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Applying for secondary school

The deadline for secondary school admissions is 31st October 2020. The link below includes both a secondary admissions guide and access to the application portal.

https://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/starting-at-a-secondary-or-upper-school-in-september/

 

Dear Year 6 family,

As you enter your final year of primary school, we, as your local secondary school Headteachers, recognise that your decision-making process and transition to secondary school is going to look very different this year in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Across all our schools we have tried to ensure we continue to offer the experiences to children, though delivered in a different way, that they would have had prior to the closing of school buildings and lockdown rules.

This term you would have expected to be visiting a range of schools to decide where you would like to continue the next phase of your education. Due to the Covid-19 guidelines all educational establishments have to follow, open days and open evenings will not be possible this year in the form they usually take. This saddens us all - both as Headteachers and as parents ourselves.

You will be aware that secondary schools have to identify ‘bubbles’ in which groups of students now learn. Many of your primary schools have had to follow the same structure. Schools also have to limit visitors on site and with the hundreds of children in the current Year 6 across the area, it would be impossible to manage any visits without breaking guidelines and risking significant cross transmission across bubbles and therefore into each and every school across the area. Our absolute priority is the safety of the young people of Sedgemoor and their families.

However, all schools across Sedgemoor are committed to giving you as ‘real’ an experience of open events as possible and an opportunity to see and learn about our schools. Each of the schools will be producing a video or short film to replace their open evening and the tours you may have undertaken. All of these videos will be released onto school websites and social media pages and will be ready for viewing on the following dates:
 17th September – Chilton Trinity School
 21st September – Robert Blake Science College
 29th September – Haygrove School
 5th October – Bridgwater College Academy.
In addition, schools will have their prospectus available on their website for you.

Schools will ensure they are available to answer any queries you may have by telephone or email. We will also be arranging conversations with local special educational needs coordinators in primary schools to ensure any students with particular needs highlighted on an education, health and care plan are able to gather further information in relation to the specific needs highlighted in their plan.

We know that this could never fully replace the open day or evening experience but we are sure you will all understand the difficulty and impossibility of holding events in our schools whilst also maintaining the safety of the families in our area by meeting guidelines set out for schools.

The deadline for submission of secondary school application forms is the 31st October. This is an online process, which your child’s primary school will be able to provide details of however, you can also find an application on the County Council website. https://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/secondary-admissions-guide/

We hope you will find the videos an informative and effective replacement for open events and look forward to working with you and your families in the future.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs Z Stucki
Head of Bridgwater College Academy

Mr A Reid
Head of Haygrove School

Mr J Lamb
Head of Chilton Trinity

Miss D Loveridge
Head of Robert Blake Science College

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