The information below is just for parents of boys joining Year Seven in September 2021. Please keep the information on this page within this group of parents.

If you are happy to share some information with the other parents in the year group, to help make social connections and co-ordinate transport, please enter your details directly at 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X2no3_eCoI9F5_B2LRSbIF_7SYJPPI4VNMJKMLIGimI/edit?usp=sharing

There are some whatsapp groups that you might like to join to stay informed of social gatherings, uniform shop dates and general questions and answers. Please do feel free to ask any question - big or small - it's a learning curve for everyone, parents and students alike, and our view is that the more information that you can gather now, the more calm and relaxed you will be when September rolls around.

Here is the main whatsapp group link:

https://chat.whatsapp.com/KYZjPN1ahnO1BWjlvirAZ1

 

and here are the house group links

Bryant 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/LqeoLZ3LYko7q2W0yVa5ow

Evans 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/Bhylc8Dc99jKxiARWwaXoo

Morgan 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/LSEhrkUNSP20RfihAUuQjM

Rendall 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/Eol0xzYMa63B3mUeR8zvW0

Starling 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/GACCpVhb2ITJ9Eta1jDrPD

Taylor 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/JQlrbmAlI2LHEs4ec6D5Us

Here are some of the questions that we have been asked by new families with students joining Year Seven. If anyone has further questions or guidance to share please email jpa@judd.kent.sch.uk


How many houses are there?

Six: Bryant, Evans, Morgan, Rendall, Starling and Taylor.

More information on houses is available at https://www.judd.online/pastoral

 

House t-shirts are worn when students participate in some house competitions. They can also be worn during Games and PE lessons. The house colours are red (Bryant), orange (Evans), yellow (Morgan), green (Rendall), light blue (Starling), purple (Taylor). 

 

Ties have two thin stripes of house colour for the junior version (Years Seven and Eight).

Ties with an additional thin white stripe alongside the house colour are for Years Nine to Eleven.

Houses register together and have most of their year seven lessons together. Your son's form tutor is your first point of contact for questions. The Pastoral Care team and Head of House may be consulted too, when required, but your son's form tutor will guide you on this. Your son will meet his Head of House online in July and you will have welcome videos from the Head of Pastoral Care and other senior staff before September.

Which bags are best?

Backpacks for books need comfortable straps and the capacity to hold four or five slim text/exercise books alongside a pencil case, lunch, snacks and water.

Sports bags need to be big enough to fit a couple of pairs of trainers/boots, a tracksuit, shirt and shorts. Combination padlocks are required (you buy these yourselves before term begins). Waterproof liner bags (that you can buy from camping shops) can be useful if your son's sports bag falls off the racks on a rainy day. Boot bags are also helpful to keep mud contained.

It’s good to have bags that can be spotted easily if they are in a big heap or in the racks.  Bright colours/trims can save time and accidental pickups! For naming, a woven nametape stitched on the inside of a shoulder strap works well. It's best to avoid putting full names on the outside where they may be visible on public transport.

If you already have sports bags and backpacks at home please don’t feel as though you must have new bags for the start of term. Try using what you have and then upsize/downsize accordingly as the year goes along. 

Which uniform is essential for September and which items can wait?

 

One blazer, one pair of trousers, a few white shirts, a tie, a rugby top, rugby socks, a PE vest and house tshirt should see you through the first term. Charcoal trousers and white shirts do not have a logo and can be purchased at many clothing shops and supermarkets. That's roughly £150 if you buy everything new. If you can visit the second hand uniform shop you may be able to find some items at a fraction of the price. There is more information at juddparents.co.uk/shop


Blazers are worn all day. Jumpers and tracksuits can generally wait until October half term (or even later) as the weather tends to be mild enough to go without. Some boys never wear a jumper, as they are warm enough in a shirt and blazer.

Rugby/football boots can mostly wait until November as the ground is generally hard in September/October and students can just wear trainers. Students will need studs once it gets rainy and muddy on the fields. Head of Sport, Mr Fraser has said...

