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Joining Year 7

Welcome to our information to support you in joining Shoeburyness High School in Year 7. Here you will find answers to many of the questions you may have before joining Year 7.

Our welcome booklet can be downloaded from the files at the bottom of the page.

Free School Meals 

If you believe your child is entitled to Free School Meals, you can apply directly via the Southend Borough Council website:

School Tour

Your child will get the opportunity to see around our school on the Borough Transition Day in July. If you wish to become familiar with key areas in our school before then, please click here

FAQ - What are the expectations of my behaviour (including electronic devices)?

FAQ - How will my day be structured? What are the timings of the school day? 

FAQ - What should my attendance be? What do I do if I am absent from school? 

Achieving and maintaining high standards of punctuality and attendance is a priority for every student.  We would expect students to have at least a 97% attendance record.  

If your child is unable to attend, please:

· Send a note prior to the absence if the reason is known beforehand.

· Telephone as early as possible on the morning of the first day of absence. Please listen to the voicemail message and select the appropriate option for student absence. State the student’s name, tutor group and day that the student is expected to return to school.

· Maintain daily contact with the attendance office throughout the absence.

The school will:

· contact parents during the first day of absence, using text messages to mobile phones, if absence is not accounted for.

· contact parents to request notes for any absence that is not accounted for.

Parents are urged to contact the school if there are any problems they wish to discuss relating to attendance. Our full-time Attendance Officers are available to discuss any issues regarding attendance. The school does carry out home visits to ascertain reasons for absence. Attendance data is regularly monitored throughout the year.

FAQ - What happens if I am late for school? 

FAQ - What must I wear or not wear to school? What is the school's uniform? 

Click here for expectations and suppliers

Our Uniform Policy can be found here

PE Kit Information

FAQ - What do I need to bring into school? What equipment do I need? 

FAQ - Can I cycle or ride my kick scooter to school? Where can I keep my bike or kick scooter?

Cycling and scootering are great ways to get about and we would encourage students to either walk, cycle or kick scooter into school.

Please note that Caulfield Road and Delaware Road can be busy in the mornings and after school, especially as they are both bus routes. Pavements are also busy and with younger children who will be going to and from our local primary and infant schools. 

We therefore ask for your own and others' safety that this is done responsibly, respectfully and that you follow safety guidance. This includes dismounting your bike or kick scooter before entering the school gates. 

If your child wishes to cycle or kick scooter into school, a designated storage area is provided. This is on our back service road, just next to the tennis courts. 

Bicycles and kick scooters are left at school at the owner's risk and you must supply your own lock if you wish to use one. It must be pointed out that the school does not have insurance cover in the case of damage.

All bicycles and kick scooters must be left in the cycle shed and not chained to the front railings as they may need to be removed. 

Core Faculties: Transition Resources

English, Maths and Science are known as 'core' subjects. This is because you will study them all the way into Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) and the skills and knowledge you learn in these subjects pop up across the whole curriculum. 

The 'curriculum' is a term used for all your subjects and the content to your learning. If you look back at the timetable in 'How will my day be structured?', you will see all the different subjects you will study in Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9). This is your curriculum. 

To help recap on your core knowledge and understanding, we have put together some resources you can look at. 

Keep an eye on this section as we will be updating with more for you. 

SPaG Placemat

Please click here for SPaG Placemat by SATS Companion

Maths Secondary Ready - Numerise

Secondary Ready is a free course within Numerise that is designed to prepare Year 6 learners for starting Year 7 in September.

It is available free of charge to learners in the UK until September 2020.

The Book Buzz


We love reading! 

Here are just five reasons why:

  • Reading is food for the brain.
  • Reading makes you more confident.
  • Books are the world's cheapest travel agents.
  • Reading reduces stress
  • Reading improves your focus, memory and makes your more likely to achieve success.

We would love you to read as much as you can and enjoy it just as much as we do.

At Shoeburyness High School we have The Book Buzz which encourages you to spend time reading.  

There are some amazing books to read and here are a few of our recommendations that you could maybe look at over the Summer.

Recommended reading books

SPaG - BBC Bitesize

Recapping on what you have done at primary school is a great way to get prepared for when you join us. Do not worry about what you will be doing at this point, just take some time to remember all the things you do know. 

We are preparing some resources to help you but for now, you can use the great resources on BBC Bitesize.

Let's start with spelling:

'ough' sound -

words ending in -cious and -tious -

'shun' sound -

when is the 'sh' a 'ch'? -

when is an 'i' a 'y'? -

when is the 'uh' a 'ou'? -

when is the 's' a 'sc'? -

words ending in -ture and -sure -

words ending with -sion -

Spelling quiz -


Then there's punctuation:

Apostrophes 1 -

Apostrophes 2 -

Brackets -

Bullet points -

Commas -

Ellipsis -

Hyphens and dashes -

Inverted commas or speech marks -

Paragraphs -

Semi-colon -

Finally there's grammar: 

Verb -

Pronoun -

Adverbs -

Passive verb -

Modal verb -

Preposition -

Relative clause -

Subordinating conjunctions -

Coordinating conjunctions -

Expanded noun phrase -

Fronted adverbial -