As we all know, moving up to Secondary school is a daunting process for both students and their families. At BCHS, we pride ourselves in the support and care we give throughout the transition process. We have recently introduced a BCHS Buddy system whereby our Year 7 students volunteer their time throughout the transition period to help prepare and settle the students into school. The buddy system has proven to be a great success and is something we will run every year. We offer a multitude of exciting opportunities to all our primary schools, which are located over the Essex area (see map).
This starts as early as Year 5 with Taster days, Author visits, Olympic athlete workshops and Curriculum based workshops varying from Science to Music. We have hosted parent coffee mornings and afternoon teas, school tours, question and answer sessions, primary school visits, an Induction evening for all parents and students and themed Induction days for the children. The transition programme ends with our extremely popular Summer School which runs for 3 days over the summer holidays. This is the perfect way for all the Year 6 students to meet new friends and accustom themselves with our school before they join us in September.
2020 was a very different year and we had to adapt our transition process due to Covid-19. We wanted to make sure the students didn't miss out on anything during this difficult time. Therefore we kept families informed throughout this time with virtual induction evenings, information packs and regular phone calls home. We also provided the students with weekly subject based challenges and awarded everyone with certificates and sweets for their efforts. Our Year 7 students made the following video as a welcome to all their buddies:
2021 was different again. Due to Covid-19 we were unable to run our normal Open Day, School Tours and Coffee mornings but as soon as the government guidelines permitted us to, we adapted our transition process to include school tours, primary visits via zoom, virtual subject workshops, Induction days and Summer school.
This year we are hoping to be able to have a normal year of transition activities. We started this with our Open Evening, school tours and coffee mornings. We are now planning our in-house subject workshops, primary school visits, a two day induction programme and Summer school. We cannot wait! All details will be sent direct to our Year 6 parents and both our Facebook page and website will be updated accordingly. Please keep checking our Transition 2022 tab for information.
Positive feedback 2021/22
"My son didn’t have to be persuaded, he just looked at the virtual tour and read the year 6 transition pack, and he was completely sold. I just love how personal it all felt, with the letters from year 7 pupils, buddy system, summer school, the emphasis on wellbeing- all so encouraging when you have a child with anxiety.”
“My daughter is really excited about starting at Brentwood County High School. She loved the welcome pack and hasn’t stopped talking about all the things you have to offer. She is looking forward to the induction days and cannot wait to see the school as soon as we are allowed.”
Positive feedback 2020/21
“I cannot fault the efforts of the transition team. We had regular phone calls from staff to make sure we were ok throughout lockdown. I found this really reassuring. It has confirmed I picked the right school for my daughter.” Yr 6 parent
“I loved the weekly challenges and have been collecting the certificates. They’re great!!” – Yr 6 student
“I was so anxious when lockdown hit and worried about my daughter missing out on all the things BCHS do to help settle them into school but even through these difficult times you didn’t forget our children. You really made them feel like part of the school. I cannot thank you enough for the efforts you have gone to to ensure that they all had a good start secondary school” - Yr 6 parent
Positive feedback 2019/20
“Thank you so much to all the staff involved in the Year 5 Taster days. The lengths that the staff went to in order to ensure the children had a great time was amazing. They all went above and beyond. My daughter described the day as magical” - Yr 5 parent
“I cannot thank the Primary Liaison Team enough for all the hard work they have put into the transition process. My daughter was so anxious about starting Secondary School and after the Year 6 induction days you have completely put her at ease. It’s like having a different child.” - Yr 6 parent
“A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Science workshop. My son had a great time and has not stopped talking about all the wonderful things he did and the new friends he has made.” – Yr 6 parent
“Loved the coffee morning. What a great idea! It was very informative and the staff were wonderful.” Yr 6 parent
“Thank you for hosting the afternoon tea we were really pleased with the outcome. We feel completely reassured that we have made the right decision and picked the best school for our daughter.” - Yr 6 parent