Year 6 FAQs

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FAQ 1 - What if I get lost?

All the adults and other children in school know that you are new and are looking out for you. If you look lost or worried someone will offer to help. You will move around school with other new students in Year 7 and you will all help each other. You will all have a Planner with a map inside.You will have at least one tour of the school with your tutor before you have to find your way around. After the first 2 weeks, you will know where all your classrooms and other important places are – promise!

FAQ 2 - What if I’m not with my friends?

You will be with at least one friend from your Primary School in your form and there will be more familiar faces in your classes. You will see other Year 7s at break and lunchtime too.

FAQ 3 - What will happen on my first day?

At the moment, we are not sure of how our first meeting will happen this year. We will stay in touch with you and your families to make sure that you know what date and time you should come to school. You will certainly have time with your form tutor to make sure that you have all the information you need before lessons start.

FAQ 4 - What time does school start?

School starts with the Lesson 1 register at 8.50. It’s a good idea to arrive in plenty of time and make your way towards your first lesson when the first bell rings at 8.45.

FAQ 5 - What if I’m late to a lesson?

Make sure you apologise and then settle in quietly. Always try your best to be on time to lessons. You might be a little late whilst you are still finding your way around and your teachers will understand this.

FAQ 6 - What if I forget my homework/equipment for a lesson?

At secondary school, you will get used to a lot of different lessons, teachers, books, pieces of paper, etc. Forgetting something now and again can happen to anyone. If you forget something, let your teacher know politely at the beginning of the lesson. Offer to hand in homework the following day. If you are struggling with organisation, talk to your form tutor and ask for help.

FAQ 7 - What do I have to wear for school?

Make sure that you check the uniform rules on the website with your family before buying your uniform. You will find out which House you are in in the middle of June. The School Shop provides Belvidere uniform. Key things to remember: Skirts and trousers must be smart and comfortable, NOT too short or tight. You must wear smart, black school shoes NOT trainers or any shoes with visible branding. You are not allowed to wear any make-up for school.

FAQ 8 - Can I use my mobile phone at school?

No. Your phone must be switched off in your bag between the first bell in the morning and when you leave the school buildings at the end of the day. If you need to contact home urgently during the day, reception staff will help you.

FAQ 9 - What if another student is unkind to me?

If another student’s behaviour makes you feel unhappy at school, you must let an adult know so that they can help you deal with the problem. Your form tutor is a good person to talk to.

Applications for admission to Belvidere School

All applications to join Belvidere School should be made through:

Schools Admissions Team
Shropshire Council
Learning and Skills
Abbey Foregate

E mail :
Tel : 0345 6789 008

Information about the Admissions process, including online applications, can be obtained from the Shropshire Council website

Admissions - Key Dates

Key Dates: for 2021 - 22 Entry
  • 7th October 2020 - Virtual Open Evening 
  • 31st October 2020,  Closing date for applications to Shropshire Council.
  • 1st March 2021, offers of places made to Parents/Carers by Shropshire Council.

Transition Day - Monday 28th June 2021

Transition Evenings
  • Hopton and Stokesay houses Tuesday 29th June 2021
  • Whittington and Ludlow houses Wednesday 30th June 2021

Year 6 EHCP Students

Arrangements for individual visits for prospective Year 6 EHCP students 

You will be aware that we are not able to hold our normal Open Week and Open Evening visits to Belvidere School this September. However, we recognise that choosing the right school for your child is very important and even more so when they have Special Educational needs.

We are therefore delighted to be able to offer students who have an EHCP the opportunity to visit the school in person.

Please note the following in relation to visits to the school:

  • Year 6 students can only be accompanied by one adult (unless in exceptional circumstances)
  • Visits will take place outside normal school hours; between 3.15 and 4pm
  • Masks must always be worn
  • Hand sanitiser must be used on arrival and at regular intervals throughout the tour
  • Social distancing must be observed
  • If either the student or accompanying adult develops symptoms of Covid-19 they must contact the school to reschedule the visit
  • Yours will be pre-booked and visitors must arrive at the allotted time

Please be aware that these visits will not be as interactive or full as they normally would, but hopefully you will be able to get a feel for the school and meet some key staff.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to visit the school in person, we will happily arrange a virtual meeting.  

If you would like to book an appointment please click here

Belvidere Virtual Open Evening Videos

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Belvidere Open Evening Promo
What the Students Say
Belvidere Governor Parent Voice

Whilst starting secondary school is an exciting prospect for students, we are fully aware that the transition from Primary School can be daunting.  At Belvidere, we try to build our transition process around a range of enjoyable activities during Years 5 and 6, so that by the time students join us in Year 7, they have already spent some time getting to know the school, its staff and students. 

  • In Year 6, students and parents/carers are invited to attend our Open Evening in October. Here, families can tour the school, participating in activities in each department and even have the chance to sample the delicious food prepared in our dining hall. In their final term at Primary School, students will be visited by our Assistant Headteacher, Miss Revell, who will give an introductory talk and answer any questions that the students may have. Members of the pastoral team and SEND team also gather information from the Primary Schools through talking to teachers about individual needs. 
  • Later in the summer term, students spend a full day at Belvidere School and attend taster sessions. This helps them to acclimatise to the school environment alongside their new peers.  
  • Transition evenings take place in June, allowing students and parents/carers to meet key members of our school staff.  
  • During the summer holidays, all of our new students are invited to attend our Summer School. 
  • On their first day of school in September, new Year 7 students arrive before the other year groups. They spend the first part of the day with their new form tutor and have a chance to get to know him/her before the older students arrive. This session enables form tutors to offer additional tours of the school and to ensure that new students find their feet and are ready for the new term ahead. Students also participate in a team building event on the school field, to have fun, make friends and get to know their Head of House. During the first week of school, new students have an earlier lunch than the other year groups. 
  • A few weeks into the new term, we will host a settling-in evening, where parents/carers can meet the Year 7 form tutor team.

We hope, through this programme of activities, to make transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We will keep you informed about the different stages of the transition process, through face to face discussion on transition and settling-in evenings, and also through the information booklets sent home in the summer term.  If any parent/carer would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch.