An overview of useful information for families
Hello and welcome to Transition at QEHS.
We hope that you find everything here that you need to know but in the event of this not being the case, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I am the Transition Coordinator and it is my responsibility to make sure that moving from primary to secondary school is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. If you are allocated a place in this school you will receive a welcome pack in March. During June we will come out and visit you in your primary schools to get to know you a little bit and let you find out more about us. Our Taster Day is then usually in July, followed closely by an evening when you bring your parents into QEHS to meet your Form Tutor and listen to current Year 7 students share their early experiences of joining the school. This timeline of events will really help you familiarise yourself with the school but, as always, if you need more support with the process, please let us know.
I look forward to meeting you if you are able to take up a place with us.
This is the day before all students return after the summer holiday and offers students in Years 7 and 12 the opportunity to deal with some of the numerous but necessary administrative tasks, so that they have a crisp start to their learning at the beginning the school year. There are no formal lessons, although students may receive information on subject areas such as ICT, sport, D & T and the timings of the day will not necessarily be those of a normal school day, apart from starting and finishing times. This will be first time that students travel on the school buses.
Keeping parents informed
Throughout your child’s time at the school there will be a number of different ways, both formal and informal, which will enable you to monitor their progress.
Grade Card – This is the way in which the school can keep you informed, on a regular basis, as to how your child is getting on. The information will let you know how your child is working and that they are behaving as we expect, or alert you to any hiccups. The systems that we use in school quickly alert staff to any change in a student’s performance, so that any necessary intervention can be put in place swiftly. You will receive a Grade Card detailing engagement grades six times year and academic performance three times a year.
New Parents’ Evening – This takes place a few weeks into Term 1 (you will receive a letter about this in due course) and offers the opportunity for parents and Form Tutors to swap notes on how the students are settling into school. It is not an occasion to discuss your child’s academic progress as it is far too early for that, but to check that all is well and that your child does not need any help with organisation etc. Parents are asked to make a 5 minute appointment with each child’s Tutor. All parents are invited but we do appreciate that some families will face a long journey for a brief chat, especially if everything is going well, so you may prefer to contact the Form Tutor by other means.
Parent Consultation Evenings – These are an opportunity to discuss academic progress with your child’s subject teachers and we encourage parents and students to meet the staff together. Again, we operate a system whereby parents book 5 minute appointments to meet with subject teachers. All bookings are made through an online system and more information is sent out closer to the Parents’ Evening.
Subject Consultations – These provide an opportunity for students and their parents to discuss their progress with their teacher in specific academic subjects.
School reports – Reports provide a written assessment of the progress that your child has made against their targets and suggestions for aspects of their work which they will need to address in the future in order to meet new targets.
Exercise books - In most subject areas, these will contain subject specific information about the levels/grades and skills covered by each topic along with targets and feedback from subject teachers.
The school planner – This contains a section on target setting and personal development where students are encouraged to record evidence of their progress towards both their academic and personal targets.
Your child’s Form Tutor – They will have an overview of their progress and well-being in school and can be contacted should you have any specific concerns. Similarly, if you have a specific subject query it is always possible to ask to talk to your child’s teacher.
At the beginning of each academic year you will receive a timetable outlining the times at which these events will occur. It is our aim to ensure that you have regular updates on progress.