Open Evening 2020
We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual Open Evening on Thursday 24th September, where we will be sharing the following:
- A message from Mrs Payne, Headteacher
- A message from Year 7 students who will be sharing their first experience of Three Rivers Academy
- A tour of the school, narrated by our students
- Frequently asked questions
- Information on how to apply
- How to find out more
Year 6 parent tours of the school
We would like to welcome Year 6 parents and children into the school in order to see our wonderful facilities and to ask any questions concerning secondary school life at Three Rivers. Tours will run slightly differently this year due to the current pandemic, however, we are planning a series of tours on selected dates during this half term.
As the number of tours we can currently offer will be strictly limited, the following criteria will need to be met:
- Year 6 parents only, tours will not be offered to any other year groups
- One parent and one child only
- Tours will not be offered to parents whose child already has a sibling at the school
- Tours will not be offered to anyone who has been to the school previously in any capacity
- Groups will be made up of three sets of parent/child and will be with one member of staff
- Tours will be after school at 3.30pm and 4.15pm and will last 30 minutes
- Booking is essential, visitors will not be admitted without a pre-booked appointment
- All adult visitors will be required to wear a face covering unless there is a medical exemption
- All visitors will be expected to follow social distancing rules
Although schools are exempt from the current rule of 6 people, we are limiting numbers as a precaution.
Please do not book a tour if you do not fit the criteria above, these criteria will be strictly enforced. Your co-operation is much appreciated in the difficult situation we all find ourselves in.
If you wish to have a tour with a member of staff from the Inclusion team, please advise when booking. We will try, where possible, to accommodate your request.
In order to make the booking system as fair as possible, tours will be offered on a first come first served basis. Bookings will go live on Monday 21st September at 9.00am. We expect a high demand for tours, if you cannot come on the date offered, we will do our best to offer an alternative but this cannot be guaranteed.
To book a tour please phone the school office: 01932 242994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We will need the following information from you:
- Adult full name
- Child full name
- Child’s primary school
- Contact telephone number
Information for arrival at the school for tours:
- Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your allocated time
- Please wait outside where you will be collected by a member of staff
Year 7 admission to the school 2021
How to apply please click here
Frequently Asked Questions
How many students attend Three Rivers Academy?
Three Rivers Academy is a medium-sized secondary school and is growing in size. Our Year 7 intake has been increasing steadily for the last four years. There are currently approximately 1,150 students attending the school including 150 in our Sixth Form. We can welcome up to 300 students in Year 7 in September 2021.
What subjects do students study?
We offer a broad and varied curriculum with all students in Year 7 studying the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, History, Geography, RS, Aware (our Personal, Social, Health and Economic [PSHE] programme), PE, Technology, Art, Music and Drama.
From Year 9, students choose to study either French or Spanish. They may continue to study both languages if they wish.
At the end of Year 9, students choose their GCSE options, alongside compulsory core subjects (English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, RS, PE and Personal Awareness). Most students in Year 10 and 11 study four option subjects. We offer a number of Level 2 vocational courses alongside traditional GCSEs.
How many students do we have in the Sixth Form and what is our provision?
We currently have approximately 150 students in our Sixth Form, with an increasing proportion of our Year 11 students choosing to remain with us for post-16 studies.
The Three Rivers Academy Sixth Form offers a wide range of courses to meet the needs of all students:
- - Level 3 A Level courses (A Levels)
- - Level 3 Vocational courses (BTEC qualifications and Cambridge Technical)
- - Level 2 courses
Are students set by ability?
The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability classes, with the teacher ensuring that the various needs of students are met. In mathematics, students are organised in ability sets from Year 7.
How many students are there per class?
The average class size is approximately 25 students, but the number of students in each class will vary from subject to subject. Class sizes are dependent on our curriculum model based on total student numbers and students’ curriculum choices (option subjects at KS4 and KS5). DT classes never exceed 20 students to comply with Health & Safety regulations.
How much homework do students get?
We expect Year 7 students to complete at least 45 minutes of homework every day. This increases every year, with Year 11 students expected to complete 1½ hours of homework every day.
