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.
Unfortunately, in these unprecedented times, the Year 7 cohort for September 2020 will not be able to take part in our extensive transition programme that we usually run each year. However, we do feel that it is important that all pupils gain an insight into life at BGGS and that we ensure that pupils feel comfortable and confident when arriving here in September.
Miss Dickinson, Year Leader 7, will continue to have regular contact with each feeder primary schools and liaise with the relevant staff in order to collect information, such as existing friendship groups, which can be used to determine tutor groups and which may also highlight any additional support or guidance that needs to be considered.
Each pupil will receive a welcome letter which will provide information about school to help answer any questions and hopefully settle any anxieties that pupils may have. Following this, weekly transition tasks will be uploaded to this page for pupils to complete. Please keep these safe and bring them into school on your first day!”
Each year, we hold a ‘question and answer morning’ for both pupils and parents to meet the staff and address any concerns about the curriculum and pastoral care. As it is so important to ensure pupils feel confident about the transition to senior school. In place of this, we are currently putting together a video where pupils can meet some of our staff who will explain the academic and pastoral support they can expect in school.
In the meantime, if pupils or their parents/ carers have any questions they can email our Head of Year 7, Miss Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, pupils usually attend a Transition Day in early July, where they 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. In its place, we hope to meet pupils in September when they will be able to take part in a range of transition activities.
Once our pupils have settled into senior school, we will hold our pastoral parents evening where parents will be invited into school to meet the form tutors and other relevant staff. Here, parents can speak to the pastoral team about their daughters’ transition into life at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School.
We hope that our ‘Lockdown Transition’ programme will advise and ease any anxieties that pupils may have during this unfortunate time.
Take Care and Stay Safe
Miss L Dickinson. Head of Year 7