Moving up to secondary school is a big step, whether you are coming from a big primary school in town or a tiny village school. We do everything we can to support children through this new chapter of their lives. Our aim with transition is to give the children an experience of our school that makes them excited to join us whilst also familiarising them with people, place and systems to relieve anxiety.
We are building a comprehensive transition programme starting with children as young as Year 4. The programme will include a wide variety of experiences from science and maths workshops to music events. Some of these events will take place here at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, others will take place in the primary schools.
transition - year 6 to year 7
We would like to reassure all our new students and their families who are joining us in September 2020 that we are working on plans to adapt our transition arrangements in light of the ongoing school closures.
Our aim is to replicate, as far as possible, the experiences and activities that you would have otherwise enjoyed in preparation for moving into Year 7.
We shall be working closely with our primary colleagues to ensure that you receive all the support and information that is necessary for a smooth transition to Northallerton School & Sixth Form College and we look forward to seeing you in September.
Year 6 Uniform Sizing Event
We had a very successful Year 6 uniform sizing event on Monday. It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic Year 6 students and their parents. If you missed this event don’t worry, we are holding a second Year 6 sizing event on Thursday 2nd July, which will run from 8.30am to 5.00pm. If you wish to come along you can book an appointment through Schoolshop. Click here to book an appointment. We look forward to meeting many more excited students and their parents.
As part of our Year 6 to 7 Transition Programme, we would like all of our Year 6 students to complete the task on the right.
If you have any questions, please email our Primary Transition Co-ordinator, Mr Myers firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to parents
Miss Cox has created a video below with a message for Year 6 students:
Meet your head of year and Base Coach
Contact your head of year or base coach
transition timetable - year 6 to year 7
|OPEN EVENING: an informative, interactive and inspiring event for Year 6 students and their families.||September|
|A WIDE RANGE OF VISITS: opportunities to take part in sport, science, music and maths events throughout the year and to meet our staff and students.||October – June|
|WE VISIT YOU: Mr Myers, our Primary Transition Co-ordinator will visit our feeder schools for Year 6 students to ask questions and get an overview of life at school. There will also be an opportunity for parents to meet Mr Myers.||May/June|
|INDUCTION DAYS: students visit for three days, a great opportunity to forge friendships, find their way around and get a feel for life at school. Parents are also invited in to meet staff and see what the children have been doing during their time with us.||July|
We do take into account friendship groups when putting you into a base group. However, your education is the most important thing, and it may not always be possible for a large number of friends to be together. We also have a number of students who are the only ones coming from their primary school.
All new students are worried about this when they first start. However, there will be lots of staff and older students who will be there to help you in your first week. The best thing to do is just ask a member of staff and they will point you in the right direction.
You will have a 30 minute base group session at the start of every day, where we will do activities such as numeracy, accelerated reading and L4L (Learning for Life). The school day is then divided into five one hour-long lessons. Unlike your experience in primary school you will move to the teacher for different subjects. In recent years we have reduced the amount of movement to save learning time.
There are lots of different sporting clubs including football, netball, cross country, table tennis, hockey, climbing, badminton, tennis, athletics and cricket. There is a drama club which presents an annual production and you can join different musical groups including singing and instrumental clubs. All the clubs are easy to join, you just go along and sign up. There is no cost to any clubs and we love seeing lots of students taking part.
Break time is 20 minutes in the morning and lunch time is 40 minutes.
If you are getting bullied, it is really important that you talk to someone you trust about it. If we know about it, we can help resolve the situation quickly.
You will get 2 hours of practical P.E. lessons every week.
We have a big selection of sports including football, netball, badminton, table tennis, cross country, fitness, basketball, handball, rugby, athletics, cricket, rounders and softball.
Yes! Practicals are a really important part of our learning in science.
In year 7, you will have the majority of your lessons in your base group, although some lessons, such as P.E. and technology are often mixed with another base group.
You can find all the term dates on our website at www.northallertonschool.org.uk.
The school uses SchoolShop as their uniform supplier. They are an online supplier based in York. You can follow the link from the website to access their shop. There will also be an opportunity, in school, for you to try the uniform on for size and more information will be shared with you about this soon.
You can find the full list of uniform, including PE kit, on our website at www.northallertonschool.org.uk.
We strive to take into account friendship groups when assigning children to a base group. However, as you will understand, your child’s education is paramount, and it may not always be possible for pupils to be in groups with a large number of friends. We also have a number of students who are the only ones coming from their primary school.
There are lots of different sporting clubs including football, netball, cross country, table tennis, hockey, climbing, badminton, tennis, athletics and cricket. There is a drama club which presents an annual production and students can join different musical groups including singing and instrumental clubs. All the clubs are easy to join, students just go along and sign up. There is no cost to any clubs and we love seeing lots of students taking part.
All the primaries have shared relevant information with the school but if you would like to discuss things further please do not hesitate to contact our SENCo, Miss Shallow (email@example.com).
There is an answerphone facility available at school and you can leave us a message. Alternatively you can email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! We love to reward students who work hard, show kindness and reflect our values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Rewards can be issued by all staff, during lessons and at social times. We also issue rewards for good attendance and punctuality. We are very keen to hear about your success outside of school and we celebrate students' achievements in morning Base Group, assemblies and by sending postcards home.
Yes! We love to reward students who work hard, show kindness and reflect our values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Rewards can be issued by all staff, during lessons and at social times. We also issue rewards for good attendance and punctuality. We are very keen to hear about your success outside of school and we celebrate students' achievements in morning Base Groups, Assemblies and by sending postcards home.
If you are worried your child is getting bullied, then please do get in touch with us. If we know about it, we can help resolve the situation quickly. It is important that your child is helped to recover from the situation and their needs are a priority. We favour an approach by which the bully and by-standers will be involved in finding positive solutions to the recipient’s unhappiness. We have a safeguarding team in place in school to help support all children. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sarah Bell.
Yes they will be able to if you would like them to. Lockers will be getting sorted when students start school in September and more information will be shared then.
Please complete the Health Care Plan which was included in the induction pack to let us know of any medical needs your child may have. You can contact the school at any time if you need to update us.