We are delighted that your son/daughter has been allocated a place at our school to start Year 7 in September. At Hanson we pride ourselves in providing our new students and parents a smooth and successful transition from Primary to Secondary school. This is a crucial time in any child’s development and we aim to ensure they are as prepared as they can be when September arrives.

Outlined below are details of just some of the many ways in which we hope to make your son/daughter’s transition to secondary school as enjoyable and trouble free as possible.

Primary school visits
A visit to each primary school by either Mr O’Neill or Miss Redfern, the Year 7 Team. The purpose of this visit is for Year 6 students to ask questions about life in Year 7 and any aspect of the transfer process that may concern them. Students will create their own personalised identity hand print and be able to find out about life at secondary school.

Discovery sessions – June/July 2017
These sessions give the pupils additional opportunities to visit Hanson and take part in some lessons. They can take part in PE, Science, Technology, Music, Drama or ICT lessons and get to meet some of the important staff members at Hanson. Our current Year 7 Student Ambassadors will be on hand to assist throughout their visits. Primary schools will be informed of these sessions and can ‘sign up’ to them as they wish.

Small School Presentation Evening – Wednesday 21st June, 3-5pm
This gives all pupils coming from our smaller feeder schools a chance to meet other pupils in similar situations. They can get to know each other and meet members of the Year 7 team. Parents will have the opportunity to meet myself, the Progress and Behaviour Leader for Year 7, ask questions and tour the school. Letters of invitation will be sent out nearer the time.

Additional Induction days – Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2017
Some pupils will be able to have an additional Induction Day to help them become more familiar with the school and what to expect. These pupils will be identified by their Primary school and Hanson staff and letters will be sent out to inform those involved.

Induction day – Wednesday 5th July 2017
ALL new Year 7 pupils join us at the same time and experience a full day at Hanson. Pupils will be able to meet their new form tutor and their form group as well as making their way around school taking part in full lessons. They can eat in the Atrium Restaurant and sample what life is really like at Hanson. More detailed information about this day will be sent to all parents as well as posted on the school website.

Induction Evening – Wednesday 5th July 2017, 4.30-7.00pm
Following on from the main induction day, we invite all parents to visit the school and listen to presentations from the Head Teacher and the Year 7 Progress and Behaviour Leader. You will have the chance to meet your child’s new form tutor and finalise any details for September, including uniform.

Summer School – weeks commencing 31st July and 7th August 2017
Following on from the last three years successful Summer School programmes this years Summer School has expanded and ALL new pupils can attend Hanson during the first 2 weeks of the Summer holidays. They will be given a free breakfast and dinner and take part in lots of fun activities, all designed to equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge to really hit the ground running in September. They will attend Hanson for the two weeks from 9am – 2.30pm. Letters of invitation will be sent out shortly with further information about the programme.

Moving on to secondary school can be both exciting and daunting, but we hope we can work with you to make the process as seamless as possible.

If you have any queries about the transfer process, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 7 team. We look forward to meeting you and your child over the coming weeks and months.