At Blackburn Central High School we make every effort to ensure our new starters have a smooth transition into secondary school.
Prior to their first official day as students we arrange a number of information, taster, and transition events for Year 6 students and their parents or carers:
Parents Information Evening - date in June to be confirmed
An evening meeting where we provide parents with information about our Transition Days.
New Friends Day - 30th June 2020 - 9:00am to 2:30pm
A special 'get to know you' day for pupils from primary schools where only 1 or 2 students will be joining us in September.
Transition Days - 1st & 2nd July 2020 - 8:30am to 2:30pm
Two days for Year 6 pupils to sample life at Blackburn Central High School. Pupils should wear their primary school uniforms, but a free lunch will be provided.
We hope all our new starters will have an enjoyable and rewarding five years at Blackburn Central High School. Should you require any further
information, please feel free to contact, Ms Rathore, Year 7 Pastoral
Manager, in the first instance or Mrs Bowker, Assistant Headteacher for Year 7.
Summer School - 21st to 23rd July 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
The government withdrew funding for summer schools, but we know how important this experience is for students. Unfortunately places are limited so our Summer School is by invitation only, with priority going to students who quality for Pupil Premium funding.
During the three days students will experience a range of activities such as fun sports and arts together with curricular-themed activities delivered in a creative way. We deliver literacy and numeracy via practical activities such as drama or challenges in order to ensure there is no academic dip between leaving primary school and starting secondary school. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.
Students who transfer to Blackburn Central High School outside of the normal transition period are paired up with a "buddy". A student who is in the same Progress Group the new starter is assigned to, who shares a timetable, and speaks the same language.
We have found this approach helps to reduce the anxiety and worry that comes from starting at a new school.