We work closely with our primary school colleagues to ensure that the move from primary to secondary schools is a smooth and positive experience for everyone.
From May onwards HBS teachers visit all Year 6 students at their primary school to answer any questions they may have about transition. Transition Day gives the boys the opportunity to spend time at Hitchin Boys’ School and to spend most of the day with their tutors. They have an assembly with the Head Teacher, a tour of the school, have their photos taken for their smartcards and participate in fun activities designed to help them get to know other people in their tutor group and to make new friends. This day helps the boys to become familiar with our school before they return in September.
Those students who are transferring alone from their primary school are invited to attend an additional morning visit prior to Transition Day. Parents are invited to meet each other and some teachers over coffee as they drop their sons off. The purpose of this visit is to ensure that the boys meet others in a similar position to themselves and are reassured and confident when they join us in September.
We are well aware that a number of Year 6 students are extremely anxious about their move to secondary school so we invite them in for an additional transition session in July with their parents. The visit starts with refreshments and the opportunity to meet with the pastoral team. The boys will take part in workshops focusing on resilience strategies and developing friendships. Parents have the opportunity to meet with teachers.
During Transition Day evening parents are invited to meet with the Head Teacher and their son’s tutor. All questions regarding their son’s move to Hitchin Boys’ School will be answered and parents will have the opportunity to discuss uniform and book requirements with representatives from our local suppliers. For those wanting to find out about music instrumental lessons, someone will be on hand to take their details.
Transition does not end in September! During their first week of the autumn term tutor activities will reinforce team-building and study skills before lessons begin. Boys will be encouraged to join academic and sports clubs so that they become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible, meeting other students and settling in to the busy life of the school.
Throughout the year the pastoral team (tutors, Head of Year and Head of KS3) will support all students to enable everyone to flourish at Hitchin Boys’ School.
Our new transition website for students joining us in September 2022 and their parents is now live.