Year 6 into Year 7
Each year, most of our Year 6 pupils move up into Year 7, however in addition to this we also recruit a growing number of students from local primary schools who join us for Years 7 and 8.
For the pupils who move up from Year 6, we already know a great deal of information about them, and this information is passed up to the Key Stage Three teaching team so that staff are briefed about any learning needs that pupils may have. This smooth path up through the school ensures that there is no dip in academic performance which is often seen when pupils move from primary school up to secondary school.
For pupils who join us at the start of Year 7, the transition process begins when the Pupil Progress Co-ordinator for Year 7 visits the pupil at their current primary school. The purpose of this visit is to find out as much information about each pupil as possible, including academic strengths and any sporting interests. The Pupil Progress Co-ordinator will also have a discussion with the child about what life is like at Ralph Sadleir school, and answer any questions they may have about their new school. New pupils to the school are also welcome to come and visit the school at a separate time for a special tour, so they feel more comfortable with their new school surroundings, and this also provides opportunities for both parents and the pupil to ask further questions.
All pupils who will be starting in Year 7 then spend a full day in July experiencing what life will be like in Year 7. The Transition Day includes some time with their new form tutor, some sample lessons and some time working in teams to help build new friendships which will support pupils in the new academic year. This also provides an opportunity for pupils to meet some of their new teachers.
If you would like further information about how we support pupils moving from Year 6 into Year 7, please contact the Pupil Progress Co-ordinator for Year 7, via the school office.