We have highly successful arrangements with primary schools that ensure a happy transfer to high school. There are many visits between the schools and teachers work alongside each other on many exciting and enjoyable ventures, particularly Year 6 transition events. These give our primary children the opportunity to experience the school and feel comfortable in their surroundings when they come to us. We liaise closely with our primary school colleagues, so that we know much about the students and the work they have done. Our aim is that the learning should follow on seamlessly from the work done at the previous school. In the summer term of Year 6, an evening is set aside for parent/carers to meet the Headteacher and staff and to discuss the transfer to high school. Students starting in Year 7 spend a day with us in order to meet their Form Tutor and some of their subject teachers, get to know their new class, the school building and to get excited about the transition.
Starting Secondary School
Moving from primary to secondary school can be like a goldfish moving from its bowl to the sea – things suddenly seem very big! Don’t worry. Everybody settles in and everybody ‘learns the ropes.’ Everybody else in your year is in the same boat. They may not look it, but they’re just as nervous as you are. Moving to secondary school is an opportunity, not a problem. Things are different and all you need to do is be polite, learn the new rules, learn the new ways of doing things and ask people if you are not sure what to do.
There are some things that are different to primary school that you can prepare for to make the change easier.
You will have a planner. If your parents have any information they want to tell your teacher, get them to write it in your planner, it won’t get lost then. You can also write down friends’ telephone numbers in it.
Always write down your homework in the planner. Also, write down when it is due in. Then you can check it at home and not get into trouble for handing in work late!
You will have your lessons with different teachers in different rooms. Get friendly with people in your teaching groups and help each other, remember where the rooms are.
Before you go to bed, check your timetable and pack your bag. This will make sure that you are prepared for the next day and your morning will be less stressful!
Remember, don’t worry: everyone is nervous about starting secondary school but everyone settles in. Including you!
Learn your way around school. Try and get a good mental map of the school in your head quite quickly. It’ll make you feel more confident when you’re moving round the school.
Find these places during your first day: House office, form room and Reception. These are all places where you can find help, advice or support any time during the school day if you have a problem.
If you should feel poorly or have an accident in school you will go to your House office to be looked after. Your parents will be contacted if necessary, so don’t worry.
If you like football, rugby, basketball, lego, Science, ICT, Art, Dance, Singing, Music, join a club. After school activity clubs are a great way to make friends with people in your year. Ask the House Office for more information.
What do year 7 think of us?
“The transition days were really helpful because I felt more relaxed about coming to high school”
“It is a fantastic school. So easy to make new friends and settle in”
“It seems big but it shrinks”
” I have made loads of friends”
“I love the school”
“It’s fun. Just enjoy it!”
“They gave us induction days and they made me feel at home”
“It’s very good. Do not worry, the teachers are great”
“Don’t worry, it’s fantastic”
“Food Tech is awesome”