The Transition Programme
During key stage 2 we work alongside our primary schools on a range of curriculum subjects. Both Music and Modern Foreign Language teachers visit year 6 classes to deliver topics and help support pupils academically in preparation for year 7.
Our GCSE Sports Leaders deliver P.E. lessons to pupils in both key stages 1 and 2. These lessons are guided and managed by our outstanding P.E. department and held both at St. Wilfrid’s and Temple Park Leisure Centre. We also coordinate Sports Festivals for our primary schools held again at these two sites.
In addition, our music and drama spectacular showcases are open to our primary school pupils. Our Christmas show this year is Alice in Wonderland and will be performed 9th, 10th and 11th December, starting at 7pm.
Opening Evenings and Visiting Days
St. Wilfrid’s holds an official open evening specifically for year 6 parents, guardians and pupils. At this evening, you will be welcomed and introduced to the school from our head teacher Mr. Tapping, as well as our deputy heads Mr. Price and Mr. Mitchell. Mr Price will explain our pastoral system and Mr. Mitchell our academic achievements. After this you will be taken on a tour of the school where departments will be showcasing lessons and explaining aspects of subject course. Current pupils from years 7-13 will also be present, conducting experiments in science, cooking biscuits in technology and mimicking the protests of the suffragettes! It is certainly an evening to remember!
In addition, we also invite our parents to arrange an appointment to come into school on one of our visiting days. These are normal school days, where you will be given a tour of the classrooms, provided the opportunity to speak with pupils and observe lessons across the curriculum on a regular school day.
During the summer term, our Heads of House, Assistant Head of Pastoral and Deputy Head of Pastoral visit the primary schools to speak to the pupils, along with some of our year 8 and 9 peer mentors, to speak and meet the pupils. Following this there is a year 6 induction day where pupils enjoy a tour of the school and experience a variety of lessons. Many primary schools also hold their sports day festivals on the school field.
On arriving at school for their first day, our year 7 pupils are assembled in form groups in our key stage 3 yard. Here they are met by their form tutor and head of house. For the first two lessons of their first day, year 7 are the only year group in school, with the remainder starting after break. They will remain in form classes for lessons 1-3 and be issued with equipment and timetables. This provides pupils with the opportunity to make friends within their form class, become acquainted with their form teacher and recognise what is expected of them at St. Wilfrid’s.
From here, pupils go to lunch in All Saint’s Cafe and have the opportunity to socialise with peers outside of their form class. For the first week, year 7 are released from lesson 3 ten minutes early for lunch to allow them to adjust to the lunchtime routines and systems. Next they will go to lessons 5 and 6, finishing the day at 3.10.
In order to aid movement around the school, each teaching group is assigned two peer mentors. These are pupils from year 8 who will help each class to get to their next room. These mentors will help the class for the remainder of the week.
Support and Activites
There are several support systems in school in addition to our excellent house system (see below).
Year 7 pupils are able to attend:
- Breakfast Club
- Lunchtime club
- Active lunch
- Homework club
- Reading club
- Drama club
- Music club, including: orchestra, choir and steel pans
Pupils are also able to take instrumental lessons at a subsidised price. Furthermore, each year 7 form class nominates two representatives to be part of the school council. This promotes pupil voice within the school
which we believe is of key importance to our school community.
During the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Emotional) lessons, pupils will cover a range of topics including: persistence, work related learning, ICT safety and growing up.
Throughout the year, there are several extra-curricular trips and opportunities available. These include (but not limited to):
The Pastoral Structure
Pastoral Care is something we pride ourselves on at St. Wilfrid’s. Ofsted judged our pastoral care as Ourstanding and made the following comments in their report:
“All staff are very caring about the students at the school and students respond to this by returning this value to their staff.”
“Parents and students value the school very highly and believe staff will do the very best for them.”
Example Y7 Timetable
The House Structure
We operate a house system structure of care:
From here, there are six year 7 form classes with approximately 32 pupils in each class.
We have very clear guidelines on expected behaviour, punctuality, attendance and work ethic. Pupils are rewarded with credits which create house points. At the end of each year, the house points are totalled and the winning house receives the house trophy.
Keeping in Touch
At the end of each module, parents and guardians will receive an information sheet, showing their child’s current attainment level in each subject. There is also a formal year 7 parents’ evening during the summer term. Parents / guardians will receive a full report prior to parent’s evening which contains a report from each of your child’s teachers, their form tutor and head of house. We welcome all contact and information from parents and guardians at any time of the year.
What the Pupils Say
“It was really easy settling in.” Sophie Picken
“Work is fun here!” Jack Sparkes
“I feel proud to wear the St. Wilfrid’s uniform.” Samantha McGinney
“The teachers are kind, caring and supportive.” Jasmine Wheatley
“When I came to St. Wilfrid’s I was scared that I wouldn’t find the classes but all the teachers and pupils helped me.” Poppy Richardson
“The best thing about being in year 7 is starting new lessons like chemistry.” Jacob Whittle
“I like the dinners and the selection they have and how they taste so good.” Nathan Birtwhistle