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FAQs

As well as our brochure, we hope that these also answer some of the questions you may have. If there is anything else which you would like to know about, please do get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ form and we would be happy to assist.

Which year groups will be the first to join Matford Brook Academy?

  • Our school is opening to Nursery, Preschool, Reception and Year 7 pupils in September 2023 and grow every subsequent year from that point.

What subjects will my child study?

  • We offer a broad range of subjects at Key Stage Three to allow pupils to enthusiastically engage with core (English, Maths, Science), Humanities (History, Geography), MfL (expected to be Spanish with potential second language later), PE and PSHE, as well as Creative Arts (e.g. Art, Photography), Creative Technologies (e.g. Design, Computing) and Performing Arts.
  • We have a ‘deliberate difference’ of a longer school day to ensure there is dedicated time for all subjects, as well as our focus on oracy and personal development.
  • Our Reception children moving through the Primary school will benefit from specialist teaching, facilities and resources from across the school – for example, in future MfL or Science teaching. It’s a special part of the all-through offer.

Which staff will you have at the school in the first year?

  • We’re really pleased to be working with a team of both Matford Brook specific teachers and expert practitioners from other TWT schools to deliver specific areas (e.g. MfL).
  • Every subject will be taught from the first cohort with an excellent, academic curriculum.
  • This will grow each year with the expectation that staff will be predominantly Matford Brook-based by year 3 of the first cohort.
  • Nursery & Reception will have their own class teacher & support staff, as required.
  • There will be other key staff members appointed for the school’s September 2023 start. Stay up-to-date via our website and social media channels.
  • Our SENDCo will likely work part time in the first instance. If you have questions relating to SEND provision, please contact us with your specific enquiry.

How do transport and pedestrian access work to the Academy?

  • We are liaising with DCC Transport team to confirm the areas for which LA transport is provided to Matford Brook Academy.
  • Secondary children are eligible for free transport from LA where Matford Brook Academy is the closest secondary school and over 3 miles from their home.
  • Contact the DCC Transport team to confirm eligibility for your specific address via their mailbox: schooltransportservicequeries-mailbox@devon.gov.uk 
  • Public bus routes have not been confirmed yet. The Academy will provide transport at a concessionary rate to families, as required, whilst this is in progress. This would include a route from Exminster, as well as other potential areas including Kenn & Kennford. If you would be interested in this, please do contact us to let us know.
  • The Teignbridge development, where Matford Brook Academy is based, includes a footbridge over the A379 (from Chudleigh Rd). This is due for completion ready for school to start in September 2023. 
  • We are working with the DCC team to publish recommended pedestrian routes in line with their planning schedule.
  • Further updates re. public bus routes, pedestrian routes etc. will be shared as we receive information. Stay up-to-date via our website and social media channels.

What uniform will my child wear?

  • We’re excited by the provisional designs for our Matford Brook Academy uniform! We are currently in the procurement phase with provisional designs anticipated soon.
  • Likely, this will feature blue & grey colours with piping on the jumper/cardigan & blazer. A tartan skirt is being designed as an option, otherwise standard school trousers, and a tie in the colour of your House.
  • The uniform is designed to adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education regarding school uniform.
  • We are expecting to be able to share the uniform with families in January, after school places have been allocated.

What is your behaviour policy?

  • ‘Kindness’ is one of the three Academy values. We know that children need to feel safe in order to thrive.
  • We have high expectations of a ‘positive choice’ environment i.e. understanding the impact we can have on others.
  • We are committed to a disruption-free classroom so that all children can be scholars and reach their highest potential.
  • A full policy, including anti-bullying, will be published to schedule with all other statutory school policies.
  • Our staff have a ‘warm-strict’ approach – they have high and consistent expectations and show that they care. Relationships are important to us as a school.
  • We ask our parents and carers to support a ‘Name It, Claim It, Carry On’ approach where we recognise that all children will make mistakes, that there is a consequence or reparation as a result, and then we learn from this and move on.

When can we visit the site?

  • We wish we could take you around the site at the moment! Unfortunately, it isn’t yet ready for external visitors.
  • We are hoping that, all being well, prospective Reception families will be able to book in for a tour of the site.
  • When our Year 7 pupils have been allocated at the beginning of 2023, we will be able to arrange their visit to the site – around February time. We can’t wait to give you a hard hat and a high vis jacket and set foot inside for the first time.
  • We’re excited to show you but you can do a ‘drive by’ if you want to have a peek!
  • We are sharing updates about the site on a regular basis - please do stay in touch via our Twitter and Facebook channels.

What will the class sizes be?

  • This is dependent upon intake but will be average class sizes for both phases i.e. around 30 for secondary.