We understand these are challenging times and you may have lots of questions about starting Archbishop Holgate’s School. We will keep updating you with details about the transition process when we have more clarity about the end of the Covid 19 lockdown. Until that time, we have tried to give you some key information below. Other questions, such as bus times and trip payments, will be sent out in due course.
Our current plan for transition this year
Each of the following sections are key elements to the transition process. We are having to do them differently this year.
Optional transition activities
We have posted some English and Maths activities for you to have a go at. These are completely optional but will help you keep your Maths and English skills going over the transition period. Have a look at the resources and have a go at as much or as little as you like! Let us know how you get on. Have fun and we’ll post some answers in a few weeks!
AHS Transition Challenge: How Many Can you complete by September?
CLICK HERE to take part in the AHS Transition Challenge.
AHS Introduction to literary genres
Maths transition booklet
History transition booklet
- Year 7 Experience Questions Y6 Home Experiments Instructions
- Y6 Home Experiments Instructions
- What am I_ A picture quiz (1)
- Home Experiments Report
- Home Experiments Glossary
- Meet the Science Teachers! (2)
Frequently asked questions from parents and students
How will you get to know my child before they arrive?
As you may have anticipated, the transition processes this year may be slightly different to previous years. We are working tirelessly to ensure you feel excited and confident to begin your journey with us. At the moment, we are working with different plans dependent upon government guidelines. At this point, I am hoping we will still have the chance to meet in the summer, at the Parents Information and Transition Evening as is usual.
However, in the meantime, please watch the transition video created by Miss Greenhalgh and myself. This will hopefully answer most questions you may have, through this you will have an opportunity to get to know me a little better. I will discuss the key advice and Frequently Asked Questions I would usually explain when I visit primary schools.
You may also email me any questions you have directly and I will ensure you receive a personal and supportive response which will hopefully begin to give an insight into my support, knowledge and management of Year 7 and the transition process.
What will my first week at AHS be like?
Your first week will be full of excitement, fun and butterflies in your tummy! We understand the transition to secondary is such a significant moment in your life and we are utterly committed to ensuring it is full of joy, fun and maps out the stepping stones for your journey. How will we do this?
Your first day is slightly different to the rest of the week, giving you time to settle in to your surroundings.
Your first activity is an assembly as a year group with me, Miss Greenhalgh and Mr Daly. During this assembly we will remind you of our expectations, values and behaviour. You can begin your journey with us knowing exactly what is expected of you and be confident about what your day-to-day life in school will look like.
Then you will spend the majority of your day with your form group and from tutor. During this time you will:
- Meet your form buddies (Y8 responsible students who will help you around for the first two weeks)
- Play games to get to know each other and make new friends
- Be able to ask as any many questions as you like
- Go on a tour of the school
- Go through your planner and learn how to use it
The rest of the week will continue as normal. You will follow your timetable and go to all of your classes. Each lesson you will leave 5 minutes early and will be collected by your form buddies who will take you to your next lesson. At break, you will leave lesson earlier than the rest of the children in school and be taken to the main hall by your teachers, this is the same at lunch time. At lunch time you will arrive 20 minutes before the rest of the school and have extended break. This will continue all year so you have plenty of time for extra-curricular activities.
Everyday Miss Greenhalgh and myself will be available at break and lunch time to chat with you and make sure you are happy and feel safe. But all day every day you can speak to Miss Greenhalgh, myself or your form tutor to discuss any concerns you may have.
You will follow your timetabled lessons for the rest of the week, and start to meet all of your teachers. Although it is daunting at first, after a while, most students love the variety of different classrooms and different teachers. It really gives you’re the opportunity for five fresh starts, five days a week.
What will I be studying at AHS?
Each week is broken down into 25 periods of study. The table below tells you which subjects you will study and for how many lessons each week you will study them in Year 7.
Subject How many hours per week? English 4 Maths 3 RE 2 Science 3 History 2 Geography 2 French or German 2 Art 1 Design and Technology 1 Food or Textiles 1 ICT 1 Music 1 PE 2
What uniform and equipment will I need?
The uniform is exactly the same for everyone in school but there is a different sweatshirt for Year 7 to 8 (claret) and Year 9 to 11 (navy).
CLICK HERE for a guide to help you buy the correct uniform but we don’t recommend you buy anything yet until you receive the transition booklet.
How will I get to school?
Buses and walking to school information will be provided in the school’s transition booklet in June. We cannot confirm bus schedules at this time. However CLICK HERE to find out more about travel to and from school.
I’m really nervous I won’t make any friends. What should I do?
Every single year we have students who either arrive on their own, have had a tricky time in primary or are just ready for a fresh start with a new group of friends. And every year it is successful. We ensure this through the following strategies:
- There are around 300 students in Year 7 each year; the year group it is much bigger than lots of primary schools! This may be daunting to some but think of this a huge opportunity to meet so many different people.
- Form groupings are created on a student by student basis by myself and Miss Greenhalgh. Lots of thought goes into ensuring you have people in your group you have chosen but also a wide range of students from different schools and different classes. This will mean it is very likely you will get along with lots of students in your form group. In the summer term, we will ask you to recommend friends you would like to be in your form and we will guarantee you are with at least one of these friends.
