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Starting secondary school: information for students

Transition days

At the end of year 6 you will spend two days in your new secondary school meeting with teachers and other students. 

New subjects at secondary school

There will be the opportunity to study a wide range of new subjects. These vary between schools but may include:

  • careers education
  • catering
  • design and technology
  • drama
  • personal social and health education
  • spanish

Finding your way around your new school

You will be given a map of your new school. Don’t be scared to ask older students and teachers for directions if you are unsure how to find a room / building.

School rewards system

Each school has its own reward system, which will be explained to you at the start of term.

Start and finish times

Each school sets its own school hours. You and your parents will be given your school times before the start of term. It’s important to make sure you arrive in plenty of time for the start of the school day.

School transport

There are various ways you can get to and from school, depending on where you live and where your school is located. These include:

  • school buses (timetable available from your school reception)
  • walking
  • cycling 
  • lift from parents

School lunchtimes

All schools provide facilities for you to eat a packed lunch at school. Most schools also have a canteen where you can purchase your lunches. Some schools also give permission for you to go home for lunch.

After school and lunchtime clubs

Each school runs its own programme of sports and cultural activities. These might include:

  • art
  • chess
  • dance
  • drama
  • modern foreign languages
  • music
  • photography
  • sports (various)
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