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Year 6 to 7

If you are a prospective parent please see the Year 5 and 6 Information page.

We are delighted that you have been offered a place at Archway School and we look forward to welcoming you as a student here in September.

2021 is a very important year for the School as we celebrate our 60th (Diamond) Anniversary.  You will be part of a special year group, our ‘Diamond Intake’.  We are sure that you will enjoy your time at Archway School and we trust that you will choose to stay with us all the way through to Sixth Form where you will have the chance to follow hundreds of students who have gone before you to achieve great things in life.


Getting to know your way around your new school is an important part of settling to life at secondary school. Take a look at our virtual tour of the school to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings.

To find out what you will study in Key Stage 3 follow the Curriculum link and you can discover more detail about your learning, not only in Year 7 but in Years 8 & 9 too! 

More information about your transition to Archway will be added to this page between now and September. Do keep checking for updates.

We are inviting you all to take part in our exciting Transition Challenges. There will be one each month between now and September. We are really looking forward to seeing your entries.

To help you start planning for Y7 we have included links to an equipment list and a uniform list on this page. Uniform is available from Bateman’s Sports in Stroud ( and online orders are currently being taken.

The Key Stage 3 Team

Mrs Durrant, Head of Key Stage 3, manages your transfer from primary schools to Archway. She is assisted by Mrs Stuart Brown (Assistant Head of Key Stage) and the Year 7 tutor team. All of the Key Stage 3 team are here to help you settle quickly into the Archway Community and are ready to support you to make a smooth transition to secondary school.

Support does not end when you join us in September. If you have any worries or concerns once you are in Year 7, just ask one of the team and they will be ready to give you the help you need.

Transition Challenges

Year 6 students who will join Archway in September 2022 will be invited to take part in some Transition Challenges which will help them find out more about Archway and what it is like to be a student here.

Keep checking this page to see each new challenge. The first one will be posted in March 2022

Frequently asked Questions

How many students are in each tutor group?

There are usually between 25 and 30 students in each tutor group.

Will I have all my lessons with my tutor group?

You will have most lessons with your tutor group; you will be taught in sets for Maths (after Term 1), Design Technology and PE

Will I be in a tutor group with my best friend?

We cannot guarantee this, but we do make sure that there will be someone you know from your primary school in your tutor group.

What time does school start?

You should be in school in good time for the warning bell at 8.40am. Registration begins at 8.45am

How many lessons will I have in a day?

At Archway we have 5 one-hour lessons each day.

Will I have a timetable for my lessons?

Yes. We follow a two-week timetable and you receive your copy on your first day in September

Will we have homework?

Yes. You will have homework and you access it from the online homework platform called Satchel:One. We will show you how to do this on your first day in Year 7

Do I need to bring my PE kit on my first day?

No, You do not need to bring your PE kit on the first day. Have it ready though, as you will need it for your first timetabled PE lesson.

Who can help me if I need help or am worried?

You can ask your class teacher if you need help with your work. If you need help finding your way around the school, Student Services will give you directions. Any other worries or concerns can be discussed with your tutor or with Ms Thulbourne, our Learning Mentor.

Do you have lockers?

Yes. There are lockers available for those Year 7 students who would like to have one.

Can I join an after school club?

Yes. We have a wide variety of clubs for you to join ranging from sports clubs to Art, Music, Drama and Science clubs.

Can I bring a mobile phone to school?

Yes, you can. You must make sure that it is switched off and in your bag when you are on school premises