Joining at Year 7

Joining year 7 is one of the most important moments in a child’s journey through school. This is a time when friendships are formed, when lifelong attitudes to learning are developed, and where a love for learning, and for school, can be instilled if this is handled with due care and attention by skilled staff in a nurturing environment.

At St Joseph’s, this begins in Year 6.  We first offer prospective pupils and parents to our attend our Senior School Open Evening this gives pupils and parents the opportunity to explore the Senior School and try a number of different lessons. We then offer a full day in the Senior School in January of Year 6, where pupils already in our Junior School and those joining, or thinking of joining, for Year 7 get the invaluable opportunity to experience a full day in the Senior School. We believe in making this transition as easy as possible, and so all Senior School teachers have involvement in the day, and it is carefully constructed to ensure the very best experience for the children.

In June of their Year 6 we offer a further two days for transition, one in school and one with a team building focus.This normallly involves a morning surfing at Widemouth Bay, and an afternoon of teambuilding activities. This also allows pupils joining the school a chance to form early friendships, and make connections, and for parents to exchange contact details, so children can meet over the summer and thus September of Year 7 is not such a daunting occasion.

From the moment Year 7 begins, our focus is on assimilating these new arrivals into the life of the Senior School, whether they come from St Joseph’s or elsewhere. We have a teambuilding day within the first two weeks, which has in the past been held either at Siblyback Lake or at Roadford.

Great care is taken to ensure that pupil friendships are developed, and our Year 7 tutors are always available for those in their care to share any concerns they may have. We also have a dedicated member of the Prefect team who is assigned as Junior / Senior liaison, and they are invariably more than happy to join in any event Year 7 may attend.

We would recommend that any parent interested in joining Year 7 arrange at least two consecutive taster days in school so they have the opportunity to meet St Joseph’s Year 6 class. 

We want everyone joining to do so with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, and we will do all we can to make sure this is the case.

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Parents are required to purchase a device ready for the start of Year 7 and this is part of their equipment list. This device will support your child’s educational journey with us throughout Years 7 to 11. All students will be required to bring this device to school, just as they are required to bring in the correct stationery.

We require all students to have a device that has Windows installed. A Microsoft Surface Go or similar device is recommended as these have all the benefits of a full Windows laptop while retaining the freedom, portability and usability of a touch screen tablet. The school’s licensing allows all staff and students access to the full Office 365 suite, including Teams, which has already proven invaluable with our teaching and learning. We will be able to ensure this works with pupil devices at no cost to parents.

Since the school introduced the use of mobile technology for education purposes and each student having a personal device 10 years ago, they have been invaluable in the learning development of students. The devices have allowed students to research and explore independently, which is an integral skill in learning. It has also allowed for more creative learning to take place with the different features devices allows.

If you have any questions regarding molbile devices please email Mr Matthews on