Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
Year 6 to 7 Transition Timeline 2024
|Tuesday 14th May 2024
|Year 6 Welcome Event
|Monday 24th June 2024
|SEND Transition Day
|Tuesday 25th June 2024
|SEND Transition Day
|Wednesday 26th June 2024
|Year 6 Transition Day
*More details about these events can be found further down this webpage
Take Another Look Event
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At Waingels we are committed to providing the best transition possible for Year 7 students. We actively try to ensure that students are more familiar with our staff and school before they start here and that from their first day they are proud to be part of our community. To ensure the smoothest transition from primary to secondary school we have a team that work to support students and their families. The team works closely with our local primary schools and has become a specialist in the transition process. Where possible students will have the same Form Tutor and Head of Year throughout their time at Waingels. The Tutor is a student’s first contact every day and is there to support and nurture students on their journey.
As a school at the heart of our community we are committed to supporting primary to secondary transition for all students in our feeder primary schools. We are fortunate to be able to offer events through out the year in which Primary schools take part in activities at Waingels which helps students to become familiar with the school and our staff.
Once you have chosen Waingels as your school and have been allocated a place then we start our Year 6 to 7 transition process. Please see below the details of our 2024/2025 Transition Programme:
|Our Planned Programme
|Welcome Letter and Key Information - End of March/Start of April
Year 6 Welcome Evening Event – Tuesday 14th May
Parents and Year 6 students are invited to attend a talk at Waingels where we share important information and there is an opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Head of Year 7 and some other senior leaders.
Waingels Transition Team Member Visits all Students at their Primary School
With the exception of some students that are moving from outside the area or abroad a member of our transition team visits every student in their primary school and talks to them about the Waingels values and what they can expect when they start at Waingels. These visits will take place in May and June.
SEND Team School Visits
The SENCo visits all of our feeder schools and talks to their relevant staff about the needs of students that will be joining us. These visits will take place in May/ June.
Safeguarding School Visits
Our safeguarding lead visits all our feeder schools and talks to their relevant staff about the needs of the students and families that will be joining our community. These visits will take place in May/ June.
Transition Day – Wednesday 26th June 2024
SEND Transition Day
An additional day for SEND and vulnerable students. They get to meet the staff in The Den and familiarise themselves with The Den; getting time to spend in the chill out zone and learning spaces. These are provisionally Monday 24th June 2024 or Tuesday 25th June 2024 and are by invitation only.
A range of activities that students are encouraged to complete over the summer holidays that introduce our values.
To stay true to our school motto Better Never Stops the support for our students doesn't stop. Throughout their time here, students will have other transition periods and we will endeavour to support them at these stages with as much care and attention as we do when they start here in Year 7. Below are a few examples:
- Students in Year 8 are given an opportunity to choose their Arts and Performing Arts subjects which they will specialise in during Year 9. Students are supported in making their choices with advice and guidance from teachers, assemblies for students, a comprehensive options booklet and a parents’ information evening.
- In Year 9 students have to make the very difficult decisions regarding their GCSE option subjects. This is supported with an information evening about the subjects, assemblies by all options subjects and a parents’ evening.
- Careers advice and guidance is incredibly important and as a result we provide lots of opportunities for students to attend careers fairs, Year 7 students will take part in an enterprise day in November and complete a skills passport during National Enterprise Week. For more about Careers and Enterprise education at Waingels click here.
- Students have to do more exams than ever before. We know how important it is for us to support students by making sure they are prepared with the skills and resilience needed to be successful. We offer after-school clinics for all core subjects and provide other revision support in the holidays and at weekends. We also offer support and counselling for any students that suffer with anxiety or stress in the run up to the exams.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Waingels Transition Team (Waingelstransition@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk)
To view Waingels admissions arrangements for the academic year, please click here.