Moving from junior school to ‘big school’ is often a mix of excitement and concern for students and parents; here at Aldworth we try our very hardest to minimise the worry and maximise the excitement of students.
The first step in preparing your child for the move is our Open Evenings which offer students the chance to roam the site and meet staff and students. This is usually followed up by a school tour where they are able to see the school in action during a normal day. These two events alone help to allay many fears and ramp up the excitement – but that’s only the start of the journey.
Once we have the successful applicants confirmed, we make contact with each and every parent by telephone to welcome them to the school and address any worries. Alongside this, our team visit the feeder primary schools and meet with our future students’ and their current teachers to ensure that we know a little about each child before they arrive.
In the run up to joining us we have been broadcasting our Aldworth Live Set for Seven shows, which are live streamed and feature staff alongside current and future students in a family-friendly show to get them excited about Aldworth and to learn more about life here.
Our induction days at the end of the summer term allow students to have their first two days at secondary school, so that when they arrive in September it’s actually their third day at school and they are already confident. They will take this opportunity to meet their new classmates, tutors and some teachers alongside experiencing a typical secondary school day. We also have an induction meeting for parents so they understand the routines and procedures of the school and also have the chance to meet their child’s new tutor and Head of Year.
We call this programme ‘Set for Seven’ and we try to ensure our new students arrive in September positive, excited and confident that they are going to make the very most of their time with us.