Starting Secondary School

We understand how young people feel before they join secondary school. They are often a little worried about being in an environment with so many older children and nervous about the number of teachers they will have and the work they will be set.

At Kelmscott, we have an excellent record in supporting students as their secondary education begins. We plan well, through our strong links with local primary schools. Our staff are experienced and sensitive to students needs. Lessons are developed in partnership with primary schools in order to help students adapt  their learning as quickly as possible. Above all, our students make newcomers welcome and are always on hand to offer advice and support.

Breakfast Club

Run by the learning mentors our breakfast club gives students a calm

and well ordered start to the day. Children meet to eat breakfast, discuss the news headlines and complete homework with mentors' support. Please contact Mr Rolfe for availability. The club gives new students and visitors from primary schools the opportunity to make friends across the year groups.

The School Council

The School Council is an opportunity for all students to play a part in school decision making. Through the council, students are able to give their views on issues such as improving lessons and the schools code of conduct.

Peer Mentoring

Many of our older students want to support children new to Kelmscott. With our Peer Mentoring Scheme, Year 10 students can train, gaining valuable mentoring skills which equip them to support and advise Year 7 students, both with school and social situations.

How can I prepare my child for Secondary School?

Get them organised. Your child will go from having one teacher to numerous teachers in different classrooms. They will be expected to have the correct books with them and their equipment.

If your child has to travel to school alone, practise the journey to school. Do at least one trial journey and go through alternative routes.

Make sure you have the correct uniform

" On the first day of Secondary School I didn't know anybody but I soon did. What I like about Secondary School is the teachers are nice and funny. I have done lots of creative things"

                                                                      by Anam

"I thought Secondary School would be hard because of the older students and they might bully you, but they don't they are really nice."

by Emirzhan

"I though Secondary School would be really scary but it's not we have lots of great lessons."

by Alishba

"I thought Secondary School would be horrible and I was wrong because I made friends easily and felt comfortable. We do fun things, when I leave in year 11 I will have memories of the things I did with my friends and an education."

by Kevin

We asked two year 7 students who are now in year 8 to tell us about their first day and what a normal school day it like at Kelmscott.

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Getting used to Secondary School

In the early days of starting secondary school give your child a bit of lee way.They are going to need a bit of getting used to their new routine, new faces and following a timetable.

It may take them a few weeks to feel confident and relaxed.

Expect quite a bit of tiredness at the end of the day so try and have relaxed weekends until they are used to their new routine.


With secondary school comes different types of homework. And with so many different teachers and subjects, if your child is not organised it can all pile up.

It is better to get in a homework routine earlier rather than later.

Your child will receive a journal/planner to write down all their tasks and the date they need to be handed in. The expectation is that at the end of the week you check their journal and sign it. During Monday afternoon tutor time their tutor will also sign their journal and look at how much homework they are receiving. 

If your child leaves their homework to the last minute, it can be very stressful and they may end up with a poor quality piece of work.

A new level of Independence

Perhaps the biggest change (for you both) is the huge increase in your child's independence.

While they were at primary school you may have done the school run.

You were probably in the playground so often you saw your child chat and play to friends, knew all the mums and kept up to date with the daily goings on.

Now it has all changed which is a big transition for all your family.

As a secondary school student, your child may have to make their own way to and from school and navigate their way.

But this is all part of your child gaining independence something which you can support at home as well.

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