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Transition into La Retraite

Welcome from Miss McFarlane

I’d like to welcome you all to our school community here at La Retraite.

Ms Foster (who is our Pastoral Support Manager) and I will be looking after all students in Year 7 to ensure that they have a smooth, stimulating and enjoyable transition from Year 6. Our aim is to support each and every student to build their confidence, as they make new friends and learn new skills. We understand that happiness at school underpins success.

Transition is an integral aspect of our student experience, stemming from the branch Nurture that creates our community for which we are so well known. We understand that moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting experience and also, how important it is in the life of a child and their family.

As such, our dedicated Transition Programme enables girls to meet their new teachers, build friendships and familiarise themselves in their new environment, long before their first day:

  • The Transition Programme kicks off following offer letters with an invitation to our exclusive Friendship Afternoon, offering families and pupils the opportunity experience life at La Retraite and feel a sense of ease with the prospect of joining secondary school
  • A series of online events and Transition Booklets allows children to learn more about the school, freely ask questions and complete activities to share with their peers and form tutor on their first day
  • Taster and Induction Days allow children to navigate the school, experience lessons, meet with their peers and teachers and adjust as the only year group in the school

Retreat Day entails specially tailored workshops which encourage pupils to come together to understand the La Retraite School Scripture, enjoy a day filled with fun and excitement and experience a real sense of belonging and community from the very beginning.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school soon.

Miss McFarlane, Year 7 Learning Co-ordinator


Hear From Our Students

Introducing Heli, Year 7 Student

With dreams of attending university to study Medicine or Law, Heber alumni student Heli was drawn to La Retraite for its Outstanding Ofsted status, long history of success and reputation as one of the top schools in the country.

“The change from primary to secondary school has been huge, but La Retraite helped me to settle in through virtual meetings, answering questions, transition work online and calls with teachers, which really prepared me for what was to come. I wanted to attend La Retraite because of their results, teaching and school values and for these reasons I would recommend the school to any girl”.

Olivia, Year 7 Student and St John XXIII Catholic Primary Alumni, in her own words

“I chose to apply for La Retraite as it specialises in Science, Maths and had a strong Music department: my three favourite subjects and some of which I hope to pursue later in life through my career and passions. Moving from primary to secondary school was a big change, but the school helped me, and all my peers, to settle in through visits to our primary schools to outline expectations and invitations to the school for Friendship Afternoon, Taster and Retreat Days, a staggered start and much more, which allowed us to begin building friendships, get to know our new school surroundings and meet with our teachers, which eased the process. I would recommend La Retraite to any girl looking for a welcoming school environment, lots of clubs, opportunities to try something new and teachers that make learning exciting”.

Meet Lara, Year 7 Student

Henry Cavendish Primary School alumni Lola is aiming with high, with ambitions to take her passion for the arts and establish a successful career as an actress, following the achievement of a university degree. Citing virtual meetings and a staggered start for helping her transition into life at secondary school, she praises the kind and friendly community atmosphere, and Catholic ethos for welcoming her to the school.

“La Retraite is a unique school, that wants the best for every girl. All of us are offered the opportunity to study and learn an instrument, alongside a range of other clubs and subjects that challenge us to be the very best we can be and learn new skills vital for our future. All teachers have high aspirations for us, and they are dedicated to helping us achieve what we have set our minds to”.

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