Year 6 to 7 Transition
The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families. At Hinchingbrooke School we pride ourselves on providing our new students, parents and carers with a smooth and extensive transition program where students arrive on their first day in September excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive.
We want all students who choose Hinchingbrooke school to develop new friendships, improve their confidence and get used to their new routines, new timetable and school organisation with great ease. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident well qualified individuals, ready for employment, training, or the next steps in their education.
The Transition Team
Transition Manager and Head of Year 7 - Mr Dan Milner
telephone 01480 375700 extension 5818
Transition and Year 7 Student Support Officer - Mrs Caroline Pittock
telephone 01480 375700 extension 5826
Transition and Lower School Administrator - Mrs Nicola Darbyshire
telephone 01480 375700 extension 5766 or direct dial 01480 420522
Medical Needs Co-ordinator - Mr Simon Parker
telephone 01480 375700 extension 5763
3rd October 2019 - Year 6 Open Evening (5.30 pm until 7.30 pm).
31st October 2019 - Application deadline for secondary school choices.
Applications can be made on line from 12th September 2019.
1st March 2020 - Offer letters/emails sent by the LEA. If you have applied on line you will be able to view your child's school offer by using the on line facility on this date.
It is important that you accept your childs place by ringing or emailing the Lower School (telephone 01480 420522 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or by registering on the student portal, this needs to be done within 15 days. If you do not, admissions reserve the right to withdraw the place in order to offer it to another child.
If you do not wish to accept the school place offered, you must ensure you inform the local authority. This can be done by completing the refusal slip attached to the offer letter and returning it to the Admissions Team, or via the student portal.
Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941
March 2020 - A Welcome Letter and Admission and Medical Forms posted home. Please note these forms need completing and returning to the Lower School Office as final confirmation of taking up your childs place for September 2020, these must be received before the Taster Days.
March-May 2020 - The Transition and Learning Support Team visit your child’s primary school as we work very closely with your child's Year 6 teacher to ensure that we receive all the required information to support your child’s academic progress and pastoral needs. During these visits, we give your child the opportunity to hear more about the life at Hinchingbrooke School and to answer any questions in which they may have to dispel any worries.
June 2020 - Information pack posted home with detailed information regarding the taster days, including form group allocation.
23rd and 24th June 2020 - Additional Pre-Taster Mornings by invitation only for children from out of catchment, or for those who find the transition process challenging. Timings 9.20 am until 10.50 am. Please note it is the parent/carers responsibility to ferry them to and from school for this.
30th June, 1st and 2nd July 2020 - Your child will be invited to three Transition Days where they will have the opportunity to make new friends, attend new and exciting lessons and meet members of staff and students. Your child will often feel much more confident and reassured about the move after their Transition Days have taken place where they are eager to return!
Students will make their way to and from school using the method that they will be using in September. Please note if your child is going to be using a school bus there is no need for a bus pass, the drivers are aware of the arrangement. Timings of the school day 8.45 am until 3.30 pm. Children need to wear their primary school uniform, bring a pencil case, water bottle and packed lunch or money to buy food. For those in receipt of FSM they will receive their entitlement as normal on these days.
On Wednesday 1st July students need to bring their PE kit with them, containing trainers and if possible a House coloured T-shirt to reflect their Hinchingbrooke form group (Cromwell – green, Montagu – yellow, Pepys – blue, Vesey – red, Wylton – purple).
2nd July 2020 - Parents, carers and students will be invited to a Year 7 Information Evening (6.00 pm until 8.00 pm) where you will view a presentation about the transition process and hear how your child will be taught at Hinchingbrooke School. It is also an opportunity to meet key members of staff who will be there to support your child while they take this important milestone. Price and Buckland our uniform suppliers will be in attendance from 5.00 pm in the gym (entrance via the Food Court) to give students an opportunity to try on uniform for sizing and to place an order.
If you would like your child to be placed in the same house as their other siblings, please make us aware of this in writing no later than the beginning of May. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee this matter.
If your child will be travelling on a school bus next year, you must apply for transport to get their pass. You can apply at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/education/transport
Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Telephone: 0345 045 5208
Parent Mail is set up in September, you will be sent a letter with a code to verify your account by our Communications team. You will then be sent locker information to apply for a locker.
You will be advised which MFL your child is studying in the September.
Year 7 Tie for 2020-2021 is a gold stripe.
On the first few days of term please send your child with cash if they are accessing school meals, as their cashless catering account will not have been set up in time.
They will need to bring to school with them a pencil case and reading book.