Welcome to our Year 7 Transition Webpage

This page aims to support parents and pupils in the preparation for joining Beechen Cliff School.

Transition Events

June 2023: Primary school communication and visits

Ms Milland, Head of Year 7 Transition will be speaking to all primary school teachers and visiting as many of the primary schools as possible.

Saturday 17th June 2023: Cognitive Ability Assessments (CATs) and Reading Assessments

All pupils complete CATs before starting at Beechen Cliff. Information from these assessments, along with information from primary schools and SAT results, helps us to build an academic profile for each pupil to enable us to teach them most effectively from the start of Year 7. The tests are completed on computers and involve multiple choice questions. There is no need to revise for these tests as they are not based on prior learning and many pupils quite enjoy completing them.

Information about Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) and New Group Reading Tests (NGRT) can be found here.

In addition pupils will be also be completing an NGRT online reading assessment on the day.

For timings of the day, please refer to the ‘Letters to Parents Section’ below.

Pupils should wear their primary school uniform. The assessment will take around 3 hours, which includes time for a break in the middle with refreshments and play time.

Monday 26th June 2023: New Parents Evening 6.00pm 

An opportunity for pupils and parents to hear from the Headteacher, receive further information about the transition process and key dates for the start of Year 7, and to meet with key members of staff. Information on House allocations will also be provided on the evening.

The lower field, accessible from Greenway Lane, will be available for parking on the evening.

The presentation that took place during the evening is available here.

The information booklet handed out on the evening is available here.

Monday 26th June 2023: Year 7 Second Hand Uniform Sale 6.30pm-8.00pm at Beechen Cliff School Club House

The PTA will be running a new and second hand uniform sale from 6.30pm – 8.00pm on the evening.

Payments to be made by card preferably.

Thursday 6th July 2023: Year 6 Induction Day & CATs Catch-up (for those that cannot attend 17th June)

This is an opportunity for pupils to visit the school, take part in taster lessons and become familiar with the school site. Pupils should wear their primary school uniform and bring a pair of trainers with them for a sports activity. They should report to the Main Reception by 9.00am. Collection will be at 3.00pm.

The CATs catch-up slot will take place from 3.15pm – 6.15pm.

Lunch will be provided.

Sunday 9th July 2023: Scholars Uniform Day for Beechen Cliff 10.00am-2.00pm

Bookings to be made through the Bath Shop on 01225 462206. Further information on uniform will be provided at the New Parents Evening and, in due course, on the school website.

Data Collection Form

Please ensure the online data collection forms have been completed so our pupil information is up-to-date.

A link to the initial form is available here

Parent Information Booklet

A Parent Information Booklet will be given out on the New Parents Evening (Monday 26th June at 6:00pm). This is now also published online above.

All About Me

To help us get to know our new pupils we would like them to complete a short information sheet. This can be downloaded from the link below. Pupils should complete this over the summer holidays and bring this with them in September and hand it to their tutor on their first day of school in September.

All about me information sheet

Guidance from B&NES about Year 7 Transition

Bath & NE Somerset has provided some information for parents and carers about supporting the transition from primary to secondary school. To access please click here.

Letters to parents:

Please click here to see the letter sent to parents and carers on the 5th June 2023

Please click here to see the letter sent to parents and carers on the 5th May 2023

Please click here to see the letter sent to parents and carers on 17th March 2023

Please click here to see the letter sent to pupils on 17th March 2023

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals:

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