Year 6 Transition

 

September 2021 intake

Dear Year 6 Parents

Welcome to Secondary School Admissions Season here at Fernhill. Transition to Secondary school can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time for young people, not to mention their families!

This year of course, the process of choosing a Secondary school looks different. We are desperately disappointed not to be able to show you round the school in person but we are delighted to be able to offer you a range of opportunities to find out everything there is to know to allow you to make the right decision for your child – we sincerely hope that you choose Fernhill!

Introductory Video – We are proud to present to you our brand new introductory video. This will give you a strong flavour of what the school has to offer and we are sure will whet your appetite for the more detailed information about Fernhill School offered below.  

Prospectus – Please click here to view our Prospectus. This will give you an overview of the school, including information which will be of use, regardless of your own child’s individual needs.

School tour with Mr Heard, Senior Assistant Headteacher – Many of you will be familiar with Mr Heard, a true legend of Fernhill. With almost 30 years of service to the school, no-one knows it better and Mr Heard’s tour covers every area of the school and adds great detail to what you have read in the prospectus.

Presentation from the Headteacher for Parents and Carers – Please do take the time to watch this short presentation from the Headteacher. Aimed at Parents and Carers principally, it captures the unique selling points of Fernhill and explains the expectations we have of students and families, as well as outlining what you should expect from us! 

Virtual Zoom Q and A – Owing to the current restrictions in place due to the pandemic, we have regrettably had to postpone our planned face to face tours of the school. In place of this, we are offering live Question and Answer sessions via Zoom on Thursday 22nd October 2020 at 4.30 pm. These will be led by senior members of staff from school and will give you the opportunity to ask those all important questions, to allow you to make the correct choice of school for your child. To book a place at these virtual Q and A sessions, please contact Mrs Reynolds on 01276 702540 or email transition@fernhill.hants.sch.uk

Junior Schools Presentation from Headteacher and Prefects – Under normal circumstances the Headteacher would visit each Junior school with members of the school prefect team and talk to Year 6 children. As we are not able to do this this year, we invite children to view the attached slides, which give a flavour of life at Fernhill – children might spot some familiar faces from their own Junior school!

Detailed information video for families from Mr Kingswood and Miss Mourey, Head of Year 7 – We hope by this point that you have made Fernhill your choice of Secondary school. This extended video will give parents/carers and children the finer detail of student life at Fernhill and very detailed information about the Transition process.

Transition@ email address

Dedicated email address for Transition questions and queries - we are aware that every single child's needs are different. It might be that the wealth of information on this website provides you with all of the information you need to make your choice. However, if you have any questions which are specific to your child, perhaps for the SENCO, the Head of PE, or maybe about opportunities for a very able child, please do send them to  transition@fernhill.hants.sch.uk  and we will ensure that they are directed to the best person to assist.

Map of Fernhill

Click to view school layout

Once you have chosen Fernhill…

At Fernhill, we offer a programme of regular visits to our school, both for children in Year 6, after they choose their Secondary school, and for Year 5 students whose families are beginning to ponder this difficult decision. These take place in the Summer term of Years 5 and 6, provided of course that the situation has returned to normal, as we all hope it will!

These visits aim to expose children to areas of the curriculum in which we at Fernhill have a greater depth of facilities than perhaps the Primary or Junior school can offer. For example, visits from Years 5 and 6 students take place to participate in Ceramics and 3D Design, Cookery, Music and Drama, not to mention a wide array of sports activities. These visits allow children to get over the initial fear of stepping into 'big school' and allow them to experience what we have to offer as they make their choice of school. In addition, these are valuable opportunities for our excellent staff to get to know your child and for our own students to build their confidence and communication skills as they assist with these days.

Each year, I visit all of our feeder schools personally in the Summer term of Year 6 to meet the students themelves – all part of our very personalised and warm approach.

We hope very much that you make Fernhill your school of choice for next year and I look very much forward to meeting you.

 

Mark Kingswood

Headteacher