Transition programme

The journey from Year 6 to Year 7

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families.

At Oakbank, we pride ourselves on providing our new students, parents and carers with a smooth Transition programme so the students arrive on their first day in September excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive.

We want all students who choose Oakbank to develop new friendships, increase their confidence and get used to their new routines and school organisation with ease. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident individuals.

Open evening

Our open evening will give you a sense of our school and an insight into the ethos of Oakbank. You will have an opportunity to enjoy interactive subject displays, meet our students and speak to our dedicated staff.

A Welcome Letter and Welcome Booklet will be distributed, welcoming parents, carers and students to Oakbank and confirming all those important details of the transition process.

Liaising with primary schools

In May and June, the Transition Team may visit your child’s primary school. We work very closely with your child's Year 6 teacher to ensure that we have all the required information to enable us to fully support your child’s academic progress. During these visits, we give your child the opportunity to hear more about life at Oakbank and to answer any questions in order to dispel any concerns they may have.

Year 6 Transition days 

In June, your child will be invited to a two Transition days. They will have the opportunity to make new friends, attend new and exciting lessons and meet members of staff and students. We have found that children feel much more confident and reassured about their move to secondary education after their Transition day, and they are eager to return!

We also offer further Transition days for SEND/ vulnerable students where they meet and work very closely with the SEND team.

Welcome evening

Parents, carers and students will be invited to a welcome evening where you will view a presentation about the Transition process and hear how your child will be taught at Oakbank. It is also an opportunity to meet key members of staff including the Head of Year 7 who will be there to support your child.

Summer School

We also offer students an opportunity to attend our Summer School programme, run by Oakbank staff. This creates further opportunities for children to make friends before starting at the school, increasing their confidence and resolving any last concerns they may have.

We all look forward to meeting you and your child when you visit us at Oakbank. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.