This page is especially for families with children joining Thorpe Hall School’s Year 7 in September 2020.

Here you’ll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, along with information about specific subjects and some links to useful parent resources and calendars.

There is a forms for you to complete to request Individual Music Tuition for those wanting to learn an instrument or receive singing lessons in Year 7. Please see the relevant section below.

Due to the current situation and social distancing restrictions, our usual induction plans need to be a little different this year. We have increased our programme at the beginning of the term with three full days of activities, to make sure there are still lots of opportunities for everyone to meet and get to know one another properly.  You will receive further information about this and more during our Online Induction Evening on Thursday 2nd July at 7 pm. Parents will receive an invitation to join this Zoom event by email.

Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Parents will be sent an invitation to attend with their child via email from Mrs Hill, the Head of Year 7.

The first day of term is Wednesday 9th September 2020. This will be the first day of our three-day induction activity programme. The first ‘on timetable’ day for pupils will therefore be on Monday 14th September.

There is no need to wear school uniform for the first three days of term. Please bring a PE Kit with you and your pencil case. Pupils should also bring a water bottle and a snack with them. If you are not having a school lunch, you will need to bring a packed lunch.

From Monday 14th September 2020 onwards, full school uniform should be worn.

School starts at 8:45 am and finishes at 3:45 pm

Pupils are expected to walk into school by themselves. For those travelling to school by car, there is a one-way traffic flow system in operation at drop off and pick up times.  Cars enter the site at the entrance near to DW Fitness and should drive slowly to the drop-off point at the crossing near to the Exit Gate.

Pupils should alight cars at the crossing as quickly as possible. Drop off and pick up times can be very busy and so extra caution should always be taken.

Alternatively, parents may prefer to park in the main car park, leaving pupils to walk up to school. Pupils should enter the school by going through the gate next to the Nursery.  These key points can be found on the map.

The first three days of term are ‘off timetable’ for Year 7, and so there won’t be any formal lessons on those days. There are lots of games and activities planned during this time to help you get to know the staff and your new classmates. There will be a special team-building activity day on Friday 11th September, with everyone going off-site to Mersea Island.  This trip will go ahead, provided Covid-19 restrictions allow it.



A trip has been arranged for all Year 7 pupils on Friday 11th September 2020, to the Mersea Outdoor Education Centre.

The purpose of this trip is for all pupils in the year group to get to know each other, to begin working together as a team, and for staff to learn more about the children’s individual characters in a safe, outdoor, fun environment.

Pupils will be participating in numerous activities, which will include high ropes, archery, an adventure course and an ‘It’s a Knockout’ type competition.

What to wear and bring – Pupils should wear old clothes and shoes – they may get dirty and wet during the course of the day. They will also need a couple of sets of additional clothes, a towel and spare shoes for a change during the day (should they get muddy in the adventure course pit), and for the journey home.

Please also bring a packed lunch and enough snacks and drinks to last the day.  Pupils will be outside for the entire day and very active so they are likely to eat more than usual. In addition, pupils will also require a waterproof jacket, sun cream and hat as the weather can be very unpredictable in September, and we will need to be prepared for all eventualities.

Dropping off/picking up arrangements – We will be leaving school at 07:15 and will return to school, traffic permitting, at approximately 19:30. Please ensure that your child is present at the school’s reception for 07:00 so that we can leave on time.

Are mobile phones permitted? –  Mobile phones can be brought for use during the journey to and from the venue, and to alert parents of any change to our return time.

The cost of the trip – is £55 and this amount will be deducted from your pre-paid child’s trip fund (already invoiced with your first termly fees). Please do not send any money into school, as this amount will be deducted in September.

To confirm your child’s place –  Please complete this Form and submit it by Wednesday 9th September.

Please note, this trip will go ahead if the Government’s COVID 19 guidance and restrictions at the time allow it. The trip may be postponed or cancelled, either by the school or by the venue, at short notice.

There are lots of different extra-curricular clubs to appeal to everyone, and taking part is a great way to make new friends and try new things.   We will provide you with a full list of before-school, after-school and lunchtime clubs at the beginning of term.

At Thorpe Hall, we provide individual music tuition in the following disciplines:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Violin
  • Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Drums
  • Singing

What are the charges?
Lessons are charged at a rate of £15.25 per 30 minutes for one-to-one lessons. You can expect to receive at least 30 lessons per academic year and will be invoiced for 10 lessons each term. Some Instrumental teachers may find that they can offer more lessons in the longer Autumn Term and will keep you informed of the number of lessons your child has received at the beginning of each term. Any shortfall at the end of the year will be refunded in September. Lesson missed due to the teacher’s absence or because of a school trip or activity will be made up in lieu or refunded. Lessons missed because of the pupil’s non-attendance will be made up at another time at the teacher’s discretion.

Instrumental Lesson Fees (Hourly Rate:  £30.50)

30 min lesson: £15.25
Charge for 10 lessons (30 min each): £152.50

20 min lesson: £10.20
Charge for 10 lessons (20 min each): £102.00

15 min lesson: £7.65
Charge for 10 lessons (15 min each):£76.50

How do I request Individual Music/Singing Lessons?
Please complete the Music & Singing Tuition Form which will be passed to the appropriate teacher. They will then contact you directly to arrange lessons.

You will be asked to enter into an agreement with the Instrumental Teacher to protect both parties. The contract asks for fees to be paid in advanced, and for notice to end lessons to be served at half term to cease at the end of that term. Please read the contract carefully when you receive it.

You can expect to receive 2 annual reports from your child’s Instrumental/Singing Teacher.

We know that reading is the key that unlocks knowledge and we maintain our focus on nurturing a love of reading, language and communication throughout Year 7.  Further information about the many creative ideas and methods to engage and inspire pupils in their English studies can be found here.

All pupils will start the September term studying French. The lessons will be taught in form groups, so, therefore, will be of mixed ability. There are two double lessons of French per week. It does not matter if your child has studied any French before at primary school, as the way that Modern Foreign Languages are taught in secondary school is very different.

Before October half-term, pupils will undertake an assessment that involves reading and listening comprehension, writing and speaking skills, as well as a vocabulary element. We will help pupils to prepare in the lessons leading up to this assessment, but they will also be expected to do some learning and revision as part of their French homework.

Based on the results of this assessment, and from what we have observed of pupils during lessons, we will then split the year into three separate groups based on ability and suitability:

  • Spanish and French (set 1)
  • Spanish only set
  • French only set

All classes will continue to have two double lessons per week. As well as learning French and/or Spanish languages, pupils will also learn about the life and culture of French and Spanish speaking countries.  These groups will remain in place until the end of Year 9.

If you have any questions about the way that we teach and organise Modern Foreign Languages at Thorpe Hall School, please do not hesitate to get in touch . Email


Here are some other useful links to information or forms on our website that you may need.

The School Calendar

Term Dates

Request for Absence Form