It's really important that the children joining Bridgnorth Endowed are ready for the new challenges of secondary school and arrive feeling excited about all of the opportunities it has to offer.
We understand that moving from Year 6 to Year 7 can seem very daunting, but the aim is for students to feel as comfortable and confident as possible about this big step.
Primary School Visits
The process starts with members of the team going out to meet each child at their primary school and spending time getting to know them.
They chat about all sorts of things, including favourite subjects, brothers and sisters, friends at the school and any worries they may have about settling in.
Based on this information, the Year 6 pupils receive letters, letting them know their tutor group and which of the three houses they will be in.
At the beginning of July, there’s a chance for the new starters to try things out for themselves at a special transition day, which includes a tour of Bridgnorth Endowed, a range of subject taster lessons, a fun activity and lunch in the school cafeteria.
The next event in the admissions calendar is the New Parents’ Evening where pupils and their parents come into school to meet their tutor, run through the basics of school life and buy their badges and ties.
Following that, if students have any concerns, the school will find a tailored solution to the issue. This could include an extra visit or a coffee morning with a member of the pastoral team.
First Day at School
At the start of the new term, students go directly to their tutor groups, where they meet everyone in their form and collect maps, planners and timetables before heading off to lessons.
One of the main concerns that students worry about is getting lost, but we make sure there are plenty of members of staff around and older students are always more than willing to help.
During the day, the whole year group comes together for an assembly and an extremely warm welcome to Bridgnorth Endowed School. The Year 7s then go into lunch early, giving them the chance to get to know the system, as well as their new classmates.