Transition 2021

Our New Year 7

What is happening with Transition this year?

Following the delay of the easing of lockdown restrictions and the subsequent DfE guidance around events we can hold in school, all secondary schools across Bolton have reluctantly had to cancel their scheduled face-to-face Transition Days (our two transition days were going to take place on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July). We are obviously very disappointed that we can’t meet our new Year 7s in person.

In light of this, we have two alternative ways in which we will conduct our transition this year.

The first is this this webpage which provides you with key information about getting started at Little Lever. You will find which Edge form students will be in and which House they will belong to (this informs the colour of their school tie). Our new Year 7 Edge (form) Tutors have also recorded welcome videos, introducing themselves to their form. These will be the first person students meet each morning and will be on hand to support them every day.

The second part of our transition programme arrives in September. Year 7 will be the only year group in the building on the first day of school. Every member of staff will be on-hand to support and guide them through the building, rooms, their timetable, breaks, lunches and our expectations and protocols.

So firstly, sit back and take your time navigating this webpage via the pink drop down menus. We hope it answers the many questions you may have about joining Little Lever School. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs Leigh, our Leader of Transition on

We can’t wait to see you all in September!

Letters and Advice From Our Year 7s

We asked our current Year 7s to write welcome messages and provide some advice for our new Year 7 students starting in September…

Dear New Year 7s,

Little Lever School is a place full of fun and ambition. At first you may be shy and/or nervous but just by the end of your 7 your confidence will have grown immensely. The teachers are all willing to help you the best they can as they want everyone in school to thrive in exams and have a great future. Obviously, you will have to put maximum effort into your lessons because it is a team effort just like always. But most importantly, make sure you have fun because the last thing we want to know is that you are stressing or worrying over things that you could ask for help with. Little Lever is a great place and you will soon find out that it is amazing.

Yours sincerely,

Dear New Year 7,

Little Lever is a great school. There’s a lot of great teachers here! The timetable is simple and very easy to read. I even memorised it. It is easy to make friends just be kind. If you get lost in the school the teachers will help you to find your lesson. My favourite lesson is History, tell me yours. I thought I was not going to make any friends but it turned out I did. And when I got my first badge I was so proud. I thought I was on top of the Universe. Then I got another badge and I have 5 badges, which I really am proud of. I couldn’t get happier with myself.

Year 7 went fast and I bet your Year 6 probably went fast too. I hope you have a good year in Year 7, I might see you.

Yours Sincerely,

Dear future Year 7s,

Most of you will be nervous to join Year 7 as you’re moving to a new school and meeting new people, but after a while it isn’t that scary. Meeting new people is just a part of life because you all didn’t know your friends until you met them. When you start Little Lever school we have the perfect climate, STAR and more to help you be great learners!

A new thing when you join high school is the room names like M4 or H1 which all stand for different things. In primary we all did Science, English and Maths but in high school you have more choices like art, drama, history, geography and more! Each year groups have different lunch and break times but you will share your lunch and break with year 8s (us). My advice is to be organised and try to get all your homework done because trust me it will help.

In Little Lever we have the perfect climate system: perfect climate 1 stands for being silent and not speaking unless asked too, perfect climate 2 stands for speaking in pairs or groups and perfect climate 3 stands for listening to the one person in class who is speaking.

If you ever feel like you need to speak to someone about something, go to a teacher who will try and help you because they all will try their best to support every student.

From Poppy

Dear New Year 7s,
Most of you will feel anxious, nervous, shy and all sorts of mixed up feelings when starting a new school, but there is nothing to worry about! Even though the school is big and you may think you’ll get lost, in reality it’s not as big as it seems. It’s actually quite easy to find your way around the corridors. If you did get lost make sure you either find a teacher or have your planner. On pages 3-4 there’s a map!

You should always feel free to talk to any of the teachers, they will listen and help you achieve things you never thought you could. Anything you put your mind to, you can do it.

Kind Regards, Phoebe

To Year 7s,

Starting a new school can be scary, but it’s also exciting. The reason it can be exciting is because you can make new friends, learn new things and you can meet new teachers.

