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

Dear Parent,

Transition to Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

As we approach the end of the school year, things remain very far from normal in the world of education. Coming at a time of change for your child, we appreciate that the current situation only makes things even more difficult. However, I am writing now to give you further details of our plans for year 6 transition this year and I hope that you will find the information useful and reassuring. Please be aware that our plans are limited by government guidance and are subject to change as that guidance changes.

We hope that your child is enjoying accessing school again and will be able to participate in some form of celebration to mark the end of their time in primary school. We hope they can now start to look forward to joining us in September. I always have the same message for year 6 parents at this stage in the year; the vast majority of year 6 students find the prospect of moving to high school exciting, it is the parents who are worried about it.

Over the next few weeks we are going to do what we can to ensure that you and your child get as much information as possible and feel comfortable with the transition process. Government guidance at present does not allow us to have year 6 students visit our school for the traditional induction day. We are therefore looking at other ways to manage induction.

Firstly, our pastoral team have already been in contact with all primary schools to find out about each individual student joining us in September. Members of our SEND team have also been in contact about students who have EHCPs or other additional needs. Our primary school colleagues have told us about your child’s friendship groups and who they work well with. We will do our best to ensure that students will be with people they know in their new groups. Our new year 7 always tell us that the best thing about coming to high school, aside from the school dinners, is meeting new people and making new friends.

We will be running an unusual Induction Evening for parents this year on Thursday 2nd July 2020. We will be inviting you to a Zoom meeting either at 6.00pm, or 7.30pm. The meeting will give you all of the usual details about joining our school. Invitations will be sent to you nearer the time.

Before the end of term, you will receive a letter that will give you details of who your child’s form tutor and pastoral leader will be, as well as the teaching class they will be in for most lessons.

For students, we are in the process of making a short film about our school. You will receive a link to view this later this term. Two of our lovely pastoral leaders will give students a personal virtual tour of their new school.

We are also talking to primary schools about the possibility of visiting your child’s school to meet your child and answer any questions they may have. This is difficult and may not be possible because of the strict guidance for primary schools on COVID 19.

Finally, a reminder that Take Part are still running their popular transition workshops via Zoom until the end of term. The time has been changed to 5.00pm – 5.45pm every Wednesday to allow students who have returned to school to participate. Students are still welcome to sign up. Students do not need to be on screen or to speak if they do not wish to do so. There are school staff present at all sessions and they can answer your child’s questions via the chat facility. If you would like to book a place for your child, please email transition@wearetakepart.com with your child’s full name and primary school and they will email you the Zoom link and password in return

The big question you will all want answering is “what will school be like in September?” The very honest answer to this is that we do not know. Understandably, perhaps, we have had no information from government yet about what we will and will not be asked or allowed to do in September. I hope that education will be much closer to normal than it is now. If I had to guess, I would say that it is likely that all year groups will spend some time in school, but also some time learning at home. In this blended learning approach, students would learn new things in school and then do further work on them at home. As we get more information, we will keep you up to date by e-mail. Given that the new year 7 will not have had an induction day, we are considering, subject to the government rules at the time, bringing the new year 7 in for some time before other students return.

You may want to explore our school website. It includes lots of information about our school, including details of what you will learn in each subject and the clubs and activities that you can join. You might also want to look at the COVID 19 information on the homepage for details of our current approach to education in these unusual times.

If you have any questions about year 6 transition, please contact Paula Griffiths, Assistant Headteacher: pgriffiths@chapelhigh.org.uk. If your question relates to special educational needs then Jane Robinson, our SENCo, is the best contact: jrobinson@chapelhigh.org.uk.

I hope you have found this information useful. We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child in September.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Grieves
Headteacher

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