Year 5 Taster Day & YEAR 6 transition

YEAR 5 TASTER DAY - 29th JUNE


Thank you for your interest in attending our Year 5 Taster Day. We are now at capacity and cannot take any further bookings for Wednesday 29th June.

If you have been unable to book a space for our Taster Day, please do note our Open Events for the autumn term:

  • Open Evening: Tuesday 27th September – 5:30-7:30
  • Open Mornings: Wednesday 28th September, Thursday 13th October – 9:30-12:00

Instructions for those attending the Taster Day

The day is for pupils only; please drop your child off at the front entrance to school at 9am and pick up at 3pm.

Your child should wear their school uniform and bring a packed lunch and water bottle (if the heatwave continues, sun cream is advisable too).

We look forward to meeting you on Wednesday 29th June!

RESERVE A PLACE ON OUR YEAR 5 TASTER DAY

Children currently in Year 5 are invited to experience a day in the life of a St Joseph's pupil! Experience our lessons, take part in extra-curricular clubs, meet our teachers and pupils, and more.

Please click here to download the flyer for more information, and reserve a place using the form below.

The name of the pupil who will be attending the Taster Day.
The name of the primary school the pupil currently attends.
The name of the parent/carer who will be accompanying the pupil to the Taster Day.
Please enter an email address or phone number in case we need to get in touch.

YEAR 6 transition


The transition from primary to secondary school is a very exciting time for year 6 pupils. It marks the end of an era at primary school and the beginning of new adventures at secondary school. No doubt there will be nerves mixed in with the excitement - this is completely natural for pupils and parents alike!

Mr Rooney, Assistant Headteacher at St Joseph's, is in charge of transition co-ordination. He works very closely with primary schools in acquiring information on every child to understand their individual needs. The information is gathered through transition forms and in depth meetings with each school’s Year 6 teacher. Mr Rooney also visits each child in their primary school to address any concerns they may have about the transition to St Joseph’s.

We hope this page is a one-stop shop for all things transition. We aim to include booklets that will help you prepare, letters and correspondence that is sent out, video introductions from teachers and pupils, and a virtual tour of the school. We hope you enjoy them and that they help you feel part of our school community.

If you have any queries or questions, please do email transition@sjcs.org.uk and we will get back to you!

We are all looking forward to getting to know you and working with you over the coming years.

Dates for Your Diary (2022)

  • Wednesday 29th June: Year 5 Taster Day
  • Tuesday 27th September: Open Evening, 5:30–7:30pm
  • Wednesday 28th September: Open Morning, 9:30am–12pm
  • Thursday 13th October: Open Morning, 9:30am–12pm
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WELCOME FROM MR ROONEY

Mr Rooney, our Head of KS3, welcomes you to our school and runs through the transition process, from school visits to the Induction Day.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOUR

Our current Head Students – Gianpiero, Gabriela, Shannan and Jack – take you on a virtual tour of some of our communal areas here at St Joseph's.

meet MRS MARSHALL

As our Director of Learning for Year 7, Mrs Marshall's job is to make sure you feel settled, happy, and safe in your new school.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

At St Joseph's, we have a strong focus on maintaining uniform standards for all year groups.

For information about our uniform standards and where to purchase the correct St Joseph's uniform ready for September, click here.

We have also partnered with Bateman's Sports to offer a selection of sports apparel displaying our school logo, and all items can be customised with your child's initials. Click here to learn more.*

*Note: Please wait to find out what house your child is in before buying house-specific uniform.

MEET THE DEPARTMENTS & STAFF


MATHS

science

ART

MUSIC

food technology

history

product design

re

modern foreign languages

ict

GEOGRAPHY

pe

english & DRama

MEET SOME OF OUR CURRENT PUPILS


a typical day at st joseph's

finding your way around

homework

making new friends

WHAT we LOVE ABOUT SJCS

The Transition Timeline


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Induction Day

All Year 6 students attend an Induction day in July. The day is an excellent opportunity for the Year 6 students to experience a day at St Joseph’s before they start for real in September. The day is split into two parts: an academic session and a pastoral session. During the academic session, students do a Cognitive Ability Test so that we can ensure they are placed in the correct learning groups from the moment they start in September. In the pastoral session, the students meet their new form tutors, directors of learning, class mates and peers from their year group.

At St Joseph’s we seek to ensure each of our students achieves their academic potential and also develops into a young adult that we are all proud of. This induction day is the beginning of the journey towards this goal.

Parents Induction Evening

Additionally, all parents are invited to St Joseph’s for a Year 6 parents induction evening. This helps to prepare and inform parents about about their child’s transition. During this evening session, parents of current students talk about their experiences of the school and in addition current year 7 students talk about their experience of transition. Students and parents tell us that they find these events very informative and helpful.

In September

Once the pupils start in September, every member of the school community, staff and students alike, works hard to help the new Year 7 students settle in as quickly as possible. In the first term there is a party held by each House to welcome their new Year 7 Form. The older students in a House group organise games and activities to help new students integrate into their pastoral group.

We are always delighted with how quickly the Year 7 students settle into “big school”. The worries of “will I get lost?” and “will I make new friends?” become questions of the past, and soon, pupils get involved in House events and clubs that make them feel a real part of our school community. They very quickly adopt our Key Stage 3 mantra: “do your best and mind your manners."

Please note: These plans are subject to change in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

SUMMER TASKS

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

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SEND A POSTCARD TO YOUR FORM TUTOR

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meet the YEAR 7 FORM TUTORS

7M - Mr. Thompson

7T - Mr. Inglis

7V - Mrs. Martin

7F - Mr. Caruso

PASTORAL & SENCO

PASTORAL: MRS SNELL & MISS BRIGNALL

senco: miss lowe

transition faq