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Transition – Frequently Asked Questions
Yes – it is completely understandable for any child to be nervous when moving to secondary school, particularly in the current climate. We are likely to be a much larger school compared to your child’s primary school. However, on the first day, all learners receive a tour of the school and we have an experienced Y7 form-group team who will support your child. All staff and older students are keen to help the newest members of our community to settle quickly into their new surroundings.
We are currently in the process of liaising with Y6 teachers. They provide us with detailed information about your child, both in terms of academic ability and also key information such as friendships. Many lessons in Key Stage 3 are taught within form groups and are mixed ability.
Our school website contains a lot of information, which will answer many questions that you may have. Please pay particular attention to our Transition Guide. You will also receive a phone call in the coming weeks from Mrs Rundle (Y7 Progress Leader) or Miss Mountford (Y7 Pastoral Leader) and you will have the opportunity to ask any specific questions that you may have.
Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, we are being led by government advice. At this moment, we do not know if we there will be a specific transition day but please be assured that we still provide you and your child, the same information that they would have received under normal circumstances.
Where and how to purchase uniform?
Smart Academy Uniform:
Address: Harvey House, Hassell St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1AR.
Smart Uniform Shop strongly advise parents to purchase uniform as early as possible. The Smart Uniform website is very easy to use. If the current social distancing measures are still in place during the back to school period, the shop are planning the following:
- Offering appointments
- Opening the shop in accordance with Government safety guidelines
- Opening longer hours to allow for any Social distancing measures still in force.
- Taking orders on the web
- Taking orders by phone
- Taking orders by email
- Regularly updating their Facebook and Website.
Clive Mark School Wear Shop:
Address: 25 High St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1QZ.
Once Clive Mark stores re-open as per government guidelines, they will be offering:
- Online ordering facility and this is encouraged.
- Telephone orders.
Extended opening hours, adhering to social distancing measures with queue controls and PPE equipment installed in all stores.