                 and a host of concerts, productions and celebrations embedded in the school
                    15 Breakfast, break and lunch                                                calendar, which we hope that you will get involved in.

                    16 Trips and clubs                                                           We will do our utmost to motivate and support your child; our philosophy is
                                                                                                 rooted in the knowledge that children need to be safe and happy in order to
                    17 Parent Fundraising                                                        achieve their very best. We ask that you encourage your child to take part in all
                                                                                                 of the fantastic extra-curricular opportunities that the school has to offer. The
                    18 School uniform                                                            more they put into school life, the more they will get out.

                    20 Physical Education/Uniform                                                I look forward to getting to know your children and offer you our commitment to
                                                                                                 ensure we do our best to challenge, motivate and inspire them. We look forward
                    21 Payment and online systems                                                to working with you over the coming years and hope your child has a positive
                                                                                                 and memorable experience during their time at Dorothy Stringer whilst also
                    22 Useful contacts                                                           achieving their full academic potential.

                                                                                                                                                         Matt Hillier Headteacher
We hope you find this booklet useful. At the time of writing the information is correct but is
subject to change as we adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this online version
if things change and indicate amendments.
The Communications Team
Learning Gateway
3                       Attendance
                                                                                                                                          and Parent news                     4

                                                                                                                                                     My Work and Files
    Lateness and Attendance                                                              Learning Gateway and Parent News
                                                                                                                                                     Year 6 Page

    It is important for students to attend school on time and as often as possible. It   At Dorothy Stringer we have something called
                                                                                                                                                     My Children
    has been shown that students’ performance in exams and enjoyment of school           the ‘Stringer Learning Gateway’ (SLG). Students             at a glance
    are both reduced by poor attendance and punctuality. Our expectation is that         and parents can access information about student            School Calendar
    students have an absence rate of 3% or better.                                       timetables, behaviour and achievement points, daily
                                                                                         notices, attendance and most importantly lots of            Extra Curricular
    Attendance                                                                           learning resources. There is also an online home            Timetable
                                                                                         learning diary so that you and your child can check         My School Contacts
    If for some reason your child is not able to attend school then you should           what home learning has been set and when it is due in.
    contact the Attendance Office. Studybugs may be used to do this. One of the          You will also be able to see your child’s class teachers’   Report Absence
    main benefits of Studybugs is that it will automatically update the electronic       names and contact details, report their absence and
    register so that we will know almost immediately if you have contacted us to         much more.                                                  Exams Information
    let us know that your child is away with an illness. This information however
    will not be public knowledge. It will be the same as when you have phoned up         Once the Acceptable Use Policy has been signed,               GCSE Targets

    and left a message for our Attendance Officer to log an absence. It is simply        parents will be issued with a username and password
    a much quicker, easier and more efficient way for you to notify the school of        to access the school’s computer network. When you
    absences due to illness. Medical appointments need to be notified by e-mail or       have both username and password you will be able to go to the school website
    phone call. Details of how to use Studybugs or how to contact the Attendance         ( ) and click on the Learning Gateway. You will then
    Office to report absence are on page 21.                                             be prompted to log on and will be able to see your child’s information; if you are
                                                                                         having difficulties logging in please click on the Help icon on the website.
    Absences may be checked from time to time by the Attendance Office. If your
    child has an excessive amount of absence your child’s Head of Year or the            News: Mr Hillier sends a weekly news update to our parents and carers
    Education Welfare Officer may contact you to discuss ways in which the school        and we have an online newsletter for each year group on the SLG. It’s an
    can support your child.                                                              opportunity to share news, celebrate achievements and let you know what is
                                                                                         happening in your school community.
    If you wish to take your child out of school in exceptional or unavoidable
    circumstances you should complete a Leave of Absence form. These are                 Each term we produce an e-zine Stringer Press https://public.dorothy-stringer.
    available from the Attendance Office and can also be downloaded from our   
    The rules regarding holidays in term time, as laid out by the Government,            School Comms
    are very strict and we can only allow leave of absence in the most unusual           We do also send some emails out where the information is relevant to smaller
    of circumstances. Once completed, these forms should be returned to the              specific groups
    Attendance Office for authorisation. It is not acceptable to do this after the
    absence. If an emergency requires you to keep a child off school please              Twitter: You can follow @DorothyStringer on twitter for updates and
    contact the Attendance Office immediately.                                           whole school announcements or @DStringerPE, @DStringerDRAMA & @
                                                                                         Instagram: dorothystringerschool, stringerhistory, ds_art_department,
    Students should arrive in their Form rooms for Locker Time by 8.45am. If             dramadorothystringer, dorothystringerpe
    they are later than this they will receive a late mark. There is a warning bell at
    8.40am and they should then be in lesson one by 8.50am. Anyone who arrives
    in school after 8.50am should report to the Attendance Office to sign in. Their
    name will be passed to the Pastoral Administrator.
5   Health and happiness                                                                                                                      Health and happiness                6

