Transition @
Haydon Bridge High School

Welcome to our transition page for 2020. This webpage should give you everything you need to know about us and the transition process prior to joining us. Transition simply means moving from from year 6 to year 7, or from year 8 to year 9. At Haydon Bridge High School (HBHS) we pride ourselves on our transition process. Once your application has been accepted we will start to work with you and your child to ensure the journey to HBHS is as smooth as possible.

Please complete the admissions pack information by following this LINK by *Friday 17th July*.

You can also either download, print and return the pack by hand to the main reception or by completing and emailing it back to

You can download a copy of our admissions pack by following this LINK

*Please note that failure to complete the admissions pack could cause delay to your child starting with us in September.

You should have received a letter informing you about transition just prior to the May half term. If you have not received or read this as yet you can view a copy by clicking HERE

Normally, we would get to know you and your child at school during our Transition Days, but as you are aware this year is very different. We don’t want to wait till September to get to know you, so some members of staff have introduced themselves through staff profiles (see the bar below!) and we would be delighted if you would fill in and decorate one of our transition profiles so we can get to know you too!

Please update and return your completed profile to

Blank profiles can be found HERE.

We also have Weekly Transition Challenges from different subjects(see the bar below!). Get involved and send your completed challenges, photos and videos to so we can see how you’re getting on and for your chance to win WHSmith vouchers!

Parent Information – The Transition booklet

For further information about the school we have put together a detailed transition booklet. You will receive a copy of this via your email account.

If you have not received this please do download a copy by following this LINK. To obtain a hard copy please contact the school by phone or through our Get in touch form on this website.

Getting ready for September – Student Transition booklets

We have created student transition resource and work booklets for your son/daughter to enable them to start preparing for their move to secondary school. We feel that alongside participating in our subject challenges these booklets will really help your child to alleviate any anxieties they may have.

It should also help them to feel that they have researched HBHS and are prepared and ready for starting with us on their return to school. You will receive copies of these via your email account.

If you have not received them you can download them by following these two links Work booklet and Resource booklet. To obtain hard copies please contact the school by phone or through our Get in touch form on this website.

It is important that students return the work booklet to school so that information can be shared with staff prior to your son/daughter starting with us. The resource booklet is for your son/daughter to keep and review prior to joining us so that they feel they have a good understanding of HBHS before their first day.

The participation in these events and activities alongside the information you provide in the parental questionnaire will help staff to provide support for you and your son/daughter. We would like to thank in advance for your time in completing and returning these to us. Have fun and we’ll see you soon.

Parental questionnaire

Your and your child’s views and thoughts are vitally important in helping us to ensure we get this transition right for your family. If you could please complete a transition parental questionnaire by following this link.

Online one to one meetings with the Senior Leadership Team

During June and July we have offered booking slots for you to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team virtually to discuss any queries or concerns you may have about transition.

If you have missed this opportunity to book a slot but would still like to speak with us prior to the summer break please contact the school by phone or through the Get in touch form on the school website to make an appointment.

Virtual parents’ information evening

The virtual parents’ information evening videos have now been uploaded and are ready to view in the drop down menu below.

These are presentations which the Senior Leadership Team would usually deliver during the face to face parents’ information evening and should give you further information about the school.

Welcome to #TeamHBHS!

Virtual Parents' Information Evening

Introduction by Darren Glover, Head Teacher

Curriculum & Assessment by Helen Jackson, Assistant Head Teacher

Teaching & Learning by Valentine Gibson, Assistant Head Teacher

Pastoral by Stephen Hill, Assistant Head Teacher

Transition by Jamie Robinson, Director of Transition

SENDCo by Lorraine Cattle, Director of Inclusion

SENDCo by Lorraine Cattle, Director of Inclusion

HBHS Staff Profiles

Weekly Transition Challenges

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 08-Jun-2020

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 15-Jun-2020

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 22-Jun-2020

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 29-Jun-2020.

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 06-July-2020.

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

This is the Challenge for Week commencing 13-July-2020.

Completed entries should be returned to at the end of each week for a chance to win WHSmith vouchers and include your name, current school and a contact telephone number. Winners will be notified the following week.

Virtual Tour of Haydon Bridge High School

We understand that it’s difficult to offer you and your child a face to face tour of the school, so we have put together a virtual tour to hopefully give you an experience of what the school looks like inside and out.

Transition Resources (Internal)

Child protection & Safeguarding Information

Should you or your child have any safeguarding query or concern please contact the school via telephone (01434 684422) and ask to speak with a member of the child protection team listed below in the first instance. Should your child be in any immediate danger please contact the emergency services via 999.

Further advice for parents and carers on school closures and what this means for you and your family can be found by following this link: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers.

