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We are very excited to welcome you and your child to Barnwell School.
Transition from primary school is a very exciting but also nervous time in a young life. At Barnwell we endeavour to make the transition as smooth as possible, by providing plenty of bespoke opportunities for Year 6 students to integrate into our community.
From the moment you accept us as the school of choice for your child, we work closely with the primary schools to get to know them as an individual and provide the appropriate level of support in place to help them settle quickly.
This transition process does not stop in the September of Year 7 however. We continue to work with all of our students until they become confident and independent citizens.
Please take the time to read the information provided and feel free to contact the school if you have any queries. In particular, have a look over the "What Do We Do" section below, as COVID-19 may mean the transition process is a little different this year.
The Covid19 restrictions and Lock Down may mean the transition process is a little different this year.
We would normally visit ALL of our feeder primary schools during the summer term and meet every student that has been allocated to Barnwell School. This year we will have to do this slightly differently… During these conversations we do our best to find out as much as we can about the students, who their friends are, what they are interested in, what they enjoy about school and on the flip side, what they are worried about. We have sent out an online survey to glean as much of this information as possible. Obviously, nothing beats a face to face conversation, so if there is any chance we can make these happen during the summer term, we will do.
We also talk to the teachers and get ‘the lowdown’ on every student. Again, more difficult this year, but we are surveying all the year 6 teachers in much the same way with an online form and will meet (albeit virtually or over the phone) with your year 6 teachers.
We use all this information to help us set up teaching groups and form groups, but are always very aware that Secondary School is a very different place to Primary School and can be an excellent opportunity for some for a fresh start if needed.
Again, this could be very difficult to organise whilst we are in lockdown but we would normally, during the summer term, run The Ones Club this is a weekly opportunity for all those students that are joining us from a school where there are less than four students joining us in Year 7. During these clubs, we run a series of different activities with the purpose of the students getting to know each other, getting to know us and getting to know their way around school. These weekly activities include: Art, PE, Technology, Cooking and Science. If there is any chance of organising some of these sessions when we return to school, we will do and will be in contact with all relevant students and parents.
Fingers crossed that things are back to vague normality by July, and that this event can go ahead as normal. We are currently hoping to run this event as normal, but obviously we will need to work within the restrictions of government guidance.
This is the evening where our new intake Year 7 students and their parents come into our middle school to meet their potential form tutors, college staff and the other students that will be joining them in their colleges and form groups in September. It is a really good opportunity to get a bit more of a look around the campus and begin to get settled into life at Barnwell School. This is the first time the students and their parents find out their colleges and form groups.
Again, hopefully this will run as normal. This is a Stevenage wide day where students move onto their new schools. We start the day with an assembly in our main hall followed by a series of lessons with students moving around the campus as they will be in September. In the afternoon, students compete in their colleges for the first time, taking part in an inter college PE activity and gaining points for their new college to be.
We have to hope that things have basically completely settled by September and schools are back to normal and everything is running as it should…
This year, when students return to school in September, we will be running a ‘Fresher’s Week’ style first week for our new Year 7s. Over these first few days of the Autumn Term we will run a series of different activities in and around some lessons to give our new Year 7 students an opportunity to really acclimatise to Barnwell, the buildings, the systems, to get to know the key staff and to start to get to know each other.
Before the October half term we take the vast majority of our Year 7 students on a residential trip. This is a subsidised trip, our aim being to keep the cost as low as possible to allow every single Year 7 student to join us. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other and the staff, is really good fun and something that will create lasting memories.
Mr M Patching – Assistant Headteacher responsible for Wellbeing
Mr A. Reavell - Senior Leader responsible for Transition between KS2 and KS3
Mrs E. Brown – Head of Ennis College
Mrs L. Cowling – Head of Redgrave College
Mrs S. Jones - Head of Hoy College
New Intake Evening - 6th July 2020.
New Intake Day - 9th July 2020.
Start of term - 3rd September 2020. Other dates are listed on our Calendar.
All of the specific information you need to prepare for life at Barnwell School can be found by downloading the Year 7 Information Booklet below. This includes responses to many of the FAQs posed by students, plus uniform and P.E. kit details.
Please also find copies of our Consent Booklet, Home School Agreement, Instrumental and Vocal Tuition form, a Middle Campus Map and an example of a year 7 student timetable.