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Year 6 Transition FAQ

Year 6 Transition Frequently Asked Questions

This page will be updated every Friday by 3.30pm – page updated 03-07-2020

What time does my child need to be in school for each day?

All students should to be in school for 8.40am at the latest.  The first bell rings at 8:40am to indicate that all students should go to their form rooms, and registration begins promptly at 8:45am.

What time does tutor period or registration start?

Tutor period and registration is every morning and starts promptly at 8.45am.  This is always with your form tutor in your tutor room base.  One day a week each year group has an assembly together in the Assembly Hall or Sports Hall, again this starts promptly at 8.45am.

How long is tutor period?

Tutor period lasts for 15 minutes, from 8:45am until 9:00am.

What time is break and lunch time and how long do you have for each?

Break time begins at 11.00am and lasts for 20 minutes until 11.20am.  Lunch time is 12.20pm and last for 40 minutes until 1.00pm.

How many lessons are there each day and how long is each lesson?

There are 5 lessons each day and each lesson lasts for 1 hour.

What time does the school day finish?

School finishes at 3:10pm every day.

What equipment will my child need each day?

Students will need the following equipment every day; pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener and a pencil case. This list of basic equipment will be displayed in the students’ planners as well as on their tutor room display board.  Students are also required to bring in their PE kit on the days that they have PE.  On some occasions, students may be asked to bring in other items, such as ingredients for practical Food Technology lessons, they will be notified about this in advance.

What subjects will my child be learning at Ysgol Treffynnon?

Students are taught a wide range of subjects within the curriculum.  They will study; Art, Design & Technology, English, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Information Technology [IT], Mathematics, Music, Physical Education [PE], Religious Education [RE], Science and Welsh.

What will happen on my child’s first day at Ysgol Treffynnon?

On your child’s very first day at Ysgol Treffynnon they must arrive in school by 8.40am in full school uniform.  They will be directed straight to the Sports Hall, where they will be met by their form tutors, Pastoral Support Officer [PSO] and Mr Chesters.  They will have a short welcome assembly followed by the announcement of which tutor group they will be in.  From there they will be taken to their form room with their form tutor.

What do I need to do if my child is unwell and cannot come to school on a certain day?

If your child is unwell then you must contact the school by phone [01352 710 011] to inform that they are absent, and the reason for the absence.  This should be done prior to the school day starting.  You can either speak to the school’s receptionist or leave a message on the answer machine system.  If no contact is made by the parent, the school’s automated truancy call system will attempt to contact you until a reason for absence is provided.

 Will my child be in a class with their friends?

Over the next few weeks our Lead Teacher, Mr Chesters, will be in contact with all of the primary schools to discuss friendship groups.  An information sheet will be provided for each child to complete with preferences on friendship groups and who your child would like to be with in a tutor group next academic year.  Preferences can either be with friends from your Primary School or friends from other Primary Schools.  We cannot promise you will be in a form with all the friends you chose so please list them in order of preference.

My child has SEN and I am worried about how they will handle the transition to secondary school.

At Ysgol Treffynnon we have an excellent and dedicated team of staff supporting students with additional needs.  Our ALN team will receive background information from your child’s Primary School, but they will also contact you to discuss individual needs and the support that we are able to offer.

What uniform will my child be expected to wear?

All students are required to wear the following uniform: black blazer with logo, white shirt, school tie, black trousers or skirt, and black shoes.  Additionally, students may also wear a grey jumper with school logo if they wish.  Trousers must be smart, tailored style trousers, jeans and leggings are not acceptable.  Further information on the school uniform expectation can be found on the school website: https://ysgoltreffynnon.cymru/information/uniform/

Where can I buy uniform from?

School ties, and items including the school logo, such as blazers, and PE kit, can be purchased from one of our official suppliers: Forrester by Monkhouse (Mold), or 1st Class Clothing (Prestatyn).  Items can be ordered online from these stores’ websites; www.monkhouse.com and www.1stclassclothes.co.uk .  Plain items, such as shirts and trousers, can also be purchased from these suppliers, though parents are also welcome to purchase such items from high-street stores or supermarkets.

What PE kit does my child need?

Students need the following PE kit: plain black shorts, skorts, or leggings, a performance polo shirt, red socks, black tracksuit bottoms, plain white sports socks, and training shoes.  Additionally, girls are required to have a black fleece top, and boys are required to have a reversible rugby shirt and football or rugby boots for outdoor activities.

