Summer Term (Year 6)
In order to support you and your child in preparing for the move we have an induction programme of events to help ensure a smooth transition. We have a dedicated transition team and pastoral team whose main priority is student wellbeing, getting to know your child and ensuring that your child settles well into Oaks Park High School. Please find an outline of our planned transition events below, all of which are in place to ensure you and your child have a great start with us.
Developing a picture of the whole child helps us to understand our students in more depth and to plan for them accordingly. In order to help us learn more about your child we will be sending out a transition questionnaire to all parents/carers on acceptance of a place at Oaks Park High. This information will help us effectively plan for your child's transition to high school.
Assessment Morning and Uniform Information
Your child will be asked to attend an Assessment Morning on a Saturday in June. This session enables us to conduct assessments to ensure that we accurately place students in the appropriate teaching groups and that we can plan for any additional support that a student may need. During the morning you will also be able to view the school uniform and ask any questions you may have.
Visits to Primary Schools and Family Interviews
During the summer term, our transition team will conduct visits to our main feeder primary schools to meet the students and their primary teachers. This will allow us to meet prospective students and also to speak to class teachers in order to gather information from schools. During this visit we are on hand to answer any questions the students may have and we will bring along some Year 7 students who can talk about the process and share their experiences of transition first hand.
Working in partnership with parents is of paramount importance, therefore there will also be an opportunity for you to speak to a member of our transition team in the summer term. This conversation is to enable us to learn more about your child and how they are feeling about the transition to secondary school and will provide another opportunity for you and your child to ask any questions you may have. If you are interested in having an appointment, please specify this on the transition questionnaire.
Induction Day and Parent Information Evening
Our Induction Day will take place on Wednesday 5th July. This is an exciting day as Year 6 students will spend the day with us at Oaks Park High School. The day will provide your child with an opportunity to experience learning, meet key members of staff and begin to make new friends. More detailed information regarding the timings of the day will be provided nearer the time.
After the Induction Day parents are invited to a meeting in the evening with the Headteacher and key members of staff to find out more about the transition process.
Summer Activity Camp
Our popular Year 6 Activity Camp will take place from Monday 21st August to Wednesday 23rd August.
During these days we will run a fun, engaging programme of activities, designed to help students get to know each other, become familiar with the school environment and develop confidence and essential skills ahead of starting at the school. This is a fantastic opportunity for our prospective students to feel part of our Year 7 community ahead of their first day in September and we would encourage them to come and join in the fun!
Autumn Term Year 7
Here you will find an insight into what life is like when you first start at Oaks Park High. There are also some very important dates you need to be aware of.
First Day of School - Monday 4th September 2022- Year 7 only
So that we can focus on making sure your child feels comfortable, Year 7 will be the only group in school for the whole day. Students in other year groups will not be in normal lessons during that day and will only be attending for a short period throughout the day. This will ensure we give our new Year 7 students an opportunity to settle into the routine of secondary school before the other students return. There will be activities in tutor groups throughout the day in order to build friendships, set expectations and ensure students make a great start.
The day will begin with a welcome assembly for your child. Please ensure your child arrives at the school by 8:30am. Members of staff will greet the students at the front entrance and escort them to the Sports Hall where they will be welcomed by their Year Team. After the assembly students will begin the induction programme with their Form Tutor. Your child will be dismissed at the end of the school day, where you can either choose to collect them or they can make their own way home from school. Your child will need to bring all of their equipment (but not their PE kit) and be in the correct Oaks Park High uniform.
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening/ Parents Information Evening - Date TBC
This evening will take place in the first half term and will give you the opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor and discuss how your son or daughter is settling in at Oaks Park High School. You will also have an opportunity to listen to your child present first hand their learning so far at Oaks Park High.