Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting and significant event in the life of your child.
It is an important milestone which, for many parents/carers and teachers, marks a change in expectations regarding crucial life skills such as independent working and self-organisation.
When a child starts at secondary school, they are expected to cope with a whole variety of new experiences and changes, many of which demand skills and abilities that they have not had to use before. The problem is that these skills do not spontaneously develop in young people in the summer before they begin secondary schools – like reading and writing, they have to be taught, and our young people need support in developing them.
You may be feeling you have a lack of expertise having only had a child at primary school. It is our job to support you with this. The top two worries that year 6 students express (see the ‘Top 10’ worry list) are social concerns. Although common, most young people report that they are no longer worried about these after just one or two weeks at school!
Contact your child’s year 6 teacher if these worries become too great – they will be able to arrange for your child to meet some other students who will be starting (or who are already at the school) and perhaps arrange a ‘buddy’ for the first two or three weeks.
The remaining worries are nearly all to do with the new organisational demands that they know will be placed upon them. Luckily these are the areas in which we can help the most.
A booklet will be shared with you and added here early June.
The aim of this booklet is to provide you with the information you need to help your child to achieve independence, while supporting them in getting there. Achieving the balance of doing too much or too little for your child is hard – a useful rule of thumb is:
‘Never do anything regularly for your child that they are capable of doing for themselves.’
This booklet clearly outlines exactly what your child needs to be able to do to succeed at secondary school (‘key tasks for students’) and provides as many practical tips and ideas as we could cram in to help you to help them develop the skills for success (‘tips for parents/carers’).
The suggestions in the booklet are practical, down to earth and have all been used by real parents/carers with busy lives. You do not need to be an ‘expert’ or devote your life to your child’s schooling to help your child to get it right.
Time spent early on establishing habits of work and independence is an investment that will save endless time, battles and heartache in the long run. The habits and routines that young people develop in year 7 are those that will stay with them throughout their secondary schooling and often throughout their working lives. It is worth the effort of getting it right to start with (so much easier than putting things right when they have gone wrong). If you can help your child to do this, you will really be making a difference. There is a wide range of information that you and your child might like to explore on our website and twitter pages @bidks3
Miss Copley, Assistant Headteacher Outreach, Partnership and Community, will have probably met your child already. Miss Copley has been and will continue to coordinate all of the activities in the run up to the start in September. Please see below the three documents that have been shared with you by your child’s current primary school.
Student Passport: this is used as the first stepping stone in getting to know you so take care in completing this.
If you would like to apply or would like more information about how to apply for a place at Biddenham International and Specialist Sports College, please click this link
We hope you enjoy the transition process and it puts both your child and your own mind at rest. We look forward to sharing more resources with you over the coming weeks and meeting you soon. In the meantime please click on the boxes below for further information,
Ms E Simpson
Assistant Headteacher, Key Stage 3