Welcoming new families



Welcoming new families



We know that arriving in a new city and joining a new school can be a daunting experience for students and their families. That’s why we provide a comprehensive range of support to students and parents to help them settle into their new life in London and at Southbank.

On top of this, we understand that leaving Southbank or moving to a different campus can be an emotional time for students and the friends they may be leaving behind. To help make sure this experience goes as well as possible, we offer a range of tailored support, including creating memory books.


Examples of parent support on arrival

  • Buddy families from each class
  • Orientation day before school starts
  • Welcome coffee morning
  • PTA Mission Transition handbook
  • Transition session
  • Transition resources in the library
  • Regular coffee mornings

Examples of student support on arrival

  • Class buddies for each new child
  • Meet and greet activities
  • Tour of the school
  • Introductions at Town Meetings (assemblies)
  • Introductions to all teachers
  • Books on transition in the library

Examples of student support on departure

  • Memory book
  • Signed leaving gift
  • Goodbye party
  • Farewell Town Meeting (assembly)
  • Leaving reflection workbooks for primary students
  • Books on transition in the library
  • All grades meet with the next one up to ask questions
  • Many discussions on leaving and staying at Southbank

Moving from Primary Years to Middle Years

In addition to the support above, we run an extensive programme of transition activities to prepare Grade 5 students for their move to our Westminster campus for Grade 6 and the Middle Years Programme.

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