Year 6 Transition
We pride ourselves on having a comprehensive transition program to ensure that the move from Primary to Secondary school is managed in the most sensitive and thoughtful way possible.
We recognise that this can be an anxious time for both students and parents and so our program aims to help allay fears and answer any questions either students or parents have.
Transition at Eskdale School is about building relationships with our partner primaries before students enroll here. This is done through our outreach programmes, involving working partnerships in a range of curriculum areas. Through these strong links most students will have visited the school and worked with our teachers before they join us.
Once students have selected our School there are opportunities for them to visit, meet key staff and get to know their Year Leader. The transition day in July welcomes students to the school where they have a taste of the curriculum as well as time to get used to the layout of the whole building and transport arrangements. In the evening parents are invited to ask any questions, meet the new form tutors and obtain information on uniform, policies and expectations.
Frequently asked questions:
a. How do I get to Eskdale on transfer days? You should travel to Eskdale in the same way as you intend to come to Eskdale in September. If you are not sure about where or when your bus / train departs or which one to get, have a look at the information on the Y6 website about transport. If you are still not sure, please do not hesitate to contact Eskdale to find out.
b. Will I need a travel permit / pass to travel on the bus / train during transfer days? We will be sending temporary travel passes out to all the primary schools before transfer days. You will probably not need to show this on the bus / train, but we don’t want you to be worried about not having a pass, so we feel everyone will be happier if they have a temporary pass that they can show in the unlikely event of being asked for it.
c. If I travel on the train, how do I know what to do when I get to Whitby? To make sure that pupils travelling by train to Whitby and by bus to Eskdale know where to go, Mr Bloor will be travelling on the train from Castleton on the first morning of transfer days and back to Castleton again after school.
d. What should I bring to school for transfer days? You will need a bag with the following in it:
- A pencil case (with at least two pens)
- A bottle of water (that you will be able to refill during the day)
- Any medication (e.g. asthma inhaler) that you need
- Money for lunch (£2.40 meal deal / 60p snack / drinks range from 45p to 80p)
- Wear comfortable clothes (not school uniform) – trainers are advised. On Wednesday and Thursday you may have PE, so bring something that you can change into to do sport (not Eskdale PE uniform).
e. Where do I go when I get to school? On Tuesday go to the playground where you will be met by some of the Eskdale teachers (including Mrs Scales – Head of Y7). When the whistle goes we will take you to the school hall and put into the groups that you will be in for transfer days (these will also be your form / tutor groups). On the Wednesday and Thursday when the whistle goes, you will go to your form room for registration. We will make sure you know where you are going.
f. Can I bring a mobile phone to Eskdale on transfer days? Yes you can, but remember the rules about it being switched off during lessons and not using it for phone calls. texting, social media or taking photos during school time. If you need to phone home during school time, you will need to go to reception and phone from the school telephone. Your mobile should only be used to contact home in emergencies either on the way to school or coming home from school. Don’t forget – if you have any problems during school time, we are here to help. Just find Mrs Scales or any other adult within our school and we will do everything we can to help you.
Mrs Scales is visiting most members of the new year group in their primary schools. For those who were unable to attend the Parent Evening on 22nd May, your son/daughter will be bringing home a ‘student record form’ for you to complete and return to their primary school. If you have not received one then you can find the link below and print off the relevant document to complete. Other useful information to help smooth the transition between primary and secondary school can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
Travelling to School
There are many ways in which our students travel to and from Eskdale School.
For many it is a short walk away, but for others it can be a long journey by bus, train, car (or all three!)
If you travel on the bus to school, make sure you know when and where to get your bus (see website link below). If you travel on the train to Whitby, you need to walk from the station across to Langbourne Road (next to the Co-op) and get onto a coach. This will bring you up to Eskdale to start your school day.
At 3:25 pm you will need to find your coach in the turning circle near the entrance to school and this will start your journey home.
All students who need them will be given temporary travel passes for the three transfer days in July.
If you have any concerns or questions about transport, just phone the school. For more information about home-school transport and to help you organise your journey (e.g. pick up times and stops)
What will I need?
Wear comfortable clothing (not school uniform) – trainers are advised
Bag with pencil case, water bottle, PE kit and money for snack & lunch (approximately £3.00 – £4.00)
Any medication (e.g. inhalers)
Forms provided by Eskdale School (given out at Year 6 open evening)
Where do I go?
Travel as you hope to travel in September
Meet the coach or train at the correct time
Arrive at Eskdale School and meet Mrs Scales and other Eskdale staff in the playground
Go into the hall to meet your form tutor and classmates
What will I need?
- Wear primary school uniform
- Bring a packed lunch
- School bag with a pencil case, water bottle, trainers, shorts and a £1.00 for a snack
- Any medication
- Student record form (if not already returned)
Where do I go?
Arrive at the school reception between 9.00-9.15 am. You will meet Mrs Scales, Mr Bloor, Mr Gallagher and Mrs Dixon in the main hall who will allocate you to a group for the day.
The day will finish at 3.00 pm and you need to be collected from the reception area.