At Wetherby High School we work really hard to make the process smooth and enjoyable. The transition starts months before students join us in September.
Our coaching programme, which consists of a group of around 11 students from across the year groups with a dedicated member of staff, called the Coach, allows students to build strong relationships quickly and have their own school family. Coaching groups meet 3 times a week for an extended period of time on a Monday, a Wednesday and a Friday. Coachees also know they can seek out the support of their Coach at any time during the week. This means Coaches can move beyond supporting your child with the basics of equipment to more important elements of providing students with the social and emotional support they need to settle in and develop as young people.
We undertake an extensive transition programme during the summer term. Our Year Manager for Year 7 visits each child at their primary school to introduce themselves, share information about WHS and to learn about each child from their teacher.
Children also have up to 5 opportunities to visit WHS during the summer term, including a 4-day summer holiday transition club. When at WHS, the children meet their Coach and other key adults that will support them in their transition. As a parent/carer, you will also meet your child’s Coach in the summer term to begin to build a relationship between home and school before they start with us.
The relationship between home and school is fundamental to your child’s success. Your child’s Coach is your first port of call for any support needed and they are available throughout the week through phone calls and emails. There are also three Meet Your Coach Days across the school year, where you can meet in person. This is in addition to the usual Parent/Carers Evening.
Our relationship led approach means we prioritise building relationships between staff and students and between students. These relationships are crucial for supporting students with the transition to WHS. We are a close-knit school community where each child can be known and valued for what they contribute to the community.
If you have missed our open evening and would like more information, or to visit the school, please contact
school on 01937 522500.