Joining the Holyhead Family in Year 7
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school is a significant stage in any child’s life. At Holyhead we carefully and sensitively support your child in their next stage of education ensuring a positive start to Secondary school life.
All students will be visited in their own primary schools by the Head of Year 7. Please note, due to the current Government restrictions as a result of COVID-19, we are unable to have all our new intake days this year. In addition, we will endeavour to ensure your child is as fully prepared as possible for September by working closely with their primary schools. On our visits, we will prepare students through a series of activities and answer all of their questions. To further help parents and students starting in September 2021, we have created a Welcome Transition video (above), and we encourage you to watch this with your child.
In addition to teacher support, your child will have a Form Tutor who they will see every day of the school year. The Form Tutor’s role is to help guide and support them throughout their school life on matters such as school work, personal issues, school updates, opportunities and will be one of your points of contact as a parent/carer. This helps to create a very positive relationship between the teacher and your child. All Form Tutors stay with their class right through from Year 7 to Year 10. In Year 11, students will have a new Form Tutor to help specifically with GCSE support and guidance on further education or careers. We, Will, be holding a Tutor Parent contact day on Monday 6th September, where you will have a virtual appointment with your child’s Form Tutor.
Holyhead prides itself on having a caring learning environment through supportive staff, establishing high standards for behaviour and mutual respect. Positive relationships amongst peers, staff, the local community and parents/carers are celebrated and endorsed. Any problems encountered will have early intervention by the SPACE (Student Progress and Achievement Centre) the team who will engage parents/carers where appropriate. We provide a safe environment
in which each student feels valued and has the opportunity for individual growth, believing that good character supports higher levels of achievement. Any disruptive behaviour, violence, bullying and any form of harassment is not tolerated and goes against our Vision and Ethos.
In order to enforce these principles, a range of sanctions and rewards are clearly defined in our Behaviour Management Policy. We believe that an ethos of encouragement is central to good behaviour and has a motivational role in helping students to realise that good behaviour is expected, valued and rewarded. Sanctions are employed to deal with inappropriate behaviour, ensuring students have a clear understanding of the sanction in order to make changes in their behaviour as needed to avoid future discipline.
Students are expected to take pride in themselves, are responsible for their work and make the most of their time at school by engaging in enrichment activities such as sports, games, creative groups, debate team, community engagement and charity work. Sustaining this high standard is key to developing rounded individuals for society along with the school’s LORIC values: