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Park High School

Transitioning Introduction

Moving to a high school is a landmark event for students and here at Park High we are very aware of the impact it can have on students social, emotional and academic development. We also understand it’s often a worrying time for families. At Park High, we value the importance of working collaboratively with students, families and primary schools to aid a smooth and successful transition into our year 7. Under normal circumstances we would have used our established transitional programme where students come in for the day before the summer. Unfortunately, students are unable to take part in this programme due to national government restrictions in relation to COVID -19.

Please don’t worry. We have been in contact with every primary school regarding every student. This has enabled us to understand each child as well as possible and make sure the handover from primary to secondary is as effective for every student as it can be in these unique circumstances. Using our experience, we have also put together some important information and transitional work to help to make the transition as stress free as possible for when year 7 students do start.

Welcome from Headteacher

Welcome to Park High!

I am really looking forward to meeting you all in September. I can still remember my first day going to ‘the big school’. I can still see the two prefects waiting at the door to take me to my new classroom. I can still remember the butterflies in my tummy and the feeling of being little again after being the oldest and the wisest in primary school. I remember worrying about getting lost and having more than one teacher and about losing my books, my bag, and where the canteen would be for lunch. It’s a really important time in your life. The good news is I also remember smiling prefects, helpful and encouraging teachers, being shown lots of kindness and patience and before long settling into one of the happiest times of my life.

So don’t worry, we are very experienced at welcoming Y6 as our new Y7 and we want you to be safe, happy and the best version of yourselves. Enjoy your summer and we look forward to joining you on your journey at Park High in September.

Mrs Colette O’Dwyer
Headteacher

Welcome from Head of Year 

 

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Choosing a secondary school is an important and often difficult decision, so thank you for choosing Park High and a very warm welcome to you.  As Head of Year 7, with a wonderful year 7 tutor team, we are excited to meet all our new students and their families. 

On the first day students will get to meet their tutor and start their Park High journey. It’s an exciting time, new subjects, new teachers and very importantly new friends to make, perhaps even lifelong friends.  Normally students would have the opportunity to come to Park High on a transitional day before the summer but due to COVID -19 our usual transitional support must be different this year. Each student will receive a letter from a current year 7 student outlining what it is like to be a Park High student and I have been and continue to be in contact with every primary school to make sure we have a smooth and in-depth hand over about every single student.

There are so many areas of support at Park High but I would like to highlight the tutors. These teachers will be there every step of the student’s way and be the go-to person to start with if our students have any concerns or worries. To assist with transition, I’d like to point to the two summer tasks on this web page, a CV and a summer reading book. These tasks are important as they will be used in the first week of the school term. Over time, we aim to support and develop students to become independent, confident, empathic and productive young members of the local community. I truly believe students need to be professional students, be able to be proud of themselves and try their best in all aspects of school life.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Whittaker

Head of Year 7

 

More information 

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to email them in:

Y6StudentQuestions@parkhighstanmore.org.uk 

Year 7 Team 

 

Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Headteacher

 

Mrs K Wilkinson

Assistant Headteacher

and Safeguarding Lead

Mr M Whittaker

Head of Year

 

Miss Myers 

Pastoral Support Assistant

 

Tutors

 

Ms Amoah

Miss Bartle Miss Bagoandas Miss Campbell
Mrs Craig

Mr Himer

Mrs Janjale Mr Jones

Mrs Kay

Miss Kadiri Miss Kelly Mr Manchorov

For more information about Safeguarding and Pastoral Support:

What do our Year 7 students say about this school? 

“There are many things to cherish about this school, one of which is the support you will get from not just teachers but from older students” 

“We are very lucky to have teachers who you can talk to at any moment to share your worries and ask your questions. You will never feel lonely.”

“I have changed a lot since starting at Park High, for example I am a lot more organised with my homework, books and especially my uniform! I have started reading many more books as Park High has a wonderful library”

 “When I got to Park High all the teachers were very welcoming. Some people wake up and think ‘why do I have to go to school’ but I wake up every day feeling good about going to Park High”

Letters to Year 6 from our Year 7s

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Tips to help you settle in and succeed 

Park High is an exciting place to be and learn. There are many different ways that you can settle in and succeed.  Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Take a full and active role in all aspects of school life.
  • If you are not sure ask an adult, always seek help and do not worry in silence
  • Listen and work hard in lessons.
  • Join in with lunchtime and after-school clubs & activities.
  • Complete your homework to the best of your ability and hand it in on time.
  • Make sure you arrive at school on time and aim to achieve 100% attendance each year.
  • Challenge yourself each school year to learn a new hobby or get involved in a school community project.
  •  Make sure you are getting around 9 hours of sleep. Buy an alarm clock rather than use your phone if possible. 
  • Find out all you can about your new friends.
  • Relax, enjoy your time and try take challenges in your stride. Iin no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever.
  • Complete the 2 summer transitions tasks

Summer Tasks 

Task 1 - Curriculum vitae​​​​​​​:

Over the summer we would like you to create your own 1-page curriculum vitae, otherwise known as a C.V. Your C.V is a written document of your skills and background with a small personal statement about yourself. It can include your hobbies, any achievements you have completed and what you have studied at your primary school. It’s a summary of you! There is a template attached to the bottom of this page for you to download but you could create your own.
 

