The Voice of Experience – Lilly


Dear New Year 7s.


I know that this must feel like a very strange time, you have not had the opportunity to come and spend the day at Arena Academy like we did. I just wanted to take the time to write and tell you of my experiences that might help with any fears or worries that you have.


I remember my first day, getting dressed into my new uniform, which felt so different from junior school…I mean a tie what, how, thank goodness for parents. I walked into the building with a knot in my stomach. School was so big and there were so many other kids walking around and they all knew where they were going, and I wasn’t sure if I remembered where the toilets were (turns out I did). I found my form class and sat down, looking around at all these new faces that were going to be in my class for the next few years and didn’t know how I could remember all the names (still not sure I do).


Meeting all the new teachers over the next few days was daunting and at times I felt a little lost and wished I could go back to juniors where it was easier and less scary, and where you stayed in the same classroom all day, there’s a lot of walking from room to room.


However as the days went on, I began to feel more settled and welcome to the school, I found where I was going easier, I made friends and discovered people were just as nervous as me and that made me feel less anxious.


The lessons are harder than primary but go at your pace and you will find it not too hard, always ask if you need a bit extra as I have found that all the teachers just want to help and support you through. If you feel as though you need some extra support your form tutor is there to guide you.


I would say if you can, go on the PGL trip as this is a great opportunity to bond and try new activities that you may not have tried before, it’s also a good way of building friendships with other people in your year.


Lastly, I would say have a great summer break, spend time with family and friends and enjoy. Cannot wait for you to join us in September!


Yours Sincerely,