In Little Lever School trying your best is always essential, as it can lead to badges and even the Praise List. The Praise List is a list you can go on for good behaviour and hard working. If you are on the Praise List 3 times in a row you are rewarded with a badge.

P.E. is very good sometimes because you do all sorts of activity’s such as: Football, basketball, netball, tennis and badminton. After school there are also different activities to get involved in.

Break time is good because it gives you time to speak to your friends, eat food and have a drink. You can get food from the canteen which is next to the boys toilets. In the morning you can get waffles, bacon, pancakes, teacakes and much more and at lunch time you can get pasta pots, sandwiches, subs (meatball, chicken tika, chicken) and many more delicious items.

I hope this was a helpful guide to help you new year 7’s at Little Lever School.

Dear new Year 7,

When I came to LIttle Lever I was very nervous and had a lot of anxiety. It’s completely normal. There are a lot of classes that you might not of have done in primary school like: Life Chances and Catering. Life Chances is about teaching you what citizenship is and assumptions that we have about people like you might have an assumption about year 11s. Catering is about teaching you about food hygiene and how to cook.

Your classes will be very different from primary. It will be harder and more challenging but as long as you push yourself to your limits you will succeed in life because it’s these years that count these years that will determine your future. I know this sounds scary but it’s the truth. You need to try because if you don’t try you will look back at your life and think I should’ve tried harder. I know this is a lot but don’t forget make friends because they will help you, and remember don’t stick with your primary school friends, spread out to people from different schools.

Remember the Little Lever motto; help every person achieve things they never thought they could.


Dear new Year 7,

As part of the SCL (student leadership council) you don’t have to be anxious when starting school. Teachers help you around the building if you are lost. By the time you have been in school for a month you will know the place so well! Every year you students get to try to join the SLC (student leadership council).  You have to apply for it, have an interview and if selected you can help the school become an even better place.

Hope you do well, enjoy it here.

From Noah

Dear New Year 7s,

I understand how scary it might sound going to a new school but I can promise you it’s not that bad! When I first started I was worried about: transport, friends, subjects and the idea of going to a brand new school.

Friends – honestly just don’t overthink it! Stay with your primary friends at first but go make new ones as well, see who is in your lessons and talk to them, don’t be shy; they are probably feeling the same way as you.

Subjects – there are English, Maths, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Art, RE, PE, Tech / Food Tech and Life Chances, the lesson I am in writing to you right now. Not only do you learn all of your basic subjects in school but with this lesson you learn about things that school would teach you like banks, money, houses and things to prepare you for the real world. A lot of these subjects you haven’t done in primary school but I can tell you they’re pretty fun. In technology we got to make rulers and keyrings but then in food tech we made fruit salads and jam buns.

The School – when I first started I thought the building was huge but now I dont think its that big at all. When you don’t know where anything is and don’t know where you are going it can be quite scary. I got lost on the first few days but these really kind Year 8 girls helped me find my way to the English department.

Tips – If you were too worried and conscious about time in the morning to eat breakfast then that’s fine, in the school canteen they serve breakfast from 8- 8:50am with: waffles , toast , bagels , pancakes and so much more. Tip 2: when you first get your timetable, write it at the back of your planner, your Edge tutor will definitely tell you this! Tip.3: Don’t have your phone past the blue line! This school has a very strict phone policy and you should switch your phone off before you get to the line.

My first day – The first day we were the only students in school, we stayed in our Edge form and learnt about the rules, perfect climate, etc. I made so many new friends and made a lot of memories. It sounds crazy saying I’m going to be in Y8 in September because it goes so quick so just remember to enjoy it!

Good Luck, Latifah

Dear new Year 7,

Going from primary to high school is a pretty big thing but there is nothing to worry about. Little Lever is a great school they will make you feel welcome. What you will need to bring: pencil, pen, ruler, rubber, sharpener and a reading book in your school bag. The teachers are really nice and if you dont know where to go they will always look at your timetable and give you the directions or even take you there no matter what.

We have a workshop and its really cool, I made a key chain in there yesterday. We also have a food room it’s very fun your teacher will guide you through the cooking you will learn how to make, and then you can eat it when you get home!

