Transition to Smithdon
Transitioning to Smithdon High School
We recognise that starting secondary school or changing school is a big step and we do all we can to aid the transition process.
Please click here to see all the ways in which we work with our primary schools to ensure a smooth, continuous transfer from primary to secondary education.
Year 6 into Year 7
Although we have many primary feeder schools, both within and outside catchment, we pride ourselves in ensuring that we meet each and every Year 6 student and their parent(s) in the summer term before they start at Smithdon High School in September. We also speak to every Year 6 teacher to ensure continuity from primary to secondary school.
We get to know the children in our catchment area over many years, including:
- We send our students and teachers out to the primary schools to work with all year groups on reading projects, science days, musical and sports events and more
- In Year 5 we invite every student in our feeder schools to visit Smithdon for our taster days. These are a great opportunity for the younger children to get to know our school, our staff and other students to become part of our friendly community.
For those Year 6 children with a confirmed place at Smithdon our carefully planned induction programme commences in June with face to face meetings with all families and continues in July when students spend two days at Smithdon. They follow a specially-planned timetable for those days and parents/carers are invited to attend our Transition Presentation Evening to see the work their children have done. This helps students to get to know the rest of their tutor group, make new friends and settle quickly into our school. It also allows parents to get to know their child's new school and how we work.
For any information on our transition events or other admission enquiries please contact us.
Other year group (and in-year) transitions:
When an application to join Smithdon High School from another school has been accepted and a start date confirmed, we will contact your child’s current school to gain academic information to date and any other information to help us in ensuring a smooth transition to our school (including any SEN information).
If there is anything specific you would like us to know about your child, please do contact us before their first day to make us aware of the information.
In the first few days, your child will be allocated a buddy from within their new tutor group to help them to find their way around the site and to introduce them to their peers and key staff members. There may be a need for us to assess your child’s Maths and/or English ability with a short test paper to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate sets for English, Maths and Science but this will be kept to a minimum to ensure the focus is on settling into their new environment.