We hope that you and your family are well and that our prospective Year 7 students are managing to strike a happy balance between working at home, keeping in touch with family and friends, and getting some exercise. It is sad for them to miss out on such an important period of their primary school life, but we hope that they are feeling excited about joining us in the new academic year.
Our usual Transition programme has had to be put on hold due to the Covid 19 restrictions, but we have been working hard to ensure that we can support our new Y7 at a distance, and help to prepare them for joining us in school when the time comes.
In the meantime we will keep in touch with families, and we hope that Y6 will get to know Cardinal Hume Catholic School via our website. A Y6 Transition folder has been uploaded on our Home Learning Platform and will be updated regularly. It is easy to locate – just go to https://www.cardinalhume.com/ and ‘Click here’.
The Transition programme is in three sections:
Welcome to Cardinal Hume
This folder will be updated with Pastoral information, including film clips to help students to learn their way around our impressive building and to introduce them to some staff and students.
It will include all the information they would have received on the Welcome Day which we usually hold in June.
Each Y6 student will receive a Transition Curriculum booklet soon after the half term break. It will introduce them to the curriculum areas they will explore in Y7. Each subject will provide a lesson online, mostly in a Powerpoint, and students will record their work for the lesson in their booklet.
It is important that the students do their very best work in their booklet, as they will bring it to school with them in Y7. They will hand in the relevant pages to their class teachers in their first lessons and this will give their teachers an opportunity to learn about each pupil’s interests and background within their subject.
Summer School – Progress Course
We usually encourage as many students as possible to attend our Summer School at the end of the summer holidays. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Summer School in its’ usual form this year, but will be providing an on-line version of the Progress Course which is an important part of the Summer School programme. It is a personal development course which encourages students to reflect on the skills, behaviours and attitudes that will help them to make a confident and happy start in Y7.
We will post a Progress Course Booklet to Y6 at the end of the summer term, and a series of short lessons will be available throughout the summer for children to complete with their parents’ support. The booklet, when completed, can be shared with your child’s Tutor and will help tutors to get to know the children in their group.
Family Learning Feedback
On a scale of 1-4 99% of parents have awarded every course top marks in evaluations. Here are some comments:
“Stimulating teaching and thought-provoking fun science lesson [on acidity in every day chemicals] which will encourage us to test substances and think about them at home.”
” Very informative and it was good to see the surroundings and classrooms.”
“[The sessions] have helped my child get an idea of what the school is like.”
Family Science Workshop parental feedback:
Our first Family Learning event was a great success, with fabulous reviews from parents and children. We asked families to tell us their thoughts…
“What impact do you think these sessions will have on work / activities at home?”
‘It’s interesting to do the practical sessions to prove the science theory’
‘I feel the sessions will help parents and students to become used to the school and teachers’
‘We’ll know how to treat bee or wasp stings.’
‘I would like to spend more time with my daughter at home, doing experiments.’
‘It made me look forward to Cardinal Hume in a few months.’
‘It was so interesting and I loved it. I want to try more sessions at home.’
‘Excited and more ready for SATs.
Notes from Parent Partners Meeting
Transition Parent Survey
Each year parents are invited to complete this questionnaire regarding your child’s transfer and transition to Cardinal Hume Catholic School. Below is a summary of Transition projects/meetings which have taken place over the last two years. Parents/carers tick the boxes below which most closely indicate the level to which you agree with the given statements. The results of our most recent survey are summarised below.
|Events Open to Catholic Feeders||Events Open to all pupils/parents*||Events Open to all pupils/parents*|
|Y5 Singing Day and Concert||Y6 Welcome Day June*||Y6 Open evening Oct*|
|Y5 Sports Day||Y6 Transition Curriculum Days July*||Y7 Parents’ Welcome Evening*|
|Y6 ‘Play In A Day’||Additional visits by appointment*||Y6 Family Learning: English*|
|Y6 Family Learning: Maths*|
|Parents’ Handbook – key information*|
|Y7 Family Learning: Cooking*|
|Y7 Family Learning Courses: English/ Maths*|
|1||My child had opportunities to visit CHCS in Y5 and Y6||3||3||5||10||79|
|2||My child felt confident about coming to CHCS||1||3||12||23||61|
|3||I felt confident about my child coming to CHCS||2||1||6||15||76|
|4||I felt well-informed about CHCS when my child was in Y6||1||0||5||22||72|
|5||I found the Parents’ Handbook helpful||0||1||4||16||79|
|6||My child was well prepared to transfer to CHCS||0||1||7||24||68|
|7||My child was aware of work and behaviour expectations at CHCS||0||0||4||15||81|
|8||I was aware of work and behaviour expectations at CHCS||0||0||4||8||88|
|9||My child looked forward to attending CHCS||1||3||7||22||67|
|10||My child has settled well at CHCS||0||1||2||22||73|
- 98% Satisfactory or better (3+)
- 92% Good or better (4+)
- 74% Outstanding (5 )
Issues arising from individual responses:
Pupils from non-feeder schools – parents expressed concern at lack of earlier opportunities to visit CHCS.
