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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

How do lunchtimes run at Hungerhill?
 

Access to the dinner hall is staggered throughout the lunch hour with different time slots for each year, which are rotated each half-term. Students must start queuing up at the correct time slot.

All students will have a personal laminated lunch pass which is colour co-ordinated for their year group. Year 8 -11 will also have their photo on. They must show their lunch pass to the Dinner Staff as they go into the dining hall. If a student does not have a lunch pass, they will be directed to leave the hall and then come back at the last slot of 12.50pm.

If a student has lost their pass, they must ask their form tutor for a replacement pass. This can only be done in form time. Therefore, if a student only realises that they have lost their pass after form time, they must go into lunch on the last slot and get an emergency pass the next day.

How do students pay for their dinners at school?
 

We operate a cash-free dinner monies system at Hungerhill, whereby students use their finger print to pay for their food at the till. Parents/Guardians have the option to pay money onto their account via Parent Pay and/or students can also bring cash with them into school and pay this into the machines outside the Dinner Hall.

What should a student do if they forget their dinner money?
 

If a student forgets their dinner money or packed lunch they are encouraged to visit Pupil Support before school or at break time, where we can make a phone call to Parents/Guardians to see if either can be brought in. If this is not possible, or a student is not aware until lunchtime, they can visit Pupil Support where we can arrange for them to get a meal from the canteen. 

Who can I contact if I have a question regarding my child paying for their lunch?
 

Please direct all questions regarding payment for school lunched via the Pay Portal to our Finance Team at: finance@hungerhillschool.com  

How do I make payments to the school for trips and visits etc.?
 

We encourage all Parents/Guardians to make payments to the school via our Parent Pay system, as it is the most efficient and secure means by which to send money to us. If you having any difficulty paying by this method, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Finance Team who will do their best to assist you further.  

How much do instrumental lessons COST?
 

Currently, for the year 2019-20, the cost is £154 per instrument for the year, payable in one lump sum at the start of the year. If you are in receipt of free school meals, or you believe you will struggle with this payment, we ask that you contact our Finance department to discuss your circumstances and see if there is anything we can do to help. The cost may change in subsequent years.

Community Defibrillator Information 

The cardiac charity SADS UK aims to save lives, providing information, funding research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death.
Provision of cardiac equipment
SADS UK empowers medical establishments and organisations by providing information and cardiac equipment including:-
•    A Defibrillator to Hungerhill School., to restart the heart in an emergency situation and sustain life until the ambulance arrives. 
•    The defibrillator is located at the rear of the Fitness Suite facing the sports fields in a bright yellow box (see photo)
•    The defibrillator is available to the local Community via the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service when 999 is dialled between the hours of 0800 through to 1630 hrs Mon – Fri

Does the school have lockers, and are there any plans for lockers? 

There are no lockers or current plans for lockers. The reason for this is that the school has grown vastly in number over the years and there simply is not enough space to provide lockers. It is something that Senior Leadership may look into in the future once we have the new building.

Can parents request that their child not be placed in the same tutor group as one of their peers? 

Hungerhill consults fully with Year 6 teachers and if we are advised at that time of any potential problems we will act on this and put them in separate forms. However, if they are in the same sector they may come across each other in subjects such as PE and DT when the tutor groups become mixed. This may also happen when they are put into sets for some subjects. If you have any concerns, please let the Year 6 teacher know so that they can inform us. If you would like to follow it up with a letter to us as well, that would be fine. We DO NOT place friendship groups together; coming to Hungerhill is a time to make new friends and interact with different people.

What after school clubs do you run? 

There is a wide variety of sports clubs run throughout the year, dependant on the season, such as:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Athletics
  • Fishing
  • Dance
  • Tennis
  • There is a science club, normally held on a Monday (they will support with Homework etc)
  • Performing Arts (Glee Club)
  • various music clubs (String/Drum/Guitar/Ukelele etc)
  • school band rehearsals

There is a homework club Monday to Thursday: 3:10 - 3:50pm staffed by Senior Teaching Assistants, so if your child is struggling with their homework they can attend and get help and support. They can have the use of computers and printers there.

We also run clubs at lunchtime in the library:

  • Reading Zone
  • chess club
  • craft club

What do I do if my child is being bullied? 

We would suggest that you encourage your child to come to either their tutor, Head of Year, or the KS3/KS4 Pastoral Support Officers to tell them what is happening. Staff will work with them to sort the concerns out. At Hungerhill we are very clear on bullying; it has to be STOP (Several Times On Purpose) to be considered bullying. We find that, generally, we can resolve issues relatively easily before it gets to that level. If we can’t resolve issues at this level, they are passed through to Senior Management who will then oversee the process and advise. Of course, if they feel unable to approach us, please do not hesitate to contact us yourselves.

How early can my child arrive in school and where can they go? 

If they don’t attend breakfast club, then we would suggest no earlier than 8:30am. The school currently operates an open class policy so there are places they can go. The library is open from 8:00am if they need to print off homework or want to read quietly.

