Frequently Asked Questions – Year 7 Transition

We understand that you may have some questions about our school and the way we work.
Below you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
If you still have any further questions you would like answering, please contact us.

Our school

What are the times of the school day?

The school day starts at 8:30am every day, except Monday when we start at 8:50am. We expect pupils to be onsite at least 10 minutes before the start of the school day. The school day finishes at 3pm and then our Flexible Learning clubs run until 4pm.


Is my child’s attendance important?

We expect your child to attend school every day and to be on time. Any issues with attendance should be discussed with the school office or Head of Year. All pupils should aim for at least 96% attendance, as statistics show a direct link between underachievement and attendance below 96%. Regular attenders make better progress both socially and academically.


How many lessons are there each day?

We have 7 lessons each day that are 45 minutes long, except lessons 1 and 2 which are 50 minutes long. When pupils arrive at school they will have two lessons, then break time, then a further three lessons before lunch. After lunch, pupils will have two lessons before the end of the day. Registers are taken in each lesson.


How does my child travel to and from school?

We encourage pupils to cycle or walk to school and we have a secure bike shed where pupils can store their bikes during the day. We also have a school bus which is operated by Metro. You can find information about where the bus collects and drops off at under the schools heading. To secure a place on the school bus you will need to fill out the application online at There are also a number of First buses that have a route via Carr Manor Community School. We have a school car park where parents/carers can drop pupils off if they are being brought in by car. We encourage parents/carers to use this car park instead of parking on Carr Manor Road.


How do you decide what ability set to place pupils in?

When pupils join us in Year 7 they are placed into mixed ability sets. This approach ensures we get to know the children and their abilities well before using setting based on ability further up the school. We use a combination of standardised and in-house assessments including the Key Stage 2 SATs, Cognitive Ability Tests, reading age and subject specific age-related expectation assessments to make these judgements. Given that progress is rarely linear, we complete regular reviews to ensure pupils' needs are met and they are able to progress throughout their time with us.


What is Flexible Learning?

In both phases of our school there are a range of Flexible Learning clubs that incorporate enrichment activities, intervention opportunities, sports teams and home learning.

Over 100 sessions are run each week. These range from traditional sports clubs such as athletics and cricket, to mindfulness, art, dance and amnesty international. Our pupils have many chances to pursue what they enjoy, meet new friends and try new things. Visit our Flexible Learning page for further information.

What is Further Learning?

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), Further Learning is split into two strands: required and enhanced. Required Further Learning is designed to accelerate progress in English Baccalaureate subjects (English, maths, science, humanities and languages). Enhanced Further Learning encourages pupils to complete as many tasks as possible from each subject area, especially in the Foundation subjects that they may want to pick for their GCSE/BTEC courses. Key Stage 3 Further Learning is available on the school website and as a paper booklet.

Learning beyond the classroom at KS4 (Years 10 and 11) is essential for building organisation and independent learning skills in preparation for GCSE examinations and Post-16 study. Teachers of Year 10 and 11 plan Independent Learning activities and assign these to our children using our digital learning platform.

In both of our phases, pupils who complete this Further Learning not only develop skills that will help them in later life, but also make accelerated progress in lessons. We very much welcome support from home in encouraging pupils to complete this work.



What is the school uniform?

  • All black shoes
  • Black trousers or knee length skirt
  • Black school jumper/cardigan/blazer with CMCS logo (this can be purchased from main school office)
  • White collared shirt
  • School tie in the House colour (this will be given free of charge on the first day of term)
  • Small, plain ear studs (one per ear)
  • No facial jewellery



What is the PE kit?

The CMCS PE kit must be purchased from the school's PE department and cannot be bought from other retailers.


  • Short sleeve PE top
  • ½ zip or full zip jacket (optional, but advised for the wet/colder weather)

Pupils must purchase one or more of the following bottoms:

  • Shorts/skort
  • Leggings
  • Tracksuit bottoms

Shoes (these can be purchased from any retailer)

  • Trainers with non-marking soles
  • Football boots and black football socks for football/rugby



Our Coaching and House system

How are Coaching groups put together?

Before a child starts with us, we receive information from their primary school along with our own information from any visits or meetings, that helps us place pupils in the right coaching group for them. We look to create a blend of pupils in each group to help develop children’s ability to empathise and better understand people with different interests and skills. The most important factor for us is what coaching attributes will be best fit for each child’s needs in order to help them flourish. Each Coaching group is a mixture of around 11 pupils from years 7 - 11, with the coach being the child's main advocate and a parent/carers first point of contact in school. A coach meets with their coaching group three times a week and will ‘walk shoulder to shoulder’ with them through their time in school.



What is the House system?

All pupils and members of staff are in one of four Houses. The Houses are named after local sporting heroes (Jason) Robinson, (Jane) Tomlinson, (Fred) Trueman and (Billy) Bremner.

Pupils in Robinson wear a purple tie, Tomlinson wear a green tie, Trueman a yellow tie and Bremmer a blue tie. These ties are given to pupils when they start with us.

Throughout the year we run a variety of House activities to encourage healthy competition between pupils. These include charity weeks, where each House raises money for their chosen charity, sports days and end of term competitions such as tug-of-war and 'old-school' style sports days.

Pupils can earn ePraise points for their House in lessons, coaching and for other activities, for example, attending clubs, intervention classes and representing the school.

At the end of the school year, the House with the most points is presented with the coveted House trophy.



School meals

How do I apply for free school meals or find out if I am eligible?

You can claim Free School Meals for any child who normally lives with you and who is classed as being under your parental care. To get Free School Meals you must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (and your net combined household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax).
  • Income Support, Pension Guarantee Credit or Income-based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit Only (With No Working Tax Credit) and your Annual Taxable Income does not exceed £16,190.

Please visit for more information. Alternatively, please ask at pupil reception for an application form.


How does my child pay for school meals?

We use a biometric system where pupils can use the machines around school to add money to their accounts, which they use to pay for their school meals. Parents/carers can also top up payments and see how the money is being spent, by using ParentPay. Further details can be found on our school meals page. Pupils can also bring a packed lunch into school.


What will my child’s meal be when they are at school?

It is important to us that each child has the opportunity to receive healthy and nutritious meals and snacks throughout break and lunch. Snacks (hot and cold) are available to pupils to purchase in the refectory at break time. During lunch there are a variety of meals (hot and cold) for pupils to purchase. These options change daily. Pupils can also bring their own packed lunch into school.



When and how can I apply for a place at high school?

You can apply for a high school place from 1st August to 31st October 2020. You can apply online for a Year 7 place at the following website:
You can also click here to read the admissions policies for our school. If you need any assistance you can call the admissions team at Leeds City Council on 0113 2224414.


When will I find out which school my child has been offered?

You will receive an email from Leeds City Council on 1st March 2020. with your child's offer. This email will be sent during the working day.

What should I do when I receive my offer of a place?

If you receive an offer from your preferred school, you should contact the school directly to accept the place. We will normally share an online form with you where you can accept your place.


What happens if I don’t get the school of my choice?

If you do not receive an offer from your preferred school you can contact them and ask to be put on their waiting list. You can also appeal the decision by visiting Please note, the school cannot over rule the decision made by Leeds City Council.