Congratulations on your child being offered a place at Shevington High School. We look forward to welcoming in all of our new pupils in September. Please find below some information to guide you through their transition from primary school.

Welcome Evening

All parents and pupils have been invited to a ‘Welcome Evening’ at Shevington High School on Thursday 26th April 2018. Parents should have received letters through the post. Please contact school if you have not received a letter.
The evening will be inform you about the transitional arrangements planned for the summer term 2018 in order to ensure that your child is confident and prepared for the transition to Shevington High School in September 2018. It will also be an opportunity to meet key members of staff and some of our pupils.
We are really looking forward to meeting you and your Child at our ‘Welcome Evening’ and making the first steps together on their educational journey to success at secondary school.

Getting to Know You Day – Tuesday 12th June

This day is especially for children who are joining us from primary schools where only 1 or 2 children are coming to our school. There will be about 16 children in this group, so it is a great opportunity to get to know each other and to see that they are not alone in their situation. Invites have been sent out for this day, but please contact us if you think that your child should be included.

We know that children do make new friendships quickly, however, we understand that some pupils and parents do worry about how easy it will be to settle in. This is an opportunity to start new friendships and get to know staff before the Transition Day which is on the 26th June.

During the day, pupils will do a range of activities that will encourage team work, socialisation and increase confidence in their new setting. Pupils will need to be dropped off at the school reception at 8.45 and collected at 2.30pm. Lunch will be provided on the day. Children may want to bring a drink and snack for their break time.

Transition Day – Tuesday 26th June 2018

Transition Day is a great opportunity for pupils to really become a Shevington High School student. On Transition Day, students will arrive at Shevington High School at 8.30am, and should go to the Main Hall where they will be directed into their new form groups. They should wear sensible clothing and footwear on the day. They will meet their form and form tutor, and engage in a variety of activities, including subject-specific “taster sessions” and getting-to-know-you activities. There will be an opportunity to sample a school lunch, however, your child is welcome to bring a packed lunch if they prefer to do this. Children eating cooked lunches and packed lunches are seated together, so they can choose which suits them best. They day will end at 3.15pm. Please collect your son/daughter from outside the main entrance.

Transition Evening- Tuesday 26th June 2018 (Parents Only)

The Transition Evening will commence at 6.00pm. The evening will begin with a welcome from the Headteacher, the Head of Year for Year 7, Head Boy and Head Girl. You will then accompany other parents of students in your child’s form to a separate meeting space, where you will meet with your child’s form tutor and be provided with more detailed information. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

Please find below a copy of the presentation delivered on the evening:

Transition Day Parents Evening 2018

Shevington Summer School 2018

We are delighted to launch Shevington Summer School 2018. This fantastic week long experience is available to all pupils joining us in September 2018. Shevington Summer School is a brilliant opportunity to meet pupils and staff in readiness for a new year ahead!

Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July 2018
8.30am – 3.00pm each day
Range of exciting activities to include:
– Sports, Art, Music, Cookery and much more!
– Personalised T Shirt, Bag and Water Bottle
– A day visit to Chirk Castle, North Wales
– Children will need to bring a pack lunch daily
Cost for the week £50.00 per child

If you would like any further details about our Summer School please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Additional Transition Events

During the summer term, we will operate a number of additional transitional activities, although not all of these will be for all pupils. Whilst some pupils are joining us with many other pupils that they know from their primary schools, we do receive pupils from a wide range of schools. Many of these pupils may be the only pupil coming from their particular primary school. We will be organising events for those pupils who may not currently know anyone else coming to the school and those who may find the transition to secondary school more challenging. Our ‘Diamonds Transition’ activities are small group or individual sessions for those students who may require some additional support with their transition for a number of different reasons. Details and information about these will be sent out separately.

Sharing Information About Your Child

We will receive lots of information about your child from their current primary school. We receive information about their academic performance, talents and special needs through a transfer form from their current school. We will also be visiting the primary schools or speaking to your child’s current school by telephone to find out any relevant information to make their transition as smooth as possible. However, if there is any additional information that you think we need to know, you can let us know on our transition evening or telephone the school. It is important to us that we have all the relevant information required to ensure a successful start to Year 7.

The First Day:

Year 7 students will start school on Tuesday 4th September 2018. They will arrive at 8.45am and assemble in the Main Hall with their form group and form tutor. Students will also be given their timetable and a Shevington High School planner. There is no need for your child to bring their PE kit with them on the first Day.

Things to remember:

– They should be in their full Shevington High School uniform.
– Students will need to have their bag and pencil case for when their form tutor discusses what equipment they will need at school.
– We hope that every student will purchase lunch from the canteen on this day, so that they are aware of the options available, as well as the procedure for purchasing lunch. Please ensure that your child has funds on the dinner money section of your Wisepay account or cash to upload onto their accounts. If you are having difficulties arranging this, then please do not hesitate to School Finance Office. Of course, if you prefer, your child may bring a packed lunch on this day, and will still eat with the rest of the year group in the refectory.

The First Few Weeks:

Your child will be provided with all the information they need to enable a smooth transition in their first few weeks at Shevington High School. In addition, year 7 students will have a slightly earlier lunch than the rest of the school

Uniform

Please see details of our Uniform on the school website and where to purchase our school uniform HERE. Please pay particular attention to the types of school shoe we allow, and our “no jewellery” policy, that may differ from your child’s primary school.

