Transition to Secondary
We put a lot of time and effort into managing the transition from primary to secondary school and Mrs Jacobs co-ordinates the work we do in this area. Along with the other Heads of House and members of the pastoral team we visit as many Year 6 students in their primary schools as possible during the summer term. We collect information from primary school colleagues and answers questions from students. With this information Mrs Jacobs 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 at the New Parents Evening which takes place in late June or early July. Parents and students also get to meet their Head of House and tutor on this evening. There is then a week long Induction in July. Year 6 students experience King's School lessons and get to meet in their houses. This experience gives Year 6 students a really good taste of the King's School and enables students to find their way around, get to know other students and staff and feel prepared for the start of Year 7.
During the first half-term of Year 7 all the students are encouraged to attend an overnight residential at ESCOT in their houses. This helps them to get to know each other and key members of staff.
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.