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.
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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.
If your child is given a place at Stanborough School, you will be invited to our Welcome Evening on 12th March 2019, where 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 forthcoming educational visits.
During May and June, students will receive a visit from Ms Spottiswoode, who is Head of Year 7. 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.
The new intake day and evening
On 11th 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 Mrs John, 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 is an opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor, learn more about what to expect in Year 7 and deal with any questions, so that you can be confident of a smooth transition in September.
The start of the academic year
Year 7 students will begin with us on 3rd September 2019, 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.
Should you have any comments or questions about transition to Stanborough School please do not hesitate to contact Ms Spottiswoode, Head of Year 7, who will be pleased to help you.
Important dates and events
12th March 2019, 6-7pm
An opportunity to meet Senior Leadership Team and Head of Year 7 and hear all about what we offer here at Stanborough and how we will work together to ensure the transition to Stanborough is seamless.
Visits to Primary Schools
20th May – 14th June 2019
Ms Spottiswoode, Head of Year 7, the SENDCO and other staff will visit all the feeder primary schools to introduce themselves, get to know the students, answer any questions about the school and to welcome them as future Stanborough students.
New Intake Day and Evening 2019
11th July 2019
New Year 7 students spend the day with us to find their way around, experience some lessons, meet key members of staff and hear all about Stanborough School.
First Day of Term
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
The first day of term is for Year 7 and sixth form students only. This allows students to settle in to the school and get to know the school in a less congested environment.
Year 7 Visit to Spy Missions
Week Commencing 7th October 2019
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, you will receive full details at the Welcome Evening.
Year 7 Residential Visit
May 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
A fantastic opportunity to celebrate Year 7 so far with a residential visit to a PGL centre where students will challenge themselves, develop their team working skills and independence in an outdoor environment.