We know that selecting a secondary school is one of the most important decisions you and your child have to make. At Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form, we are aware that the transition from primary to secondary school can be challenging. Through close liaison with students, parents and our feeder schools, we aim to make that transition as straightforward and comfortable as possible.
We are very proud of our school and what our young people achieve. Achievement comes in many forms. It may include the success of your child in the creative arts, their contribution to a sports team, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme or in one of the many other extra-curricular activities on offer which is as important as celebrating their academic successes. The provision of a range of opportunities in which your child may thrive and excel plays a vital role in building confidence and rounded personalities.
Our talented staff believes passionately in providing the very best opportunities to all of the young people within our school community. We pride ourselves on knowing each student as an individual, their strengths and aspirations, and developing them so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment. Positive relationships, underpinned by good behaviour and mutual respect, enhance the atmosphere around the school where older students and sixth formers provide excellent role models for their younger peers.
The transition process is facilitated by the strong partnerships we have with our local primary schools with whom we work closely to ensure that transfer and progression are as smooth and effective as possible. The impact of working closely with primary staff gives students from Year 4 onwards the opportunity to visit our school to familiarise themselves with a new learning environment, utilise the specialist facilities and more importantly, foster strong relationships. We have an experienced team that organises and implements a broad range of activities such as Year 4 Olympic Legacy Day, Year 5 Maths Puzzle Day, Physics Fest and regular Year 5 and 6 transition activities. Furthermore, our Year 5 Open Week allows students and families to tour the school during the day experiencing the calm and productive environment where our students thrive. To book a tour of the school, please contact Mrs N Pereira on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September, Year 6 students and their parents/carers are invited to our annual Prospective Parents’ Evening. This popular event allows families to tour the facilities, listen to presentations and experience activities in the classrooms. Applications for a place in Year 7 should be made by parents to their local education authority by 30th October.
National offer day is 1st March 2022, and is the date that families are notified of the outcome of their application. The administrative process (data transfer) between the different primaries and us starts immediately. This information allows us to set students in core subjects and allocate form groups, taking into consideration the social support of friends from the primary setting. All students are invited into Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form for two days in the summer term, and students requiring additional support are given the opportunity to attend for a further two days to meet staff in our assisted learning department.
Year 6 new intake day and evening
In July we host a Year 6 new intake day and evening which is an opportunity for children who have been allocated a place in Year 7 to continue with their successful transition into secondary education here with us. Your child will meet with the Head of Year 7 and other key staff to experience sample lessons and get a real taste of what a school day a Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form will feel like. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to prepare for their journey with us in September, the aim is to help everyone feel happy and at ease, and ready to embark on the exciting transition into secondary school.