Transition to Year 7
As a school community, we are very much looking forward to getting to know our new families and pupils. Meeting and supporting our new pupils brings us such joy. Whilst we are not able to do this in the manner we have done in previous years, we are confident that we are still going to be able to support our new pupils to give them the best possible transition to our school.
This page will be updated weekly with content designed to give our new pupils and parents an excellent transition to our school.
Monday 18 May 2020
This week we are providing you with your first set of ‘taster’ lessons. You are going to be able to complete a Religious Studies, Physical Education, German, Spanish and French lesson. This work is similar to the work you would have completed on your taster days. Remember-the work set by your primary school should still be your priority.
We wish you all a good half term week and we will be providing our next update on Monday 1st June 2020.
IT and Computing
Religious Studies Lesson
Frequently asked questions
Here is a list of the most commonly asked questions so far. If you have any questions email Mr Breedon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Y6 pupils, remember you can email Mr Slater, our Head of Year 7 by using your parents’ email address if you have any questions (email@example.com).
What happens on the first day in Year 7?
We feel that transition is really important, therefore we dedicate the first day entirely to our new pupils. There will only be our new Year 7 pupils and our new Year 12 pupils in school. The first day starts with an assembly, followed by a day spent with form tutors getting to know each other and our school. Throughout the day pupils will learn about their new routines, our expectations from them and have the opportunity to make new friends. The day ends with a liturgy in the Drama Hall. On the second day the rest of the school is present, and the morning starts with more transition activities, in particular looking at the new timetable, before Year 7 go to their first lessons in the afternoon.
Will my child be in a form with someone they know?
Wherever possible and appropriate, we aim to do this. However, we welcome many pupils who are the only ones coming to us from their primary school, therefore we place greater importance on making firm new friendships within form groups.
When do we set up ParentPay?
Towards the end of this academic year, all Year 6 parents will receive a letter inviting them to sign up to ParentPay. There is no need to do anything until you receive this letter.
How will my child know where to catch the bus?
We advise you do a number of practice walks from your house to the bus stop over the summer. If you are unsure of where the bus stops, please speak to Mrs Oldfield, our Transport Assistant. firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact if I have any questions/concerns?
During the transition phase, the best person is Mr Breedon, our Assistant Headteacher (email@example.com). Once your child has started school in September, your first point of call will be your child’s form tutor. You will receive a welcome letter from them in September.
Monday 4th May 2020
Our Head Boy and Head Girl have recorded a message for our new Year 7 pupils. They would normally speak to you on your taster days, telling you about how they settled into school, how they have found life at St. Mary’s and to give you some useful tips.
Monday 11 May 2020
This week we are going to be looking in more detail at your curriculum. The PowerPoint below will show you exactly what a Year 7 curriculum is made up of, and how it differs from primary school. At the end of the PowerPoint, we invite both parents and pupils to email us in with any questions, in order for us to form a FAQs section for the subsequent weeks.
We advise parents and pupils to look through the PowerPoint together.