In a ‘normal’ transition period we would visit students at their primary schools and talk to them about what life is like at BGS; what we expect from them and what they can expect from us as well as our School Ethos.
However, this year we will not be completing this, so to compensate for this we are going to release short videos to introduce key staff our new Year 7 students will come into contact with when they attend BGS. We will publish these on YouTube and provide links in this transition section.
With regards finding out about your children, we are currently liaising with primary schools to find out about the students and their needs and interests. This process carries on up until July and sometimes in September if events happen in your son/daughters lives that we need to be aware of.
Currently we are still waiting on guidance for actual transition days and in due course we will update you with these arrangements if they can go ahead this year.
However, if this is not possible we will attempt to give you as much information as possible and try to ease any anxieties you or your son/daughter may have about making the transition to life at Bingley Grammar School by placing information on the website.
On joining Year 7 students are placed into 12 mixed ability Tutor Groups taking into account friendship groups, a mixture of pupils from various Primary Schools and a full range across all abilities. These groups will have some lessons together including PSHCE where students will learn about the ethos of our school and how this links to wider life.
Parent/carers and students are understandably nervous at this time; this is perfectly normal. But there is no need to worry, your child’s welfare, development and happiness is paramount to us and we want all our students to achieve their full potential. Your child will be continually encouraged to give her/his best and we will communicate with you when they do well through text messages, Class Charts, certificates and parents’ evenings. There are lots of challenges for them to meet, such as ‘Star of the Week’, our ‘Weekly Attendance Challenge’ and weekly prizes which include chocolates, vouchers and group pizza lunches.
Essentially we aim to make this a three-way partnership between your child, the Year 7 team and you; the parent/carers. We encourage you to get in touch with us if you or your child have any queries or concerns, likewise we will be in contact with you should we need to. We will endeavour to return phone calls or e-mails if you have a problem, as soon as we can. Be assured that we will deal with any issue in a sensitive and confidential way.
On behalf of all our staff and students I would like to welcome your family to our school community and we look forward to meeting you all soon.