We know you probably have lots of questions about Sharples. Here, Miss Dann and Khadijah Patel in 7P1 answer some frequently asked questions.
How do I find my way around the school? What if I get lost?
Khadijah- There is no need to panic. Students and teachers can help you find your way, especially the Gold Tie pupils. You will also get a map of the school to help you.
Miss Dann – Your teachers collect you for every lesson during the first few weeks of September so you don’t get lost finding your lessons.
What happens in the first few weeks of September to help me get to know the school and make friends?
Khadijah – In lessons, the activities will be fun, for example, games, puzzles and quizzes. This will help you to make friends and enjoy your first few weeks at Sharples School.
Miss Dann – The first day of September is for Year 7 students only so you get to make friends and get to know the school before the other year groups arrive. The second week is Freshers Week, when you can join all the different clubs and we have the Year 7 disco!
What do you do if you need help with something?
Khadijah – You are welcome to ask a teacher or if it is at lunch/break you can ask a Gold Tie student.
Miss Dann – Year 7 have their own zone where all their form rooms are located. Miss Paton and I are there every form time so you can come and ask us for help and we will do so straightaway.
Where and how do I get lunch?
Khadijah – You go to the canteen at lunch and you use your fingerprint. From that you have machines to put money in your account, or your parents could pay from their phone.
Miss Dann – Year 7 also get access to the canteen before any other year groups so you have the canteen to yourselves! You also have your own toilets!
What trips can I go on?
Khadijah – There are many trips to go on and my favourites were Night at the Museum and going to see a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Miss Dann – There are lots of trips throughout the year including Night at the Museum when we have a sleepover in a science museum. There are also rewards trips at the end of the year for every year group where we go somewhere fun like Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
What clubs can I join?
Khadijah – They are available at lunch/after school. If you want to have a club that isn’t available, then you give your idea to a certain teacher.
Miss Dann – There are all sorts of clubs including Art, Science, Debating, Robotics and Minecraft. There is also a Homework Club if you need help with your homework. As part of the Sharples Bacc, you are expected to go to at least two clubs a week and get rewards for attending the clubs.
Are there detentions and what happens if I get one?
Khadijah – There are detentions, however, if you get one a teacher would come to collect you. Your name will have been sent to a teacher and they shall ring your parents to let them know.
Miss Dann – I hope you won’t get detentions, but teachers give them for things like not doing your homework or not having the correct equipment. Most detentions are 10 minutes at break. SMART detentions are after school but, as Khadijah says, we will let your parents know.
What is form time like?
Khadijah – Form time is usually fun and there are different tasks according to the day, for example reading, literacy, and PSHE.
How much homework do you get and what is it like?
Khadijah – We use Show My Homework to receive homework and they all have a due date. It shall begin with a small amount of homework and it shall increase. Don’t worry, you do not get too much.
Miss Dann – Parents can also log into Show My Homework to keep track of your homework. Don’t forget, there is also Homework Club if you want to do your homework at lunchtime with the help of a teacher.
What have you enjoyed most about being in Year 7?
Khadijah – The Night at the Museum was my favourite experience.