Transition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are a series of questions sent to us by pupls and parents on the topic of this year’s P7 to S1 transition. Obviously this is a very unique year in terms of transition with the usual process of visits and parents’ information events becoming impossible because of COVID-19 and the shut down of schools across the country. We hope that the answers given below help to ease any concerns that you or your child might have. As you will appreciate, the situation that we find ourselves in is constantly changing and as a result the answers given here may also change in the coming days and weeks. If there are any changes or developments to the planning for our return to school in August we will post this information on our website and social media platforms.

If there are any issues not dealt with here please feel free to contact our dedicated transition email address:

transition@wickhigh.org.uk

Questions from pupils & parents/carers

Additional Support Needs

Our Guidance teachers and ASN teachers have been working hard with primary school teachers to make sure that all ASN information is taken in to account in transition. We will be offering the same support structures as normal to those who need additional help; PSA and teacher input, time in our learning support department and regular planning meetings for those with Childs Plans etc.

Classes

Even before Covid Lockdown we would always try to make sure that we worked closely with you primary schools to make sure that you are not alone in your new class and that you have the support of at least one familiar, friendly, face. This is especially important this year so we are trying to keep as many friends together as possible.

Category: Classes

We plan to issue timetables to all pupils on their first day at school. We will make special arrangements for S1 pupils who will obvously not know the school very well at this time. Details of this will be given before school returns. You can see a sample timetable below and further information will be given on the different subjects that S1 pupils study in our P7-S1 Transition Page of this website.

Categories: Classes, Subjects

It is almost certain that pupils will not attend school, full time, as they did before our closure. Exactly how often they will attend is still to be decided. We are also aware of the convenience of allowing siblings to attend school on the same days and this is something that we are working towards achieveing in the model we use to return to school in August, especially where school transport is required by pupils.

Categories: Classes, Transport

At the time of writing, the Scottish Government has stated that pupils will return to school in a ‘blended learning’ model. This will mean that pupils will not physically attend school full-time but instead will be arranged in to smaller groups than they would be normally to allow for adequate social distancing measures to be put in place. We are working with the Highland Council to finalise the model that will work best for our school and we will publish this as soon as it is approved by the council and government.

Equipment

We would firstly expect that you have a school bag to safely carry your school supplies and your Chromebook to and from school. You might want to also source a cover for your Chromebook to keep it clean and safe from damage. We ask that you bring your Chromebook each day with enough charge to last the day.

As well as this we would like you to come to school with something to write with, a pen or pencil, and any books, folders etc, that your teacher needs you to have. It is unlikely, early on, that we would issue you with any jotters, books, folders etc.

PE kit may also be needed but we will issue further guidance on this during the phased return to school in August.

Category: Equipment

All children in the Wick High School catchment already have a Google education account, even though they may not have used it in primary school. When we issue Chromebooks to pupils we will deliver training in how to use the themto access apps such as Google Classroom.

Category: Equipment

Yes; this is a change from the previously published advice. We have been instructed by Highland Council that P7 pupils should retain their device to be taken to high school.

Category: Equipment

Health & Safety

Our school, like all others in Scotland, will return in August using a ‘blended learning’ model where pupils attend school part of the week and continue learning online at home for the remainder of the week. This model is largely in response to government guidelines on social distancing of 2 metres.

When we return to school we will spend a great deal of time explaining various safety measures to pupils such as the use of specific toilets and social areas to minimise contamination; the use of hand washing stations and hand gels; the routine cleaning of shared equipment where this is provided in practical subjects etc.

All of these procedures are in line with Highland Council guidance and risk assessments. More details can be found in the letter below, from Director of Education, Nicky Grant.

Category: Health & Safety

Knowing your way around

Unfortunately there will not be any opportunity for P7 pupils to visit the school before the end of the term. When we return to school in August we will provide orientation for pupils and introduce them to key staff, as we would have done on their planned transition visits.

In the coming weeks we will be releasing a handy map of the school building for you to download and study before you come to the building for real in August. Don’t worry too much about this if you can; we will make sure that your first days in the school involve a tour of the classrooms and social areas of the building. If you get lost there are always helpful members of staff or senior pupils who you can aks for directions.

Subjects

No; we will take some time in your first days at high school to catch up on all of the things that wou will have missed by not being able to complete a ‘normal’ transition: getting to know the buiding and the staff among many other things. Once we feel that you are able to feel comfortable in the school, we will get to work.

Category: Subjects

We plan to issue timetables to all pupils on their first day at school. We will make special arrangements for S1 pupils who will obvously not know the school very well at this time. Details of this will be given before school returns. You can see a sample timetable below and further information will be given on the different subjects that S1 pupils study in our P7-S1 Transition Page of this website.

Categories: Classes, Subjects

In S1 you have a total of 12 subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • French
  • Social Subjects (Geography, History, Modern Studies)
  • Science
  • Personal & Social Education
  • Physical Education
  • Home Economics
  • Technical
  • Music
  • Art
  • Religious & Moral Education

Timetable & School Week

At the time of writing, the Scottish Government has stated that pupils will return to school in a ‘blended learning’ model. This will mean that pupils will not physically attend school full-time but instead will be arranged in to smaller groups than they would be normally to allow for adequate social distancing measures to be put in place. We are working with the Highland Council to finalise the model that will work best for our school and we will publish this as soon as it is approved by the council and government.

In S1 you have a total of 12 subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • French
  • Social Subjects (Geography, History, Modern Studies)
  • Science
  • Personal & Social Education
  • Physical Education
  • Home Economics
  • Technical
  • Music
  • Art
  • Religious & Moral Education

This is under discussion with the council in line with government advice. As soon as we know this for sure we will let you all know.

Transport

Yes; there will still be the usual bus trasnport for pupils living in rural areas. We anticipate that there will be limitations to the number of people that the buses can safely carry due to social distancing arrangements but the exact number is yet to be finalised.

Category: Transport

It is almost certain that pupils will not attend school, full time, as they did before our closure. Exactly how often they will attend is still to be decided. We are also aware of the convenience of allowing siblings to attend school on the same days and this is something that we are working towards achieveing in the model we use to return to school in August, especially where school transport is required by pupils.

Categories: Classes, Transport

Uniform/dress code

You can find our school dress code guidelines by clicking the link below. This document also provides details of our suppliers.

You are welcome to take your phone to school as we appreciate that they are very useful for contacting family etc. However, our classroom standards ask that you do not have it out in class unless your teacher needs you to use it for the purpose of the lesson.

You can find our dress code on our website. At the moment we do not accept leggings as being part of the school dress code but plain black jeans, without rips or holes, are accepted.

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