Welcome to all of our new students.

Our aim is to make all students who are joining the school feel welcome and safe. We know that joining a new school can be worrying and stressful. Our aim is to make sure you settle in quickly and find your feet straightaway.

Y6 to Y7 Transition team

Our transition leaders, Mrs Jane Newnham and Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Faye Hatchard have been working with our local primary schools to prepare students for moving on to secondary school.

Full Transition Day – Friday 3 September 

Your child should attend school at the specified time according to the Covid testing schedule. Each tutor group will arrive at different times during the morning. 

During this day, your child will participate in taster lessons including Maths, English, Science and PE as well as spending time with their tutor. This will be an opportunity to make new friends and familiarise themselves with the surroundings of their new school.

Setting up School Gateway our online payment system

At Oathall we use School Gateway as an online payment system. This can be used to pay for canteen meals, trips and events and other resources.  Details of how to set up your child’s online payment account can be found here. 

School Gateway user guide for parents 

Who to contact if you have a problem or just want some advice

  • For students in year 6 joining Oathall in September, you can email general enquiries to [email protected]
  • For enquiries about transition arrangements please contact Mrs Jane Newnham, Transition Coordinator [email protected].
  • For enquiries/discussion about children with medical conditions please contact Mrs Polly McDonald [email protected].
  • For all other enquiries, please contact [email protected]. Your message will be directed to a member of Oathall staff who is in the best position to help you.

Parents of new year 7 students are sent information packs in March. These contain forms and information about the transition process. Please refer to these if you are unsure about any of the arrangements for starting at Oathall.

At the new parent’s evening, we show you a presentation about the first few weeks. You can find this here*

Class of 2021 Useful Resources: 

Oathall Welcome Presentation 2021

Year 7 Tutor Profiles 2021

Head of House Profiles 2021

Meet the Teachers 2021

Meet Your Learning Support Team

Moving on to Secondary School Workbook

Oathall Scrapbook 2021

Letters From Our Current Year 7s To You

Year 6/7 Reading List

Y7 Maths Guide for parents

You may also find this information of use.

Starting Secondary School – A Parent’s Guide

Starting Secondary School checklist

Term & other school events dates

Information about term dates, INSET days and other school events can be found here.

These dates should be noted for your diary: (subject to possible change with the current Coronavirus situation)

  • Y7 settling-in communication for parents- information to follow
  • Y7 Parents’ evening- information to follow

Details about each event will be sent out closer to the dates.

Equipment

Students need to be prepared for lessons at all times. Our Be Ready For Learning  leaflet provides you with details of the equipment that we expect students to carry with them in school. We recommend students check their timetables the night before to ensure they are prepared for the next day.

Uniform 2021 – 2022

New students starting at Oathall in September 2020 will be required to wear the Oathall uniform. All new students will be expected to wear a white-collar shirt and Oathall tie as part of the uniform.

Oathall uniform policy 2021-2022

PE Update- Sept 2020

The PE curriculum has been re-written to ensure it adheres to government guidelines whilst ensuring engagement and enjoyment levels are high with no impact on pupil progress. It has been designed to ensure minimal impact on our current curriculum offer. Year 7 students will complete a fitness and athletics block of work in the first 8 weeks of the academic year. This allows us to deliver activities which require minimal activity and allow students to work independently and safely.

Using the canteen and canteen account registration

Students are expected to remain in the college during break and lunchtimes. Students may bring their own food to eat or they may eat in the canteen. Students who bring a packed lunch are asked to adhere to healthy eating guidelines and dispose of any rubbish responsibly.

Students are automatically provided with a cashless canteen account (whether it is used or not). On year 7’s first day at Oathall in September they will be provided with a card, which they will use for paying for food at the canteen.  As soon as parents have set up their School Gateway account they can pay funds into their child’s school meals account so it is ready to use as soon as they start.

If in doubt, please provide your child with a packed lunch until you know the account has been set up.

School Gateway accounts

Parents will be emailed details of how to set up a School Gateway account in July if your child is starting in September. If they join the school mid-year, it will be sent out as soon as possible after we receive all your child’s admission documents.

Please check your email inbox, including your spam inbox for the information.

Travel to school

We expect all of our students to travel to school using sustainable transport. Most students walk to school or arrive by school bus. Students should enter by the Washington Road footpath, the Albemarle Drive or the Appledore Garden entrance. There are no other entry points into the school.

We expressly ask parents not to drive onto the school site to drop off or collect students in the morning or after school. The vehicle access into Oathall is narrow and not designed to allow for a large number of vehicles to arrive and turn around at the same time. This entrance is used by the school buses which must take priority over other vehicle users. The narrow drive entrance is also located in a residential area and a build-up of traffic at our entrance causes congestion and inconvenience to our neighbours. If you have to drop your child by car please drop them off or collect them at the Washington Road roundabout entrance where there is more space.

For evening events we allow parking on site.