The Transition Programme
During key stage 2 we work alongside our primary schools on a range of curriculum subjects. Both music and modern foreign language teachers visit year 6 classes to deliver topics and help support pupils academically in preparation for year 7.
Our GCSE Sports Leaders deliver PE lessons to pupils in both key stages 1 and 2. These lessons are guided and managed by our outstanding PE department and held both at St. Wilfrid’s and Temple Park Leisure Centre. We also coordinate Sports Festivals for our primary schools held again at these two sites.
In addition, our music and drama spectacular showcases are open to our primary school pupils.
Opening Evenings and Visiting Days
St. Wilfrid’s holds an official open evening specifically for year 6 parents, guardians and pupils. At this evening, you will be welcomed and introduced to the school from our Executive Headteacher Mr. Tapping, as well as our Head of School, Mr Mitchell, and our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Given.
Mr Given will explain our pastoral system and Mr. Mitchell our academic achievements. After this you will be taken on a tour of the school where departments will be showcasing lessons and explaining aspects of subject course. Current pupils from years 7-13 will also be present, conducting experiments in science, cooking biscuits in technology and mimicking the protests of the suffragettes! It is certainly an evening to remember!
In addition, we also invite our parents to arrange an appointment to come into school on one of our visiting days. These are normal school days, where you will be given a tour of the classrooms, provided the opportunity to speak with pupils and observe lessons across the curriculum on a regular school day.
During the summer term, our Deputy Headteacher and Heads of House visit the primary schools to speak to the pupils, along with some of our year 8 and 9 peer mentors, to speak and meet the pupils. Following this there is a year 6 induction day where pupils enjoy a tour of the school and experience a variety of lessons. Many primary schools also hold their sports day festivals on the school field.
On arriving at school for their first day, our year 7 pupils are assembled in form groups in our key stage 3 yard. Here they are met by their form tutor and Head of House. For the first two lessons of their first day, year 7 are the only year group in school, with the remainder starting after break. They will remain in form classes for lessons 1-3 and be issued with equipment and timetables. This provides pupils with the opportunity to make friends within their form class, become acquainted with their form teacher and recognise what is expected of them at St. Wilfrid’s.
From here, pupils go to lunch in All Saint’s Cafe and have the opportunity to socialise with peers outside of their form class. For the first week, year 7 are released from lesson 3 ten minutes early for lunch to allow them to adjust to the lunchtime routines and systems. Next they will go to lessons 5 and 6, finishing the day at 3.10pm.
In order to aid movement around the school, each teaching group is assigned two peer mentors. These are pupils from year 8 who will help each class to get to their next room. These mentors will help the class for the remainder of the week.
Support and Activities
There are several support systems in school in addition to our excellent house system (see below).
Year 7 pupils are able to attend:
- Breakfast Club
- Lunchtime club
- Active lunch
- Homework club
- Reading club
- Drama club
- Music club, including: orchestra, choir and steel pans
Pupils are also able to take instrumental lessons at a subsidised price. Furthermore, each year 7 form class nominates two representatives to be part of the school council. This promotes pupil voice within the school which we believe is of key importance to our school community.
During the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Emotional) lessons, pupils will cover a range of topics including: persistence, work related learning, ICT safety and growing up.
Throughout the year, there are several extra-curricular trips and opportunities available. These include (but not limited to):
Example Y7 Timetable