We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students and their families to Thamesmead School.
This page will give you links to the pages where you can find useful information about starting school with us.
Meet your new teachers – messages from your new teachers
Welcome to Year 7 – a short film to introduce your new Head of Year & Assistant Headteacher
Words of encouragement – Messages from our current Year 7s
Hi, my name is Rowan I am in Year 7 and I would like to give you some advice about how to approach starting secondary school at Thamesmead.
Before you start:
Before you start secondary school, it is vital to feel prepared and positive. Make sure you have an alarm to set (on your phone or on an alarm clock) because the last thing you want is to be late on your first day! Have an area to do your homework in, this helps you focus, which will give you more spare time later, but it can be a place to relax as well. Make sure you know your journey to school and what time you need to leave your house – especially if you take a train or bus. A packed lunch on the first day can help a lot, especially while you are getting to know the canteen system. Finally, a look at the clubs list is really helpful to look at. This helps you build a plan of what your day is going to look like and also shows what you can get involved in.
First Day of Term:
The first day of term feels like a huge thing, but there are lots of things you can do to make sure you are ready. Always be stocked up on stationery, it is important to take pride in your work! Say “good morning” to all your teachers and classmates, it is a great way to make new friends and have a lasting impression on your teachers! But most importantly, come in with an open mind, there are plenty of things to try and people to meet, but there is no need to feel overwhelmed as everyone is really friendly!
After three weeks…
After three weeks of school, you should start to be getting a sense of routine, and you should know where all your classes are! You should also have a “night before” routine, which should include packing your bag, checking your homework and switching off your phone, which is vital if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Make sure you do your homework on the night that it’s set, this ensures you have plenty of time to complete it to the best of your ability, ask any questions about it and it gives you more time to get involved in after-school clubs and do what you want to do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my work, I hope you find it useful. Enjoy your time at Thamesmead!
Hi, my name is Megan, my time at Thamesmead so far has been very enjoyable. I know that the transition from primary school to secondary school is a big change and many of you are worried about it but my advice to you would be not to get nervous! There are a variety of places as a Year Seven student that you can go. The teachers are definitely someone you can talk to if your upset or nervous etc. There is no need to be worried about getting lost or being late to class as you have a timetable with you at all times so you know which classes you have and if you do get lost people will direct you to the right class. Making friends is easy at Thamesmead as it is such a friendly environment. Hope you all enjoy starting secondary school at Thamesmead!
Hi, my name is Chloe and I have found Thamesmead to be very enjoyable. I know that primary to secondary is a big change, but Thamesmead will make sure you are happy there and will make you feel as welcome as you felt in primary school. I was really nervous about making friends because none of my primary school friends were in my tutor group and even if you find it hard making friends the teachers will help you, the teachers at Thamesmead will always make sure you aren’t sad and will always help you if you need it . Another thing I was worried about was getting lost, but the teachers gave us extra time to find our classes for the first few days. Finally, Thamesmead will give you a longer lunchtime for the first week and there is a mezzanine area so only Year 7 can go there at break and lunch but overall, the most important thing is having fun!
Hi, my name is Chloe. I have found Thamesmead very enjoyable so far. The school has made me feel very welcome and they have helped me settle in. I think that if you are feeling anxious or worried about starting secondary school, do not be! I thought that secondary school was going to be busy, loud, scary and stressful. I was wrong, as soon as I met all of the lovely teachers and supportive students, I felt like I had been there for years already. So, the top three tips for me are: get involved in as many clubs as possible because it can really help with making friends. The next tip is to try and talk to at least 3 people a day and try and sit with different people at lunch to expand your friendship groups. The last thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself and try not to worry. Some of the things I did before joining Thamesmead were, to speak to my older sister and learn about how the school day works. I then would practice my route to school, so I felt a lot more confident on the first day. Finally, I just enjoyed the summer and did not think too much about it and not stress about it and I spent time with my family.
Hi, my name is Lily and I have found Thamesmead a very enjoyable place to start my secondary school years. My advice is to not get too nervous about starting as there are many places you could go to that are just for Year 7s and many teachers you could talk to if you get lost or are anxious. I would keep in mind that you always have a timetable in your pocket so if you forget what class is next, you have always got your classmates and your timetable to remind you. Things that I did in advance was made friends via a messaging app (WhatsApp) as then I had people to go to once I had started. Hope you enjoy starting Thamesmead as much as I did.
Take a Tour of Thamesmead School with your new Head of Year, Mr Patel
Advice for Parents and Students about being prepared for your new school
Plan your journey to school for the new term
Have a look round
Our virtual 360 degree tour can be found here
What’s going on around school? – see what’s happening now via our Facebook page
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition process you would like to discuss please contact Mrs Moss, Admissions Officer or Miss Campbell, Assistant Headteacher on 01932 219400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org