Pupils get an early look at school life

Pupils enjoy a trip to Newcastle Quayside as part of their transition week ahead of starting at Norham High School.
Pupils enjoy a trip to Newcastle Quayside as part of their transition week ahead of starting at Norham High School.
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Pupils have been spending time preparing for life at high school.

Before breaking up for the summer holidays, students heading into Year 7 at Norham High School in September spent time taking part in a special eight-day transition period.

The North Shields school is the only high school in the area offering an extensive introduction to its new pupils.

The first week encourages new friendships with the second allowing pupils to adjust to their new school environment.

The scheme, now in its eighth year, involved a full week of team-building and fun activities including an open top bus tour of Newcastle and Gateshead, outdoor challenges at Plessey Woods in Northumberland, a seaside trip to Tynemouth and an all-school sports day.

Executive headteacher David Baldwin, said: “Our transition programme here at Norham High School is totally unique.

“The programme aims to gently introduce each child to high school life in a supportive and fun way, meaning they can enjoy their summer break with the confidence that, in September, they’ll be coming into a familiar school environment with friendships already formed.

“The Transition Programme is popular with parents and carers, who tell us it makes a real difference to how their child feels about starting their secondary education. It’s great to see the children enjoying themselves and it’s even better to see them returning in September full of confidence.”

Kerry Aitken’s daughter Erin leaves Collingwood Primary School in North Shields to join Norham in September.

She said: “The transition fortnight is an excellent idea. My oldest daughter did it before she came to Norham and she loved it.

“It really helped her to feel familiar with the school and she had no worries when it came to September. It really helped me feel a lot less anxious, too, as I got to come in and meet teachers and spend time in school during the fortnight, too.”

You can find out more about Norham High school’s unique transition programme at www.norhamhigh.com

Norham High School will be hosting an open evening for pupils hoping to join the school in autumn 2017, on Thursday, September 22, starting at 6pm.