The sun was shining as The Friary School welcomes its students back for another exciting academic year. The first day back at school is always a mix of emotions, but it’s been an especially encouraging start for Year 7 students. After a relaxing summer break, everyone returned to familiar faces and classrooms, and the newest members of our school community, Year 7, have adapted with ease.

Transitioning to secondary school is a significant milestone for any student, and Year 7 is no exception. At The Friary School, we are proud to say that our Year 7 students have taken it all in their stride. From the moment they walked through our doors, they have displayed a remarkable eagerness to learn, make new friends, and embrace the new challenges that lie ahead.

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the first days back at school has been witnessing the supportive relationships between our older students and Year 7. The older students have done an exceptional job of guiding and supporting the younger ones, helping them navigate the school grounds and offering a friendly face to turn to when they are not sure what to do.

Year 7 students have already dived headfirst into their lessons, showing a strong appetite for learning. Their teachers have been impressed with their enthusiasm to engage with new subjects, ask questions, and actively participate in class discussions. There have certainly been lots of house points given out to students this week.

We have really appreciated the support of parents and carers in ensuring a successful transition to secondary school. Students are looking smart and are well equipped for learning. This makes such a difference to positive attitudes around school and in the classroom.

Elsewhere, we have welcomed the new Year 12, who after basking in the glory of some great exam results, are now about to start all over again on the next phase of their educational journey.
Further down the school, Year 11 are bracing themselves for an intense build up to exams later in the year. We know they are going to be brilliant, and we can’t wait to see them walking down the red carpet at their School Prom next Summer (it will be here sooner than you think!).

Lottie Hearn, Deputy Headteacher, said; “As we look back on the first days back at school, it is clear to see that our Year 7 students are settling in wonderfully. Their enthusiasm, resilience, and determination are an inspiration to us all. We look forward to a fantastic academic year filled with learning, growth, and new friendships. Here’s to a great year ahead!”