Looking forward to Senior School: the transition from 7 Junior to I Senior

Girls in 7 Junior begin to think ahead to their senior school career around mid-January when they sit the I senior entrance assessment. This is an opportunity for girls continuing their journey at St Margaret’s, not only to experience the formal setting of the senior school exam hall for the first time, but also to sample life in the senior school in a varied programme of classes and activities throughout the day. They are able to get to know key members of staff and, more importantly, to start forming friendships that will be further cemented come the start of I Senior in August.

Early in the Spring term too, we hold an information evening for parents in order to share with them exactly what their daughters may expect when they move into senior school in August. Making the transition into I Senior can be an uncertain time for parents as well as for girls but we trust they will feel reassured that the curriculum and experiences currently enjoyed by our 7 Junior pupils are already paving the way for the smoothest possible start to their journey into secondary education. Parents are able to meet key members of the senior leadership, guidance and support for learning teams and to hear about the undoubted benefits of being taught in a single-sex environment in small classes where every individual is well-known and allowed to flourish. Sharing an overview of the I Senior curriculum gives parents a glimpse of the exciting opportunities - both within and outwith the classroom - that await their daughter in the next stage of her education.

Girls benefit from a structured programme of transition; a full Induction day is held early in the summer term where pupils in 7 Junior at St Margaret’s come together with prospective classmates from other schools. They are able to experience life in the senior school classroom in a range of subjects; they can raise any questions they may have in an informal discussion with the Deputy Head and members of the guidance team; they are able to familiarise themselves with the school building and with some of their teachers, including their form teacher and members of the guidance team who play a pivotal role in getting to know the girls quickly and helping them to settle into senior school routine; and, very importantly, they enjoy the opportunity to bond with one another outwith the classroom in a full games afternoon at our playing fields.

We are firmly committed to involving and working in partnership with parents, not only in the process of transition, but also in every aspect of their daughter’s education throughout the girls' time in senior school. It is the start of an exciting chapter in their lives.

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