What about transition visits?
Each year, your child’s High Schools arrange for transition events to take place before your children start in September, these can range from open days and weeks visiting the new school and open evenings all designed for the children to attend the new setting and opportunities to go and meet the teachers. Depending upon restrictions this year, these events could look slightly different. Obviously, we and the High Schools are aware of how important it is for your children to have chance to meet staff and possible form tutors for the next academic year and we are all working hard to put things into place together.
Please find below a couple of useful websites that you may find informative when talking to your child about transition or raising the conversation. On the web pages, there are a few resources and ideas of things you can do to prepare together should you wish to start having these conversations.
The School Run
BBC - Transition to Secondary School
Questions we have:
On our first day, where do we go?
Your school will send you information explaining where to go on your first day. Try to buddy up with a friend from your new form and find your way together.
Who are the teachers?
Visit the school website and find the staff page.
How many people are in a class?
This will likely depend on the school and the subject. Most classes have less than 30 children.
What happens if you forget where you are going?
Usually, your high school will provide you with a map of the school. Your timetable will tell you which room you need to be in for each lesson.
How long are the lessons?
Lessons are usually 60 minutes but these can range from 45 to 90 minutes. Your timetable will clearly show how long each lesson is.
Which year are our GCSEs?
GCSEs take place when you are in Year 11. In most schools, you will decide your options for these in Year 9.
How much do school dinners cost?
The cost of meals varies depending on what you buy. You will have an account and will need to manage your own weekly budget.
What does our uniform look like and what colour are our ties?
Each school website will have clear uniform expectations - and the consequences for not following these! At Great Sankey, the uniform colours are dependent upon your house.
Can we access the leisure centre during the school day? (GSHS specific)
Some of your PE lessons will take place in the leisure centre.
What school trips will be on offer?
At the moment, many school trips are on hold. There are usually many trips on offer - reward trips, history visits and many more.