• “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
  • ‘[Pupils] feel safe and happy at school.’ Ofsted 2018
  • ‘The relationships between teachers and pupils are highly supportive. This allows pupils to ask for help when they need it and learn from their mistakes.’ Ofsted 2018
  • Kingswood


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. 

Mrs Darling (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Franks (Student Support Services Team Leader) normally 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 Transition Discovery 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 and Carers 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'/Carers' Evening, please refer to the letter usually given to Year 6 students during our New Intake Primary School visits in May/June. 

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 and Carers to also come along and mix with other Parents/Carers and meet their child’s tutor informally in the LRC.