1. As soon as we have the list of pupils who accept a place with us contact (and our extensive Induction Programme) with future pupils and their parents begins.
2. Each year there are in excess of 55 primary schools feeding into UGS – resulting in a significant number of school sending less than 3 pupils. All schools are visited by a member of the Urmston Grammar Lower School staff to meet with the pupil(s) and their teacher.
3. A ‘Starting at UGS’ booklet is issued at this primary school meeting. The booklet gives information and starts to give insight into how things will work for the pupil during the first few weeks at the school and hopefully starts to answer the questions they are likely to be developing.
4. Any Special Educational Need & Disability information relating to the incoming pupils is collated. This information is submitted by the parent(s) and/or the primary school. Our SEND department then reads through the information, arranging meetings ahead of the September start whenever necessary.
5. From about May, weekly sporting opportunities are offered to the incoming girls and boys so that they can start to become more familiar with likeminded pupils who are coming from other schools.
6. We host an evening meeting in the May regarding the forthcoming two night/three day residential trip that operates every year in the Lakes District. The purpose of this residential trip is to team build and for the pupils to quickly get to know each other.
7. As soon as all the Primary school visits have been conducted, we use every piece of information we have (including friendship groups, ability, gender, strengths and weaknesses) to create five balanced form groups. These forms are not setted by ability. Each pupil then receives a letter giving them information about which form they will be in and with whom.
8. In July we host an Induction Evening during which the pupils (and parents) meet the teacher who will be the Form Tutor.
9. In July, we hold a Visiting Day for the incoming pupils to sample a few lessons. These lessons are delivered to the pupils in their form groupings in the September. One of the sessions on this day is an introduction to IT safety – something that is very much revisited once they become part of the school.
10. During this day the pupils will be introduced to our website in which there will be a series of academic transition tasks and the Reading Journals. Completed work is brought into school in September to be credited/judged in a competition.
11. On the first day in September, Year 7s (and the Year 12s) come into school at the normal time whereas other year groups come in one hour later thereby ensuring that the new Year 7s do not feel overwhelmed by seeing almost a thousand unfamiliar faces.
12. Year 7s get to go into lunch early for the first week to help them as they learn the system surrounding the canteen.
13. There will be an opportunity to meet with Form Tutors and Mrs Walker, the Year 7 Pastoral Leader, in the October to share information.
14. Parents are encouraged to make contact with the school at any time they feel they have any queries.