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Welcome  to the transition pages of our website.

We have set this page up especially for you if you are joining our school in September 2024.

We can’t wait to welcome you into our school for your transition day on Wednesday 3rd July. You have had a letter telling you and your family all about this day. Remember to come in your school uniform!!! And then we can’t wait to see you on your first day in Year 7.

On these pages, you will find lots of useful information about our school – things like what our uniform looks like and what your school day will be like. But there are also videos from students at our school, telling you about what it is like to be in secondary school and how you will settle in.

Our school is a really friendly and welcoming place to be. It will seem big to you when you first start here. But, there is always someone to help you if you are lost or can’t find your classroom. After a few weeks, you will feel right at home.

You will have a form teacher who will really help to look after you in Year 7: your form will be a big part of your daily life here. You will get to know other students in your form really quickly and everyone makes friends on the transition day and then again on the first day in September.

It is a big change, coming to secondary school from primary. But we will help to guide you through it and we will look after you as your settle in.

Enjoy finding out more about our school.

Dear Year 7

Welcome to Smithills School.  We are thrilled to have you join our school community and are excited to embark on this new journey with you. Starting secondary school is a significant milestone and we are here to support you every step of the way.

As you enter year 7, you will discover a world of new opportunities, experiences and challenges. This is the time to explore new subjects, develop new skills and make new friends. Our dedicated staff are committed to helping you succeed academically, socially and personally. We believe in your potential and are here to guide you as you navigate this exciting new chapter.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on the right foot:

  1. Be open to new experiences: secondary school offers a variety of subjects, clubs and activities. Take advantage of these opportunities to explore your interests and discover new passions.


   2. Stay organised: keeping track of your assignments, homework and activities will help you to manage your time             effectively and stay on top of your responsibilities.


   3. Ask for help: if you ever feel unsure about something or need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask your teachers,                 classmates or support staff.


   4. Make new friends: be open to meeting new people and forming new friendships. Joining clubs and                           participating in school activities are great ways to connect with others who share your interests.


   5. Be yourself: secondary school is place where you can grow and develop your unique talents and personality.             Be proud of who you are and strive to be the best version of yourself.


We understand that starting secondary school can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming.  Please know that you are not alone.  Our wonderful staff are here to support you and ensure that your transition is smooth and enjoyable. 


We look forward to seeing you grow, learn and thrive during your time at Smithills School. This is the beginning of an incredible journey and we are honoured to be part of it with you.

Once again welcome to Smithills School. We can’t wait to see all that you will achieve in the years to come.


Warm regards


Miss Dewse


This year's Transition Day is Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 8.45 am – 3.00 pm

The Induction Evening for Parents and pupils is Wednesday 10th July 2024, at 5.00 pm

Videos about our school.

Dear Year Six child,


I am writing to you from Smithills School to tell you about the transition from year 6 to 7 and my experience when I first came. Firstly, when you first come in on your first day, you will go into the assembly hall where you will be told what form you are in and where to sit. When everything is settled down you will have an assembly led by Miss Dewse (the headteacher) and Mrs Scholefield (Your director of learning). Once the assembly has finished, you will be taken by your form tutor to your form room which will be where you come to every morning. One of the things I was worried about was getting lost but once you know the routine you will get used to it. For example, say you have a lesson in W21, the W stands for west block, which is in the upper building, the 2 means the second floor and the 1 means the first classroom. So, it is the first classroom on the second floor in the west block. Another thing that is important is that on Monday mornings, you do NOT go to your form room, you go to the assembly hall for assembly apart from during the exam season where your assembly will be in the Sports hall. Something you can look forward to are extra curriculum clubs and the last week when it is a fun week, where you go on inflatables, trips and have a sports day.


I hope you are looking forward to joining Smithills and I hope you are looking forward to the things I have told you about.


Kindest Regards,


Oscar Wright



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