Welcome to The Barlow RC High

We are delighted that you have taken an interest in our school and are considering us as one of your Secondary School choices; we hope that you are successful and are very excited to meet you in the very near future.

As we are all aware we are experiencing very different times in education with Covid-19 however we endeavour to make this experience as informative and fun as possible.

Please view our comprehensive transition programme below it is designed to support your Transition to high school here at The Barlow.

Transition is very important to us, we provide transition opportunities to our primary school pupils throughout the school year. We run events and competitions for all primary school students to get involved in, providing opportunities for primary school pupils to sample high school work and lessons, giving you a taste of life here at The Barlow.

This year our transition programme is starting virtually with our Christmas competitions below. These will be followed by virtual lessons that primary schools will be able to deliver to students giving them a flavour of school life at a time where we are unable to invite pupils into our school.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us if you are unable to find the information you need on our transition site. We look forward to meeting you and hope that your time with us will be stimulating, challenging, exciting and, above all, ENJOYABLE!

Transition Coordinator

My name is Miss QP and I am the Transition Coordinator here at The Barlow RC High School.

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Students answer all your Transition questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about transitioning to The Barlow…

Will I have a chance to visit The Barlow before we start school in September?

In normal circumstances we would run a transition day in July to get you into school, to familiarise yourself with the buildings and meet staff. We are currently planning to run a transition event for you. However, this will be dependent on further government advice regarding Covid-19.

What will happen if we cannot visit The Barlow before September?

As mentioned above we will endeavour to get you into school as part of transition at some time in July. However, if this is not possible, we will ensure that in September you are able to come into school and have a transition day to help you settle in.

Is moving from primary to secondary school going to be hard?

Moving from primary school to secondary school can be an extremely nervous and challenging time. It is also a wonderful opportunity to have a fresh start and make lots of new friends whilst learning new subjects. We have spoken to your Year 6 teachers to get as much information about you to help your transition to secondary school.

What should I do if I have any questions or concerns about starting school at The Barlow?

Please use the FAQ’s section to see if you can find the answer to your concern. Use the school website which has lots of information for you. Finally, in the transition section you will find a section in which you can send questions to our Transition Coordinator, Mr. Tapster who will respond to your questions.

What time does school start?

The school gates open at 7.50am and family time begins at 8.20am, you must be in school by this time otherwise you will be marked as late.

How will I get to school?

This will be something that needs to be discussed and planned at home. You are encouraged to walk/cycle to school, as long as this is safe to do so. If you plan to get a bus to school, please ensure you know the timetable of the bus. Information regarding bus passes can be found on the school website.

What is the school day like?

Family time begins at 8.20am and last 30minutes. You then attend period 1 & 2 for an hour each until 10.50am when break begins. Period 3 starts at 11.05am until 12.05pm and then period 4 begins, finishing at 1.05pm. Lunch lasts until 1.55pm and you then attend period 5 for one hour until 2.55pm which is the end of the school day.

What subjects will I be doing at The Barlow?

You have core subjects which you will do throughout your time with us. These include; English, Maths, Science, Religion and PE. In Year 7 you will also do subjects like; Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History and Music.

Will I be in a family group or class with my friends from primary school?

If possible, we will try and put you in a family group or class with at least one friend from primary school. If you are the only pupil from your school, this is a great opportunity to make lots of new friends.​

Can I bring my own lunch to school?

Yes, you are allowed to bring a pack lunch to school. As a healthy school we do have a number of items that we ask are not taken into school. Please look on the school website for information in this. If you don’t want to bring a packed lunch to school, we offer a large range of snacks and main meals cooked fresh every day.

What should you do if you have any issues at school?

Speak to someone. Your Family Tutor, Head of Year, Key Stage Leader and your teachers. We are all here to help you.

What can you do to help make friends at secondary school?

Join a school club, invite someone to sit with you at lunch and travel to school with someone.

Will I be rewarded for my behaviour and attitude?

At The Barlow we are keen to reward positive behaviour and encourage all pupils to become responsible young adults. Your good behaviour will be rewarded in a number of ways, including; Barlow Stars, SPAR Points and annual rewards trips to places like Blackpool and Alton Towers.

Are there any extra-curricular clubs at The Barlow?

We run a wide range of extra-curricular clubs at The Barlow and encourage all pupils to join our clubs. These are an opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and be involved in the wider community of school. Clubs range from Chess and Drama to Netball and Football and many, many more.

A School Day at The Barlow

Key Staff Introductions

Transition Workbooks

Transition Booklet 4

Getting ready to transfer from Primary School to The Barlow

Transition Booklet 3

Getting ready to transfer from Primary School to The Barlow

Transition Booklet 2

Getting ready to transfer from Primary School to The Barlow

Transition Booklet 1

Getting ready to transfer from Primary School to The Barlow

Transition Activities

Activities to complete with your family in the transition to high school.

Additional Resources

Starting School at The Barlow