A child's transition to secondary school is one of the biggest and most significant changes in a child's life, which is why at Kingsmead we place the up most importance on getting it right, to ensure all of our new Year 7 students are happy, motivated and primed to be the best that they can be.
Our approach to Transition consists of a bespoke programme of events that is tailored to enable all of our new students to feel the warm welcome Kingsmead offers and to develop an awareness and application of key attributes that make a 'Kingsmead Learner'. A Kingsmead Learner is someone who is bold, creative, takes risks in their learning, believes in their abilities and demonstrates resilience no matter the challenge in front of them. Our aim is to instil these skills in our students from the very beginning so that they can go on to be the best that they can be.
Please see the timetable below for a summary of the Transition Process for 2017:
· Offers for secondary school places made.
· Transition Forms sent to Primary Schools
· Welcome packs sent to all students offered a place at Kingsmead, including:
1. Welcome Letter
2. Uniform Policy and Information on how to purchase Uniform
3. Data Collection sheets
4. Biometric permission slip
5. Home - School Agreement
6. Publicity Consent Form
Mr Truby (Transition Leader) visits all Primary Schools to meet all Year 6s coming to Kingsmead and meets with Year 6 staff.
Parents receive 2nd letter from Kingsmead, offering finer details on Transition Days in June, including...
Parents receive 3rd letter from Kingsmead, informing parents and students of the House and tutor group their child has been placed in, including in depth details of Transition Days and Induction Evening.
June 28th and 29th - Transition Days
Year 6 students spend two days at Kingsmead, getting a taste of secondary school life and begin their induction, this includes;
1. Team Bonding activities with their new peers
2. Practical, collaborative workshop sessions exploring the attributes of a Kingsmead Learner
3. Taster Lessons in subjects they will study in Year 7
4. Starring in the 'Class of 2022' Music Video!
July 6th - Induction Evening 6pm
Year 6 students and parents invited to Kingsmead to meet their form tutors, gain vital information about school systems including the student planner, homework, student support, the school day etc. Students and parents will also meet Mr Truby who will welcome you to Kingsmead and present key information and answer myths and worries students (and parents!) may have about September.
Our Transition programme doesn't end there though….
At Kingsmead we place valuable emphasis on the start that our Kingsmead Learners make to high school and realise the importance of been supported, nurtured and challenged. Throughout Year 7, students are set a series of challenges and take part in a number of exciting events that further develop their Kingsmead Learner attributes and integrate them into the Kingsmead family.
Year 7 Induction Week:
All year 7s begin their life at Kingsmead with a bespoke programme of activities and sessions aimed at promoting positive relationships between students and preparing them for secondary school life, including:
· School Wide Treasure Hunt - working in groups, students solve puzzles around the school, meeting their teachers along the way and learning their way around Kingsmead!
· Orienteering and Team Building Competitions
· Workshops developing skills in Resilience, Organisation, Self-Esteem, Building Relationships etc.
· CAT Tests - These provide the school with valuable data to help us cater for each student's learning needs.
Year 7 Celebration Evening
One of the best events on the school calendar! We end Year 7 induction week on the Friday evening with a celebration of the achievements and milestones achieved during their first week at Kingsmead, including:
· Awards and Certificates for Competitions taken part in during Induction Week.
· Special Head of House Awards for student who have made an exceptional first impression.
· Performances by some of Kingsmead's finest.
· The launch of the 'Year 7 Reward Card'.
Year 7 Reward Card
During the first term up until Christmas, Year 7 are set the challenge to attain signatures from all of their teachers in return for demonstrating the qualities of a Kingsmead Learner in lessons, whether it is producing outstanding work or being resilient in learning something new. They also have to acquire a further 6 'Wider Life' signatures for taking part in extra-curricular activities.
All students who are successful in handing their card to Mr Truby by the Christmas deadline are rewarded as follows:
· Opportunity to take part in an exciting, Year 7 trip/experience ( e.g. in March 2017, successful Year 7 students went to 'Outward Bounds' for a week of character building, life skills learning as well as a whole load of fun!)
· Year 7 'Reward Disco'
· Praise Postcard worth 50 VIVOS
Year 7 Showcase - October
Ran by the Music Department, (LG)
Year 7 Partnership Evening
In early November, parents and students are invited to attend our Partnership Evening. On this evening, there will be a reflection on the first half term Year 7s have experiences, as well as presentations on key aspects of life at Kingsmead, including Accelerated Reader, The student Planner, VIVOS and Rewards, Extra-Curricular activities and much more. Last year parents and students were challenged and worked together to solve a Maths homework conundrum!
Year 7 Carol Service
We ring in the festive period and sign off on Year 7's first term with a heartfelt, warming service at St. Peters Church in Hednesford. All of Year 7 attend, sing carols, share Bible readings from the Christmas story and observe Reverend Paul Kelly and a special sermon for our young people. It is one of the true highlights of the year for staff and students alike!
The 'Grit Challenge’
For their first two terms at Kingsmead up until Easter, Mr Truby (Transition Leader) will serve as 'Head of Year 7', overseeing and leading on all year 7 students’ behaviour, welfare and progress. At this point, Mr Truby will handover Kingsmead's excellent Heads of House to continue supporting the year 7s as they move into their second year and beyond.