Welcome to Shevington High School
How will transition work this year?
This year, the transition to high school has to be different because of the current UK situation. We can not hold events in school or visit pupils in their primary schools, so we have come up with new ‘virtual’ ways to make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible. Hopefully you have already received some letters from us and we will continue to update you via post and email.
We have spoken to many of your primary schools to find out as much information about you. This has helped us to be well prepared to meet you as soon as we can.
We have also:
- Gathered information from primary schools so that we can place each pupil in their form group
- Gathered information from you about your language preferences to help us place you in form groups
- Planned ways to introduce the Year 7 form tutors to you electronically
- Planned ways to share crucial information with pupils and parents electronically
Please watch the video below for an overview of our current transition plans.
Transition Learning Tasks
At the start of June, you should have received a letter through the post which introduces you to our online learning methods. This letter includes your school username, password and gmail address. You also received instructions about how to log on through our website. Once you have logged on, you will be able to work virtually. We want to make this possible as soon as possible in case we have to work in this way a little bit in September. We have now placed some online learning tasks onto Google Classroom for you. There are tasks in English, Maths, Science and your very first mission. If you do not have a device of any kind that you can have a go at doing this work on, please let us know and we will make alternative arrangements. We are thrilled to see how many of you have started working on these tasks already!
Parents’ Zoom Meetings. Wednesday 17th June 2020
To replace our Transition Evening, we held two Zoom Meetings for parents and carers. This was an opportunity to hear more about how we intend to support children to move to Secondary School and also some key information about our school. Meeting codes were included in the letter sent out to parents. If you were not able to attend the slides from this meeting have been shared via our school Facebook page. Following this meeting, we are going to try to set up some Google Hangouts for pupils and parents to introduce you to a key member of staff.
Individual Google Hangouts for our New Year 7 pupils and their parents or carers
From Thursday 25th June, you should be able to start booking an appointment time to meet with one of our key members of staff to start setting goals for the start of Year 7. Pupils will receive a GMail to their school address in the next few weeks inviting them to book an appointment for one of these meetings. They should choose a time when they can join with a parent or carer. Once they have selected their time, your child will then receive an invite to the Google Hang Out and you will be able to meet virtually with this member of staff at the time you have selected. You should book and access this appointment through your child’s school account and Gmail. During this meeting we will discuss some personal goals for pupils in Year 7, answer your questions and give you a chance to speak one to one about the transition. If you are not able to access this meeting, or the invites, please contact the school and we will try to work out an alternative way to make contact with you.
Please check this page for future updates. It would also be a good idea to follow the school Facebook page where we may share extra information in the coming weeks.
Introductions to Your Head of Year, Form Tutors and Key Staff.
Pupils will now be able to view videos messages from their Head of Year, Mrs Westhead and the Year 7 Form tutor team in the Staff Messages of the Transition site in the pupil portal. Once pupils log into the pupil portal, they should visit the ‘Transition Site’ and then choose Staff Messages from the top of this page. The Year 7 team are really looking forward to meeting all of the pupils.
Please check this page for future updates. It would also be a good idea to follow the school Facebook page where we may share extra information in the coming weeks.
Questions that we are often asked
Please read the information below which will answer some of the common questions that we are often asked. If your child is a little nervous please encourage them to watch this short video from one of our students about their first year at Shevington.
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 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 by emailing email@example.com. It is important to us that we have all the relevant information required to ensure a successful start to Year 7.
It is essential all parents return the data collection booklet as soon as possible . A copy of the booklet and guide are available below:
The First Day
Year 7 students are expected to start school on Thursday 3rd September 2020. We will update you if there are any changes to these plans. This is looking more and more likely this year. Usually 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 SCOPAY 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
Please see details of our Uniform on the school website about where to purchase our school uniform HERE. Some providers have already shared information on their websites about how you can order school uniforms during the current lock down. 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. Below is the link for the current school uniform information
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 SCOPAY. 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 on our website.
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 SCOPAY online payments system. All trips must be paid via our SCOPAY 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. 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 (cancellations/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 link below.
Orrell and Up Holland 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 :–
Hare & Hounds 8.05am
One stop Shop, near Crank Road 8.06am
Running horses 8.10am
Holgate Primary at 8.15am
Munroe Avenue Bus stop (morning only) 8.16am
Rivers Street (afternoon only)
Upholland Bus :-
Victoria Hotel, Upholland 8.10am
Dingle Road/ Hallbridge Gardens 8.11am
Upholland Balti, Parliament Street 8.12am
Opposite Raj gate, Abbey Lakes 8.13am
Orrell Road/Heyes Road 8.14
Gathurst Road (past traffic lights) at 8.18am
Gathurst Road (opp Derwent Road) 8.19am
John Rigby College 8.20am
Individual student passes will be available termly and are payable in advance . £140 per term.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions from our 2020 Y7 Pupils
These are some of the questions that you have been asking us so far this year!
Will there be a tour?
At the moment school is closed to all visitors, so we can not offer tours around school for anyone. Many areas of school are closed off to staff as well, so we can’t film a tour of school either. When you do come to school as a Year 7 pupil, we can arrange a tour of the school if you feel you need one. We will be giving Year 7 pupils a map of the school when we get back to normal to help you and older students and staff are always happy to help you find places if you are lost.
- When do we get the timetable?
We usually give out timetables on the first day of school. If things return to normal for September, we will give you your timetable when you start. If we are not in school full time in September, we will send out a virtual timetable which will tell you which subjects you should work on each day, how long to spend on them and you will do this work through Google Classroom. We will send out more information about this when we know what the arrangements for school will be in September.
I can’t see which class I am in on Google Classroom. It says I have no classes.
We are still waiting for some pupils’ transfer information from primary schools. We are not able to add you to our school system until we have this. We are working hard to get this information and we are adding pupils each day at the moment. Hopefully this will be sorted very soon, but if you continue to have problems please send a gmail to Mrs Johnson and we will reply to you individually.
What sort of school equipment will I need to bring with me on my first few weeks.
When pupils return to school it is important that you have your own equipment as we are not supposed to share equipment. Our basic equipment list is:
School bag, Black pen and spare pen, Pencil, Ruler, Eraser, Pencil sharpener, Scientific calculator, Pack of coloured pencils, Reading book of pupils choice for form time, Ear phones (only for use at the direction of the teacher). You will also need you PE kits on the days that you have PE.
You could read about all these sort of things in our information booklet on the school website. Follow the link below. Please note some of these arrangements may need to be adapted due to the Covid 19 situation.
- When will I know which form I am in?
The classes allocated on Google Classroom are provisional as we are still receiving information from some primary schools. You have been placed in these to do the transition work. We are trying to match as many pupils as we can to both their language preferences as well as taking into account comments from primary schools about who works well with who! It is very difficult to get everyone just where they would like to be. When we have finalised the form groups, we will write to you with this information. If you are not happy with your group, we ask everyone to remember that everyone makes new friends at secondary school (even if you think you won’t) We ask that you try your hardest in your new class but talk to us if you are really worried about anything as we will support you as you get used to your new class and new school. Quite a few lessons will not be taught in form groups, so you will mix with different pupils in those. This includes subjects like Maths, English, Technology and PE.
Which subjects will I be studying in Year 7?
You will study a full range of subjects when school returns to some kind of normal situation (or you will do these via google classroom if we are still working remotely)
You will study: Maths, English, Science, a modern language, history, geography, art, drama, PE, PSHE, Technology, Computer Science and RE. You will also have a workshop lesson where you work on your termly mission, or any work for other subjects that you need to develop or improve.