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We work in close collaboration with our local primary schools to make the transition to secondary a positive experience.

Transition starts with Primary School visits by the Year 7 Team and Senior Staff during the last week of Term 5 and the first week of Term 6.  Members of staff speak with teachers and students during these visits to ensure a smooth handover of all information. The aim is to ensure that students feel welcome and supported with an opportunity to have any questions answered.

The Charles Dickens School will host a Welcome Evening on Thursday 8th June 2017 for the September intake where the Head of School will introduce himself to parents and present information about the school, such as the curriculum, pastoral care and the induction programme. The Head of Year along with Tutors will greet students and speak with students separately on this occasion in the School’s Theatre.  This is a very positive evening and a great opportunity for students, parents and staff to meet before the September start date.

This year we are holding Year 6 Interviews for the 2017 new intake on Tuesday 13th and Monday 19th June from 4:00-7:00pm. This is the evening in which our new intake for the next academic year will come into school with their parents and will go through the induction paperwork with a member of staff. Available on the evening will be our uniform stockists displaying the required Charles Dickens School uniform, the catering facilities information as well as Stage Coach to discuss travel. Also available will be the opportunity to buy at a discounted price stationary such as Art packs and Mathematics equipment.

The School arranges three transition days for year 6 students to come and see what life at secondary school is like before they start with us.  These days are organised by our Assistant Headteacher (Ms Lebby) and comprise of taster sessions for a range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science and Art. This is also the time where students will sit their CAT tests (Cognitive Ability Tests) to ensure that on arrival in September students are entered into their individual learning pathway.

The transition days give new starters the chance to meet their form teachers, peers, have a tour of the school and take a look at all of the fantastic facilities that are available.

Our open evenings and school tours give students a taste of life at our friendly secondary school and we look forward to welcoming our new starters and their families to our caring and supportive school community, as they start what we hope will be an exciting and rewarding secondary school life. 

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