Park High

New Starters 2021

 

Welcome Letter

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Welcome to Park High School 

A warm welcome to Park High School where you and your child are about to embark on the next exciting stage of their academic and personal development journey. Park High school is a vibrant and academically successful school offering an extensive and balanced curriculum and a rich and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities, all supported by an exceptional pastoral system. Here at Park we place students' needs at the very core of everything we do. We all want the absolute best for our young people who need to be empowered to shine, grow and develop into the best they can possibly be. 

 

 

Transition Information 

 

As we start to prepare for the arrival of our new Year 7 students, staff are busily liaising with Primary school staff (all be it remotely!) to ensure we gain a full and comprehensive overview of each and every new student. This information transfer between lead professionals will include information share about friendship groups, academic ability, pastoral needs, character and extracurricular involvement. The pastoral team here at Park will then collate all the information and ensure that students are placed in forms with friends based on feedback from the Primary schools. 

 

School Uniform 

 

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Introducing Mrs Amanda Coward - Transition Lead

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September will mark the start of my 13th year at Park High School (time flies!) having joined the Park family in 2008. It is an absolute pleasure to have been part of our wonderful and well-known Pastoral Team. During my time I have been Head of Year 7 for several years before the move into the vertical house system. My role has now evolved into leading our established student wellbeing team and Safeguarding. In addition, I remained involved in Year 6 to 7 Transition throughout this time and bring a wealth of experience. I love the role and am more than happy to be 'School Mum' to 200+ new students (a nickname affectionately given to me that has now stuck!)

Working with Year 7, I recognise our family extends beyond the school walls and encompasses the Park community. We continue to build and maintain excellent relationships with parents and carers, relationships which undoubtedly contribute to our children's success at school. We value and act on all feedback we receive from the Park community and constantly strive to provide the best care and education possible for our student; transition included.

This year I will be leading Transition and will be the primary contact and liaison for parents and primary schools throughout this phase. A job I love!

I look forward to visiting primary schools in the upcoming months, seeing lots of smiling faces and to collect as much knowledge as I can about your child to share with the team at Park. There are also plans to visit with a pupil roadshow (COVID dependant).

I always look forward to this time of year and getting to know you and your families and cannot wait until we can open the doors and meet in person. Until then please do not hesitate to get in touch with school on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mrs Amanda Coward

 

 

SEND/Learning Support

 

Our SEND team are currently liaising with parents, families and primary schools to collate student information about any SEND support your child may need at Park High School.

We appreciate this is a very difficult and worrying time for both our new starters and their families.

 

Our SENDCO, Mrs Charlotte O’Brien, will happily answer any of your concerns and you can contact her via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The SEND team are preparing to send letters out to all the new starters that have been identified from their primary school as needing SEND support. If you do not receive this letter and you feel your child will need extra support then please contact the SENDCO. We understand this is not an ideal transition period and the SEND team will ensure your child is happy and feels supported when starting secondary school life.

 

Further SEND information will be uploaded at a later date.

 

SEND Journey at Park

Transition worries

 

 

Summer School

 

 

Park High School Summer School 2021

 

All Year 6 students who have gained a place at Park High, are usually invited to attend a summer school which takes place in the summer holiday before their September start date. Our summer school programme is aimed at empowering our young students' with the skills, confidence and knowledge to help the smooth transition into year 7. Summer school starts by helping students to familiarise themselves with the school building and members of staff before the September start. It also helps students to start to form new lifelong friendships as they start to meet students joining the Park Family from other primary schools. A focus on communication and organisational skills through engaging and fun activities, coupled with tips to help them settle in smoothly will all help to ensure our students can hit the ground running in September 2021 and make a fabulous start to their Park High School career.  

 

We would love nothing more than to be able to host our new year 7 students for summer schools but cannot confirm that summer school will be able to run until further notice. More details will follow.