- Super 7s- This is our competition of who can join the most extra-curricular clubs. Each student in Year 7 must go to at least one club per week. This can be a different club every week if you like. This means every single day you can go to meet other like-minded people who are not in your form. Clubs range from sports such as basketball and swimming, to subject clubs like science club and history film club and then interest groups such as debate or feminist book club. This means there is always opportunities for you to meet new people and learn new skills.
- Many students have mentors in Y8 who have been through similar experiences and will explain how it was difficult for them to begin with but will discuss with you what strategies they used and how they were successful.
- In the rare case that you don’t feel as though you have made good friends either through your forms or extra-curricular I will have meetings with you and then your parents if necessary and start to look at some targeted groups we have to support friendships.
- Lastly and most importantly- you really aren’t alone in this feeling. There are lots of students feeling just as nervous as you are, all ready and waiting to be your friends.
What will my first day be like?
Students should be in full uniform. It’s important you wear your uniform exactly as shown on our uniform section of the website. Everything you bring to school should be named (Write your name on the label).You will need a practical school bag (not a handbag) , pencil case (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener) and packed lunch (if required). Alternatively, you may choose to have school dinners. We will set up your cashless catering account when you first arrive.
On your first day you will receive a planner. The Planner is a students’ most important piece of equipment. It will tell you where you are going, when your work is due, who you teachers are– everything! It is really important you use this to organise yourself and your work.
You will receive your new timetable. You will have 5 lessons per day in 5 different classrooms. Whilst this may seem worrying at first, you are supported with additional times to get from lesson to lesson. You will get to leave before all other students and for the first two weeks the Y8 buddies will walk you to your classes.
You will spend most of the day with your form group and form tutor, spending time getting to know each other and understand the school expectations.
What exciting opportunities are there for Year 7s?
Year 7 is all about joining in!
Your Form Group
Students will see their form group and tutor twice a day, every day. This is a great place for you to meet new friends and get to know each other. The form time activities encourage you to voice your opinion and see your peers’ interests and opinions.
Extra-Curricular and Clubs
Students can join over 50 clubs. This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills or just have fun. It is expected that each student attends at least one extra-curricular club per week, this is signed in their planners so this may be monitored by their form tutors. Students may attend a different club each week, meaning students could be at trampolining one week and MFL film club the next. It our aim that each student can flourish and live their life to the full. In order to fulfil this, the range of extra-curricular clubs is extensive. There are curriculum-based clubs such as science experiments and history film club, a very varied and accessible physical education program as well as recreational clubs such as retro gaming or Warhammer. There really is something for everyone, and a place to meet likeminded students. We encourage students to attend as many clubs as possible, students who have attended the most clubs each term will be rewarded. You can find out more about our extra-curricular opportunities here.
Bright Sparks Challenge
As well as school led extra-curricular, we encourage students to develop their independent learning, as well as foster their intellectual curiosity. We do this through our Bright Sparks Challenges. Bright Spark Challenges intentionally sit aside from the curriculum, and encompass wide ranging topics as well as techniques. Meaning an entry could be about philosophy or football, yet each hold equal weighting. Similarly, an essay, model, drawing or poem could also be submitted. You must choose up to 3 challenges and you may complete your work in any format you wish, winners get a gift voucher and breakfast with Mr. Daly.
Our favourite thing to do is reward students. We have certificates for ‘Students of the Week’ in each form, we have two ‘Gold Award’ winners who receive a £5 voucher. We have pizza party rewards, a Christmas Party and even a trip to a theme park.
Bewerley Park Residential
We set off on our year group adventure early January (COVID 19 allowing). This means students have even more opportunities to make friends and get to know even more teachers- except this time it will be in the middle of a river instead of in the classroom!
How much homework will I get? How can I organise myself?
Homework will be set by all the subjects that you study at AHS. Homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes per subject in Year 7. If you find it taking much longer or shorter than this speak to your Form Tutor. Make sure you have a safe place to store your books at home – even if this is just a strong cardboard box under your bed. When doing homework ensure you are away from distractions and always complete homework early to allow for time to ask for help at school if you need it. Homework club runs after school, if you struggle to complete work at home then you can do it in homework club after school or during lunchtime.
Make sure you write all homework into your planner as soon as it is set, parents are expected to sign the planner each week to confirm that work has been completed.
An after-school detention will be given if you do not complete or hand in homework. If you are struggling with your homework, you can go to homework club to get extra help. You will need to see your class teacher, who will be more than happy to help them.
What happens next?
We will be in regular contact over the coming weeks and months about different transition events but these are subject to amendment, once we know the situation regarding the Covid 19 lockdown.
You will find even more detailed information about settling into Year 7 in our transition booklet which you will receive in late June.
In the meantime, have a look around the rest of our website, starting with ‘School Life’ which has pages on the following topics:
- The AHS Journey
- Meet the pastoral team
- The School Day
- School Uniform
- School Meals
- Support for our students and parents