Principal - Anouska Gardner
Principal - Anouska Gardner


Transition FAQs

Frequently asked questions from parents and students

How will you get to know my child before they arrive?

Mr Rinaldi will have met most of the young people before when they attended our variety of taster days and also the hugely successful STEM events we have organised.  He has also arranged dates to visit everyone in their classes in primary school. Many of you have already been visited but for those who have not met with Mr Rinaldi, please watch the transition video created by Mr Rinaldi.

This will hopefully answer most questions you may have, through this you will have an opportunity to get to know Mr Rinaldi a little better.

You may also email Mr Rinaldi any questions you have and he will ensure you receive a personal and supportive response.

What will my first day at Barlby High School be like?

The first day at secondary school is an exciting day for the whole family, but after such a long summer holiday sometimes it is hard getting back into the routine of school. This guide will explain what to expect from the first day at big school and what you need to know to help you settle in straight away.

During the summer holidays try to make sure you have had a practise run of the journey to school, it will help you to work out exactly what time you need to set off. Practise walking to the bus stop if you catch the school bus, set off in good time.

It will be the first time you have worn your new school uniform, be prepared for lots of photographs from parents and grandparents. You have been warned!  Check your pencil case has all the equipment you will need for your lessons. That is such a great way to make a good impression on your teachers. Uniform can be purchased from ‘Classroom Clothing’ in Selby, both online or in store. Their phone number is 01757 700577, if you wish to check opening hours.

When you arrive at school Mr Rinaldi will be waiting for you at the front door. We will go into the hall for a short assembly with the Principal, Mrs Gardner and be introduced to any other important members of staff.

After assembly you’ll be taken to your form room with your form tutor where you can meet your form again.  I’m sure you’ll have loads to talk about. You will spend the first period going through your timetable and getting acquainted with your planner.  Form tutors will be massively important to you during your time at secondary school. They will get to know you really well, try to get to know them as well. They are great!

At break time there is an opportunity to meet up with other year 7 students in the year 7 student area. You may also have a wander around and meet some of the older students, they are very nice and will make you feel ever so welcome. If you wish to pre-order any food this is the time to do that, have a look at the menu and decide what you’d like.

After break your normal school day will begin. Follow your timetable to see where you are going. Don’t worry about getting lost, there will be loads of people around you to help.

The structure for the day is easy to remember:

8:50-9:15            – Registration and Tutor period activities i.e. assembly, reading time, quiz etc.

9:15 to 10:15      – Period 1

10:15 to 11:15     – Period 2

11:15 to 11:30     – Breaktime

11:30 to 12:30    – Period 3

12:30 to 1:00     – Lunchtime

1:00 to 2:00       – Period 4

2:00 to 3:00      – Period 5

Try to make a good impression with your teachers and classmates by answering loads of questions and using your fantastic manners really maturely. First impressions really count! Be yourself and you’ll have loads of friends by the end of the day.

I will be available at most breaks and lunch times to chat with you and make sure you are happy and feel safe. You can speak to myself, the Year 10 Listeners, Mr Anderson or your form tutor to discuss any concerns you may be having.


What uniform and equipment will I need?

What uniform and equipment will I need?

The uniform is exactly the same for everyone in school.

More information about school uniform can be found here:- Uniform Information.
Uniform can be purchased online from ‘Classroom Clothing’ in Selby or from the shop itself, it may be useful to actually visit and try on the uniform, sometimes the blazer can be rather large. Their phone number is 01757 700577, if you wish to check opening.


How will I get to school?

Buses and walking to school information will be provided in the school’s transition booklet in June.  Bicycles are also recommended, but please wear a helmet, and there is ample space to park and secure your bicycle on the bike racks at the front of school. We cannot confirm bus schedules at this time. 


I’m really nervous I won’t make any friends. What should I do?

