Be ‘Secondary School Ready’
Starting secondary school can be daunting for an 11-year-old and their parents and carers. At The Cotswold School our experienced group of teachers and support staff, working together, ensure that Year 6 pupils settle comfortably into Year 7 – the transition year.
The values of ‘friendship and knowledge’ run through our work to welcome new members of our community. We offer a caring environment to learn, supporting new students and their parents as they get to know our school.
Our transition process starts with our Year 5 Open Morning (9th June, 9-12) when children and parents/carers can visit us and meet our student ambassadors. You can also join us on our Open Day and Open Evening (7th October) to look around further. As soon as places are confirmed for Year 6 we write to all parents and carers and start the information collection process. The information you provide helps us to understand each new student and ensure we do all we can to help them settle into secondary school life as quickly and easily as possible.
We have two fun and busy Induction Days for our prospective Year 7 students before they leave primary school. They join us on 1st and 2nd July to meet their tutor, experience some lessons and start to make new friends. Parents and carers are also invited into school to meet tutors on the evening of 2nd July (7-8pm).
Also in the Summer term, teaching staff visit all of our larger local primary schools. They talk to the Year 6 teachers and to the children.
Those children who are coming up to The Cotswold School in small groups of ones or twos are usually invited to the school for an additional morning to get to know each other.
The transition process continues well into September when the children start as Year 7 students. Year 8 mentors look after them and a residential trip is planned early into the term so teachers, Heads of Year, and students can really get to know each other.
Supporting your child into secondary school
Starting a new school can be exciting but it can also cause worries. Talking things through will help explore all the challenges ahead.
Get involved! The Cotswold School has a well-developed enrichment programme of clubs and trips, to help children have fun and get to know each other.
Encourage your child to plan what they will need for the next day, the night before.
Practise the new school journey with your child. The journey may be longer than at primary school, and start earlier.
Reassure your child that settling in can take time. Homework, for example, might take a bit of getting used to.
At the start, your child may find secondary school life tiring. They should eat well and get plenty of res. Let us know if you have any concerns.