Transition from primary to secondary school can be a time of anxiety for students and their parents. At The Polesworth School it is our aim to make the transition period as stress free as possible. Our programme of events is designed to enable us to build strong relationships with our feeder schools and the children who will be joining us in Year 7.
We hope that through excellent communication and a range of induction events, both parents and students will feel positive about this exciting next step in their educational development.
Applications to join year 7 in September should be submitted by the end of October of the preceding year. The Local Authority will allocate places at the beginning of March. Once an offer of a place has been made and accepted your child will be included in a number of transition activities as follows:
|Feeder school visit to the school performance|
|A letter will be sent to the parents of incoming Year 7 students explaining the arrangements in place for teaching Modern Foreign Languages at The Polesworth School.|
Spring and summer terms
|Reciprocal visits to and from the primary schools. Polesworth teachers will visit the feeder schools and work with Year 6 students.|
|Parents will be invited to make an appointment to meet with school leaders in June before their child joins the school.|
End of June
|Letters are sent home informing students of their Teaching Group, House and Tutor Group.|
End of June
|Students will be given a detailed Induction Book to inform parents of all aspects of school life including uniform, equipment procedures etc.|
|Induction Day (The first Thursday in July) for all incoming Year 7 students a taster day for life at The Polesworth School.|
|Parents’ evening for Year 6 parents to meet Heads of House.|
Students will be allocated to Teaching groups after close liaison with their Year 6 teachers. The groups will be mixed ability and will consist of children from multiple primary schools. We aim to create balanced groups which will help students to mix, make new friends and make good progress during their time at Polesworth.
We have a strong House system and students will be in the same House but not Tutor Group, as their siblings. Tutor Groups are mixed age (vertical) to help students settle in to their new environment.
Meeting with school Leaders
We have high expectations of our students. You will be invited to meet with a school leader to discuss your child joining the school. This is an opportunity to discuss all aspects of school life, including uniform and behaviour and as well as any concerns you may have. We will ask you to sign a Home/School agreement.
A programme of transitional activities will be delivered during the first week of the summer holiday. Details will be released in April.
At Polesworth we operate a cash free system for all payments in school.
* enables you to pay for school meals and other items such as school trips
* offers a highly secure payment site
* gives you a history of all the payments you have made
* allows to create a single account login across all your children that attend a ParentPay school
How does ParentPay help you?
* gives you the freedom to make payments to school whenever and wherever you like
* stops you having to write cheques or search for cash to send to school
* gives you peace of mind that your payment has been made safely and securely
You will receive a data collection form in July ready to be returned as school starts in September.
In November you will be given an opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor to discuss how they have settled in. We hold six Parents’ Consultation Evenings throughout the year. Details of how to log in on line and make appointments will be issued at the start of term.
If you have any questions about Transition please contact me by email at the following address