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Transition Days

Amy Banks
Amy Banks (2 posts) Secondary Deputy Head (Pastoral Care and Personal Development) and English Teacher View Profile

The transition from Primary to Secondary school is both an exciting and daunting time for students. Moving to Secondary school can be incredibly exciting, with an array of new opportunities, subjects, and friendships available.  

On Tuesday 21st June our Year 6 students experienced just this. They spent a day at Secondary school and were introduced to all of the aspects they have to look forward to next year. Our in-school students experienced plant dissection, school tours, and drama lessons – whilst our online students enjoyed science at home, descriptive writing scavenger hunts and learning about the history of the earth through toilet paper!  

It is understandable that students may feel apprehensive about their transition to Secondary school. Here are a few key qualities that we hope to see from our Year 7 students: 

Independence: In Secondary school, students are expected to learn to follow their individual timetables, and to know which classroom they are supposed to be in at what time. This can be nerve-wracking, since our Primary students often spend their time in one classroom. However, I can assure you that this skill will be picked up in no time! Ask your friends or a teacher to help you if you do not know the location of your lessons – we are more than happy to help! 

Organisational skills: Secondary students are responsible for their own equipment, exercise books and laptops. A useful tip is to pack your bag the night before school, to ensure you have everything you need. All students will have a locker to help them keep their things organised.  

Embrace the opportunities: Say yes to events, clubs, and activities! Students will experience so many new things during Secondary school, and it is important to immerse yourself in these valuable opportunities. You may find a new skill you never knew you had, or make a new friend at a club. Saying yes will help your transitional experience to be as exciting and engaging as possible.  

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In preparation for the transition to Secondary school, try completing the activity booklet that was sent via email a few weeks ago. Inside this, you will find pages such as ‘understanding my timetable’ and ‘meeting the teachers’. There is even an option to write a letter to your new form tutor next year!  

Finally, make sure you enjoy your summer and take the time to prepare for the next stage in your education. I wish you all the best of luck in your transition to Secondary school! 

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