Transition from Year 6
Your journey to joining us
As well as feeling excited about the move to secondary school, it is perfectly natural to feel a little nervous. Here at Fitzharrys, we do lots of things to make sure that you are happy and confident about joining your great new school.
The first event in our Transition calendar is our key transition staff visiting you at primary school, where we will get to know you and you can ask us any questions you may have.
Next you will visit us for Transition Tea, where you will get to meet staff and students from other schools who will be moving up to Fitzharrys with you.
Later on in the year, you will come to Fitzharrys for Transition Day. You will meet our staff and the other students in your form group, find out which of our four Houses you are in, familiarise yourself with the school site and participate in a full timetable of classes, giving you a taste of what learning at Fitzharrys will be like. Students bring their parents and carers back to Fitzharrys later that same day for Transition Evening, where you can share all you have done in the day.
We recently started running a Transition Summer School which happens in the summer holidays. Some of you will be able to visit us on further extra days to ensure you feel really confident about joining Fitzharrys.
All this means that, by the time September arrives, you will be feeling more confident and getting excited about joining us. We're very excited to meet you too, and can't wait to see you soon!
Transition Information & Resources
Please note - the key dates below are for students who started at Fitzharrys in September 2021. This information may be useful to give you an indication of when in the year these events take place. Key dates for students starting at Fitzharrys in September 2022 will be published as soon as they have been finalised.
Key Dates 2021
Thursday 13th May 2021 I 4pm - 7pm
Virtual Transition Tea (Online)
Thursday 24th June 2021
Transition Pack form return - deadline
Thursday 24th June 2021+
Transition Day (Online)
24th June; 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th July I 4-5pm
Transition Evenings (check ParentMail letter for your allocated date)
Monday 26th - Friday 30th July 2021
Summer School (details TBC)
1st August 2021
P&B uniform orders for home delivery - advised deadline
Friday 3rd September 2021
Start of term for Year 7 (and Year 10)
Our digital Transition Pack contains all the documents and forms you need to get set for the September start. Please note: the communications below are for the academic year 2021-2022. Updated communications will appear here later in the year.
Click on the links below to download the documents and print out the forms relevant to you.
If you would like a hard copy of the Transition Pack, please contact our school office team who will arrange this for you.
Please return the completed forms to Student Services by Transition Day, or Transition Evening.
UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT
With the exception of school ties which are sold direct from Fitzharrys, our uniform can be ordered online at any time from our suppliers Price and Buckland and delivered to your home address. Orders are usually dispatched to a personal address within 5 working days although times will be extended during the busier months (June-September). They currently are offering free returns on all orders if you return items within 14 days - visit their website (linked above) for more details.
If it is more convenient for you to have your Price & Buckland purchases delivered to Fitzharrys School ahead of the September start, orders must be collected before the end of term - please note, it will not be possible to arrange collection from Fitzharrys during the summer holiday. Once you receive the notification email from Price and Buckland that your order has been dispatched, please contact the school office to arrange a suitable time for collection.
Further details and general information can be found on our Uniform and Expectations pages, and a Price & Buckland sizing guide and order form can be found in the digital Transition Pack (see above section).
School Ties and Lockers
We hold a stock of school ties that are available for purchase direct from Student Services here at Fitzharrys. They cost £7.00 each and you can order them via the payment facility in ParentMail, which is the system parents use at Fitzharrys for all payments including lunches and trips. Contact us to arrange collection.
You will also be able to pay for locker hire via ParentMail. Lockers are used to safely store belongings and are available to hire for £25.00 for a student's school career. £2.50 will be repaid upon return of the locker key at the end of Year 11. Refunds on locker hire are available if students leave the school before this time.
You will receive an email inviting you to register for ParentMail. Please note this email will only go to the email account you registered with County Council on your admission application. After you have registered, you should be able to access the payment facility within the app.
If you encounter any problems, please contact the school office team.
Fitzharrys' Student Services office also holds a stock of second-hand uniform. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing items second-hand.
Our 3 transition films (Virtual Tour, Meet Key Staff and Messages from Year 7) can be viewed below. Watch them as many times as you like to help you get acquainted with everything Fitzharrys!
Please note: the footage seen in these films was gathered across many different days over the last year, always following the latest government advice re: COVID-19 regulations, bubbles and social distancing.
If the films seem 'pixelated', try switching to viewing them on YouTube where you can select the option to view in HD (usually in the bottom right hand corner of the video, depending on your browser).
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Join our fantastic Year 7 guides for a whistlestop virtual tour of Fitzharrys School, featuring just some of the sights and settings that will soon become very familiar to all our new students.
Meet Key Staff
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Familiarise yourself with a few Fitzharrys faces who support our Year 7 students.
Messages from Year 7
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Meet Year 7 students as they talk about their experiences and pass on advice for new students as part of our transition programme.