Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
The transition from primary to secondary school can be an exhilarating time for many children. The opportunity to experience new subjects, new activities and make new friends at a bigger school is often met with great excitement. At Longhill High School, we understand that whilst most students feel this way, some may experience nervousness at the thought of starting at a new, larger school. Longhill High School strives to ensure all students feel supported in their transition process and that it goes as smoothly as possible.
Longhill High School has a team of experienced staff who are here to help you and your child. We have a designated Transition Coordinator whose job it is (alongside The Year Leader for Year 7 and Year Assistant) to ensure that, at every step of the way, your child is made to feel welcome and secure.
Our team of staff visits the Primary schools during May/June; this is a great opportunity to meet the children in their own environment and a chance to field lots of questions they may have about starting Longhill High School.
We also have a one day city wide transition day in July for students to experience lessons, meet the teachers, sample the canteen and, of course, get to know their way around Longhill High School. This process has proved extremely beneficial for the students in settling them in and also allows the teachers to get to know the students. During this period, your child will meet their mentor and mentor group. With few exceptions, students remain in the same mentor throughout their time at Longhill High School
Mentors play a key role in our relationship with you and your child, so we hold a ‘New Parent evening’, so you can also get to know your child’s mentor. As we understand that queries or concerns may surface at any time, you will be provided with the mentor’s direct email address. We have had fantastic feedback from parents and students and believe this gives them a solid grounding in ensuring they are as comfortable and confident as possible as they embark on this new phase of their education. We are extremely proud of how well our new year 7s settle into Longhill High School.
More information will follow and letters will be sent to parents during May and June.
If you have any questions please feel free to email:
For students identified as needing extra support, our SENDCO contacts each Primary school early on in the process and will arrange meetings with students and relevant teams. This ensures that we have relevant knowledge of all students’ additional needs before engaging with them on visits and preparing our provision for their arrival in September. We take a very personalised approach to plan our provision for SEND students and want each student to feel fully supported in their needs through the transition process and once they start Longhill High School.
Please let us know if you have any further questions about this process to help
support children and parents as they join