Prep Next Steps + Transitions

The move from Year 6 to Year 7 can be a daunting one for some children; we work closely with each individual pupil to ensure their transition is as smooth and seamless as possible.

The transition to the Senior School starts as early as Y5, with the introduction of some of our senior teachers taking lessons in the Prep School; also our pupils have the opportunity to experience lessons using the classrooms and facilities of the Senior School.  Prep pupils become familiar with the teachers they will be taught by in the Senior School in some subjects, for example in Music, ICT and PE.  Our youngest pupils  also enjoy regular visits to the Senior School through shared sessions and masterclasses led by Senior specialist teachers.

In Y6, pupils are invited to join the Senior School in enrichment activities on a Wednesday afternoon; here they can join the older students  in a wide variety of clubs from robotics to creative writing, trampolining and even our very own version of the Great British Bake Off!

Transition Days  provide a chance to meet Senior Students and quiz them about their experiences.  Y6 join Y7 for lunch and these year groups have the chance to take part in enjoyable co-curricular activities and sport.

Our teachers and  leadership team understand how important a positive transition is to a child’s start in the Senior School and their journey ahead. The school’s Pastoral lead, Mrs Settle, joins the Y6 Parents’ Evening to be on hand for any questions from pupils and parents, working together with the Y6 Form Teacher to ensure every child looks forward to the next step in their educational career at SWS.