Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please be aware that due to the COVID19 crisis, the transition programme for 2020 has been slightly different and so some of these questions and answers may not apply.
When is transition due to take place?
Transition takes place for one week during the month of July. The exact dates will be communicated to your primary school. Primary schools will have 2 options; to attend for the full week or to attend for 2 days on the Monday and Friday. This decision will be made by your primary school and communicated to you by them.
How will my child know where to go on the first day?
All year 6 students meet in the main hall on the first day of transition. Directions to the main hall will be clearly signposted and there will be lots of staff and student helpers around on the first morning to point any year 6 students in the right direction.
What will my child need to wear?
During the summer transition visits your child will need to wear their primary school uniform. As of September your child will need to wear The Bolsover School uniform.
What time does the school day start?
The bell for the first lesson sounds at 8:25am so the majority of students start arriving from 8:00am. The refectory is open for a free breakfast from this time. Period 1 then starts at 8:30am.
What are the school day times?
Period 1: 8:30am – 9:30am
Period 2: 9:30am – 10:30am
Break: 10:30am – 10:50am
Tutorial: 10:50am – 11:20 am
Period 3: 11:20am – 12:20pm
Lunch: 12:20pm – 12:55pm
Period 4: 12:55pm – 1:55pm
Period 5: 1:55pm – 2:55pm
Will they need a PE kit on the first day?
There will be no need to bring a PE kit during the first day. Any activities will be suitable to do be done in their uniform. However, PE may be part of the weekly timetable which all year 6 students will receive on the first day. If your child has PE the next day, they should bring their primary school PE kit in an easy to carry school bag.
How do I order The Bolsover School uniform and what is the procedure for collecting this?
Blazers, trousers, skirts, PE shirts and ties must be purchased from our uniform supplier https://www.logoleisurewear.com Guidance regarding sizes can also be found on their website. Shirts must be white with a collar and can be purchased from any shop that stocks them. Once ordered, the uniform will be delivered to The Bolsover School where you will be informed it is ready to collect.
What will my child be doing during transition?
Your child will not be taking part in one off activities designed to be ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’ as we believe this gives a false sense of what secondary school is like. All staff are asked to delivers lessons exactly as they will in September to give your child the best possible preparation for a smooth transition. However, we are confident that your child will still come home happy and with a buzz about secondary school as we work hard to ensure our lessons are challenging but engaging as we think this is the key to successful learning.
Are there lockers available?
Lockers can become available from September with a small deposit and won’t be available during transition. Lockers are of a limited number and are only available on a first come first served basis.
What will my child do for lunch?
Students will be able to have a hot dinner or bring their packed lunches with them. Students will need to bring cash with them during transition to pay for their lunch. Year 6 students will go in for lunch earlier than the rest of the school to ensure they are served first.
How much do meals cost?
A full hot meal dinner costs £2.50 although there are other lunch options such as pasta and baguettes which cost less. We would recommend around £3.50 per day which will be more than enough to cover lunch plus snacks at break. Healthy drinks can be purchased but we would recommend students bring a water bottle to use our free water fountains which have the added bonus of being free!
What if my child is eligible for free school meals?
This information will be communicated to us by your child’s primary school. We will pass this information on to our school canteen to ensure all eligible students receive their lunch.
What will my child need on their first day?
Your child will need to bring a pencil case containing a pen, pencil and ruler Depending on the weather, a suitable coat will be needed.
Will my child be in a group with their friends?
During transition, children from the same primary schools are generally kept in the same groups but with some mixing with other schools. This is a great way to already start making some new friends before September!
Is my child allowed to bring a mobile phone?
We do not allow mobile phones in school as we believe they are a distraction to learning. We have a clear policy that states any student caught using a mobile phone will have it confiscated for parents to collect. This will also apply to your child during transition so we advise that all mobile phones and electronic devices are left at home.
What can my child do if they are upset or worried?
We encourage children to speak to their teacher, their form tutor of their head of house. There will be student buddies on hand to help any year 6s as well.
How will my child be placed in a house and form?
If your child has a sibling currently at The Bolsover School, then they will be placed in the same house and form. All other students will be allocated a house taking in to account academic attainment, behaviour, attendance, sporting ability and other information to ensure houses are as equal as possible. Students will not be placed in a house with nobody else from their primary school. Unfortunately, we do not take requests to place students with their ‘friends’ but primary schools will give us lots of information as to which students work best with who and who should be kept apart. Further information about our House System can be found here.
What if my child loses something at school?
Please ensure that all pieces of clothing and equipment are clearly labelled with your child’s name as they can they can then be easily identified. We will endeavour where possible to return any lost items.
How can I contact the school and who should I contact?
Please phone the school office on 01246 822105 in the first instance. For general queries regarding your child your first point of contact should be your child’s Form Tutor or Head of House which they will find out on their first day. Email addresses and other forms of communication can be found on the school website www.thebolsoverschool.org
What if my child is ill during transition and is unable to attend school?
You should contact the school on 01246 822105 and follow the instructions regarding a student absence. You will be able to leave a voicemail message with details. We would also ask that you contact your child’s primary school as well to inform them.
What if my child feels unwell?
If your child feels unwell they will need to go to the medical room where we will contact you as necessary. They will be informed of where this is on their first day and staff and student buddies will be around to help.
How will my child find their way around?
The transition days allow your child a good chance to start to find their way around. There will be student buddies on hand to help take them from class to class as they find their way around and activities during Form Tutor Time which will help them adjust to a larger school site. They will also be given a map of the school with room numbers on. We are very confident that your child will quickly learn how to make their way round school.
What will the behaviour policy be for my child during transition?
Year 6 children will be expected to adhere to the school behaviour policy in the same way all the current students do. This is really important as it allows the children to get used to the standards and expectations ready for September. It is extremely rare for any behaviour problems to occur during transition but if they do, we will ensure we communicate effectively with both parents and primary schools.
Is there anything else I can do over the 6 weeks’ holidays to help with my child’s transition?
A summer transition subject booklet and reading challenge will be sent out to each year 6 student. These contain some fun activities for students to complete over the 6 week holidays which are educational but will keep them entertained. However, we believe the best preparation for secondary school is a good recharge of the batteries so that your child can get off to the best start possible in September!