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Primary School Transition

Key Contacts

Year 7 Achievement Co-ordinator: Donavan Shand -

Transition & Summer School Co-ordinator: Jackie Kramer-Arden -

Assistant Vice Principal (with a Transition lead): Cashan Campbell -

If you would like to discuss how we can help your child with a specific learning need please contact our SENCO, Jasmine Williams:

Feel free to email with any general queries you may have.

Open Mornings

We are delighted to announce we have a number of opportunities to visit our school and meet the team. Please see the following page: Please note that Open Mornings are by appointment only.

Transition Website

Our students have helped create a fantastic website especially designed to help those students who have recently joined us. Please view it here.

Magic Mornings 

We have a number of Magic Mornings for Year 5 and 6 students in the forthcoming year. We warmly welcome primary school students to join us for a morning to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. Please note that the aim of Magic Mornings are to give young people a secondary school experience - there is by no means any guarantee that those attending will be enrolled at FHS. It is open to all young people in Bristol, regardless of whether they are or are not in the FHS catchment area.

Transition Letters

Please see below two letters which have been sent out in relation to transition for this September 2019.

Success from Day One

The move to secondary school means many changes for children - so we make every effort to know and understand the needs of individuals to try to ensure a seamless transition. FHS is unique in offering a specialist Transition Team to help students make a positive transfer from primary school. Our Achievement Coordinator, Mr Donavan Shand, meets children in Year 6 and stays with them throughout Year 7. Our team of staff are therefore experienced in dealing with the unique challenges that the first year of secondary school brings. Primaries identify young people who may struggle with transition for our Stepping Up programme.

All prospective students are invited to come in and meet their tutor group in the summer term during our Year 6 induction programme. Those coming from primaries with only one or two others are invited to a special fun day (this year on Thursday 13th June) to meet other students who are in the same position. In addition we facilitate a popular one week summer school (week commencing 29th July, in conjunction with Unique Voice) open to all students who have accepted a place with us for the coming academic year. 
Our work with future students continues all year. We run outreach activities with Year 4 and Year 5 children and our Year 7 students visit partner primary schools. Our renowned Magic Morning experiences give Year 5 & 6 students the opportunity to experience FHS for a day. Every child coming into our school is recognised as an individual. We want them to leave Year 7 as happy, successful and engaged young people - ready for the rest of their school careers.
Transition Activities

Our aim is for all students who start in Year 7 to feel happy and confident in their new school. 

Induction Day

All Year 6 students are invited to come for a day (either Thursday 20th or Friday 21st June - collection at 1.25pm - liaison with primary schools will determine which day is most suitable for which school) to experience FHS and meet their tutor group.

Doubles and Singles Fun Day

Many of our students come from primaries with only one or two other young people. These students are invited to a special day on 13th June to meet other students who are in the same position.

Open Morning

Year 4 and 5 students are welcome to visit FHS during an Open Morning on Tuesday 2nd July at 9.30am.

Over the Holidays…

Summer School

Students are invited to spend some time during the summer holidays (this year week commencing 29th July) getting to know their new classmates and having some fun! We run a week of outward bounds activities and a more traditional summer school programme with music, drama, PE, cookery and art.

When they get here…

Specialist Transition Team and Achievement Co-ordinator

The first year of secondary school throws up its own unique challenges – therefore we have a specialist ‘Transition’ Achievement Coordinator that stays with our youngest students, and ensures their success into school.

Pastoral Support

Students can access a support worker every break and lunchtime. If students are struggling with school they may be referred for extra pastoral support or mentoring.


Tree Planting

Parents/carers are invited to attend a symbolic tree planting by Year 7 tutor groups during the first two Fridays of the school year. 

Student Mentoring

Year 8 and Year 11 students mentor the new Year 7s to make sure that we avoid the traditional ‘Year 7 dip’ in literacy, numeracy, and socially.

Principal Tea with students


Year 7 students will be invited to 'Principal's Tea', which gives a unique opportunity for Mr Lewis to get to know each and every student.



  1. Accepted offers letter change 13 March 19
  2. Offer letter 18 March 19
  3. Summer School INFO (pdf)
  4. Summer School Medical Form (pdf)

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge