2022 Transition Arrangements

Welcome to Shevington High School

Welcome to the Year 7 cohort of 2022!  We are working hard to find out all about you and make sure you settle well into our Shevington family.  You will find lots of information on this page regarding your transition. This is an exciting time for both students and parents.  You have now become part of the ‘Shevington High School family’ and we look forward to seeing how you grow and develop whilst you attend our school.  If you have any concerns about transition, please contact the school and we will be happy to help.

Transition Day – Tuesday 28th June.

We are pleased to invite your child to attend our transition day on Tuesday 28th June 2022 at Shevington High School.  This will be a full day in school for all of our new Year 7s to experience a day in school, to get used to the school building, to try out some lessons in a range of subjects, meet others in their year group and get to know some of the teachers and key staff.

Pupils can wear their own clothes on the day.  This should be something casual that they could do PE in, for example: t shirt, joggers/leggings and trainers.  Pupils should bring a filled water bottle.

We will provide a school lunch for pupils to sample and a snack at break time. However, pupils can bring a packed lunch if they prefer. Please fill in the google form using the link below to indicate your child’s lunch arrangements and if they have any special dietary requirements for the day.

If pupils need any medication administered on the day, please could you contact school to make arrangements for this.  Pupils should bring an inhaler if they need to have access to one.

On the day, pupils should arrive between 8.30 and 8.40am.  Parents can either drop pupils off on the pavement outside school, walk them into the school grounds, but parents should NOT drive onto the school car park as this is not a drop off zone for parents.  Pupils can arrange to travel with siblings or use public transport, and this could be an opportunity to try out a bus route that they will use in September.

On arrival, there will be helpers at the front of school to direct pupils, but they should enter to the left of the main reception, follow signs to the side entrance and from there they will be directed to our school hall.

Pupils will be placed into groups on arrival and will move around a range of activities.

Pupils can be collected from school at 2,30pm if they are being collected by a parent.  They can be collected from the school hall at this time.  Parents should follow signs directing them to the pick up point. Parents must not park on the school car park for collection. If pupils are leaving with a sibling, using a school bus, or are making their own way home on foot, they will be dismissed at 3pm.  Please let us know what the travel arrangements are for your child on the attached google form.  We will not allow pupils to leave alone without permission from parents.

Please follow this link to complete the google form about travel and meal arrangements for the day: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uymUo8oRHcMKoS3U54cbaYELMAgsOoqr51ubz7as8s0/edit

This  google form needs to be completed before 21st June to allow us to have all the meals arranged on the day

We hope that pupils will have an enjoyable and informative day.  If you have any concerns about the day, please contact Mrs Johnson at school.

Update on form groups and language preferences

We have now spoken to all of our feeder primary schools about all of the children starting in Y7.  Our primary colleagues have shared a detailed profile of each child including information about existing friendship groups. We are in the process of finalising the form groups.  We have tried to place all children with at least one other pupil from their school where possible.  We have also taken into account the language preferences that many of you sent in.  It is not always possible to match friends together if they have also requested different languages.  It is also not always possible to guarantee every pupil their first choice of language.

We know that pupils do worry about which form they will be in, and who they are with, but every year, pupils quickly make new friends, especially if they attend summer school.  As we have every place filled this year, it will not be easy to make form group moves once the groups are allocated as we need to have equal numbers of pupils in each form.  We always ask pupils to give themselves time to settle into the form group they are allocated and to remember that not all lessons will be delivered in these groups.

We will write to you in July to confirm your child’s form group and form teacher.

Parent Transition Evening  – Tuesday 28th June.

Thank you for all your support so far with the transition of your child to Shevington High School.  Further to our previous emails about Transition Day, we would like to invite you our Parental Transition Information Evening which is on the evening of 28th June, after the children have attended Transition Day.

During this evening, we will share information with parents about the start of term.  This evening is intended for parents so if possible children should not attend the session.  If you are really struggling with childcare, then you can bring your child, but please be aware that the session will be designed for a parental audience rather than for the children as we will have shared all that we need to with the children on their Transition Day.

There are 3 session at for 30 minutes. Emails have gone home to parents with their allocated session time.

