From Primary to Secondary
Welcome to ‘Team Millfield’. Here at Millfield, we work very hard to give our new Year 7 students a smooth, positive transition into secondary school life. We want all our students to have the opportunity to flourish by developing new friendships and to grow in confidence during the five years that they will spend with us.
First Day at Millfield – Monday 4th September 2023
Students need to be at school for 08:20. They will be greeted at the front of school and be escorted into the hall for an assembly. Until 10:45 Year 7 will be the only students in school. Students will then go to form with their tutors. For the next two hours, students will be given their timetables and other relevant information such as the Millfield Way, spend some time setting up their school email, synergy and computer accounts and have a tour of the school to locate classrooms. Students will have break at 10:45. After break, students will then have their first PSHE lesson. P4 will be their first lesson following their timetable. Students will go to lunch early at 12:45 – 13:45. During period five students will go to their normal lesson. Students will finish school at 14:50.
On the first day, students will not need to bring PE kits even if it is on their timetables. The PE staff will plan for students to take part in their uniforms. Students will need to be in full uniform and have all minimum equipment. Mobile phones should be switched off when students enter the building and only be turned back on after they leave. It is their own responsibility to look after their phones throughout the day. We suggest placing them in the zipped pockets inside their school bags, not on the outside or in their pockets.
Top tips for students
Starting at a new school often raises lots of questions for both pupils and their parents. To help make the whole process as easy and enjoyable as possible please see our ‘top tips’ below.
- Learn how to tie a tie before September.
- Get organised.
- Pack your bag the night before.
- Check you have the correct equipment.
- Do your homework on time and the night it is set.
- Label all uniform with your name and tutor group.
- Join an extracurricular activity.
- Set off early and get to school on time.
- Ask for help. No problem is too small.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Wear a cycle helmet if coming on your bike.
The main elements of our usual Welcome programme for new students include:
– A visit to your child’s primary school by a member of the Millfield team.
– A ‘Welcome Evening’ organised for parents, carers, and students.
– A ‘Welcome Day’ for Year 6 students at Millfield.
Y6 Parents’ Welcome Evening
The Progress Lead and Form Tutors of Year 7 will speak to students and parents on the night (Monday 8th July 2024 at 6.00pm). If you have any questions, you will be able to ask staff on the night. More details about this evening will follow in the May half term.
Students will spend the day at Millfield getting to know the school, taking part in taster lessons, touring the buildings, and making new friends. This has been arranged for Friday 5th July 2024. Primary schools will be contacted with Welcome Day arrangements and for those on Free School Meals after the May half term. Students will need to bring a bag, pencil case, trainers for PE and wear their primary school uniform.
If you require any further information about transition, please contact Mr Smith (Head of Personal Development and Transition).