Hope I see you in school, good luck!


To our new Year 7 students,

My name is Mrs Le Blanc and I’m a teaching assistant here at Little Lever School. I imagine you are all really nervous about your transition into high school in September and that’s to be expected. This time last year, like you, I moved from a primary school to work in our high school and even as an adult, it was nerve racking, but the staff and students here are all brilliant and I soon settled in.

At first, the building felt really big and I got lost a few times before I learnt my way around but you’ll be given a planner which contains a map and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, I promise we don’t bite!

Here at Little Lever we use ‘The Perfect Climate’ in all of our classrooms to create a working environment for everyone. Perfect climate 1 means you are to be silent and focused on your own work, perfect climate 2 is where you can work in pairs or small groups and perfect climate 3 is when the class listens to one person speaking. Don’t worry though, your teacher will always make it clear which climate you are working in.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and having lots of fun at our summer school. If you aren’t attending, I’ll see you around school in September and will be in some of your classes.

Mrs LB x

What can you expect each day at Little Lever?

  • What is the Little Lever Way?

    Little Lever School is one of the most improved schools in the country! One of the major reasons for this is that everyone at Little Lever believes in our core purpose and doing things the Little Lever Way! Click below to find out what the Little Lever Way is all about…

    The Little Lever Way

  • Our Praise Culture

    We care about children and we want every child at Little Lever to be known and feel valued.  We want them to understand that success comes through hard work and effort.  We understand how Praise helps and supports every person to achieve things they never thought they could, but praise is earned at Little Lever.  We give praise for a multitude of things but primarily for demonstrating effort and kindness.  Click below to find out more about our praise culture…

    Our Praise Culture


  • Our Expectations

    We have very clear expectations at Little Lever.  We are very clear about what we expect from each and every student.  This is to ensure ALL students have the best chance of achieving things they never thought they could!  In our experience when you raise your expectations of young people they always rise to the challenge.  Click below to find out more about our expectations.

    Our Expectations

  • What subjects and topics do you learn about each year?

    We have mapped out what you will be learning each year at Little Lever. Go to our curriculum page below and watch the video to find out more…

    Our Curriculum

  • How do we help students learn and remember more?

    We pride ourselves on knowing what has the greatest impact in helping your children learn.   This is one of the many reasons why we are one of the most improved schools in the country!  We are research driven and only implement teaching strategies that have the greatest impact in helping our students achieve things they never thought they could!  Please click below to find out more about how we do this…

    Our Teaching


  • Our School Day 2021/22

    YEAR 7 and 8

    8am – 8.50am MORNING BREAKFAST

    9.05am – 9.15am PREP time

    9.15am – 10.45am SESSION 1

    10.45am – 10.55am BREAK

    10.55am – 11.40am SESSION 2

    11.40am – 11.55am BREAK

    11.55am – 12.45pm SESSION 2

    12.45pm – 1.45pm SESSION 3

    1.45pm – 2.15pm LUNCH

    2.15pm – 2.45pm SESSION 3

    2.45pm – 3.30pm OPTIONAL ENRICHMENT

    2.45pm – 4.45pm NIGHTCLUB (FREE refreshments served at 4pm for those that attend)

    YEAR 9 and 10

    8am – 8.50am MORNING BREAKFAST

    9.05am – 9.15am PREP time

    9.15am – 10.50am SESSION 1

    10.50am – 11.15am SESSION 2

    11.15am – 11.30am BREAK

    11.30am – 12.40pm SESSION 2

    12.40pm – 1.10pm LUNCH

    1.10pm – 2.45pm SESSION 3

    2.45pm – 3.30pm OPTIONAL ENRICHMENT

    2.45pm – 4.45pm NIGHTCLUB (FREE refreshments served at 4pm for those that attend)

    YEAR 11

    8am – 8.30am MORNING BREAKFAST

    8.30am – 9.15am PREP time in English, maths or science Edge groups

    9.15am – 10.50am SESSION 1

    10.50am – 11.05am BREAK

    11.05am – 12.50pm SESSION 2

    12.50pm – 1.15pm SESSION 3

    1.15pm – 1.45pm LUNCH

    2.45pm – 3.30pm OPTION SUBJECT BOOST

    2.45pm – 4.45pm NIGHTCLUB (FREE refreshments served at 4pm for those that attend)

    We ask that Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students are on the school site by 8.55am ready to be called to the rear yard to line up in their PREP forms. Students are able to purchase breakfast each morning in our school canteen from 8am. This is supervised by staff.

