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Smithdon High School

Transition from Year 6 to 7

Transition Update - 9th July 2020 - Uniform 

Please note for Year 7 students starting with us in September the only items that need to be ordered are the Tie, Blazer and a Skirt.   Please do not order PE items at this time as we will be inviting parents and students in to view the full PE kit at a later date.


Transition Update - 6th July 2020

We are delighted to be able to confirm that we are able to offer face to face meetings with all our new Year 6 students by appointment on Thursday 9th July and Thursday 16th July. Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

We are also pleased to present to you our welcome video introducing the school and key members of staff:

 

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All year 6 children have also been asked to write a letter to their tutor telling them a little bit about themselves. They will receive a letter in return from their tutor and this way find out which tutor group they’re in.

A welcome pack is currently being sent out to all parents with information about uniform and the start of the new term. This information can also be found below:

 As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
 


TRANSITION SEPTEMBER 2020

Despite the uncertain times that we are experiencing at present, Smithdon High School wants  to reassure  all our prospective new parents, and students, with regard to some aspects of you joining us in September.

Due to these unforeseen circumstances  it is unlikely that we will be holding our usual two days of induction in the Summer term, although if we can, we will!

However, in the absence of these transition days, we will ensure a full induction programme for our new Year 7 students when we open.

For further information regarding your child joining us in September please click on the link below:

Year 7 September 2020 - Information Letter to Parents - April 2020 

We would also be most grateful if you could return the admissions  form recently sent out to all families, as soon as possible so that we have contact details for you. Below is a copy of the form for your reference:

Year 7 September 2020 - Admissions  Form - April 2020

We will send out more details as soon as we have them but if you have any other concerns or queries, please direct them to Mrs Sarah Robinson via her email address:  s.robinson@smithdonhigh.org.uk

We will also be posting news and information on the website so please start visiting this page on a regular basis.
 


The Importance of a smooth Transition 
 

At Smithdon High School we do not underestimate the importance of a smooth transition from
Year 6 to Year 7 – for parents as well as the students!

Our aim is for every student to have a positive and easy transition from their primary school to Smithdon, so that, when they arrive in September, they feel comfortable, confident and ready to make progress.

We start the process of getting to know students, and giving them opportunities to get to know the school, as early as we can to give them plenty of time to prepare.

We begin by sending our students and teachers out to the primary schools to run events such as Reading Rangers and the British Science Festival.

Students will then start taking part in events at Smithdon from Year 4. Some of these early events include a sports festival and a musical celebration, to which parents are also invited.

In Year 5 we invite all students to come to Smithdon for “taster days”, where they get to experience lessons at Smithdon in a variety of subjects as well as meeting some of the staff and students.

By the end of March in Year 6, we know the names of all the students who are lucky enough to be joining Smithdon High School in September. Each student receives a letter from our Headteacher, personally inviting them to the school for a face-to-face meeting in the Summer term. This is essential for us to ensure a smooth transition, as we get to learn about each student’s academic progress as well as their interests outside of school and make a personal connection with every new student. It is also a great opportunity for prospective students and their parents to clear up any concerns they may have before starting at the school.

As part of our transition programme, Year 6 students spend two days with us towards the end of the Summer term, when they get to meet their tutor and new peers, leaving them set up and raring to go for September. Students also bring along their best written work from their primary school, so that we can plan to build on what students can already do and ensure that working to make progress begins from Day 1 in September. The last of these transition days is followed by a parents’ assembly, for your children to showcase what they have achieved in their time with us and also so that parents can meet key staff members and other new parents.

For some students, we recognise that additional support is needed for a successful transition and our SENDCo organises extra activities to ensure all pupils’ needs are supported in making the move to Smithdon High School.

We also realise that the transition process doesn’t end in September, so we hold a ‘Settling In Evening’ with all parents early in the new academic year to ensure our new Year 7s are making the best start possible. We also run a fantastic residential teambuilding trip in the first term for the new cohort to spend quality time together, learning new skills and making new friends.

If you would like to know more about your child joining Smithdon High School, please come along to our Open Evening in September or contact the school office for a place on one of our daytime school tours to see Smithdon in action.

Dates for all the events mentioned above will be published on the school calendar.