DENBIGH High School’s annual programme of transition activities for Year 6 pupils moving up to high school in September has been deemed another success– despite the challenges of lockdown.

With the school unable to facilitate visits, the transition team thought of alternative ways of getting information across. They have been running a set of challenges and students have been sending pictures of cakes they have baked, poems they have written and artwork they have created.

These have been collated each fortnight and the works have been shared on the school’s social media pages, for the wider community’s benefit.

Denbigh High has also been running a transition programme called "Be Awesome, Go Big" which is a new resource developed by PiXL that is based on books by Matthew Burton (from Educating Yorkshire) and Matthew Syed (ex Olympic table tennis champion).

The School Council has also been involved in filming short videos about things that new students might want or need to know, for example on how to enter the school in the morning, how to put money on the machine in the canteen and then where the toilets are. The school also held a successful virtual induction evening this week, using live technology to provide information to parents, guardians and students where they had an opportunity to meet the headteacher and teachers..

Becky Williams, Assistant Headteacher at Denbigh High School, said: “The transition team at the school have worked really hard to try and make students feel as supported as possible, while also enthusing them about the next stage in their adventure.

“Coronavirus has really had an impact on the programme of normal activity and we’ve had to be creative and think outside the box to provide the same level of support, but in a different way. The feedback has been brilliant and we cannot wait to welcome the current Year 6 pupils into the Denbigh High family in September”