Transition 2020 and COVID-19

This year transition may feel very uncertain and leave you asking more questions about how we will support both parents and pupils through this process. Rest assured we are working incredibly hard with our local primary schools to ensure this process is as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you all.

Instead of a letter filled with exciting dates for information evenings, transition days and how day one will look for you, we have emailed all parents with an introductory letter welcoming you to our school and laying out the plans for the coming weeks. This letter details how both parents and pupils will receive, over the coming weeks, individual packs via email giving them all the information, support and guidance that would be given face to face.

Please be assured that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that each individual is catered for and that any worries, concerns or nerves are quashed through our detailed and personalised approached. Our website will be updated should any changes be made from the government guidance.

If you do not receive the letter or any of the packs via email please email transitionqueries2020@burnleyhigh.com and this information can be emailed forward to you. Should you have any specific questions, concerns or if you would like to discuss your son/daughter further, please also email the above address and our Head of Year 7 and Transition, Mrs E. Shaw will be in contact with you.

Transition at BHS

Burnley High School considers transition from Primary to Secondary school to be one of the most important events in a child’s education and we endeavour to ensure that children feel completely supported throughout this process. By spending the time we do, the vast majority of our students start Year 7 in September without any concerns and quickly become a settled and engaged members of the Burnley High School family.

Understanding
Every child who is given a place with us will be supported and we complete visits and calls to their Year 6 teacher, where we will discuss their academic strengths, areas of support and their interests. This information will be used to place them in forms with likeminded individuals to help form friendships and develop as individuals.

Taster Days
Year 6 students who are allocated a place at BHS will attend 2 ‘taster days’ in July. These taster days give the students an opportunity to follow a day with their new tutor group, meet new friends and, most importantly, start to meet some of the teachers who they will be spending the next 5 years with. As part of our transition process we offer a series of extra days for pupils with extra learning support needs and for those who are highlighted by primary schools as needing extra support with the process of moving to high school. These days take place before the two main days and are designed to help pupils feel more confident and have a better understanding of the layout of the school and the support they can access. Pupils for these days will be highlighted from primary schools and for those with SEND as we want to keep them in small groups. Any pupils highlighted for accessing these days will receive a separate invite to join us for the days allocated.

Information Evening
There is also an information evening for all Year 6 parents in May. Pupils will be informed of their forms at this point and will gain a good understanding of the running of the day. This is an opportunity to gain information about your child starting in September. There will also be opportunities for both pupils and parents to ask questions and raise any concerns they may have.
If you would like any further information regarding our Transition Programme please contact Mrs Shaw on 01282 681950 or ecampbell@burnleyhigh.com

Questions and Answers

What do I bring on my first day?

  • Pencil case – filled
  • Reading book
  • Bag

Other than walking, can I get to school another way?

It is possible to get to school by car and by bicycle. If coming by bike you MUST wear a helmet and park your bike in the bike lock area.

How will I find my classes?

  • You will be given a map on your transition days so you will be able to familiarise yourself with the layout of school. You will soon get used to your new classes and the layout of the school. In case you do get lost, you can always ask a teacher or a pupil for directions – they’re always very friendly!
  • Other year groups should know where the rooms are if you ask them
  • You can ask our prefects, these are the pupils who wear black ties.
  • Ask at reception if you are really lost and they will be able to point you in the right direction

What if I get lost and I’m late to my classes?

For the first couple of weeks, teachers are always forgiving and will understand if you’re accidentally late – it happens to everyone! However, if you’re constantly late it will be taken more seriously

Is the school big?

When you start the school will feel really big, but after a couple of weeks it will start to feel smaller and you will know your way around.

How do I make friends?

You won’t have much of a problem making friends. Everyone will be just as nervous as you so just be nice to people and you’ll make friends in no time! You will also have met new people and started making new friends on your transition days and you will know people that are in your form.

How can I make sure I don’t forget anything?

Pack your school bag the night before and double check before you leave your house in the morning

Lockers

Lockers are available for students to use to store their belongings in a safe place. Pupils will be assigned a specific locker in the first week of school and this will be your locker for the remainder of the year. The lockers are set with your own 4-digit code that you must keep to yourself. It is important to remember to not share your locker as this will keep your things safe.

Can I bring my mobile phone to school?

Of course you can bring your mobile phone to school, we know that a lot of students make their own way to and from school and it is important to keep safe. However, mobile phones will be collected in every morning in form time and locked away safe for the day, at the end of the day pupils will be given their phones back. If you do not hand your phone in this will be taken seriously.

“I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates