Admission To Year 7
‘Transition arrangements with feeder schools are excellent; every child is visited by a member of the pastoral support team before they join St Mary’s’ Ofsted
Transfer into Year 7 from primary school takes place at 11 years of age. The standard admission number for the School is 240. All admissions to the School are made in accordance with the Governors policy for admissions agreed with the Diocese of St Albans and the Local Authority.
The Transition Programme
The transition programme for students joining St Mary’s runs for over a year and aims to provide opportunities for new students to become familiar with the building, staff and other students as well as the standards and expectations of the school. The dates shown below are for the academic year 2018/19.
Place Allocation Day: 1st March 2019
On 1st March, all parents/carers with children who are transferring to secondary school will receive notification of the school in which their child has been allocated a place.
All parents/carers allocated a place at St Mary’s will receive a welcome letter and an invitation to attend the Welcome Meeting as detailed below.
Welcome Meeting: Tuesday 12th March 2019
All students who have been allocated a place at St Mary’s will be invited, along with their parents/carers, to come along to the School to share a welcome drink, meet key staff, hear more detail about the transition programme and have the opportunity to ask questions.
There will be a letter to all families allocated a place at St Mary’s from the Head Teacher following the Welcome Evening, giving details of the transition programme.
SMHS School Tours (Student Yr 7 Entry Sept 2019): March – April 2019
These tours are for any families who did not have a previous opportunity to visit St Mary’s and/or to see the School at work. Parents/carers of students with SEN or who may need additional support during the transition process may also choose to visit the School again as part of a more intensive transition programme.
Primary School Visits: April – June 2019
Every student transitioning to St Mary’s in September 2019 will be visited in their own primary school by a member of St Mary’s Transition Team. This is a demonstration of our commitment to knowing every child well by the time they join our school. This is an opportunity for students to share their aspirations and other information about themselves as well as for St Mary’s staff to meet with Year 6 teachers.
New Year 7 Targeted Parent / Carer Meetings : May – July 2019. These meetings will take place for any parent/carer whose child has special needs or if there is any additional support that is needed to support transition.
New Year 7 Parent / Carer Information Evening: Tuesday 25th June 2019 6.30 – 8.30pm
All parents/carers of the new Year 7 cohort are invited to the School to see a presentation about the curriculum provision that will be delivered to students. Staff will provide information about how to support students with their learning and how to actively promote excellent study habits as they start secondary school.
New Year 7 Transition Day 1: Wednesday 26th June 2019
The new Year 7 Students will spend the day at St Mary’s to start to familiarise themselves with the buildings, the routines for using the dining room and facilities, get used to moving about the School, as well as spending time with their tutor team and other staff.
New Year 7 Transition Day 2: Thursday 4th July 2019
This will be a second day spent at St Mary’s preparing for the start of the next academic year. Students will take some very basic tests and experience some taster lessons so that they feel more confident about what to expect when they join the School formally in September.
New Year 7 Term Starts (Year 7 only): Tuesday 3rd September 2019 8.25am (TBC – this remains subject to change)
Parent / Carer Welcome Tea: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 12-1pm (TBC – this remains subject to change).
Dates for the start of the September 2019 academic term will be confirmed in the transition meetings that take place in March and June 2019.
New Year 7 Student Team Building Day*: September/October 2019
This is a very important opportunity for students to experience their first offsite visit. They usually visit an activities centre where they will take part in a range of different challenges such as raft building or climbing aimed at developing the ability to work with different groups and try out new activities.
*Please note there is usually a request for a voluntary contribution of £20-25 for this activity.
New Year 7 Parent / Carer & Student Church Service: September/October 2019
This special service will take place in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Churchgate and will be led by one of our local clergy. This service provides students with the opportunity to visit the Church after which the School is named and to experience the very special atmosphere that exists in its medieval buildings.
Secondary Transition Evening (for entry Sept 2020): Tuesday 17th September 2019
This is our annual open evening for parents/carers considering St Mary’s for their child’s secondary education. Most parents/carers will attend our transition evening when their child is in Year 6 but some also come when a child is in Year 5 when they are beginning to consider what they are looking for in a secondary school. All are welcome to join us for this very special evening when there will be presentations by the Head Teacher and the opportunity to tour the school with our Student Ambassadors. Specialist faciilities will be open to visitors and parents/carers can meet and talk to staff and children can take part in a range of activities.
New Year 7 Parent / Carer Information Evening: September/October 2019
New Year 7 Consultation June 2020
This will provide the first opportunity to check student progress and how they have settled to their studies after the first year at St Mary’s.