Year 6/7 Transitions

Welcome to Coombe Dean – Kevin Dyke, Headteacher

I am delighted that you have chosen to join us at Coombe Dean, a school where success is built around positive relationships and where staff, parents and pupils work brilliantly together. 

We are going to achieve great things together!

Kevin Dyke
Headteacher, Coombe Dean School

Download my welcome letter: Year 7 Headteachers Welcome – March 2021

1)      Are there any forms that I need to complete?You will need to complete several forms for us before your child starts school in September.  All of these forms will be sent to you via email and we will ask you to send them back in the same way.  The first forms will be sent out to you after Easter.

We will have been given the email address you used when you applied for your child’s school place so if this has changed, or does change in the next few months, please let us know by emailing

2)      What school uniform do we need to purchase and where do we buy it from?Up to date school uniform requirements with details of where to buy this may be found on the school website:

3)      What are the timings of the school day?All students are expected to be waiting at their tutor room when the bell rings at 8:40 ready for a prompt start.  There is a warning bell at 8:30 which reminds students to start making their way to their tutor room.

There is also a bell five minutes before the end of break and lunch to help students with their time keeping.

The school day ends at 3:00pm.

4)      What equipment do we need for September?Students will be provided with exercise books by their class teachers and there will mostly be kept in their classrooms.

All students must bring the following in a pencil case:

2 blue/black pens
1 purple pen
1 pencil
1 30cm ruler
1 pencil sharpener
1 rubber
1 Protractor
Casio FX83 scientific calculator

We would also recommend:

1 glue stick
1 pair of scissors (Rounded ends only)
1 set of basic colouring pencils

Students should keep all of their equipment in a bag. Backpacks are the most practical, which they will keep with them throughout the school day.  We would recommend a bag large enough to fit their PE kit in on days when this is needed, as this will help them to keep everything together.

5)      What public transport is available to travel to school and what is the cost?Plymouth City Bus operate a school service for Coombe Dean with the 806 / 807 / 808 / 809 / 810 buses

Please follow the link below for more information about this service.  Tickets are bought directly from Plymouth City Bus.

To be eligible for a subsidised bus ticket your child must either receive Free School Meals or be in receipt of one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Low Income Benefits, Carers and Disability Benefits, or Housing Benefit.

6)      What is ParentPay and how does it work?ParentPay is our electronic payment system. You will use this system to pay for everything at school including school dinners, trips and items from the school shop.

You will be able to add credit to your account online for your child to spend in school either using a finger print or a PIN number.  You will be sent forms via email to set up your account.

7)      Will I be in a tutor group with my friends?We try to put students with at least one other person that they have requested to be with.  Students who have listed several friends that they would like to be with may find that they are not placed in a tutor group with all of their friends.  If you are not with your friend in your tutor group you may still find you are in other lessons with them as lessons are not always taught in tutor groups.

There are many students who come to us without knowing anyone and we will try to place several of these in tutor groups together.  We are very experienced in helping students connect with other like-minded people and are confident that every student will find the right friendship group for them.

8)      What is the role of a tutor and when will I find out who this is.The tutor will be your first point of contact for parents/carers and their children.  Your tutor will be the person who will learn the most about your child as they will be with them throughout their time at Coombe Dean.  The best way to make contact with tutors is through email, which will be provided to you when you find out who your tutor is going to be in the summer term.  All staff emails follow the same pattern: Mr J Bloggs would be
9)      What should I do if my child is too unwell to attend school?If your child is going to be absent due to illness, we request that you call the absence line on 01752 504152 before 9.00am, leaving your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence. We ask that you phone each day that your child will be absent from school. If no reason for absence has been provided by 9.00am, you will receive a telephone call/ text indicating that your child has not arrived for school.
10)  What should I do if my child is unable to attend school for another reason?We are unable to authorise holiday requests except in exceptional circumstances.

Where possible we request that medical appointments are made outside of school hours. If appointments are unavoidable please provide us with a copy of any appointment cards or letters.

If your child requires a period of absence from school, please collect or ask your child to collect an Absence Request Form from Reception to complete and return.

Below is a useful booklet that you can download and keep. The booklet provides most of the useful information that you might need; both before you join your new school, and whilst you’re here:

Important School Information – Year 7 – March 2021

If you do have any questions or concerns, be sure to email:

Please keep an eye on this page as we will occasionally update it with new information.

We look forward to meeting you all over the coming months…


Mr Dyke, Headteacher

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Upcoming Events

  • Year 7 Parents' Evening - Timings TBC 03/05/2021 at 3:15 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Year 4/5 Information Event - Details TBC 14/06/2021 at 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
  • Enrichment and Work Experience Week - Details TBC 19/07/2021 at 8:30 am – 23/07/2021 at 3:30 pm