Parents must register their secondary school preferences on line with the education authority between 1 August and 31 October by going to www.leeds.gov.uk/admissions.
Please make sure you list Mount St Mary’s as one of your preferences.
Please also complete the Mount St Mary’s supplementary information form (SIF). If you child attends one of the primary feeder schools you can either send the SIF to that school or send it to Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School, Ellerby Road, Leeds LS9 8LA by 31 October 2019.
Admissions outside the normal admission round: Applications should be made to Mount St Mary’s and will be dealt with by the admission authority of the school, ie the governing body. If there is more than one application for an available place the governors will make their decision using the oversubscription criteria listed in the appropriate policy for the year group. Unsuccessful applications will be given reasons related to the oversubscription criteria and will be advised of their rights to appeal the governors’ decision to an independent appeal panel.
For further information please contact Mrs A Campleman at Mount St Mary’s on 0113 2455248 (extension 108) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If parents need more information about the on line application process or have any other admission queries, the education authority can be contacted on 0113 2224414.
We work very hard with our feeder primary schools in the parishes to make that big step to high school as easy as possible. A programme of visits, joint activities and information evenings all make for a smooth transition.
We have recently asked our Year 7 students about their experience of moving from primary school to high school and about their first year at Mount St Mary’s.
They tell us that the visits last year were very helpful and that they have made lots of new friends. They feel that they are making good progress and understand lesson objectives and their own targets. They appreciate good home/school communication and know who to approach in school if they have a problem. Work is harder than it was in primary school, homework is set and marking helps to improve understanding.
The reward scheme in school is very popular and most pupils even admit to enjoying coming to school.
A child’s transition from primary school to secondary school might very well affect the entire family. This is an exhilarating yet also frightening and frustrating time for a typical child, so parents should recognise that their child may need extra support during this transition.
Taking a child to visit the new school, discussing how to make new friends, helping the child get used to a varied schedule, staying available to assist the child with homework and projects, and encouraging the child to join clubs and teams are all ways that parents can help assist their child with a successful transition.
Many children feel overwhelmed and anxious about attending secondary school for the first time, even though they might not necessarily admit to these feelings. Whether they ask to visit their new school or not, parents might consider insisting on it by saying that they would like to re-acquaint themselves with the grounds or the facilities.
This can be an easy ‘out’ for children who don’t want to tell others that they are feeling anxious. If touring the grounds or attending an orientation is not possible, parents can at least drive their children past the school so that even the entry-way doesn’t seem as formidable on that first day.
Some children will have gone through primary school without meeting new students or having new students transfer into their classes, so the idea of making new friends in secondary school can be quite scary. To help children with making new friends, parents might want to enrol their kids in summer activities that will force them to meet others, or even roll play how children can introduce themselves to others and help to spark new friendships. Again, this may be a fear that children are not willing to admit, so parents may need to initiate these activities even if a child seems a little reluctant to engage.
Primary schools are often highly structured environments in which children do the same thing at the same time on the same days. In contrast, secondary schools usually run according to a varied schedule that requires children to move classes, change teachers and adjust to different groups of children as frequently as every half hour or 45 minutes.
In the summer leading up to secondary school, parents may find that encouraging their children to switch activities frequently helps them cope a little bit better with their schedules when secondary school starts.
Secondary school often brings with it a variety of homework and projects, and while parents should definitely not be completing these tasks for their children they certainly can offer information and advice. Parents can share time management techniques with their children, help them set up an appropriate work area at home and get used to research methods at the local library, on the Internet and with reference books so that when their children do need to start their own work they don’t have to waste any time on these tasks.
Many children are reluctant to join clubs and teams in secondary school if it means that they will have to interact with older, and bigger, kids. However, if children avoid these activities, they will lose out on the chance to make new friends, enjoy the sport or subject and hone their skills in these areas. Parents should encourage kids to join clubs and teams even if the children themselves have some doubts, and some parents may even consider volunteering on these activities if they feel that it will benefit their children – or themselves!
Secondary school students span a vast age range, not to mention a spectrum of maturity levels, so not every child will be ready for greater independence simply because they enter primary school. Parents may want to discuss their child’s expectations about greater independence at the start of secondary school and then communicate their own thoughts about issues such as dating, parties and curfews. This can be a particularly prickly discussion if parents and children don’t agree on these topics, so you should take particular care to show that you support your children and are only trying to do what is best for them.