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