“The Year 5 taster day was a fantastic opportunity for all our Year 5 pupils, all of whom, without exception, thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
Teacher, St John’s Primary School
A Smooth Transition to Somervale
There are lots of activities which help make the transition from primary school to Somervale as smooth and successful as possible. These activities include master classes, competitions and activity days such as; Science, Sport, Music, TV production, Languages, Year 5 Taster Day, Year 6 Taster Day & Induction Evening and Summer School.
The transition process begins as early as Year 5, when all Year 5 students from our partner primaries are invited to Somervale to get a sense of what life will be like in a
secondary school. In Year 6, Senior and Pastoral staff visit all Year 6 students coming to Somervale during the summer term. They also speak to Year 6 teachers at the primary schools.
We hold an Induction Day in July where students get a chance to experience new lessons and begin the process of making new friends.
This is followed by an Information Evening for students and parents.
A summer school is held in the summer holidays to allow students to meet fellow students, participate in a wide range of activities to help aid for a smooth transition into September.
In Term 2 of Year 7, we offer all Year 7 students a residential experience at the Forest of Dean Study Centre. The central purpose of this experience is to build the tutor group into a mutually supportive team. To this end, the Year 7 Tutor accompanies the group.
“The Year 7 helpers at the taster day were a real credit to themselves and to Somervale.”
TA, Paulton Junior School
“My child’s transition from primary school was handled in a very sensitive and professional manner and there was a great deal of interaction leading up to the big day. As a result, she has had an excellent start to her secondary education, her confidence has grown considerably and we are delighted with her progress.”
Parent of a Year 7 Student