The School Day
Each school day begins with Lesson 1 (we do not have a morning 'tutor' time) at 8:40am. Year 7 will end each day at 3:10 though, occasionally, they will finish at 2:40pm on a Wednesday if they do not have Academic Mentoring or if the school is holding a Parents'/Carers' Evening. For more information about our school day visit: School Timetable
Frequently Asked Questions
Your child is absent from school
Please contact the school office before the start of the school day by email or telephone.
You would like to meet with one of the teaching staff
You may arrange an appointment through the school office or directly by email and you will receive a prompt response.
You are worried about anything
Please contact the school office or speak to your daughter's Head of Year.
Your child finds the work too difficult
Please contact the Head of Year.
Your child has a problem
Please contact your child's Tutor.
You have a problem at home or with the school and would like to talk to someone in confidence
Please contact a member of our Pastoral Support Team via the school office.
You have an idea
Feel free to share any positive ideas you may have by speaking to us or e-mailing at any time.
Your child loses something
Please ensure your child checks with Student Services (make sure everything is clearly labelled)
Your child forgets something
Please bring to the school office and let your child know so he/she can collect it.
Your child wants to cycle to school
Fine - make sure a helmet is worn.
Your child needs to take medication
Please contact our Welfare Officer, Mrs Hadgigeorge, via the main School Office
Your child needs to visit the doctor or dentist
Phone and advise the school office.
Your child is in receipt of Free School Meals
Please contact Student Services via the School Office.
You need to keep your child away from school in exceptional circumstances
Please contact the Headteacher.
We ensure we always appoint exceptional teachers at Gumley. If you wish to contact anyone please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the teacher in the title of the message or call the School Office and leave a message.
Chaplain - Celia Hannigan is our lay Chaplain
School Leadership Team (SLT)
Headteacher: Ms C. Braggs
Deputy Headteacher: Mr S. Byrne
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs F. Russell
Assistant Headteacher: Mrs M. Windmill
Assistant Headteacher: Ms R. Jaipersad
Assistant Headteacher: Mr A. Graham
Assistant Headteacher: Ms J. Claro
Assistant Headteacher: Mrs L. Jarvis
Top Tips to Support Learning
- Please always encourage your child and talk positively about success and education.
- Please ensure where possible that your child has a quiet place to work at home with fast broadband, pens, pencils, calculator handy.
- Discuss ‘house rules' with your child on using mobile phones or devices as part of their study habits.
- Please be ready to help BUT don't do the work for your daughter.
- Please encourage your child to read every day.
- Every so often please discuss the work with your child. Ask the question 'What have you learnt today?'.
- Please use everyday activities to help your child put learning into practice.
- Please encourage your child to use a dictionary to clarify meanings and spellings.
- Please watch out for TV programmes that link to school work or are interesting documentaries that will aide form time discussion.
- Please ensure your child gets plenty of exercise and has a healthy diet. Remember breakfast gives them the energy to learn!
- Educational games and activities on their devices (computers/iPads/phones) can help make everything enjoyable.
- Make sure the messages your child receives about Maths are positive, it's not helpful to say 'I was hopeless at Maths when I was at school!' Be positive – here's some tips to help you support your child with Maths.
We have a cashless catering system at Gumley and hope that the links below will give you all the information that you need. Each member of the school community has a catering account. You will need to pay money into this account before your child starts at Gumley. You will receive a letter giving your individual registration details relating to your child.
Payments can be made by Tucasi School Cash Office (SCO). You are then able to transfer money to pay either into their lunch account or to pay for trips as requested throughout the school year.
Payments are made via a secure system (Tucasi SCO) on the internet linked to the school website.
Students who are entitled to free school meals have an account in the exact same way. The system will credit their account daily with the free school meals allowance, but as this can only be used at lunch time you will need to put money into their account to allow additional purchases at lunch or break time.
All students will be identified on the system by the use of their ID card. A display at the till point will show the current balance on their account; deduct purchases they make and a revised balance to carry forward to the next day. As parents you will have access to your child's account and we ask that you make regular payments into the account as the students must have sufficient funds to buy their food and drinks. The system will not have any ‘overdraft' facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I use Tucasi SCO?
The School will issue you with a letter with registration details. Just go to the website link on the letter to register. You will then be ready to make secure payments to your child's cashless account whenever you like.
What cards can I use?
Tucasi SCO accepts all credit and debit cards (except AMEX).
Is it safe to make payments on the Internet?
YES. In fact, it's as safe to pay online with Tucasi SCO as it is to use your credit or debit card in a shop or over the phone! Tucasi SCO uses leading technology to process your credit/debit card transactions securely. All communication with the bank is encrypted (jumbled up so no one else can read it). Neither Tucasi SCO nor the school have access to your card details and your card details are never kept by Tucasi SCO or the school.
How can I check that it's secure?
Standard website addresses begin with ‘http' whereas the address for a secure site will always begin with ‘https'. You will also see a ‘padlock' at the bottom right of the screen. Never enter your details or personal data on any web page where the address does not start with ‘https'
What about our personal information?
Tucasi SCO uses a very limited amount of information about you and your child solely for the purpose of administering your account. We do not share or give information to any other organizations. We operate under strict guidelines set out by the Data Protection Act 1998, which ensures the protection and care of personal information. This means that any information you give us electronically will only be used for the purpose that you intended.
Tucasi SCO will NEVER contact you by phone, email, or mail and ask you to divulge confidential information like passwords or card numbers. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to be from Tucasi SCO, please contact the School on 020 8568 8692
When you make a payment onto your child's account you can then print a receipt as proof of purchase. However, this credit will not be included in the account balance displayed on your Tucasi SCO home page until the next day as the system updates overnight.
Dining at Gumley with Innovate
The dining experience at SJB has changed enormously since Innovate Catering joined us a few years ago. Innovate produce a daily selection of high quality meals that are nutritious, freshly made from scratch each day and are excellent value for money. There are breakfast items available before the start of school, a variey of 'grab and go' foods available during mid-morning break time, meal deals available at lunch time and a further opportunity to buy food after school should you be hungry.
The canteen is open from 8.00am - lunctime daily; menus are displayed on the corridor to the cafeteria.
Please visit the Innovate website for more information about meal deals, menus and prices.http://www.innovatefood.co.uk
Do I qualify for free school meals?
If you believe you qualify to be in receipt of Free School Meals, please contact Student Services who would be delighted to assist.
The School Uniform
Wearing the school uniform correctly is an important part of your daughter's experience of being at Gumley. Detailed information about our uniform can be found on our Uniform Page