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Transition Support 2021

Welcome from the Headteacher

You should have received a welcome letter from Ms Smyth, the Head teacher.  It is also available at the bottom of this page. There will be various correspondence sent out over the forthcoming weeks.

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Year 6 Correspondence

Correspondence that has been sent out via post and/or email is available at the bottom of this page

What will I be studying in September?

Subjects have provided information and activities for you to complete in preparation for September. The resources give you an insight into what you will study and will also give you a head start.  See the bottom of the page for links to resources for each subject.

Did you get your gift? 

The Headteacher has kindly sent every new Year 7 student a welcome postcard and gifted a school tie to welcome them into the Cardinal Heenan family.  

Parental Transition Online Form – Have you completed it?

We would normally complete this form during the SLT meetings in April, but they were cancelled because of the lockdown.  This is your opportunity as a parent to tell us various things about your son.  The parent questionnaire is available here.  We need all parents to have completed the form by Wednesday 15th July.

Student Transition Passport Online Form – Has your son completed it?

As we are unable to offer a Year 6 Induction Day, we are asking parents of Year 6 students to support their son in completing an online form using the link below. This will give us a further insight into your son as an individual as we are about developing the child as a whole, not just academically.  The student form is available here.

Admissions Data Online Form - Have you completed it?

Please can you ensure the Admissions Data Booklet is completed as accurately as possible. This is a compulsory document for any new member to our school. The email sent out to parents stated the deadline was Wednesday 8th July.  We have now extended this to Wednesday 15th July.  The Admissions Data form is available here.

Parent Handbook

This will provide you with a range of information about the school. From the structure of the school day, Yr7 curriculum, the pastoral system to uniform, the behaviour policy and enrichment opportunities.  Available here

Frequently Asked Questions

How many pupils are in Year 7?
In each year group we have the capacity for 210 pupils.  However, we are oversubscribed each year, so have usually 218 in Year 7.

Who is in charge of Year 7?
Mrs Jackson is the Head of Year.  There will also be 9 form tutors who will be the first port of call for parents or pupils, as they will see pupils every morning in form time.  Form time is from 8.20 am til 9.00am each day.

Which form group will my son be in? Will he be with his friends?
Students will find out who their form tutor is on the first day in secondary school. They will be in a form with someone they know from primary school.  If they are the only one from their primary school, they will be put in a form with other boys also coming on their own.  We normally have approximately 20 students in the same situation.

Which set will they be in? Will they be with friends for lessons?
Normally sets are based on KS2 SATs results. However, as students have been unable to sit SATs exams in primary schools this year, the sets will initially be mixed ability. They will sit school tests (a bit like SATs tests) in the autumn term and then be put in teaching classes in the spring term.

We make no guarantees that they will be with a friend in their teaching class. This is a fresh start, in a journey that could last up to seven years. It is important that students integrate and get to know as many different people in their year group. The year group is made up of boys from over 40 feeder primary schools.

How big are the classes?
Historically, class sizes range from 12 to 31 students due to them being based on ability.  With the sets being mixed initially, the average class size will be 24 students.

What are the timings of the day?
Students need to be on the premises by 8.20am where they will line up on the yard.  Lessons are one hour long and start on the hour before break e.g. period 1 is at 9am.   Period 4 has a split lunch. P5 starts at 1.30 and finishes at 2.30pm. Students have a 'Tuck' break where they can purchase refreshments and go to the toilet. 

How long is  lunchtime?
Year 7  have lunchtime on their own and it lasts for 30 minutes. This is just enough time to eat lunch and have a short break on the main yard.  Year 7 have what we call a ‘split’ lunchtime during period 4. They are taught for 30 minutes, then go to lunch, then return to the same lesson for the final 30 minutes.

What extra-curricular activities are available? (Pre-COVID)
There are a range of enrichment activities on before and after school.  They range from sports, art, music, drama to STEM, history and DT. There are also enrichment opportunities within the school day such as School Council, various associations e.g. medical. A timetable will be put together a few weeks after pupils start.

What uniform do I need to buy?
Please go to the Parent Handbook (bottom of the page) for information regarding the school uniform.  We have a school coat which can be purchased from the school office for £36.  It comes in red and black, light blue and black or all black.  School shoes should resemble a traditional shoe; refer to Parent Handbook for further information. You can purchase uniform from Lisa’s or West Derby Uniform shop (all information in the handbook).

What will happen on the first day and what will pupils need?
On the first day pupils come in through the school hall and are greeted by the Year 7 Team. In the school hall they will have a welcome assembly. Then they will be told which form group they are in and spend the morning with their form. They will need to bring a school bag with pencil case, a drink (not fizzy or energy drinks), a school coat and either a packed lunch or money for a school dinner (unless they receive free school meals).  They will also need a PE kit on the first day as they may have PE.  

Can they bring a mobile phone into school?
Mobile phones are banned in school.  They can bring a phone to school, but it must be switched off and in their blazer or bag. If they are seen with a phone out in lesson or during social time it will be confiscated and taken to the main office to be collected at the end of the school day.  This is to safeguard and protect everyone in school.