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Transition to LHS

A message for new Year 7 students, parents and carers
 

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Transition between primary and secondary school is an incredibly important time for families, and we hope the handbook below helps to answer some of the questions that might arise in the days leading up to and during the beginning of the Autumn Term. You will find the 'Information for New Parents Booklet' and the 'Student Welcome Handbook' available to download below.   In addition, our school prospectus can be found here.

We had hoped that this year might see a return to our ‘normal’ transition work, but unfortunately this is not the case.   We have worked really hard to keep all members of the LHS family safe during this very unusual time, and we feel that we need to continue to uphold our risk assessments and not compromise our standards at this crucial time for the country. 

We know that our alternative transition plan worked really well for our Year 6 into 7 students last summer, so we are going to adopt some of the same things we did last year but add in a little more for those who have had a really ‘different’ and challenging Year 5 and 6 experience!  We feel that it is really important that we don’t keep saying to you and your children, ‘Well, this isn’t how we’d usually do things…’ because we don’t want them to feel like they are getting less of an experience.  Yes it is different, but we want to make sure that we do all that we can to make them feel special, rather than feeling like they are missing out. 

We will be running a virtual Transition Meeting for Year 7 Parents.  Here you will have the opportunity to ‘meet’ me, along with Mr Ramsden, our Headteacher, Miss Kennedy (Head of Year 7) and Mrs Rayner (Assistant Headteacher Key Stage 3).  We will send you a link to this video and it will ‘go live’ from 12 July.  More details to follow!  We would really like to offer you the opportunity to ask any questions you have, so we have created a specific transition email address for you and your children to pose any questions you may have and we will make sure that we answer them during the meeting.  Please send any questions to transition@littleheath.org.uk

In addition, you will be invited to a Teams meeting with your child’s form tutor, where you will have a chance to hear more about the school and ask any questions you have. Dates are to be announced.

We are also working closely with primaries to ensure that our KS3 team can come into schools and meet with the students to reassure them and welcome them into the LHS family.  In addition, we will run some virtual Q&A sessions and we will be in touch with some more details about further virtual meetings for some of our smaller primaries and students. 

We just want to reassure you that we will make sure that we look after your sons and daughters, and although they haven’t had the usual visits to LHS, they will experience a proper and thorough introduction to Little Heath when we start back.

Last year we asked parents and carers to complete a questionnaire about their children and this was such a valuable exercise that we have decided to do it again.  A link to the online questionnaire can be found here: https://forms.office.com/r/nUDKYSkLV3. We would welcome your responses no later than 25 June. If you are unable to access this online, please get in touch and we can arrange for you to have a paper copy.

We would also like to invite your son/daughter to our optional, free summer school from Monday 9 August to Wednesday 11 August from 9am-3pm.  Here the focus will be on having a fun experience, with a range of different activities, getting to know some of our staff, but there is absolutely no obligation to take part.  We will ensure that all of our students undergo a supportive induction programme when they start in September, so if any student is unable to attend the summer school, they will not be disadvantaged.  If you would like your son/daughter to take part, please could you send a confirmation email to our transition email address transition@littleheath.org.uk by Friday 18 June 4pm.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to the Little Heath family and would like to thank you in advance for your support and contribution.

The Transition Team
June 2021