    health and
       Health and Happiness                                                                   Having the family contact telephone numbers on the school system is very
       We co-operate closely with the School Health Service for the benefit of the            important especially in an emergency; so if you change any of your home/
       students’ physical, moral and social welfare. We have a designated First Aid           work or parent/carer details you must let us know. This can be done through
       room, staffed by a First Aider, and a School Nurse who comes in once a week.           your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or the school’s SIMS Manager, Bubbles
       The Nurse is available during break on the day she visits, for students to ‘drop-      Robinson.
       in’ and discuss any concerns. If your child feels ill during the school day, once
                                                                                              Should your child have a serious medical condition that requires special
       discussed with the First Aider, a decision will be made whether they should go
                                                                                              treatment or restrictions on what they can do please ensure you discuss the
       back to lessons or they will contact the parent/carer to decide if they should go
                                                                                              issues with the school’s First Aider Should
       home. We usually encourage students to try the first lesson before we phone
                                                                                              a medical condition develop during the school year, contact the school’s First
       the parent/carer as often students recover given a little time.
                                                                                              Aider, your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or the school’s SENCO (Special
       If your child has an accident out of school or needs an operation which means          Educational Needs Coordinator).
       they are incapacitated (fracture, weakness from surgery) it is very important
       that the parent/carer contacts the school before the child returns. This is so         Trying their best in lessons and getting involved in the life of the school and
       we can put plans in place to assist your child while they are out of school and        the various extra-curricular activities can help a child to enjoy school and also
       on their return. For example; sending work home until they return, or when             provide an opportunity to make new friends. However, if a child has a problem
       back in school they may need to leave lessons early so they can avoid busy             it is important to sort it out as quickly as possible. Sometimes they can do this
       corridors, perhaps need to use the lift or we need to let staff know if there are      themselves but at other times they will need to talk to someone. This could
       certain activities they cannot do for a limited time. It is important for your child   be at home or through a friend or member of staff. Most school problems
       to know that their teachers and the First Aider are aware of their condition and       can be sorted out by talking to their Form Tutor or Head of Year. However,
       have agreed plans. Before your child returns we need to ensure they can get            sometimes they may want to talk to someone else. For example if they needed
       about easily and could get out of the building in an emergency. This is done by        some advice they could visit the Student Wellbeing Services including Drop-In
       the completion of a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan) and/or an                Sessions during lunchtimes. One of the mentors would help them or advise
       individual healthcare plan. This is an agreed set of arrangements between the          on what to do next. The sorts of problems that might arise are often to do
       parent/carer, the child and the school. This is usually organised through the          with settling in and trying to make new friends. In general these are private
       Form Tutor or Head of Year and reviewed as required.                                   conversations but we can’t promise not to speak to someone else if we are
                                                                                              worried about a child’s wellbeing, although we will always let them know
       Should an accident happen at school and an ambulance is requested we will
                                                                                              in advance.
       do our best to contact the parent/carer and agree if you are going direct to
       the hospital or coming to school. A member of staff will accompany the child if
       meeting the parent/carer at the hospital.
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    school closure due                                                                        TRANSPORt
      to Bad weather                                                                           TO SCHOOL
    School Closure                                                                            own way home before 3.15pm. Arrangements can be made for the school to
    Before your child starts at Dorothy Stringer please ensure you have discussed             supervise any children who know they are to be collected at the end of the
    arrangements for getting home if the school has to close early. If you feel it            school day and, if necessary, for a reasonable time afterwards. If, in spite of
    would cause difficulties for your child, it is important to discuss the issues with       the above, you are still concerned about safety then, providing you phone
    your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year. Please review these arrangements as              the school in advance and actually come and collect your own child, we will
    your child progresses up the school.                                                      release them from school for you to take home. It is essential that you first
    If we are experiencing, or have warning of, extreme weather that may seriously            report to reception.
    disrupt traffic or cause journeys to be dangerous, or we have an unexpected               Bad Weather Clothing
    problem with the school’s heating or water supply it may be necessary to                  You can help us and your child by ensuring that they are dressed
    close the school. Where possible we will always aim to keep the school open;              appropriately during spells of bad weather. Children should be wearing warm
    however, the decision to close or remain open is often complicated as we have             and waterproof coats and sturdy shoes.
    to take in to account so many unknowns, for example; conditions of the local
                                                                                              Stringer Learning Gateway
    streets and pavements, if the buses have stopped running, the number of staff
                                                                                              Should it be necessary to close the school for several days we will put work
    who are able to get into school or if the normal running of the school is not possible.
                                                                                              on the school’s SLG (Stringer Learning Gateway). All students are able to
                                                                                              access the SLG which can be found via the school website.
    If a decision is made to close the school please be aware of the following points:
    •  A text message will be sent out if we have to close the school.
    •  We will update messages on the school’s website and answer phone.                      Transport

