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Planning a year 7 transition residential?

Posted By: Magdalen, 1st September
Planning a year 7 transition residential?

The successful transition into a new secondary school helps students start with a stronger interest in their work and better engagement with their school.

In 2015 the Nuffield Foundation published the School Transition and Adjustment Research Study (STARS), aimed at discovering why some children settle in to secondary school easily, while others find it challenging.

The report (based on studying 2,000 pupils as they moved from primary to secondary school) found that most children had concerns about moving to a secondary school, however, these reduced once they had started. 

As you would expect, there were also concerns about friendships, discipline and homework - all the typical issues affecting the change surrounding a new school.

You can access the full report here.


One of the identifying factors that are likely to predict a successful transition is evidence of behavioural adjustment and a sense of school belonging. 

In our experience we have found that an outdoor learning residential programmes offers the ideal opportunity for Year 7 students to build self-confidence, address their concerns, get to know their new teachers and fully prepare for secondary school life. 

It’s a positive experience for both students and staff - particularly new teachers joining at the start of the academic year. Everyone leaves with a greater sense of belonging.

We offer transition residential programmes running in September 2016 that can be tailored to your individual requirements.

Magdalen a real working organic farm on the Somerset/Dorset borders with purpose-built accommodation for small and large groups and great home-cooked food. 

We have fully trained staff on-site to lead all your activities and, if you want to venture further afield, we are just 10 miles from the Jurassic Coast.

For further details about our transition programmes, please call Lisa Herbert on 01460 30144 or email us at lisa@magdalenfarm.org.uk

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