COVID 19 school closure: Latest information for parents of students in year 6

Dear Parent and Year 6 student,

Transition to Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

In these uncertain and unusual times I wanted to write to you to give you some reassurance and further information about our transition processes this year.

We understand that for year 6 students, rather like our own year 11 students, school closures have been especially challenging. They have not been able to sit the assessments and examinations they have all been working towards for so long and may miss out on the end of year celebrations they will have been looking forward to.

I would very much like to believe that, in the next few weeks, things will become a little more normal and that we will be able to offer some of our normal transition activities. Unfortunately, there is very little any of us can do to plan for this until we know what plans the government might have for schools over the coming weeks and months.

I know, however, that some of you are anxious to know how the transition to high school will work. I would like to reassure you from the outset that we are working hard to prepare for the arrival of our new year 7 students in school next year and that we are very much looking forward to meeting you. We are planning alternative ways to get information to you as parents if we cannot run our normal information evening for year 6 parents. We are also thinking hard about how we introduce year 6 to their new school if we cannot run our normal induction day.

Essentially, for now though, our processes remain the same. Our pastoral and SEND staff are contacting year 6 teachers and gathering as much information as possible about your child. As usual, we will ask for teacher assessments and discuss any individual needs your child might have. Our SEND team are also liaising closely with the Local Authority regarding the needs of students with Education, Health and Care Plans.

You’ll remember that we sent out information packs earlier this term along with some forms that we needed you to complete. Many of you had already returned these to your child’s primary school and they have sent them on to us. We are in the process of going through those now. If you did not return your forms to your child’s primary school and still have these at home, could you please now send them directly to us as soon as possible.

Once we have more clarity about the plans for schools we will contact you again and in any case I will write to you again after the May half term to give you an update. However, what is certain is that we will make sure that your child has the opportunity to learn about their new school and to feel comfortable about starting, before they join us.

In the meantime, the most important thing your child can do is to stay healthy and to keep engaged with their learning. Your child should continue to complete the work that is being set by his or her primary school and in particular should be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction on a regular basis. Whilst the current situation is clearly very difficult for everyone, it does also offer the opportunity for children to learn new skills, explore new interests and enjoy time with their families without the pressures of deadlines and exams.

Finally, in recent years we have offered year 6 children the opportunity to take part in a transition scheme called Take Part in the Arts. In the past this scheme has run in school. This year it is being offered online. The scheme is optional but has been well received in the past. Please see the attached details.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Grieves

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