Welcoming New Families

Helping our new families settle into their new life in London and at Southbank

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.

Support from start to finish...
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Parent arrival:

  • Buddy families from each class
  • Orientation day
  • Welcome coffee morning
  • PTA Mission Transition handbook
  • Transition session
  • Transition resources in the library
  • Regular coffee mornings
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Student arrival:

  • Class buddies for each new child
  • Meet and greet activities
  • Tour of the school
  • New student Orientation Day in August
  • Books on transition in the library
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Student departure:

  • Memory book
  • Farewell Town Meeting and Party
  • Books on transition in the library
  • Discussions on leaving and staying at Southbank

Year Transition Support

Moving from Primary Years to Middle Years

In addition to the support above, we run an extensive programme of transition activities including tours, taster sessions, question and answer sessions with older students in order to prepare Grade 5 students for their move to our Westminster campus for Grade 6 and the Middle Years Programme.

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