Unfortunately we are not able to issue invitations to non-feeder schools, but we do run a range of Family Learning events throughout the year, many of which are open to all.
Practicalities – children are concerned about moving around the building, pricing in the canteen etc.
Pupils are guided in their first few days, and all staff and pupils are happy to assist lost Y7s.
We understand that new pupils may take a little longer to get from A to B at the start of term.
Challenging levels of homework
We make no apology for setting challenging work, but support is always available at Homework Club and pupils should always discuss any problems with their class teacher.
Stress due to strictness of school culture
At Cardinal Hume we insist on the very highest standards of behaviour and work, but temper this with care and understanding. The Transition Days offer pupils an opportunity to learn about our expectations, but also to familiarise themselves with the pastoral support available. Close partnership between school and home is the key to supporting pupils in achieving and maintaining the highest standards.
Summary of the Transition Survey
We are delighted to see such positive feedback from parents, demonstrating an overwhelming satisfaction with the Transition process. This has been reflected in the secure start that our current Y7 has made in Cardinal Hume.
We take all feedback seriously, and responses to our survey showed that some parents of pupils from outside of our Catholic Cluster of feeder schools were concerned that their children had fewer opportunities to visit us at CHCS. Unfortunately we are not at liberty to invite pupils from outside our Cluster to join us for events until they have been formally offered a place at Cardinal Hume, however we do endeavour to provide an extensive and varied programme of events for the summer term, including a number of opportunities for parents. All the events/resources highlighted(*) are available to all our prospective Y7 children, and we strongly advise families to attend as many of these events as they can – the schedule for this year can be found here on the website.
- Y6 Family Learning events at CHCS in the holidays are open to all local families – book through the Family Learning service.
- Transition continues into Y7, so try to join us for Y7 Family Learning events.
Some comments from parents/carers.
My son has settled in Year 7 very well. It’s a huge step for them, but it doesn’t take long before they get into a routine.
We are delighted with the support offered to [our daughter] and the obvious hard work of all the staff working with her.
[Our son] is very much enjoying his time at the school. He talks about it non-stop and has made new friends. He is growing in confidence which as parents we are delighted with.
[Our daughter] joined CHCS from a non-feeder school. We have been very impressed by the transition both before and during the new academic year.
[Our daughter] has settled into CHCS really well and is very happy at school. We are really pleased with her attitude to homework when she brings it home.
A Letter to our New Starters from a Year 7 Pupil
When I visited Cardinal Hume Catholic School for the first time it seemed massive. I thought I would never find my way round, that I would get lost on my way to every lesson. However, that didn’t happen. There is always someone to help you find your way in the first few weeks of term.
I enjoyed the Transition days – I made a special friend on the first day and she is still my best friend now. After three days in school I felt much more confident, particularly about travelling to school on the bus.
The main thing I worried about in the holidays was that I would forget things – books, pencil case, stationery etc. I was also worried about the work – would it be too hard and would I manage the homework. I do have to work hard, but I get a lot of support from my teachers – never be afraid to ask for help with your work. A good tip – you need to be very organised. Make sure you use your Planner properly, and you can’t go wrong.
On the first day at Cardinal Hume I was very nervous in the morning but as soon as I arrived I realized there was nothing to be scared of. I have made lots of friends in my tutor group and teaching group, but have stayed in touch with my old friends from primary school too.
There are lots of extra-curricular activities that you can join in. I have discovered some new talents – acting, singing and dancing. Other people in my class have joined sports clubs and art club. There is always something to get involved in.
So, welcome to Cardinal Hume Catholic School! My best advice to you is to make the most of all the opportunities to get involved in school life, and to work hard so you achieve your dreams.
Year 7 Pupil