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Transition to secondary school

Hello, my names is Conor, and I am the Year 11 Transition Prefect.

During the summer term we have visited most of the local primary schools, where we have delivered a Powerpoint presentation on the transition to Chailey School. The Year 6 students have asked brilliant questions and have been informed about the induction days as well as life at Chailey.  They all seem really enthusiastic about joining us here in September.

Being Transition Prefect is very important to me because I know how scary it can be moving up to a bigger school. I can still remember how it feels, so my aim is to help to make the transition as easy and happy as possible.  Throughout the school year I will be visiting Year 7 tutor groups and ensuring that everyone has settled in well, and helping out if anyone has any worries.

Best wishes,


Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 18th September 2018 - 18:30 Open Evening
Monday 24th to Thursday 27th September 2018 - 09:00 to 11:00 Open Mornings
Thursday 18th October 2018 - 18:00 'Welcome to KS3 Evening' for Year 7 Parents
Tuesday 9th July 2019 - 18:00 New Parents' Evening

FAQs by Year 6 Students

Q: What time does school start and finish?
A: School starts at 8.40, and finishes at 3.10.

Q: How will I know which bus to catch?
A: Depending on where you live will depend what bus you have to catch. The majority of Chailey students travel by bus and are entitled to bus passes. Information on buses will be available for parents and children on the induction days and at the new parents evening. There are always teachers on duty at the end of the day to help you with any problems finding your bus. For the first week in September, bus prefects will collect you all and take you to your buses, so there is no need to worry about missing it.

Q: What are the rules about lateness?
A: If you arrive to school after registration, it is really important that you remember to sign in at student services. If you are late because of busses, or medical reason etc, then you will not be in any trouble. Persistent lateness without a good reason can sometimes result in a break/lunchtime detention.

Q: How many lessons are there each day?
A: There are 6 lessons in a day. There are 3 lessons before break, 20 minute break, 2 lessons before lunch, 45 minute lunch break, and then a final lesson. There are also two registration slots in the day, the first is before lessons at 8.40, and the second is after lunch from 2pm until 2.15. This second registration slot is also when assemblies are held.

Q: Do you have to take in your own equipment?
A: Yes. An equipment list will be provided so you’ll know exactly what you will need to bring.

Q: How much homework do you get?
A: For the first two weeks in year 7, you will only receive a little bit of homework, and only in English ,Maths, Science and Languages. After that, you can be set homework in all subjects. Homework club is available every lunchtime, and after school four days a week to help with this.

Q: What do you do at break time and lunch time?
A: There are many different clubs and activities held at lunchtime, including sports, chess club and 'Yu-Gi-O club'. Homework club is also available at lunchtimes, and the library is open for research or reading. Break time is just 20 minutes long, but the canteen is open so you have the opportunity for a snack. You are also allowed to play sport at break times and lunch times with your friends on the playground or, in the summer months, on the field.

Q: How much does it cost for a locker?
A: The cost of a locker is £10.00 per year and this includes a padlock provided by the school.  The padlock will remain the property of the school.  Spare keys for your padlock are held by the School Business Manager.

Q: What are the rules about mobile 'phones?
A: It is recommended that you do not take a mobile 'phone to school, however Chailey understand that mobiles are sometimes needed. When in school, mobiles must be switched off at all times, and kept in your locker or bag. If you are seen using your 'phone at school, it will be confiscated and your parents will have to come in and collect it.

Q: What happens if I get lost going from one lesson to the next?
A: Don’t worry! For the first week you will have year 11 prefects and peer mentors to collect you from each lesson and deliver you to the next one. You will also get taken to lunch early for the first week, and you will be amazed at how quickly you learn your way around.

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