Key Stage 2-3 Transition
Update 24th April 2020
Due to the current circumstances regarding COVID-19 please be aware that our Transition pages currently hold last year’s information. Helsby High School will be in touch in due course with further information on how Transition will be managed this year. Please be assured we will be doing our best to ensure a smooth and successful Transition for all our new Year 7 pupils due to join us in September 2020.
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Please also be aware of the following update from Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Team:
Temporary suspension of school admission appeals
Following the recent government announcements around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the closure of schools we have temporarily suspend appeal panel hearings. Scheduled school admission appeals will no longer go ahead on the day planned.
We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) about how education appeals are to be administered at this time. If you lodge an appeal, we will contact you with a date as soon as we are able to.
Parents, carers or guardians for pupils with appeals for academies, foundation, diocesan managed schools, free schools and studio schools should contact the individual school concerned.
Information for those considering applying to Helsby High School click here
Information for those with a place offered at Helsby High School click here
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We hope that you find the information linked to this page useful in making this important decision. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via Transition@helsbyhigh.org.uk
Information for those considering applying to Helsby High School
The choice around your child’s secondary education is a very important one. You will want a school which supports your child to achieve the best they can academically, but also one which develops their character curriculum. For this reason, we are delighted that you are considering Helsby High School. We are proud both of our learners’ academic achievements and the progress they make beyond the classroom.
The transition from primary to secondary education is a very exciting time, but can be a bit challenging too. At Helsby High School we aim to make the transition is as smooth as possible.
We have an excellent working relationship with all the primary schools in the area as well as many outside of our catchment area. This leads to an outstanding transition programme. The transition process for many students starts before Year 6, as we welcome hundreds of students into Helsby each year for exciting learning opportunities. Just some of the events we enjoyed last year include taster days in art, history, geography, MFL, maths and drama. There was also our music for life event, our STEM workshop, our Year 5 Food tech lessons and science workshop. These were just some of last year’s events which demonstrate our collaboration with our local primary schools.
Our transition continues in Year 6 with the following events:
- Year 7 Buddies visit the Primary School during March, April and June
- Year 6 Students meet with Mrs Tobin (Transition Coordinator and SENDCo) at the Primary School
- Induction Evenings for Parents and Students are on Tuesday 7th July or Wednesday 8th July 2019
- Induction Day (PSHCE Themed) Thursday 9th July 2019 8.40am till 3.05pm
- Induction Day (Timetabled Lessons) Friday 10th July 2019 8.40am till 3.05pm
- JIGSAW Transition Project in June 2020. This provides an additional level of transition for an identified cohort of students
Information for those with a place offered at Helsby High School
We are delighted that your child has a place at Helsby High School. We take very seriously the responsibility of helping you and your child through the transition from their current setting to our school.
Below is an outline of what will happen next:
Please see transition presentation below from 2019 (note: this will next be updated July 2020)
Transition Pack 1 to Parents & Carers – March 2019
- Welcome Letter from Headteacher
- Admission Form
- Buddy Letter to Parents
- Language Letter
- New Year 7 Newsletter
- Transport Letter
- Uniform Letter
- Uniform List
- Uniform Order Form from September 2019
- GDPR Request for Consent Form
Transition Pack 2 to Parents & Carers – June 2019
- Term Dates 2019-2020
- Term Dates 2020-2021
- Locker Letter 2019
- Curriculum Letter 2019
- Y6 Induction Days 2019
- Additional Uniform Guidance for Year 6 Parents
- Letter to parents from Mr Hill 1
- Letter to parents from Mr Hill 2
- Home School Agreement May 2019
Transition Pack 3 to Parents & Carers – July 2019
- Attendance Information
- Additional Uniform Guidance for Year 6 Parents
- Extra-Curricular Sports Fixtures 2019
- Healthy Eating Guide 2019
- HHS Catering Services
- Letter to parents from Mr Hill July 2019
- Year 7 Recommended Reading
- Music for Life 2019
- Uniform list 2019
Year 7 Events (2019 – 2020):
Once the students have started in Year 7, our induction process continues with the following events:
- Pastoral Information Evening with Form Tutors in October.
- Progress Report available electronically every Half Term.
- Parents Evening in Spring Term.
General Advice for Parents & Carers:
There are many differences between primary and secondary school, and it is a good idea to find out as much information about the normal school day before they start, such as:
- When does the school day begin and end?
- If they are getting the bus to and from school, where does it pick them up?
- How can I contact the school?
- Who should I contact if I have any concerns or questions?
- Where should they go on their first day?
- Make sure your child is prepared before they start in September, including:
- the correct uniform
- all their equipment (pens, pencils, ruler, calculator)?
- their PE kit?
- arrangements for lunch (school dinners/ packed lunch)?
Advice for Students
If you are feeling nervous about secondary school, you are not alone. All of your friends and the other students will be thinking about the same things as you. For example, you might has thought about the following:
- The size of the school
Our Year 7 Buddies will be visiting your Primary School soon. You can ask them lots of questions; they were in the same situation as you this time last year! If, once you have started, these worries are still with you, you can speak to your Form tutor or any member of staff. You might like to come to our Student Support Centre or our Hub where there will always be a member of staff to help you.
You will get homework as soon as you start in Year 7. You will be given access to a mobile phone app called ShowMyHomework which will list all your homework as well as the date it is due in. If you are ever unsure as to what you should be doing for homework, the obvious person to ask is your subject teacher. Don’t be scared. They would rather you asked for help than struggled to complete it. If you really are having problems doing the work, get your parents to write a note to show to your teacher. Think about forming a small homework club with your friends, and doing it together.
When you were at primary school the teachers encouraged you to let them know if you were unhappy with the way you were being treated by another student. It is the same at Helsby High School, we DO NOT TOLERATE BULLYING. Always speak to your Form Tutor or a teacher you feel you can talk to. If you can’t speak to anyone at school, speak to your parents. They can always let us know.
When you move to Helsby High School you will find that you may be in a different Tutor Group to the friends you had at primary school. Some students when they start are scared that they will find it hard to make friends. Don’t worry. Your Form Tutor will encourage you to make friends through activities that you will do in Tutor Time. In no time at all, you will find that as well as having your friends from primary school, you have also made a lot of new friends. Try to smile at everyone you meet. This is a good way to meet new people as they will think you are the sort of person that they would like to hang around with. We have lots of different clubs at Helsby High School. Make sure you join at least one; it’s a great way to widen your circle of friends.
The Size of the School
Helsby High School is going to be a lot bigger than your Primary School. In order to help you get around, you will have a tour on your Induction Days in July and another tour on your first day of school. You will also be provided with a map of the school in your handbook. If you get lost, ask an adult or a student where to go. They will take you to where you should be.