Moving on to secondary school is an exciting, and slightly daunting process for any child - and their parents. If your child is joining Lady Manners School, we hope the practical advice below helps you both to settle in to school life.
Preparing for the first day
Before your child starts at Lady Manners School, they can find out more about life at school from this website. We will also send them a username and password so that they can look at Myvle (the school's Virtual Learning Environment) to which we've added more information for them, such as a school map, and photos to help them identify the key people at the school. They'll find a link to Myvle at the top of this website.
In preparation for their first day, you should:
- make sure they have the right uniform
- add money to their WisePay dinner money account (hint: get ahead of the game by doing this well before the end of the summer holidays). Your username and password will be sent to you.
- provide them with a sturdy and identifiable school bag or rucksack
- provide them with a pencil case, containing:
- colouring pencils
- pencil sharpener
- a basic calculator is sufficient in Year 7; beyond that a Casio scientific calculator is desirable.
- pay the rental charge for a locker using WisePay. Your username and password will be sent to you.
The first day
On their first morning in September, all Year 7 students will spend time in their form groups. Their form tutor will give each student their timetable and a homework diary. Parents are encouraged to check the homework diary regularly. Students will eat lunch in the Main Hall, and pay for their meal using the biometric recognition scanners. These identify the student, and the balance available to them on their WisePay account.
During the afternoon, students will have their first lessons. The final period of the afternoon is devoted to showing students where to catch the bus home (if they will be catching the bus) and making sure they catch the right bus!
Students do not need to bring their games or PE kits to school on the first day of Year 7. Subsequently they should refer to their timetables and bring in their games or PE kits on the days on which they are required. Students do not need to have a mobile phone at school. If, however, they do have one, they should be kept in their locker during the school day.
Day two onwards
Students tend to settle quickly into the school routine. One common worry is that they may get lost but, with the aid of the map (available on Myvle), they usually learn the way around very quickly. The school day is split into eight periods (click here for more information).
There are many clubs and activities available during the lunch break, and after school. These do vary from year to year but, to give you an idea, click here to see those currently available.
Students are likely to receive more homework than they have been used to. Helping your child to establish a routine which includes time for completing homework is a good idea.
Your child's progress
During the year, there are several occasions on which you will receive information about your child's progress:
Absence from school
- Click here for information on what you should do if your child is absent from school for any reason.
Student well being
In a large school, every student needs to feel safe and happy. The school is committed to ensuring the safety and well being of all students. Should your son/daughter have any concerns in school they can approach any member of staff, in particular:
- Their Form Tutor
- Head of Year
- Student Support Department
- Learning Support Department - available in Room LS
There is further useful information about the transition from primary school to Lady Manners School on our 'Admissions to Lady Manners School' page.