Year 7 Transition
INDUCTION DAY AND EVENING
Induction Day - Tuesday 20th June 2017
On Induction Day, students will arrive at Sale Grammar School at 10.30am, and should go to the Main Hall where they will be directed into their new form groups. They should be wearing their primary school uniform, and will need to bring a packed lunch, their medical reply-slip and any medication they require. They will meet their form and form tutor, and engage in a variety of activities, including subject-specific "taster sessions" and getting-to-know-you games. Please collect your child at 2.30pm from the main entrance.
Induction Evening - Tuesday 20th June 2017
The Induction Evening will commence at 7:00pm. The Oxford Dictionary company will be in attendance between 6:00pm and 7:00pm to sell English, French and Spanish dictionaries. You will be able to purchase these for £5 cash (special price). If you are unable to purchase a dictionary on the night, you may collect a flyer with a discount code and telephone number for you to order one after Induction Evening. Please refer to the Page Documents section below to download a letter containing further details. The evening itself will begin with a welcome from the Headteacher, the Head of Progress and Learning for Year 7, and our 6th form Head Boy and Head Girl. There will also be information provided about our PTA and how you can get involved. You will then accompany other parents of students in your child’s form to a separate meeting space, where you will meet with your child’s form tutor and be provided with more detailed information. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.
SEPTEMBER: KEY DETAILS
The first day:
Year 7 students will start school a day earlier than the rest of Sale Grammar School on Tuesday 5th September 2017. They will arrive at 11:00am and assemble in the Main Hall with their form group and form tutor. This “second induction day” will include more getting-to-know-you activities, a detailed tour of the school, and practice of what to do if the fire alarm sounds. Students will also be given their timetable and a Sale Grammar School planner. There will be no actual lessons on this day, so please do not worry about your child having their PE kit with them.
Things to remember:
- Students should have their “About Me” poster, set as Extension Study on Induction Day, having been completed over the summer holidays.
- They should be in their full Sale Grammar School uniform.
- It is useful for students to have their rucksack 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 refectory 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 ParentPay account. If you are having difficulties arranging this, then please do not hesitate to contact the school. 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 a booklet full of hints and tips for surviving their first few weeks at Sale Grammar School. To help them along, Extension Study will be introduced in a staggered fashion, so that they don’t feel swamped with work and can focus on getting used to the new environment, making friends, travelling to school and getting themselves organised. In addition, year 7 students will have a slightly earlier lunch than the rest of the school.
Please see details of our Uniform Policy (Year 7 Handbook) and how to purchase our school uniform (uniform suppliers’ leaflets) in the Page Documents section at the bottom of the page. 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.
Sale Grammar School has a cashless catering system whereby students use their thumbprint to pay for food in the refectory. Funds must be purchased through ParentPay, and students will have their thumb scanned on the Induction Day in September. It is recommended 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 Refectory food and prices can be found in the Page Documents section at the bottom of the page.
Condover Hall Residential
In October, year 7 students will be travelling to Condover Hall in Shrewsbury for three days and two nights. The wealth of activities provided by JCA Adventure allow students to develop their teamwork, communication skills, and their confidence. The trip often delivers brand new experiences for students, some that require a great deal of courage, for example staying overnight away from parents for the first time, or conquering a fear of heights in the “high ropes” activity. It is also an invaluable opportunity for students to get to know each other better, and to solidify friendships that are beginning to form during those tentative first few weeks at Sale Grammar School. Please see the relevant letter in the Page Documents section at the bottom of the page for further details.
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. On Induction Day, 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 (train cancellation, 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. If you would like your child to ride their bicycle to school, please download the relevant letter and “Cycling Agreement” for you to sign from the Page Documents section below.
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 click here for more information. You will also find a link to apply for the 'igo pass' in the 'Useful Links' section near the end of this page.
Travelling by Metrolink
Sale Grammar School is just a 5 minute walk from Brooklands Metrolink stop. A large proportion of our students travel to and from school by tram, so in instances where your child has to travel alone, we advise that they look out for anyone wearing the Sale Grammar School uniform and stay close to them. It may be useful for you to practice the route with your child before September so that they are confident with where to go. Please also discuss with your child what to do if a tram is cancelled on their way to or from school.
Travelling by bus
Sale Grammar School does not have a private bus service, rather, bus operators include Sale Grammar School into their routes for use by students. Details of buses that travel to and from Sale Grammar School and their associated timetables, as well as information on how to purchase an Igo pass, can be found by following the links in the Useful Links section below.
LEARN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
Your child may wish to learn a musical instrument during their time at Sale Grammar School. Instrument lessons take place during the normal school day, and are organised directly with our peripatetic music teachers.
Please refer to the relevant letter in the Page Documents section at the bottom of the page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Sale Grammar School Parent Teacher Association (SGS PTA) would like to extend a warm welcome to all families who are new to the School. We hope you and your children will have many happy experiences here, and we wish the students all the best for their future education. Likewise we wish the siblings of current and former SGS students every success and happiness as they join the School.
We are fortunate at SGS to have a PTA that is an integral part of the School community. The committee is made up of parents and teachers who meet regularly throughout the year to discuss fundraising initiatives and organise events, and is supported by a number of parents who volunteer to help at these events.
As well as fundraising, the PTA provides a means for parents to get to know each other and helps forge closer links between home and School. Our meetings are very informal and open to all, and we look forward to welcoming new parents in the autumn. If you would like to support the PTA, but don’t wish to join the committee or attend meetings, perhaps you would consider helping out at one or more of the events we run? We can never have too many volunteers! If you are interested in joining us or volunteering at future events, please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form included in this pack, so that we can keep you informed of our activities.
For more information about the PTA, please visit the PTA section of the School's website by clicking here, or scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find further information.
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 in your child’s planner. At the time they are due to leave, they must sign out at Student Services and wait for you to collect them.
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, 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 0161 973 3217 before 9.15am to report the absence. 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 has broken a bone?
Please ask your child to see their Head of Progress and Learning in the Student Development Office as soon as they arrive at school. If possible, please contact the school in advance so that suitable arrangements can be made.
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 Sale Grammar School, so if your child feels as though they haven’t made any friends yet then they certainly aren’t alone. It generally takes the whole of Year 7 for students to fully feel comfortable in school, and cement their long-term friendships. Often friendship groups chop and change regularly, which is completely normal. 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 Progress and Learning 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 late Extension Study and missing equipment. Rather than actually doing the 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.
My child doesn’t seem to be getting enough Extension Study, what should I do?
If your child doesn’t seem to have much Extension Study, it may be that they are not writing it in their planner, and are making good use of our library to complete it at break or lunchtime. Every student is provided with an “Extension Study timetable” within the first few weeks of starting school, and they should be writing each subject into their planner in advance of each week. This way, they know which days they should have Extension Study set, and can double-check with their teacher or classmates if a subject is left blank. Sometimes, teachers will set a piece of work that covers more than one Extension Study “slot”, and students should be ensuring that the time they spend on a piece of work reflects this. Please sign your child’s planner at the end of each week to indicate to their form tutor that you have checked it and are aware of any Extension Study that has been set, as well as any notes from staff.
How do I find out about Extra-curricular clubs?
Extra-curricular activities are usually advertised directly to students by means of a timetable placed in their form pigeonhole, which is then displayed on their form noticeboard. 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.
ParentPay online web payments: www.parentpay.com
Bus information: http://www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/school_services.aspx
Igo travel pass for under 16's http://igo.tfgm.com/
Note: The Year 7 2017/18 handbook will be published shortly.