Year 6 Transition
We are delighted that you have made a commitment to Stanborough for the future and welcome you to our school. At Stanborough we have high standards and expectations to support all students to achieve their very best in both their academic and their personal development.
If you have any questions relating to life at Stanborough School, please email us here: Y6@stanborough.herts.sch.uk
Year 6 -7 transition
Transferring to Secondary School is an important milestone in a student’s life and at Stanborough we aim to make this transition as smooth as possible whilst establishing continuity from year 6-7, consistency of approach and challenge.
The transition cycle
Transition begins with the annual Open Evening for prospective parents, usually held in late September. This is an excellent opportunity for students, parents and carers to have a good look around Stanborough to see the excellent facilities and curriculum that we offer.
Parents may then apply a place at Stanborough if they wish, and students will receive their allocations in March.
If a child is given a place at Stanborough School, a comprehensive Information pack will be distributed to all parents containing all the essential information about the school and the important forms that need to be completed and returned to the school. The pack also contains information about forth coming educational visits.
During May and June, students will receive a visit from Mrs. Venneear, who is the Year 7 Leader. She will explain what it is like to be a Stanborough student, the expectations and requirements. She will also collect information from your child’s primary school about your child’s progress and attainment.
In the summer term students in Year 6 schools will also complete transition work, which is designed to bridge the gap between Year 6 and Year 7. The nature of the work may change from one year to the next. Year 6 teachers may select a student ‘best’ piece of work or complete a designated assignment with students which is then sent to Stanborough.
As part of this process, our larger feeder schools are also invited visit Stanborough, work with us, and use our specialist facilities. In previous years, students have worked with both our Science department and our PE department, to build on what they have achieved in primary school, in preparation for secondary school. Year 5 and 6 students have benefitted from IT workshops this year.
The new intake day and evening
In July, the New Intake students spend the whole day with us at Stanborough – the New Intake Day. This is the first chance for all of our new students to experience a working day at the school. The date for this is an agreed date within the Consortium for all the secondary schools.
During this day, students will have a special Transition assembly with The Headteacher, meet their new form tutor, have two academic taster lessons and be taken on a tour of the school. They will experience complimentary snacks at break time and lunch in the dining room. Then, in the afternoon, all students take part in team games on the field, organised by the senior prefects. The aim of this day is to establish routines and expectations and to diffuse anxiety.
Students are also supported on this day by Learning Support staff and the Year 7 Prefects. The Year 7 prefects are Year 12 students who are attached to each tutor group. There are usually two students attached to each group. These students act as role models, mentors and as a general support to the students and the tutor.
In the evening, parents and students are invited to attend the New Intake Evening. This evening provides parents with the opportunities to find out more about the school’s aims, ethos and curriculum from senior members of staff, and to buy both school uniform and PE kit, stationary, dictionaries and enquire about music tuition.
The start of the academic year
The New Intake students then begin with us the following September, but the transition process does not end there. During the first weeks at Stanborough, all Year 7 students benefit from an Induction module as part of life-skills in Tutor Time. The Induction module runs for the first 3 to 4 weeks of term and involves learning about life at secondary school. Also during this time, tutors, teachers and learning support staff monitor students to identify any concerns with settling in or accessing the curriculum. Any concerns are dealt with swiftly and strategies are put in place to allay any fears, and deal with any problems as they arise.
The staff at Stanborough will then be busy preparing once again for the next Open Evening for Prospective Parents, which takes place again in September, and the whole cycle begins over again.
Should you have any comments or questions about transition to Stanborough School please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. P Clarke Assistant Headteacher 11-14 or Mrs. A Venneear, Year 7 Leader, and they will be pleased to help you.
Important dates and events
Applications for 2017 begin on line
September – You can apply for your child to come to Stanborough School through the Herts website www.hertsdirect.org/admissions. You will find out if your application is successful by March.
Open Evening 2016 (For students applying for 2017) – 29th September 2016
Come and tour the school, meet the students and staff and hear a talk from the Headteacher, Mr Brown.
Open Morning 2016 (By appointment only) – 3rd, 5th & 11th October 2016
Come and tour the school and see what a typical Stanborough School day looks like.
Visits to Primary Schools
May-June –Mrs Venneear, the SENDCO and other staff will visit all the feeder primary schools to introduce themselves, inform students about the school and to welcome them as future Stanborough students
New Intake Day and Evening 2017 – 13th July 2017
Bring your son or daughter to meet his or her Form Tutor and hear what Stanborough School is like from Mrs Clarke Assistant Headteacher 11-14 and Mrs Venneear Year 7 Leader.
Staggered Start in September for all Year 7 students.
The first day of term is for Year 7, 11 and sixth form students only. This allows students to settle in to the school, have their finger print read for the dining room cashless system and get to know the school in a less congested environment.
Year 7 Transition Update Evening – 9th November 2016
A special evening for Year 7 students and parents to hear the latest updates from the Headteacher ,Mr Brown, Assistant Headteacher 11-14, Mrs Clarke and the Year 7 leader Mrs Venneear. In addition, parents will be invited to meet with their child’s tutor and log on to the school’s VLE to view the first progress Update of the year. There will be staff and prefects on hand to explain the process and help parents and students interpret the updates.
Year 7 Visit to Cuffley Camp – 12th / 13th November 2016
This is a Team building visit for all students. The aim of the visit is to help students to integrate with each other in a fun way.
Progress Update reports
Parent and students can monitor their progress and attainment through three progress updates.
Year 7 Parents Teacher Interviews – 10th May 2017
An evening for parents and students to meet with their teacher discuss their progress and attainment.
Parent teacher surgeries – 24th November 2016 & 23rd March 2017
Parents of all years are invited to make appointments to meet with teachers if they wish to discuss any concerns. Teachers may also request meetings. This event takes place from 2pm until early evening.
Year 7-10 Achievement Evening – 11th July 2017
A special evening of celebration for students nominated for excellence by their teachers in the fields of attainment, progress, citizenship and leadership.
Year 7 Residential Visit to Liddington – May 2017
A fantastic way to celebrate Year 7 so far with a residential visit to a PGL centre.