Transition from Primary to Secondary School

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What happens?

Once we receive a list of our new students, all girls and their parents/carers are asked to attend a personal interview with Mr Connor-Hemming, Deputy Headteacher.

They receive a copy of our Parents’ Handbook and there is an opportunity to discuss areas of strength and weakness and any concerns they may have. At this meeting students and parents/carers have the opportunity to identify other students they would like to be in the same form group as and, if appropriate, the school will endeavour to accommodate these wishes.

Students then spend a day at the school in July for their induction into the school.  During this time they meet their fellow students, College Learning Leader, form tutor and other members of staff. In the evening parents/carers are invited to meet the key members of staff. Our aim is to give the girls a happy day and to foster a sense of security and belonging before they begin in September.

On the student’s first day in September, Year 7 will be the only year group in the school. This will give students the opportunity to find their way around school, attend some lessons and complete pastoral work. Parents/carers will also be invited to attend a meeting with Miss E King (Nightingale College Learning Leader) at the start of the day. Other key members of staff will also attend this meeting, including Learning Managers for English and Mathematics, to outline how parents/carers can best support their child with homework and practicing their literacy and numeracy skills.

Parents/carers will have further opportunities to meet Miss King and other key staff during Year 7 by attending specially organised coffee mornings and other events.