Year 6 Induction information

Note: This page will be updated in spring 2022 in preperation for our new Year 7 intake in Septemeber 2022 

Welcome to Team Burgate!

We are delighted that your child will be joining us in Year 7 this September.


Over the coming weeks we will be uploading lots of information to this page to help our new students with the transition to our school including welcome videos and activities to help them to familiarise themselves with their new teachers, the school site and many other aspects of Burgate life. Please check back regularly to view new content and any updates.


This page also contains all of the information that parents need - but if we have missed anything or you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us via:

Stuff for our new students

We are so excited to welcome our new students to The Burgate School!

Please take a look at the activities below and have a go at completing them in your own time. If you know anyone else that is joining the Burgate too, it may be fun to work on these activities together and discuss your thoughts and ideas.


If you don't yet know anyone then don't worry at all - on Induction Day later in the summer term, everyone gets to meet their new class mates and make new friends so maybe then you can chat about what you found.

Remember: Check back regularly for more activities and videos

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Click on the BBC Bitesize logo to find really great tips on how to get ready for going to secondary school...

Year 6 Induction Booklet
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Write a letter to Ms Mann using the template attached it will really help her to start to get to know.

Looking for a summer read? Click on this button to find a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction books suitable for all abilities to enjoy over the coming months. 

This is a rabbit - he doesn't work at our school but lots of his family run around our playing fields...and none of us are as fast as them! 

This is Mrs Becher, Assistant Head teacher, she is lovely and lots of fun too - she will really help you to settle


Important stuff for parents

You will have received your welcome letter from David Pover, Headteacher and hope that you will have completed the online enrolment form - if you haven't yet completed this, please do so as soon as you are able the information you provide really helps towards our planning so that we can ensure all of our new students have the individual support they may need in September.


New Starters Information - 2021 


Induction Day: 2 September 2021 - Bump-up day has been moved to Thursday 2 September 2021. All school transport will be in service on this day. New Year 7 students should arrive in their new Burgate School uniform - no PE kit is needed on this day.

School Payments and Lunch money - Parents can create School Gateway accounts for new Year 7 students to add lunch money or make other payments from Thursday 2 September at 09:00 via the link below. To register, you must enter the main parent/carer email address and mobile number that matches the contact details given to us on the student enrolment form. A reminder that on Thursday 2 September all new Year 7 students will be given a free picnic lunch. 

For parents unable to access the internet, please discuss alternative payment options with our finance office or in the case of a trip, please discuss with the trip coordinator.


Should you have any problems creating an account from 2 September 2021 please email:








Biometric Canteen and Vending Payments:

There is a £5.00 spend limit each day across the canteen and vending machines and you can see what your child has bought by checking their gateway account. When your child’s canteen credit falls to £0.00 you will receive a text message asking you to top up. Please be aware that credit can take up to two hours to appear on your child’s account.

Bus Times Routes and Times for 2021:

A new bus timetable will be added to the website before the end of this academic year. Please check this to be sure of routes, bus stops and exact times from September. Students should arrive at bus stops 5-10 minutes prior to the published collection time. It is very rare but possible owing to traffic that buses may on occasion be delayed - as soon as the school is aware of any issues we will send an email school comms message to parents to update them. 

Who to contact and how once your child starts in September:

Absence -

Please call or email the school before 08:15 email:

It is important that you identify who you are in your call or email/ give your child’s name and tutor group and the reason for their absence. You will need to call or email on each day that your child is absent unless they have a long term condition that the school has been made aware.


Concerns or Questions -

Most of the time, if you have a concern or question about your child’s progress, health or social wellbeing the first person to contact should be your child’s tutor. The best way to do this is via email. School email addresses are first initial followed by surname and then so for example


Staff members try very hard to answer any queries within 24 hours. If you feel the issue is very urgent or sensitive then please let the school office know or else contact your child’s Head of Year, Ms Mann -


Specific subject query –

In this instance it is probably best to contact your child’s subject teacher or the Head of Department. Again, staff will do all they can to get back to you within 24 hours.


Extra Curricular Activities -

We are very much hoping that from September we may be able to run many of our after school and lunch-time clubs as we have in previous years. Tutors will be informing students of all new clubs as these begin again. 


Basic Equipment -

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis we are asking that students only bring to school the essentials and no other items in their school bag. Some essential items are listed below:


  • For all lessons students should ensure they have the following equipment – Pens (a good writing pen or equivalent), green pen, pencils (HB), ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener and coloured pencils. Students also need scissors, a glue stick and highlighters for homework. These items should be kept in a sturdy pencil case and all items should be named.  

  • For Mathematics and Science – a pair of compasses, a protractor and a calculator will be needed. Calculators are available to purchase from the Math’s department.

  • For MFL - a pocket dictionary – Oxford, Collins or Heinemann.

We hope we have now covered everything you need for September. The school is closing for the summer holiday on Friday 16 July but if you have any questions or concerns during the summer break please do contact us via email and we will respond as quickly as we can

School Uniform Information

Please click on the button to view important information about how, what and when to place orders for the Burgate School Uniform and PE Kit. The Purchase button links to our online shop. We do advise you order before 1 August 2021 to ensure dispatch before the start of term.

Note about Dorset Bus travel

Dorset residents if you believe you may be eligible to school transport please ensure that you have applied via your respective council school admissions team to check whether your child will be eligible.                  

Year 7 Enrolment Form 2021

Please only complete this once.

Note: If you have received a welcome letter from us via email then you may have already completed this and do not need to complete this form for a second time.


              Music Lessons: 

Uptake of music lessons is very high at The Burgate, and we are fortunate to have an excellent staff of visiting teachers offering lessons on most instruments including Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Strings, Brass, Guitars (incl. Bass), Drums, Piano, and Voice.


We organise for students to receive 30 lessons across the school year, split into 3 termly blocks. Lessons last for 30 minutes and are either individual or group lessons, dependent on your preference. Lessons take place during the normal school day and timetables are rotated each week to reduce any impact on academic study. Students need to check the music noticeboard carefully every week and make note of their lesson times.



- One annual payment of £420 (equating to £14.00 per lesson) or

- Three termly* payments of £150 (equating to £15.00 per lesson)



(This is subject to enough students signing up to group lessons, and is also ability dependent to avoid mixed ability groupings.)


- One annual payment of £270 (equating to £9.00 per lesson)


- Three termly* payments of £90 (equating to £9.00 per lesson)

If you wish to choose group lessons, please indicate on the reply slip the standard your son/daughter is currently at (i.e., beginner, Grade 1, 2 etc) so groupings of similar ability can be timetabled. * Please note that termly payments are required in advance of each term upon invoice.


Please be aware that for all lessons there is an annual commitment. If students wish to cease lessons, please notify Ms Goodyear via email by the end of the Autumn Term (December), otherwise lessons and payment are expected for the remainder of the academic year.


The school heavily subsidises the costs of instrumental lessons, and therefore expects a musical commitment from students in return. We have a wide range of musical ensembles rehearsing each week and will invite your son/daughter to make a commitment to an ensemble in September.

Music lesson bookings for this September must be made by Friday 2 July 2021. Please click here.

Note: Payment should be made via the school gateway between 4-10 September 2021. Payment of one term is non-refunable.