    •  Where possible, we will have a member of staff available to answer your
       questions on the phone; however, please consider this as a last resort as staff
                                                                                              According to the most recent travel survey most students walk to school,
                                                                                              while others use public transport and those driven to school are in the
       may not be available to take your call.                                                minority. However, to reduce traffic around and on the campus we would ask

    •  Parent/Carers should listen to Heart FM (102.4 - 103.5 FM) who make regular
       announcements regarding school closures during bad weather.
                                                                                              parents/carers not to drive on to the school site but drop students off away
                                                                                              from school. Obviously there will be times due to serious injury or carrying an

    •  In bad weather ( e.g. snow) a list of closed schools is posted on the Heart FM
                                                                                              unusually heavy load where driving into school will be necessary.
                                                                                              During the school day if you have an arranged meeting with a member of
    Developing Bad Weather                                                                    staff the only spare parking spaces, if any, are near the Loder Road entrance.
    Normally when bad weather occurs during the day it is our policy to keep students         All other parking spaces on site, nearer the buildings, are allocated to staff.
    in school until the usual dismissal time 3.15pm. However, if the weather                  Please do not park in a numbered space.
    deteriorates during the morning it may be advisable to let as many students as            We operate a cycle permit scheme for anyone who wants to cycle to school.
    possible leave at lunch time, 12.10pm. Please discuss this arrangement with               Students must get a permission slip from the Hub, and sign the agreement to
    your child so they are quite clear what to do in these circumstances.                     wear a helmet, to follow safety rules and leave their bikes under the covered
    Furthermore, if the weather appears to be worsening during the afternoon we               cycle stand during the day.
    may have to make a decision to release students who normally make their
9           How parents can help                                                                                                           How to succeed at Stringer            10

