Pastoral Team Welcome
We are delighted to hear that your child will be joining us at Archbishop Beck in September to start their exciting journey through secondary education.
It Is fair to say that this year’s Transition journey is going to be different to any other, with Covid 19, social distancing and school closures. The world seems so different now and nothing is ‘normal’, whilst it is still uncertain when schools will fully re-open and what, if any, Transition events can go ahead, what is certain is that we still want to offer the best, most meaningful Transition that we can in these circumstances. As a result, we will be adapting and changing our ‘normal’ transition programme to take into consideration the needs of all the children, our school and the restrictions needed as a result of Covid 19.
Overall, we are writing to welcome you into our community and explain some of the ways we will be managing the upcoming transition process from year 6 into year 7. We don’t have all the answers just yet, but we are working hard to ensure Transition2020 is as well planned as possible.
Transition from primary into secondary education is an important milestone in the lives of young people and their families. At Archbishop Beck we strive to provide our new students and their families with a smooth and extensive transition programme so when the first day comes, everyone involved is feeling excited and motivated rather than apprehensive about their new surroundings - by working together College we can ensure this is a positive experience for our young people.
In normal circumstances our mentors – Neil and Liz, our Senco team and Mrs Brown (Year 7 Progress Manager) would already have started visiting all our new, enthusiastic and curious students within their primary schools. Whilst it is still uncertain when schools will fully re-open and if/when events like this can still occur, we want you to feel confident in the fact it is our aim to still deliver the best support and guidance for you and your child. With this in mind, we are currently working on the following for Transition2020.
You have already received an admissions pack containing our home-school agreement and other official documents. If you have not returned this to College, we ask you do so asap. After receiving this welcome letter, you will shortly be sent a welcome pack, detailing all the important information about our College (college times, uniform policy, equipment list etc) this will help you get prepared.
Your child’s primary school has already been contacted to gain an insight into your child’s individual personality, academic strengths and areas for support, in order to design a bespoke transition process, including the design of form classes. If there is any specific information that you feel we need to be aware of (Primaries have sent most information across to us) then please email the transition team at email@example.com
All Year 6 students will be offered support via our website, Instagram: beck.archbishop or our twitter account @BeckArchbishop this will include: weekly tasks to complete to prepare them for secondary school, core subject projects to complete and a range of resources that will help them prepare for life in year 7. There is also an introduction to our Year 7 pastoral team so they can familiarise themselves with our wider team.
Also, on our website, there will also be a parent’s section to help you to guide your child through their transition period. The most important thing you can do is to talk to your child about the transition process - How are they feeling about moving to Archbishop Beck? What would they like to know? What concerns do they have? Use some of the resources on our website to try and answer their questions.
If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org where we will collate your emails and create a ‘frequently asked questions’ document to share on our website.
We completely understand that the situation surrounding Covid-19 may have caused some distress as the children may have said goodbye to their primary school in an unexpected and untimely way and the preparation, they have done for their SATs has been cut short. However, we would highly recommend that your child is still learning and working through the learning resources provided by their primary school, the projects and tasks on our website or the learning available on (BBC bitesize daily or Oak National Academy) this will help them to maintain their knowledge, understanding and skills ready for September.
We hope that this welcome letter finds you and your families well and our transition process can provide a settled and smooth journey into secondary education. Please look after yourselves and your families. We look forward to meeting you and your child in the very near future!
- Mrs Johanne Brown - Year 7 Progress Manager
- Mrs Fiona McConvery - Assistant Headteacher
Checklist for Parents
- Have you completed your admissions pack and returned it to College?
- Have you logged onto our website to check out our Transition2020 resources?
- Is your child still engaged with learning and ready to start on their Transition2020 tasks and projects?
- If you have any questions or additional information have you emailed the Transition2020 team?