 

Summer School 2022

Once again, we will be running a Summer School for your child in preparation for starting school in September 2022.

The cost of Summer School is £75.00 and includes:-

  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • A range of great activities
  • Day trip to Chirk Castle

If you would like you child to have a place please complete the consent form which can be found at the address below.

https://forms.gle/EQ8XxYP8EooGWLmk8

Please complete all of the information and submit to school by Friday 1st July Your child’s place is not confirmed until this form has been completed.

Once you receive you log on details for Scopay you will be able to go online and make payment.

We are excited to welcome your child to Summer School and trust that it will be an extremely valuable and enjoyable experience for them.

If you have any questions in relation to Summer School please don’t hesitate to contact school.

Moving on up! (Childnet)

A lot of work goes into helping young people make a smooth transition from primary to secondary education. To help with this Childnet has created a toolkit with videos and lesson plans for adults helping young people aged 10-13 with the online aspects of moving to secondary school.

See here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/moving-on-up/

Music at Shevington High School

At Shevington High School the music department is one of the thriving hubs of the school. We host a wide range of musical activities each week and support the school with many musical performances from small events like awards evenings to large concerts with 100’s of guests.

One area in which I am currently trying to develop is the uptake/continuation of woodwind, brass and classical string instruments. During primary school, many pupils have access to the wider opps schemes ran by music hubs. These allow students to learn instruments in whole class or large group environments. This is fantastic but when they leave and come to Shevington, many students do not know they can continue with this amazing life altering talent.

The Wigan Music Service and myself work closely together and we currently have over 40 students a week learning an instrument in school with nearly half being strings, brass and woodwind. If you do not have access to an instrument the music service charge only £60 a year for the rent of an instrument. We also have some instruments in school to borrow initially to get students up and running.

If your child currently plays or is wanting to play a string, brass or woodwind instrument please consider this with us at Shevington. It is an amazing experience and they get so much from it socially but also it improves academic ability, confidence, thinking skills and memory retention. Not only that, it is ace to be able to play and instrument!

Lessons are during school time and are either 20 minutes @ £11 or 30 minutes @ £16.50. To pay this is done on ScoPay and payments are a full term up front. If a child does wish to cancel at any point any remaining payments can be refunded.

For any more information on how to pay or for more details contact myself via email or ring the school office and ask to speak to the finance team.

Mr Beaton

Head of Music

[email protected]

 

How will Transition work this year?

For the last 2 years, we have had to alter our transition plans due to Covid restrictions, but we hope that this year, we will be able to conduct our transition plans exactly as we choose to give the best experience to our new pupils. You should have already received a letter from us regarding your child’s place at our school and sharing some key introductory information.

Mrs Johnson is the key member of the Senior Leadership Team who will be overseeing and organising the transition work for this year.  You are welcome to get in touch if you have individual concerns or questions. 

 

SLT Transition Lead: Mrs L Johnson

Year 6 (Year 7 ) Parent questions form  

Please complete the form below if you have any general questions regarding Transition/school. If you have specific questions for your individual child or information you need to share with school please email [email protected]

Parent/Pupil General Questions Form

Our first transition event will be our Welcome Evening which will take place on 30th March 2022 ( Information will sent out to parents home address)

In this meeting we will share some key transition information with you and also offer you a chance to walk around the school.  We know that some of our new pupils have not yet been able to do this. We will write to you with details about what time you should arrive at.

During the transition process we will:

  • Speak to your primary schools to find out all about you. This will help us to place you in a form group.
  • Gather information from you about your language preferences.
  • Introduce the Year 7 form tutors to you. This usually happens on Transition Day.
  • Share crucial information with pupils and parents virtually or in person.
  • Visit as many of you at your primary school as we can.

 

Chromebooks for Learning

In 2020, we moved to all pupils using a device in school to support their learning. Not only is this an extension of our SAIL learning ethos, it has also been incredibly helpful during the years impacted by Covid 19.  This has become a unique feature of our school and pupils tell us that they really appreciate being able to learn in this way.  To help our students get used to this way of learning, we offer all our new pupils some transition learning tasks via Google Classroom.