    how PARENTS                                                                           how to succeed
     CAN HELP                                                                              at stringer
                                                                                          The Stringer Learning Culture
    At Dorothy Stringer, we believe that coming to school with a positive Attitude to     The Stringer Learning Culture encapsulates our expectations and clarifies the
    Learning is the most important factor in the success of your child. To this end, we   positive routines and behaviour that will allow students to be successful and make
    have a reward structure based around Attitude to Learning. This is completely         progress in a calm and pleasant learning environment.
    separate from the academic progress made by your child or their targets.
                                                                                          We have high expectations of our students: we expect them to be punctual to
    At each report, students are given a grade for Attitude to Learning. An overall       school and to lessons and to be properly equipped for learning. If students are
    Attitude to Learning score is then calculated, based on an average of all of          struggling with organisation in the first few weeks of Year 7 their Form Tutors will
    their subjects. A score of 1 suggests excellent Attitude to Learning. Data shows      be there to support them. Mobile phones are also banned from the classroom and
    that students with an Attitude to Learning of 1.8 or better are those who leave       will be confiscated if seen; they must be switched off and placed in bags so as not
    Stringer having performed to their best. We become concerned with any ATL             to disturb the focussed learning that takes place in our classrooms. One of
    scores of 2.0 or worse. Students with a good ATL award receive Stringer               the real strengths of our school is the positive, warm relationships between staff
    Learning Awards (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze). A full description of the         and students, underpinned by civility, mutual respect and courtesy.
    criteria (‘How to Succeed at Stringer’) and the calculation of Attitude to Learning
    can be found on our website under Information and on pages 12 and 13.                 How can you help your child?
    Our Curriculum                                                                        •Encourage your child to have a positive attitude towards school, to attend
                                                                                            regularly and on time. The Stringer Learning Culture is designed to ensure that
    In order to help you support your child, and in order to allow our students to          everyone is able to learn. Your support will help us with this.
    become independent learners, students and parents have access to a wealth
    of on-line resources. Curriculum Information and Course Details can be found          •Ensure that your child wears the correct school uniform and is well equipped
                                                                                            for their lessons. Also supporting your child with their home learning will enable
    on our website under Information / Curriculum https://public.dorothy-stringer.          them to make progress and help with their organisation. Once you log on to the Parent pages
                                                                                          •Encourage and enforce safe use of the internet and other cyber communications.
    of the SLG you will find detailed information on what is covered in the different
    subjects.                                                                             •Attend Parents’ Evenings and other school activities to help you to be involved
                                                                                            in the life of the school. Reading the SLG will also mean that you are informed
    In addition, the subject areas found on the drop down menu on the Home Page,            of what is happening at school and can act on information that we send you.
    provides learning resources provided by the departments to support students’
                                                                                          •If your child is going to be absent from school please contact us as early as
                                                                                            possible. Please see Page 21 on how to report an absence.
    Students also have access to additional resources through their school login in       •Please let us know about anything that will affect your child’s learning or
                                                                                            behaviour. We can then keep staff informed of any changes they may need to make.
    ‘Students Shared Work’.
                                                                                          Please see our Stringer Learning Culture poster here

                                                           How to succeed at Stringer: Learning behaviours
                                                                                                                                               Respect                                                                                     Responsibility                                                                                                                                      Engagement                                                              Determination
Attitude to Learning

                                                                                     • You show respect for other                                                                                       •                You are punctual to lessons and                                                                                                                             •   You engage with your learning,                                      •   You are enthusiastic and show
                                                ATTITUDE TO LEARNING

                                                                                       learners, staff and our shared                                                                                                    quick to focus on your learning                                                                                                                                 showing concentration and                                               curiosity about your learning in
                                                                                       environment                                                                                                      •                You have the correct equipment                                                                                                                                  active listening skills                                                 class and at home
                                                                                     • You show self-control and make                                                                                                    necessary for school life                                                                                                                                   •   You follow instructions promptly                                    •   You act on feedback to improve
                                                                                       good choices, including ignoring                                                                                 •                You take responsibility for your                                                                                                                                and do not interrupt the teacher                                        your work or attitude to learning.
                                                                                       distractions                                                                                                                      own learning, using all available                                                                                                                           •   You make thoughtful                                                 •   You show resilience and are not
                                                                                     • Your attitude and behaviour                                                                                                       resources to make progress                                                                                                                                      contributions to lessons                                                afraid to make mistakes
                                                                                       allow others to learn                                                                                            •                You take pride in completing                                                                                                                                •   You work independently in class                                     •   You work towards challenging
                                                                                     • You are kind, helpful and work                                                                                                    home learning on time and to                                                                                                                                    and at home                                                             targets and show perseverance
                                                                                       well with others                                                                                                                  the best of your ability                                                                                                                                                                                                                when you find things difficult
                                                                                     •                  You show respect for everyone                                                                   •                You are punctual to morning                                                                                                                                 • You engage with activities in                                         • You are enthusiastic and
                                                                                                        in the form group and our                                                                                        registration and form time                                                                                                                                    form time and make thoughtful                                           show curiosity about form time
                                                ATTITUDE TO SCHOOL

