Transition @
Haydon Bridge High School



Welcome to our transition page for 2022. 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.

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.

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 which will be sent to you in July 2022 we would be most grateful.

Virtual Transition day and Parents’ Information Evening

We will be holding a transition day for students to visit the school on Tuesday 5th July which will include a wide range of activities and opportunities for your son/daughter to get to know our school better. Details about this day will be sent to you nearer the date.

A parent’s information evening will be held on Wednesday 6th July from 6pm – 7pm at HBHS. This will communicate further information about the school, staff, policies, expectations and processes.

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 and to discuss the school’s key expectations.

Welcome to #TeamHBHS!

Virtual Tour of Haydon Bridge High School

Here’s a virtual tour to remind you of the key areas of the school.

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.

HBHS Child Protection Team

Name Role
Mr Michael Smith Headteacher
Mr Stephen Hill Assistant Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead 
Mrs Valentine Gibson 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 7, 8 & 9 Year Leader
Mrs Elizabeth Robson Year 10 & 11 Year Leader
Mr Matthew Frankish Year 12 & 13 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 the global pandemic 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

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.

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

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

Name Role
Mrs Lorraine Cattle*
*Leaving HBHS in Summer 2022
Director of Inclusion – SENDCo
Tel: 01434 684422
Mrs Victoria Parkinson Assistant Headteacher (SENDCO & KS3 Lead) from September 2022
Mrs Karen Lumsden HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Level 7 Access Arrangements, Maths & Modified Curriculum
Mrs Maureen Robson LSA – Learning Support Assistant
Lexia, Reading, Comprehension & Literacy
Miss Laura Dobson LSA – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Clarie Munro LSA – Learning Support Assistant

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

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 .

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?


We will be holding a transition day for students to visit the school on Tuesday 5th July which will include a wide range of activities and opportunities for your son/daughter to get to know our school better. Details about this day will be sent to you nearer the date.

A parent’s information evening will also be held on Wednesday 6th July from 6pm – 7pm at HBHS. This will communicate further information about the school, staff, policies, expectations and processes.

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 We will also host a pop up shop when you can come into school and buy uniform.

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, casio scientific 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. 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 by these people to the right place.

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.

All our classroom doors are clearly labelled. You will have a tour of the school and a map. 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 access Google Classroom 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 parent guardian logon 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.

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?

Teachers will reward 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.

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.

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 or Mrs Victoria Parkinson (Assistant Headteacher – SENDCO & KS3 Lead) from September 2022.

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