Gad’s Hill School welcomed 55 new students on the first day of the academic year this morning.

Many of the children joined Gad’s year seven ‘Shell’ cohort, to begin their Senior education.

Head of Senior School, Mr Jack Tyler said: “It can be nerve-wracking starting at a brand new school.

“As is tradition, our most experienced students were on-hand to welcome the new classes and introduce them to life at Gad’s.

All year seven students, be they from local primaries or Gad’s Junior School, are paired-up with year 11 mentors as part of an induction programme to help the school’s youngest seniors settle and thrive.

The support scheme aims to make sure the classmates feel confident and comfortable coming to school. It also gives members of the oldest year group, selected for their maturity and accomplishments, an added responsibility as they enter their final year at the independent school.

The pairs will work together to complete a term-long programme which includes personal, social and academic challenges before gaining a ‘passport to the school’ – an acknowledgement and reward for their efforts and achievements.

Meanwhile, Gad’s new reception classmates enjoyed a morning of making new friends, followed by a homemade roast dinner in the school refectory, before learning through play in their very own courtyard.

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