                                                                                                        shared environment                                                                              •                You have all the equipment                                                                                                                                    contributions                                                           activities and discussions
                                                                                     •                  You show self-control and make                                                                                   necessary for school life                                                                                                                                   • You follow instructions promptly                                      • You act on any feedback given
                                                                                                        good choices, including ignoring                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and do not interrupt your form                                          to improve your attitude to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        •                You wear correct school uniform
                                                                                                        distractions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tutor                                                                   school
                                                                                                                                                                                                        •                You take responsibility for                                                                                                                                                                                                         • You show resilience and are not
                                                                                     •                  Your attitude and behaviour                                                                                      maintaining the good reputation                                                                                                                             • You make the most of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               afraid to make mistakes
                                                                                                        allow others to contribute                                                                                       of our school                                                                                                                                                 opportunities on offer at Dorothy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • You show perseverance when
                                                                                     •                  You are kind, helpful and work                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stringer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               you find things difficult
                                                                                                        well with others                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • You show independence in form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       time when required to do so
                                                                                                                                                      We will have a scale of 4 levels of judgement against these Learning Behaviours:
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Always (=1) Mostly (=2) Sometimes (=3) Rarely (=4)
                                                                  What’s your Attitude To Learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  myself to ask questions and help others,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  got Good for my ATL. Now I’m pushing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    getting answers wrong. But once I understood that you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always did what I was told but only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Stringer Learning Awards celebrate your positive Attitude To Learning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    understand why some people didn’t seem to mind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and effort you put into your lessons and your homework and that you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         They reflect how keen you are to participate in class, the enthusiasm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I worried about looking keen to learn and couldn’t

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have to make mistakes to learn, I started feeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have started to get Excellent in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Learning Awards are given based on your ATL score, as long as you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         always take responsibility for your learning and improving every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    happier in lessons. Now my ATL score is much
                                                                        At each report, your teachers are asked to assess your Attitude To




                                                                        Learning (ATL). For each grade you are given these points:

                            Are you Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze?




                                                                                                                                              Students with an ATL score

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  many subjects.
                                                                                                                                              across all of your subjects.

                                                                                                                                              of better than 1.8 are the
                                                                                                                                              successful ones at GCSE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    better and so are my grades.
                                                                                                                                              An average is then taken

                                                                                                                                                                                    What are Stringer Learning Awards?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  proud of me when I got a Bronze Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I wasn’t doing well, I told myself


Stringer Learning Culture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn’t care, but my parents were

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and it felt good to be improving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  have no grades of ‘Rarely’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Award to help me when

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    prefect, as well as for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    college interviews and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m keeping my Gold

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    applying to be a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    job applications.


13             Your child’s progress                                                            Miss School = Miss Out   14

     How We Report on Behaviour for learning

     During the year we will report to you in three different ways:
     In Years 7 to 9, you will receive Learning Behaviour Reports (LBRs) termly. These
     will give you
     • a grading for Attitude to Learning, as shown in the poster on page 12
     • a figure and grading for attendance
     • details of Stringer Learning Awards earned. An explanation of Stringer Learning
       Awards can be found on the website and on page 11

     Our data clearly shows that Attitude to Learning and Attendance are the key drivers
     in students making greater than expected progress in their 5 years with us.

     In Year 10 and 11, you will receive two LBRs and a more detailed written report.
     In addition to Attitude to Learning and Attendance, these will also include a target
     grade for each subject as well as a forecast for the grade they are likely to achieve at
     GCSE if they continue to work as they are at the time of the report.

     Parents’ Evening
     Once a year, you will have the opportunity to attend a Parents’ Evening to meet
     your child’s teachers.

     The booking of appointments for Parents’ Evening is done through an online
     booking system. Shortly before the evening, you will be sent an email explaining
     how to access the system. Further details can be found on the website at The dates of
     Parents’ Evenings are published in the school diary which can be found at https://
     Full information on our reporting process can be found on our website at
15    Breakfast, break and lunch                                                                                                           Trips and clubs                      16


                                                                                         School trips are used to enhance the curriculum in many subject areas.
                                                                                         Term-time trips always have a direct curriculum link. Each subject department
                                                                                         organises a variety of curriculum trips throughout the year.

