At Year 7
Transition to Secondary School
We encourage boys in Years 4 and 5 (and their parents) to attend our Open Evening to see if Judd is a suitable place of learning for them. All the departments are highly motivated to demonstrate the rich curriculum offered here.
A member of the Sixth Form will welcome you at the gates and give you a tour of the site. You are then able to choose an area of the school to visit next, where a Year 7 student will guide you around the classrooms, and answer any questions you may have.
The Headteacher gives a number of talks during the evening for which you will have a reserved place, indicated to you on arrival.
Open Morning Tours
These take place in the Autumn term in the window between receiving 11+ results and submitting the application form. These mornings will involve a guided tour of the school on a normal working day, plus the opportunity to put questions to the Senior Leadership Team.
For the majority of new entrants, the first time they see Judd after the Open Evening and gaining their place is at the Induction Evening in June. Here they will be warmly welcomed to the school and get a chance to meet their new forms and form tutor, where they will take part in activities designed to start the “building friendships” process. Meanwhile, parents go to the schoolroom to be briefly addressed by the Headmaster, the House Team and various other key personnel. Parents are then able to socialise with other parents in their son’s House over tea or coffee. Students then return with their House staff, giving ample opportunity for parents to ask questions of staff as well.
Pastoral care starts in the summer term of Year 6, with our aim being to visit every Year 6 student (who has gained a place) in their primary school. Visits are generally made by the House team; a teacher will meet with your son in the primary environment, which should enable them to feel safe and happy to discuss issues about their forthcoming change of school, a change we liken to an exciting adventure. The visit gives us time to find out a little about them, for example, their hobbies, favourite lessons and so on.
This is a hugely enjoyable day at the end of the Summer Term when vast numbers of boys energetically kick a ball round under the supervision of some very hard-working referees. A competition is held between the Houses in each year group, including of course Year 6 students. The new entrants will be invited to play first in the day, alongside the current Year 7s, in an effort to get to know the rest of their new form group.
The induction day for new Year 7 students also takes place in July. Boys are invited to attend the whole day to
take part in a mixture of taster lessons and team building activities. They will have already received a letter from a current Year 7 student, as a ‘pen pal’. During the day they will meet up again with their form tutor and also meet the future Year 8s who will be in their form.
There will then be a range of lessons throughout the day, introducing students to the concept of moving around the school for different lessons with different teachers. The lessons will be structured to be enjoyable and interactive; giving ample opportunity for students to share ideas and learn something new about the subject together.
Each student will be offered a free hot lunch and they will then have the opportunity to experience break time in the playground. Rugby Training
Before term begins in September, all boys, at whatever level of ability, are invited to rugby training. There are seven teams in Year 7, allowing a huge number of boys who wish to take part to do so.
When your son has been at school for just over two weeks, he will embark on the induction trip, We leave the school around mid-day on Friday and return on Saturday afternoon. They participate in a mixture of mental and physical activities that are designed to encourage the boys to work together to overcome challenges.
The ethos of the trip is to further enhance the links the boys create with their fellow House members. It also enables the pastoral team to interact with the students in a less formal environment and find out more about them.
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