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New Year 7 (2021-2022)

"Transition arrangements between primary and secondary school are particularly strong. This is no mean feat, considering that pupils join William Ellis from over 35 primary schools. The transition summer schools are well thought of by parents and pupils"  Ofsted Feb 2017

This page contains information for the boys and their families joining the school in September 2021.

You have been offered a place for September 2021. What happens next?

We are sorry that with current and ongoing restrictions in place during the Covid-19 crisis, we are unable to set out a precise schedule for our Transition events this year and are unable to indicate whether there will be opportunities for your family to visit us in person between now and September. Please be assured, however, that we will be keeping in regular contact with you over the coming weeks and doing all we can to make your son's move to Secondary School a smooth process and positive experience.

Ways that we will do this include:

  • Sending you an on-line admission form for completion so that we have all the information required for our records and can start getting to know your family and tailoring your son's transition
  • Regular online meetings for all families and key staff to begin building a Year 7 community from March onward
  • Emailing updates about what's happening at William Ellis, and Welcome Packs containing activities to help your son get a feel for his new school in advance of starting
  • Telephone calls and/or virtual meetings between senior members of staff and every family individually, giving you and your son the opportunity to ask any questions and enabling us to learn more about your son so that we can make his transition to William Ellis School as smooth as we can
  • Liaison between the Head of Transition and Year 7 – and our SENDCO where necessary – and your son’s Year 6 teacher
  • A Summer Induction programme, or "Summer School", for students to meet their peers and key staff at school  this will be subject to national restrictions and site availability in Summer 2021

The school will be in touch with you regularly between March and September to let you know about the forthcoming events for Year 6 students and their families.

Preparing for Secondary School


Your son’s blazer and PE kit (embroidered with the school logo) must be ordered directly from our uniform supplier, Sportswear International:  (please read attachments below), while other, plain, items may be purchased form any high street retailer.

For full information about the uniform requirements, please see the Uniform page.


Boys are expected to come to school with all the books and equipment they will need for the lessons they have timetabled each day:

  • A fully stocked pencil case including blue and black ballpoint pens; pencil; pencil sharpener; ruler; eraser; protractor and colouring pencils. gluestick and highlighter pens optional.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Exercise books*
  • Student Planner
  • PE kit (this may include studs for football and/or gum shield for rugby)

* The school will provide exercise books for each subject and a student planner, which students are then responsible for keeping safe and bringing to school each day

Break and Lunchtimes

A designated outside area known as The Quad is open to Year 7 students only at break times and lunchtimes. This is a smaller area than the main playground where boys may play table-tennis or chess, or just sit chatting in the fresh air.

The Learning Resource Centre is open at break times and lunchtimes most days. This is a space for boys to read and use the computers to complete work or carry out independent learning.

During their first few weeks at William Ellis, Year 7 boys have an early lunchtime. This arrangement allows them time to familiarise themselves with the biometric system for topping-up and purchasing meals and allows greater opportunity for students to form friendships outside of their form groups before the canteen becomes busy.

Mentoring for Year 7 students

A short video about the mentoring programme can be viewed below.