Year 7 Admissions 2020
Welcome to Forest Hill School! We realise that this is a crucial time for Year 6 pupils who will be transitioning to secondary school in September and we are sorry that we cannot welcome you in person at present. However, we can assure you that we will do everything we can – from a distance – to ensure that our new Year 7 students have a smooth transition to Forest Hill School this September 2020.
This webpage has been set up as a dedicated information resource for all our new families and we hope that it will go some way towards reducing any anxiety and nervousness that you may be experiencing as the new academic year approaches. We promise you there is nothing to worry about. Please enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Staff Video Message for Y6 Pupils
Q&A Video for Year 6 Pupils
Summer Transition Work: Drama Challenges
Drama is all about developing your confidence, creativity, team work and thinking skills. In this presentation you will see a number of different challenges. You can select any one from the list or even push yourself and complete them all!!
The important thing is that you have a go and have fun doing it.
Welcome Letter, 7 May 2020
Click here to read a Welcome letter from Michael Sullivan, Headteacher. Here, he outlines how we will transition our new students to secondary school over the coming months.
A video welcome to all our new families from Michael Sullivan, Headteacher.
Welcome Presentation, 6 May 2020
In the absence of our planned Welcome Evening on 5 May 2020, we have provided a video of the presentation for you to view at home.
At the Welcome Evening, we would normally hand out copies of two booklets: Information for New Parents and A Guide to Year 7 (for students). Please find PDFs of these booklets below for you to read at home.
We hope that these booklets will provide all the information you require at this stage – from where to buy school uniform and which extracurricular clubs are on offer to who is the Head of Year 7 and how we measure students’ progress.
Click image to view and download.
NB The Information for Parents and Carers booklet was updated on 8 June 2020 to include the new House names and revised dates for student interviews.
Be Awesome, Go Big is an information package designed to help Year 6 pupils (and their parents) transition into Year 7 – offering motivational, helpful and reassuring resources to help pupils feel ready and equipped for the journey ahead.
Resources for Year 6 Pupils – The lessons are based on the books You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed and Go Big by Matthew Burton. Each session takes pupils through some big ideas to help them on their way to secondary school.
Resources for Parents and Carers – These resources provide information, tips and questions to help parents and carers talk to their child about the transition and help prepare them for starting secondary school.
Meet the Staff
Below are the names and photographs of some of the key members of staff that new students and parents will come across over the next few months.
Michael Sullivan, Headteacher
Iain Haresign, Deputy Headteacher (in charge of transition)
Mark Oviri, Head of Yr 7
Helen Sheehan, SENDCo
Friday 22 May 2020: Deadline for return of Admissions Forms (please see below)
22 June – 3 July 2020: Student (and Parent) Interviews (telephone)
4 September 2020: First day of term – arrive from 8.00 for 8.30am start
September 2020: Induction Assessments (exact dates to be confirmed)
5 – 7 October 2020: Kingswood Residential Trip (Group 1)
7 – 9 October 2020: Kingswood Residential Trip (Group 2)
New Student Admissions Forms
As part of the transition to Year 7, we require the following forms to be completed for every student. The forms can either be downloaded and completed electronically (Word version) or printed and completed by hand (PDF version). All forms need to be competed and returned to the school by Friday 22 May 2020.
All school policies can be viewed here.
At the back of the Y7 Admissions form, parents/carers are required to sign that they have read and understood the following list of statements and policies:
Child Protection Statement (P.29 of Information for New Parents / See also Child Protection Policy)
School Partnership Form (P.28 of Information for New Parents)
Internet Permission Form (P.31 of Information for New Parents)
Mobile Phones Policy (P.32 of Information for New Parents / See also Relationships and Behaviour Policy)
Anti-bullying Contract (P.29 of Information for New Parents / See also Anti-bullying Policy)
From September 2020, the school catering service will be provided by Olive Dining. The lunch menu will operate on a 2-week rotating basis. Due to Covid-19, the menus have been designed to provide food that is simple to produce, quick to serve, and easy to eat/carry. We also need to ensure that there is a guaranteed supply of ingredients.
The school website is full of useful information about life at Forest Hill School and we would encourage you to take a look. Pages of particular interest might include:
Friends of Forest Hill (PTA) – see below
Forest Hill School uses official Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage in social media with the school and wider online community. The accounts are monitored by members of staff and are intended to promote the fantastic things that happen at the school every day. Please start following us on Facebook and Twitter.
We realise that despite all of the information provided here, some parents/carers will still have questions or concerns and wish to speak to a member of staff. If this is the case, please email email@example.com and we will arrange for a member of staff to call you as soon as possible. We would also encourage any of our new students to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions themselves and we will arrange for some of our current Year 7 students to help answer them.
Friends of Forest Hill
The Friends of Forest Hill is our Parent Teacher Association run by parents and carer volunteers who work closely with the school staff to raise funds and support events for the school and school community. If you would like to learn more or would just like to speak to some of our current parents, please email email@example.com