The transition process from junior school to Crookhorn starts as soon as March when allocations are made by county for places. Once we have the definitive list of new entrants for the September start their parents are invited to a meeting at college in early April. During this meeting introductions to key staff are made, the process of transition is explained and the important roles we all have to play made clear for the success of the students.
Simultaneously information is collated by the junior schools in readiness for our transition staff to make visits and collect details on the performance and personalities of the new cohort to Crookhorn from the people who know them best at school. This coordination helps to provide detailed background which is used by specialist Crookhorn staff to identify future needs of students on their arrival and to allocate individuals to Houses and tutors to make transition to key stage 3 as smooth as possible.
Students are invited as school groups to take part in an afternoon of activities and to tour the college in June and are invited again to join us for the common transition day in July. During both of these sessions familiarity with the college and our cornerstones of Respect, Responsibility, Commitment and Achievement are emphasised through a range of mental and physical challenges in faculties throughout the college, including the opportunities to try out a number of our flagship facilities on site, including perhaps the library, dance studio, sports hall, technology workshops and ICT suites.
The student common transition day is followed up on the next evening by the new year 7 parents meeting where details about the start of term, House groups and curriculum coverage are presented, alongside a photo gallery of the events from the transition day. There are also many opportunities for students and parents to ask staff questions during the evening. Additionally Uniform is available immediately prior to this meeting for trying on and pre-ordering for collection at the start or end of the summer holidays.
The first day for year 7 students and year 11 prefects is Tuesday 5th September at 8.50am. Students follow a 'Smart Start' programme of activities for the day covering the core elements they need to be ready for the reality of starting secondary school; meeting their House tutor, learning the fire drill procedures, getting lost and finding themselves again, logging into the ICT and learning platform systems and making new friends. The whole college student body return on the following day, year 7 students meet their fellow house tutees and everyday life at Crookhorn begins.
A year 7 'Tutor Evening' takes place at the end of the student's first month in college. This is a chance for parents to meet with their child's house tutor and discuss how they have settled in. It also gives the tutor an opportunity to find out more about the family in relation to their child's interests and aspirations.
Key transition dates 2017 academic year:
Common transfer day 5th July 2017
New year 7 parents talk 27th April 2017
New year 7 parent's evening 6th July 2017
Smart start day Tuesday 5th September 2017
Whole college returns 6th September 2017
Please find below the link which provides information to parents who wish to apply for transport to college. Please follow the instructions and make note of the deadlines.