Every single year we have students who either arrive on their own, have had a tricky time in primary or are just ready for a fresh start with a new group of friends. And every year it is successful. We ensure this through the following strategies:

  • Every single year we have students who either arrive on their own, have had a tricky time in primary school or are just ready for a fresh start with a new group of friends, and every year it is successful. We ensure this through the following strategies:
  • There are around 130 students in Year 7 each year; the year group is much bigger than lots of primary schools! This may be daunting to some but think of this as a huge opportunity to meet so many different people.
  • Form groupings are created on a student by student basis by Mr Rinaldi. Lots of thought goes into ensuring you have people in your group you and your Year 6 teacher have chosen but also a wide range of students from different schools and different classes. This will mean it is very likely you will get along with lots of students in your form group.
  • Many students have mentors in Y9 and Y10 who have been through similar experiences and will explain how it was difficult for them to begin with but will discuss with you what strategies they used and how they were successful.
  • In the rare case that you don’t feel as though you have made good friends either through your forms or extra-curricular Mr Rinaldi will have meetings with you and then your parents if necessary and start to look at some targeted groups we have to support friendships.
  • Lastly and most importantly – you really aren’t alone in this feeling. There are lots of students feeling just as nervous as you are, all ready and waiting to be your friends.
  • Try to make a good impression with your teachers and classmates by answering loads of questions and using your fantastic manners really maturely. First impressions really count! Be yourself and you’ll have loads of friends by the end of the day.


What should I expect on my first day?

Students should be in full uniform. It’s important you wear your uniform exactly as shown on our uniform section of the website. Everything you bring to school should be named (write your name on the label).You will need a practical school bag (not a handbag, pencil case (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener) and packed lunch (if required). Alternatively, you may choose to have school dinners which you can pay for via Parentpay.  Details of how to do this have been sent home in June. 

Link: School Menu

On your first day you will receive a planner. The Planner is a students’ most important piece of equipment. It will tell you where you are going, when your work is due, who you teachers are– everything! It is really important you use this to organise yourself and your work.

You will receive your new timetable. You will have 5 lessons per day in 5 different classrooms and a tutor period every morning. Whilst this may seem worrying at first, you are supported with additional times to get from lesson to lesson. You will get to leave before all other students and for the first two weeks.

You will spend most of the first morning with your form group and form tutor, spending time getting to know each other and understanding the school expectations.


What exciting opportunities are there for Year 7s?

Year 7 is all about “Living Life to the Full” and joining in!
Have a look at the booklet our Year 7’s made for you to explain what school life is like.


Form Group

Students will see their form group and tutor every day and will develop a very special bond with them over the five years. This is a great place for you to meet new friends and get to know each other. The form time activities encourage you to voice your opinion and see your peers’ interests and opinions.


Extra-Curricular and Clubs

Students can join a large number of clubs. This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills or just have fun. It is hoped that each student attends at least one extra-curricular club per week, as this really helps to meet new people and expand your interests.

Students may attend a different club each week, meaning students could be trampolining one week and film club the next. It is our aim that each student can flourish and live their life to the full. In order to fulfil this, the range of extra-curricular clubs is extensive.

All clubs are available to view on the Edulink app.



Our favourite thing to do is reward our students for doing the right thing.  Last year over 72,000 reward stamps were given to Year 7s. These stamps are recorded on ‘Edulink’ and you can ‘cash’ them in at the end of each term to join in a rewards trip. We went ice-skating and Christmas shopped together, enjoyed cinemas and even visited a trampolining park. We are open to suggestions about which reward would be best for you and your friends.


The Famous Lake District Residential

We usually set off on our year group adventure in early September, however this year we intend to visit in November in 202 This means students have even more opportunities to make friends and get to know even more teachers- except this time it will be in the middle of a river dunking of Mr Rinaldi or maybe 30 feet in the air on a swing instead of in the classroom!


How much homework will I get? How can I organise myself?

Homework will be set for all the subjects that you study at Barlby High School. It is set on ‘Edulink’ which allows both you (and your parents) to see what is set, when it is due and how long it will take. As a rule homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes per subject in Year 7.  If you find it taking much longer or shorter than this, speak to your Form Tutor.  Make sure you have a safe place to store your books at home – even if this is just a strong cardboard box under your bed.  When doing homework ensure you are away from distractions and always complete homework early to allow for time to ask for help at school if you need it, don’t leave it until the last minute or it soon backlogs and becomes overwhelming. Homework club runs after school every night in the library. If you struggle to complete work at home then you can do it in the homework club after school or during lunchtime.

A  detention will be given if you do not complete or hand in homework.  If you are struggling with your homework, you can go to the homework club to get extra help. You will need to see your class teacher, who will be more than happy to help them.

What happens next?

We will be in regular contact over the coming weeks and months about different transition events and keep checking the website for regular updates and information about life at Barlby High School

You will find even more detailed information about settling into Year 7 in our transition booklet which you should receive when Mr Rinaldi visits you in primary. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions – we can’t wait to meet you!

Link: Barlby Prospectus 2023-24

Link: Barlby 2023 Transition Guide