Items with the school logo on (including polo shirts, fleeces, rugby tops, shorts and leggings) can be purchased from our uniform suppliers, Forrester by Monkhouse (Mold), or 1st Class Clothing (Prestatyn).  Further information on the school PE kit can be found on the school website: https://ysgoltreffynnon.cymru/information/uniform/

Is there a breakfast club available at the school?

Ysgol Treffynnon has a free breakfast club that is open to all students.  This is held in AD31 (top floor) each day that school is open, and runs from 7:45am – 8:30am.  There are a selection of breakfast items available including toast and cereal.

How do I find out if my child can have Free School Meals?

Flintshire County Council provide Free School Meals for students whose parents receive certain income-based benefits.  For a full list of criteria, and to apply for Free School Meals, please visit the Flintshire Council website: https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Schools/Education-Benefits.aspx

Is there any financial help available to buy school uniform?

Flintshire County Council provide a School Uniform Grant for students whose parents receive certain income-based benefits.  Grants are only available to those students due to enter Year 7 or Year 10 in September.  Applications for the School Uniform Grant cannot be submitted until after 17th July.  For further information and to submit an application, please visit the Flintshire Council website; https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Schools/Education-Benefits.aspx

How do I apply for school transport?

Flintshire County Council provide free school transport for students who are attending their nearest secondary school, but live over 3 miles away from the school site.  Applications for free school transport can be made through the Flintshire Council website; https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Schools/School-Transport-Application.aspx

Students who live less than three miles from school, or who are not attending their nearest secondary school, will not be eligible for free school transport and are required to make their own travel arrangements.

Will my child be able to use their mobile phone at Ysgol Treffynnon?

The use of mobile phones and tablets are not permitted at Ysgol Treffynnon. If your child needs to bring one to school then it must be switched off and put in their bags from the minute they walk onto the school grounds [in the morning] to the moment they leave the school grounds [at the end of the school day]. If a child uses their mobile phone in school then various levels of sanction will be put into place.  Certain allowances are made in situations for students who need to use their mobile phone for specific medical or health reasons.

How will my child be rewarded for positive behaviour and attendance?

Students will be rewarded throughout the school day for various acts of positive behaviour. These include behaviours like performing well in class, helping others, trying hard, being polite and completing class and home works. They will be rewarded through the school’s ePraise system. Each point they receive equates to a monetary value and they can buy products from the ePraise shop.  The shop sells anything from pens, to online vouchers, to a ticket to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the end of the year. If there is a product that isn’t included in the shop then students can request those products to be included there. Attendance is rewarded in the same way, however, there are also half termly and termly rewards for positive attendance [prize draws and chocolate for example]. At the end of the Autumn and Summer terms there are whole year group reward trips that are linked closely to behaviour and attendance.

How does the canteen system work?

There are 2 different places that your child can access food and drink from at school. Both are in school atrium on the ground floor. The main [upper] servery has more hot food and main meals whilst the lower servery sells more snacks and cold food.  The canteen is a cashless one so there is no money changing hands. In order to use the system your child will be set up on the school system with either their finger print or a pin number. To use the canteen, you can put money into your child’s account in 2 ways. Either through the ‘School Gateway App’ or by putting money into the school-based cash machines. If you are using the App then the school must have the correct email address on records and these can be updated through the main office.

Can my child access the toilet during the lesson times if needed?

There is toilet access on every level of the building so access is easily available to all students. However, students are only allowed out of lessons to access the toilet during periods 2 and 5. During periods 1, 3 and 4 students have had the opportunity to access the toilet either before the start of the school day, at break time or at lunch time. We therefore encourage them to take advantage of these times. Students will receive a corridor pass from the teacher to produce if any member of staff asks them their reasons for being on the corridor at these times. Certain students with specific medical conditions will be issued with a toilet pass to be used as and when needed. A medical letter is required if a toilet pass is needed.

What links does the school have to organisations in the local community?

At Ysgol Treffynnon we are very fortunate to have strong links with a number of local and county-wide organisations that support our students and offer services or resources to the school. These links include, but are not limited to, Holywell Leisure Centre, Flintshire Integrated Youth Provision, the KIM Project, and Flintshire Sorted. We also have an excellent relationship with North Wales Police, and the school nursing service, who support us with assemblies and PSE lessons for the students.

