Transition Year 6 to Year 7
Transition from Primary to Secondary School
A most warm welcome from us all at Buxton Community School our aim is that every child has the opportunity to succeed. We strive to create an environment in which staff and students encourage each other and show mutual respect. A thorough programme has been developed in order to ensure your child’s transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible.
Early in the autumn term, Years 5 and 6 are invited to our Open Evening to meet staff and students. After meeting with the Headteacher, the Director of Progress (DoP) for Year 7 and other key staff, all are welcome to look around the school and take part in the many activities on offer by subject departments.
In the spring, our current Year 7 students apply to become Transition Mentors. They visit primary schools, spend time with prospective students, and answer any questions about moving to secondary school.
Following this, the future intake year spend a day at Buxton Community School during which they meet the other students in their new form and their Form Tutor. Sample taster lessons are run so that everyone can get a 'feel' of the new school before they arrive in September. Parents and children are then invited into school one evening to meet tutors and senior staff and to share information with other staff such as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) if appropriate.
In any year there will be several students who are from much smaller primary schools and parents can be reassured that our experience is that they too settle quickly.
Working with primary schools
At Buxton Community School we believe it is essential the Director of Year6/Year 7 Transition, the DoP for Year 7 and the SENCo, work with current primary teachers to learn as much as possible about each individual child. We also endeavour to develop close relationships with parents, students and professionals where transition to secondary school is thought likely to cause particular challenges. Consequently, we are able to organise students into appropriate form groups, balanced with respect to ability, gender and individual need.
To ensure your child continues to make good academic progress at Buxton Community School we have also developed close curricular liaisons with our feeder schools. Our staff regularly meet and work with primary colleagues in a variety of ways from sharing teaching ideas to methods of assessment and feedback.
Our English department may have already asked you to send them samples of creative writing. These samples will aid progression at the beginning of Year 7 by ensuring the appropriate level of challenge.
The specialist Year 7 tutor team supports and guides students in their new school. Pastoral care is all important and Form Tutors monitor their tutees, meeting them each day during registration. A team of Year 10 Peer Mentors support Year 7 form tutors, visiting their attached forms once a week.
Regular tracking of students’ academic progress is issued in October, December, March and June. In addition, Parents’ Evening will give you the opportunity to discuss progress in individual subjects at the end of the first term, followed by the issuing of detailed subject reports in the Spring term.
To recognise and encourage positive attitudes and individual achievement students are awarded R-Points. There are also additional Awards Assemblies each term to recognise students' effort and achievement across the curriculum.
At Buxton Community School we strongly encourage our Year 7 students to engage with the many enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities on offer such as sports teams, music, art, drama and languages clubs. There will also be several school trips and all Year 7 take part in Activity Day. We know that students who have a well-rounded school life are generally happier and make good progress.
If you have any queries regarding your child’s start at Buxton Community School, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Transition Co-ordinator: Catherine Murray (Contact)
Director of Progress Year 7: Charlie Holman(Contact)
Submitting an application
The application process for local secondary schools is administered by Derbyshire Local Authority. Parents are required to nominate a first, second and third choice of school, and may apply online, or by post. Here we offer a general overview of the application process, but parents should consult Derbyshire Local Authority information for a definitive guide and confirmed dates for the current academic year.
You can access the Local Authority Application Form via the link below.
Local Authority Application Form
The traditional deadline for applications has been 31st October in the autumn term of Year 6. However, information regarding the application process and the relevant dates for each stage of it is sent to parents of each child in Year 6 at the start of the autumn term, in September.
In order that parents and children have the best chance of achieving their preferred choice, we recommend that parents make every effort to meet the county deadline for applications.
Finding out where a child has been allocated a place
Traditionally allocation letters are sent to parents by Derbyshire Local Authority at the start of March, in the spring term of Year 6.