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. On Thursday 8th July, your child will be invited to a New Intake Day when all Year 6 pupils across the county get the opportunity to spend the day in their new schools. At the end of this day a comprehensive information pack will be distributed to all new parents/carers, containing all the essential information about the school. Nearly new uniforms will be available to purchase at the end of the day (at 2pm).
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 will also be sent a ‘Postcard to my Form Tutor’ activity during the Summer which we hope they will complete and bring with them to their first day 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 7 (from Monday 21st June) who will be pleased to help you.