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Year 7 Transition
We firmly believe that education is a partnership between pupils, parents and teachers working together to maximise success. This section of the website is designed to showcase the broad range of activities and opportunities available to the students of Kinver High School and Sixth Form. We are confident that the time the students spend with us at Kinver High School will be successful and happy.
Reassuringly, our priorities are clear as to what makes a successful school.
- Pupils need to feel safe and happy
- Pupils should be fully engaged and immersed into a wide range of learning activities
- Opportunities should be provided both in and out of the classroom
- All pupils, regardless of ability, should be given every opportunity to achieve their full potential
At Kinver High School I firmly believe the level of support students receive in terms of pastoral care is excellent. All tutor groups benefit from having two dedicated form tutors who will be a stable contact offering guidance to students throughout their time at Kinver High. The tutors are in turn supported by a Head of Year and overseen by an Assistant Headteacher.
Our dedicated Inclusion Suite is run by a team of Pastoral Support officers and allows students to access further support as and when required and can, if necessary, liaise with external agencies for enhanced support in a variety of areas.
Our students have access to an exceptional peer support network called the ‘Worry Warriors’. This comprises of a group of highly committed and personable Year 9 students who have received specialist training from CAMHS and are line managed by Assistant Head, Mr Walker. These students provide an alternative support network for new and current students through a series of informal drop-in sessions and by their attachment to all Year 7 form groups.
Kinver High School also benefits from a Prefect system of Year 11 students as well as some mentoring from Sixth Form students.
Choosing the right secondary school for your child is one of the most important decisions which a family has to make. In order to further assist you with this process, Kinver High School holds an annual Open Evening at the end of September/early October.
During the evening, the school will showcase the broad range of subjects which are available to students throughout the Key Stages. On the evening there will be:
- A range of interactive lessons will be available for prospective students to participate in.
- Informative displays of students’ work
- Information on courses
- Staff on hand to assist with any questions
- Current students offer guided tours and their perspective on school life at Kinver
- An address by the Headteacher.
Additionally during October we also run taster days for Year 6 students to spend a full day at Kinver High in a variety of lessons to give a true experience of life at secondary school. Places on these days can be booked at the Open Evening or in advance by contacting the school office on 01384 686900.
Transfer procedures to Kinver High School
To assist the transition from primary to secondary education, we hold a New Entrants’ Day. A full programme of lessons is planned and the children will spend the day with their new Tutor Group. This day will give them the opportunity to meet new classmates, learn about routines and gain a greater understanding about what life at Kinver High School will be like. There will also be a chance for your child to reflect on the day and ask any questions that he/she may have. Over a two day period during the summer holidays, we run a Summer School for new Year 7 students.
Moving up to Year 7 does not have to be a daunting time for students and their parents/carers. At Kinver High we go to great lengths to ensure that this transition runs smoothly. The strong pastoral system at the school greatly supports this process by ensuring that each student has two personal tutors in their form groups, as well as support from Heads of Year, Pastoral Support Officers, and a number of other Senior Staff.
The size and friendly nature of Kinver High, combined with the aforementioned network ensures a wealth of expertise is on hand to assist students in realising their full potential. We pride ourselves on the fact that each student is valued for who they are and as a school community we readily celebrate our many successes.
Learning Skills Programme
All of the staff at Kinver High School and Sixth Form firmly believe that education should not be a transient process which concludes with external examinations at the age of 18 years. In view of this, Kinver High School now incorporates a successful Learning Skills programme into the curriculum for all Year 7 pupils. The programme, which consists of three dedicated hour long sessions every two weeks, is based around the principles of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and importantly helps to equip students with the skills necessary to become successful lifelong learners
Contact with teachers and key staff
For general enquiries regarding transition into Year 7 –
Mrs Nina Mouzer – Head of Year 7