Year 7 Induction
Moving from primary to secondary school can be like a goldfish moving from its bowl to the sea – things suddenly seem very big!
Please 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 from primary school that you can prepare for to make the change easier:
- 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 (yes, even the loud people) 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: Medical Room, Head of House Offices 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 the Medical Room to be looked after. Your parents will be contacted if necessary, so don’t worry.
- If you like football, chess, art, choir, join a club. School clubs are a great way to make friends with people in your year or House. Ask your tutor for more information.
It is important that you wear the right clothing and take the right equipment with you when you start school. It will all seem very different from the school that you go to now. You will have to move around to different rooms for all your lessons. You will have several teachers and you will need different things for the various subjects. It is important that you get it right. At first it may seem a lot to remember but you will soon get used to it and you will do it easily.
The first thing to think about is the clothes that you will wear and you can get these ready in good time before you start school. Our uniform is simple and intended to be comfortable but smart. Correct uniform is important to establish the right atmosphere for learning and we want pupils to take pride in their appearance.
Where can I purchase the school uniform?
Our uniform can be purchased from Gooch Sports in Newent and Monkhouse Schoolwear (formerly Trutex Gloucester) in Gloucester City.
We would recommend that your uniform is marked or labelled clearly with your name and tutor group.
What will I need to bring on my first day in school?
You will need a calculator / pen / pencil / ruler, your PE Kit, drink, lunch and possibly a snack for break, Don’t forget a lock for your bike if you ride to school and deodorant for after PE.
What happens if I refuse to wear my school uniform correctly?
What are the school uniform guidelines?
You will be carrying lots more books than at primary school and will have to move from classroom to classroom. Quite often you won’t have time to get to your locker so get yourself a good strong school bag.
What are the guidelines for piercings?
Can I have my hair dyed, spiked or Mohican for school?
Can I wear nail varnish or false nails?
No, if you wear nail varnish we will remove it. If you wear false nails we will request that they are removed.
Can I wear make-up to school?
What happens if I lose something in school?
Do you have non uniform days?
There is a lot of information available on our website in the Catering section about what kind of food is available to purchase each day. You can download the menus each week so that you know when your favourite food is being cooked.
What time can I get food at school?
Meet n Eat is again open at the mid-morning break 10:40 – 11:00am as well as offering a full range of meals at lunchtime.
Meet and Eat Opening times:
08:00 – 08:30 (Breakfast)
10:40 – 11:00 (Break time)
12:45 – 13:35 (Lunch time)
Can I bring a packed lunch?
Where can I eat my packed lunch?
What if I forget my dinner money?
I don't make friends very easily and am a little shy is there anywhere I can go during break and lunch?
Can I have a Catering Fob to pay for my food in school?
The first one you get is free and then they charge £2.25 for future ones if you break/damage it.
When you want to top it up, ask your parents / carers to use Parentpay or alternatively you can take a cheque to the Finance Office and ask them to put it on your fob.
What times do I go to lessons?
08:40 – 08:55 Registration & Assembly
08:55 – 09:45 Period 1 (P1)
09:50 – 10:40 Period 2 (P2)
10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50 Period 3 (P3)
11:55 – 12:45 Period 4 (P4)
12:45 – 13:35 Lunch
13:35 – 14:25 Period 5 (P5)
14:30 – 15:20 Period 6 (P6)
After holidays how will I know which week it is – Week 1 or Week 2?
What lessons will I be doing during the first year?
PE. Physical Education
IT. Computing and ICT
RE. Religious Philosophy
DT Design Technology
It must seem an awful lot to remember but don’t worry, everyone feels a bit confused at first and all the other students manage to get it right. If they can do it, so can you!
What happens if I lose my timetable?
Can I leave the lessons to go to the toilet?
What languages can I learn in school?
What day will I have Assembly?
Monday – Year group & Progress Leader assemblies
Tuesday – Collingwood assembly
Wednesday – Mountbatten assembly
Thursday – Nelson assembly
Friday – Year Group assemblies
What if I am worry and frightened about having injections in school?
Do I need to see the dentist at school?
What if I am away from school when the injections are due?
Who will do the injection/s?
If I have to take tablets or medicine in school, what do I do?
What if I feel unwell in school?
What if I hurt myself at school?
Can I carry tablets or medicines in my school bag?
I carry an Epipen, do I need to tell anyone in school?
What do I need to do if I have to go to the Doctors, Dentist or Opticians during the school day?
- Ask your Tutor to sign the note.
- Report to Reception before you leave the building.
- Show the Receptionist the note then sign out.
For girls - What do I do if I start my periods at school?
Lockers and Library
Can I have a locker?
Who do I ask about a locker?
How much do I have to pay for a locker?
What if I lose my locker key?
What if I have a problem with my locker?
What time can I go into the Library during the day?
Can I go into the Library after school to wait for my lift home or do my home learning? What time does it close?
Can I eat or drink in the Library during break time?
How many books can I take out of the Library at one time?
What happens if I lose a book?
Can I use a computer during break, lunch or after school?
Has the school got a Library book list?
We are pleased to announce the introduction of Milk Student Planner System, a cloud based digital homework diary that is designed to enhance our communication with parents / carers and students. This system will allow parents / carers to monitor homework, attendance, behaviour and progress more easily.
Please note students should continue to follow the school’s expectations regarding using this planner on a daily basis. For more information on the benefits and features of Milk please read Parents’ Guide to Milk below. Additional information is available at milkstudentplanner.com.
What if I do not do my home learning, or forget to do it?
How can I organise my home learning if I am getting behind?
How much home learning will I get?
During Y9 this will rise and could be up to two hours per subject per fortnight.
Y10 and Y11 you should expect an average of two hours per GCSE/GNVQ course per fortnight. You will usually be given several days, and often a week, in which to complete the home learning. MILK, our electronic home learning recording system, will help you to manage your time more effectively.
What if I find the home learning too hard to complete?
What if I have to do home learning on a computer and don't have one at home?
What do I do if I have trouble reading or doing my home learning?
What happens if I am late for a lesson or registration?
If you are repeatedly late without a good explanation your parents / carer will be contacted and you will be required to make up the time.