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Transition Advice (Year 6 to 7)


 We understand that the move from primary to secondary education can seem a daunting transition. We are committed to making this process as smooth as possible for our students. There are a range of projects and events that take place over the academic year to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. Letters regarding each event will be distributed via feeder primary schools throughout the academic year and published on our website.


We hope our annual Open Evening will provide you with the opportunity to explore the campus and meet the staff. Headteacher, Mr W Jenkins, will open the evening by introducing the aims and ethos of the College.


We offer a series of subject taster sessions to students in Year 5 and 6 throughout the academic year. The sessions are intended to provide a positive experience of secondary school and help students to become more familiar with the College in the run up to moving.


During April through to June HCC staff, accompanied by a number of Year 7 students, will visit local feeder primary schools. The visits will give your child the opportunity to meet with HCC staff in a familiar environment, where they can ask the Year 7 students about life at Helston Community College. During this visit, HCC staff will have a handover with your child’s teacher to ensure all information is passed on - this includes suggested tutor groupings. It provides us with the background information required to ensure support is in place, where possible, for their September start.


At the peak of our transition process is the two-day visit to HCC. This will take place on Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July 2020. During this two-day visit, the students will meet their year group, tutor and tutor group, whilst taking part in subject-based activities. Students will be able to experience lunch in the South Site Canteen whilst making new friends. Towards the end of the day, students will attend a year group assembly, where we hope to inspire team spirit and a sense of community.


Parents/carers will be invited to attend one of our New Parents’ Information Evenings which take place on the evenings of the two transition days. During the evenings, there will be a key note address by the Headteacher, followed by the opportunity to meet your child’s tutor. Uniform and PE Kit will be displayed to try on and order.


In July 2020, members of our SEND team will host an informal SEND Welcome Event for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs (Year 6). This annual event is always well attended. Parents/carers will have the opportunity to speak with SEND staff, learn about the many interventions in place (Learning Passports, Lexia, Read, Write, Inc, Thrive, Flexible Learning Zone, Draw and Talk etc.) and speak with current College students about their experience of SEND support at the College.

 By the end of the year, we hope you will feel prepared for their September start.


If you have any questions regarding transition, please contact Ms A Cann via email - acann@helston.cornwall.sch.uk.