Further advice and guidance for students informing them of how to stay safe and protect others and make the best of their time at home can be found by following this link: Children’s guide to coronavirus.

HBHS Child Protection Team

Name Role
Mr Darren Glover Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Jamie Robinson Director of Transition – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Stephen Hill Assistant Headteacher – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Ian Radley Director of 6th Form – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lorraine Cattle Director of Inclusion – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Judith Kennedy Year 11/12 Year Leader
Mrs Elizabeth Robson Year 9/10 Year Leader
Mrs Gillian Forrester Year 7/8 Year Leader

Here is a link to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Free School Meals – Eligibility Checker

Those students entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or have been in the last six years (Ever 6), or you are a parent currently or previously serving in the Armed Forces or your child has been i n local authority care for one day or more or left authority care because of one of the following: adoption, a special guardianship, or a child arrangement order (Pupil Premium Plus) your child could qualify to receive Pupil Premium funding.

If your child is entitled to receive Pupil Premium funding you are entitled to a discount of 20% of the total cost of our school uniform. Make sure you share this information with our Finance Officer Mrs Fleming before you purchase directly from our parentmail account. Mrs Fleming –

If you are unsure if you are entitled to Free School Meals, we can check for you using the confidential Eligibility Checking Service or you can follow the link below. If your circumstances change then please let us know as soon as possible.

You can apply directly to Northumberland County Council by following this link below:

Medical or Dietary requirements

If your child struggles to access the lunch hall or has specific dietary or medical needs please let us know in advance by contacting a member of our Inclusion team – details above.

If your child has Medical Needs or requires to take medication when they are in school our Medical Officer can support you with this. Contact Mrs Marjorie Marsh to request a medication pack so we can record the appropriate details of how to dispense and store your child’s medication. A medical plan will then be drawn up for you to review at intervals throughout the school year should there be any changes.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

During school closures you may be worried about your finances, be unable to visit key family support networks or have to self isolate. Keeping to the government’s guidelines on social distancing you could also be more likely to suffer from low mood, anxiety or depression. We also understand that our children and young people may also feel anxious about COV-19. To combat this we have provided you links to the following organisations that detail how you can improve your mental health and wellbeing and how you could discuss the current situation with your child to reduce their anxiety below:

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus – Harvard Health Blog
How to look after your mental health
Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Heads Together have published a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety arising from these challenging times.

The toolkit includes a booklet to support parents and carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.

Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing

Online Safety

The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. As students will increase the amount of time they spend online during the school closure period to access their learning so will the online safeguarding risk.

To also assist students, parents/carers and staff to minimise this risk a number of links to helpful advice and guidance on online safety can be found below;

CEOP Police Online Safety Advice and to Report Concerns
Childline Online Safety Tips
NSPCC Online Safety Tips for Parents/Carers
Internet Safety Tips for Children

Should you feel concerned that your child is involved with or in danger of an online safeguarding issue please contact 101 and inform the school of your concern.

Other School policies and further information

School policies and further information

Things to do during lockdown

As we all do our bit by staying at home and alongside our transition challenges, here are some ideas and links to activities and areas of interest. Take a look at our things to do page. We will be adding to this list on a regular basis.

SEND transition information & Support

Inclusion & Special Educational Needs Support

A special educational need, learning difficulty or disability is present if a child:

● Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than others of the same age.
● Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age

In consultation with parents, students who have an identified special educational need will be included on the school SEND register, which is maintained by the SENDCo (Mrs Lorraine Cattle) and used by classroom teachers to meet the reasonable adjustments required for your child to develop skills and enhance their learning experiences at Haydon Bridge High School.

If students face particular learning or behavioural difficulties, our Inclusion team may become involved. This can be classroom support on an individual/small group basis whilst working alongside the subject teacher. This could be small group support to enable your child to access the curriculum with their peers. Alongside this we also;

● Have personalised intervention groups – aimed at supporting the individual needs of your child
● Have a quiet area – where students may be withdrawn from lessons for short term individual support or where students may attend during busy social times when appropriate.
● Accompany a group of students during lunch times so they can relax and enjoy their mealtime with a trusted adult.

Children with SEND needs may be struggling right now, perhaps through lack of routine or struggling to understand how things are. Holly Rankin, is the Special Educational Needs Advisor at Ineqe and in this video link explains Coronavirus using Makaton: Coronavirus explained.

Look after yourself, have a Self-care summer.

Here is a document on Returning to School after Lockdown.

And here is a social story for social distancing, and a social story about being in a bubble to support your child’s return to school.

For parents who have any concerns regarding their child’s needs please contact the school and the SENDco will be more than happy to discuss any further questions or queries and suggest ways to improve learning at home.

