Unlocking Your Child's Potential
New Starters (Year 6) - Basic Equipment
Dear Parents / Carers,

At The De Montfort School we place high importance on personal organisation and getting the ‘balance’ right. It is vital that students come to school every day with the right equipment and ‘ready to learn’ in every lesson. When students arrive to lessons without the correct equipment, there is disruption to learning for every student. Lost learning time in all secondary schools across the country has a significant impact on disruption to learning time. Giving out equipment leads to around 3 minutes every lesson, which over a week equate to 75 mins based on our 5 lesson day) and over a school year equates to 48 hours of lost learning. Therefore, not having the expected equipment results in a sanction Please see behavior policy for further details).

In order to help and support new students be prepared with the correct equipment, the school will provide every student with the following items on the first day of the new academic year (free of charge), so there is no need to purchase stationary over the summer holiday:

  • Pencil case
  • Black pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Protractor
  • Rubber
  • Scientific calculator

  • When equipment is lost or runs out, it is the responsibility of the student to re-stock as we will only provide equipment once. We have a well-stocked stationary shop ate school where all of the above stationary can be bought.

    We feel it is essential that we clearly identify what we mean by the ‘basics’ in regards to equipment and what we expect every student to bring to every lesson:

  • exercise / subject books
  • planner
  • reading book
  • pencil case
  • black pen and spare
  • pencil
  • rubber
  • ruler
  • glue stick
  • PE kit

  • In addition to the equipment above, we expect every student in Y6-11 to bring the following:

  • Subject specific equipment including PE kit (details found on website), pair of compasses, cooking ingredients when requires
  • Other useful equipment but not essential would be coloured pencils and highlighters

  • I recommend that students keep their bag and school equipment in the same place when they return home from the school and pack it the night before, knowing that they will be prepared for the next day and reduce unnecessary worrying.

    We believe by having high expectations at all levels, including personal organisation, every student has the potential to succeed. We look forward to working with you and your child over the next eight years, to achieve together at The De Montfort school.

    Your Sincerely.

    Mr M Sandell
    Assistant Headteacher