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 for children and their families during their transition from primary to secondary school.


Let me introduce myself: my name is 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 a sense of belonging.


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.




In October 2020, we offered Talk and Tour sessions, run by our dedicated School Leaders - an outdoor personalised tour around the school for a family bubble. These provided a way to introduce the site to prospective Year 6 families and an opportunity for the families to ask any questions they had.  We love to show prospective students and families the school.

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. Once you have accepted your place, you will receive a welcome letter and an enrolment pack. This is the beginning of your child’s journey with The Henry Box School!


During Term 5, all families will be contacted by a member of our Learner Engagement Team. We’ll check that you’ve received paperwork, help you if you’re unsure how to complete it, and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Late May and June

Our Transition Co-ordinator and a member of our Learner Engagement Team will visit every primary school that has children coming up to us.  Where possible, we’ll also bring some of our current Year 7 students.  Our Year 7s will talk to the Year 6 children, answer their questions and generally provide a ‘students’ eye’ view of the whole process. 

Next, we’ll meet your child’s Year 6 teacher and ensure we discuss each individual child’s needs. Part of the enrolment process asked children to give the names of up to three friends they feel comfortable with – and 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. 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.

July 5th-7th

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 and generally begin to become acclimatised.  The same week, we will hold a Meet the Tutor evening for families to meet and talk with their child’s new Form Tutor.  Final arrangements for transfer are completed and families can purchase the necessary art pads, calculators, and so on.


Your child will arrive in September knowing their tutor, their tutor group and their way around the school. We operate an extended tutor period on the first day to ensure that children have their timetables, know the routines and feel confident to start their first full day.


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.


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 Inclusion team:



Uniform for Years 7 - 11 can be ordered through Stevensons. This can be done online, by phone or in store.  Please visit Stevensons webpage to view and order uniform. 

Click here to order uniform

Any items that are purchased from an alternative provider must be identical in appearance. 

The closest local branch is Oxford, 245 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HN Tel: 01865 554559. Stevensons are offering families reserved appointment slots over the course of the Summer. Please see the list below for specific dates and times:

31st May – 26th June: Walk-in customers welcome. Monday – Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm

28th June – 11th July: Open for walk-in customers. Monday- Friday 9.00am- 3.30pm and then for pre-booked appointments only on Evenings and Weekends.

12th July - 14th August: Open for pre-booked appointments and Click&Collect only.

15th August onwards: Walk-in customers welcome. Please refer to our website for information on extended opening times.


Year 7 transition reading list