We would like to extend a very warm welcome to parents of Year 6 students who will join Hanley Castle in September 2022.
We understand that this process may seem more daunting due to the current situation. Please do not worry. We are all in this together and have plans in place to make the process as smooth as possible for you and your child.
Over this last half term, the Key Stage 3 Team have visited the thirty primary schools from which our new Year 7s will be coming. We have met groups of students who are enthusiastic and excited for the next step in their education. We cannot wait for them to join us in September.
On 9th June we welcome you, their parents, along with your child to our Year 6 Information Evening. This will take place in our school hall and start at 6pm promptly. This will include a welcome from the Headteacher, information on school processes and procedures and how to support your child with the transition from Primary School to High School. We will also be joined on the evening by Kitz in Malvern for questions regarding uniform, Worcestershire Transport for school buses and AIP, our school canteen partner.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to confirm timings for our Year 6 Transition Day on the 23rd June so travel arrangements can be made. The day will start at 9am. Please follow signs for school drop off where your child will be met on arrival.
The day will finish at 3.15pm. To minimise disruption to PE lessons taking place on the school field, the gates for pick up will open from 3pm to 3.15pm. They will then be locked for the school buses but will reopen at 3.30pm. Please aim to arrive between 3pm to 3.15pm. However, if for whatever reason this is not possible, please arrive after 3.30pm.
You should have now received a transition pack either from your child’s primary school or in the post. This includes a yellow confidential record that needs to be returned to us either by email or post as soon as possible. This will enable us to keep you updated on the various transition events that we have planned for June/July. If you have not received this, please ask at your child’s primary school and contact us on the email below.
Over this next half term, the Key Stage 3 team will be out visiting each of the primary schools to enable us to get to know your child in their own setting and meet with their current teacher. As part of this students will be introduced to the virtual classroom where they will find a variety of taster sessions and information videos to help them get excited about life here at Hanley Castle High School.
We look forward to your son/daughter joining us at Hanley very soon. I’m sure you may well have lots of questions. A parent and child information evening is planned for the 9th June. However, if you have any pertinent questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via the Key Stage 3 email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Classroom and resources pack
We have put together a virtual classroom for your child to explore. Please use attachments to help them get a flavour of what Hanley life is really like.
The virtual classroom has also been shared with your child's school. Depending on their context, they may well use this in class to help students feel ready for September.
Miss Rebecca Dunn
Head of Key Stage 3
Mr Paul Smith
Assistant Head of Key Stage 3
Assistant Head of Key Stage 3
Miss Zoe Mitchell
Key Stage 3 Admin Assistant