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Year 6 Transition

Testbourne School’s main feeder schools are Whitchurch Primary (CofE), Overton Primary (CofE), St.Mary Bourne Primary, Longparish Primary (CofE) and Barton Stacey Primary. A significant number of pupils also come from Oakley Junior School (CofE). Testbourne works closely with the feeder schools and indeed all schools who send children to us.

In order to help the process of transition from primary to secondary school an Induction Day is organised for the pupils, usually on the first Friday in July. An information evening for parents is held after the Induction Day. An information pack is emailed to each family prior to Induction Day, and this pack, along with the evening, gives parents the majority of information they need.

The purpose of the Induction Day is to give pupils the opportunity to meet members of their new tutor and teaching groups, and to become acquainted with some of Testbourne’s routines. All pupils attending an Induction Day meet together at the start of the day then attend a number of different lessons. They experience lessons at their new Secondary School and spend break and lunch with their year group.

There are opportunities for vulnerable students to visit us at other times, to aid the transition process. By the start of the new school year in September new pupils have met their tutor group and will know where to gather at the start of the first day. Their tutor will meet them and supply them with a planner, their timetable and a lot of good advice. Tutors spend the beginning of each day with their tutor group, so they build their relationship from the very first day.

Our transition co-ordinator and Head of Year 7 meets the Year 6 teachers from each primary school to gather information about our new pupils, as well as the transfer of academic information. Our SendCo meets with her counterpart in the primary schools to transfer information about students with additional needs. In addition to this, the tutor for the new Year 7 students meets with parents in July and finds out more about their tutor group prior to September.