Welcome from the Year Team

The Year 7 Team’s role is to make sure your child is happy, settled and confident. We aim to ensure that every child thrives and flourishes during their first year here at Archbishop Holgate’s School. It is an exciting time, but also an opportunity for a ‘fresh start’; an opportunity to create a positive impression; an opportunity to embark on a new adventure and to be a successful individual within our community.

Form Tutors will help your child to feel secure and to make new friends within their form groups and across the year group. They will encourage your child to take advantage of the many clubs, activities and social events over the course of the year. As a pastoral team, we will also be there to guide your child and solve any problems they encounter.  This is an important time in your child’s life and we will strive to ensure it is positive and memorable.

We will communicate with all primary school teachers and will have made contact with all students before they join us to ensure we have all the necessary information needed about your son or daughter and can ensure their transition is as smooth as possible.

Meet the Year 7 Team

Harriet Powell
Head of Year

Jean Halifax
Assistant Head of Year

Fiona Calvert
Assistant Head of Year

Meg Holmes

Form Groups and Setting


In order to ensure a reassuring transition process we give each child the opportunity to choose who they would like to be in a form group with.

  • We ask that children keep these choices confidential so that other children may not feel upset.

  • We can only guarantee your child is placed with one child from their friendship list. Please ensure you put the surnames of friends.

  • Students will also have an opportunity to provide a language preference, however please note that this may impact friendship choices if it is chosen as a priority.

  • We will inform you of your child’s form tutor on the transition evening.


Every year, several students are  the only students coming from their primary school and might not know anyone else coming to AHS. This is nothing to worry about! We will arrange a special day in the summer for these students to come into  school, meet other students who are “singletons” and get to know each other. If, in the meantime, you know students from other schools who you would like to be with in form time, please indicate this on your friendship form.

Below is a video made by one of our students who came to Archbishops last year as a “singleton”.

Year 7 School Meals

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Frequently Asked Questions

We work tirelessly to ensure you feel excited and confident to begin your journey with us.  The Year 7 Team will communicate with all primary school teachers and will have made contact with all students before they join us to ensure we have all the necessary information needed about your son or daughter and can ensure their transition is as smooth as possible.

We will also ensure there is additional transition for all students arriving from a school on their own or with just a couple of children. You may also email the team any questions you have directly and we will ensure you receive a personal and supportive response which will hopefully begin to give an insight into the support, knowledge and management of Year 7 and the transition process.

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. 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 The Year 7 team 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 The Year 7 team 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.

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.

SubjectHow many hours per week?
French or German2
Design and Technology1
Food or Textiles1

The uniform is exactly the same for everyone in school but there is a different sweatshirt for Year 7 to 9 (claret) and Year 10 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.

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.

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 the Year 7 team. 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.

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.

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.

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.

We will be in regular contact over the coming weeks and months about different transition opportunities. Please also keep an eye on our twitter accounts
@AHS_Year7 and AHS_Transition.

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
  • Lessons
  • Homework
  • Extra-curricular
  • Rewards
  • School Uniform
  • School Meals
  • Travel
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Support for our students and parents

Find out more about AHS

Watch our video and take a virtual 360° tour of the school by clicking the links below.

Watch our school video for an insight into Archbishop Holgate’s

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Hear from our students and staff about life at Archbishop Holgate’s

View a range of presentations outlining our inspiring curriculum

Find out about our extensive extra curricular opportunities

For more information, download a copy of our school prospectus

Our School Values

Our school values of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust are ‘lived into being’ by both students and staff.
They permeate all areas of school life and represent a shared vision across the entire school community.

The AHS Journey


The AHS Journey is everything we do in order to ensure students leave us with the capacity to maximise their life chances. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon and identify their own character whilst understanding their place within the wider world. No two students’ journey will be the same, however, they will share similar experiences and opportunities in order to shape who they are and what they believe.

Additional Information

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