Our Open Evening Is On Tuesday 5th October 2023 From 17:30 - 20:00
Thank you for visiting this page to find out more about Y6 transitions and joining St Peter's. We are really excited that you may be thinking about joining our community and hope you can find all the information you need on these pages.
We are really proud of the students at our school and the things they go on to do in the future. We look forward to supporting you to become an excellent member of the wider community.
For information about the school in general please explore this website further, visit the Prospectus page or for information on applying for a place visit Join Us.
We intend to hold the Year 6 Transition days on Thursday 6th July 2023. More information will be sent to parents and partner schools in due course. The make up and organisation of these days may be affected by the current Covid guidance in place at the time.
There will be a transition evening full of information for parents on Wednesday 5th July 2023. Timings for this event are:
5-6 pm- Thongsley Fields and St John’s
6-7 pm- Huntingdon Primary and Stukeley Meadows
7-8 pm- Hartford Junior and all other schools (including Wyton, Houghton, Abbots Ripton C of E and other surrounding schools).
Parent/Carers guidance for the taster day: Thursday 6th July
Your child should wear their Primary school uniform (no hoodies).
Your child should come to St Peter’s School for 9am. Students can either make their own way independently or be brought to school by parents/carers.This is a great practice for September.
Students must enter the St Peter’s site either through reception or through the steps near One Leisure (the steps are right next to a bike shed which your child can securely leave their bike for the day.)
St Peter’s will provide your child with a free lunch from the canteen on this day. You may provide a packed lunch if your child does not wish to use the canteen.
Please provide a snack for breaktime and a water bottle.
Students will leave the school site at 2.30pm. If you plan to pick up your child, we recommend picking your child up from the One Leisure car park.
Unfortunately, parents/carers are not allowed to attend the transition days, but your child will have lots of great experiences to share with you at home.
The start date for new Year 7 students is Tuesday 5th September 2023.
We have uploaded a virtual tour so you can experience the school site and see some example classrooms.
The Special Educational Needs department will be offering phone calls or video calls for those students and their families identified by the primary school SENDCOs. The team will contact individual parents about this.
Our school uniform is to be purchased from The Uniform Specialists. See link below:
The first week of secondary school can be a daunting time for students but at St Peter’s we support this transition being smooth and positive for all. The normal plan for the start of the autumn term is below, although this will be adjusted to ensure that students are kept safe when they join us in the new school year.
On the first day students meet their Head of Year and talk about expectations.
Year 7’s are picked up from the hall by their tutors and will be given a tour of the school highlighting key places for that day.
Students were escorted by their teachers and other students to all lessons in the first week.
Students were given additional walking time and all staff are on hand to help students find their lessons if they are lost.
Lunchtimes are extended for Year 7 in the first two weeks. This is to allow Year 7 to get to the canteen first.
It is important that the Year 7 team know how students feel about school and therefore regular student voice activities take place. This usually happens in the first three weeks of term.
Regular visits to lessons by the Head of Year and Student Support Managers in order to support transitions.
Meetings with parents/guardians/carers where necessary.
YEAR 7’S FIRST WEEK AT SCHOOL
Our new Year 7 students were full of enthusiasm for St Peter's School stating “Although it’s different to primary school and I got lost, lots of older children have helped me. I have really enjoyed Science, it’s one of my favourite subjects. I’ve enjoyed making friends and meeting my teachers as they are all really nice. If I’ve had a problem it’s all been sorted out. My first week has been really good.”
“My first week at St Peter’s has been really exciting. I’ve had new lessons and met new people. I’ve really enjoyed my lessons. I’ve loved all my lessons like French, Science and English for example. We’ve already done cool experiments and spoken French!”
“I’ve had a nice first week. I’ve made some friends already and had good lessons. I get help in my lessons if I put my hand up. The older children have helped me around the school. If I was on my own on the playground they have helped me find friends. I’ve had help with my homework from teachers and I have really enjoyed my lessons.”
“It’s been a really nice first week because I’ve had fun in my lessons. I thought I might be bad at some of my lessons but I have been ok. I have played with older kids and have had a nice time.”
YEAR 7 OPPORTUNITIES
Homework club takes place twice a week for Year 7. This is an opportunity for students’ to gain some additional support with their homework, use a computer and get it done in plenty of time.
If you would like to attend homework club please join us on Tuesday and/or Thursday 3.05pm-4.00pm in the main ICT suite.
Please also be aware that the library is also open after school if any students would like to read, pick up a book or complete homework there and use the libraries resources.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM OPPORTUNITIES:
In the Year 7 and SEND team we understand that students learn in different ways. This year our SEND students have been given the opportunity to have learning experiences outside the classroom. This includes improving the school environment by making planters and planting raised beds, practicing geography skills through orienteering at Hinchingbrooke Park, team and confidence building at Grafham water with activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing, rafting, sailing, climbing and mountain biking. Students’ who have taken part in these activities have said how much they have benefited in terms of their self-esteem, forging and strengthen relationships with their peers and teachers as well gaining physical fitness for students that struggle in the traditional school sports.
Each week all Year 7 students have a lesson of LAE - Learn, Aspire and Exceed. The students get to experience a wide range of extra learning opportunities, like Spanish, Archelogy, or traditional cultural sports to develop their interests and skills.
Mesage from Thomas Taylor, the author of Malamander
As part of our virtual transitions package forYear 7s joining us in September 2021 we worked with Thomas Taylor, Author of Malamander and made sure every student got a copy of his book to read over the summer.
Promoting Healthy Living
St Peter’s School's Healthy Schools Statement
Our aim is to ensure all students have a voice, and be motivated by staff who value the importance of health, wellbeing and resilience for their students, as well as for themselves.
Parents will be made aware of the policies, learning, support and initiatives the school provides, including how they will be developed by partnership working with quality assured support agencies. The provision will be reviewed annually to remain relevant, and consistently used with student progress and achievement suitably recognised.
Students have the opportunity to complete 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and are overtly encouraged to participate in organised sports clubs at lunchtime and after school. Travelling actively to and from school is recommended. Through all staff consistently encouraging a healthy lifestyle (a combination of physical activity and a balanced diet), we recognise this has a positive impact on students’ well-being, and thus their behaviour and academic attainment.