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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Common Questions and Answers


Year 6/7 Transition 2022: Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

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:

Coombe Dean School - School Uniform 

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 8:35 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 day do year 7 start in September?

Year 7 will start on Monday 5th September.  All year 7 pupils should arrive to school no later than 8:40am on this day.  Only Year 7 & Year 12 pupils will be in school on this day. 

5) What support will be given to help with transition to Coombe Dean?

Year 7 will have their Induction Day on Tuesday 5th July from 8:40am – 3:30pm.  There will be a BBQ from 3:45pm for parents to come and meet key members of staff.

We will be visiting primary schools, throughout June, to talk to pupils about what it is like at Coombe Dean and answer their questions.

During September we will be organising a Team Building Day on Site for students to get to know each other and their tutors.

We are continuing to add all new information to the Primary Transition area of our website so please have a look for a tour of the school, tutor videos and much more!

Coombe Dean School - Transition 2022

6) 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. 

7) 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 807 / 808 / 809 / 810 buses.  There is also a public 5/5a bus which drops off and collects from school reception.

Please follow the link below for more information about this service.  Tickets are bought directly from Plymouth City Bus. All buses arrive to school for 8.30am.

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.


School transport is organised through the admissions team who will advise you on how to apply for this once you have been allocated a school place. All Devon buses arrive to school by 8.30am.

8) What options are available to eat at lunchtime? How do we pay and how much does it cost?

There are many different food options available for students to buy at lunchtime.  The menu is available weekly here:

Coombe Dean School - Catering Facilities

There is always a main meal option, and the September prices will be updated online soon.

They are also always a range of salads and sandwiches available along with drinks, cookies, cakes and doughnuts.   

We can help and assist individual needs if required by making up a meal plan with you and your family, so that your dining experience is the best it can be. This could be such as having a bespoke Grab Bag made up for you and could include 'a requested sandwich, cake and drink of your choice or a pasty, water, crisps or anything that would make you feel comfortable and enjoy being in the canteen'

Students will pay for this using “Parent Pay” which will require you to put money onto their account electronically which may be used to buy food.

If you are eligible for free school meals you will be given a daily allocation of money.  If this is not spent on one day any remaining balance will disappear and their account will be re-set the next day.  If a pupil goes over this limit, then this will need to be repaid before the full allowance for the day is available again.

9) What is Parent Pay and how does it work?

Parent Pay 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 details via email to set up your account. 

10) 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. There will be an online form to complete that will give students the opportunity to say who they would like 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 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.

11) 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 

12) What extra-curricular clubs are available for my child?

The school runs a broad variety of clubs for all students. These are run at both break times and after school from 3.05pm - 4pm. The clubs finish at 4pm to allow students to access the late bus that leaves at 4.15pm. The full list of clubs is sent out at the start of each term. Students do not need to sign up they can simply attend the club at the right time on the right day with the right equipment.

Coombe Dean School - Lunchtime and After School Clubs

13) 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 406961 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.

14) 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.

15) What should I do if my child needs to take medicine during the school day?

If your child needs to take medication during the school day you will need to complete a consent form for this medicine to be stored and administered by the school.  These can either be sent to you, upon request, or you can come into reception to complete the form.

If your child has an ongoing medical condition that requires additional support or medication we will ask you to assist in completing an Individual Health Plan (IHP). Please email us on