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Belvidere School

Year 6 to 7 Transition FAQs 

FAQ 1 - What if I get lost? 

All the adults and other children in school know that you are new and are looking out for you. If you look lost or worried someone will offer to help. You will move around school with other new students in Year 7 and you will all help each other. You will all have a Planner with a map inside. You will have at least one tour of the school with your tutor before you have to find your way around. After the first 2 weeks, you will know where all your classrooms and other important places are – promise! 

FAQ 2 - What if I’m not with my friends? 

You will be with at least one friend from your Primary School in your form and there will be more familiar faces in other classes too. You will see other Year 7s at break and lunchtime too. 

FAQ 3 - What will happen on my first day?  

You will arrive before the older students and start your day in the hall, coming together for the first time as our new Year 7s for a Welcome Assembly.  You will have time with your form tutor in the morning to make sure that you have all the information you need.  The remainder of the day will be spent taking part in ‘Finding Your Feet’ workshops.

FAQ 4 - What time does school start? 

School starts with tutor time at 8.50. It’s a good idea to arrive in plenty of time and make your way towards your form room when the first bell rings at 8.45. 

FAQ 5 - What if I’m late to a lesson? 

Make sure you apologise and then settle in quietly. Always try your best to be on time to lessons. You might be a little late whilst you are still finding your way around and your teachers will understand this. 

FAQ 6 - What if I forget my homework/equipment for a lesson? 

At secondary school, you will get used to a lot of different lessons, teachers, books, pieces of paper, etc. Forgetting something now and again can happen to anyone. If you forget something, let your teacher know politely at the beginning of the lesson. Offer to hand in homework the following day. If you are struggling with organisation, talk to your form tutor and ask for help.  We have a Homework Hub for support, ran by a member of staff, which runs daily both before and after school. 

FAQ 7 - What do I have to wear for school? 

Make sure that you check the uniform rules on the website with your family before buying your uniform. You will find out which House you are in in the middle of June. The School Shop provides Belvidere uniform. Key things to remember: Skirts and trousers must be smart and comfortable, NOT too short or tight. You must wear smart, black school shoes NOT trainers or any shoes with visible branding. You are not allowed to wear any make-up for school. 

FAQ 8 - Can I use my mobile phone at school? 

No. Your phone must be switched off in your bag from when you come through the school gate in the morning to when you leave at the end of the day. If you need to contact home urgently during the day, reception staff will help you. 

FAQ 9 - What if another student is unkind to me? 

If another student’s behaviour makes you feel unhappy at school, you must let an adult know so that they can help you deal with the problem. Your form tutor is a good person to talk to.