During Year 6 pupils are visited throughout the summer term by a member of staff where we answer any questions they may have. We speak to their Year 6 teacher and find out as much as we can about each student. This year, our Year 7 students are running assemblies for Year 4 and 5 pupils, so they can see what we have to offer and what your child can experience at CHS.
Students with low self-esteem or who are particularly nervous about coming to Secondary school are identified through the primary school visits and invited in for three additional sessions to help quell their concerns and meet other students who have shared similar apprehensions in the past.
When only one or two pupils join CHS from a primary school, they are invited to spend an extra morning with us where they take part in activities and get to know other pupils coming from a similar situation. By the end of the morning, they all go home with the phone number of a new friend they have made (some have even had sleepovers during the summer following this session!)
Our induction day is held in July and involves the pupils having 'taster' lessons and meeting their new tutor group as well as members of staff. This is followed up by a 'Year 6 Parents and Carers Information Evening'. This is for both parents/carers and Year 6 pupils and acts as an opportunity for them to meet staff involved with their child’s education during their first term at CHS.
A coffee morning is held for parents towards the end of the summer term so they are able to speak to the Vice Principal responsible for KS3 prior to their child starting.
In the summer term of Year 6, there are a number of academic transition days.
For 2021 these are scheduled for the first week in July. Pupils joining us from small schools will have a special visit day separately to support them meeting, and making new friends. Year 6 pupils can also ask for a CHS ‘pen pal’ to write to them before they begin.
At the start of term Year 7 are given a day in school on their own so that they can build their confidence and learn their way around. The ‘buddies’ will also come in on this day and support Year 7.
We have a strong 'buddy' and 'mentor' system at CHS where members of Year 8 and Year 10 take the new Year 7 pupils to their new lessons in the first few weeks of term. The mentors attend tutor time and support in making the new Year 7 students as happy and confident in their first few weeks of Year 7 as possible. The buddies and mentors also assist with all of the transition events in the summer term, including attending the primary schools.
A tutor evening is organised in September so parents and carers are able to meet their child's Form Tutor and Head of House. It is also an opportunity for the pupils to show their parents around the school and meet their new friends.
A curriculum information evening is held in October of the first term so that parents and carers are able to speak to members of staff with reference to the core subjects and another chance to speak to their child's tutor. We also have a celebration service for Year 7 in the first half term so that we can all congratulate Year 7 on their achievements to date. This event is held in the beautiful Chichester Cathedral, which is also where you can join us for our annual Carol Concerts.