Headteacher's welcome to our new Year 7
Dear Parents / carers
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to Corpus Christi Catholic High School. Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
The move from primary school to secondary is a transition which can bring uncertainty at the best of times. At Corpus Christi, we pride ourselves on the care and attention that we provide for our learners, particularly those joining us in Year 7. Transition is a nerve-racking time, for both learners and parents. We understand that starting secondary school can be very exciting yet, a little daunting experience for many pupils. At Corpus Christi, we work tirelessly to provide a smooth transition, with an outstanding provision, within our Year 7 Curriculum and Pastoral Teams.
We are a fully inclusive school, in which our motto, "Together we are the Body of Christ," serves as a constant reminder to all to see the human face of God in everyone, and to respond appropriately. As a result of this, our school is a happy, welcoming, safe and orderly environment where real and lasting growth: spiritual, moral, physical, emotional, social and academic takes place, and where all pupils learn to be proud of who they are so that they can be ready to take their rightful place in the world.
Our Transition Team, led by Mr McKeever (Phase Leader) and Mrs Lisa McKeever (Head of Year 7), oversees the smooth transition of learners from primary to secondary school on an annual basis. Part of our role in the transition, is to ensure everything is as smooth and manageable as possible. As a result of feedback received and pupil and parent voice, we continually adapt our transition process to ensure learners arrive at Corpus Christi physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for this next exciting phase of education. We are very aware of the busy nature of Year 6 and have therefore measured our approach to ensure that information is delivered with clarity at a time when everyone has the capacity to digest and focus.
During the summer term we gain information from every primary school to learn more about your son/daughter. This close collaboration with our partner primaries also enables us to fully understand your child’s progress, abilities, interests and friendship groups. Whilst we understand you may have comments regarding any one of these matters, often particularly with friendship groups, rest assured we will be able to harvest this information from your child’s Year 6 teacher.
Therefore, a steady stream of communication will follow to enable everyone to feel supported and plan appropriately for the fabulous journey ahead. As always, do not feel you have to wait; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Corpus Christi where we would be delighted to assist.
Our transition planning process is well established and promotes a smooth and productive start to secondary school. We ask that you place your trust in this system which will be our sole source of information to guide our decision making for allocation of tutor groups.
We look forward to meeting you and your child soon.
Mr McKeever - Head of Key Stage 3
Hello and a very warm welcome to Year 7 in lower school! My name is Mr McKeever and I am delighted to say that I will be with you on your journey through Corpus Christi Catholic High School. I have a wealth of experience in pastoral care, as well as being a full time Design and Technology teacher and I am really looking forward to supporting you at such a crucial stage of your school career.
The transition to secondary school is an extremely important time for students, both in terms of academic achievement as well as building the “whole” person. Therefore, I am pleased to say that the Year 7 Pastoral Team are on hand to support your child at every step of the way, to ensure that they settle in to high school life as smoothly and easily as possible.
I value the importance of establishing a routine during the first weeks of term and have high expectations of every student. I would like to emphasise that punctuality and attendance play a very real part in academic success. Similarly, wearing the correct uniform quickly establishes the year group identity and sense of cohesion. Also, in addition to having an excellent attitude to learning in their lessons, all students are encouraged to join in the wide range of clubs and activities that we are lucky enough to offer here at Corpus Christi Catholic High School.
Finally, I believe that the key to a successful year is open communication between staff, students and parents/carers – by working together we can achieve so much! Therefore, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com should you have a question about any part of your child’s transition. I look forward to meeting you and your child in the coming weeks.
Mrs McKeever - Head of Year 7
I would like to say a warm welcome to the Year 6 pupils that will be joining us at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in September 2023. I hope that you are all excited to take part in the transition events over the coming half term and we at Corpus Christi Catholic High School are looking forward to meeting you. It will be a big change for you but I know that you will all be happy here and you will settle in quickly. At Corpus Christi, we are the Body of Christ and we hope you embrace the opportunity to be part of our community.
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