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 for 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 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 to 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.