At Biddenham we understand that it can be daunting for parents to move from having one teacher to contact in primary school, to a range of teachers in secondary school.
We have put together the Starting Secondary School Booklet to support you and your child during this transition phase, with school specific information to help you contact the right person with any questions you may have. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond at our earliest convenience.
Who do we contact in school during transition?
Please see the information below to support you in finding the right person to contact. During the transition process from primary to secondary school the main contact will be:
You will then be introduced to your child’s form tutor who will become the first point of contact.
Typical Transition Programme from Year 6 into Year 7
Transition will be a slightly different experience for every child joining us and it is based on the needs of the individual. Examples of what they might be involved in are:
During the transfer days your child will have the opportunity to meet their class form tutor and some subject staff. This will give them a taste of what it will be like but not feel overwhelmed. Examples might include Science experiments in one of the labs, Sports lessons in the sports hall or on the astro turf or Drama in the drama studio with stage lighting. These opportunities will put worries to rest and excitement to flourish in preparation for September.
Update: Transition for June 2020
We know the anxieties you and your child may have at this time are heightened and we have been working hard as a school to create a bespoke package that we hope will prepare your child for secondary school, still enable them to explore the different subjects they will encounter in year 7 and introduce them to our staff and students.
All resources have been created to meet the needs of the students following social distancing advice set by the Government. These resources have been shared with the feeder primary schools. If you have any issues please either contact us or your child’s primary school, we are all happy to help during these unprecedented times.
Please click on the ‘Go Big – Be Awesome’ boxes below to access the following:
In addition to this, you might find the following documents useful:
School Map – help them locate where they need to go for particular subjects.
School Menu – try doing some money skills with them in preparation.
Sample Year 7 Timetable – give them the opportunity to see what a school timetable looks like and try and work out how to use it
Please watch this video to prepare them for their next steps and allow them to see that they are not alone in these very uncertain times.
For more regular updates follow us on twitter @BISKS3_
We have compiled and continue to compile video to help your child prepare for their transition to Biddenham.
Please watch the introduction video for year 6 and please click on the images below to view:
The videos are being created to show as many staff as we can before your child transitions to secondary school.
Remember to share what you have been doing to prepare by tagging us in your tweets @BISKS3_
To ease any anxieties you or your child may have about starting secondary school, we are releasing weekly Q & A sessions that cover the most common asked questions. These questions are also answered in the secondary booklet, but it is often nice to watch the short clips with your child to start any conversations about the transition to secondary school. For further updates please follow us on twitter @BISKS3_
Each Friday we are setting a weekly challenge to bring the new year group together. The challenges are fun and again are to familiarise your child with as many staff members as we can. These are to work alongside the ‘Go Big’ activities that have been sent home in your transition packs.
The link for Activity 3 is here
Live Tutor Group Virtual Sessions took place from Monday 13th July – Wednesday 15th July 2020