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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.



Our annual Open Evening takes place in September. This is an opportunity for students, parents and carers to explore the campus, meet the staff and view classroom demonstrations. Head Teacher, 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 an opportunity for your child to meet the staff and become more familiar with the layout of the College in the run up to moving. Further information and a registration form for the project can be found within the Transition Booklet.



During April through to June, the Head of Progress for Year 7, accompanied by the Year 7 Secretary and a number of Year 7 students, visits 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 students about life at Helston Community College. During this visit, we 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 our two-day transition, this will take place on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2019. During this two-day visit, the students will meet their year group, tutor and tutor group, whilst taking part in Humanities and Design and Technology 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 call the prize draw.




Parents/carers will be invited to attend one of our New Parents’ Information Evenings which take place on the evenings of the two June transition days. During the evening, there will be a key note address by the Head Teacher and Head of Progress for Year 7, followed by the opportunity to meet your child’s tutor. Uniform and PE Kit will be displayed to try on and order, as well as our second-hand uniform sale courtesy of friends@helston.



On Friday 12th July 2019 between 2.00pm and 3.00pm members of our SEND team will host a coffee morning 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.


We would be pleased to hear from any parent of a Year 6 child, who may have some questions or concerns about the process. If you contact the College switchboard, your call will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Alternatively, please email any questions to acann@helston.cornwall.sch.uk.