We will aim to have you into school as much as possible over your Year 6. As a minimum we expect to welcome you for two days in July to help you prepare for joining us in Year 7. In the meantime, please use the school website and social media platforms to keep up to date with events and activities.
We always try to make sure that there are some students from your Primary school with you. Year 11 students regularly talk about how they have really enjoyed meeting new people during their secondary school careers and the long-lasting friendships they have made as a result.
We will let you know who your tutor is before you start at Hetton School. You should be able to meet your tutor before the summer, but regardless you will receive a warm welcome from them. We will also be checking the information that both your Year 6 teachers and your parents have told us so that we can support your individual needs.
You will have received a map of the school in your Transition pack. You will also be able to watch a virtual tour of the school online. Finally, when you first arrive to school, we aim to set up small group tours so you can have a look around. You can also ask any member of staff who will be happy to help you
Again, we are not sure yet how the school day will run in September but we will try to provide you with as many opportunities as possible for you to meet new friends. You can always talk to your tutor or Head of House if you need help.
You will get some time to socialise with your friends during the day. Lunchtime is 35 minutes, but in the first few weeks we give Year 7 longer so they get used to our systems. At lunchtimes you can use the school canteen or bring a packed lunch.
We have a large pastoral team here to offer additional support. This includes your tutor, Head of Year, Senior Leaders, the Learning Support team, a school counsellor and other pastoral staff. Wellbeing is one of our top priorities as a school and something we do a lot of work on so we advise all students to talk to us at any point if they feel they would like some help.
The school day starts with you being on the school site by 8.40am. At 8.45am you must be sat in registration where you spend some time with your tutor. You will have five 1 hour lessons per day. Your day will finish at 3pm.
No. There is no need to use your phone during the school day. If there are any special circumstances then please talk to your form tutor or Head of Year. Mobile phones are permitted, but must be turned off and out of sight on school grounds.
Tutor groups are carefully put together using a wide range of information. We work closely with Year 6 teachers to ensure that each tutor group is well balanced and that your child has students from their current Primary school in their tutor group.
We always welcome parents keeping in touch with us. This can either be by email or phone with your child’s tutor, Head of Year or any pastoral team member. You can call the main office any time and ask to speak to a member of the pastoral team who will be happy to help. Staff will be teaching during the school day so they may not always be able to get in touch immediately, but we will always respond.
Yes, there will be a tutor evening where you will meet with your child’s tutor within the first half term and then a subject evening where you can meet with your child’s teachers. Again, if at any point you would like to speak to your child’s tutor, please don’t hesitate to call or email them.
If you have any other questions, please contact our school office and we will be happy to answer any queries you or your child may have.
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