Applications & Transition

Applications and transition information

Please find below details of our open events and admissions process.

Open Events

Open Morning Tours give you the opportunity to tour the school with members of our Senior Leadership Team and student guides and see what the school is like on a normal working day. You will visit lessons and be able to ask any questions. 

Year 5 Tours May - Summer 2017

  •  Wednesday 17th May 2017, 9:30am-11am
  •  Thursday 22nd June 2017, 9:30am-11am
  •  Wednesday  5th July 2017, 9.30am - 11am
  •  Thursday 13th July 2017, 9.30am - 11am

Please contact the school on 01235 812092 or email rbeard@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk if you would like to attend an Open Morning.

Key Dates for September 2017 admissions

Applications (see below for link to online applications page)

Applications open: 1st September 2016

Closing date for applications: 31st October 2016

Parents complete and return choices form to the Local Authority. This can be done online; you will receive confirmation that your request has been received via email.

Acceptance/offer letters dispatched from Oxfordshire County Council: 6th March 2017

Acceptance letters are sent to parents with a form to be signed and returned to the County Admissions Team or accepted online.

Welcome letter from Didcot Girls’ School sent: 31st March 2017

 

Transition (once you have accepted your place)

Primary Visits: During May/June 2017

The Head of Year 7, Student Manager and Assistant Headteacher responsible for Lower School will visit primary schools to begin the process of induction and getting to know your child.

Visit Day for Primary Schools outside the partnership: Tuesday 20th June 2017 or Wednesday 21st June 2017

If your daughter attends a primary school outside of the Didcot partnership, she will be invited to attend one of our Visit Days in order to get to know other students who are joining Didcot Girls' School from outside the partnership. Parents will also be invited, so that they can ask any questions they may have.

Rising Year 7 Welcome Evenings: Monday 26th June & Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 6.30pm

Rising Year 7 Induction Days: Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2017

 

Key Documents/links:

Oxfordshire Admissions (including online applications):

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

The Transition Process

At Didcot Girls’ School we pride ourselves on the quality of the care, guidance and support we provide our young people as they make the transition from their primary school to become part of our inclusive school community.

Our transition process begins each year by offering parents and students the opportunity to come and visit our school during our Open Evening or one of our Open Mornings in October.

Over the following months, members of our Learning Support Department visit primary schools regularly to begin to form links with students who might benefit from additional support through the transition process. The Learning Support Department works alongside our Student Managers (highly qualified, non-teaching student support workers) in order to ensure the process of transition is as smooth as possible for each student and her family.

In the spring of Year 6, families who have applied for a place at Didcot Girls’ School receive the first of their official communications from our admissions team to confirm the offer of a place. From this point onwards we work hard with our partner primary schools to ensure that we know as much information about each student as possible in order to support her move to our community and to enable her to be successful upon her arrival.

Each year the Head of Year 7 and the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Standards and Culture in Lower School make a series of visits to primary schools to meet with both students and parents to answer any further questions that they might have about the move to Didcot Girls’ School. Feedback from parents tells us that these visits are very much appreciated as a means of allaying any concerns and easing the transition for the girls. These visits to the primary schools are held at the beginning of the primary school day and have consistently been highlighted by parents as a strength of our transition process.

Those students joining us from a primary school outside of the Didcot partnership will be invited, along with their parents, to attend one of our Visit Days. they will get to know other students from outside the partnership and parents will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

At the end of June we hold our Welcome Evenings for girls and their parents. For the girls this is an opportunity to meet their tutor and to find out about the exciting activities they will undertake during the Induction Days. For parents there is the opportunity to listen to a talk by the Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, our Lead Co-ordinator for Advanced Learners and the incoming Head of Year 7, as well as to meet key staff including your daughter's tutor. The SENCO will also be on hand to speak to the parents of students who have additional needs.

At the beginning of July, staff at Didcot Girls' School welcome the upcoming Year 7 students into the school for two Induction Days. The Induction Days offer students an opportunity to get to know the other students in their tutor groups  and to experience what life and learning is like as part of our community.

The transition process at Didcot Girls’ School is recognised as a leading example of how well primary and secondary schools can work in partnership to support students and families over both the short and long term for academic success and personal development.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our community in the near future. If you have any questions regarding the transition arrangements that relate to your daughter please email Mrs Cathy Pearl, Associate Senior Leader for Transition at cpearl@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk