The Friary School’s Open Evening starts at 6.00pm on Thursday 27th September and we are looking forward to meeting some fantastic Year 6s who will be weighing up which secondary school will be best for them.

The event is usually very well attended and though extensive car parking will be available – with drivers pointed in the right direction on arrival – it is important to be prepared for a bit of a wait and to consider walking where possible.

All visitors will have the chance to tour the school site to check out the facilities and meet the staff. They will be accompanied by Year 7s – as well as more senior Transition Mentors – so that everyone gets a chance to talk about day-to-day school life and find out how it is possible to make the switch from primary to secondary successfully and without a fuss.

Additionally, there will be a talk by the Headteacher – which will be repeated throughout the evening – and a chance to talk to senor staff so that questions can be answered and worries allayed.

Lottie Hearn, Assistant Headteacher, said: “It has been wonderful to meet so many lively and enthusiastic students as I have visited local primary schools with the Headteacher and run transition sessions at our school. Certainly, there will be lots of familiar faces on Thursday who we will be keen to see in September.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “This is a big decision for children and parents and we seek to give an open and honest account of what we offer. This decision is too important to be influenced by a hard sell or a false presentation so we seek to show what we offer and then let families get on with making their choice. We are hugely looking forward to the evening and if it makes it easier for visitors to decide their future pathway – whether with or without us – then it will have been a big success.”