Our New Year 7 (2021-2022)
WELCOME to the Transition section of our website.
We have set this up especially for you if you are joining us from your primary school in September 2021.
We all know that things are different at the moment and we can’t invite you into Smithills to look around, meet your teachers and have a go at some lessons. So, we are creating videos, letters and other bits and pieces to help you know more about Smithills from your own home and school.
We will post new information on here all the time. But, if you don’t find the information you need or you have a question about starting at Smithills, then please contact us below and a member of staff will answer you as quickly as possible.
Take care and stay safe.
Available from school:
From school (Discounted) or SMART:
Available from school:
From school (Discounted) or SMART:
All uniform is available from the school uniform shop
School operates a uniform shop where you can buy the school blazer, jumper, tie and PE kit. We also stock a limited supply of skirts and trousers. We aim to be cheaper than the local stockist.
To order any of the uniform we use an on-line software package called ‘Wisepay’. Here you can follow the simple instructions and pick the size/appropriate colour of uniform you need and pay via a debit or credit card. Wisepay is also used to put money safely and directly onto your child’s cashless catering account and also allows you to pay for any school trips.
This letter contains your Wisepay log-in details.
Wisepay is accessed from the school website under ‘Quick Links’.
Any uniform order placed on Wisepay will be pre-prepared and ready for you to collect from the school shop on the any of the following days and times. You do not need an appointment.
Tuesday 03.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Friday 06.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 10.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Friday 13.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 24.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Friday 27.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 31.08.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Friday 03.09.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Monday 06.09.2021 9.30am – 11.30am
Please check the school website for any changes to the above.
We would prefer that school uniform is purchased through Wisepay, but we will accept cash or cheque payments in the school shop. We cannot except card payments in School.
The uniform can be tried on at home and you will be able to exchange any items that do not fit. Simply bring the item/s back on any of the school shop opening days and we will be happy to help.
All necessary measures to ensure social distancing rules will be in place in school and hand sanitisers are available. We also request you wear a face covering.
Thank you for you co-operation and if you have any queries, please email...
YEAR 7 LETTER TO YEAR 6'S
As a year seven (when you come to Smithills I will be in year eight) I know that coming to high school is scary. In fact, I was the only one in my school coming to Smithills, so I didn’t know anyone. But it’s ok! Even if you know no one you will make lots of friends really quickly.
I know that this year will be quite different due to Coronavirus. The best thing to do though is to stay calm. There are many things that could help but it all depends on who you are. Some people find drawing calming, others (some may not believe it) find school work calming. But no matter who you are and what personality you have, Smithills school will welcome you with open arms. You are a part of the Smithills family so we all will help you through these hard times, teachers and students alike.
Some of my favourite things about Smithills, well, I can’t list them all but here are some. Key stage 3 is always open for you if you need something (a pen if you’ve lost yours, help if you’ve fallen out with someone etc). Teachers are always willing to help you with pretty much anything, and most of all, the support that you get from members of the Smithills family. Like I said these are not even a handful of things I love about this school. Also, if you’re having your doubts about how you will do in work or just in school in general, I believe you will do great. Everyone does.
When it comes to getting around school at first you may need some guidance, but don’t worry. On the first day some people are given maps and a small tour of some parts of the school with your form. There will be teachers telling you where the different rooms are whilst you’re walking around so don’t worry. So, I think that’s all you need to know for now.
(Year 7 Pupil)
YEAR 7 BOOK REVIEWS
Tommy Guo and Keiran Lewis
Book name: Alex Rider
Author: Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider novels are a series of books about the adventures of reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider, written by award winning British author Anthony Horowitz. They are told in third person narrative, but one of the short stories is told in Alex's first person point of view. Currently, the series consists of four short stories, ten novels, and one spin-off. I would recommend these books because if you like adventures, you might also enjoy this. When reading these, I was curious about what would happen next so that made me feel drawn in to the book. It is action packed and has a lot of unexpected plot twists as you go through the series.
Top Tip about starting school: You might think that it will be tough to make friends, but it is a lot easier than you think.
Book Title: Letters from the Lighthouse
Author: Emma Carroll
It was February 1941, the middle of World War 2 when London was being subjected to numerous bombs being dropped by the Germans. Olive was at the cinema with her brother Cliff and her older sister Sukie; However, she mysteriously disappears, and they find themselves all alone when an air raid is announced. Making sure her brother is safe in an air raid shelter she desperately tries to find her sister only to catch sight of her talking to a stranger just as a bomb land nearby. When Olive wakes up after the blast, Sukie is missing and she finds a peculiar coded note in the pocket of her Mother’s coat, the only clue to Sukie’s disappearance seems to link her to Devon. London unsafe and dangerous Olive and her brother are evacuated to Devon to live with a mysterious lighthouse keeper and Olive begins to suspect that her sister may be caught up in something dark and dangerous. I loved this book as it varies in so many genres like mystery and historical. Not only has this book been fun to read it’s been amazing to understand more about how life was in WW2. I would recommend this book because it's full of excitement questioning about what will happen next.
Top Tip: Year 6 to 7 may feel like a big jump, especially in these uncertain times but please don’t worry. You will soon make friends and find your way around, and don’t panic about getting lost there are always other pupils and staff to ask. Smithills has amazing places to read, the library is an incredible place to get inspired by the many books we have from all genres.
Book Title: Charlotte’s Web
Author: E.B White
Mrs Fahlin, Librarian
This is one of my all-time favourite stories.
This classic begins with the main character (a young pig called Wilbur) nearly being slaughtered by a farmer. Wilbur also learns that he's to be eaten for Christmas dinner.
Fern Arable, an eight year old farm girl, stops her father from killing the piglet who has been labelled the runt of the litter. She nurses him from the bottle, surrounding him with her love. When Wilbur is able to eat on his own, they sell him to Fern's uncle Mr. Zuckerman, who lives nearby. Soon Wilbur finds himself in a barn full of animals and scents of straw, manure, and slops. The only thing missing - is a true friend. Enter Charlotte A. Cavatica, a spider who lives in the barn. Overtime, Wilbur becomes famous thanks to Charlotte’s web spinning skills and his life is saved.
For Charlotte and Wilbur, friendship means being loyal to one another and sometimes even making sacrifices. The beauty of this story though is that we are reminded about what it means to be a good friend and be inspired by the book's messages about the power of love.
Also by the author: Stuart Little
Hello to our new Year 7 students!
We hope you enjoy finding out more about Smithills School in your transition booklet. The letter you received with your booklet should tell you who your form tutor will be from September. Watch the videos below to find out a little bit more about your form tutor and our Curriclum Hub Team.
We can’t wait to meet lots of you at our Summer School in August and all of you in September. Have a great summer!
See you soon,
Miss Angus and the Year 7 Team