Welcome

Here at Beckfoot Upper Heaton we aim to make the transition process as smooth as possible as we understand it can be an anxious time for many students and their families.

From the onset we work with students to help them settle in, make friends and build upon their Primary school experiences.

Your child will be encouraged to set high aspirations for themselves, demonstrate our Beckfoot Upper Heaton values and work on developing their Beckfoot Upper Heaton skills which are critical for success.

Through our transition programme we ensure that Year 7 students get off to the best start possible.

Open Evening in September: This is a great opportunity to find out more about the school, our ethos and our values. Take a tour of the school site with one of our student tour guides, meet our staff and hear from the Headteacher. There will also be interactive activities going on throughout the school. Most importantly, you will be able to ask our students about their experience at Beckfoot Upper Heaton.

You are welcome to contact school to arrange a tour of the school with Graeme Wrightson, Headteacher, or one of our Year 7 team. We look forward to showing you all that our school has to offer.

Getting to know each other before starting at Beckfoot Upper Heaton is also vitally important.

Leading up to the transition period, our transition team go out to visit each Primary school to talk to class teachers and students to gather information which will help us make the transition as comfortable as possible. We have an informal chat with students individually, helping to alleviate any concerns they may have about the move.

SEND: We also appreciate that students who do have special educational needs may require a more bespoke Transition experience. Our designated SENDCO and Year 7 Pastoral team will make sure that those students are fully understood and their needs and concerns met.

Welcome Evening: This is an evening event where you and your child meet their form tutor, Year 7 Pastoral team, SENDCO and the senior leadership team. You will find out more about preparing for life at Beckfoot Upper Heaton and receive a Welcome Pack.

Transition Day in July: Our Transition day in July is a fantastic opportunity for new students to experience life at Beckfoot Upper Heaton. This is a chance for students to meet teachers and fellow students, experiences lessons and get to know the school building.

September Start: The first day in September is reserved for Year 7 and Year 11. They will receive their timetables and start their Beckfoot Upper Heaton journey.

Nell Bank: Our Beckfoot Upper Heaton learner underpins all that we do here at school and there is no better way to explore those skills than an outdoor education experience. We take the whole of the year group to Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre for the day to take part in fun engaging activities. It’s a great way to make new friends too.

Transition review in October: After spending a half term with us we invite families in to meet with tutors again. Hear from both your child and tutor about their time at Beckfoot Upper Heaton so far and how they have settled in. It is a great chance to ask questions and, importantly, hear from your child about their Beckfoot Upper Heaton goals.