Welcome to Shevington High School

Welcome to the Year 7 cohort of 2021!  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 year, we are still having to try to make the transition as smooth as we can whilst working with Covid 19 restrictions, so many of our events will be remote.  If you have any concerns about transition, please contact the school and we will be happy to help.

 

As discussed in our previous parent meetings, we would now like to offer the pupils the chance to meet via Google Meet with their form tutor and peers.

The meetings will take place at the following times.

Teacher Day and Time
Mr Nichols Monday 19th, 5:30pm
Miss Aneiros Monday 19th 5.30 pm
Miss Smith Tuesday 20th 5:30pm (separate details for those at Millbrook primary)
Miss Whittaker Monday 19th 5.30pm
Miss McGonigle Monday 19th  4:45pm
Mrs Lonsdale Monday 19th 5.30pm

 

The form tutors will be sending your child an invite to join the Google Meet which they will find in their Gmails.  Pupils will need to join from their school account to access this meeting as the system will not allow participants from outside the school into the meeting.

We would like you to be aware of the following school policy regarding remote learning and video calls.  Ideally pupils should attend the meeting by themselves, and parents or other family members should not be seen on camera.  We understand that some parents may need to help their child to join the call, and ask that this is done discreetly.

Online Safety, Safeguarding and Behaviour 

To meet safeguarding requirements we ask for your support in relation to the following:

Students:

  • Must use their school Google Email to access Google Meets
  • Must be in appropriate clothing and not in pyjamas when joining a Google Meet.
  • Try to find a quiet and appropriate place for google hangouts.
  • If possible wear headsets / headphones to reduce background noise.
  • When on a Google Meet join on MUTE and only UN MUTE when directed by the teacher.
  • When joining a meet they must do so by turning on their camera.  This is required for both safeguarding purposes and to facilitate effective learning.  The teacher may request that students switch off their camera.
  • Must not record or take images of any part of the session.
  • When engaging in google hangout pupils must not talk unless directed by the teacher. Students must use appropriate language and remember to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

We do hope as many pupils as possible will be able to attend these meetings but we understand this may not be possible for everyone.  We would like to thank you for your support with the transition process this year.  We look forward to the official; start of year 7 in September.

 

 

Mrs Hill Head of Year 7

Mrs Hill is joining our team at Shevington High in September and has already started working with Mrs Johnson to get to know the school and our new Year 7 pupils.  Here is a quick video to introduce Year 7 to their Head of Year.   Mrs Hill – Head of Year 7 video

Mrs Johnson

Mrs Johnson is our Director of Learning with responsibility for transition and supporting our students as they move from primary school to Shevington High School. Here is a short video from her.  Mrs Johnson Video

 

Year 6 Remote update Meeting – 5th July 2021

Please see below the slides and recording of the recent Year 6 Remote update meeting held on the 5th July.

Year 6 Remote Meeting – Session Recording 5th July 2021

Year 6 Remote Meeting Update slides – 5th July

 

Transition Welcome Evening

We held two Transition remote meetings in May. If you were unable to attend these meetings or would like to see them again please click below.  This was an initial meeting to welcome our pupils and their families. We will be holding a second meeting in July where we will be able to share a little more information about how school will be likely to be operating in September.

A copy of the recording is available to view HERE

Summer School

You can now register to attend Summer School 2021! Summer school at Shevington High School will run for one week  and will likely take place from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July. Registration must be completed no later than 30th June 2021. Register on the link below.

Summer School this year will be free of charge due to the introduction of government funding. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to meet their peers ahead of starting school in September.

Summer School Consent Form

Further information on what summer school will entail will follow soon.

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

Year 6 ( Year 7 Sept) Parents Contact details form.

Please complete this initial form to enable us to communicate with you effectively during the next couple of months. You will be required to complete a full pupil data collection sheet later as well and more details will be sent out about this. Please click  https://forms.gle/cv5VqdDHRoXkb4STA

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 a year impacted by Covid 19.  Since pupils all use a device in school for many of their lessons and access their work through Google Classroom, they have been able to continue learning seamlessly during isolation periods. We operate a ‘bring your own device’ programme at Shevington High School.  Full details regarding the programme are available on the school website.