"There aren't any restriction on studs any more, but studs are recommended on the 3G ahead of blades (so any studs). Any pair of football boots is fine (traditional rugby boots had a higher ankle which are not needed). There isn't much difference between rugby and football boots any more."

Lab coats are not required. There are spares in the labs. Art aprons are not required. 

Blazers are washable, can be ironed and keep their colour well.

The rugby shirt should be quite fitted (to prevent pulling when tackling).

The PE vest should be quite baggy (with lots of room under the armpits - like a basketball player's top).

There are usually two PE lessons (50 minutes each) and one double Games lesson (1hr40) each week in Year Seven. Games is held across the whole year group (190 students) and there is an element of choice in what boys would like to play. PE tends to focus on different activities including gymnastics and fitness/strengthening. 

Backpacks and sports bags should go home each night. No bags should be left on site.

Coats can be any colour. They tend to be left on racks or outside classrooms in a heap, so bright colours/stripes can be useful for quick retrieval.

Trainers can be any colour. Make sure they are named and that the indoor pair has non-marking soles.

What’s the best way of naming uniform?

The consensus across a broad range of experienced parents is that woven nametapes sewn in to the collar/waistband work best. We have found that embroidered initials limit re-use (so we discourage them) and QR coded labels caused needless expense. If the name is visible on a collar/waistband then the school office do a grand job of getting lost kit back to students via form teachers. Unnamed lost property will eventually be given to the JPA and will then be sold in the second hand shop or given to charity shops or textile recyclers. 

What should students have in their pencil case?

A selection of blue/black pens
Pencils and colouring pencils
Rubber, pencil sharpener & ruler
Highlighters / fine-line coloured Pens
Compass, protractor & calculator
Glue stick & scissors

Year Seven Judd students do not need laptops or ipads. No purchasing of A4 pads or text books is required.

Which type of mobile phone should students have?

A phone with a camera and internet access can be useful when teachers give permission for them to be used in lessons to look things up or take snapshots of the board. Year Seven and Eight are asked to not use their phones at break or lunch. They are encouraged to socialise, attend clubs and talk to each other.

Do students get a lot of homework?

Homework is set for each subject. Students have homework assigned in Google Classroom. It rarely has to be in the next day but one of the first skills to master is to work out when homework needs to be handed in and plan sufficient time to do it accordingly. There can be evenings when 40 minutes to 90 minutes is needed to get all homework done, but there may be times when there is no homework left to complete. Time management is key. Parents will be able to see their son's timetable via an app called Weduc (logins will be sent out in September). This also alerts parents to commendations and detentions. Students can track their homework and see messages in Google Classroom via the Google account that they will be given at the start of Year Seven.

How are allergies catered for?

The catering manager has an excellent record of communication with parents of students with allergies. If you would like to speak to her please contact the school office.

Do many students have packed lunches?

 

Quite a lot of students bring packed lunches, especially if they go to lunchtime clubs, as they can then eat their lunch at break (10.50-11.20) and spend more time at their club. Some find the queues at the dining hall a bit long so bring their own lunch so that they can eat as soon as possible at lunchtime. They might prefer to buy snacks at break, so will still use school catering.

 

There is always plenty of food on offer to buy at break and lunchtime. Squid cards are used to pay for food at the dining hall (hot meals) and pod (paninis, pasta, waffles, pretzels). A main meal and pudding is around £2.50. The average spend for a student is around £4 per day (and is limited to £6 per day by default). You can limit your son's daily spend on his squid card if required and you can view the things he has purchased via your squid account.

How do most students get to school?

Most students travel to school on public transport (trains, buses) but a significant minority arrive by car.

Brook Street can be very congested in the mornings. Lidl car park and Springwell Road are popular drop off areas a short walk from school. Please avoid the West Kent College car park. They get very annoyed if they see Judd students being dropped or collected from their car park unless they have granted permission for a special event.

The recommended calculator is expensive. Can students use a cheaper version?

There are minor differences between the Casio FX-85GTX (£16.99) and the Casio FX-85GT+ (£45.99). Either calculator would be appropriate for year 7 through to year 11. The price difference might be because the GTX calculators have been discontinued.