New to QKS: year 7 families
Transition Lead: Ms Holliday email@example.com
Head of Year 7: Miss Kerr firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Holliday Miss Kerr
A very warm welcome to The Queen Katherine School.
Your child’s transition to secondary school should be a positive and exciting experience and it is our job to make the process as smooth as possible. During this time of social distancing, this is understandably more challenging but please be assured that we are working hard to adapt our transition programme under the circumstances.
Moving to secondary school is an important milestone in your child’s life and it is important to get it right. At QKS, we will support your child to become more independent and provide the opportunities for them to discover what kind of person they are and who they want to be.
It is normal to feel a bit anxious about the transition to secondary school – anything unfamiliar can cause worry. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Holliday using the email link above and she will get back to you as soon as she can (this may take slightly longer during lockdown).
Transition Information During Lockdown
We have had to make changes to our transition programme this year; please read our transition questions during lockdown document for more information (this has also been sent to you via Edulink).
Year 6s normally get the opportunity to ask Ms Holliday or Miss Kerr lots of questions about moving to QKS when they visit primary schools. Because we have been unable meet children in person this year, there is a Year 6 common questions video on our Facebook page. Please ask your child to watch this.
Our Year 7 Parent Handbook is a comprehensive guide about how things work at QKS and this will be available here soon. Unfortunately, we are unable to post a hard copy to you whilst staff are working from home.
Induction Day is cancelled
Unfortunately, our Induction Day will not take place as planned on Monday 29 June. Instead, we are making changes to the schedule for children's first day on Thursday 3 September to accommodate all of the activities that would have taken place on Induction Day. We will ensure that children still receive the best start to QKS.
Virtual Induction Evening: 29 June, 6.00-7.30pm
We will provide a virtual Induction Evening this year because we are unable to meet in person. There will be a presentation of general information from Mr Hayes, Ms Holliday and Miss Kerr before a separate presentation from your child's Form Tutor. Details about this will be sent to you by email nearer the time.
'Get Excited!' videos for Year 6
A 'Get Excited!' video for Year 6s will be posted on our social media every Friday afternoon. The videos will help your child familiarise themselves with the QKS environment despite being unable to visit us at this time. These lighthearted videos are designed to remind children that starting secondary school is a fun and exciting experience.
Supporting pastoral transition and well-being
Your child's mental health and well-being is our absolute priority and this has never been more important at this time. We recognise the need to up-skill our staff and provide further training on child development issues such as trauma and attachment which are exacerbated during the Covid 19 pandemic. We are currently planning to extend this training to Year 6 parents in the form of a webinar as part of our commitment to every child's happiness and welfare. More details will follow.
There are lots of fantastic resources to help your child prepare for the move to secondary school. We recommend the following:
Finally, we want to reassure you that we will do whatever we can to support your child's transition to secondary school at this difficult time. Yes, things will be different, but we will put all measures in place to support your child's happiness, mental health and well-being during transition and throughout their time at QKS.
If you qualify for assistance with travel costs under the Authority’s ‘Home to School’ transport policy, please contact School Transport in Carlisle, 01228 226428 or click here.
Year 7 students begin the Autumn Term a day earlier than other students to allow time for them to settle in. This year, we are building many of the missed Induction Day activities into Year 7 students' first day so students don't feel 'thrown in'.
Students spend most of the first day with their Form Tutor getting organised with lockers and logins as well as practising reading their timetable etc. There will be lessons in the afternoon so students need to bring appropriate equipment and their PE kit.
Parents will be sent ParentMail login details in the first week, therefore students will need to bring money to school if they wish to purchase lunch in the first few days.
Please note that clubs are very limited at the moment but we aim to start some clubs, for single Year Group bubbles, soon.
Most clubs begin in the first 2-3 weeks of the Autumn Term.
A list of clubs will be sent out to all parents in the second week of the Autumn Term. An updated copy will also be published on our website.
In September, only Maths, English and Science homework will be set to support students’ adjustment to secondary school life and learn how to use the ‘Show My Homework’ app.
From October, all subjects can set homework if it is meaningful and manageable.
Year 7 Team Building Day
Early in the Autumn Term, our new students have a day away from lessons and classrooms to get to know their new form members and form tutor.
Student have lots of fun working in teams to complete challenges before going on an adventure walk in the afternoon. Making friends is very important and this is just one of the ways we help our new students settle in to life at QKS.
Year 7 Residential Trip to Conway
Our Conway residential trip is a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop their problem-solving and team building skills whilst having an enormous amount of fun!
The trip takes place in the Spring Term; students have the opportunity to go gorge walking (don’t forget to soak your form tutor and Mr Griffin!), abseiling, climbing, canoeing and much more.