My role as the Director of Learning for Transition at West Bridgford School is to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary school goes as smoothly as possible. I work closely with the primary schools within our family to ensure that relevant information is passed on about our new Year 7 pupils and that they are supported at each stage during the transition process. I am a frequent visitor to each of our primary schools throughout the year and was delighted to have been invited to the excellent school production at Jesse Gray last term.
Our taster mornings for Year 5 and the Year 6 Induction days are always a huge success. We work hard to ensure that we are showcasing a range of subjects to prospective pupils. It is also important that the pupils have a chance to speak to older pupils about their experience at school as well as experiencing lessons and getting to know the layout of the school site.
At our Year 6 Icebreaker Evening in July, we invite pupils and parents/guardians to meet the Year 7 tutor team. We also showcase our huge variety of after school clubs at this event to encourage pupils to participate in extra curricular activities. As well as a range of sporting activities, our after school clubs range from Model Flying Club to Manga and Animae (with quite a few in between!).
Year 7 have had a very busy half term. We took part in Healthy Body Healthy Mind Day, this was a day full of exciting workshops and activities which encourage a healthy lifestyle. Phil Eggleshaw is a former West Bridgford School pupil turned professional rugby player. He hosted one of the sessions and discussed healthy eating and physical fitness.
Our annual Year 7 team building trip to Lea Green Activity Centre in Derbyshire was a huge success. We were very fortunate with the weather and everyone enjoyed a host of physical activities including an outdoor assault course, outdoor den building and scaling the cave. The tutors and I were thrilled to see the camaraderie and goodwill shown by all pupils to their peers; their behaviour and conduct was impeccable. Click here to view photo's of the event.
We successfully won the bid to host a whole school non-uniform day after half term. The charity that Year 7 are supporting is the RNLI and we are busy planning a mammoth cake sale and other activities in school for that day in order to raise lots of money for this very worthwhile cause.