Transition from year 6-7 at Church Stretton School

At Church Stretton School we have a well-established programme which makes the transition from primary to secondary as smooth as possible. However, in the current situation we are having to do things slightly differently but rest assured we will do our best to ensure a worry free transition still takes place. 

Usually, staff from Church Stretton meet year 6 teachers to learn as much as possible about each child. This will still take place using virtual meetings to allow us to gather as much information as possible. Instead of meeting students in their primary school this year you will receive a link to a form that allows your son/daughter to tell us bit about themselves in their own words.

Using all the information we gather will allow the pastoral team to divide students up into four Houses (Caradoc, Hazler, Lawley and Ragleth), students with siblings already in school will be automatically placed in the same House. It is our experience that students settle quickly into their Houses and add new friends to their circle. In any year there will be several students who are the only entrant from their particular primary school and parents can be reassured that our experience is that they too settle quickly.

Many students from our feeder primary schools have already visited the school for workshops in Food, Design, STEM and Sport; giving them a taste of life at Church Stretton. During the normal transition process, students would be invited into school for a New Intake Day where they would meet their Head of Key Stage (Mr Wright) and experience a range of student workshops throughout the day. However, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10th May 2020 the above will not currently be possible. We will of course keep a close eye on how things proceed and if at all possible and safe, we will try to arrange an opportunity for you and your child to come in to Church Stretton School before the end of the summer term.

Additionally, parents and students are usually invited in to a New Intake meeting to receive further information about starting school. This includes information such as the school day, Go4schools, uniform, rewards route etc. A copy of this presentation and a letter from our uniform supplier (School shop direct) can be seen in the documents section below. 

During a normal transition the Deputy Headteacher (i/c Teaching and Learning) along with the Head of Maths and English would assign students to four ability based teaching groups using Key Stage 2 data. This year with no Key Stage 2 data being available things will be slightly different in September. Students will be placed into four mixed ability teaching groups before completing some baseline assessments towards the end of the first half term. The results from these assessments will then be used to help place students into four teaching groups of similar ability for the rest of the year and our setting policy will be applied.

On their arrival in September, students quickly come up to speed with our procedures and everyday expectations. Tutors and mentors help the students in their new school helping them to settle quickly. In October an evening is arranged for parents to meet tutors to discuss how their children have progressed and settled in the early weeks and to help resolve any issues that may have arisen. In October, December, January, March grade up-dates are issued to parents. In February a full parents' consultation evening is arranged for subject teachers to meet parents and discuss progress in individual subjects and reports are issued in June. 

To mark and encourage positive attitudes and individual achievement students are awarded House points. These could represent work done well, superb effort or particular successes. As the number of House points reach milestones such as 50,100,150 and so on prizes are awarded.

As with other years, year 7 students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities such as sports team practices and games, school productions, School councils and the annual visit to France in the Summer term (Government guidance permitted). This taking part enriches their daily life at school.

Pastoral care is all important at Church Stretton and Tutors monitor their tutees, meeting them each day during registration.

The end of year 7 is marked by the issue of a full written report from each subject teacher. This report is used to plan ahead to the transfer of students into year 8.


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