Can my child have time off school to go on holiday?

In line with guidance from the Welsh Assembly Government and Flintshire County Council, we strongly discourage absences from school due to holidays. Ideally, we expect families to arrange their holidays outside of school time. If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances then you can write to the Headteacher to explain this, however there is no guarantee that the absence would be authorised by the school.

Will my child have a key member of staff at school?

All students have a form tutor, who is their main point of contact. Students will see their form tutor during registration every morning, and this is an ideal time for them to ask questions or raise any concerns that they may have. In addition to this, the school also has a Pastoral Support Team, each year group has an allocated Pastoral Support Officer, who is available to support students with a variety of queries and offer support and encouragement. This team is overseen by Mr Chesters, Lead Teacher for Care, Support & Guidance, who is also available as a point of contact for students and parents.

Additionally, we also have a dedicated team based in Student Services, which is the small office next to the student entrance. This team are accessible to students before and after school, and at breaktime and lunchtimes. They are able to assist with a range of queries, including lost property, ePraise rewards, and offer reassurance and guidance. Furthermore, this team is also available to support students who are feeling unwell or who require first aid throughout the day.

For students with ALN, there is also a dedicated ALN team, which is led by Miss Jones, ALNCO & Deputy Headteacher. These team consists of a number of experienced individuals, including teaching assistants and specialist support staff.

When will I meet my child’s teachers?

Ysgol Treffynnon holds a Settling In Evening for Year 7 parent in October. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s form tutor and discuss how they are settling in to secondary school. Later in the school year there is a more comprehensive Parents’ Evening, where parents have the opportunity to speak to their child’s different subject teachers about their progress in individual lessons. During this Parents’ Evening, parents will also receive a written report on their child’s progress and targets across all subjects.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the school calendar for the year 2020-21 has not yet been finalised, so we can’t confirm the exact dates of these parents’ evenings just yet, however we will keep families informed as soon as plans are finalised.

What are the options at lunchtime?

Students are welcome to purchase food from the school canteen, or can bring a packed lunch. As a school, we are aware of a few students with allergies, we therefore request that all staff and students avoid bringing any nuts or nut-based products into school for lunch or snacks.
The school canteen provides a range of snack foods during morning break, including toast, fruit, and yoghurts. At lunchtime, main meals and a salad bar are available from the main servery, and a selection of lighter options, such as sandwiches, soup and jacket potatoes are available from the smaller servery.

What happens to lost property?

As much as possible, we encourage all students to take responsibility for their possessions and take good care of them, but we understand that sometimes items get misplaced. Any items that are found are taken to Student Services, which is the office situated next to the student entrance. Students are welcome to check here at breaktimes and lunchtimes if they have lost anything. Please consider labelling items such as uniform and pencil cases with your child’s name to help us return property as quickly as possible.

What if my child needs to take medication in school?

If a student has prescribed medication that they are required to take during school hours, then parents are asked to sign a Medication Form, copies of this form are available from reception. Medication is stored securely, but must include a pharmacy dispensing label with the student’s name and the dosage printed on it.

My child is a Young Carer, what support is available in school?

Ysgol Treffynnon are proud to have worked closely with Barnardo’s to support Young Carers; in fact, the school was the first in Wales to be awarded the Young Carers’ Charter in 2016. Throughout the year there is discussion in assemblies, form time and PSE sessions to raise awareness of the role of Young Carers. For those individuals who have caring responsibilities at home, we are able to offer bespoke support packages dependent upon the students’ individual needs and circumstances. If you would like to discuss your child’s role as a Young Carer, and arrange suitable support in school, then please contact Miss Jones, ALNCO & Deputy Headteacher, or speak to your child’s Pastoral Support Officer.

Are there extra-curricular clubs on offer at Ysgol Treffynnon?  

There is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Ysgol Treffynnon. Each faculty offers a variety of activities to meet students’ individual interests. The activities are on offer at both at lunch times and after school and range from sporting, to Drama, to Science, to Music, to Eco clubs. There is even a homework club. We have various teams that represent the school in leagues and competitions and the school sporting teams as well as the debating team have been very successful over the past number of years. Access is also available for students at break and lunch times to the library and ICT ‘break out’ facilities. Some students can also access the Additional Needs Department to play board games prior to school and during break times.

Are there ICT facilities available at Ysgol Treffynnon? 

