Transition FAQ

Q. Which subjects are taught at Heart of England School?

A. English, Maths, Science, Art, Technology (Food, Graphics, Design), Geography, History, Languages, P.E, Drama, Diversity Studies, Music.

Q. Do we get to remain with one of our friends from Year 6 in our new teaching group?

A. This cannot be guaranteed. Your teaching groups are for teaching and learning and you will mostly be sat in a seating plan designed by the teacher. You will be in sets for Maths, Languages and P.E and you will be in a mixed grouping for Technology. Therefore, you will not have every lesson with those in your teaching group. If you wish, you are able to meet up with friends from other teaching groups at break and lunchtime.

Q. Is there a swimming and a netball team?

A. There is a Year 7 netball team. We don’t have a swimming pool here and so don’t have a swimming club. However, we do enter the swimming gala each year and enter club swimmers.

Q. How is homework set and how will we manage it all?

A. You will be given a planner in which you can record your homework and the date it is due in. We also have an online system called Insight which you will have a personal login for. Teachers record homework on here and can add any attachments/worksheets, so you can check this from home.

Realistically, you will get more homework in secondary school than you do currently; you will be set homework on every subject at various points and will more than likely have some homework to complete each evening. However, this is not to say each piece will take you hours! Some pieces may only take 15 minutes, whilst others will take longer. Your teachers will give you plenty of time to complete lengthier pieces of homework.

Many students have a set time each evening for homework, often not long after they have got home from school. This way, once complete, you have the rest of the evening to yourself.

We also have a Study Support club which runs every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:30 – 4:45pm. Here you have access to the library and computers and printers. There are staff on hand to support you if needed. You do not have to stay for the whole duration. If you get the bus home from school there is a late bus on these days.

Is there a homework club?

A. Yes there is a homework club which is held every morning from 8.20am – 8.50am.

Q. Which subjects are set?

A. You will be placed into sets for Maths, Languages and PE

Q. How many lessons are there each day and what time does school start and finish?

A. There are 5 lessons each day; school starts at 08:55am and you will spend 25 minutes each morning until 09:20am in your tutor groups with your House tutor. Break is at 11:20am for 25 minutes, lunch is at 13:45pm for 40 minutes and school finishes at 15:25pm.

Summary of the New September daily timetable:

You can download a letter about the timetable here.

Q. Will there be a summer challenge this year?

A. Yes there will be! During your induction day you will be given the Summer Challenge booklet with a range of activities for you to complete and plenty of House Points up for grabs.

Q. Are there Houses?

A. Yes. There are 4 Houses; Phoenix, Apollo, Pioneer and Voyager and you will be placed in one of these Houses.

Q. Will there be a football team and a cricket team?

A. Yes, there will be both of these.

Q. Are there a range of lunchtime clubs and extra-curricular activities?

A. Yes. We have clubs that run during break and lunch times as well as after-school. The clubs vary from Music to Radio to Debate to Sports and many more. You will be informed of the clubs that we run with the dates and times when you start in September.

Q. Is there any extra help if you struggle in a subject?

A. Absolutely. If you require any extra help in any subject, your teacher will be more than happy to provide this. Between you, you will work out the best ways to help you move forward in the area you are struggling.