Top Tips for starting Year 7 at Oakbank

The school

Getting lost is one of the main concerns when you start a new secondary school. Here are some tips to help you get used to the size of Oakbank and tips on finding your way round.


  • Always have your timetable with you so you know where you are supposed to be next
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are lost
  • You will get lots of support: being shown around the school; a map of the school in your planner; people showing you the way and the school routines.
  • You will be given a friend to help you, probably from the class above – feel free to ask them lots of questions, they’ll remember exactly how you feel!
  • Do not expect to remember it all at once, or to know everything on the first day.

Making new friends

Are you worried about making new friends? Here are some tips about how to make new friends at secondary school.


  • Join a club or after school activity to meet new people
  • Be yourself and you’ll make friends with people like yourself
  • Smile and be approachable
  • Make an effort to speak to people even of it takes you out of your comfort zone
  • Don’t rush this: the most genuine friends come gradually as you get to know each other, not by trying to be instantly popular
  • You will be seated with different people in different subjects and will have to work together. This is a good opportunity to get to know your classmates and form new friendships.

Class work & new subjects

When you start secondary school, everything will be new. New subjects, new teachers (lots of them) and new classmates. Here are some tips about class work and new subjects. Are you worried about making new friends? Here are some tips about how to make new friends at secondary school.


  • Always listen to your teacher.
  • If you are unsure about anything just ask.
  • Do not interrupt your teacher or classmates when they are talking.
  • Do not expect to know everything; it will take time to learn new things.
  • If you lose your timetable, ask your form tutor for another copy and ask your friends what lessons you have next.
  • Always check you have enough detail about your homework so you can remember what to do when at home.

Myths about teachers

There are always rumours about how scary teachers are at secondary school. Here are a few tips that will make you feel more comfortable and help you settle into Oakbank.


  • Listen carefully to what you have been told
  • Follow instructions you are given
  • Enjoy yourself
  • Your form tutor will be an important person to you and will be the one who can help with any concerns you may have.
  • If you are struggling; whether that is with classwork, homework, a classmate or any other concerns you need to approach a member of staff or your tutor and tell them.
  • Teachers are here to help you!

First day preparation

Your first day at Oakbank can be something you are excited about and something you are looking forward to, but we understand that it can be scary coming to a school, where there are so many new people, new subjects and new teachers. Therefore, here are a few tips to help you with those first day nerves.


  • Know your route to school. Are you walking, cycling, being dropped off or getting the bus? Make sure you know how you are getting too school and home at the end of the day.
  • Make sure your school bag is packed with everything you need
  • Talk to your new classmates as this will help you make new friends
  • Be open and talk about yourself, so people can get to know you.
  • Listen to others, so you can get to know them.
  • Always smile and be friendly.

Things I wish I’d known

Our final few tips are


  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before school
  • Learn your timetable so you know where to go
  • Only bring what you need in your bag rather than everything
  • Do not suffer in silence. When you are in school or class, teachers are here to help.