Hello, I’m Mrs Taylor and it is a pleasure to welcome you to St Thomas More School.
My job is to ensure you have the smoothest possible start in Year 7; making sure that you feel ready and prepared and as excited to start as we are to welcoming you.
Some fun facts about me:
- I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, my favourite character is Luna Lovegood because I love how quirky and kind she is.
- I have a dog named Alfie, or Alfred if he is misbehaving.
- I attended St Thomas More as a student myself (an undisclosed amount of years ago) so I have been in your shoes as a new Year 7, full of nerves and excitement.
As your transition coordinator, I may be one of the first STM teachers that you get to meet. In June, I will come to visit you at your primary school whilst you are still in Year 6 so that we can introduce ourselves to one another and I can answer any of your questions. I will also have a chat with your Primary School teachers to find out a little bit more about you.
In July, you will then be invited into school for a couple of transition days with all our other Year 6 students who will be joining us. During these days you will get a taste of what to expect in September, you will meet some of your new teachers, take part in lessons and get to learn your way around school. We will then hold a Year 6 information evening where you and your parents/carers will be invited to come in and learn about how things are done at St Thomas More. You will also find out which house you will be in and who your form tutor will be during this evening.
Then, in September, I will be there to welcome you as a St Thomas More student, working alongside your form tutor to help you to settle in and be the best you can be.
Throughout June to September, you will be invited to join our SeeSaw app, where you will be able to take part in some special STM challenges.
On this page, you will find lots of helpful videos and answers to thing you may be unsure about. Please do take a look around and get in touch if you have any questions (parents too).
I look forward to seeing you very soon,
Answers to common questions
Do I need to be a Catholic to come to your school?
We are first and foremost a Catholic School but you do not need to be Catholic to attend. We have students, and staff of a variety of faiths and no faith too. At our school we say a daily form time prayer, have a whole school mass once a term (3 times a year) and each form attends a liturgy (time of reflection) once per half term. In our RE lessons, we teach about a range of religions as well as what the Catholic faith looks like.
How many breaks do we get each day?
We have a 15 minute break time at 11:10 and a 45 minute break at 12:25. The school day ends at 3:10.
What is the food like?
The food served in the canteen is delicious. There is lots of choice at both break and lunch time. My favourite is roast dinner day because I love Yorkshire puddings. You will get a copy of the menu when you visit us on your transition evening in July.
For more information, see our School Dinners page
Can I be in a form with my friends?
We will send an information pack out to our new starters in around April/May time. Inside your pack their will be a form request page where you can fill in the names of up to three other students and we will do our best to ensure you are put with at least one of them.
How much homework do we get?
You will get small tasks to complete as homework in each subject. In Year 7 we will show you how to be organised with your time so that you know how and when to complete your homework. We have a homework club that runs at lunch time where you can receive extra help if you need it.
What clubs are there?
There are many clubs at STM that run at lunch time or afterschool. The clubs on offer can change around depending on our students’ interests. At the moment we have the following: Author Talks, Book Club, Boys Basketball, Boys Football, Chess Club, Cipher Club, Common Room, Dance Club, Girls Football, Homework club, Jazz Band, Netball Club, QUEST (Qualities in English Studies), Radio Club, Student Council, Table Tennis, Vocal Group and Year 7 Band … phew!
What are the teachers like?
All of the teachers at STM are friendly, dedicated and caring. At STM we are one big family, we look out for each other and encourage each other to be respectful and do the right thing. Every member of staff wants you to be the best you can be, to listen, to learn and to ask for help when you need it.
New Intake Presentation
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To access your SeeSaw account, you need to download the app or click on the button below, select I am a student and use your QR code or type in your log in details from your SeeSaw invitation (please ring the school if you cannot find them).
Once you have done this, you should find mini challenges from your new teachers to take part in.
You will also receive announcements and videos of your new teachers saying hello.