Coming to secondary school is a big milestone in your life, it’s exciting, with lots of new challenges. However, you may have a few worries before you start. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! I have put a few of the most common worries here, and what to do if they come up.
Where is my classroom?
You will be given a tour of your new school when you start and there are lots of people who will show you where to go. Look out for staff, and the Prefects. They have all been in your situation and will help you. You can familiarise yourself with Pendle Vale College using our online Virtual Tour.
What if I’m late for my lesson?
We understand your new high school is much bigger than your primary school. This means you have more rooms and places to remember. The teacher won’t mind if you explain.
Who did I tell if I feel sick?
If you feel unwell, tell your teacher. They will give you a note to see Mrs Walton or Mr Iqbal. They will then call home, if needed, and arrange for your parent or carer to collect you from school. Mobile phones are not to be used on the school premises, so please don’t call home from your phone! Just go and see Mrs Walton or Mr Iqbal.
What if I don’t know anyone?
We have a number of students who are the only ones who came from their primary school. There are lots of ways to make new friends, and we encourage this. We will have lots of activities in the first week or so, which are designed for everyone to get to know each other.
Will I get bullied?
We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. It is something we take very seriously. If you have any concerns speak to a member of staff or your Prefect and they will report any concerns you have and let Mrs Walton or Mr Iqbal know, or you can speak to Mrs Walton or Mr Iqbal in confidence. It will be sorted out, and we will let parents know.
What if I need the toilet?
When possible go to the toilet out of lesson time. That is before school, between lessons, at break and lunch. If you need to use the toilet during lesson times, ask permission from your teacher and they will sign your planner.