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Year 6 to 7 Transition

We are very aware of how challenging the transition from primary to secondary can be, for parents as much as for students themselves. No doubt the interruptions to your child's education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will add to these challenges, as well as meaning that our usual programme of activities to help welcome our new starters and ease that transition won't be happening as normal.

This section of our website will be regularly updated with as much information as possible to try and support you and your child in this process.

Please keep revisiting this page as it is updated, and follow our Facebook page where all news and developments will also be shared.

The transition process from junior school to Crookhorn starts in early March when allocations are made by county for places.

Information is collated by the junior schools in readiness for our staff who work in the transition team to arrange meetings to collect details on the performance and personalities of the new cohort to Crookhorn. This year our transition team have held virtual meetings with all the Year 6 teachers from our feeder schools so we can get the information from the people who have taught and developed the children during their primary years. This coordination helps to provide detailed background on your child which is used by specialist Crookhorn staff to identify future needs of students on their arrival and to allocate individuals to Houses and tutors to make the transition to secondary education as smooth as possible.

Once the College has the definitive list of new entrants for the September start contact is made with the parents and an information booklet will be sent out explaining some key strands of Crookhorn life. In 2020, we will also be sending out a PowerPoint which parents and children can watch in their own time which introduces key staff, the process of transition and the important roles parents, students and Crookhorn play to make this process successful.

At present, our transition team are hoping to visit junior schools in the last few weeks of the summer term if this is allowed by the government. During these sessions, we will be familiarising students with the College and our cornerstones of Respect, Responsibility, Commitment and Achievement. We will also be showing them a bit more of our site via some pictures and video.

Uniform is now available from ‘Skoolkit’ and there are shops in Havant where students can try on their new uniform. The first day for Year 7 students and Year 11 prefects is Friday 4th September at 8.50am. Students follow a 'Smart Start' programme of activities for the first 6 days which is designed to give students a solid base from which to thrive in Year 7. ‘Smart Start’ is a programme of different lessons introducing students to each curriculum area covering the core elements they need to be ready for the reality of starting secondary school and also other key areas such as; meeting their House tutor, learning the fire drill procedures, getting lost and finding themselves again, logging into the ICT and learning platform systems and making new friends. The whole College student body return on Monday 7th September where Year 7 students meet their fellow House tutees and everyday life at Crookhorn begins.

A Year 7 'Tutor Evening' takes place at the end of the student's first month in College. This is a chance for parents to meet with their child's House tutor and discuss how they have settled in. It also gives the tutor an opportunity to find out more about the family in relation to their child's interests and aspirations.

We are now in the process of allocating the students into classes for September. If you have requested a specific language choice between Spanish and French, we are doing our best to make sure this can be allocated to you and your child will find out their language classes in September.

Key transition dates for the academic year:

Smart Start Week: Friday 4th September 2020 - Friday 11th September 2020

Whole College returns: Monday 7th September 2020

Please find attached a link to our transition booklet that has been produced to give you some key information for you and your child. This document introduces some key staff, a summary of our ethos and values, the format of the College day and much more. If you have any questions about any of the information please do email with a title of ‘Transition’ and we reply back as soon as possible.