How will transition work this year?

For the second year, the transition to high school has to be different because of the current UK situation. Like last year, we are not advised to hold transition events in school, so we are continuing with ‘virtual’ ways to make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible. This worked very well in 2020 and we hope for the same success this year.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and will do our best to ensure your child receives the best transition experience possible whilst maintaining safety for all.

You should have received a letter from us regarding your child’s place at our school. We will continue to update you via email so it is important that you check your emails and ensure we have the correct details for you.  Please update us if your contact details change.,

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 virtually or in person.
  • Share crucial information with pupils and parents virtually or in person.

Virtual Transition Plans

Prior to the restrictions that Covid -19 has placed on schools, we would typically host a number of in school events for our new cohort of Y7s.  This included a Welcome Evening in school in March, Getting to Know You Day, Transition Day, Parent Meetings and even Summer School.  In 2020 we managed to run almost all of these events virtually! In 2021, we hope that our Summer School will go ahead and plans are in place for this.  Most of our other transition activities will take place remotely and we will be in touch with details about these.

Transition Learning Tasks

In the 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.

 

Introductions to Your Head of Year, Form Tutors and Key Staff.

The Year 7 Team for 2021 are excited to meet their forms as soon as we can.  We will be holding another virtual meeting for parents and pupils in July to share some more information about September and we will also host some virtual form hangouts so that our new starters can meet their form and form tutor.  You will receive an email with details about these in June/July.

Here are the names of the staff that will be working with the Year 7 Zone.  Click their names to view a welcome message.

 

                       

 

Head of Year: Mrs H Hill                  SLT Year 7 Zone Lead: Mrs L Johnson

7.1 Form Tutor: Mr Nichols

7.2 Form Tutor: Miss Aneiros

7.3 Form Tutor: Miss Smith

7.4 Form Tutor: Miss Whittaker

7.5 Form Tutor: Ms McGonigle

7.6 Form Tutor: Miss Lonsdale

 

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 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 Tuesday 7th September 2021. We will update you if there are any changes to these plans.  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 and a Shevington High School planner. There is no need for your child to bring their PE kit with them on the first Day. If we are still working in Zone bubbles, then year 7 will be directed to their Zone 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. 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 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 which follows the route below:

Upholland Labour Club                              08.00

Dearden Way / Ormskirk Rd                      08.02

Victoria Hotel / Ormskirk Rd                      08.04

Hallbridge gardens / Dingle Rd                 08.05

Knowles Farm / Stoney Brow                    08.07

Heyes St / Appley Ln South                      08.10

Beacon View / Appley Lane North            08.12

Finch Lane / Appley Lane North               08.13

Dickinson Arms (Pesto)                            08.14

Opp Wrightington Hospital                       08.15

Arrive School – approximately                  08.30

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

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

30 minute lessons = £16.50 per week

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 2020 and 2021 Year 7 Pupils

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.

  • How does lunchtime work due to covid? Do they eat lunch at their desks in the classroom or do they sit with their form in the canteen? Are there different rules for seating if pupils decide to bring lunch some days.

Students are currently eating their lunch in the canteen. They are able to sit together whether they have a school lunch or a packed lunch. This year, every year group has had a separate lunch half hour so that our bubbles can be kept separate. For this year, all of year 7 have been classed as a bubble, so they have been able to sit with anyone they choose for their lunch from Year 7. We are currently working on plans for next year, but typically pupils who eat school lunches or packed lunches can sit together.

  • What time does school finish each day?

The school day ends at 3pm.  At the moment we have a staggered finish so all year groups go out at 5 minutes intervals between 2.40pm and 3pm.  We will confirm the exact finish time for Y7 in September.

  • 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.

  • 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. (At the moment pupils come into school in their PE kit on their PE days)

  • 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.  (This will depend on the Covid restrictions in place in September)

  • 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