Year 6 Transition
Welcome to the Year 6 Transition area. We have tried to provide you with lots of information about William Howard School and what it will be like when you join us in September. If you have any questions about the transition process or when you start, then please email Mr Anderson (Transition Lead) – Email Mr Anderson, or Mr Metcalfe (Year 7 Director of Learning) – Email Mr Metcalfe.
A note to Year 6 pupils from Mr Metcalfe:
Please read my letter introducing myself as your Director of Learning: Introduction Letter to Students and Parents from Mr Metcalfe. I would like you to reply to my letter, telling me and your Form Tutor all about yourself. You can use this guide to help you: Guide to writing your letter.
Find out what it’s like at WHS from current Year 7 students:
Find out more about WHS in the video made by our Student Heads of House:
Staff who look after Year 7
Year 7 Director of Learning and Student Manager
Mr Anderson is the Transition Lead, Mr Metcalfe is the Director of Learning for Year 7 (2020-21), and Ms Elliot is the current Student Manager for Year 7 (2019-20). Mr Anderson and Ms Elliot work together to provide support to the current Year 7 students.
Form Tutor Team
When you start Year 7 you will have a Form Tutor. You will see your Form Tutor every morning for 15 minutes. They are there to make sure you are ready to start the school day. They will help with uniform, lessons, finding your way around school and many other things. You will first get to meet them during the induction day in July.
Mrs Watson and Mrs Clementson
Mr McAree is the Headteacher and Mrs O’Connor is the Assistant Headteacher with a Year 7 link.
Big school… big step… big questions…
These are the most commonly asked questions by Year 6 pupils. We know what a big step it is to move to your next school, so we hope this will help answer some of the questions that you might have about what it is like at William Howard School.
What will I wear?
When Harry Potter went to Hogwarts his uniform list was given as plain black robes and pointed hat; black winter cloak with silver fastenings. At William Howard ours is a lot more comfortable to wear! You will wear our school tie, blazer with a white shirt or blouse, black trousers or a school skirt, and plain black shoes.
You can find out more about the WHS school uniform, including a price list here: Uniform Information page
Uniform can be bought from the Uniform Shop located in the main foyer. Open dates for the uniform shop will take place in July (to be confirmed).
Opening times during school term:
- For students – daily at break & lunchtimes
- For parents – Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm
Kit needed for PE:
- School PE polo shirt
- School shorts or skort
- School PE socks
- School fully reversible sport/rugby top (recommended for boys) or School hooded top (recommended for girls)
- School track pant (non-compulsory)
- Football boots (recommended)
- Suitable trainers (expensive designer trainers or brand names aren’t necessary).
(All property should be clearly marked with your name).
What happens if I forget my PE kit?
Try to remember to pack your correct kit the night before. But if you do forget your kit, tell a member of staff and ask to borrow for the lesson. The kit for loan is washed after every use before being borrowed by students again.
Which classes will I be in?
When you start Year 7 you will attend most classes with your Form Group. Some subjects (English and Maths) will put you into groups to try and challenge you at the right level. You will also be in either 7X or 7Y – These are exactly the same and just a way of splitting the year group into two groups so that when 7X are in an English lesson then 7Y might be in PE lessons for example.
An example timetable and times of the school day:
What is the House System?
All students (and staff) have a House Team – Acacia, Baobab, Mpingo or Ndizi (named after African trees through WHS’s Tanzanian Link). Through your time at William Howard, you can earn House Points in lessons and at events such as the WHS Bake Off, Sports Day or the recent Easter Egg Competition. Find out more about the House System here.
How much homework will I have?
Don’t worry! You might find that you get more homework at secondary school than primary school, however it is all planned for you and you will know exactly what you are getting and how long it should take.
On your first day you will be given a school planner. Planners are designed to help you plan your work. There is a daily diary for you to make notes about homework, as well as lots of useful information on school life at WHS.
You can also install the SIMS Student App on your phone, which will help you keep track of the homework you are given. In addition, the app gives you access to essential information such as your achievement and House points; attendance; and behaviour data.
What equipment will I need?
You’ll find it useful to have these items in your pencil case:
- Pencil sharpener
- Colour pencils
- Glue stick
Will I know anyone?
There will be over 200 other students joining the school at the same time as you. You will be in a new class, some students you will be friends with or know from the school that you are in now, others will be from different schools – but don’t worry as these students will be in the same position as they won’t know you either!
Your Form Tutor will help you quickly get to know other students and make new friends.
What can I do during break times?
Football, tennis, music and drama activities, student forums… life at William Howard certainly isn’t boring! There are a wide variety of clubs and activities that you will be welcome to join. We offer lots of lunchtime and after school activities to enrich your experience at William Howard and try to cater for as many different interests as possible. You don’t need an invitation or letter to join in – if you want to try something out, just turn up at the right place at right time. Clubs are a great way to meet new friends who like the same things as you.
Year 7 and Year 8 share a common room, where you can hang out with your friends. You can eat in the common room or the canteen.
If you want some quiet time you can visit the Library to finish homework or choose a book to read.
What will I eat?
Before you take your GCSEs you will have eaten 950 school meals! If you had a sausage every day this would mean that you had eaten nearly 100 metres of sausages! So, it’s a good job that you will have a wide choice of food to choose from: pasta, curry, pizza, salads, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, baguettes, vegetarian…
You can eat in the main canteen or salad bar, from a special pantry in the Year 7&8 Common Room, or bring your own packed lunch.
What if I get lost?
One of the biggest fears of new students is getting lost at WHS. It is a big school but staff and older students are always about to help you find your way should you find if difficult to get from one place to another.
There is a map in your planner and you can find it here: Map of School
Top Tips for Starting WHS
- Transition Newsletter Autumn 2019
- Transition Newsletter Summer 2019
- Transition Newsletter Spring 2019
- Transition Newsletter Autumn 2018
Although your child’s primary teacher will be communicating with us here at William Howard, there is no getting away from the fact that it is going to be a very different transition due to our current situation. Therefore, Public Health have provided parents and carers with ideas to help manage this process: Transition Support (Public Health 5-19)