Making the Move from Primary to Secondary School
All teachers and parents are aware that the move from primary to secondary school can be quite a daunting experience for most children. At Chesterfield High School we fully appreciate that this is a very important time and that it can often be quite stressful for families. We aim to ensure that we make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 as stress free and smooth as possible and have shown our commitment by having a full time designated Transition Leader in school (Mrs P Allen). Mrs Allen is supported by Miss Ambrose who is the Progress Leader for Year 7. As a school we believe that this allows maximum continuity for pupils who will already have spent time getting to know Mrs Allen while in primary school.
We have established excellent working relationships with all local primary schools and our teachers regularly visit schools and assist in lessons, with pupils also visiting us here at Chesterfield to take part in numerous curriculum taster sessions. Both schools also work closely to ensure that continuity of curriculum delivery does not suffer during transition and precious time is not wasted re-visiting Key Stage 2 work at the start of Year 7.
Meetings with class teachers throughout Year 6 give us the opportunity to discuss each child individually giving us an insight into their ability, behaviour, their likes and dislikes and overall general personality. This is key information for the pastoral team at the beginning of Year 7 when building strong relationships with all pupils is the key focus. We also ensure that any vulnerable children receive the necessary intervention required before transition to assist them in their move.
All students will attend an Induction Day during the summer term when they will meet their form tutors and other class members. This gives the children the opportunity to look around the school again and familiarise themselves with some of the routines that we have adopted here at Chesterfield. The students Induction day is then followed by a Parents/ Carers Consultation Evening when the Headteacher and Senior Leaders will familiarise Parents/ Carers with the expectations of the school and give a brief introduction to the Year 7 curriculum.
PLEASE NOTE: During the current Covid 19 pandemic, we were unable to hold our usual Induction Day and Parent/ Carer Consultation Evenings in June 2020. However, we made every effort to ensure that students and parents received as much support as possible throughout the transition period via telephone, home visits ensuring social distancing and virtual events for both parents and students. As the pandemic continues we will ensure that families are kept up to date with plans for the transitional period in Summer 2021.
Mrs Allen and the Pastoral Team also run a Summer School during the summer holidays which ALL pupils starting in Year 7 are invited to. The school strongly advises that pupils attend part if not all of the Summer School to assist with their transition to school in September. We were delighted to be able to host the Summer School during the pandemic ensuring that all Covid guidelines were adhered to and are planning on repeating this again in Summer 2021.
The key focus of the Transition Leader is to ensure that starting at Chesterfield High School in Year 7 is an enjoyable experience for all pupils. Therefore, we are happy to show parents and children around the school during the day so that you can see us hard at work. We are still able to offer this during the current situation, following social distancing and facemask guidelines and would ask that Parents/ Carers contact the school if they wish to make an appointment. Our staff are also available to meet with parents or simply chat on the phone if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your child starting in Year 7 with us.
The first day of term for Year 7 is Wednesday 1st September 2021
New Year 7 students should assemble on the Basketball Court at the front of school by 8.25 am
In September your son or daughter will begin their time at Chesterfield in a mixed ability tutor group in which they usually remain for the next five years. This system allows the tutor to build up a detailed knowledge of your child and also provides you with a clearly identified point of contact if you have any concerns, ensuring the continuity and stability we think is so vital for success.
Your child’s Progress Leader is Miss Ambrose; she is responsible for leading form tutors and Pastoral staff in Year 7.
She is supported by Mrs Yvonne Ewart, Year 7 Student Support Manager. Together they work to ensure your son or daughter makes academic progress and feels happy and safe at school.
Keeping you informed
For your son or daughter to be successful at school it is vital that we all work together. We believe in keeping in contact to share achievements and raise any concerns as soon as they arise. As always, if at any time you feel you need to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s progress, please contact the school.
You will receive a report each term about your son or daughter’s achievements. One is a full report, the others are progress reports.
During the first term we will hold a Curriculum Evening for Year 7 parents. This meeting will give you the chance to find out about the key subjects your son or daughter is taking and how you can support your child’s progress. The most important point to remember is that we operate an ‘open school’ policy. You are welcome to come into school at any time if you have any concerns about your son/daughter – academic or social and Mrs Ewart will endeavour to meet with you.
If at all possible however, please try to make an appointment so that we can ensure that you speak with the most appropriate person. Appointments are made by contacting Mrs Ewart in the Student Support Office.
It is vital that your son/daughter brings the following items to school every day.