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Transition to Senior School

Starting Senior School can be a daunting time. Louise Hallam, Head of Lower School and Wendy Young Min, Head of Middle School, share some top tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Moving to senior school is a big step but one which we will help you with, so don’t worry! Girls arrive to us bright-eyed and full of excitement for the adventures ahead. By the time they leave us to go to university, they are confident young women with a sense of purpose and enquiring minds.

As Heads of Lower and Middle School, our roles are to ensure that you and your daughter feel welcome at Kent College from the very start of your journey with us.

Here are our top ten tips for preparing for your daughter’s transition to Kent College Senior School.

  • Talk to your daughter about the changes Senior School brings well in Walk your daughter through all the literature that we provide and spend time looking through our website together. This will help her to feel as involved as possible.
  • Familiarity can be comforting, so take every opportunity to visit the Our welcome and induction events will allow your daughter to meet her teachers, form tutor and other new pupils.
  • When you visit us, ensure that your daughter talks to lots of our It will help her if she recognises older girls.
  • For girls joining in Year 7. Build your child’s confidence; settling in is about self-esteem. Your daughter will be going from being the oldest in the school to being the youngest, so try and encourage some A good way is to perhaps ask her to organise some family activities over the holidays.
  • For girls joining in Year 9. Don’t worry about your daughter making new friends. We mix all the tutor groups up, so everyone will be in a new group and will have the chance to make new friends.
  • Listen to your daughter’s concerns and if she’s anxious, don’t be afraid to talk to We will do our best to ensure that she’s settled and happy.
  • Manage your daughter’s expectations about new friend- Talk about how to be friendly but explain that she probably won’t make her best friend in the first week.
  • Encourage your daughter to join lunchtime and after school Many of our clubs are open to different year groups, so it’s a good way to meet girls from across the school.
  • Remind your daughter that most other girls will be a little nervous too – it is only natural!
  • Finally, prepare yourself; Senior School can be a big change for parents Take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the new school and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Posted: 17/10/2018 at 12:46
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