Year 6 Transition
We have a well-established programme which makes the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible. Please take some time to look at the information below.
We have also asked some of our currently Year 7 pupils to share with you what life is like at Woodside.
Destiny B (7Y)
My first day at Woodside I was nervous, there were new faces and teachers, it was a new beginning.
My first week at Woodside I made new friends and interacted with teachers.
My first term at Woodside I became a student counsellor, went on various trips and even achieved the most PRAISE Points amongst my year group. Now 9 months since my first day, I am an ambassador for the school, supporting with various events and I have had the pleasure to attend PRAISE Breakfast with the Headteacher.
I know its hard at first, trust me, no way did I imagine myself 9 months later that I could do all of these amazing things. But with everyone’s support around me, including my family, teachers, Head of Year and Headteacher, anything is possible.
Don’t be afraid to show everyone who you are. You should be proud of yourself as a person. You should be proud to call yourself a Woodsider. Nothing is impossible, the word itself hides the word ‘possible’ in it.
Laila K (7Q)
I moved from Bowes primary to Woodside, we had a visiting day to help us settle in. We got shown
our form class, around the school and how things worked; this helped me to get a view of where
everything was and the routines of the day.
My first week was filled with a mixture of emotions. I thought it would be hard to memorise all the
rooms and where everything was, but I learnt it in a few days. We were handed a timetable of where
each room my lessons were in and the time between each period. Each day went by I felt more and
more comfortable even though nobody at my primary came to Woodside,. I made a lot of new
My favourite lesson is art because it’s one of my mixed classes so I’m not only with my class but a
mixture of two others. I also enjoy lunch time where you can go to the library, eat in the canteen,
and go to a variety of clubs.
In my opinion, Woodside is a great school. I have made a lot of friends and the teachers are helpful and make a lot of effort for lessons. Each day we have a 20-minute form time in the morning. My favourite is Thursday since we have a quiz.
You can earn praise points and get prizes and trips once you hit a certain amount, but you can also
get conduct points which can lead to detentions. At the start of year 7 we got let out 10 minutes
early for lunch and got let out 5 minutes early at the end of the day, there is also a year seven area
which only years sevens can go in with a football table and benches.
I felt nervous on my first day but now I’m comfortable with the school.
We have prepared some short videos to help you understand our approach to help your child transition from primary to secondary school.