Transition refers to the moving between Key Stages in school. This is often a time of uncertainty where information is vital for making correct decisions. See the links below for the various transition points for further information.

Starting School for the first time

Starting School for the First Time - Foundation Transition

Oakgrove's extensive induction programme ensures that when a child joins the school in Foundation in September they will be familiar with the setting and the adults who will be working with them.  This programme includes:

A Stay and Play session

The child and their parent will spend part of the morning in Foundation with current Foundation pupils.

A Transition Day, including a picnic lunch

The child and their parent will have a chance to explore the Foundation environment and to meet other children and their parents, who will also be starting in September.  

A Home Visit

Before the pupil starts school in September, their class teacher and another member of the Foundation team will make a home visit.  This is an opportunity for everyone to meet to get to know each other better and a chance for the parent to ask any questions they have regarding school life. 

Staggered Start Dates

When a child starts school at Oakgrove in Foundation, they start on a full time basis.  To give all the children an opportunity to settle into their new surroundings, we put the children into small groups. This ensures that they have a chance to settle in during their first days at school.

During the summer term, children who currently attend Oakgrove Nursery will make visits to the Foundation classroom for story times and additional learning opportunities during their nursery sessions.  This will give the children a chance to learn alongside the current Foundation children and familiarise themselves with their new classroom environment.

Starting Year 7 Secondary

Dear Parents / Carers and New Year 7 Students,

Firstly we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our Oakgrove community and congratulate you on gaining a place at Oakgrove School. Our ethos is Excellence, Innovation and Respect and we hope that our partnership over the next five to seven years will be the foundation for all of our students to go on to lead happy and successful lives.

The past year has been a challenging and different experience for us all. Whilst the future can be hard to predict, we will use this webpage to keep you up-to-date on our plans and provide you with the information and support to make the transition to Oakgrove School in September 2021 an enjoyable and exciting one.

We currently have two transition days planned for 29th and 30th June 2021. All of the new students joining us in September in Year 7 will be invited in for one of these days to meet their tutor, the students in their tutor group, Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year and get to know the school and its systems. Additional visits and support will also be provided for any students who are SEND, further details and contact for this will be made via our SEND team.

In additional to these transition days, the Head of Year for September 2021 (Mr Robinson) and the Assistant Head of Year (Miss Yeoman) will be visiting our main feeder primary schools throughout May to meet students and introduce them to the school systems. For any students who do not attend one of our main feeder primary schools there will be an opportunity to attend an afterschool meeting with our pastoral team to go over any key questions and information before the transition visits. Dates and details of this will be sent shortly.

Finally, there will be an information evening at Oakgrove School for parents / carers on 1st July. Details for this information evening and links to resources will be added to this website nearer the time and if any government advise changes from the current roadmap then we will update our plans accordingly.

In the mean time we understand Parents / Carers may also have important questions to ask but are unsure where to direct these. To make communication easier for you, we ask that any queries are sent to the school email address: with ‘Year 7 Transition’ included in the subject heading so your query can be directed to the Transition Team.

We look forward to meeting all of our new Year 7 students soon and welcoming them into our Oakgrove community.

Kind regards

Year 7 Transition Team, Oakgrove School

A Day in the Life of a New Year 7

Moving On to the Sixth Form at Oakgrove

Secondary Learning Co-ordinators (Heads of Year) & Assistants for September 2020:

Head of Year 7 - T Gordon
Assistant Head of 7 - A Groome
Head of Year 8 - C Forster
Assistant Head of Year 8 - A Liassis
Head of Year 9 - K Wastell
Assistant Head of Year 9 - M Bell
Head of Year 10 - K Cessford-Row
Assistant Head of Year 10 - S Ryder
Head of Year 11 - B Robinson
Assistant Head of Year 11 - M Yeoman
Head of Year 12 - J Kendall
Head of Year 13 - M Row