The Inclusion Team

Director of Inclusion – SENDCo
Mrs Lorraine Cattle
Tel: 01434 684422

HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Karen Lumsden
Level 7 Access Arrangements, Maths & Modified Curriculum

LSA – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Maureen Robson
IDL Cloud Literacy & Numeracy, Reading Comprehension & Literacy

LSA – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Helen Ions
ASC Sensory Garden, Nurture Group, SLCN

LSA – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Jan Purdy
Fine Motor Skills, Social Skills, Lego Therapy

Detailed information to support our parents with children who are identified with SEND can also be found on our school website, School Life, SEND Support tab. This has a range of comprehensive strategies for parents to support their child at home during transition and throughout their time with us at Haydon Bridge High School.

Further information regarding SEND can be found on our Statutory information page. Please also refer to our SEND Information Report Update to familiarise yourself with the support for students during Covid 19.

The following link will also take you to Northumberland schools SEND information alongside what support can be offered for learners with Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Northumberland SEND information and support

Additional Support during SEND transition:

Between Schools

● SEND Partnership Meeting will take place virtually so Primary SENDCo’s and our SENDCo can meet to discuss the needs of your child
● The old school and new school will discuss how best to support your child.
● Useful resources and information will be passed to the new school.
● A transition book with key individuals and information is given to the student to prepare pupils for change in the school day and setting.
● All about Me – students share key information they would like staff to know about them via the transition workbook

Between Teachers

● Useful resources, strategies and information will be passed to the SENDCo and shared with teaching staff
● Children may make additional virtual contact to meet their new form teacher and members of the Inclusion team
● A transition book is used to prepare pupils for the change in teacher and setting.
● A transition passport will be written to identify pupil’s strength, interests, needs and supportive strategies and shared with the school
● A Nurture Group will be established to support those students who may require additional support for their well being and social skills during their first term with us at Haydon Bridge High School

Transition Resources (External)

Concerned for someone’s welfare

Here you can find information and contact details to be used if you are concerned about someone’s welfare. Please click on the link below for more information if you are concerned about someone’s safety or welfare:
Concerned for someone’s welfare

Family Support – Early help

In Northumberland, the role of parents, carers and environmental factors are all taken into account regarding children’s development. This means professionals and families are better placed to agree appropriate support. As a result, this page contains useful information for parents on how to access early help and support. Follow this link to access more information about Early Help .

Information about schools and homeschooling – Coronavirus updates

Please click on the link for advice about homeschooling, and the latest information about schools during the coronavirus outbreak: Northumberland schools

Mental Health Helplines and Support Services

If you or your child would like mental health support please follow the below links that could assist you

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Information & Support | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems

Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Bipolar UK
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

No Panic
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

OCD Action
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Northumberland News

Northumberland News is an exciting, full-colour magazine packed with features and news articles, written specifically for the residents of Northumberland. You can now get each issue sent directly to your email inbox and the current issue is a COVID19 Special Edition which contains essential information and advice.
Northumberland Free Residents Magazine

Frequently asked questions and concerns

We hope the below information will provide answers to frequently asked questions, we will add more of these once we have more feedback from parents and carers on the parental questionnaire.

1. Is there going to be an induction day for Year 6 and Year 8 students and parents?

When transition day does arrive, we will have an exciting and busy program of events planned, ranging from enrichment projects, academic lessons to sports and friendship activities. Students will spend time engaged in a range of activities designed to build their knowledge of the school and develop and strengthen their social and friendship skills.

During this time, students can begin to get to know their new classmates and to get to know their form tutor properly. This time spent familiarising themselves, will ensure that, when we return to school, children are far less apprehensive about what they will face.

Usually all students and parents can attend a transition information evening in July each year. The purpose of this evening is to give you and your child an opportunity to meet with key members of staff at Haydon Bridge High School, ask any questions you may have, to discuss the school’s key expectations and discuss uniform and equipment requirements.

An event of this nature will still be held once school re-opens. In the meantime until schools re-open to ensure that this information is still presented to you we have put together a virtual presentation so that you can be informed and hopefully gain in advance any answers to the questions you have about the school and this will be available on the 6th July.

Further details about the transition timeline and days can be found on page 5-7 of the transition booklet.

2. Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, Haydon Bridge High School has a specific school uniform, making each of you look part of the Haydon Bridge High School community.
For further information regarding uniform please see page 9-10 of the transition booklet.

3. Where and how can I buy school uniform?

School uniforms can be purchased online at Orders will be sent directly to us at the school and we will notify you when collection slots are available. Unfortunately, we will currently be unable to offer a “trying on” service which means you will need to use the sizing guide that can be found on the order form.

For further information regarding uniform please see page 9-10 of the transition booklet.