                                                                                         During the holidays there is a mixture of curriculum and leisure trips that are
                                                                                         run by staff. Other trips may include visits to: ‘Dolawen’, our own outdoor
     At Dorothy Stringer we take healthy eating seriously and this is reflected in the
                                                                                         activity centre in North Wales, a ski trip (usually alternate years, Italy,
     quality of the food provided. We serve a wide range of hot and cold meals and
                                                                                         Ghana, Ypres and Paris. Some Form Tutors organise outings with their Tutor
     a good selection of quick bites. Students can choose from pasta pots with a
                                                                                         Group to celebrate various events or the end of term; these might be to go
     choice of sauces, our own ‘Stringer Sub’ made to order or a meal of the day.
                                                                                         bowling or ice skating, out for a meal or to LazerZone. Additionally, in the last
     Look out for healthy options, for example, we offer assorted salad boxes, a
                                                                                         full week of the academic year, we have an Enrichment Week for all students
     variety of vegetarian choices and fresh fruit. We work hard to provide a wide
                                                                                         in Years 7-9, offering a wide range of activities.
     variety to suit all tastes – there is something for everyone. Students can eat
     inside the canteen or under either of our external canopies. Visit the website to
                                                                                         Staff believe that visits and school trips benefit the students, not only by
     see our menus.
                                                                                         widening their horizons, but also by allowing them to establish a different set of
     Students are also welcome to bring in a packed lunch.                               relationships with each other and with the staff.

     Opening times are Monday to Friday:                                                 Some parents and carers like to plan ahead to budget for trips: you can find
     Breakfast from 8.15am to 8.45am                                                     more information on our website under extra-curricular/school trips/overview.
     Break time from 10.50am to 11.10am                                                  Trips vary in cost and we encourage you to pay via your School Gateway as
     Lunch from      12.10pm to 12.55pm (Years 7, 8 and 9)                               this reduces school administration costs, payment can be made by credit card,
                     12.30pm to 1.15pm (Years 10 and 11)                                 debit card or by Instant Bank Transfer, using the Schoolgateway. For further
     After school    from 3.15pm (all years)                                             information about all trips please contact Samantha DeBanks-Hirst on 01273
                                                                                         852288 or email
     We operate a ‘cashless biometrics’ system in the canteen to save carrying
     or losing money and to speed up the queuing process. Each student has an            To register interest for any trip you need to login to your parent homepage on
     account and you can top this up online through the ‘Schoolgateway’ system.          the school gateway. You can login into this via our public website and clicking
     Full instructions can be found online and on page 22 of this booklet. There is      on the login button on the top right hand side of the page. Once logged in you
     also a validating machine for cash deposits (coins only). If you are entitled to    will see the trips icon: and this will show you what trips are available to book for
     Free School Meals your child’s account will automatically be topped up on a         your child.
     daily basis.
                                                                                         The School Gateway can be accessed using the following link: https://
     If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals but have not yet
                                                                                . If you have any queries about the
     registered for them we can help with the process – see our website for more
                                                                                         schoolgateway, please do not hesitate to contact Bubbles Robinson on 01273
     Lower School students are not allowed to leave the school grounds at break
     or lunchtimes.                                                                      Clubs and Groups
                                                                                         There are a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs you are able to join. These
                                                                                         may alter each term; some are before school, some at lunchtime and others
                                                                                         after school. To view the current list, go to the school website and look under
                                                                                         ‘extra-curricular’ in the main menu bar. There is also a link on your Student/
                                                                                         Parent Home Page, once you log in to the Learning Gateway.If you have any
                                                                                         queries about a club please contact the Head of Department.
17               Parent Fundraising                                                        ME FEEL VERY GROWN-UP”                                        School uniform         18
                                                                                                    yEAr 7 stUDENT

                                                                               Uniform Guidelines
                                                                               We expect all students to be in full school uniform. The uniform requirements are as follows.