School Canteen

Shevington High School has a cashless catering system whereby students use their fingerprint to pay for food in the Canteen. All students will have their fingerprint scanned on the Induction day in September. You are able to top up your child’s dinner account using Wisepay. We recommend that parents set up an ‘email reminder’ for when the dinner money balance reaches a certain level so that it can be topped up ready for their child to purchase lunch. Details of the canteen food and prices can be found HERE

Trip Information

For every trip that is organised at Shevington High School letters will go home to parents along with a Trip Consent form. These forms have to be completed each time a trip takes place. All trips can be paid via our Wisepay online payments system. All trips must be paid via our Wisepay online payments system.

Travelling To and From School

Throughout the Induction process, our Year 7 team make it a priority to ensure that every student feels confident travelling to and from school. On transition Day, your child’s form tutor will discuss walking safely to school and the importance of walking with a “buddy” who lives nearby, even if they aren’t a friend. We consistently enforce road safety, and welcome contact from parents and members of the public if they observe students being particularly safe or unsafe on the local roads.
If your child ever has any difficulty getting home (train cancellation, lift not arrived) there will always be a member of staff on hand to help, and ensure that they get home safely. Please encourage your child to speak to any member of staff in school if they are unsure of how to get home, and not to leave the school premises until any issues are resolved.

Travelling by Bicycle

Students may wish to travel to school by bicycle. We have a bicycle store on site, however it is essential that students secure their bicycle with a good quality bike lock. Please ensure your child has the correct fitting safety helmet if travelling by bicycle.

Travelling by Public Transport

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has a proof-of-age card that allows young people to pay the ‘child fare’ when travelling on public transport. You will find a link to apply for the ‘igo pass’ in the ‘Useful Links’ section near the end of this page.

Travelling by Bus

Bus operators include Shevington High into their routes for use by students. Details of buses that travel to and from Shevington High School and their associated timetables, as well as information on how to purchase an Igo pass, can be found by following the links in the Useful Links section below.

Orrell/Pemberton Bus Service
The school provides a private bus service operated by Grayway Coaches for our students living in the Orrell and Pemberton area, which follows the routes below:

Orrell Bus:-
Billinge Family Church at 8.00am
Orrell Water Park at 8.10am
Holgate Primary at 8.15am

Pemberton Bus:-
Halfway House at 8.10am
White Swan (Pemberton Lights) at 8.12am
The Mount at 8.15am
Gathurst Road (past traffic lights) at 8.18am
Gathurst Road (opp Derwent Road) 8.20am

Individual student passes will be available termly and are payable in advance. The cost for 2018/19 is yet to be confirmed. Further details will follow shortly about how to purchase a pass which will be issued on first come first served basis. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department at the school on 01257 400990.

Learn A Musical Instrument

Your child may wish to learn a musical instrument during their time at Shevington High School. Instrument lessons take place during the normal school day, and are organised directly with our Finance team. More information will be available soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request for my child to be absent from school, or attend a medical or dental appointment?
For medical or dental appointments, please simply write a note to be handed to the form tutor or main office. At the time they are due to leave, they must sign out at the School Reception and wait for you to collect them. We will not allow pupils to leave school without permission for the Parents/Carers.
For all other absences, please visit the Attendance and Absence page, under ‘Parents’, on the main school website. Here you will be able to download a Leave of Absence form to complete and returned to the School reception, which will then be passed to the Headteacher for authorisation.

What if my child is ill?
If your child is too ill to come into school, please telephone the school on 01257 400990 and choose the option for Student Absence before 8.45am. You only need to do this on the first day of your child’s illness, however our Attendance Officer may contact you on subsequent days if your child does not return to school.

What should I do if my child isn’t making friends?
Transition can be a difficult time for any child, especially if they are struggling to make friends. It is important to realise that many of our new students are the only child from their Primary School in their year at Shevington High School, so if your child feels as though they haven’t made any friends yet then they certainly aren’t alone. Naturally, some pupils may take a little longer than other to settle into the routines of secondary school and to cement their long-term friendships. Friendship groups often change regularly, which is completely normal. Most children end Year 7 with totally different friendship groups than those they may have expected as they leave Year 6. Encourage your child to join as many extra-curricular clubs as possible, and not to hide away if they are on their own at break and lunchtimes. If they are really struggling, advise that they speak to their Form Tutor or Head of Year and for further guidance.

How can I help my child with their organisation?
It is important that we allow students to develop their organisational skills independently, and to learn from their mistakes, however it is understandably difficult for a parent not to intervene if they notice that their child is getting notes in their planner for missing equipment. Rather than actually doing the organising for your child, perhaps provide them with a checklist of things to do each night, with a gentle reminder from you to check the checklist! It can take a while for Year 7s to develop organisational skills, particularly if they haven’t had experience of this in Primary School, but most will get there eventually. It is important for students to realise that it is ok to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them and know what to do next time.

How do I find out about Extra-curricular clubs?
Extra-curricular activities are usually advertised directly to students or on our school Website. Additionally, staff may make students aware of extra-curricular clubs during lesson time. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that you are aware if they are staying at an after-school club, and they are expected to make their own way home afterwards.

Useful Links

Wisepay online web payments
Bus information and Shevington High School travel information
Igo travel pass for under 16’s

Note: The Year 7 2017/18 handbook will be published shortly.

Letters

Cashless Payments Biometrics letter
Privacy Notice – Parents/Carers & Pupils
Pupil Data Collection Form
Music Tuition Letter
Year 7 Parent Handbook 2018/19