Travel to and from school:
How do most students get to school?
- Most students walk to school, however it is also possible to get the bus to school or get dropped off in the school car park. The nearest bus stops to school are The Wheatsheaf, Anglesey Avenue or The Swan on the Loose Road, or Mangravet Shops on Sutton Road.
- For more information about buses that stop near NLL Academy please visit the Arriva website.
- For students in Years 7 to 11, a Young Persons Travel Pass is available via Kent County Council. It costs £200 for the year, and includes all bus travel for students. It costs £100 for students who get free school meals. Please click here for more information, and to apply. The bus passes are then delivered to NLL who will distribute to students.
- Students aged 16 and above can apply for a 16+ Travel Card. The most you'll pay is £400. You may pay less if you’re only using it for part of the year or if you are from a low-income family. Please click here for more information. The bus pass will be given to NLL Sixth Form team who will then distribute to students.
What happens on the first day of school in September?
- It is likely that before you start in September, you will have attended either our Transition Day or Transition Week, so your first day in September won’t really feel like your first day. On the first day of school you will line up outside of the Year 7 plaza in your PAD groups. During this time you will be given your lanyard and card, as well as your school planner and timetable. Then you will be guided to your lessons.
What equipment do I need for school?
- Your PE kit (click here for full list)
- A pencil case that includes a pen, a pencil, a ruler, a rubber, a sharpener and a scientific calculator.
- A reading book for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time.
Now that you are in secondary school, it is your responsibility to organise yourself and remember your equipment each day.
How long is the school day?
- The school day runs from 8.30am until 3pm, with optional afterschool activities available.
How long do I get for break and lunch?
- Students get one 15 minute break and 25 minutes for lunch. Please click here to see a full timetable of the school day.
How many lessons are in a school day?
- Five one-hour lessons.
What should I do if I am late for school?
- Report to student reception and sign in.
What shall I do if I miss a day of school?
- Parents must contact school on the morning of absence, and everyday thereafter on 01622 743286 . For more information please email the Attendance Officer, Carole Allcock, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if I need time off school for an appointment or holiday?
- Please contact the Attendance Officer, Carole Allcock, on email@example.com or 01622 743286.
Am I allowed a mobile phone in school?
- Yes, but during learning time they must be switched off and stored in your locker. The Academy takes no responsibility for loss or damage of mobile phones.
Can I take bottled water into class?
- No, but when it is extremely hot in the summer term tutors will inform students if they can take water into class.
How do my parent(s) contact a teacher?
- They should contact reception who will put them in touch with the relevant member of staff.
What do I do if I am unwell in school?
- If you are feeling unwell at school you need to speak to your teacher and ask them to write a note in your planner that allows you to go the medical room. The medical staff will assess you and decide on the best course of action, and will make any necessary arrangements for you to go home if required.
Are there any extra-curricular activities I can get involved with?
- Yes, there is a full timetable available on the website and SLG. This is published in the second week of each term. Please click here to see the latest timetable of activities.
What will each activity involve and do I need to bring any additional items, e.g. PE Kit?
- Please speak the teacher running the club.
How do I book an activity?
- Please see the teacher running the club.
Where are the activities held?
- Please see the timetable.
How will you notify my parent(s), and I, if an activity I am due to attend has been cancelled on the day?
- You will be informed at school. If you need to contact home please go to student reception where the receptionist can call your parents for you.
How will I be advised of new activities and any activities that will no longer be available?
- The extra-curricular timetable will be revised.
How do I inform you if I no longer wish to continue an activity?
- Please see the teacher running the club.
What if I want to learn a musical instrument?
- There are a number of opportunities to develop your instrumental skills within KS3 and KS4 music lessons, including piano, guitar and drums, as well as vocals. If you are interested in learning a specific instrument outside of the music curriculum, please contact NLL’s Head of Music teacher directly.
Is there a breakfast club?
- New Line Learning do not run a specific breakfast club, however the canteen opens at 7.30am each morning to serve breakfast to students.
Do I have to have school dinner?
- No, you can bring a packed lunch.
What is cashless catering?
- Cashless catering is a way to buy food and drink in school. You load money on to your card in advance via the online payment system. Please click here for more information.
Do I have to do it?
- Yes, if you wish to use the canteen to buy food or drink. You cannot use cash to buy food/drink from the canteen. Otherwise you can bring a packed lunch.
When do parents get the sign in details for the parent pay website?
- The details will be posted home during the first week of term.
What happens if I am eligible for free school meals?
- Parents need to apply online on the Kent County Council website, please click here for a direct link. If you are successful a hot meal and dessert will be loaded onto your card automatically for you to get lunch.
Can I view the menu on the school website?
- Yes, please click here to see the latest menus.
Can food allergies be catered for?
- Yes, please speak to the Head Chef at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there food and drink available at break?
Are there water fountains around school?
How do I pay for school trips?
- School trips are paid for via the online payment system. Please click here for more information.
Are all school trips charged to our parent(s)?
If I receive free school meals will a packed lunch be provided on trip days?
- Yes, if the visit goes over lunchtime.
What is the SLG?
- The SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) allows parents and students to access attendance, achievement and self-management information online. Termly reports are placed here too.
When will I receive my username and password?
- Parents will receive this information during the first week of term via post once a signed agreement form has been received.
Who do I contact if I have technical issues with my device, including software or hardware, or if I’m unsure how to use any element of my device?
- Contact the ICT technicians at break and lunch times, or before and after school.
How much homework will I get?
- Each department sets homework on a weekly or a termly basis. Some departments will give you an overview of your weekly homework at the beginning of each term, while other departments will set you a termly project. Please speak to your subject teachers for more information about your homework.
Who can I turn to if I need help with my homework?
- You can turn to the teachers that have set the homework, or attend a homework club. Please click here to see the current list of extra-curricular activities.
Contact with parents:
How often do parents receive information about their child?
- Parents will receive a report detailing your ATL (Attitude to Learning) and academic attainment five times a year at the end of each eight-week cycle.
How often are parents’ evenings?
- At the start of the year we hold a Year 7 Parents Information Evening, where parents have the opportunity to meet the Year 7 tutor team on an informal basis, and ask any questions that they may have.
- Later in the year, typically in the summer term, there will also be an Academic Review Evening, where parents have the opportunity to book appointments with all of your subject teachers, and discuss your academic attainment and progress.
What happens if I get a detention?
- If you receive a detention from your teacher, you will complete this at break time, lunchtime or at the end of the school day.
- If you receive a lunchtime detention there will still be enough time for you to eat your lunch and go to the toilet.
- An afterschool detention will be no longer than 15 minutes unless your teacher has called your parents to make arrangements.
Who can I go to if I have a problem at school?
- If you have a problem or any concerns at school you can speak to any member of staff in your year group family. These include your Pad Tutor, Head of Year, Student Manager, Assistant Head or any of your subject teachers. Everyone is here to help! There are a variety of useful links and information that can be found in the parent and student SLG areas. Should you have any additional questions NLL also have a dedicated student reception in the heartspace, where the Student Managers will be happy to help and assist.
If you have any suggestions for additional FAQs please get in touch with Main Reception.