Year 6 Transition

Year Six into Year Seven

At Sweyne Park we recognise what a big step choosing a secondary school can be. Each year we review our practice to ensure we make the transition from primary school to secondary school as smooth and stress-free as possible. We have a highly experienced, dedicated team of staff supporting Year 7, including a permanent Head of Year 7, whose entire responsibility revolves around managing the move from primary to secondary and ensuring pupils are happy and successful at Sweyne Park from day one.


For transitional ease

Regular liaison with all primaries/gathering of information on a range of areas such as friendship groups and academic ability


To assist with familiarisation

Clubs and events held at Sweyne Park which pupils can experience when in Years 5 and 6 (e.g. Gifted and Talented Summer School, Science Challenge etc.)


Knowing what to expect

Teachers from Sweyne Park School offer taster lessons in some local primaries (e.g. Design & Technology lessons)


To provide important information

An innovative e-mentoring scheme whereby Year 6 pupils can e-mail questions, worries or concerns to Year 7 e-mentors in school.


To ensure friendships are built

Induction Evening/Day in July for new Year 6 and a separate special ‘Small Schools Induction Day’ for pupils from smaller schools, or schools out of catchment, to ensure they make friends with other new pupils before the summer break.



For the first day at secondary school in September, only Year 7 are in for the morning, joined by Year 11 later in the day, but no other year groups.


To assist with the adjustment

All Year 7 have their lunch at a different time from the rest of the school for the first year (a free lunch is provided for all pupils on the very first day).


To provide support

As well as Year 11 prefects to support pupils, Year 8 buddies are also attached to tutor groups and escort pupils to and from lessons for the first two weeks.

Very well-planned transition arrangements ensure that pupils join Year 7 and settle quickly into their new school.


Finding your way

Secondary school can be very difficult to get used to, especially knowing where you are going and where you need to be. Finding your way around Sweyne Park is very easy and there are always staff and fellow students around who can help you find your way around.

In addition to the map which you will be given in your Planner you will also be able to use the interactive map which is located in the school foyer.

Your questions answered ...

Lots of questions have been posed and the answers to those most frequently asked can be found on our E-Mentoring page. 

We hope you will find this helpful. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email at: