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How one North Yorkshire school helps new students settle

New students line up for a photo at Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate

Published at 11:02am 12th September 2018. (Updated at 11:09am 12th September 2018)

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New students at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate have been welcomed to their new school with a range of tried and tested methods. 

Starting a new school can be daunting whatever age you are, but the teachers from one local North Yorkshire school have been working hard to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved. 

How does Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate help new students?

  • Taster days before the first day of term allow students to take a tour of the school, meet other students and get to know the teachers. 
  • A program called Thrive encourages students to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible with awards available for those who get the extra mile. 
  • A buddy system pairs new students with those who are more experienced for a personal approach to making new friends and getting to grip[s with the school day. 
  • Dinner is served at a school BBQ on day one enabling parents, students and staff to meet each other. 

What do the students and teachers say about starting a new school?

"It's been very nice, there's lots of nice people, nice staff. I had a buddy that I was paired up with and he introduced me to his friends and then after that we got friendly with everyone and they've been helping me get around the school."

Alex - new student at Queen Ethelburga's

"In the first couple of weeks we encourage the children to take part in as many activities as possible... they get a huge amount of variety and develop and learn new skills as the year progresses."

Mrs Coyle - year six teacher at Queen Ethelburga's

Many parents of children at Queen Ethelburga's have also been commenting on how the students develop at the school.

Ben Franklin went to Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate to meet a variety of staff and students to discuss how well they settle in and how the school supports the transition:

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