New Year 7 students
Transition – New Year 7 Students
Students joining the school in Year 7 can expect to receive all the support they need to adjust to their new surroundings and to set them up for getting the best out of their education. The information included in the Starter Pack, which is sent out in March after secondary school places have been allocated by the Local Authority, provides lots of useful information about Allerton Grange School.
Making the move from primary school into secondary school can be a daunting time for students and their families. However, we have a thorough and extended transition programme in place to ensure that students feel welcomed and confident on their first day. Our Transition team visit primary schools once places have been allocated to meet with teachers and students. We also have an extended programme of three taster days in the summer term, longer than most secondary schools; we have found students starting in September are more confident and have had further opportunities to forge friendships as a result.
Before students start at the school, our transitions process involves bringing together information from the admissions form required to be filled out for each student, as well as thorough consultation with primary school teachers. Placing students in form groups and allocating which language they will be studying is carefully thought through and considerations are given to friendship groups and preferred choices, as indicated on the form, where possible.
Students are placed into sets in Year 7 through a combination of results from Key Stage 2 and a series of internal assessments. They can move up and down sets based on assessment results, however every effort is made to provide intervention support before moving students down. At Allerton Grange, we pride ourselves on teaching and learning, including providing the right support to challenge and stretch our students, helping them to achieve their full potential.
Students interested music can choose from a diverse range of instruments to learn through our tuition programme. A link to more information is listed below.
Year 7 assemblies take place on Monday mornings 8.50am – 9.10am in place of normal registration with form tutors. Every half term Rewards Assemblies take place to recognise achievements from individuals and groups.
We follow the school’s Policy for Positive Discipline which allocates achievement and behaviour points to students. Points can lead to prizes or special trips whereas behaviour points issued for breaking school rules can lead to detentions or more serious sanctions.
For further information, please contact Mrs Leanne Hosty – Progress and Welfare Leader for Key Stage 3 and Transition Manager
For more detailed information about admissions, uniform, how the school day is structured, catering and what equipment they will need, please see other pages on the website: