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This page will give you useful information for your first few weeks at Hawthorn High School:

A Typical Day at Hawthorn High School

Register              8.30 – 8.40

Registration         8.40 – 9.40

Lesson 2             9.50– 10.50

Break time          10.50 – 11.05

You can buy hot and cold snacks from the canteen and snack bar area using our biometric system. Other items are available from the machines which require cash.

Lesson 3             11.05 – 12.05

Lesson 4             12.10 – 1.10

Lunchtime           1.10 – 1.50

Lesson 5             1.50 – 2.50

Your Timetable

You will have 13 different subjects to study in Hawthorn High School!

Each day is divided up into 5 lessons

Your Form Tutor will give you your timetable on the first day so you will know where to go for each lesson.

In Hawthorn High School we have a 2 week timetable.

Week 1 – 1st week in school

Week 2 – 2nd week in school.

Week 1 – 3rd week in school

Week 2 – 4th week in school

………and so on …………….

View Typical Year 7 timetable

What will you need to bring to school on your first day?

Every pupil will have to be in school uniform on their first day, they will also need to bring the following:

  • School bag – big enough for an A4 folder.
  • Pencil case with pens, pencils etc.,
  • Calculator
  • Snack or drink for break
  • Money to put on the ‘machines’ for lunch or a packed lunch.
  • Wear your full new school uniform.
  • Be smart and well presented as first impressions count.

We will give you:

  • Your Year 7 timetable.
  • Books
  • Folders
  • A warm welcome!

Getting ready for School

In order to be fully prepared for school you should get ready the night before!

  1. Get your uniform ready to put on.
  2. Pack all your books, equipment you will need for the next day’s lessons.
  3. Make sure you have your pencil case and your planner all packed.

Each morning you will need to:

  1. Get up early so you have time to get ready.
  2. Have a good breakfast.
  3. Check you have packed any food or money for the day.
  4. Set off for school allowing yourself plenty of time to arrive safely and on time.

Transport Information:

Free home to school transport will be provided to students who qualify.
There is no formal ‘application’ process for school transport. Details of pupils attending each school will be provided to the Integrated Transport Unit (ITU) for assessment in accordance with the eligibility criteria. If your child is eligible for free school transport, the necessary travel arrangements will then be made and you will be contacted.

View further details about the provision of Home to School Transport

What is different about Hawthorn High School?

  • You may need to travel further – either by foot, bus or car.
  • You will have to wear our school uniform and have a whole list of new rules and regulations to remember.
  • Instead of being taught by one or two teachers you will have different teachers for different lessons.
  • The school site is much bigger- you will have to find your way around, moving from classroom to classroom between lessons, carrying your own bag.
  • You will have a two week timetable to follow.
  • You will be given a school planner to help you plan your homework. The planner also contains other useful information.
  • In general you will be expected to be more independent, self-reliant and organised!

Looking after your things

In your primary school all your property was kept in a desk or tray. Here at High School you will be responsible for your own things.

  • You will need a strong bag to keep and protect all your books and equipment.
  • You will need to have your name on all your clothes including your coat and PE kit.
  • If you are bringing money to school you will need a purse or wallet. Put your name inside this too in case your lose it.
  • If you are bringing a mobile phone to school it must stay switched off during lessons and kept out of sight. If you are seen with your mobile in class the teacher will take it off you and your parents will have to come into school to collect it. It is your responsibility to look after valuable items such as mobile phones.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your parents or a teacher if you feel you are being bullied at school.
  • This is the right thing to do because any bully deserves to be found out and punished.
  • Remember bullies are cowards who only pick on people smaller than themselves.
  • It is not the same as telling tales and it’s much better than suffering and being miserable when a word in the right direction can make things better.
  • The most important thing is to talk about it. Don’t keep it to yourself. Make people aware that there is problem. Don’t suffer in silence. Telling someone will not make it worse.

Behaviour Guidelines

Classroom Rules

L       – Listen to and respect others, especially your teacher text


E       – Enjoy learning! Don’t disrupt & keep mobile out of sight

A       – Arrive on time, in the correct uniform and ready to learn with outdoor wear removed

R       – Respect others, the environment and equipment


N       – Now produce work that is to the best of your ability 

At all times I will:

Show respect and consideration for other people and their belongings and the environment of the school

Be sensible and polite and, when walking around the school, keep to the left

Arrive in registration and all lessons on time. Conform to the school uniform rules

Treat all school property with care,

Not drop litter,

Eat and drink in designated areas only.

Give my very best

Level Action Consequence Staff
1 – Break a Rule Reminded of Rules Class teacher
2 – Second time Given Warning Class teacher
3 – Third time 2 minute cool down

SIMS entry

Head of department informed Class teacher

Head of department

4 – Fourth time Department sanction

SIMS entry

Head of department & learning tutor informed Head of department

Learning tutor

5 – Severe disruption/behaviour incident Senior staff called to withdraw student

SIMS entry

Assistant Head informed

Parents contacted

Senior staff