4. How will parents know what uniform and equipment is needed?

Each day pupils will be required to have a clear pencil case; two black ball-point pens; a red pen; two pencils; an eraser; a pencil sharpener, calculator, and a ruler. We advise coloured pencils and a sharpener would be useful.

A strong and sturdy school bag will be needed to carry equipment and schoolbooks for the day. We do not provide lockers. Equipment checks will be done daily during registration; it would be a good idea to practice being organised with all the equipment you need.

The uniform and equipment requirements can be found on pages 9-13 of the transition booklet.

5. Where do I go on my first day?

You will be able to enter through the main gate at the front of school. Details of this are in the student resource booklet.

There will be plenty of lovely staff and helpers to show you where to go and lots of signs to make sure you get the right place. You will be directed onto the yard where you will see a sign with your tutor group on, for example 7JRO, and then line up in alphabetical order with your tutor group and your form tutors.

Everyone is friendly and helpful so do not worry. We will help you get to the right place.

6. What if I get lost?

No need to worry about getting lost, you will not really be lost, but at some point, you may be unsure where your classroom is: you do not need to panic.

All our teachers and students are helpful, all you need to do is ask and someone will point you in the right direction or often, walk you to lesson.

Our school will have a one-way system, and all the classroom doors are clearly labelled. You will additionally have a tour of the school and you already have a map provided in your student work and resource booklet. You will be brilliant at knowing your way around after just a few weeks. Trust us!

7. Will the work be hard?

All your work will be specific and targeted towards your own ability level, this will be different for everyone. If the work is too easy you will become bored and uninterested, so the work will be challenging but still achievable.

We work very closely with primary schools to find out your ability levels and any additional support you might need.
If there is a piece of work you are finding difficult, you can speak to your teacher as they will be able to help you and explain it in a different way.

There may be some resources or books to help you.

8. How much Homework will I get?

We would expect you to get between 2-3 hours of homework a week.

To make sure you keep on top of your homework, you will be given a school logon and password to Class charts where you can find the homework instructions, resources, and the date your homework is due in. It is best to do your homework the night you get it, then you know it has been completed and you will not forget to do it.

Your parents/carers will also have a log on so they can help you double check that you have completed it all.

Reading is a key expectation of homework, so we hope you are already making a start of this whilst learning from home.

9. What does a typical day look like?

The school day follows a 6 period 50-minute lesson structure with a break and lunch time session for students as shown below. However, this may not be the case in September as per current government social distancing measures and we will endeavour to update you of any changes to this structure.

For further information regarding the school day please see page 12 of the transition booklet.

10. What can you do at break and lunch time?

You can spend break and lunch time on the yard, in the hall or canteen or in good weather the field at the rear of the school where you have the chance to socialise with friends, eat lunch or snacks or read and sit on the benches.

There are also lunch time clubs you can go to. We find break and lunch time flies by.

11. How do I collect positive points?

At Haydon Bridge High School our Ethos is “What is right for our students”.

Teachers will do what is right by rewarding positive attitudes, good class work / homework, correct uniform, and attendance by giving you positive points on your Class charts profile.

We also recognise achievements and effort by sending postcards and letters home. At the end of the year, pupils who have maintained high standards all year will be invited to go on the Year 7 rewards trip.

For further information regarding the rewards please see page 23 of the transition booklet.

12. How will the school decide which tutor group a student is placed in?

We collect information from your child’s Primary schools and ask them to recommend learning partners. These are peers that work well together to bring out the best in each other.

Where possible we try to ensure that students are placed evenly into tutor groups after speaking with both students and their primary/middle school teachers and that tutor groups are balanced by taking into account their intake school, gender and special educational need.

We do not take requests to be with friends as this is a great opportunity to meet new people, and as a school we have found this to be a highly successful approach. If your child is coming from a school where they are the only pupil, we would place them in a tutor group where there are other’s in the same situation so that they can support each other.

For further information regarding the rewards please see page 26 of the transition booklet.

13. What happens when your child has additional needs?

We are working hard to ensure each individual has a settled and positive start to their journey at Haydon Bridge High School.

Unfortunately, we cannot confirm additional transition dates at this moment, but we have plans in place for supporting Year 6 and Year 8 students and these will be as soon as we have the go-ahead.

If your child has a special educational need that you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact our SENDCo, Mrs Lorraine Cattle on

Further information can be found on page 19 of the transition booklet alongside the SEND transition information and support bar on this web page.

14. As students will not be doing SATs, will they be tested in Year 7?

We always conduct baseline assessments with pupils near the start of their year 7 learning journey at Haydon Bridge High School so that we have an accurate understanding of their ability and to ensure we accurately support progress.

We are in close contact with primary schools will be advising us of individual abilities and levels during the summer term.