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Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

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Year 6 to 7 Transition Timeline

Wednesday 18th May 2022 Year 6 Welcome Event
Monday 20th June 2022 SEND Transition Day
Tuesday 21st June 2022 SEND Transition Day
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 Year 6 Transition Day

*More details about these events can be found further down this webpage


SUMMER UNIFORM COLLECTION DATES (LOCATION TBC) FOR YEAR 6 FAMILIES ONLY:

Thursday 14th July- 13:30pm-15:30pm

Thursday 18th August- 11:00am-13:00pm

Thursday 1st September (Inset Day) - 11:00am-13:00pm


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 support the Transition process we have a “static” Head of Year 7. Miss Crang works closely with our local primary schools and has become a specialist in the transition process. At the end of Year 7 a new Head of Year supports students with their transition into Year 8 and they will remain their Head of Year until Year 11. Where possible students will have the same Form Tutor throughout their time at Waingels. The Tutor is a students 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 local primary schools. We are fortunate to have a team of lead practitioners that take the lead on this by delivering our Outreach Programme and by running activities on site. For more information on this then please see out Primary outreach webpage here. Theses activities include Year 4 – Stretch and Challenge Day, Year 5 – Next Steps Day and Year 6 – Building Better Futures Day.

IMG 6647Once you have chosen Waingels as your school and have been allocated a place then we start our Year 6 to 7 transition process. Last year we adapted our Transition Programme so that we could do our best to welcome new students to our community without our usual visits and Transition Day! Please see below the details of this year's Transition Programme:

 

 

Our Planned Programme
Welcome Letter and Key Information -  End of March/Start of April

Year 6 Welcome Evening Event – Wednesday 18th May 2022


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 Principal, Head of School, Head of Year 7 and some other senior leaders.

Head of Year 7 Visits all Students at their Primary School


With the exception of some students that are moving from outside the area or abroad Miss Crang 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 April and May.

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 April and May.

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 April and May.

Transition Day – Wednesday 22nd June 2022

 

  • Students will get to meet other students in their tutor group.
  • Students will have a treasure hunt around the school to help them get to know the buildings and an opportunity to experience some lessons.

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 20th June 2022 or Tuesday 21st June 2022.

Waingels Passport

A range of activities that students are encouraged to complete over the summer holidays that introduce our values.

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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.

Further support is available to ease the transition process for individual students. Please see the Inclusion and Intervention page or email Inclusion@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk directly.

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