Dear Parents and Carers,

We’re delighted to welcome you and your child to St Bede’s and we are looking forward to meeting you in the near future.

Following recent guidance from the Local Authority, we are unable to offer our usual transition programme. However, we hope the remote activities that we’ve planned will help put your child (and you!) at ease and get them feeling as excited as we are for the new school year.

Over the past few weeks, I have visited all primary schools and met your child and answered any questions they may have about St Bede’s. I have also had in depth discussions with your child’s Year 6 teacher to gather important information about each individual, which will be shared with key staff ready for their arrival. During these unprecedented times, we understand that you and your child might be feeling anxious about the transition to high school; a remote transition page is available on our website (www.stbedesblackburn.com) which we hope will provide useful information and activities to prepare your child for their transition to St Bede’s. Included is a curriculum booklet which will help to prepare your child for KS3 and we ask that you encourage your child to complete this and bring it to school with them in September. Additionally, we have a dedicated transition email (transition@stbedesblackburn.com) which you can contact for direct questions or queries.

Due to there being no official SAT scores this year, pupils will provisionally be placed in class groups which will allow us to regularly assess their ability before hopefully being in a positon to place your child in a teaching group after the first term. We will be in contact with you in due course to keep you updated.

All the information you will need prior to your child starting in September will be available on the school EDULINK ONE APP or via google on the EDULINK ONE website. We will require you to complete your child’s data collection information and tick the relevant consent forms once you have logged into your account. All details on how to complete the initial login are enclosed in this letter.

We are also offering your child an induction day on Wednesday 1st September which will allow them to meet key staff and familiarise themselves with their new school environment. On this day, only Year 7 pupils will attend. School buses will run as normal and a bus timetable is available on the school website and Edulink. Your child will be expected to attend in full school uniform and bring their school bag and essential equipment.

We will continue to follow government advice over the summer and will be in touch should any arrangements need to change.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your family a relaxing summer and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

Yours sincerely,

Miss N. O’Toole
Senior Assistant Headteacher