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Stepping up to secondary school


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Tutor Videos

Please find a welcome message from all of your tutors, as well as one from Miss Merrall, your Head of Year and Mrs Thomas your Assistant head of Year.  We are all so excited about meeting you properly in September

Miss Merrall (Head of Year)


 Mrs Thomas (Assistant Head of Year)


Miss Reed (7XS)

 Mr Casey (7XT) 

Mr Burger (7XT)

Miss Hutchinson (7XW)

Miss Roberts (7XY)

Miss Dowling (7YS)

Miss Taylor (7YT)

Mr Taylor (7YW)


Mrs Johnson (7YY)





Live support session 14th July

Please find the live support session which was delivered on the 14th July by Mr Ravenhill and Miss Merrall.  It has all of the information you need for the continuing induction programme including the transition project and the induction day on the 2nd September.


Supporting Children through secondary school

Please find a resource from the Anna Freud foundation which is excellent in supporting children through the transition.  We have used many of these resources already in the induction day children took part in in June. 


Year 6 Virtual Induction Evening 28th June 2021

Please find our virtual induction evening presentation which we delivered on the 28th June. It lays out a number of key dates for the induction process along with what life at Ashcombe is like. 


Year 6 Induction Day 29th June 2021

Further to the Transition Magazine, we have also created the Induction Day Booklet, which students can use on 29th June at their Primary schools or at home.   It has a number of different activities for the children to complete including a short video from the Anna Freud Foundation, which discusses some worries students may have about transition. One of the activities is to write a letter to their new tutor to explain all of their interests, hobbies and any concerns they may have.


We have also made a video to introduce this booklet.

Transition Project

We run a transition project to support any student who may find coming to secondary school tricky.  This could be someone coming from a school where not many of their peers are attending The Ashcombe, through to someone who may be worried or anxious about coming to secondary school.  The week has previously been run by Eagle Radio, with a programme of DJing and Radio presenting skills workshops run on the school site.  These are supported by Teaching Assistants and students become familiar with the school building, staff and site as the week goes by.

This week-long project is followed up by meetings with either the SENCo or Head of Year 7 where students can ask specific questions about Year 7 and talk about any worries they may have.  There is also an opportunity to walk around the school site with their timetables before the term has officially started to get an orientation of the site and a feel for the school timetable.

Anyone attending the project is also invited to a follow-up meeting once the term has started and then further meetings over the course of the first term so that any small issues can be addressed at an early stage.

SEN Transition

During the early part of the summer term of Year 6, the Ashcombe SENCo will visit primary school SENCos to discuss students on the SEN register and the type of support they may need.  At these meetings, we would discuss what support a student may need in class to help them access learning and what interventions they may have had at primary school.  All students on the SEN register are discussed at these meetings.  The SENCo also attends the Year 6 annual reviews of any students with EHCPs who are planning on attending The Ashcombe, to ensure targets for these students are appropriate for the transition to secondary school and also any specific information about support for these students can be transferred.  This also gives these families and students a chance to meet the SENCo and put a face to a name.