The transition from primary to high or secondary school is an exciting time, full of challenges and experiences for both parent and child. We work very hard to ensure maximum success for all our students so they are ready for the challenges of high school, enjoying new friendships and the new opportunities high school brings. We work closely with the Year 6 teachers to ensure that we receive all the required information about our new students.

Transition 2023

We have a whole array of activities planned to support our Year 6s with their transition. These include:

  • Welcome postcards to introduce the school community
  • Year 6 visits
  • Year 6 teacher meetings
  • SENCO support
  • Transition days (5th July 2023)
  • Parents’ Transition Evening (5th July 2023)
  • Summer School (21st – 23rd August 2023)

Here are some top tips for students joining us in Year 7

  • Go to transition and induction events, get to know a few people and see who is in your class. They may not turn out to be your new BFFs, but knowing a face in the crowd is a good feeling. And people will want to be friendly – you’re all new together.
  • Buy an alarm clock. Period 1 lesson starts at 8:30am so if you have a long journey, you may have an early start.
  • Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous.
  • If you’re wearing a blazer for the first time, don’t buy it too much bigger than you need. You will need to use your hands!
  • If you will need to use a travel pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays.
  • Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practise until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport or people you want to avoid. If it helps, draw a map.
  • Buy a very big, very strong bag. You will have loads to carry. And that’s not counting the days when you’ll have your PE kit.
  • If you can, find a friend to walk with on your first day. Things won’t seem so daunting if you can travel with someone.
  • Be prepared to just ‘hang out’ at playtime.
  • Don’t call it ‘playtime’ – it’s ‘break’ now.
  • Work out how you’ll be paying for your lunch – we have a fingerprint system, make sure you’re topped up for your first day.
  • Try not to eat pizza every day.
  • Find out where the toilets are.
  • Make sure you turn your mobile phone off during school time.
  • When you are given your timetable, make at least three copies: one for your bag, one for your pocket and a spare for home.
  • Be organised. If you’re given a student diary or planner, use it to write down your homework – when there is so much going on, it’s easy to forget.
  • Go through your timetable and pack your bag the night before – there’s never time in the morning to find your maths book.
  • Visit the LRC/Library. It’s a great place to go if you want to do some homework or just avoid the playground.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go.
  • At lesson changeover, stick with someone who knows where they’re going. And don’t try to go against the flow of traffic. Remember the one way system.
  • Relax and try to enjoy it – in no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever. This time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.

Useful links to support your child:

BBC Transitioning to Secondary School

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

Want the student version of what life at Studley High School is like? Click the video below!’

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition 2021

Year 6 – 7 Transition Information for parents and students regarding expectations and school life here at Studley.


Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

We’d love to find out more about our Year 6s. House Points and postcards will be awarded to any students completing the following transition tasks.