Task 2 - Read:

Select and read a book from the Park High English reading list to be able to discuss when you arrive in your form and with your English teacher

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Harrow have also put together a suggested reading list for further reading here.

Getting to School 

Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practise until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport or people you want to avoid. 

Work out what time do you need to get up at so you can have breakfast, get ready and be on time for school. Buy an alarm clock rather than use your phone if possible. Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous. It’s a long time until lunch.

If you’ll need to use an Oyster card or travel pass,  make sure there’s money on it if you need it.

Check out our travel plan page to help work out your route to school:

School Code and Expectations
 

We have high and realistic expectations of our students inside and outside the classroom at Park. Students should aim to attend school every day, on time and wear the correct school uniform. Students should abide by the school code and keep to the school rules. Students are expected to always be respectful to staff, other students and members of the community, to and from school; as well as respecting all school resources, buildings, grounds and the environment. Students should strive to be a positive member of the school community and do as much as possible to always promote the well-being and good name of the school.

Our School Code is frequently referenced and supports the high expectations and standards we have adopted. Students and parents are expected to sign a Home-School Agreement in the contact book to support this.

Park High School Code

  • Keep safe and keep others safe.

  • Be part of a school that allows people to learn.

  • Help others whenever you can.

  • Bring credit to Park High School in our community.

  • Make those you care about proud of you.

Students should regularly use their contact books in all lessons and at home and keep it good condition. Students are expected to complete all work set to the best of their ability, including all home learning. Appropriate independent preparation for exams should be taken in the form of revision and should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Attendance and Punctuality 

It is really important students are present and punctual to school and for lessons.  When students are absent, we insist on a note from their parents. The rate of unauthorised absence at the school is particularly low.

Uniform

Pupils are expected to wear school uniform at all times with the exception of the charity 'non uniform' days and on some fieldwork sessions.

Homelearning/elearning

Set up a time each day to complete your home learning- remember it is important to take regular breaks and have free time too. Each department will set home learning at different times, so your time management skills will need to developed well.

Map of the School 

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School Day 

The school day

starts at 8:30am and ends at 15:10pm

08:30

 School gate closes (all students should be on site)

 08:40 - 09:00  Registration/Assembly
 09:00 - 09:50  Period 1
 09:50 - 10:40  Period 2
 10:40 - 11:00  Break
 11:00 - 11:50  Period 3
11:50 - 12:40  Period 4
 12:40 - 13:30  Lunch
 13:30 - 14:20  Period 5
 14:20 - 15:10  Period 6
 15:10  End of planned teaching day for all year groups

Your first Day of School

You should arrive at reception by 8.30am, you’ll be shown to the school hall by staff and prefects. You’ll join up with your tutor, your form and the rest of the year group and your first exciting day will be underway. Year 7 are the only year group in on the first day of school.

You get a tour of all the areas of the school; you’ll have ice breaking activities to get to know your new peers and you have the school all to yourselves. You will receive a contact book on your first day– have a really good read of this with your parents when you get home.

Getting involved 

Club & Activities

There are lots of clubs and activities before school, at lunchtime and after school 

To see what clubs we have currently visit:

 

Student leadership schemes

The school offers an abundance of opportunities to develop leadership skills and to allow students to be involved in and have an impact on the school’s environment, as well as developing skills they need for success in and outside of the classroom.

For information about how you can get involved:

Worries and concerns 

You may have some worries, questions or concerns about the change to secondary school. Remember to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go- our school community understands that this can be difficult- and we were all new to Park High at some point.

There are lots of typical worries that students may have. These might include:

  • Worried about getting lost around the school site
  • Getting public transport or making your own way to school
  • Will I make friends? Will I be in the same class as my primary school friends?
  • Will the work be hard? What if I don’t understand something?
  • What if I forget something or am late?

Your form tutor and Head of Year will talk through lots of these worries and hopefully assure you that we are here to help- and remember that lots of other students will be feeling the same way. Some other tips that might help with this are:

  • Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous. It’s a long time until lunch.
  • Think about what you will need in your bag, and how this will change each day according to your timetable. When will you get this ready?
  • Set up a time each day to complete your home learning- remember it is important to take regular breaks and have free time too.
  • You will receive a planner on your first day– have a really good read of this with your parents. This will also include a map of the school to help you navigate your way around.
  • Put in plenty of practice at tying your tie. You’ll need to be able to do it at speed and under pressure (ie, after PE). Then practise putting it on and taking it off without undoing it.
  • If you’ll need to use an Oyster card or travel pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays. And make sure there’s money on it if you need it.
  • Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practise until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport. If it helps, draw a map.
  • If you can, find a friend to walk with on your first day. Things won’t seem so daunting if you can go with someone.
  • Find out where the toilets are.
  • When you are given your timetable, make at least three copies: one for your bag, one for your pocket and a spare for home.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go.
  • Relax and try to enjoy it – in no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever. And this time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.

