Year 6 Transition


Joining the Holyhead Family in Year 7

Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school is a significant stage in any child's life. At Holyhead we carefully and sensitively support your child in their next stage of education ensuring a positive start to Secondary school life.

All students will be visited in their own primary schools by either, a teacher, a Head of Year 7 and by our Student Transition Ambassadors. All students will be invited to Holyhead during their final year at primary school for at least two full days as part of induction activities. Please note, due to the current Government restrictions as a result of COVID-19, we are unable to have these face-to-face interactions with the students as planned. In addition to these induction days, we work closely with your child’s primary school to understand their needs in terms of academic ability and personal progress in readiness for September start, making relevant provisions where required. To help parents and students starting in September 2020, we have created a Welcome Transition video (above), and we encourage you to watch this with your child.

In addition to teacher support, your child will have a Form Tutor who they will see everyday of the school year. The Form Tutor’s role is to help guide and support them throughout their school life on matters such as school work, personal issues, school updates, opportunities and will be one of your points of contact as a parent/carer. This helps to create a very positive relationship between teacher and your child. All Form Tutors stay with their class right through from Year 7 to Year 10. In Year 11, students will have a new Form Tutor to help specifically with GCSE support and guidance on further education or careers.

Holyhead prides itself on having a caring learning environment through supportive staff, establishing high standards for behaviour and mutual respect. Positive relationships amongst peers, staff, the local community and parents / carers is celebrated and endorsed. Any problems encountered will have early intervention by the SPACE team who will engage parents / carers where appropriate. We provide a safe environment in which each student feels valued and has the opportunity for individual growth, believing that good character supports higher levels of achievement. Any disruptive behaviour, violence, bullying and any form of harassment is not tolerated and goes against our Vision and Ethos.

In order to enforce these principles, a range of sanctions and rewards are clearly defined in our Behaviour Management Policy. We believe that an ethos of encouragement is central to good behaviour and has a motivational role in helping students to realise that good behaviour is expected, valued and rewarded. Sanctions are employed to deal with inappropriate behaviour, ensuring students have a clear understanding of the sanction in order to make changes in their behaviour as needed to avoid future discipline.

Students are expected to take pride in themselves, are responsible for their work and make the most of their time at school by engaging in enrichment activities such as sports, games, creative groups, debate team, community engagement and charity work. Sustaining these high standard is key to developing rounded individuals for society along with the school’s LORIC values:

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication