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 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 partner primary schools to meet with Year 6 teachers to discuss all Year 6 students. During a later visit, the new Head of Year 7, will visit all our partner primary schools, to meet the Year 6 students and have a chance to answer any questions they may have.||May/June|
|INDUCTION DAYS: Unfortunately, after reviewing our COVID risk assessment, the risks associated with bringing together different bubbles from each of our feeder primary schools is too great in accordance with the current government guidance. It is therefore with regret that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our planned face-to-face transition events on 14- 16 July 2021. We want you to know that this really was the last thing that we wanted to do but the safety of our students and staff remains our priority. We have, however, revised our transition plan and will be hosting some virtual and enhanced activities that can safely go ahead.||July|
We do take into account friendship groups when putting you into a tutor 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 tutor 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 tutor 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 tutor 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, Mrs S Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is an answerphone facility available at school and you can leave us a message. Alternatively you can email the school on email@example.com
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 Tutor 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 Tutor 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.
As of September 2021 there will be no lockers for students.
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.