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Year 6 – 7 transition

Here you can find information about the key events that form the transition process - from initial open evenings, through to transition visits - as well as useful information about starting secondary school.


information for new parents

If your child has gained a place at Westfield you can also find additional information in our section for Current Parents & Students.

You may also find it useful to read the document, Secondary Success (a survival guide for parents starting secondary school), which was put together by current parents in our Homelink group. They have also created a Jargon Buster which you may find useful.


Westfield School Transition Events 

(For entry in September 2019)

Year 5 Early Open Evening:
Tuesday 26 June, 4pm - 6.30pm

A chance for current Year 5 students and their families to take an early look at Westfield School. Come and speak to students and teachers, and find out more about our range of courses and state of the art facilities!


Westfield School Transition Events 

(For entry in September 2018)

Students will already have been advised of their place at Westfield School for September 2018. You will soon receive a copy of our Welcome Booklet.

The events below help ensure you have a smooth transition to secondary school.


The Year 7 transition team will visit pupils in their primary school to meet them and help prepare them for their move to Westfield School. They will also discuss the needs of each pupil with their primary teachers.

THURSDAY 21 JUNE, 3.30PM - 6.30PM

This is an open evening to try on sample sizes and order uniform. We recommend that parents order uniform as soon as possible to ensure that pupils arrive on the first day of the new school year in full uniform. Please note that we have a new school uniform this year.
Held at Westfield School. All welcome. Drop in whenever suits you.

SEN induction events

Invitations will be sent out to selected students and their families.

Thursday 5 July, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. 

Pupils will meet their new ARKS key workers and spend time in these groups getting to know their classmates. Parents will receive presentations from the Head of School, Mr Birkbeck and other members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Held at Westfield School. All welcome.

'early risers' TRANSITION WEEK:
Monday 16 July to Friday 20 July 2018.

All incoming Year 7 pupils will spend a week at Westfield School.

Please note: those coming from Halfway, Brook House, Reignhead and Emmanuel primary schools will also get to spend Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 July at Westfield, as their primary schools will not have broken up for the holidays.

On these days pupils will experience a variety of taster lessons, meet staff and pupils, and get to know the building. This is a vital part of the transition process and will help our new pupils get excited about starting at Westfield.

On the first day pupils should arrive at school by 8:25 and gather in the main hall where they will be met by the transition team.  On subsequent days, pupils will follow a timetable including ARKS time.

In order to be prepared for the day pupils should:

  • Bring a pen, pencil and ruler.
  • Wear their primary school uniform.
  • Wear footwear that is suitable for PE activities.
  • Bring a packed lunch or about £3.00 to spend in the restaurant.
  • Pupils entitled to Free School Meals will receive their usual meal allowance on the day.
Wednesday 5 September 2018

Pupils should arrive at school by 8.25am and will leave at 2.45pm.