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Year 7

“Challenges are what makes life interesting,

Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”

Welcome to Therfield secondary school! We are so pleased to be able to welcome you to the Therfield school community and look forward to starting our 7 year journey with you and your family.

The transition from Junior school to secondary school can be overwhelming for even the most confident students. That’s why at Therfield school we pride ourselves on providing bespoke pastoral care that puts the student at the centre of the support they can receive throughout their time at Therfield school.

There is so much to get involved in during your time at Therfield school and so the most important thing is to get involved in opportunities available such as School clubs, educational visits and residential trips. Our ethos at Therfield school is ‘The Best for All - Excellence, Leadership, Opportunity’ and even in year 7 students will be offered opportunities to develop these skills on a regular basis.

During their first year at Therfield school students will grow quickly into new routines and develop independence, discipline, resilience and confidence. Every teacher at Therfield school is here to support every student and will do everything in their power to help students succeed at Therfield school.

As Head of Year 7 I take great pride in watching the students grow in confidence throughout the year and seeing how well they adapt and flourish in their new school environment never gets old.

Please read on below to get a taste of what to expect as a year 7 student at Therfield school……

Peer Mentor Programme

A long-standing mentoring scheme delivered by trained Year 9 students known as Well-Being Ambassadors who support Year 7 students with the new demands of secondary school such as organisation, homework and friendships. An invaluable method of support for our year 7 who can be supported by their peers

We know that for every student experiencing challenges in school, be they academic or socio-emotional, there is an older student at Therfield school who is very well placed to help. Our Year 9 students are trained to act as a mentor and coach to the younger person and will develop a whole host of skills and habits that are crucial to their own success in school and beyond.

Smart Moves

This is a bespoke part of our tutor programme for Year 7, designed to promote the importance of wellbeing and aid the transition to secondary school.  Year 7 can be a difficult time for young people as they start secondary school, Smart Moves is a resource which equips students with life-long resilience skills – helping them to learn how to cope when things are tough.

 

Be Awesome

Be Awesome, Go Big is a package we have used to help Year 6 students transition into Year 7.  This then forms part of the tutor programme in the first term to help a smooth transition and provides continuity for the students.

The resources are based on bestselling children’s books You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed and Go Big: The secondary school survival guide by Matthew Burton. Every student has been provided a copy of both books and our thanks goes to Therfield Trust in funding this (please click on the link to learn more about the wonderful support Therfield Trust offers to our school and students). 

Student resources include sessions focused on:

-          `Being Awesome’

-          `Making the Change`

-          `Bouncebackability`

-          `Friendships and fallouts`

Classcharts

Class Charts is a portal that is used by all teachers at Therfield school and has iOS & Android apps for parents. This software provides parents and students with up to date information of attendance, behaviour and homework. Classcharts is used daily by teachers to reward efforts and achievements of their students in the classroom.

The House System

Students are assigned a house on arrival to Therfield school. Each house is named after national trust sites from the local areas, all of which I’m sure you’ll recognise; Polesden, Juniper, Norbury or Leith. Throughout the year students are invited to engage in competitions set by each subject ranging from quizzes, challenges and sports tournaments where students earn points for participation. Houses also compete for the best attendance and the most positive classchart points.

Well-Being and Mental Health at Therfield School

At Therfield school we take a whole school approach to raising awareness about well-being and good mental health through assemblies, the tutor programme and subjects such as PSHE. Below you will find some recommended websites. Please refer to our Well-being page for further signposting.

Local to Surrey

CYP Haven www.cyphaven.net for over 10s

Extended Hope via the Emergency Duty Team 01483 517898 – 5pm-11pm every day for over 11s

National

ChildLine 0800 1111  www.childline.org.uk

Young Minds Crisis Messenger text YM to 85258 (24/7)

Kooth www.kooth.com

Online support weekdays 12noon–10pm

Weekends and bank holidays 6pm-10pm

Year 7 trip to Cambridge

With the increased high expectations on outcomes for students, we want to really engage with the ambitions our youngsters have and nurture their aspirations by visiting Cambridge. Cambridge is a historical city that is centred around the 32 colleges that make up the University. Every year we have a number of students who go on to Oxbridge or other Russell Group Universities and we want to set the standards for our new students by visiting Cambridge in their first term.

The aim of our visit to Cambridge is that we want our students to engage with the most prestigious colleges situated along the ‘Backs’ and to do this we will be taking chauffeured punts tours along the river Cam to see the 9 bridges and 7 colleges that are situated on the river. This will be followed by guided walking tours of the city centre.

In addition to this we visit the Imperial War Museum where students can explore Duxford’s historic site which includes a vast range of enormous hangars, gigantic aircraft, a live airfield and a wide collection of personal stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to present day. An inspirational day not to be missed by our year 7 students.

The European Experience

This is an opportunity for year 7 to explore Strasbourg and Triberg, including visiting Europe’s highest waterfall and spending a fun-filled day at the Europapark – the biggest theme park in Europe. Students will also take part in ‘challenges’ aimed at getting them to speak French and try out some German as well as find out interesting things about the French and German culture.

Streetwise – Pedestrian Safety Workshop

As young people start to use the road independently, ‘Streetwise’ gives them the opportunity to explore risk, responsibility and consequences as a pedestrian. This enables our students to make informed decisions, manage their personal safety and understand how their behaviour affects those around them. This is an annual workshop that our year take part in to ensure their own personal safety when travelling to and from school.

Quotes from current year 7 students

“One of my favourite things about Therfield is that it is a big upgrade from my old school, also the ground is bigger, the astroturf is bigger and pretty much everything is bigger. Also I think I’m learning more and I concentrate more.”

 

 " I have really enjoyed year 7 so far and have received support from my form teacher Miss Musters. I have also received support to keep me going from my pets and family as well which is wonderful. I have really enjoyed DT as it is very exciting, especially when we made the plastic twirlers last term!"

 

“My transition to Therfield has gone really well. My tutor teacher ( Mrs Sandy) Is really nice, helpful, encouraging and helped me settle in really well. I’ve also made lots of new friends.”

 

“My transition into Therfield was made easier by not having homework right away. Knowing all the teachers were nice and friendly, which made me less nervous. Nice to know some of my primary school class mates were going. Having a nice friendly class tutor and class group. Being shown round the school first so you knew where everything was. It was nice to attend the nurture group sessions, as you could talk about school and if you had any struggles and talked about it.”

 

Making new friends and having a variety of lessons with great teachers have been my best bits so far. It is great being part of the Therfield community and I have a nice tutor who is supportive and I know I can talk to if I need help. I have learnt a lot since coming to Therfield and I like how we are treated like more mature kids here.