Transition to High School

 
 
At Chapelford Village Primary School we recognise that moving to secondary school can be an exciting yet difficult time for our Year 6 children, and even harder with the uncertain future of when we may return to school. Every year, our Year 6 teachers meet with members of staff from each High School to share information on the children that may be moving up to ensure that when they start, transition is as smooth as possible. 

This year will be no different, and although our teachers cannot physically meet each other, they have already started to communicate over emails and the telephone to ensure the High Schools that your children attend, have as much information as possible. This can include; interests, hobbies outside of school, achievements, targets, friendship groups and academic achievements in school so far. 

This year, the staff at Chapelford together with secondary colleagues  have already started to think about, communicate and discuss arrangements that will help us ensure each child is well prepared for their next step on their school journey. This could include, transition packs, transition units of work or opportunities to look after pupil well-being as they begin to think about the step up. As a school, we will of course update you with anything you need to be aware of as the time comes.


What about transition visits? 

Each year, your childs High Schools arrange for transition events to take place before your children start in September, these can range from open days and weeks visiting the new school and  open evenings all designed  for the children to attend the new setting and opportunities to go and meet the teachers. Depending upon when schools reopen this year, these events could look slightly different. Obviously, we and the High Schools are aware of how important it is for your children to have chance to meet staff and possible form tutors for the next academic year and we are all working hard to put things into place together. 


What about the SATs? 

As of March 2020, the DfE announced that all assessments in Primary Schools across England, including teacher assessments of writing would be cancelled meaning that children in Years 2 and 6 do not need to sit their end of key stage assessments, known as SATs. This change will in no way affect children going to High School for September. We will still be sharing lots of important information with all our link schools, regardless of any SATs result. Upon entry to High School, many schools decide to base line assess the children upon entry and we would anticipate that something similar may continue to be in place for the next academic year. These would likely be low stakes assessments to ensure that children are well placed to continue their learning from KS2, taking into account the period of school closure.


Resources: 

Please find below a couple of useful websites that you may find informative when talking to your child about transition or raising the conversation. On the web pages, there are a few resources and ideas of things you can do to prepare together should you wish to start having these conversations.

The School Run

BBC - Transition to Secondary School


Questions we have:
On our first day, where do we go?
Your school will send you information explaining where to go on your first day.  Try to buddy up with a friend from your new form and find your way together.  

Who are the teachers?
Visit the school website and find the staff page.  
The children in school looked at the staff pages on the school websites.  We talked about how there would be lots of different teachers per subjects, heads of department, etc.  

How many people are in a class?
This will likely depend on the school and the subject.  Most classes have less than 30 children.  
 
What happens if you forget where you are going?
Usually, your high school will provide you with a map of the school.  Your timetable will tell you which room you need to be in for each lesson.  
In school, we discussed the importance of staying with a friend if possible as you move between lessons and how to speak to the teacher if you are late.  Great Sankey High have explained they can't provide a map at the moment due to the building work taking place.   
 
How long are the lessons?
Lessons are usually 60 minutes but these can range from 45 to 90 minutes.  Your timetable will clearly show how long each lesson is.  
The children in school looked at an example timetable from the school website.  
 
Which year are our GCSEs?
GCSEs take place when you are in Year 11.  In most schools, you will decide your options for these in Year 9.  
 
How much do school dinners cost?
The cost of meals varies depending on what you buy.  You will have an account and will need to manage your own weekly budget.  
We talked about the finger print payment system at Great Sankey High School.  
 
What does our uniform look like and what colour are our ties?
Each school website will have clear uniform expectations - and the consequences for not following these!  At Great Sankey, the uniform colours are dependent upon your house.  
 
Can we access the leisure centre during the school day? (GSHS specific)
Some of your PE lessons will take place in the leisure centre.  
 
What school trips will be on offer?
At the moment, many school trips are on hold.  There are usually many trips on offer - reward trips, history visits and many more.