Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

At The Henry Box School we work hard to provide care, guidance and support to children during the transition from primary to secondary school.

It is normal for all children to feel both excited and nervous about the transition to “big school”.  Our transfer programme aims to support them as they approach this large change in their lives, and to ensure that they arrive in the September of their Year 7 full of excitement and with minimal nervousness.

Our Open Evening each Summer provides an opportunity for prospective families to visit the school, take part in activities laid on by subject departments, learn about the school and ask questions.  Tours for prospective parents, in September and October, provides an insight into the school during a normal school day.

Once places have been formally allocated in the Spring of Year 6, we invite the families of our new Year 7 children into school for an evening in late April.  At this evening, families will hear about a typical day in the life of a Year 7 student, as well as being treated to a Fashion Show of The Henry Box School uniform.  There is a chance to speak to key members of staff, as well as to hear about subsequent events in the transition from Primary to Secondary School.

Following that evening, in late May and June, our Primary Transition Co-ordinator and Assistant SENCo visit primary schools.  Accompanying them are a couple of real experts in the process of transfer: two of our current Year 7 children whom we call E-Buddies.  The E-Buddies will talk to the Year 6 children, answer their questions and generally provide the students’ eye view of the whole process.  The Henry Box staff will meet the primary school teachers and discuss each individual child’s needs.

During the visit, the Year 6 children will be asked to name up to three friends.  We will try to place every child with at least one of these friends.  However, we do follow the primary teachers’ recommendations about which children work well together and which may be better apart.  We urge the children to think very carefully about which friends they wish to name as preferences cannot be altered later if, for example, they fall out with someone they have named as a friend.  If a child is coming alone from his/her primary school, or is coming without particular friends, we will try to ensure that we place him/her with someone in a similar situation who may also share similar interests.

In early July, we invite all our new Year 7 students to school for three days.  They will meet the other children in their tutor groups, sample lessons, tour the school, have lunch, and generally begin to become acclimatised.  Later the same week, the children and their parents/carers come into school to meet their form tutors.  Final arrangements for transfer are completed and families can purchase the necessary art pads, calculators, and so on.