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Introduction to Transition at Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Transition from primary to secondary school is a very exciting and challenging time for any child, and also for their parents and carers.  To help our prospective Y7s to feel comfortable and secure, and to welcome them and their families as part of our school community, an extensive Transition programme is planned for the summer term.  Once you have received confirmation of your place at CHCS, you will hear from us very quickly with details of the Transition events to follow. We also contact primary schools to inform them of our plans.

Our Y6 Transfer programme begins with a pastoral ‘Welcome Day’ when pupils are placed in the tutor groups which will be theirs from Y7 to 11.  This is an opportunity to make new friends and to learn about our ethos and expectations at Cardinal Hume.

The Welcome Day is followed by two Curriculum Days.  On these days Y6s follow a normal timetable, taking breaks and lunch with CHCS pupils, and taking part in a range of lessons in departments around the school.  A copy of last year’s Curriculum Days timetable can be found in this section of the web site.

Parents are invited to join us for Taster Family Learning sessions in English and Maths, and also to attend an important Welcome Meeting with our Head Teacher, Mr Hurn.  At this meeting parents will learn more about our school expectations and ethos and will be introduced to key senior staff including their child’s Head of House.  The Welcome Evening is an invaluable opportunity to clarify any concerns parents may have regarding Y7, and to select and order items of uniform and sports kit.



Congratulations to our fantastic Year 5 guests who gave an inspiring performance to a packed Atrium on May 4th at our annual Singing Festival.   120 pupils from St Anne’s, St Alban’s, St Oswald’s, St Joseph’s Juniors Birtley and St Benet’s with support from members of our own Junior Choir sang a varied and challenging programme including hits from the Beach Boys, the Smiths and Adele.   We look forward to welcoming you into our school choirs when you are little older, Year 5!


Dear Year 6,

I’m Liam, and I’m in Year 7, and I am writing to tell you about my first year at Cardinal Hume.

Life at Cardinal Hume is really good in my opinion. If you work hard and do your best you will be awarded merits. Most of all you get to meet loads of new people and make lots of new friends.

If you’re nice to the teachers and staff, I can assure you they will be nice to you back. At the end of the day they are there to look after you and they really do care and want to bring out the very best in you.

On to school dinners, the facilities for meals are outstanding if you didn’t already know. There is a wide range of choice for food and drink that I am sure you all will like. My favourite is Chicken Joes which is a delicious chicken burger!

First thing on a morning at 8:45, you go to tutor which is a group of people you are with until you actually leave Cardinal Hume. This is only for 15 minutes and it is for registration.

Lucky for all of you, when you arrive in September, there will be a fantastic new gym waiting for you. The P.E facilities are excellent and you will be able to experience lots of different sports and other activities.

Looking forward to meeting you when you join us in September.


Liam Maguire.

Our extensive  timetable of Y6 Transition Family Learning events is well underway, and is proving very popular – so much so that an additional  Science course has  been added to the schedule. A few places are still available on most courses, but please do book before attending – contact Mrs Grainger  on 0191 4877638 or email

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?”

Parents responded:

‘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.’

Children responded:

‘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.

There are still a few places available on forthcoming Family Learning events. Contact Mrs Grainger to book your places.

Notes from Parent Partners Meeting

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Parent Handbook 

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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*
2 3 4
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

Overall responses:

  • 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.


Year 6 Transition Programme – Summer 2017

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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