We aim to visit all Year 6 students in their primary school, to speak to them and their teacher, in order to reassure the boys and gain as much information as we can on each individual. This year, that involved a total of 52 primary school visits. This is a large investment of staff time, but an essential one to ensure the smoothest possible transition to secondary school. Boys have the opportunity to find out about school subjects, routines and extra-curricular opportunities, and to discuss any worries that they may have.
We offer at least two opportunities for boys to visit the school before they start; firstly, the “Treasure Hunt” which takes place on a Saturday morning in mid-May and is an informal opportunity for boys to explore the school when it is quiet and empty. Parents are also invited to attend to meet senior staff. The second opportunity is the formal Transition Day in July that is shared by all schools across the County, when boys will attend normal lessons and meet their teachers for the first time. This is usually followed by an opportunity for boys to try out a musical instrument at the end of the school day.
In their first two weeks at Richard Hale, Year 7 boys will be guided between lessons by senior students, which serves the dual purpose of ensuring that they do not get lost and also introducing them to the House Captains and Vice Captains. No homework is set for the first two weeks, to give boys (and parents) the opportunity to adapt to their new teachers and subjects without the added pressure of homework. In late September the Parents Association usually runs a Cheese and Wine evening for parents, to allow them to meet other parents and introduce them to the Richard Hale community. In early October parents have the opportunity to come in to school to talk to their son’s form tutor for an initial meeting to ensure that all students are settling well.
We believe that we have a comprehensive range of events and information that allows students to settle very quickly at Richard Hale, in order to be working confidently in lessons and join in the many other activities available in a short space of time.
Completion of transition documents
For students joining Richard Hale at the start of year 7, parents will be emailed the appropriate forms for completion. Most of these are now completed electrically through a Google Document.
For students joining Richard Hale mid-year please see documentation below.