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Transition Hub

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students and their families who will be joining Year 7 and the Horizon Community in the next few months.

Moving to secondary school can be an anxious time for any young person and their family, without the uncertainty of the current climate we are facing. We are busy communicating with primary schools to ensure we are fully informed of each individual young person to help us make the transition process as smooth as possible. I hope this area of the college website helps you find answers to any questions you may have, and if it doesn’t then please do email us so we can try and resolve any concerns sooner rather than later.

We currently have our transition evenings planned for the 10th and 11th June, details were in your transition pack. These dates will be confirmed closer to the time. If these evenings are not possible, we will share information with you via the college website.

Please do keep visiting the college website and our twitter feed where you will get an insight into college life and we will post up to date information about how the college is responding to Government guidelines.  I look forward to meeting you and working alongside you to ensure your child is school ready, work ready, life ready.

Mrs Malson

Assistant Principal: Head of School Year 7

Transition Important links

Transition Team

Mrs C Malson
Assistant Principal: Head of School Year 7
Mrs Heskett
Deputy Head of School Year 7
Mrs Gibson
Student Welfare Year 7
Mr West
Careers and Enterprise Team
Miss J Walker and Mrs S ProudAssistant Principals: SEND
Mrs K Booth and Mrs A WakeSafeguarding

School Day

PeriodTime
Form Period9:00 - 9:30
Period 29:30 - 10:30
Period 310:30 - 11:30
Break11:30 - 11:45
Period 411:45 - 12:45
Period 5 (including 30 minute lunch)12:45 - 14:15
Period 614:15 - 15:15
Period 7- Support with Independent Learning (optional)15:15 - 16:15

Curriculum

Students in Y7 follow a broad and balanced curriculum studying the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, MFL, History, Geography, Technology, Art, Music, Drama, RE, PE, Citizenship and Computing.

Subjects are taught in state-of-the-art facilities by expert subject specialists.

Students revisit key concepts throughout the year to develop their recall skills, develop subject knowledge and gain a greater understanding in order to develop into knowledge hungry learners. A great emphasis is based on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’ during all lessons.

There are three assessment points throughout the year with information reported home to parents at these points. Data is rigorously analysed to ensure that all students are making progress relevant to their starting point.

Bespoke support is available to ensure all students can access subjects across the curriculum. There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills, as these are the building blocks to future success.

The curriculum on offer is designed to Challenge Every Learner, Every Lesson, Every day, from their first lesson in Y7 to their last.

Uniform

We are very proud of our Horizon College uniform and how our students wear it with pride.
The Year 7 tie for our new starters has a yellow emblem.
Horizon College Uniform is supplied by Vortex who will be opening on the 11th May.  Online orders can be placed before this date but will not be processed.

Further information on college uniform can be found here.

Uniform Booklet 2020/2021

Contact us

If you need any more information regarding the transition process, or have a question for our transition team, please contact us on transition@horizoncc.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Student: Will I get lost?

Mrs Malson’s answer: I have been Head of School for Year 7 for 3 years and I have never ‘lost’ a student.  A new school will feel big and different to start with, but with help from all Horizon staff and other students you will soon find your way around the building and learn where your classes are.  You are not the first student to ask this, and I’m sure you won’t be the last, but there is no need to worry.

Student: Will I get pushed on the stairs?

Mrs Malson’s answer: We have a one-way system around the college to stop the stairs being so busy, so you should not have problems moving around the building.

Student: Will I be in trouble if I am late for a lesson?

Mrs Heskett’s answer: Whilst you are learning your way around the college building in the first few weeks, your teacher will not issue a late mark if you are a few minutes late to your lesson.

Parent: Where can I buy school uniform from?

Mrs Heskett’s answer: Vortex is the official supplier of the Horizon school uniform. You can find their details and the school uniform requirements on this website.

Parent: What is roll-over?

Mrs Malson’s answer: The last 2 weeks of the summer term is known as ‘roll-over’. All year groups move up into their new classes and start the ‘September term’ in July.  We also invite all Year 6 to join us for this period to alleviate any worries before the summer holidays and experience Horizon in full.

    • Due to the current climate, more information will follow regarding roll over as and when we are able to do so.

Parent: Do students have to wear Horizon uniform for roll-over?

Mrs Malson’s answer: Students are welcome to wear the full Horizon uniform or their current Primary School uniform.

Student: Are we allowed mobile phones?

Mrs Hesketts’s answer: Mobile phones are not allowed in the college building. If they are seen, they will be confiscated and returned at the end of the college day.

Student: Where would I go if I had a problem or needed to talk to someone?

Mrs Hesketts’s answer: Every year group has a Student Welfare Officer who is there to support you with anything. They are all based in a central hub which you will be shown when you start at Horizon.  The Student Welfare Officer will meet with Mrs Malson and me every day to share any issues within the year group.  You will also have a form tutor who you will see every morning and they are there to support you with any issues.

Student: What if I come to college in the wrong uniform?

Mrs Malson’s answer: If a parent/carer cannot bring the correct uniform, we will loan you the item so you can attend lessons with your peers.

Parent: Horizon is a large school; how will my child have time to get their lunch?

Mrs Malson’s answer: Yes, Horizon is a large school with over 2000 students which is why we have a staggered day. Each year group has a 30 minute lunch time, and Year 7 do not share this time with any other year group.  This means they are the only students using the large dining hall, cafeteria and seating areas.  They also have access to the outside spaces where we encourage them to enjoy the fresh air.

Parent: How do I pay for school dinners?

Mrs Heskett’s answer: Horizon is a cash free college.  Parents will need to register with ParentMail (a free app is available for mobile devices) where they can then add money to their child’s account, pay for trips, events and receive all communication from college.  ParentMail is crucial to successful communication at Horizon.

Student: Will my primary school friends be in my form?

Mrs Malson’s answer: There are 14 forms in year 7 each with 30 students. Each form will have a mix of students from different primary schools.  Part of moving to secondary school is about making new friends, so we ensure that there will be ‘familiar’ faces in your form, but we do not ask for friendship groups.

School Stories

Find out what’s been going on in the Y7 School

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