Who can I talk to if I am worried about something?

If you are worried about something, there are lots of people you could talk to both in and out of school. You could try a trusted friend, a member of your family, your form tutor or Head of Year. You may find talking to a teacher or member of support staff could help. Most importantly, remember that talking through your worry can really help.

We also have a school counsellor every Friday. This involves a  lunch time drop in service for all students in school, called “The Space”. This is an opportunity to be heard, and to have a safe, quiet and private space to talk about anything that may be worrying or concerning you. Some students will want to come alone and others may wish to come with a friend or in a group; the choice is completely up to you. “The Space” will be held in the Acorn Room.

Friendship issues

When you move to secondary school, often friendship groups change. They might grow bigger, or smaller, or becoming completely different. We encourage you to make the right choices in your friendship groups- surround yourself with people who act and behave positively. Friends can be there to enjoy the best of times, and they can help us when we are feeling down. Sometimes friendships can have problems and both boys and girls may experience friendship issues at secondary school. If you do experience some issues it is important that you try to resolve them. This page on Childline has some excellent tips and advice on how to resolve friendship issues, and good conversation starters to make new friends. Most importantly remember to always be kind.

For more information about some other concerns you may have:

Parent information 

School uniform

We aim to keep the uniform simple, functional and smart. The school's uniform policy is supported by parents, pupils, governors and staff. We rely upon parents accepting a place at Park High School to support us actively in upholding it. Please label all uniform items. Any student breaking any aspect of this policy will face the possibility of being given a uniform slip; two of these in any one day will result in an official detention.

Teeny Wear School Uniforms

325 High Road,
Wealdstone,
Harrow,
HA3 5EQ

Tel: 020 8863 3892

This year's Year 7 will wear a purple tie. For more detailed information about our school uniform please see our school uniform page:

 

Travel

If your child is using an Oyster card or travel pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays. And make sure there’s money on it if you need it.

https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-discounted-travel/11-15-zip-oyster-photocard

Check out our travel plan page to help work out your route to school:

 

Absence from school 

What you as a parent/carer need to do if your child is sick/absent:

  • If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office in the morning on              
  • Tel: 020 8952 2803 and press the relevant option; Please call before 9:45am to inform us of the reason for the absence.
  • You MUST call the school EVERY MORNING that your child is absent.
  • The office is open from 7:30am – 4.30pm; Messages can be left on the answer machine when the office is closed.
  • Please DO NOT e-mail tutors or Head of Year directly regarding absence.

For mor information:

 

Free School Meals

We are trying to ensure that any family eligible for free school meals is receiving their entitlement.

If your son/daughter is eligible for free school meals they may also benefit from additional funding throughout the year e.g. subsidised school trips and/or instrument fees. 

There is a website where parents and carers can check eligibility for free school meals, it is quick and easy to use, just enter the necessary details, this will give you an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, the school will be notified of your application.

www.fsm.lgfl.net

 

Parent pay 

ParentPay is an online payment system for schools. It allows parents to pay quickly and securely for school meals, trips and activities, music lessons, lockers and fees.

You simply top-up your ParentPay account online by debit or credit card, or in cash through PayPoint stores.

For more information:

 

Sims Parent App

The SIMS Parent App is designed to support the partnership between child, parent and school by sharing key information from their school life. Designed with input from both schools and parents, SIMS Parent is intuitive and informative, providing parents with information on their child's progress to help inform, celebrate and support their child.

You will receive a letter via InTouch when it becomes available for you (normally within the first term), followed by an invitation from noreply@sims.co.uk to use the App containing an activation code.

 

School Letters and Guides

SIMS InTouch is our method of communication between school and home with parents/carer.  

You do not need login details to use this service.   The school does not send home copies of letters or important information regarding the school day by any other means.

It is imperative we have up to date contact information, such as email and telephone numbers for you in case of an emergency and also to send communications successfully.

If you change your email address or phone number, please advise the school on by phone or by email so that we can update your details:

Tel: 020 8952 2803

Email: info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

Map of Park High School Location
  • SSAT Leading Edge
  •  Variety of teaching approaches
  • Teacher Development Trust
  • Arts Council
  • The Quality in Careers Standard
  • Healthy School
  • Stonewall
  • CSW
  • Ofsted
  • 4Stars SchoolGuide.co.uk