                                                                               These uniform items must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only
                                                                                 • White polo shirt with school logo
                                                                                 • Black V-neck jumper with school logo, or
                                                                                 • School sweatshirt with school logo - hoodies are not permitted in school with the
                                                                                   exception of leavers hoodies worn by Year 11 students.
                                                                                 • Stringer Tartan skirt (worn no shorter than 8cm above the knee and with yellow band

                                                                               Uniform items which can be purchased in any retail outlet
                                                                                 • Black formal school trousers - unisex (no chinos or jeans)
                                                                                 • Plain black/nude coloured tights or plain black/white socks
                                                                                 • Plain black knee-length tailored shorts for summer wear (Summer term until October
                                                                                 • Plain black belts may be worn on the condition that they are thin, subtle and essential to
                                                                                   the fit of the clothing - not used as a fashion accessory
                                                                                 • Plain black footwear (no logos/motifs or other colours should be visible. Knee length
                                                                                   boots, sandals, platforms, high heels or ballet shoes are not permitted)
     As a school we fundraise throughout the year to support wider
     educational opportunities and provide the best possible school            PE KIT
     experience for your child beyond the curriculum.
                                                                               The following PE Kit must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only
                                                                                 • Black polo top with school logo
     The parent fundraising group, organises social events from quiz nights      • Black shorts with school logo (for PE/Drama use only)
     to comedy nights that raise crucial additional funds for our school.        • Black socks with ‘Stringer’ written on (for PE use only)
                                                                                 • Fleece lined Midlayer Top
     In the past the group has contributed towards additional outdoor
                                                                                 • *Optional* Tapered Tracksuit Pant with Stringer printed
     seating, Dolawen - our outdoor activity centre, trips, events, a school     • *Optional* Running Legging with Stringer printed
     minibus and the school’s Diamond Fund supporting students needing           • *Optional* Rain Jacket with school logo
     temporary financial support.                                              Suitable footwear i.e. trainers (can be purchased from any shop)

     There are a wide range of opportunities for parents, carers and           Uniform Shop
                                                                               Uniform is purchased from Sussex Uniforms; Visit the Dorothy Stringer page of their
     supporters to help us with fundraising. #ShopForStringer online           website for details. SUSSEX UNIFORM SHOP - DS
     shopping, donating old school uniform, Gift Aid contributions and
     offering valued expertise to our bigger fundraising campaigns all help    Equipment List:
     hugely towards enriching everyone’s life at Dorothy Stringer.               • School bag                               •   Pencil Sharpener
                                                                                 • Pencil case                              •   Ruler (at least 15cm long)
                                                                                 • Planner                                  •   Protractor
     If you would like to get involved, contribute new ideas or share                                                       •   Pair of compasses
                                                                                 • Pens (blue or black, highlighters
     expertise email us at                                                              •   Scientific calculator
                                                                                   and a green pen)
                                                                                 • Pencil                                   •   Drama shorts/leggings
                                                                                 • Eraser                                   •   Glue stick
some items of uniform must be         some items of uniform must be
19             School uniform   purchased at Sussex Uniform (see   purchased at Sussex Uniform (see             Physical Education/Uniform       20
                                page 18) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE       page 18) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

                                                                    Dorothy Stringer PE      Dorothy Stringer          Dorothy Stringer PE
                                                                    Shorts                   Socks                     Polo

Dorothy Stringer      Dorothy Stringer        Dorothy Stringer
sweatshirt            Knitted V-Neck          Polo

                                                                    Dorothy Stringer 1/4     Dorothy Stringer          Dorothy Stringer
                                                                    Zip Midlayer             Track Pants (OPTIONAL)    Leggings (OPTIONAL)

                                                                     PE lessons are part of your normal timetable and you are expected
                                                                     to take part regularly. You must bring the correct kit, including a towel
           Dorothy Stringer         Dorothy Stringer                 if you swim or intend to use the showers. Clearly name every item
           Fitted Polo              Skirt
                                                                     of kit so that it can be returned to you. If you are unable to take part
                                                                     in PE, you must bring a note from your parents/carers and hand it to
                                                                     your PE teacher. In the event of your wishing to be excused for more
                                                                     than two weeks, you will have to produce a note from your doctor or
                                                                     a medical certificate. Other items that you will need to provide are:
                                                                     trainers and footwear for football/rugby and suitable swimwear.
Payment and online systems/
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     PARENTS                                       PAYPAL                               SUSSEX                           STRINGER                                       STUDyBUGS                                 SCHOOL
       EVE                                                                             UNIFORMS                          LEARNING                                                                                 GATEWAY
     BOOKing                                                                                                             GATEWAY





