For girls joining St Margaret’s at the start of I Senior, the journey begins around mid-January when they sit the I senior entrance assessment. This is an opportunity for them, 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 with girls from other schools and from the 7 Junior year group at St Margaret’s.
All girls benefit from a structured programme of transition; those joining us in I Senior from other schools have the opportunity to participate in our official induction day in late May. Here, they come together with their prospective classmates from other schools and 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. An important part of the induction day is the games afternoon; we recognise that it is equally beneficial to the girls to be able to work together and have fun in a more informal setting than the classroom, and to continue to cement the friendships they will resume at the start of the new session.
At the start of the new session, we hold a Welcome Evening for I Senior parents in order to share with them exactly what their daughters will experience in senior school. 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 experiences their daughters will enjoy will allow 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.
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.
Register now for the 6 Junior, 7 Junior and I Senior assessment day on Thursday 18th January 2018