Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Preparing to begin Year 7

Once you have discovered that your child has been accepted into Year 7 at Ellis Guilford, there may be more information that you wish to know.

Becoming part of the school community

By the time that term begins on Monday 4th September 2017, students will have already visited Ellis Guilford on a number of occasions, experienced lessons and met their teachers and peers.

In addition to this, we have several systems in place that ensure that students in Year 7 feel integrated into the school community throughout their first year with us.

  • Year 7 and 8 students share their break time, meaning that they can meet students who have recently experienced the transition process.
  • Year 7 students have lessons with people in their tutor group and have the majority of their lessons with Year 7 staff, including their tutor.
  • They follow the Discovery Curriculum (see more information about this below).
  • Each tutor group is allocated to one of the four Houses and will stay with that House throughout their time at Ellis Guilford.

Transition Days

Students will be involved in two Year 6 Intake Days on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July. During both days, they will get to know their tutor groups, have taster lessons and experience break and lunchtime.

On Monday 10th July, between 4.00pm and 6.30pm, there will be a welcome meeting for parents and carers of Year 6 pupils. More details about this will be sent to you via letter.

Monday 4th September is the start of term for Year 7 pupils. Students will spend the day in their tutor group and will have a variety of sessions on getting to know each other, team building expectations and finding their way around the school.

What will my son or daughter be learning?

Our Discovery Curriculum is a bespoke and exciting Key Stage 3 skills curriculum which links all curriculum areas through a skills framework. It’s aims are to build on and develop the necessary skills to ensure learners are Key Stage 4 ready whilst developing a common language around teaching and learning for all stakeholders including students, teachers and parents.
The Discovery curriculum incorporates key themes which link all subject areas through four elements;
Lead   Create   Communicate   Explore
These four key elements are the skills focus across all subject areas and are integral to the thematic approach which permeates all subject areas; themes include key ideas such as change , heroes and villains and acts of kindness which are then delivered through learn to learn and subject specific areas.

What does a typical day look like for a Year 7 student?

The school day runs from 8.50am to 3.10pm. Students have five one hour lessons per day and a tutor time at the end of the day. During the day, they have two break periods of 30 minutes where they can buy food or eat packed lunch in several designated eating areas. An example of a current Year 7 student timetable can be viewed in the documents section below.

What extra curricular activities are provided?

The school provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to experience learning activities outside their timetables and extend learning outside of the classroom.  This includes the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, join sports clubs and to take part in student leadership roles within the school. As an example, the current after school timetable is available in the documents below. This list is updated on a regular basis and is not fully comprehensive, as some activities and clubs take place at break times.

Student Information Booklet 2017

Student Information Booklets for parents and students will be given out during Welcome Meetings at your son or daughter’s primary school. These take place in March and April 2017.

Further questions

If, after reading the Student Information Booklet, you have any further queries regarding the transition process, please contact the school. A member of our Admin Team will be able to put you through to someone who can help.


Downloads and Documents

After school club timetable February 2017

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Year 7 Example Timetable

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