 Full details regarding the programme are available on the school website. More information to be shared with parents soon.

Transition Learning Tasks

In July, you will receive details which introduce you to our online learning methods.  This letter includes your school username, password and gmail address.  You will also receive 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 we can as this will make it much easier for you to start working in the Shevington Way even before you officially start in Year 7.  We will give you some online learning tasks through Google Classroom.  There are tasks in a range of subjects and your very first mission.  If you do not have a device of any kind use, please let us know and we will make alternative arrangements.

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 protected] 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:

Data Collection Booklet

Data Collection Guidance

 

The First Day

Year 7 students are expected to start school on Wednesday 7th September 2022. Usually students 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. 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 contact the 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. 

Uniform

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

School uniform

You can purchase our School Uniform from the official suppliers below.

AC Sports  Pemberton

Impressions Standish ( formally known as Standish Sports)

Slaters Wigan

Please click below for full uniform list

Uniform List

School Canteen

Shevington High School has a cashless catering system whereby students use a card system to pay for food in the Canteen.  Your child will be issued a card on arrival 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.

We also have in place Fusion ordering system which allows your child to pre order their lunch up to 9am on the same day. A letter will be sent to you with your access code and details of how to use the system.

School Meals

Trip Information

For every trip that is organised at Shevington High School letters will go home to parents. 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.

Updated information will be uploaded onto the School website in the Parents section when we receive the new timetable in July.

Bus Information

Up Holland Bus Service

The school provides a private bus service operated by Grayway Coaches for our students living in the Upholland/Roby Mill and Appley Bridge area.

Timetables will be shared very soon with the routes

Individual student passes will be available termly and are payable in advance . Cost £140.00 approx

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department at the school on 01257 400990.

 

Music Lessons – Wigan Music Service

As part of the opportunities offered to pupils to ensure high quality performances, we have a range of vocal and instrumental lessons on offer. These are supplied by Wigan ITP (Instrumental Tuition Providers), and all lessons and teachers are of the highest standard. Please see below information regarding pricing. Music lessons are paid for on a termly basis and there is the option of 20 minute or 30 minute lessons.

20 minute lessons = £11.50 per week approx

30 minute lessons = £16.50 per week approx

Due to the uncertainty of the situation surrounding Covid, we may not be able to offer as wide a range of instrument lessons as we normally would. We will confirm closer to the time what lessons are available. We are confident that we will be able to offer music lessons in some capacity.

 

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 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 2021 Year 7 Pupils and Parents

These are some of the questions that you have been asking us and the answers.

  • Can girls wear their hair down? Or does it need to be tied up?

Any pupil with hair longer than shoulder length will need to keep their hair tied up.  Hair should be tied back with a natural colour bobble.  This is explained in the school uniform policy.

  • Is there a bus pass that you can buy for your child? And where do you do this?

You will need to look into which bus your child is going to use.  Most pupils that travel on buses have an Igo Pass.  Details about this can be found on our website.  Pupils who pay for a ticket on the private Upholland Bus which leaves from the school should contact school to arrange payment for this service and a pass will be issued through school.

  • What type of work that pupils will be using their “device” for? Will an iPad be suitable or will they need a device with a keyboard- for example the Chromebook mentioned via the school?

Pupils do lots of different tasks using a device.  Pupils can use an Ipad so long as they have a keyboard attached to it.  Any device that has a keyboard will work.  We do like the chromebooks as they have a really long battery life and work very well with the Google Education Suite such as Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Slides and Google Meet.

  • What time does school finish each day?

The school day ends at 3pm.  

  • When do we get the timetable?

We usually give out timetables on the first day of school.  

  • 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. 

When will I know which form I am in?

We will be in touch in July with your form groups.  We have worked hard with your primary schools to try to make sure you will be in a group with at least one person that you know and feel comfortable around if this is possible.  The language you have shown a preference in also affects which groups you are placed in as different forms do different languages.  As we are full to capacity this year, every form group will be full, so once places are allocated it is very difficult to move one student without moving another, so we will ask you to give your form a really good chance. 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.  Some 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.

Useful Links

SCOPAY online web payments