Moving from the primary phase to senior school is a significant and exciting event in a child’s life and as such, can be an anxious time for both parents and pupils.
It is an important milestone which marks not only a considerable change in the expectations of teachers, such as more independent working and self-organisation, but the pupils will be expected to cope with a whole variety of new experiences which demand skills and abilities they have not needed before.
A positive transition is therefore vital to ensure that every pupil feels welcome, valued and safe so that they can quickly settle into the next phase in their education and continue on a positive path to successful learning.
Preparations for the transition of new Year 7 pupils commences in the spring term when the Year Leader, Miss Dickinson, visits prospective pupils at their own primary school. These visits allow her to meet every pupil in person and liaise with the relevant primary staff in order to collect information, such as existing friendship groups, which can be used to determine teaching and tutor groups and which may also highlight any additional support or guidance that needs to be considered.
Miss Dickinson will continue to have regular contact with each feeder primary school – delivering assemblies, one to one meet and greet sessions and classroom based activities to ensure that pupils feel comfortable and happy before joining the senior phase of Bradford Girls’ Grammar School.
In addition, pupils will be invited to attend a Transition Day in early July, where will have the opportunity to meet their new form tutor and take part in a number of team building activities to get to know their new year group. They will also be given a tour of the school by members of the existing Year 7 cohort, and take part in a number of subject taster lessons.
Once girls have started senior school, a further two day team-building residential trip to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, is organised in mid-September. Here the new Year 7 pupils stay in a safari-style camp and enjoy activities including bushcraft, wilderness cookery, fire lighting and orienteering whilst at the same time getting to know their new year group and form friendships in a more relaxed and fun environment.