    We operate a split break and split lunch time. This means Year 7 students will share their breaks and lunch with Year 8 students only. Year 9, 10 share a different break and lunchtime times and 11 students have a separate break and lunch time.

    Year 7 and 8 have a later break and a later lunch. In discussion with our Parent Forum we agreed a later break and later lunch for Year 7 and Year 8 would help support students’ concentration through the day. They also have a shorter, 10-minute break between Session 1 and 2. Whilst we are unable to serve refreshments at this point, however, students are allowed their own drink or snack at this time.

    We will concentrate predominantly on English, maths, science and Ebacc subjects (History, Geography, MFL) in the morning and deliver lessons such as Art, drama, PE, Technology, music in our afternoon sessions.

    The school day finishes at 2.45pm but we provide Enrichment programmes until 3.30pm every day except on Wednesdays. We encourage ALL students to get involved with our enrichment clubs.

    Year 11 finish their school day at 3.30pm with an Option Boost session. This is reviewed an updated regularly depending on which option subject students require additional time and support in.

  • Our School Uniform

    We have a strict uniform policy.  This is to ensure students are preparing themselves for the world of work and life beyond their 5 years at Little Lever.  In many jobs students will have to wear a uniform or specialist equipment.  We want to teach our students the value of this.  We also want to ensure every student feels part of the Little Lever team.  When students wear our blazer they take on the responsibility to leave the blazer in a better place.  This means they represent our community when they wear our blazer and they must represent our community in the right way.

    We insist on black leather shoes and we will not deviate from this.  We do not allow trainers of any type.

    Students are only permitted to wear a wrist watch.  Rings, earrings, piercings and bracelets are not to be worn.  If students arrive to school with jewellery on it will be confiscated and a C3 detention will be issued.  Again, we want students to take responsibility for the choices they make.  We have set out a clear uniform policy and our expectations will not change.  The responsibility lies with the student to make the right choice.

    If students are going to have piercings we recommend students have these done over the summer holidays.  We will not accept any reason for wearing jewellery other than a wrist watch.

    Our Uniform Stockists

    Whittaker’s Schoolwear, Deansgate, Bolton 01204 389485

    Smart Clothing, Blackhorse Street, Bolton 01204 392610

    PTS School Wear, 7 New Road, Radcliffe 0161 723 0991

    Ziggys, Brackley Street, Farnworth 01204 577211

  • What equipment must students bring to school every day?

    Equipment at Little Lever refers to 4 things:

    1. Book (A reading book from their Reading Routes programme)
    2. Bag
    3. Pencil case
    4. Planner

    All students are expected to have these 4 items at all times when they are in school.

    ‘You wouldn’t turn up to a football match without your football boots… you’re probably not going to play very well…’

    This is a common analogy we use with students to show them the importance of having their equipment with them at all times. Not having the right equipment can significantly affect the progress a student makes each day.

    We conduct equipment checks every morning in EDGE time. Students who do not have the right equipment will be issued the right equipment for the day. If students return the equipment at the end of the day there will be no consequence issued. Should students not return their equipment they will be issued with a C3 detention. Again, this is to teach students about the importance of managing themselves and taking responsibility for their equipment.

Meet the people who will help you achieve things you never thought you could

Reading Routes

We place great importance on reading both in school and for pleasure. It is proven to improve literacy, communication and understanding and connection with the wider world and is fundamental in students being able to access learning and be successful. It is the bedrock of everything we do here at Little Lever.

Reading Routes provides a structured programme for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to select and read books that have been recommended as age appropriate which support and expand their reading ages. Every student follows the programme. It provides an opportunity to read a range of books in school and promote independent reading from all students at home.

Find out more in the video below and our Reading Routes webpage;

Reading Routes