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New Starters September 2024

A very warm welcome to all of our new Year 7s and families! Please see the menu items on the right alongside this page for lots of useful information about starting life at Hitchin Girls' School.

If you have a question that isn't answered here or if there is anything else you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our Transition Team at newintake@hgs.herts.sch.uk.

You can also follow us on X: https://twitter.com/HGSTransition

We'll start with a welcome message from this year's Head Girl Team, Bibi, Kelcie and Leyla!

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Transition Team

Mrs Caroline Hone
Assistant Headteacher &
Transition Lead

Ms Charlotte Gunns
Head of Year 7

Mrs Laura Cole
Assistant Headteacher,
SENCO & Mental Health Lead

Mrs Hannah Mellors
Pastoral - KS3

New Intake Day

All of our new starters will join us on Thursday 11 July for New Intake Day at HGS. Students will need to arrive by 8.30am and will be with us until 3pm. Parents and carers are welcome to collect them from outside the main school gates at this time. 

It will be a busy day with plenty of fun activities to help students get to know the school and each other. They will also find out which form they are in and meet their tutors. Please check back nearer the time for more details. 

Students who are the only one from their primary school coming to HGS have a separate extra day to meet each other on Wednesday 3 July. They will get to watch our annual Gym & Dance Display amongst other activities. More details to follow! 

Useful Info 

A Week / B Week

Our school weeks alternate between A Week and B Week, and the timetable is different for each one. The first week of each term is A Week. 

Lockers

You are encouraged to have a locker to reduce the amount of books and equipment you have to carry back and forth every day. Our lockers are leased and serviced by an external company and currently the annual fee is £25. You will be able to book your locker once you have found out which form you are in (on New Intake Day), so you can choose one that's near your form room.

Reception

There is a Reception at the entrance of the Main School and also the Woodside Block. If you feel unwell, have lost something or need any other help but are unsure where to go, the friendly office staff are there to assist.

Subjects in Key Stage 3

You will have classes in: 

Ancient Civilisations
Art and Design
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama
English
French
Geography
History
Latin
Learning for Life 
Maths
Music
Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education
Science
Spanish

The School Day

Registration: 8.40am - you should be in your tutor room by 8.35am latest.

Tutor time: 8.40 - 9.10am - catching up / activities with your form tutor.

Period 1: 9.10 - 10.10am 

Period 2: 10.10 - 11.10am 

Break: 11.10 - 11.30am - snacks are served in the Dining Room.

Period 3: 11.30am - 12.30pm 

Lunch: 12.30 - 1.30pm - there is a rota for the order in which year groups queue for lunch in the Dining Room. 

Period 4: 1.30 - 2.30pm 

Period 5: 2.30 - 3.30pm