Please see below details of alternative transition arrangements during Covid-19 Lockdown
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making the first year at The Warriner such a success for my son (and me!). The school have always been fantastically supportive and have always acted in my son's best interests. He has had a happy year and has grown in so many ways. He has a new found confidence that is down to you and your wonderful Year 7 team. So, a big 'well done and thank you' from me; to know your child is cared for at school is a priceless feeling.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, for the academic year of 2020-2021 we have needed to modify our transition arrangements appropriately. We continue to welcome over 280 new students to The Warriner School, beginning their secondary experience in Year 7, and aim to offer a transition experience that retains its integrity and its value during these testing times. Here is how Warriner transition looks this year - Please click to go to the separate paragraphs:
- Primary Liaison
- Virtual Visits
- Induction Sessions
- Starting in September
- Settling in Evening
1. PRIMARY LIAISON - Our transition team liaise closely with Primary colleagues to ensure that we receive clear and usable information on each child's academic performance, learning style, and specific needs. This helps us to build effective teaching classes and tutor groups early on
2. PEN-FRIENDS - Many of our current Year 7 students, whilst at home during lockdown, have penned a personal letter to a Year 6 student, welcoming them to The Warriner and informing them of all the exciting stuff that's to come! Year 6 teachers will share some of these in primary schools during the summer term, and Warriner colleagues will focus on one particular letter during a ‘virtual visit’ to primary schools.
3. VIRTUAL VISITS - During the summer term, different teaching colleagues from our transition team will aim to offer ‘virtual visits’ to primary schools. We will explain to Year 6 students and their class teacher what Warriner life is all about, share letters from pen-friends, and answer some of the many questions that the young ones have!
During the week beginning Monday 22nd June, Year 6s will be provided with a virtual Warriner Induction experience. This will be accessible through the Warriner Transition page, and will include:
a. A presentation from key Warriner leaders
b. A virtual video welcome from your new form tutor
c. Feedback from our current Year 7 students - what's the best thing about The Warriner?
d. Information on the next steps in the transition process before the summer holidays
These sessions will not be able to run as they usually would, but they are sure to be informative, useful and give the children the opportunity to 'see and meet' key staff from The Warriner School before September arrives.
5. UNIFORM - Click for important information from our uniform supplier Cross Embroidery, which will be open by appointment only from 17th June. Those who know their sizes can order via click and collect; Cross Embroidery are strongly advising that customers book appointments and place orders as soon as they can to avoid a last minute surge in August, as this could result in unfulfilled orders. They are also asking customers not to turn up without an appointment or collection instructions.
6. STARTING IN SEPTEMBER – Although we cannot say for certain how schooling will look in September, we hope that all new students join their new Tutor Group, and Warriner life really begins. There are 10 excellent and committed Year 7 tutors who provide a warm and reassuring welcome. Students get new timetables, new pocket organisers, and really learn the 'Warriner way'. Lots of fun activities and challenges allow our students to figure out all the important things that happen at our big school! Excited teachers greet their new classes and begin to engage them with fun, interactive lessons.
7. SETTLING IN EVENING – We plan to hold our Year 7 'Settling In Evening' just before the end of the first term, in October. We chat about what has gone well, which aspects need some attention, and look carefully at the quality of work that our Year 7s have produced at The Warriner, compared to primary school.
From the moment that a family have decided that The Warriner is the place for their child, we do everything that we possibly can to give our new students the best possible start. We are proud of our school's 'RESPONSIBLE-RESPECTFUL-READY' culture, and thoroughly enjoy welcoming our new students to join us every year.
Please click here if you need to check any of the transition paperwork from your pack online
This year I started Year 7 very wobbly and was worried about making stable relationships with friends and teachers. The games and competitions this year have been great and have really helped me though. I hope next year's Year 7s are just as good. I am very grateful for all your hard work and support.
Advice from year 7 students
"Don't worry at all because when you get there it is all fine. And on the first day there are only two year groups in school so it is very calm."
"Every night before school get your books together because you do NOT want a detention for that ! Get all of your new school uniform well in advance so you can choose the right size."
"Pack your own bag every day. You will get a lot more homework - some to be in in a few weeks time and some to be in the day after - so check Show My Homework to help to remember it."
"Pack your bag the night before and always keep a spare timetable at home as well as in your blazer pocket."
"Be prepared for the day, make sure you have everything you need. Don’t worry too much about seeing your friends in class because you will make lots of new friends in the first few weeks."
"Have the right equipment, do your homework the night you get it, and hand it in on time!"