2020 Year 6 Transition Arrangements
For this year’s Year 6 Students, to help with their transition in difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have created the ‘Whitstone Wallet’. This is a collection of sheets, designed to help us get to know the students, along with some initial pieces of work for them to complete, ready for discussion on their arrival at Whitstone. These will be send out in print to each of the students that we are expecting to join us, so keep a look out for it in the post!
We have also produced some introductory videos to help them get to know the school, in the absence of any transition visits:
Video 1 – Welcome from Mr Swallow, Headteacher: YouTube Video 1
Video 2 – A Virtual Tour of Whitstone School with Miss Flower: YouTube Video 2
Video 3 – House Leaders: YouTube Video 3
Video 4 – Year 7 Chats: YouTube Video 4
Video 5 – Aspire Leads and other key staff: YouTube Video 5
Welcome to Year 7 Booklet
Each year we provide all of our new Year 7s with this booklet prior to their arrival – these will be provided as printed copies via the primary schools for the pupils and their families to keep and refer to in the lead up to the new school year:
Welcome to Whitstone School
As Headteacher, I am delighted to welcome you to Whitstone School and I look forward to meeting you and to working with you during the coming years. Whitstone School is a vibrant learning community where every individual is valued, where relationships are characterised by mutual respect, and where young learners are safe and happy.
The transition from Primary School to Secondary School can be daunting for both children and their parents. I am committed to ensuring this transition is as smooth and stress-free as possible. In a questionnaire in October 2016 100% of our parents said their children had settled in quickly, 100% agreed or strongly agreed their child was receiving a good education, 100% that behaviour is good and 100% that they would recommend Whitstone School to another parent.
What we offer:
- Small class sizes
- A warm and friendly environment
- An exciting and engaging learning experience
- Excellent facilities and opportunities
- Good, old-fashioned values
Come and visit us; you will be impressed. Ask for Ruth Sayer when you call and she will be delighted to organise a personal tour with myself or one of my deputies.
What our students think of Whitstone School:
I’m really enjoying PE with Mr Cleave because we get to use the Astro-turf pitch. I also love Science because we use specialist equipment to conduct experiments. I really like the food here because there is lots of choice at break and lunch time.
I’m really enjoying English lessons at Whitstone School because I can be creative and use my imagination. I have learned my way around school quickly and I like moving classrooms for my lessons. I have already made two new friends.
I’m really enjoying PE lessons, especially after school badminton club. I’ve found Whitstone really welcoming and I’ve made loads of new friends. Lessons are great and so is lunch, especially the pizza and salad!
I have made new friends and I have enjoyed being in a bigger school where you move around for lessons. In Science we have learned how to use Bunsen burners and we have been conducting some experiments.
Whitstone School feels like a big family because it’s small enough to know everyone. ICT, Drama and Maths are my favourite lessons because we use specialist equipment and the teachers are great. I really like Ms Preston, who is my tutor.
I’m enjoying making new friends and meeting new people at Whitstone School. Science lessons are great because we do experiments using scientific equipment. I’ve been attending after school dance club and it’s really fun.