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Hylands School
Hatfield Grove, CM1 3DF, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 266766

I am delighted to introduce you to our School.

Friendly yet purposeful: that impression of the atmosphere at Hylands School is the feature that most visitors first remark upon. As the new headteacher, I am particularly keen to maintain this ethos. I believe that a good teacher/ pupil working relationship, with mutual respect, supported by real partnership of teachers and parents, is most likely to encourage children to take a measure of personal responsibility for their own future and to motivate them to do their best. Success lies in holding high expectations while recognising each pupil as an individual. At Hylands we pride ourselves on being teachers of children rather than simply teachers of subjects.

Yet we are proud of our reputation for academic excellence too, one which I am determined we shall maintain and build upon, reflected in the high quality of our G.C.S.E. and Advanced Level results.

I am equally determined that our pupils shall continue to be introduced to the many challenges and delights that abound in life beyond the confines of study and work, be they: army challenges; participating in an exchange visit with pupils in China - or in a school drama production; learning to ski; representing the school in sport - or in public speaking ... the possibilities are manifold.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Hylands School Web Site.

Mr D Struthers



Year 7 Induction

We believe that an effective induction programme is essential to enable the move from primary school to Hylands School to run smoothly and happily for all pupils. By the time your children join the school they will have visited Hylands on several occasions, met the other members of their tutor group and their tutor and have a clear idea of the lay out of the school. They will also have met the Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator both in their primary school and at Hylands and will have been able to gain a great deal of information about life as a pupil at Hylands and the differences between primary and secondary school. Our expectations will also have been made clear.

On the first day of term in September, Year 7 pupils arrive at the school before the other pupils and spend two hours with their tutors. During this time they are issued with their Student Planners, their school and homework timetables, their locker keys and a plan of the school. They also start to get to know the other members of the tutor. Lunch is served early for Year 7 pupils so that the canteen can be explained to them.

Sixth Form students act as guides and mentors during the first weeks, meeting classes after each lesson or break and taking them to their next lesson and assisting the tutor with tutor group welfare.

In addition to the measures taken to support Year 7 on their arrival at the school, the Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and the Special Needs Co-ordinator liaise closely with primary teachers to enable Hylands to build on the academic and social progress made by the pupils in their primary schools.

The Pastoral System

The School is divided into three parts of school, Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and Post 16 (Years 12 and 13). The aim of the Pastoral System is to safeguard the happiness of each of its members and promote their academic, social and personal development.

Key Stage 3 is led by Mrs A Wiles who will work with Mr Skriabin

and Mrs. D. Rolph.

On entering the school your child will be placed in a mixed ability Tutor Group under the care and guidance of a Group Tutor. The Tutor Groups will be made up of pupils from a range of primary schools. Your child will remain in the same Tutor Group during his/her time at the school. The Group Tutor is concerned with monitoring welfare, attendance and overall progress and will usually remain with the group for five years, where possible.

A Tutor Group is referred to by a year number and the tutor’s initials e.g. 7JB is a Year 7 group - the tutor Mrs J Brook.

All pupils attend two assemblies per week and follow a pastoral programme during tutor periods. For any matter, academic or pastoral, the Head of Year is the first point of contact. If the Head of Year is unavailable, the Key Stage Co-ordinator may be able to take your call. If this is not possible, a return call will be made at the earliest opportunity. Please telephone the school to arrange appointments as all the Pastoral staff are teachers and may be unable to see parents without notice due to teaching commitments or other appointments. Any concerns about your son/daughter’s progress or general welfare should be communicated at an early stage so that a prompt solution can be sought. Informing the school of family developments such as a bereavement, family illness or death of a pet enables the staff to monitor the situation.

Year 7 Curriculum

The work for Year 7 is planned to continue and extend the skills developed in the Primary School and is in line with National Curriculum requirements. This facilitates a successful transition for pupils into the work and atmosphere of a Secondary School.

 The subjects taught in Years 7 - 9 are as follows:

Art and Craft






Information Technology



Personal & Social Education

Physical Education

Religious Education




(* Year 9 for the more able linguists)

Initially all Departments teach mixed ability classes. However, in the first year the Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages Departments place pupils in sets based on their ability. In Year 8, pupils are set in Science. The English Department sets from Year 10. At present all other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. In P.E., in Years 7 and 8, some activities are taught in mixed gender groups.

In some subjects, such as Design and Technology, due to the nature of their work, pupils are taught in groups smaller than a Tutor Group.



Code of Conduct in Lessons

We want all pupils at Hylands School to do as well as they possibly can. To make sure this happens PUPILS SHOULD:

  1. Arrive at lessons on time.
  2. Come to the lessons with the right books and equipment. This includes homework if it has been set
  3. Enter the classroom quietly and take out books/equipment for the lesson
  4. Listen carefully when the teacher or another pupil is talking.
  5. Raise their hand if they wish to speak.
  6. Respect the right of other pupils to work without disturbance.
  7. Respect the right of teachers to organ ise the lesson as they decide.
  8. Not move furniture or touch equipment unless asked to do so.
  9. Not leave the room unless absolutely necessary, and then only with permission.
  10. Wait quietly at the end of the lesson until they are dismissed.

Code of Conduct Out of Lessons

We want all pupils at Hylands School to do as well as they possibly can. To make sure this happens PUPILS SHOULD:

  1. Keep left in corridors.
  2. Move in a quiet and orderly manner.
  3. Move promptly to next lesson.
  4. Not loiter around lockers.
  5. Not eat in corridors.
  6. Not be in the corridor during lesson time (without a pass).


In Key Stage 3, assemblies are held every Monday led by Senior staff, and every Thursday led by the KS3 Co-ordinator, Heads of Year, Tutors and tutor groups.

 During tutor period every Tuesday, tutors monitor the use of Student Planners and, on Wednesday and Friday, the tutor groups follow a Pastoral, Personal and Social Education programme dealing with a wide range of issues such as study skills, friends and friendships, bullying etc.

Pupils are not allowed out of lessons except in an emergency and are expected to use ‘Changeover time’ to organise their books and equipment and/or their visits to the cloakroom.


Lunches are organised on a sitting basis and a rota operates to allow year groups to share the sittings.


e.g. 1st Half Term

1st sitting: Years 7 & 8

2nd sitting: Years 9 & 10

                    2nd Half Term

                    1st sitting: Years 9 & 10

                    2nd sitting: Years 7 & 8

                    Years 11 - 13 are allowed access at anytime during the sittings.

A variety of foods at different prices is available including a meal of the day. Pupils taking free school meals are allowed food up to a

certain price and they register at the till as they leave the canteen.

A fast food servery also operates.

Pupils bringing packed lunches are able to eat their lunches in the Hall alongside those pupils using the canteen.

If a pupil forgets lunch money or a packed lunch, money can be borrowed from the Head of Part of School for the purchase of some lunch on that day.


Pupils who go home for lunch are required to bring a letter from home to obtain a pass from the Head of Part of School. The pass is issued on the basis that pupils will be going home to the supervision of their parent or guardian and will return to school by 1.15 pm.

Pupils are not allowed out of school to visit the local shops. Lunch passes are spot-checked at the school gate by members of the lunchtime duty team.


Pupils have the use of a pay-phone in school at break and lunch-times, intended for emergencies only, such as forgotten items of equipment, information about after-school clubs, matches etc. Personal mobile phones are not permitted.

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