Starting at Oulder Hill
What is Transition?
Transition is the period of time from preparing to move from Primary School until successful settlement in Secondary School.
At Oulder Hill Community School we recognise that the transition from primary to secondary school is a critical time for students involving several changes in educational expectations and practices. Our Year 7 Team oversee the transition of Students from primary to secondary school, they are, our Year 7 Learning and Progress Director (Mrs Garcka) and Year 7 Manager (Mrs Smith). A well designed transition process helps maintain the strong sense of belonging that students felt in their primary school. This is very important if students are to continue to enjoy and succeed academically and personally.
When can I have a look around Oulder Hill?
Parents/Carers and children are welcome to visit Oulder Hill at any time, simply telephone or email to request a suitable day and time. Your key contacts are Mrs Smith or Mrs Garcka. We hold an Open Evening every September where the Headteacher, Mr Watson will give a talk and there will be an opportunity to look around the school. Students and staff will be available to answer questions and visitors can see displays of students’ work. You will also be given a school prospectus on the evening, but one can be requested at any time by contacting the school. Alternatively click here to view our prospectus.
Process of Transition
Below is the transition process which takes place from June in Year 5 until the students have completed their first half term in the October of Year 7.
Year 5 Taster Days
The Transition Team visit primary schools to meet students and discuss transition.
Oulder Hill Open Evening
Secondary school application forms returned
Congratulations letter from Oulder Hill confirming a student’s place
The Transition Team visit primary schools to find out some information about the students and speak to the Year 6 teacher.
Induction Day – this is an opportunity for students to meet their Year 7 Form Tutor and experience a day at Oulder Hill
Induction Evening – this is on the same day as Induction Day and is an opportunity for Parents/Carers to meet the Senior Leadership Team and Form Tutors and to receive important information about Oulder Hill.
Summer event held in school for children and Parents/Carers to calm any last minute nerves.
First day at Oulder Hill
Year 7 Matters Evening – this is an opportunity for Parents/Carers to receive information about how they can help their child be as successful as possible at Oulder Hill.
New Year 7 Parents Review Day – this is an opportunity for Parents/Carers to speak to the Form Tutor about how their child is settling in.
Year 5 Taster Day
During June in Year 5 Students will visit our school for the whole day. This allows them to experience a day in secondary school, moving to different lessons, having lunch in the canteen and meeting different teachers. They will get to meet our Peer Mentors who will take them from lesson to lesson to make sure they don’t get lost.
Year 6 Induction Day and Evening
In the first week of July Students will be invited to Oulder Hill for the day. They will meet their Form Tutor and the other children who will be in their form. Throughout the day our Peer Mentors will show Students around and make sure they understand what is going on. It will be an important day as they will receive lots of information and get an idea of what it will be like when they join Oulder Hill in September.
On Year 6 Induction Evening Students and Parents/Carers will be invited in to school so that they can receive some important information on how best to support their child whilst they are at Oulder Hill. Students and their Parents/Carers will have an opportunity to meet Form Tutors and ask any questions of the staff that are present on the night.
What Is The School Day Like?
The school day starts quite early in comparison to primary school, but this will also mean you will finish earlier allowing you to have a free afternoon in order to complete homework or participate in one of the many extra-curricular activities which take place.
Having different teachers for different subjects may take a while to get used to. It also means there is a lot of moving around between lessons as everyone moves to their next classroom. All lessons last 60 minutes and there are five lessons in a day. In the morning you will have two lessons, then a 15 minute break. This is followed by one more lesson and then there is a 20 minute Tutorial/Assembly. At 12.10pm there is a 50 minute lunch for all students and the day finishes with two more lessons. School finishes at 3.00pm each day. For more information on the school day please click here.
Will I Be With My Friends In My Tutor Group?
A question often asked by potential Oulder Hill students is “will I be with my friends?”. The answer to this question most of the time is “yes”. When you have been accepted for a place at Oulder Hill the Transition Team will visit you at your primary school. You will be asked to complete a sheet which asks about your friends and who you would like to be with. The team then try and make sure you are placed in a Form with at least one of the people you have written down.
What Is The School Uniform Like?
Oulder Hill believe that a smart uniform worn properly is very important because it demonstrates the pride that students take in themselves and the school and also shows a readiness for learning. We expect all students to wear full school uniform at all times. For more information on the school uniform please click here.
What Lessons Will I Have?
In Year 7 Students will study
|Core Subjects||Foundation Subjects|
|English||Dance and Drama|
|Modern Foreign Languages||History|
What If I Am Ill Or Late?
Oulder Hill have high expectations regarding punctuality and attendance in school, which are important if you are to make good progress. If you are unable to come to school due to an illness you must let school know as soon as possible. We also advise you to go on holiday during the school holidays. Any holidays taken during term time cannot be authorised and may result in action being taken. In exceptional circumstances holidays can be requested, requests must be made by writing to the Headteacher. For more information on Attendance please click here.
What Are The School Dinners Like?
The school operates a cashless system for purchasing food in the cafeteria. Students are able to pay for their dinners at the start of the year or add money to their account on a daily basis using the machines in school. When students make a purchase in the cafeteria, the catering staff will use a fingerprint scanner to identify you. The cashless system means students don’t have to worry about losing their money and they will be able to get their dinner a lot quicker! Full instructions on how to use this system will be given to you during Induction Day and again on your first day at Oulder Hill.
Snacks and drinks are available from the canteen before school and at morning break, including toast, teacakes and bacon butties. For lunch there are a range of hot and cold options, including main meals, pasta and deli style sandwiches. At lunchtime, students must remain in school for lunch unless Parents/Carers have requested permission in writing and it has been approved by the Headteacher. If you are not purchasing a school dinner you may eat your packed lunch in the canteen.
Will I Get Bullied?
Year 7 students are often worried about bullying when they move to secondary school. Incidents of bullying are few and far between at Oulder Hill and we have a strict policy in place to tackle any form of bullying or discrimination; it has no place at Oulder Hill. Every student has the right to be safe and happy in school, and to be protected when they are feeling vulnerable.
We feel it is important to create an atmosphere in school where students who are being bullied, or others who know it is happening, feel that they can speak to someone who will listen and that action will be taken swiftly but also sensitively. Not telling protects the Bully or Bullies and gives the message that they can continue, perhaps bullying others too. There are many people you can talk to and together we will stamp it out.
How Much Homework Will I Get And How Will I Record This?
Students will be given a school planner to record homework tasks and deadlines. These planners will also help with communication between home and school. There is a space for staff to comment on students’ attitude and behaviour and for parents/carers to note comments made and reply if they wish. It is also a good way for parents/carers to get messages to staff. Details about Homework and Homework Timetables can be found on our Homework page, please click here to access it.
How Can I Get To School
There are currently three school buses which run to Oulder Hill in a morning and back again in the afternoon, they are:
- 872 Norden
- 881 Castleton (via Rochdale Town Centre)
- 447 (AM service) 889 (PM service) Whitworth (via Falinge and Spotland).
Full information on the school bus service can be found by clicking here.
Alternatively there is a bike rack available near the Student Entrance which is available for storing bikes throughout the day. Students are advised to wear a helmet if they ride to school and to provide their own lock for added security.
At Oulder Hill we follow the Rochdale MBC policy for transition and admissions, details of which can be found at http://www.rochdale.gov.uk
If you have any questions about the application process please contact the Schools Admission team at:
School Admissions / Early Help and Schools
Riverside Smith Street