Senior Team Answer F.A.Q.
What events are there leading up to transition to Chetwynde?
In these unprecedented times, it is difficult to know exactly how the transition will work this year. Normally visits to larger primary schools are undertaken by our Transition Leader, Mr Swainson, and the Y7 Form team. Students are then invited for a transition day to experience a day at the school. Finally, there is a Welcome Evening where learners and parents have the opportunity to come into school to meet their child's form tutor, receive locker keys, familiarise themselves with the facilities and ask any questions that they may have.
At present we cannot say if these things will happen or not. In the meantime, we are working hard to prepare resources to share information about the school with your child. We are also in communication with the Y6 teachers from all your primary feeder schools to ensure that we have as much information as possible about your child and their needs.
What equipment will my child need?
The basic items of equipment which your child will need are pencil case, pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. Many learners also choose to bring coloured pens and pencils along with other items of stationery which they feel they may need. Click here for the full presentation regarding equipment and stationery.
What happens on my child’s first day?
All learners will gather in the playground until they are asked to go into the Theatre for a welcome assembly led by the Transition Leader, Mr Swainson. Following this, learners go off to their forms for a period of time. This allows them to meet with their peers and collect their timetables. Later during the day, timetables commence and learners will take part in lessons.
Will my child be in a form with other children who they know?
Wherever possible, and appropriate, your child will be placed with at least one other learner from their primary school.
What happens if my child is ill when they are at school?
If your child is ill they will be sent to the Medical room where trained first aiders will assess how your child is. If required a member of staff will call home to discuss how your child is feeling with you.
What do I do if my child is ill and going to be absent from school?
Please contact the school as early as you can to leave a message on the absence line.
How do we pay for school dinners?
Learners will be set up with an account on our cashless system. - Lunchstop. You can load money onto their account and to pay for anything they purchase. You will also be sent a log-on, which will allow you to top-up your child’s account online. Learners who receive Free School Meals will continue to do so. Their account will be pre-loaded with the allocated amount daily.
Who do I contact if I have any questions or if there are any problems?
You should contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. The most effective way of doing this is to send an email directly to the relevant teacher who will then respond as soon as they can. For more significant questions or concerns please contact: Mr Swainson
How can I prepare my child for secondary school?
Moving to secondary school can be a daunting time for both children and their parents. One of the key ways to prepare your child for transition is to develop their independence skills. This includes encouraging them to gather and pack their own equipment ready for school or other activities, managing time and money, looking after their belongings and development of strategies to use if something goes wrong.