In Ballyclare High School we are keen to help all our new pupils feel settled. We help them integrate and support them as they develop new relationships.

In June pupils visit school, meet their new class, sixth form buddies and their form teacher. Year 8 start school a day before other pupils, allowing them to see best how to find their way around, use their lockers and organise themselves with the support of their teachers and buddies. They use their welcome pack to get to know who’s who, what’s what and when things happen before they have to meet their subject teachers.

Some other events to help new Year 8 pupils include our visit to the Woodhall Residential Centre which is a huge hit with both teachers and pupils.