There are excellent ICT facilities available for your child to use both in and out of lessons at Ysgol Treffynnon. There are 2 ICT suites on the top floor of the school where students will undertake ICT lessons. In Key Stage 3 they will have ICT lessons and at GCSE level there are option choices in ICT and Business Studies. Within the Design Technology department there is an ICT suite in which work is carried out to plan and design a product before making it. There are also 2 ‘break out’ ICT suites on the middle and top floor corridors. These computers can be used both in lessons but also prior to school as well as break and lunch times. The top floor ICT facilities can be used during homework club. Finally each faculty has access to a trolley of 20 laptops tor students to use within lessons.

Is there disabled access available for my child? 

There is sufficient disabled access for all students, staff and visitors at Ysgol Treffynnon. There are disabled parking spaces available at the front entrance to the school by the roundabout. Around the outside of the school there are ramped areas to make access into the school freely accessible and there is also a ramp to provide access to the school’s 3G all weather pitch. Within the school there is a lift in the main atrium that allows access from the canteen servery to the main dining area, classrooms, PE department and the main student entrance.  Access to the middle and top floor are also available in the school lift.  If your child needs access to the lift they would need to seek a member of staff for an access card.  A Teaching Assistant or a member of the support team normally accompanies students in the lift.

Will my child get to attend any trips or visits at Ysgol Treffynnon?   

 Trips out of the school are an essential part of the experience offered to students at Ysgol Treffynnon. There are a wide variety of trips on offer to your child, from trips linked to learning and the curriculum to those that are for rewards purposes and for fun.  Reward trips for all year groups are on offer, based on positive behaviour and attendance, at the end of the autumn and summer terms.  These trips have included Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, cinema visits, Tenpin bowling, as well as opportunities for shopping trips to Cheshire Oaks, Liverpool One and the Trafford Centre.  There are also opportunities for you child to experience trips abroad and recently the students have had the chance to travel to France, Germany and Austria and Poland to visit various landmarks and experience the history, culture and language of each country.  Educational trips and visits are available at Ysgol Treffynnon and students have had the opportunity to visit museums, art galleries, sporting arenas, working factories and different cities.  These trips offered opportunities to learn about aspects of subjects outside of the classroom as well as collecting vital information to take back to enhance learning further. 

Will my child be set homework at Ysgol Treffynnon? 

Homework is a very important aspect of study to both students and members of staff at Ysgol Treffynnon.  It cements the enhancement of learning as well as teaching other important skills to your child, like; providing students with valuable experiences of working to deadlines as well as allowing students to develop the practice of private study which is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.  The amount of homework that is set and guidance on the time it should take will differ for each year group.  The average for Year 7 should be around 15 minutes per subject per week (i.e. 1 hour per 4 weeks).  Each teacher will decide, after negotiation with their class, on which days they will set and which days they will collect homework. Teachers will ensure that students have enough time to complete their assignment.  This information must be recorded into Student Planners.  Teachers will also ensure that all homework is recorded on Show My Homework [the school’s online learning platform].  

The school offers considerable additional levels of support for students in order to ensure that homework of quality is produced.  A daily after school homework club plus additional study support during lunchtime is on offer to all students.  When you child gets to Years 10 and 11, breakfast revision sessions at examination times are also offered to all students 

Will my child have the opportunity to have some transition days prior to starting at Ysgol Treffynnon?  

We are very aware that due to current circumstances your child has not had the opportunity to experience the same transition programme that has been so successful over many years. At present and due to current WG guidelines we are unfortunately unable to have any Primary School students in the building as all school’s have to maintain social distancing and place students and staff in ‘bubbles’.

We are working very hard to put plans in place for September. Everyone at Ysgol Treffynnon are all very excited to meet you and your child and are looking forward to working you with over the next 5 years. We are in the process of planning to ensure that your child’s first few days are as special as we can make them in order to ease their transition from their Primary School to High School. When we have more information and details, we will send those out to you. However, when September comes we will strive to make up for your child not being able to experience the transition process.

We hope that you have enjoyed the transition information and activities so far and it has been both informative and helpful. There is more to come over the next few weeks so keep a look out for those on the school website and Facebook pages and via email.

In the meantime if you have any questions or worries then please do not hesitate to contact us directly using the email address: yr6transitionsept2020@yt.flintshire.sch.uk

 

Do you have a question about transition in September 2020?

Email us at yr6transitionsept2020@yt.flintshire.sch.uk