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Primary Transition

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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. Last year we introduced a BCHS Buddy system whereby Year 7 & 8 students volunteered their time throughout the transition process 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).

MapThis starts as early as Year 5 with themed 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.

Positive feedback 2018/19

“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

“I’ve had such a great day, can we do it all again tomorrow?”

“I was really anxious about joining secondary school and I’ve had such fun I can not wait to start in September” – Yr 6 students

Applications from outside the area


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Transition Process

1) How do I apply for my child to come to Brentwood County High School?

Year 6 to Year 7

As part of the Year 6 to Year 7 transfer you need to apply via Essex County Council. Applications will need to be submitted by 31st October, in the first term of Year 6 at primary school. Your borough council will contact you directly with the information and documents relevant to this process.

For further information please contact us

telephone 0345 603 2200

or email admissions@essex.gov.uk

2) Who makes the decisions on who to admit to BCHS for September admissions to Year 7?

As an academy school BCHS is legally its own admissions authority. However as with most academies we are part of the Essex Local Authority admissions process. Essex County Council manages our admissions as part of the central Essex system in line with our published admissions criteria for each year.

Important Dates

Essex Key Dates:



12th September 2019

Online application facility opens

31st October 2019

Statutory national closing date for all applications, including online. The online application system will be closed after this date.

1st November 2019 onwards

LA to consider all applications received after the closing date.

2nd March 2020

National offer date. LA will notify Essex resident parents of the outcome to their application.

March-end of August 2020

LA maintains waiting lists for all schools and fills any places that become available.

Upcoming Events

Determined Admissions Criteria 2020

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BCHS/West Ham Foundation School Football Academy 20/21

What a fantastic turnout for our inaugural BCHS/West Ham Foundation School Football Academy trials for Year 7 (2020-21) with approximately 30 Year 6 boys and girls attending from 8 different primary schools. The standard was very high and showed a promising start to the new journey ahead. Well Done everyone!

All participants will be receiving a letter soon stating if they have been successful in getting a place on the programme.

We have been informed that some students were unable to attend the initial trial session due to prior commitments. Therefore to avoid disappointment we have put on a second trial date for the 20th November for the students affected. Everyone who had already registered an interest should have received an email regarding this and if you would like to take part then please contact us as soon as possible to register your place.



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