New to Wood Green FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a collection of frequently asked questions that you might have about attending our school in September.

If you have any other questions please email: transition@woodgreenacademy.co.uk

Who is the safeguarding lead at Wood Green Academy? 

Mrs Julie Bailey 

Can I contact the school if I feel unsafe whilst at home? 

Yes. The ‘Speak Out’ button on the school website allows you direct contact with Mrs Bailey 24 hours a day. 

Who do I go to if I have a problem?  

Every member of staff has a duty to ensure you are healthy and happy and will help you with any problems you have. You will have most contact with your Form Tutor, your Head of Year and your Student Support Manager, so these are the people that you might want to talk to first. 

Who do I go to if I have a problem?  

Every member of staff has a duty to ensure you are healthy and happy and will help you with any problems you have. You will have most contact with your Form Tutor, your Head of Year and your Student Support Manager, so these are the people that you might want to talk to first. 

What do I call the teachers if I don’t know their last name? 

If you don’t know the teachers name then ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’ is what is expected. 

Will teachers be around at break time and lunchtime? 

Yes, teachers have duties at break and lunchtime so there will be someone you can go to if you need help during these times. 

How do I know who teachers are? 

All staff at Wood Green wear blue lanyards with their staff badge attached at the bottom. If you are looking for a particular member of staff, just ask another member of staff and they will direct you to where you can find them. 

How will I know what lessons I have, and where they are? 

Your timetable will be issued to you on your first day in September. On the timetable is all of the information you will need, including the subjects you will study,  your teachers’ names, and all the classrooms your lessons are in. Your Form Tutor will help you to understand how to read your timetable on your first day in September. 

How long are my lessons? 

Most of your lessons will be 1 hour long, although in Year 7 you might have double lessons (2 hours) in Design and Technology 

How much time will I have to get from one lesson to another? 

You should be able to get to your next lesson within a couple of minutes. Teachers expect new Year 7 students to take a bit longer than this for the first few weeks as they are getting to know the school site. If you are late to lesson because you got lost, just make sure you are polite and apologise to your teacher, however a quick warning; this excuse is not likely to work after October half term! 

How do I remember my timetable? 

To begin with, you will probably need to have your timetable in your pocketor school bag so it is easy to access, but be careful not to lose it! Your Form Tutor will not have time to keep printing you a new timetable. Believe it or not, after a few months you will probably know your two week timetable without having to look at all! 

Am I allowed to go to the toilet during lesson time? 

If you have a medical reason to need to use the toilet during lesson time then you will be issued with a medical card to be able to do this. If you do not have a medical card, then you are expected to use the toilets at break and lunchtime, not during lessons! 

What lessons happen in each building? 

Alan Turing building – Science, Computing, Food Technology 

Sir Steve Redgrave building – Geography, History, PE, Music 

The Hughes building – Science, Maths, English 

The Weston building – Design and Technology, Art and Computing 

Sir Isaac Newton building – Modern Foreign Languages, Science, Drama, Religious Education, PE, Computing 

Denise Lewis sports centre – PE 

Where can I eat my break time snack and my lunch? 

All food must be consumed within our food zones. This is to reduce litter across the school site. Our food zones are marked on this map.

 What happens if I get caught eating food outside of the food zone? 

The teacher that catches you eating outside of the food zone will pass your name onto your Year Leader, who will then put you into a 30 minute litter picking detention on a night of their choice. 

What happens if I get caught dropping litter? 

The teacher that catches you dropping litter will pass your name onto your Year Leader, who will then put you into a 30 minute litter picking detention each day for a whole week. 

Is there anywhere I can’t go? 

To keep you safe on our school site there are places you are not allowed to access. You will not be allowed inside the buildings at break time or lunchtime unless you are going to use the toilet, or going to see a teacher.  

Students are not allowed behind Sports Hall 1.  

Students are not allowed on the drive between the Turing block and Wood Green Road or the car park at the bottom.  

Students are not allowed on the drive at the side of the Newton block or the car park at the bottom.  

You cannot use the cricket nets unless you are playing cricket 

 What happens when it is raining? 

You will be allowed in certain areas of the buildings if it is raining heavily. You can also find shelter outside of the sports hall by the Table Tennis tables – providing you are playing table tennis 

Am I allowed to go onto the field? 

The fields are open at break time and lunchtime in dry weather. When the weather is too wet to use the fields your Form Tutor will let you know when they are closed.  

When the weather is too wet to use the fields, Year 7 and 8 can still play on Newton Playground 

The cricket nets are for those playing cricket only. 

You must not hang off the crossbars, pull on the nets or swing on the football/rugby posts or the cricket nets and frame. 

Where can I play football? 

Year 7 and 8 students can play football on the bottom half of the school field below the cricket strip. They can also use the tarmac areas at the side of and behind sports hall 2. 

Your Head of Year will have some footballs for your year group (each year group has its own footballs – they are all different colours/patterns/sizes). You must return your football to the Y7 office before the end of lunch. 

Where should I go after I have eaten my snack or lunch? 

It is advisable to go to a social area that is close to your where your next lesson is. For example, If you play on Newton playground but have a lesson next in Turing block you might not have enough time to get there after the warning bell has rang. 

 

 

What will I get in trouble for? 

In lesson, anything that causes low level disruption will result in you getting a clear warning from your teacher.  

Examples of low level disruption are: 

  • Forgetting equipment/Homework 
  • Calling out without permission
  • Using inappropriate classroom language 

If you get more than 2 warnings you will automatically be put into a 30 minute detention that same day. Your Parent/Carer will be notified via text message at the end of the school day if you are in detention. 

What happens if I get a detention? 

If you get a detention for low level disruption, you must attend a 30 minute detention the same day. Failure to attend the detention will mean you have to attend a 1 hour SLT Detention. 

What happens if I am bullied in school? 

At Wood Green Academy we do not tolerate any kind of bullying. Any incidents should be reported to the Year Leader, who will take firm action to prevent any further incident. Wood Green Academy has a very clear anti bullying policy which can be found here. If you feel that you are being bullied, or know someone who is bullying, or being bullied, you MUST report it straight away to an adult at school. You can also use the ‘Speak Out’ button on the website. 

What if someone is racist, homophobic or disablist towards me?
 
If any student is the recipient of, or witness to ANY form of bullying, we strongly urge them to tell a member of staff that they feel safe talking to, where it will be quickly dealt with accordingly. At Wood Green Academy we lay great stress on the importance of self discipline and personal responsibility for one’s actions. The school rules are designed to create the conditions for sustained good work and to encourage good manners and courtesy. We ask that at all times behaviour should be reasonable. Honesty, truthfulness, helpfulness and, above all, respect for others are stressed.