Year 7 Transition Programme
The year 7 experience is really important to us at Oaks Park High School. We have a fully comprehensive transition programme in place to ensure that the children have a really positive start to Secondary school. As part of this, we have a dedicated leadership team that focuses on primary transition, Year 7 and Key Stage 3.
The year 7 team is supported by our Year 7 transition and welfare lead and our school SENCO and her team of teaching assistants.
Over the years, we have established excellent working relationships with our local primary schools with a focus on:
- Clear lines of communication to ensure high quality student information is shared to ensure we are able to support them appropriately upon arrival
- Developing strong links between students and parents
- Improving curriculum continuity
Primary school visits
Oaks Park staff meet the Y6 teachers to share transfer information. This includes meeting the students for a Q&A session. Redbridge Local Authority also help coordinate Primary and Secondary SENCO meetings where appropriate, this may include a family visit to the school prior to starting.
Information Evening for parents and carers
This will take place early in the first term and will take the form of a presentation from key staff on school procedures and expectations, including how we report academic progress to our parents. The evening will also provide parents with strategies to help their child to fulfil their potential, including how to support them at home with their studies. You will also have an opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor who will be working closely on a daily basis to help them achieve their full potential at school.
Year 7 Induction Day
Students will be involved in ‘getting to know you’ activities, hands-on practical lessons and ‘fun’ orienteering exercise to help students find their way around the school building. This will be held in the Summer term of Year 6.
Family reading workshops
Any student that needs to develop their confidence in reading in order to become secondary school ready, will be invited to take part in a reading workshop in our Learning Resource Centre with their parents during the Summer holidays and into the Autumn term.
Year 7 First Day
Year 7 students are the only year group in school on the first day. This is to help them become familiar with the school day structure and the environment. There is extra time built into the day with the form tutor to offer the extra support.
Year 7 Aspiration Day
Oaks Park High School is committed to utilising the close ties that it has with leading universities. Students in Year 7 will benefit from working with one of our close partners, including experienced school liaison teams and academics, to develop their understanding of different career pathways and progression opportunities. During Aspiration Day, Year 7 students will experience how further and higher education is structured, and develop a knowledge of a variety of employability skills that will help them make informed decisions about their future career paths and thus have an end goal to work towards throughout their schooling.
Continual Support at all levels
The curriculum we offer is renowned for being broad, balanced and challenging. We pride ourselves in delivering it in a number of interactive and engaging styles and mediums, including our online learning platform through Google Classroom. This is underpinned by our robust assessment, recording and reporting policy. Our excellent results reflect the effectiveness of our curriculum for our students.