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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 Mr Sims, Miss Burns and Mr Walker. 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. You will also meet your Head of House at this time.

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. 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 your lesson earlier than the rest of the children in school and be taken to the canteen 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 for at least the first week by which time you will already know your way around and understand the school’s routines and expectations.

Everyday your form tutors and Heads of House 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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