• “When I first came to CHS I came from my old school on my own and I didn’t think I’d make new friends – but I did and I’m very happy”. Molly Year 7
  • “Pastoral support from staff is very strong.” Ofsted Dec 2014
  • “Students value and enjoy what the school has to offer.” Ofsted Dec 2014
  • Kingswood

Transition

For those students who successfully gain a place in Year 7, we run a well-established transition programme of Discovery Days developed through strong links with our partner primaries. 

Mr Barlow (Deputy Principal and Head of School) and Miss Franks (Year 7 Guidance Team Leader) meet students individually in their primary schools to learn a bit about them, find out about their friendship groups and their likes and dislikes. (For more information on exact dates of the visits, please see the downloads to the right of the page or click here.)

This information is then used to help place students in mixed ability tutor groups containing some of their friends from primary school, ready for when they start at CHS.  Students are then invited to a New Intake Transition Discovery Day in June (this year on Thursday 29th June 2017) during which they visit our site to meet their tutor and fellow tutees, experience some lessons and familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. 

Parents are also invited to attend a New Intake Evening later in the same day, when they, too, will have the chance to meet their child’s tutor, Guidance Team Leader and senior staff. 

For more information on the Transition Discovery Day and Parents' Evening, please refer to the letter given to Year 6 students during our New Intake Primary School visits in May, or click here.

We understand that the first few weeks of starting a new school can be the scariest so our transition work doesn’t end after Year 6. In the first half term, we organise a teambuilding day so that students can spend time getting to know one another, learning new skills, doing team building activities and, most of all, having fun together.

Students can look forward to fabulous activities including kayaking, climbing wall, bushcraft, archery, raft building and orienteering. New friendship groups are formed - a real bonus for those joining us from smaller schools, who often make the move up in ones and twos. Students learn to work together as a team to achieve common goals – bringing our ‘Achieving Success Together’ motto to life.

In addition to this, we also hold a Year 7 disco and social evening in September, during which there is an opportunity for parents to also come along and mix with other parents and meet their child’s tutor informally in the LRC.