Transition from Year 6 to Year 7 2021-22

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

PTRbLet me introduce myself: my name is Mr Phil Trinder and one of the roles I hold at The Henry Box School is School Leader for Transition.

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 change in their lives, and to ensure that they arrive in the September of their Year 7 full of excitement and with minimal nervousness.


The Henry Box School is a successful, 11-18 comprehensive school attractively situated beside the green in the centre of Witney. We have around 1,200 students on roll and admit 240 into most year groups in Years 7 to 11. The school achieved academy status in June 2012.  Admissions to the school are administered by the Oxfordshire County Council’s admissions department and priority for admission is given to students living in the catchment area of the school. Entry to the Sixth Form is subject to performance at GCSE.

Our commitment to all students fulfilling their potential is demonstrated by a broad curriculum for all, with additional support for students with special needs, and those with particular talents. The school achieves very high academic standards as well as offering a rich and varied extra-curricular programme including residential experiences for all students, trips abroad, concerts, dramatic productions, sports teams and after school clubs.

Students are supported by House Leaders, through our vertical House system and also by Student Support Workers who work across year groups.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Henry Box School and will be pleased at any time to discuss the many educational and other opportunities provided for our students and the community we serve.


Transition: What is the process?


September is usually when we hold our Open Evening, inviting families that are considering The Henry Box School to come and hear about what we have to offer. It is a chance to hear from staff and students about life at The Henry Box School. The evening also usually includes an opportunity to visit all the different faculties, speaking to subject teachers and current students. Even the Canteen opens for some yummy samples of what food can be bought. For, September 2021 we had to offer this virtually and we hope you liked our video, interactive map and found our FAQs of value. If you have not seen these they are still available on our website here


To support the Open Evening, we also usually offer a number of tour dates during September and October which are specifically designed for Year 6 families. In October 2020, we are offering Talk and Tour sessions, run by our dedicated School Leaders which offer an outdoor personalised tour around the school for a family bubble. This is a great way to introduce the site to prospective Year 6 families and an opportunity for the families to ask any questions they may have.  We love to show prospective students and families the school. These have been so popular thay are now fully booked!

31 October: Secondary school application closing date. Each year this is the closing date for families to submit their application.



1 March: Secondary school offer day. Each year this is the date that families are told where their child will attend Secondary School.


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 Buddies.  The 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.


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.


In late July we hit the Summer holidays, and they always fly past way too quickly. Then in  September, we welcome another group of Year 7 students as full-time members of The Henry Box School community.


Contact Us

Transition Co-ordinator: Phil Trinder

Transition Administrator: Janet Butler

Please email with any queries you may have.

If you would like to discuss how we can help your child with a specific learning need please contact our Assistant SENCo, Olivia McPhee: