Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
The transition from primary to high or secondary school is an exciting time, full of challenges and experiences for both parent and child. We work very hard to ensure maximum success for all our pupils so they are ready for the challenges of high school, enjoying new friendships and the new opportunities high school brings. We work closely with the Year 6 teachers to ensure that we receive all the required information about our new pupils.
Towards the end of Summer Term we offer the opportunity for both pupils and parents to come into school, meet staff and become immersed in Studley High School life for two days.
Pupils joining us in the new academic year will be placed in a House group of around 180 pupils, and designated a tutor group with 20 other pupils of all year groups.
On transition day, pupils can look forward to:
• Investigating and exploring ideas and topics that interest and excite
• Considering (and solving!) lots of “real life” situations, issues and problems
• Working on your own and also in groups of all different sizes
• Using computers, cameras and other technology
Here are some top tips for pupils joining us in Year 7, taken from this site: http://www.theschoolrun.com/how-survive-starting-secondary-school
- Go to transition and induction events, get to know a few people and see who is in your class. They may not turn out to be your new BFFs, but knowing a face in the crowd is a good feeling. And people will want to be friendly – you’re all new together.
- Buy an alarm clock. Most secondary schools start between 8:00 and 8:30am so if you have a long journey, you may have an early start.
- Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous. It’s a long time until lunch.
- If you’re wearing a blazer for the first time, don’t let your mum buy it too big. You will need to use your hands.
- If you’ll need to use a travel pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays.
- Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practise until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport or people you want to avoid. If it helps, draw a map.
- Buy a very big, very strong bag. You will have loads to carry. And that’s not counting the days when you’ll have your PE kit.
- Does your new school have lockers or will you be carrying your coat around with you all day? If you do, you may need a lightweight one you can stuff into your bag.
- If you can, find a friend to walk with on your first day. Things won’t seem so daunting if you can go with someone.
- Be prepared to just ‘hang out’ at playtime.
- Don’t call it ‘playtime’ – it’s ‘break’ now.
- Work out how you’ll be paying for your lunch – if it’s a card or fingerprint system, make sure you’re topped up for your first day.
- You may find yourself eating your lunch at 11am if the canteen opens early. There may not be enough time at lunchtime, or the queues may be too long. And unfortunately, there may be pushing in from the older ones.
- Try not to eat pizza every day.
- Find out where the toilets are.
- Find out your new school’s policy on mobile phones, preferably before yours goes off in the middle of Geography.
- When it’s PE, time is always precious, so for boys, go for adjustable waist trousers – there’s no time to be fiddling with a belt. If PE is first period, you may be able to wear your shorts under your trousers for a quick change.
- When you are given your timetable, make at least three copies: one for your bag, one for your pocket and a spare for home.
- Get your new friends’ phone numbers – you may need to give them a call if you have a last-minute homework panic.
- Find out all you can about your new friends. Your mum is bound to ask.
- Be organised. If you’re given a student diary or planner, use it to write down your homework – when there is so much going on, it’s easy to forget.
- Go through your timetable and pack your bag the night before – there’s never time in the morning to find your maths book.
- Join the library. It’s a great place to go if you want to do some homework or just avoid the playground.
- Never be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go.
- At lesson changeover, stick with someone who knows where they’re going. And don’t try to go against the flow of traffic, you’ll only be trampled.
- Relax and try to enjoy it – in no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever. And this time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.