Starting Secondary School

The transition from year six to year seven can be a challenging and anxious time for children, and 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 in 2020-21 was to improve and enable the smooth transition from Y6 to Y7, helping to settle students into their new environment and make an excellent start to Key Stage 3.

The transition working group agreed a common approach to information sharing, and a common design for information brochures from Ipswich high schools for Year 6s.

Common Transfer document

The working group 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.

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 used this design for year 6 pupils starting their school in September 2021.

IOA Transition Day

School leaders in Ipswich and Felixstowe have agreed d in principle some dates for ‘move up’ days for children and young people who will be in years 2, 6 and 11 next summer.  In 2022, the dates are Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 June 2022. 
This is being supported by the LA and the suggestion going forward is that the final Wednesday and Thursday in June from 2023 onwards are used for the activities as part of the larger set of transition activities that are offered to our children and young people across Suffolk.    

We have formed a Transition Steering Group in 2021-22 to agree a strategy or charter for transition at all phases and would welcome new members, if you wish to be involved in this work please contact Katrina at k.gardiner@uos.ac.uk