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) who is also the Progress Leader for Year 7 and 8. 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 pupils starting in Year 7 will be invited to attend an Induction Day in June when they will spend the day in school meeting with their new classmates and form tutor and will experience a taste of lessons at Chesterfield High School. Induction day for pupils starting in September 2019 is Thursday 27th June 2019, with the Y7 Parents Induction Evening taking place on Wednesday 3rd July at 6pm. It is important that every child is represented by a parent or carer at the Induction Evening.
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.
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. 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 is Wednesday 4th September 2019
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 Mrs Allen; she is responsible for leading form tutors and Pastoral staff in Year 7.
She is supported by Mrs Diane McCann, 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 be holding 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 McCann 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 McCann in the Student Support Office.
It is vital that your son/daughter brings the following items to school every day.
- Pens (black, red and green)
- Rubber (not tippex)
- Reading book
- A strong school bag (a rucksack with 2 straps. Handbags are not allowed)
- Calculator (Scientific)
- Student Planner
To help your child get the most from school it is a good idea to check they have these items before setting off each day.
Student Planners and Homework
Each student is provided with a planner. The planner is used to record the homework in each lesson and when it should be handed in. It is also used to record achievements and to send messages home from time to time. The planners are checked each week by form tutors to make sure they have been correctly filled in. Parents are also encouraged to use the planners to send messages into school which will then be read by the tutors when they check them. As part of our commitment to working in partnership with parents we ask you to check that homework is being completed when it is set.
The local authority will provide transport to Chesterfield for all pupils who live more than 2 miles from the school. Students can only travel on these buses if they have a pass. It must be pointed out that provision of transport is conditional upon reasonable behaviour and this privilege can be withdrawn at any time. If you have any concerns regarding school transport please contact Mrs Allen. Children who wish to travel to school on a bike must register the bike with school and will then be issued with a bike pass which must be shown every morning on arrival at school. All bikes must have a strong lock with them. Forms will be issued to children during Induction day
Details of our current Uniform Requirements can be found here.