Starting secondary school can be a very nerve-wracking experience. It is perfectly normal and understandable to have worries about starting a new school. However, there are plenty of things you can do to help ease your worries and feel prepared for embarking on this new journey.
Please find below some useful tips and activities below to help you prepare yourself for Year 7. There are also some tips for parents too regarding the applications process and how to prepare your child for secondary school.
If you need any more advice or assistance, please contact Miss Bird.
Please note, applications are now closed for secondary school places commencing September 2022. National Offer Day for Year 7 is 1st March 2022.
If you need any support submitting a late application or to appeal a school place, please contact Miss Bird.
Links to the websites of all of the secondary school's that our pupils are attending. We hope this will help in navigating the pages for the information that you need.
Mrs Carson has compiled a fantastic list of activities, links and advice on supporting all children in their transition to secondary school. These resources are particularly useful if your child is experiencing high levels of anxiety during this time.
Think about your journey throughout your time in Juniors before embarking on your next step into secondary school. Set yourself some goals and start to think about how you can get organised ready for September.
Some top tips to consider from teachers, parents and ex-pupils about your transition to secondary school.
Some questions and situations to consider as you approach your first couple of weeks at secondary school. Who can you ask for help and support? What should you do in certain situations. This is a good one to discuss with your parents. And remember, if you don't know the answer just yet, you could ask your form tutor on your first day!
Use these questions and your secondary school's website to find out the information that you may need. Explore the subjects that you will learn, the equipment that you will need and the after-school clubs that they have on offer.
For many of you, it may be the first time using public transport without an adult. It's a good idea to practise knowing where your closest bus stop is, how to buy a ticket and how to read a timetable.
In most secondary schools, the day starts earlier than at Junior school. Think of some ways that you can manage your morning to get yourself organised, clean and fed before your day begins.
This will be a new skill that lots of you will have to practise! Use the fictitious timetable to answer the questions about who your teacher is, where subjects are taught and of course, at what time of day.
Prices for your school lunch may vary when you're at secondary school. You may want to buy breakfast, a snack at break time too. Managing your weekly budget whilst staying healthy is an important life skill. Test out your budgeting skills in this task.