Starting Secondary School

The transition from year six to year seven can be a very challenging and nervy time for children, a smooth transition experience can help relieve and minimise the stress a child is feeling. Of course, along with this comes the excitement and enthusiasm of starting a new school, making new friends and trying new experiences, as such it crucial to get it right. Transition puts enormous demands on to children – socially, emotionally, academically and practically. Some children will inevitably find transition more difficult than others.  

The aim of the IOA Transition project is to improve and enable the smooth transition from Y6 to Y7, helping to settle students into their new environment, learning from 2020 transitions to develop a Greater Ipswich-wide transition project for 2021. 

Transition activities taking place are below, more details and resources for these can be found in the ‘Transition Resources’

Common assessment document

The working group have created an easy document for secondary schools to use with their feeder primary schools, this has proven to be extremely popular. A holistic and practical list of information for each child that can be completed once by the primary schools and sent to each relevant secondary school instead of a raft of individual forms from every secondary school to their feeder primary. This document will be sent out to secondary schools for schools to send out to their feeder primary’s .

Grants for schools

Once information is received back from schools from the common framework document, secondary schools are then eligible to apply for their transition’s grants based on the information they have received. The grants should be for activities / ideas that the schools don’t currently carry out within school. The total funding pot is £65k, there is no upper limit for applications to this fund.  

Year 6 Transition Brochures

The brochure has been designed to engage year 6 pupils, with formats specifically aimed at 11 year olds, giving them an insight into their new secondary schools. Pupils will receive their brochure in the summer term so that parents also have the contacts and information they need at their fingertips over summer, rather than a raft of A4 paper.  This template has been designed by Naked Marketing but can be used by any design agency to make your school information come alive for both new students and their carer/s. The majority of IOA and Greater IOA secondary schools have signed up and are working on the design of their new transitions brochure for year 6 pupils attending their school.

IOA Transition Day

With the aim to organise and agree a set week for all students to attend their transition days, the date that has been agreed by the working group for this is the 5th, 6th, 7th July. The thought behind this is that all pupils transition in the same week to give a more organised and holistic approach across the IOA schools.