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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All

Transition to Secondary

Open Evenings – Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2023 

We look forward to welcoming Year 5 and Year 6 students and their parents to our Open Evenings in September. 

Attendance will be by appointment only and in small groups in order to ensure that you are able to move around the site safely and get the chance to speak to as many staff and students as possible 

If you wish to attend there will be time slots available from 5pm to 6.30pm and we would ask that you follow these guidelines: 

  • You can book a place by e-mailing or by ringing Reception on 01404 812982.  
  • Time slots will be available at 10 minute intervals.
  • Please be clear as to which night you would like to attend and an approximate time. 
  • Appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. They will open on Monday 11th September and the deadline for making appointments is 3.30pm on Tuesday 19th September. 
  • Unfortunately families are unable to turn up on the night without an appointment. We are very sorry but you will be turned away. 
  • Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail and this e-mail must be brought along on the night to confirm your slot. 
  • All visitors need to arrive via the Coachpark entrance near the hospital. Please do not try and use any other entrances. The roads may get congested and it would be worth considering parking at the Land of Canaan Car Park and walking down the joint cycle and footpath from Ottery. 
  • At the entrance you will receive a map and a prospectus. You will then be taken to the Canteen to hear a short talk from the Headteacher.  
  • You will then be asked to move around the site to specific locations to visit different subject areas and have the chance to interact with members of staff and some students. Student guides will be on hand to assist. 
  • In order to accommodate as many families as possible, you are asked to limit your visit to a maximum of one hour. All parents and students need to be off-site by 7.30pm. 

What Happens when Students have been Allocated a Place? 

We put a lot of time and effort into managing the transition from primary to secondary school and Mrs Argent-Wenz co-ordinates the work we do in this area.  

We work closely with our primary schools in order to get as much information as possible to ensure a smooth transition. We will be trying to visit the students joining us to give them a flavour of what to expect at Kings. Mrs Argent-Wenz creates the teaching groups for Year 7 as well as allocating students to one of the four King's School Houses. 

Students are informed of their house tutor group and teaching group in late June at our New Parents Evening. We then invite all students into Kings for a week during July. During this week they will be able to

  • meet key staff 
  • get to know other students in their teaching group and tutor group 
  • get used to the routines and structures at Kings 
  • get to know the school site   

The tutor becomes a key figure in each student’s pastoral care. Students meet with their tutor twice a day and the tutor will monitor their all round progress and endeavour to support them as best they can. The tutors liaise regularly with their Head of House who have the overview of students in their house from Years 7 to 11. 

We also have some students who join us at different stages in their school career. We do our best to ensure that they are supported to make a successful transition to The King’s School.