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Studybugs Download the free Studybugs App and send us a free text when your

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           child is away. Please register online via the Studybugs website or download the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           App now so you have it ready, should you need to report your child’s absence. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Studybugs app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, alternatively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you can use the Studybugs web site – see

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           School Gateway What you need to do now: Activate your School Gateway account.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           All you need are your email address and mobile number that the school holds on record
     System is open
     you will be told when the Booking
     Parents’ Evening is approaching and
     You only need to do this when your
     • All Parents’ Evening bookings

                                                  •Text books
                                                  • Parent Calendar
                                                  • Year 11 hoodie orders
                                                  • Stationery (optional)

                                                                                             • PE Kit
                                                                                             • School Uniform

                                                                                                                             Stringer communication
                                                                                                                             and much more. An essential part of

                                                                                                                                                                              • To report student absence
                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Textbooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Prom
                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Year 11 Yearbook orders
                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Trips
                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Canteen payments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for you. Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School

                                                                                                                              Home learning, newsletters, reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           information as the website and it saves the school money when we send you a text
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           message or visit the website: and click on ‘New User’. You’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           receive a text message with a PIN . Use this PIN to log into the School Gateway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             USED FOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           You also have the option to use ‘Instant Bank Transfer’ as well as debit or credit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           card. Instant Bank Transfer is a secure payment method and will not only make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           paying for school items faster for you but it will also cut the cost to the school of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           processing online payments. When using ‘Instant Bank Transfer’ for the first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you will be asked to enter your bank account details. Once set up, on all future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           occasions, you’ll simply need to enter the amount you wish to pay the school and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           then click to authorise the payment. We would encourage you to use this new
                               Bubbles Robinson


                                                                                                       Sussex Uniforms


                                                                                                                                                                                           Attendance Office

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bubbles Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           option to save yourself time and the school money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WHO TO CONTACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             FOR HELP      USEFUL CONTACTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FIRST AID 01273 852216
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             MY USERNAME

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           RECEPTION 01273 852222
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Attendance 01273 852217
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pastoral Hub 01273 852214
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Communications Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             MY PASSWORD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Exams 01273 852212

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SIMS 01273 852212                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           School Trips 01273 852288                  
DATE                                                   EVENT
                                                       WELCOME TO YEAR 7 STUDENTS
Monday 7 September 2020
                                                       (8.45 START)
                                                       START OF TERM - ALL YEARS
Tuesday 8 September 2020
                                                       (08.45 START)
Monday 21 September 2020                               NEW PARENTS’ EVENING
                                                       OPEN EVENING (EARLY CLOSURE
Thursday 1 October 2020
Monday 26 – 30 October 2020                            AUTUMN HALF-TERM HOLIDAY
                                                       INSET DAY (SCHOOL CLOSED FOR
Monday 23 November 2020
                                                       END OF AUTUMN TERM – EARLY
Friday 18 December 2020
                                                       CLOSURE 12.30
Monday 21 December – Friday 1 January 2021             CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Monday 4 January 2021                                  START OF SPRING TERM (WEEK 1)
                                                       INSET DAY (SCHOOL CLOSED FOR
Friday 22 January 2021
Monday 15 – Friday 19 February 2021                    SPRING HALF-TERM HOLIDAY
                                                       YEAR 7 PARENTS’ EVENING
Thursday 18 March 2021
                                                       (EARLY CLOSURE 14.15*)
Thursday 1 April 2021                                  END OF SPRING TERM
Friday 2– Friday 16 April 2021                         EASTER HOLIDAYS
                                                       START OF SUMMER TERM (WEEK
Monday 19 April 2021
Monday 3 May 2021                                      BANK HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED
Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021                     SUMMER HALF-TERM HOLIDAY

* The school finishes early for all year groups when there is a Parents’ Evening

                   Dorothy Stringer School | Loder Road | Brighton | BN1 6PZ
         Email: | Tel: 01273 852222 | Fax: 01273 852310
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