Year 6 students who will be joining Durrington High School in September spent a wonderful day at the school on Wednesday 4th July. They spent the day with their new form group as they got to know the school and meet new friends and teachers. They took part in fun games designed to encourage them to get to know each other, participated in literature and language activities and took a tour of the school. The students really enjoyed the day, saying ‘It’s been great to meet my new classmates and find out more about the school. It has made me feel really excited and more confident about starting.’
Playing a significant role on the day were the current year 7 student ambassadors, who accompanied the students all day and were able to share their own experience of their first year at Durrington High and give the student perspective. The ambassadors will continue in this role in September, ensuring they are on hand to help the students settle well into life at Durrington.
Durrington High has a robust transition process that ensures all students settle, are happy and ready to learn. The students are extremely well supported which allows them to ease in gently and gives them time to get to know the staff, rooms and routines of daily life. In September they take part in two days of team building which helps them bond as a year and tutor group, as well as develop independence and resilience as individuals.
There are meetings between parents/carers and form tutors within the first 4 weeks to strengthen family links and discuss how students are settling in. Additionally, there is a subject support evening which helps parents feel more confident about the core subjects and provides advice about how they can best support their child. Naomi Bridgeman-Sweeney, Assistant Headteacher, says ‘It is very important that the transition process is smooth so that students can quickly begin to enjoy their learning and the many enrichment activities offered by the school. Ensuring there is plenty of communication and giving students opportunities to develop their independence is key to achieving this.’
For families choosing a secondary school in the next two years we would be delighted to welcome you to our open evening which takes place on Thursday 4th October and/or our open mornings which take place the week beginning 8th October.
Having said farewell to year 11 at our stunning summer ball last month, it was fantastic to meet the next group of students who join us in September. We are so excited to see the brilliant contribution they will make to the incredible Durrington ‘journey.’