Primary to Secondary
Here at Buile Hill we work very hard on ensuring the transition between primary school and secondary school is as smooth as possible for both our young people and their parents.
Miss Sillitoe, our Communities leader, along with her team plan an exciting and fun filled calendar of events throughout the school year to allow prospective pupils and their families to visit our school as often as possible.
Many schools begin this process in Year 6; however we like to involve pupils from all ages in our community events and believe the earlier they can visit high school the more comfortable they will feel when they start with us full time. We involve our local primary schools in concerts every term where they work with our choir to put on a performance for their friends and families, we hold sports events after school where our Year 7 and 8 pupils act as ambassadors and we hold various workshops to allow primary school pupils to benefit from our excellent facilities here on site.
Our formal transition period begins in Year 5 and from here we have several events and activities to assist with the difficult and important decision of choosing the right high school and then preparing to start.
- Year 5 transition day at Buile Hill Visual Arts College – all year 5 classes from our feeder primary schools are invited to spend the day at Buile Hill and experience typical high school life. They are exposed to new subjects, amazing facilities and expert staff.Open Evening/Week – during our Open Evening pupils and parents form all primary schools are given the opportunity to visit Buile Hill. They are met with a fantastic display of information as well as interactive tasks and activities from our all departments and performances from our students. Our Open Evenings are always hugely successful, so much so that a few years ago we extended this opportunity to an Open Week. With this prospective pupils and their families are given the valuable opportunity to visit Buile Hill during the day and are shown around by Mrs. Howard to look at a typical school day.
- Visits to Primary schools from Transition manager and Year 7 pupils – throughout the year our transition manager visits all feeder primary schools to provide information regarding the application process, dates and times of upcoming events and answer any questions pupils or parents may have. In addition to this on some occasions some of our Year 7 pupils will go and visit their old primary school to deliver a presentation on their experience so far and hold a question and answer session with the year 6s.
- Year 6 Transition day – Once Year 6 pupils have chosen Buile Hill as their secondary school they are invited to spend a full day there in preparation for their start in September. They follow a typical timetable allowing them to experience the whole school, they are introduced to pupils from other primary schools and they are encouraged to plan their journey to and from school independently.
- New Year 7 parents Evening – The final even we hold for new pupils before they start at Buile Hill in the September is a parents evening in July. This is an opportunity for both parents and pupils and allows final details to be given so the summer holidays can be stress free. This evening invites pupils to come in, meet their form tutor and join in ‘inter-house’ activities with the pupils who will make up their new year group. Parents are given talks from various senior members of staff regarding important issues in our school policy. Finally both pupils and parents are given the chance to purchase or order their new school uniform.
Pupils are faced with multiple challenges during the transition from high school to college. It is an exciting time that typically leads to considerable gains in motivation and maturity, but it is also a time during which many pupils may experience difficulties and concerns.
Buile Hill aims to support all pupils through this critical period and offer the following:
- Year 10 Careers Fair which takes place in July.
- “September Agreement” where all pupils are offered a college place.
- Connexions Adviser where pupils are advised and supported with applications, personal statements and CVs.
- College Taster Day.
- Assemblies taken by college representatives.
- Open events for school leavers held at all local colleges.
- PSE program which includes units on career progression and choices.
- Extended day timetable which involves many of our pupils attending weekly lessons at local colleges.
- IAG Evening for pupils and parents which includes information and advice on transition post 16 such as applying for apprenticeships, college applications and employment trends
- CAP lessons. This is where pupils fill out there online college application forms with the aid of a representative from college and an connexions adviser.