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Transition – First week

My first week

What will my first week at York High School 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 enjoyable work and good fun, and that it maps out the stepping stones for the rest of your secondary school 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 will be an assembly as a year group with key members of staff, including your Head of Year Mr Hunt. During this assembly we will remind you of the school’s expectations, values and behaviour systems. 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 tutor group and your form tutor. During this time you will:

  • 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, meeting new teachers and new people from other schools and tutor groups. Across break and lunch time you will have early access to the canteen and enjoy an extended breaktime. This will continue for at least the first week by which time you will have learnt your way around the school and have a better understanding of the school routines and expectations.

Everyday your form tutors and Head of Year will be available at break and lunch time to chat with you and make sure you are happy and feel safe. You can also speak to any of the teachers or support staff to discuss any problems or 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 the opportunity for five fresh starts, five days a week.

We will look forward to seeing you all soon. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phoning or emailing the main reception if you have any questions:
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