Head of Year: Miss H Smith
Vision for Year 7:
At Our Lady's we aim to create a warm, positive environment in which pupils feel safe and enjoy their learning. In the first year of a pupil's journey at our school, we have the same high expectations and standards as those in their final year of study at Our Lady's. These are the traditional standards of uniform, presentation, and respect. This ensures that all pupils can reach their full potential in a purposeful environment where students make good progress.
I aim to ensure that students enjoy a smooth transition from primary school to high school. To enable this to happen it is important to be proactive and plan accordingly for the year group. There will be a focus on life skills such as organisation, resilience, and attitude towards academia. Also, there will be a focus on the well-being of students. Transition can be an overwhelming experience at times, and I hope to galvanize a culture of togetherness within the year group, a year group in which students and parents will feel heard.
Effective communication is paramount to the success of students in high school. Parents should be heavily involved with their child’s education and with the school. With the three pillars of education, Catholic ethos, and home, we can give students the best start possible ahead of their new journey. Running parallel to our behaviour system is a huge emphasis on celebrating the achievements of students. Reward celebrations and trips will be a feature of your child’s experience here at Our Lady’s. There is also a varied spectrum of different academic and sporting clubs for students to enjoy within the school day or after hours.
I am looking forward to getting to know the students and parents in the new academic year and seeing them develop into young adults over the next five years.
Top Priorities for Year 7
- Promote a culture of togetherness and support.
- Ensure each classroom is a place where good progress can be made.
- Effective communication is established and maintained between the school and home.
Miss Smith’s Favourite Quote:
"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." – Dr Seuss