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 school as smooth as possible. In May we start to visit our new students in their primary schools, spend time with them, and use ex-students to answer their many questions about moving to Church Stretton.

Staff from Church Stretton including the Head of Key Stage 3 i/c Transition and SENCo meet their current teachers to learn as much as possible about each child. We sometimes also meet with parents, students and professionals where transition to secondary school is thought likely to cause particular challenges. The pastoral team use all this information to divide the pupils into the four Houses (Caradoc, Hazler, Lawley and Ragleth), students with siblings already in the school will be automatically placed in the same House. It is our experience that pupils settle quickly into their Houses and add new friends to their circle. In any year there will be several pupils who are the only entrant from their particular primary school and parents can be reassured that our experience is that they too settle quickly. 

The Deputy Headteacher i/c Teaching and Learning plus the Head of Maths and English will assign the students to four teaching groups using their available KS2 data.

During the Summer Term, children are invited into school for a New Intake Day where they meet their Key Stage leader and experience a range of subject workshops throughout the day. This helps them to get the 'feel' of their new school before they arrive in September.

Parents and students are also invited to an early evening admission meeting to receive information

Students from our main feeder primary schools come to visit us for Primary Workshops in food, Design Technology, Electronics and STEM throughout the year.

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 pupils are awarded House Points. These could represent work done well, superb effort or particular successes. As the number of House points reaches the milestones such as 40, 60, 80, 100 and so on prizes are awarded to mark this. 

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 council, Year 7 Bushcraft Camp and the visit in the summer to France. 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 pupils into Year 8.