Miss Summers explains how the transition programme for our Year 6 pupils will be structured. A number of videos will be emailed out to parents each week to provide our new pupils with key information to help ease the natural feelings of anxiety and worry when moving up to secondary school. Our aim is to make the transition to CTK as smooth as possible.
Hello to all of our prospective pupils, parents and families.
Thank you for choosing Christ the King Catholic High School for your child. We are confident that they will enjoy their seven years with us up until the end of Sixth Form both in the classroom and beyond. As well as achieving success in their lessons, we also hope they will join as many clubs as possible on offer and will get involved in all the opportunities outside the classroom at our wonderful, caring school.
Here at Christ the King we appreciate just how hard it is to get the right balance during the transition period of moving up from Year 6 to Year 7, when your child has been the oldest at primary and is now the youngest at secondary school. It will be a whirlwind and may get a bit
overwhelming at times to take in all the new changes, but we will support and guide your child at every step and we look forward to witnessing them grow in confidence every day. We would encourage you to talk to your child about their experiences in their first month or so at CTK and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to make contact with your child’s form tutor or any of the key staff at school to ask for advice. However, please rest assured that we will contact you if we need to.
Our Year 7 pastoral team is very experienced in the various concerns and worries that are common to all new Year 7s so your child will be in very capable hands. We hope this will alleviate any worries you will have too. Every child will cope with this big change differently and all the staff at CTK will be mindful of this during the first term as your child settles in and we will all make a special effort to make the transition for them as smooth and comfortable as possible. We have lots planned to induct them into our school, all intended to help build up their confidence with a range of activities we feel they’ll really enjoy and get a lot out of in the first few months to settle into their new school.
By Christmas we hope they will feel that CTK is now ‘their’ school and they will be fully immersed into life as a CTK pupil enjoying their lessons, familiar with our policies and ways of working around school and, hopefully, they will have joined some of our extra-curricular clubs with their new and old friends . That is our goal as the Year 7 team.
Please look out for letters in the post and emails in the coming weeks and months as Mrs Wheeler and I will be providing information that will help you and your child as you prepare over the summer term and summer holidays for their move up to Christ the King.
I look forward to meeting all Year 7 pupils over the coming months so that I am a familiar and recognisable face when the pupils (and their families) are welcomed to become part of our CTK community in September.
Year 6 Transition/Year 7 Student Progress Leader
We are really impressed with the way you and your team have handled the whole transition/settling in period. Nothing has been too much trouble and the constant information and communication through the summer was reassuring in such uncertain times.
I just wanted to, once again, say a massive ‘thank you’ to you and your team for the best transition possible. Ava has loved her first two days and was even telling her brother how much better it was than primary – and she was a massive primary fan! Your staff have been amazing and a special thank you to Ms Summers. Whenever there has been any questions we have had she has got things sorted so quickly and it has felt like nothing has been too much trouble. I have thanked her too, but knew you would like to know as well.
Feedback from the Induction Sessions Hosted in August
A massive thank you to all the staff that gave up their time for the induction session, in their summer holidays. Organising these sessions has been so very much appreciated. Thank you.
(Mr & Mrs Ward)
Feedback on The Transition Booklet
The information we have received has been really helpful and helped Dominic to feel a reduced level of anxiety about starting at Christ the King. Dominic is really looking forward to starting and meeting new people.
The booklet is very informative and we have referred to it on many occasions and I am sure we will use it on more occasions to re -read and check information which we are unsure of or forgotten.
It’s good and easy to read
It helps to feel normal. Learning from this book is also useful for activities
The transition booklet is great, full of information to help parents and children. I like how its showing us what our child needs and showing them different things to expect in September. I’m rubbish with technology so liked the fact we could see it all without going on the computer
The SIMS Parent App
Effective parent engagement is at the core of our management team. The SIMS Parent app is the ideal parental engagement tool for us. It provides a convenient and accessible way for our school to communicate with parents and carers on all aspects of school life.
Finding you way around &
A Virtual tour of the school by
Timetable, Break and Lunch
introduction by Miss Summers
Miss Summers illustrating the equipment prospective pupils should bring to school
and answers some frequently asked questions.
Google Classroom allows teachers to create classes, post assignments, organize folders, and view work in real-time.
Students can begin their work with just one click, by viewing the assignment, then opening a Google Doc. When they do this, teachers have a real-time view into student progress and can offer feedback along the way. Students each have their own Google Drive folder that allows students and teachers access to previous work, and our teachers can even assign grades within Google Classroom. Click here for Instructions
In addition to Google Classroom we are currently using Google Meet to perform ‘online’ teaching. Our students can participate in ‘Online’ meetings with our teachers, continuing their education and progress through these unprecedented times. Click here for Instructions
Miss Summers talks about ways in which we communicate with both parents and
pupils and answers some frequently asked questions.
Follow us on Social Media
We keep our community of Parents, Carers, Students and Staff informed with lots of posts across our social media.
Miss Summers gives a presentation on how assemblies work at CTK
At Christ the King School we support and value the abilities of all our pupils. It is our duty to provide equal opportunities for every person in our care and a safe and fully equipped learning environment which caters to the needs of every child as an individual.
Our SEN Co-ordinator is Mrs Laura Stridgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Main school office
01704 565121 press option 3
email@example.com. Open from 8.15am to 4.00pm.
Student Services to report absences
01704 565121 press option 1
Pastoral Care Staff
Your child’s form tutor will be your first key contact whilst your child is a pupil at CTK.
Assistant Headteacher Attendance and Behaviour
Miss O’Hanlon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 6 Transition / Year 7 Student Progress Leader
Miss Summers – email@example.com
Assistant Head of Year 7
Mrs Magill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Progress Leader KS3
Miss O’Kane – email@example.com
Mrs Stridgeon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Designated Lead
Ms Stead email@example.com
Safeguarding Team and Pastoral Assistants
Mrs Ashton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Sumner – email@example.com
Our new Year 7 pupils will follow a carefully planned induction programme in their first few months at CTK. One of the activities they will all take part in is a ‘retreat day’ organised by Dennis, our Chaplain. They will visit one of our local parish churches to participate in a range of ice-breaker tasks so that pupils can get to know each other and have some fun. The day also allows pupils to prepare for our Year 7 Welcome Mass that all parents/family members are invited to. At the Mass, we will show the range of photographs that have captured the various activities that our new pupils have participated in during their induction into CTK.
At CTK we are very lucky to have a School Chaplain. His name is Dennis Jones and most of you who are regular attendees at church in the Southport area will no doubt have met him.
You can find Dennis either in the Chapel, which is part of our school hall, or in the new Chaplaincy room in RE2. Visiting either of these spaces gives you time to relax and reflect, either on your own or with friends. There are lots of activities to get involved in in the Chapel and RE2.
Getting involved in Chaplaincy at CTK means learning more about who you are and the wonderful gifts that you have – gifts that we sometimes keep hidden. We value you as part of our community and want you to build CTK into an even greater place to grow, learn, serve and pray. You will be given so many opportunities to thrive at CTK to give you the best chance of a happy and fulfilled experience of school and life.