Transition to Secondary School

Transition to Secondary School

The transition to Secondary School is an important step for our students at the end of their time at Primary School. Our faculty aims to provide a seamless and easy transition for both our students and families, seeking to ensure both an open and supportive environment.

The formal ending of Primary School in Grade 6, marks the transition to Secondary in Grade 7 and ushers in a significant change for our students who come from an environment that is centered around a single classroom and class teacher. The expansion of the curriculum into specific subjects, an increase in academic expectations, changing rooms between lessons, and a different teacher for every school subject, represents a significant challenge for our students in the initial stages of transition. 

Based on our experience, our students need the first semester to adapt to the new system and find their place. We are fully aware of the complexity our students experience and have created a transition program for our students in Grade 6 and 7, in order for our students to find their place in the Secondary School.

We start to actively prepare our Grade 6 students for this transition, providing so-called “Move-up weeks”, where primary students have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the Secondary School. In addition, parents are an integral part of this onboarding process in order to support their children. 

With the transition to Secondary School, we forge a path that will lead our students to gain both national as well as international school-leaving certificates. In our experience, after the first semester the stress of navigating this transition is only a distant memory.