Moving up to secondary school can be a daunting experience, both for young people and their parents, but we work hard at Bishop Rawstorne to ensure the transition from primary school is a positive one for everyone and that families feel supported even before students begin Year 7. Members of the pastoral team visit as many Year 6 students in their primary schools as possible during the summer term. They collect information from the Year 6 teachers and answer questions from students. With this information Mrs Anglim allocates students to one of the six tutor groups, where they will remain for their five years at school.
Parents and students are invited to meet their group tutor on the New Intake Evening in June. This is then followed by the Taster Day in July when Year 6 students are invited to spend the day at Bishop Rawstorne, sampling lessons, getting to know others in their tutor groups and having a ‘taste’ of what Beaumonts canteen has to offer. This experience helps the youngsters to feel prepared for the start of Year 7 and less anxious about the changes ahead.
It is at these events that students meet the Year 10 mentors who have been carefully selected to help and support the Year 7 students during their first year with us. Mentors are assigned to each tutor group and provide an extra level of reassurance and practical help on a daily basis. Some of the Year 7 students have commented that:
The Mentors are great! They’ve really helped me to settle in and are there if I need them.
The Mentors have done some fun activities with our tutor groups such as quizzes, team-building games and competitions.
When I first came to Bishops I didn’t know anyone. I was the only one from my Primary school who came to Bishops and I was worried I wouldn’t make new friends. But my tutor was so good at getting us to mix with each other, and I can’t believe how quickly I settled in! My message to Year 6 pupils is don’t worry about coming to Bishops because it’s really friendly!
The group tutor is central to each student’s pastoral care at Bishop Rawstorne. Students meet with their tutor twice a day and this member of staff will monitor their all-round progress and endeavour to support them in their time at school. The tutors liaise regularly with the Head of Year who has the overview of all students in Year 7.