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Year 6 Frequently Asked Questions

Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting time but can also be a cause for feeling nervous or uncertain.

Students in Class

We want to assure you that these feelings are completely normal! We would expect all Year 6s to be experiencing these feelings to some extent; especially under these unusual circumstances.
We have created a list of questions which may help you with your transition to Commonweal:

Will I be with my friends in the same tutor group?
You may be in a tutor group with some of your friends, but likely not all of them. You will be in a tutor group with at least one person from your primary school, unless you are the only student coming to Commonweal from your class. Ideally, we would like you to use this opportunity to make new friends too, as that is what this process is about.

What if I am the only person from my primary school coming to Commonweal?

We try to put children who come to us as the only members of a primary school together, so at least there will be a few of you in the same situation to help you make friends more easily.

Is the work difficult?
The work at secondary school is a continuation of what you have been learning in Year 6. Some of the learning will recap what you have done and then you will move on to build new concepts and ideas as Year 7 progresses. The teachers will plan your learning carefully, so it is both accessible and challenging.

What happens if you are late to school or to a lesson?
There should not be any reason why you should be late to school each morning if you set off in good time and you are organised. Why not try timing the route from your house to school if you are planning to walk or cycle as part of your daily exercise. Lots of students arrange to meet their friends so they don’t walk by themselves. If you are taking the bus, you need not worry on the rare occasion that the bus is late – this is not your fault and you will not be sanctioned as this is beyond your control. Your tutor keeps a record of your attendance and punctuality and school will contact your parents if your attendance is a concern (and if you are late to school more than 3 times in a half term period). Being late to lessons is a little different, this may happen in your first couple of weeks as you find your way around the school. However, if you are still arriving late to lessons after this initial period, you will receive a sanction.

How much homework do we get?
That really depends on the subject and the teacher. Your teachers know the appropriate amount to set you in Year 7 and if you keep on top of it, it should always be manageable. Homework is set on Edulink One.

What happens if you get lost when you first arrive?
You may get lost and you may get confused but this is only temporary. Don’t worry, staff and students are extremely helpful and whilst it might seem like an enormous school at first, you will become familiar with it very quickly. Use the map in the planner and one the walls in school! If in doubt – ask someone.

What are the timings for the school day?
08:40 – 08:55 Morning Registration
08:55 – 09:55 Lesson 1
09:55 – 10:55 Lesson 2
10:55 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Lesson 3
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Lesson 4
14:00 – 15:00 Lesson 5

Are there lots of clubs we can do?
We have lots and lots of extra-curricular activities available and we host a Clubs Fair early in the year so you can sign up for the various enrichment activities on offer.

How do we stay organised?
You will learn quickly how to organise yourself. Your tutor will help you manage this process if you are struggling.

You will also have a planner to help you record homework deadlines and make notes about things you need to remember! Your homework will also be on Edulink One. Make sure you get into good habits early on, such as packing your bag the night before, making sure you have looked at your timetable and that you have the right equipment for the next day.

We do have lockers if you feel you need one. You would share a locker with someone else but it’s a place where you can store books, equipment and PE kit etc. but don’t forget to clear it out regularly!

Are there bullying issues at Commonweal School?
We give you our professional and personal commitment at Commonweal School that any issues of bullying that we are notified about will be dealt with appropriately and that we do not stop, until it stops! For bullying to be dealt with, it takes a huge commitment from everyone in the school community to speak up about it and support our friends to do the same. Bullies can’t operate in an open and honest community where everyone operates this zero-tolerance policy.

Who do I go to if I have a problem?
Your tutor should ideally be your first point of contact if you have a problem, but it doesn’t mean they are the only contact. You have a Head of House who is solely responsible for the students in your House and support you with any problems and issues, should any arise. Commonweal staff are extremely supportive and identified staff in school are trained to deal with issues such as anxiety, relationship issues, family problems etc. We also have members of staff responsible for Safeguarding in the school who are all highly trained to respond to your worries or concerns.

Do you need lunch money every day?
If you want a school lunch, you will have to have money on your account so that you can use our cashless scanner to pay for your food. This account will be set up for you on the first day you attend school and your parents/carers top it up. You will be shown how it all works on your first day.

We hope these questions have helped to ease any worries about what it will be like at Commonweal, but please speak to us if you have any other questions!