All our homework is set on Frog, our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), which both students and parents can access. We believe that homework is an integral part of the learning process. It should be used to extend and enrich students’ learning outside the classroom, and allow students to consolidate and revisit previous topics. We also believe that homework is an opportunity for parents to engage with and support their child’s learning, without the need for them to be subject experts.
We run a daily homework club until 4.00pm that students can attend as they wish.
What is our extra-curricular provision?
Please check our website https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Curriculum/Extra-curricular/
The full list of extra-curricular activities for Autumn 2020 will be updated in the coming weeks.
What are the timings of the day?
- From 8am: breakfast available in the canteen
- 8.30-8.40: Registration
- 8.40-9.40: Lesson 1
- 9.40-10.40: Lesson 2
- 10.40-11.00: Break
- 11.00-12.00: Lesson 3
- 12.00-13.00: Lesson 4
- 13.00-13.40: Lunch
- 13.40-14.00: Tutor time/Assembly (once a week)
- 14.00-15.00: Lesson 4
- 15.00: End of day for most students
- (15.00-16.00: Lesson 6 for additional and non-compulsory option subjects)
Please note that we are currently operating a temporary school day, slightly different to the above, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
What is the role of the form tutor?
Students see their form tutor twice a day, at the start of the day for registration and after lunch for a 20-minute tutorial session. The form tutor should be the first point of call for both parents and students. The form tutor supports student attendance, has an overview of students’ progress and helps students with various daily concerns.
Whenever possible, the tutor will remain attached to their form group as they move up the school.
What pastoral support is offered to students?
We are very proud of the strong pastoral support that we provide to our students. We have a year based pastoral system. Each year group has a Year Lead who is supported by a Year Manager, a non-teaching member of staff who can be easily reached throughout the day. A Welfare and Progress Lead is also in place in each year group to support the Year Lead in managing the overall progress and pastoral care of our students. An Assistant Headteacher oversees the progress and pastoral care of students in each Key Stage.
What is our catering provision at break and lunch?
Students can buy a wide range of food and drink items at break and lunchtime, from three different locations in the school. We also offer breakfast from 8.00am. A vegetarian option is always available.
Students may eat in our large Mall on the ground floor, or outside. We operate a cashless system.
Please check our website for more information about our catering provision: https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Information/School-Meals/
For more information on Free School Meals, please click on the following link: https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Information/Free-School-Meals/
Can students get a locker?
Yes, every student can have access to a locker on the school site, which they can keep throughout the years. Students pay a small deposit at the start of Year 7 (£25) which enables them to keep that locker until the end of Year 9. If the student wishes to keep the locker into Year 10 and 11, a further £10 is payable. In the case of a lost key, a replacement can be issued at an additional cost of £5.
What is our school uniform and where can we get it from?
Please check our website for more information about our uniform: https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Information/Uniform/
Can I visit the school?
Due to current restrictions, we are only able to offer a small number of tours for Year 6 children who have not yet visited Three Rivers Academy (only 1 adult + 1 child per family). These tours take place after school and we ask that all visitors wear a face covering and respect social distancing. Please note that these tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. For dates and to book, please visit https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Open-Evening-2020/
Section on SEND
Inclusivity is at the forefront of everything we do at Three Rivers Academy and especially in our Learning Support and Inclusion Teams. We have a large team of Learning Support Assistants that deliver provision and interventions for students with additional needs. Support is delivered in lessons and via specific withdrawal sessions tailored to meet individual needs. Inclusion at Three Rivers is led by Mrs Heidi Stone (SENCO), Mrs Rands (Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Jo Mutti-Mewse (Deputy SENCo). Our Learning Support and Inclusion teams work in collaboration with all other pastoral teams across all year groups to ensure we remove any barriers we can to support students in accessing their learning and to ensure student wellbeing is always at the forefront.
Please visit the Special Educational Needs section of our website where you will find our vision, details on what we offer at Three Rivers Academy and to view any of our SEND related policies https://www.threeriversacademy.org/Curriculum/Special-Educational-Needs/
If you require more information regarding how we support a specific need please contact us via SEND@threerivers.thpt.org.uk