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Year 6 Transition

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families.  At The Hart School we pride ourselves on providing our new students, parents and carers with a smooth and comprehensive transition programme so that students arrive on their first day in September excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive.

FAQs When Choosing Your Secondary School

Choosing a secondary is an important decision and when the time arrives, we often receive the FAQ’s listed below:

Do we have a choice?

It is important that you take the time to make an informed decision about choosing a secondary school. We recommend that you go and visit schools you are considering to see how they work and get a feel for their ethos and whether it is the right choice for all parties.

Are all secondary schools the same?

No, every school will aim to ensure that all pupils make and exceed the necessary progress, but outcomes vary from school to school.

At The Hart School, we work hard to ensure that every young person has the right tools and foundations to be successful. We believe strongly in our key terms of progress;

Curriculums may also vary from school to school; The Hart school curriculum is rich, varied and creative.

What should I ask during open evenings?

During a school’s open evening, you will be greeted by the principal with an introductory speech. In this presentation, you will hear all about the school’s ethos and beliefs. You hear more about the curriculum and extra curricular opportunities. Also, as part of this event, you will generally be offered a tour f the school in which you will see the surroundings and meet the staff and pupils.

At this time, you will have opportunities to ask questions to staff. You may want to find out more about the courses on offer, how often they will take part in a subject, trips or other extra curricular opportunities. You may also want to learn more about past successes and pass rates within the subject areas.

This is a chance to really get a feel for the school you are visiting.

Is there any other information I need to know? What should I look out for?

Obviously, there is so much to find out about the school. The school website is an excellent source of information to help learn more about the finer details of a school. You may want to look into SEN support, uniform, Transport, facilities, anti-bullying support and pastoral teams, homework, the school canteen and so much more.

Will I get a place for my first choice?

It is not guaranteed that your child will secure their first place of school. This can be dependant of student places and whether you are applying from within catchment area.

There is however, an appeals procedure if you did find yourself in a position where you did not secure your first choice school. The Hart School staff will happily support where possible with this.