Finishing primary school and moving up to secondary school is a major milestone, both for children and their parents. The move to a completely new school for Year 7, with new rules, a new layout, hundreds of unknown children (and seemingly almost as many teachers) can be a challenge. This guide is intended to help both children and parents prepare for and adjust to the changes that are inevitable when moving up to secondary school.
The choice of secondary school is often one that is shared by parents and child; it's one that both should be happy with and certainly not a decision that should be made lightly - after all, your child's future depends on it!
Watch this virtual tour with a Lytchett student guide to get a real sense of what Lytchett is about.
Our aim is to enable all students to lead successful, responsible, active, happy and fulfilling lives. Lytchett gives students the opportunity to learn in a unique environment, with the very best chances of success. Our students know that if they make the commitment to work hard and get involved, they will reap the rewards of their efforts. Students are well cared for. Our house system underpins our whole pastoral support system, providing every student with a sense of belonging and of being valued as an individual.
The quality of teaching and learning is demonstrated by our excellent exam results. Lytchett offers a broad and balanced curriculum (you can read more about this here) and students leave as well-educated, well-rounded, polite, sophisticated young adults, highly literate and numerate, with an appreciation of aesthetic values and an understanding of the wonders of modern science and technology.
The learning environment is nothing short of inspirational; our buildings provide the perfect blend of the very best in traditional and modern architectural design.
You will receive notification of your place at Lytchett Minster School around March and you should expect a letter from us with more information about the Transitions process.
Firstly, please read our admissions pack, available via the button here. This contains a large amount of information which all parents and students will find useful. There are a number of school policies which are included within this pack; a more detailed list of school policies is available on the policies page of our website.
Whilst you're getting ready to join us here at Lytchett Minster, there are a few forms you need to complete to ensure we have all the information we need about you and your family. There are also a few optional forms you may want to consider.
Initially, there are a few forms that you'll need to look at. Once your child has been offered a place, you will be sent a link, via email, to our admissions form.
Don't forget to ensure you have all the correct uniform! Students are expected to present themselves correctly and tidily at all times - both in school and on the way to and from school. Find out what's required, not forgetting PE lessons and workshop/laboratory health and safety, and order your uniform online.
Does your son/daughter want to learn a musical instrument? We offer peripatetic music lessons in a range of instruments. You can find out more and register for these now.
The PTA operates a parental donation scheme. If you would like to contribute to school funds in this way, please complete this form. We are most grateful for any support you can give.
Starting secondary school can cause anxiety in even the most confident and outgoing of children. We've collated some suggestions for parents supporting their children through the transition process below...
Travelling to school by themselves
Leaving homework to the last minute
Building confidence and making friends
Taking longer than expected on homework
Taking time to settle
If you need any further information, help or just want to ask us something, please feel free to get in touch.