Year 6 Transition
We are delighted that you have made a commitment to Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School for the future and welcome you to our school. At Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School we have high standards and expectations to support all our pupils to achieve their very best in both their academic and personal development.
At this continuing challenging time for all members of our school community we acknowledge that the transition into Year 7 has not been as straightforward as any of us would like. This section of our website will hopefully be useful to you as new parents/carers of our new Year 7 intake.
Transferring to Secondary School is an important milestone in a pupil’s life and at BHGS we aim to make this transition as smooth as possible whilst establishing continuity from Year 6 to 7 with a consistency of approach and challenge.
As your child has been offered a place at BHGS, you should have received a letter advising you of the events that we are planning for you and your child, should restrictions allow. Disappointingly we have had to cancel our New Intake Day on Thursday 8th July but plan to hold some virtual sessions with you child and their class on that day instead. We will be sending a Parent Pack out via the post containing hard copies of the booklets which can also be found below. The very popular and helpful Nearly New Uniform Sale will now take place Saturday 3rd July (10am-12pm) under our outside canopy. This is an opportunity to meet our Parents’ Association who will be running the event.
These events are dependent on government guidance regarding protective measures but we are keen to hold them if at all possible.
During May and June, pupils will receive a visit from a member of the transition team when we shall explain what it is like to be a Bishop’s pupil, the expectations and ethos of the school. We are also in regular contact with our feeder Primary Schools and exchanging as much information as possible to get an accurate educational ‘picture’ of your daughter.
In the New Parents/Carers pack there is a Pupil Transition Booklet. We would encourage your child to read and to take part in the transition activities and Library competition at the back of the booklet. Your child should also complete the ‘Postcard to my Form Tutor’ activity during the Summer which we hope they will bring with them to their first day(s) at BHGS in September.
We will be looking very carefully at the information sent to us by your Primary School and making follow up calls to them if necessary. This will be used when we consider the Tutor group your child will be placed into which they will find out on their first day in September.
On their first day in September
During the first day at BHGS, all Year 7 pupils benefit from a variety of Tutor group activities and also learning about life at secondary school. Following on from this, Form tutors, subject staff and learning support staff monitor pupils to identify any concerns with settling in or accessing the curriculum. Any concerns are dealt with swiftly and strategies are put in place to allay any fears, and deal with any problems as they arise.
Should you have any comments or questions about transition to BHGS please do not hesitate to contact Mr Dudley, Deputy Headteacher or Mr Nathaniel Nicholl, Head of Year who will be pleased to help you. Any questions relating directly to Summer School should be directed FAO of Mrs Jackson.