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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 Mrs Pyatt (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.
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 Day in June 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 when they, too, will have the chance to meet their child’s tutor, Guidance Team Leader and senior staff.
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.