Frequently asked questions
Q) I have information about my child I think school should be aware of. What should I do?
A) We value all information that means we have a better understanding of your child. If you think you have extra information please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, mark it with title Year 6 Student. A member of the House Team or Senior Leader will get back to you.
Q) How do you put students into Houses and House Groups?
A) If you have brothers or sisters who have been or are currently at Summerhill you will be in the same House as them. If you are the first family member to join Summerhill you will be allocated to a House randomly. Summerhill has a vertical tutoring system, which means that every tutor group has 5 or 6 students from every year group. We will put you in a House Group randomly, however we aim to avoid putting you in the same group as any of your siblings.
Q) Who will I be with for lessons?
A) You will all be split into 7 mixed ability teaching groups. You will be with these class-mates for the majority of your lessons. The only lessons in Year 7 where you may be with other students are maths, design technology, languages, global learning and PE.
Q) What information do you find out about my child before they start at Summerhill?
A) We work very closely with all of our primary feeder schools. We collect as much information as possible including SAT scores, teacher assessments, SEN information etc. We firmly believe that the more information we have the better and easier the transition will be. We also encourage parents/carers to share any information you feel we should know.
Q) Who is my first point of contact?
A) We try to surround your child with multiple layers of support. On a day-to-day basis your child's house tutor will be your first point of contact. However the Head of House and House Officer will also work closely with you and your child to provide the best support possible.
Q) Will my child be able to have a locker?
A) We have lockers available at school. If your child would like to rent a locker please complete the forms provided or email email@example.com. Mr Morgan will be pleased to help you.
Q) My child can not take part in a PE lesson
A) Your child will need to bring in a note explaining the reason for not participating in PE. In addition to this, they will need to bring in their PE kit as they will be required to participate where possible in a coaching role.
Q) What should I do if I believe my child may need some additional support with their learning?
A) You should contact Mrs Sprouting (SENDCo) or Mrs Presdee (SEN Manager) who will be happy to discuss your concerns and what we can do to support your child.
Q) How does my child find out about extra curricular clubs?
A) There are lots of extra curricular clubs at Summerhill. These will be advertised on the school website. There will also be posters around school and tutors will share this information with students.
Q) How will my child get lunch?
A) School has a café which serves a wide variety of food. You can see a sample menu on this weblink. https://www.summerhill.dudley.sch.uk/foodmenu We also use a cashless system where students use the fingerprint scanner and the price of their food is deducted from the amount they have available.