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Starting At St Christophers

Moving from primary school to secondary school can be a truly daunting prospect, so at St Christopher's, we are keen to make that transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. This page is designed for those pupils making the switch from primary to secondary and is filled with a wide range of information about what life at St Christopher's is like.

We're aware that you will have a whole list of questions of your own, so where better to begin than with a few of our frequently asked questions?

How will I make new friends? 

We will make sure that you are in the same form group as someone from your primary school. Some new pupils are the only one from their Primary and in this case we will try to find other people you might know e.g. from church, dancing or football. Otherwise, our teachers and pupils work hard to reassure you and help you to settle in quickly. Trying out the organised activities is a good way to make new friends.

If I get lost, who will help me?

Older pupils called 'Mentors' will take you to every lesson and pick you up on the Taster Day and in the first two weeks of September. This will ensure that you don't easily get lost. However, if you are ever unsure, do ask any pupil or adult in school - they will be eager to help you!

What kinds of clubs are there?

There are a number of lunchtime clubs to join in, including chess, rugby, arts and crafts, drama and technology. You will be told which activities are on each day and everybody is welcome! You can find out more on our Extra-curricular page here.

Useful links:

• Year 7 Welcome Booklet

Safer School Travel

Year 7 Parent Guide

• Parent Pay Guide

Lower School Recommended Reading

Guide to Reading at Home

Getting Ready for St Christopher's - Learning Activities

Behaviour Expectations

St Christopher's Virtues, Ethos and Faith

BBC Bitesize – Starting Secondary School, has some really useful tips for new starters

Home or Out Alone - An NSPCC Guide to help you decide if your child is ready to stay home or go out alone