Birchwood's Primary Transition Strategy

In my role as an Assistant Principal, I will ensure that everything is done to provide students with the very best start to life at Birchwood. I believe the key to an effective transition is putting students minds at rest and helping to allay their common fears of getting lost, being bullied, and getting too much home learning!

I want the children to experience the excitement they are entitled to, with regards to making new friends, taking new subjects, and exploring all the wonderful opportunities that we have to offer. I wish for those joining us each September to take their next steps in education with confidence and feeling reassured. I understand how important it is for our staff to build positive relationships with the students and this begins on that very first induction day. The journey is a different one for every student and we will always do our very best to cater every individual need.

Rob Herbert
Assistant Principal

Rob Herbert - Assistant Principal

The Transition Timeline

During Year 6 October Open Evening
31st October Deadline for applications
1st March School place allocation
June Primary school visits In the second half of the summer term, Mr Herbert, our SENCo Mrs Jackson and the next Head of Year 7 visit every primary school to learn about each student and their journey in education so far. This process of gathering information is tremendously valuable.
July Induction Day 1 This takes place in early July once the visits have been completed. Students will be provided with their first taste of life at Birchwood, with a day of lessons and activities. In the evening, parents and carers are invited to the school to meet their child’s new form tutor, as well as attend what we call a ‘Faculty Fair’. At the Fair, there are information stalls where you can meet representatives from each Faculty, our Learning Support team, Parent Council and PSFA. There is information on the school House system, school uniform and other aspects of school life.
August Summer School This was offered for the first time in August 2021. A review of the Summer School follows below.
During Year 7 September Induction Day 2 The first day of school is for Year 7 and Year 12 only. A chance to settle in and get to know your timetable.
October Welcome Event / Meet the tutor
May Meet the tutor event

Summer School 2021

This year Birchwood High held a summer school for the incoming Year 7 students and was held during the week 23rd – 27th August 2021.

Around 200 students attended the sessions during the week which contained an enriched timetable of events. Full details are outlined in a separate document. The normal day to day school induction processes were enhanced with a blend of sports / teambuilding activities run by Club Excel and a day trip to an outdoor activities centre at Danbury where pupils experienced archery, rock climbing and other challenges.

The summer school was funded by a Summer Schools grant of £60,909 from the ESFA and the event was staffed by members of staff from Birchwood High – both teachers & TAs – Club Excel and the outdoor centre at Danbury.

Evidence is already available that this has proved to be an invaluable introduction to life at Birchwood High School with pupils immediately being able to settle into the new school environment having already formed friendship groups ahead of the start of term.  Those who attended the summer school have been supportive of the new starters who were unable to attend.

Summer School 2021 Montage

Summer School 2021 Schedule and Trips

Trip activities for summer school

Induction process goes here

Transition 2021

Transition 2021 reviews go here