​If it is raining at break/lunchtime do they have to stay outside? 

Some students do choose to shelter under the canopied areas but they do not have to remain outside. At break times, they can make their way to their next lessons and, as long as they are reasonably quiet, they are allowed to remain in that area. At lunchtimes, they can remain in the hall.

Do you have a breakfast club? 

Yes, we do have one. It runs from 8:00am and your child is able to buy breakfast (toast, bacon rolls, crumpets etc) and drinks (costs subject to change).

Where do we get a bus pass from?​ 

You can collect the application form from Frenchgate Interchange, but they will be given out by your primary schools later in the year.

What happens if they need to contact home? 

If they need to contact home urgently they should go to the KS3/KS4 office and they will be allowed to contact home from there.

What happens if we need to contact our child urgently? 

​If it is urgent, please contact the school and Reception will arrange to pass the message on. Please be aware that this is for emergencies only. General family arrangements should be made before they come to school.

What arrangements for first aid do you have? 

We do not have a school nurse. If your child has an accident in school then the designated First Aider on duty will deal with it as necessary. If your child feels unwell, they should go and see pastoral support who will assess them. If they cannot find either of these, then they should go to Reception.

Are there plans to change the uniform? 

There are no plans to change the uniform at this time.

What is the structure of the school day? 

School begins at 8:40am, although students should already be at their form before this time so that registration can take place. School finishes at 3:10pm. There are 5 x 60 minute lessons, a 15 minute break and a one hour lunch, 12:10 - 13:10.

What should I expect in terms of homework? 

Homework (or home learning) enhances student learning, improves achievement, and develops students' study skills and, as such, is an integral part of the curriculum. Subjects endeavour to set homework that is meaningful, valued, varied, appropriate, integral, and clear.

KS3 students should spend approximately 5-7 hours each week doing homework, on average.

KS4 students should find this increases to approximately 7-10 hours per week.

What support will my Year 7 child/children receive during their first day/week at Hungerhill? 

As well as the entire KS3 team, each form group has a number peer mentors (current Year 10 students) attached to it. These students have been specially trained to deal with any queries your child may have. As a current student, they are not only a friendly face for your child but can also direct them around school and really help them settle into life at Hungerhill.

Who do I make cheques payable to? 

​'Hungerhill School'. Also, please write the name of your child and their form on the reverse of the cheque, and what the cheque is for, eg. 'Ski Trip 2018'. Payment can also be made through the pay portal.

​How much does it cost for a bus ticket? 

The current cost is 80p per journey with a bus pass. Please be aware that despite being in uniform, if they do not have a bus pass, they may be charged full fare.

What instrumental lessons are offered in the school? 

Piano, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone, Trombone, Tenor Horn, Singing, Drums

How much do instrumental lessons cost? 

Currently, for the year 2019-20, the cost is £154 per instrument for the year, payable in one lump sum at the start of the year. If you are in receipt of free school meals, or you believe you will struggle with this payment, we ask that you contact our Finance department to discuss your circumstances and see if there is anything we can do to help. The cost may change in subsequent years.

When do the instrumental lessons take place? 

They take place during the school day and will involve your child missing 15-20 minutes of one of their timetabled lessons to attend their instrumental lesson. Where possible, this is carried out on a rota so that students do not miss the same lesson every week.

I/My child has a problem with their instrumental lesson. What should I do? 

Encourage your child to see the Head of Music (Miss Crowder) to discuss the problem and explore solutions. However, if you are particularly concerned and your child does not feel they can deal with it themselves, please contact Miss Crowder yourself (either by leaving a telephone message or sending an email to crowder.n@hungerhillschool.com). Problems should not be addressed to the instrumental teacher.

How will I know how my child is progressing in their instrumental lessons? 

You should receive a report from the instrumental teacher. However, these are co-ordinated by the music service and so we can not say when you will receive them. You will also receive information about examinations if the instrumental teacher feels your child is ready to be entered. If, at any point, you feel you need an update on your child’s progress, please contact Miss Crowder.

My child hasn’t had instrumental lessons at primary school but is interested in starting to play, is this possible? 

Your child can start instrumental lessons at any time. However, if the school year has already begun they may be put on a waiting list as time is bought in during the Summer term for the following year and instrumental tutors may be full.

When and where can I buy replacement school jumpers & ties from? 

​Replacement school uniform is available from Cliffs, 11a, Printing Office Street, DN1 1TP.

Blazers £25.49 - £32.75
​​Ties Year 7-10 ​​£5.99
  ​Year 11 ​£6.99
Trousers Boys £12.50 - £20.99
  Girls £10.99 - £18.99
Skirts ​£12.99 - £17.99
Jumpers ​£12.75 - £17.25

All prices include VAT ​ ​

If you have any questions that are not listed here, please contact Hungerhill and we will do our best to answer any queries that you may have.