Year 6 – 7 transition
Transition during lockdown
We understand that transition from primary to secondary school can be a very stressful time both for parents and students. We now have the added stress of the effects of Covid-19. Currently schools are closed to the majority of students until further notice. However, the transition team are still working to ensure that this year's Year 6 cohort have a smooth transition.
We usually offer a range of open evenings in the summer term for parents and students to attend. We are keeping a close eye on the ever-changing government guidelines; if dates need to be changed/postponed we will keep you up to date via the school website and via email (if we have your email address). Transition week is incredibly successful and enables students from primaries to have a real taste of secondary school life. We are hoping that this will still go ahead; if not, we will endeavour to do something similar in September when we return to school.
Currently the only thing we are asking parents/carers to complete is the student data sheet. This was posted out to parents; they were sent out gradually, so some may have received them already while others may not have received theirs yet. If you can complete the sheet and either post it to school or email to Miss Hopkinson or Mrs Robinson (their email addresses are on the letter accompanying the data sheet and below).
At Westfield we are trying to ensure that we are available to answer any of your queries regarding transition.
If you have any queries please email:
E.Hopkinson@westfield-chorustrust.org (Head of Year 7)
D.Robinson@westfield-chorustrust.org (Pastoral manager of Year7)
information for new parents
If your child has gained a place at Westfield you can also find additional information in our section for Current Parents & Students. This includes pages about uniform, equipment and behaviour.
You may also find it useful to read the document, Secondary Success (a survival guide for parents starting secondary school), which was put together by current parents in our Friends of Westfield School group. They have also created a Jargon Buster which you may find useful.
You should receive notification of your school place from Sheffield City Council on 2 March 2020.
PRIMARY SCHOOL VISITS
march - april 2020
Ordinarily the Year 7 transition team would visit students who have gained a place at Westfield School and will be joining us in September 2020. These visits would take place in March and April in order to meet students in their primary schools and help prepare them for their move to Westfield School. We also discuss the needs of each student with their primary teachers. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have not been able to visit students in setting but we are discussing each child and their needs with primary school colleagues remotely.
UNIFORM EVENING: CANCELLED
Please see our Uniform and Equipment page for information about our uniform rules and where to purchase items.
SEN induction events:
For students (and their families) who will be joining us in September 2020. Contact will be made directly with identified students and their families following discussion with primary school colleagues.
If you have any SEN queries please email:
G.Simmons@westfield-chorustrust.org (Deputy Headteacher & SENCO)
J.Swift@westfield-chorustrust.org (Learning Support Co-ordinator)
thursday 2 July 2020, 6pm - 7.30pm
For students (and their families) who will be joining us in September 2020. Students will meet their new ARKS form tutor and spend time in these groups getting to know their classmates. Parents will receive presentations from the Head of School, Mr Birkbeck and other members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Held at Westfield School. Open to all Year 6 students who are due to join us in September 2020 (and their parents).
We will continue to monitor government advice and write out to you with further details for this evening in June.
13 - 17 july 2020
All incoming Year 7 pupils would ordinarily spend a week at Westfield School at the end of the summer term.
On these days pupils experience a variety of taster lessons, meet staff and pupils, and get to know the building. This is a vital part of the transition process and will help our new pupils get excited about starting at Westfield.
On the first day pupils should arrive at school by 8:25 and gather in the main hall where they will be met by the transition team. On subsequent days, pupils will follow a timetable including ARKS time.
Students will leave at 2.45pm.
In order to be prepared for the day pupils should:
- Bring a pen, pencil and ruler.
- Wear their primary school uniform.
- Wear footwear that is suitable for PE activities.
- Bring a packed lunch or about £3.00 to spend in the restaurant.
- Pupils entitled to free school meals will receive their usual meal allowance on the day.
We will continue to monitor government advice and write out to you with further details for transition week in late June.
START OF YEAR 7:
wednesday 2 september 2020
We will write out to you at the end of the Summer Term with arrangements for Year 7 in September.