Year 6/7 Transitions

Welcome to Coombe Dean – Kevin Dyke, Headteacher

I am delighted that you have chosen to join us at Coombe Dean, a school where success is built around positive relationships and where staff, parents and pupils work brilliantly together. 

We are going to achieve great things together!

Kevin Dyke
Headteacher, Coombe Dean School

Download my welcome letter: Year 7 Headteachers Welcome – March 2021

Hello, I am Mr Crocker.

I am really looking forward to meeting you in September.

I have been a teacher at Coombe Dean for over 20 years and one of the reasons I have stayed so long is that it is such a friendly and welcoming school. In fact, because I think it is such a great place to learn, I even sent my own daughter here!

One of the best parts of being a tutor is meeting new students when they start in Year 7, getting to know them and seeing them progress and grow into successful young adults. I met my last tutor group seven years ago and they have just left Year 13, and I am now looking forward to supporting you on your journey through the school.

Starting a new school can be a worrying time, but I would like to reassure you that I see it as my job to help you to successfully and happily settle into Year 7. Having been here “forever” I know the answers to most of the questions you may have so if you or your family have any worries or questions, I hope you will feel confident that I will be able to help you.

Have a great Summer and see you in September.

Hello, I am Miss Manners.

My job as your tutor is to make sure you are supported and looked after during each school day. I am always here to answer questions you have and help you with any problems. Each school day begins with tutor time at 8:40am. I will be there to make sure you have a positive and happy start to your school day.

Have a look at the four pictures at the top of my tutor page; they each tell you something about me. One of the things I love about being a tutor is getting to know my tutor group. Connecting, communicating and working with my tutor group makes me happy because I know that it helps my tutees to achieve success.

My tutor strengths:

  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm

Hello, I am Mr Lavis.

One of the things I love about my job is getting to know people, what they like and dislike, and being there for them when they need support.

I especially enjoy being a tutor, so I am looking forward to meeting you soon.

Starting a new school is a challenging time for young people and their families. Having been there for my own children and for several new school intakes, I understand just what you are about to go through. To add to the challenge, we are all coming out of the restrictions related to the virus. Rest assured that I will do all I can to support your through this time.

You may be wondering whether you will be able to find your way around or remember your timetable or wear your uniform properly.

As your tutor, I will help you with all these things.

You may wondering about the friends you will make and the work you have to do.

If you have problems with things like this – come and talk to me.  I enjoy helping people and I am a good listener.

I believe that in a world where we have choices, we should choose to be kind – always.  We can learn to take responsibility for how we treat others; we can benefit from talking about how we would like to be treated, and we can all work together to support one another.

In the meantime, have a look at my four pictures.  Each of them tells you something about me.  You are welcome to ask me about them when we meet soon.  I will want to find out about you, too.

I hope you have a great summer – see you soon.

Hello, I am Mr Bellamy.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in September as we start our adventures at Coombe Dean School together. I am new to the school, too, and we will all have to learn new routines and build new relationships in the coming year. I am joining the school as Subject Leader of Physical and Life Education and will be teaching some Drama.

As your Year 7 tutor I will be available to support you whenever you need it.

I have lived and worked in the city all my life and, for the last ten years, within the Plymstock area. I live here with my wife and two daughters and enjoy an active, sociable lifestyle with my family and friends.

I want you to be healthy, happy, honest and hardworking. These take time and effort to understand and develop.  We’ll to support each other to get as close as we can to these goals.

I hope that you have a fantastic summer and I’ll see you in September.

Mr Bellamy

Hello, I am Mr Whittington.

What I love most about being a teacher is getting to know new people, colleagues and pupils alike, and building positive relationships.

I am extremely excited to meet you all soon.

Starting at Coombe Dean this year may feel stranger than usual. Given the events of the last couple of years, you have had to deal with lots of changes on top of transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Everyone feels the same when they start secondary school: where do I need to go? Will I remember my timetable? What are the rules about school uniform?

I am here to help you with all these things.

You may have other questions, about friends, schoolwork, and many other things. If and when you do, it is my job to listen and help you with whatever you need.

I believe that we are what we do repeatedly.  I will help you to develop good habits such as asking for help when you need it, and I will encourage you to seek to achieve the best version of yourself at all times.

For now, have a look at my four pictures.  Each of them tells you something about me.  You are welcome to ask me about them when we meet soon.  I will want to find out about you, too.

I hope you have a great summer – see you soon.

Hello, I am Mr Bennett.

I am really looking forward to meeting you in September and sharing a new chapter of learning with you together.

I enjoy being a tutor at Coombe Dean School.  I have been here since 2008 and I feel this is a special place with so many opportunities daily. My motto is: “The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” I believe you will develop and learn with this attitude, both as a person and academically.   We all should have freedom to try new things. The important part is knowing when and how to take those opportunities, whatever they may be: stiving to be successful in a Maths Challenge, taking up a new musical instrument, showing endeavour in art, getting involved in the football team, joining a drama production – even setting up your own club.  Whatever the area, I am here to help you.

Life at Coombe Dean School is not just about academic study; it is about developing as a person, learning with others, making sense of the changing world, and understanding the community we live in, locally and nationally.

As your tutor, I will be here to show you your timetable, get you into new routines, help you meet other teachers and, of course, help you sign into a ClassCharts account where you earn rewards for all the things do you well, both in and outside of lessons.

You may wondering about the friends you will make and the work you have to do.  If you have problems with things like this – come and talk to me.  I enjoy helping people and I am a good listener.

I hope you have some ambitions that you would like to achieve in the coming few months. I look forward to hearing and sharing them when I see you in September.  In the meantime, have a look at my four pictures.  Each of them tells you something about me.  You are welcome to ask me about them when we meet soon.  I will want to find out about you, too.

I hope your summer will be great, with opportunities to relax, see friends that you have missed recently, visit new places, and share strong memories.  See you soon!

Mr Bennett

1) Are there any forms that I need to complete?You will need to complete several forms for us before your child starts school in September.  All of these forms will be sent to you via email and we will ask you to send them back in the same way.  The first forms will be sent out to you after Easter.
We will have been given the email address you used when you applied for your child’s school place so if this has changed, or does change in the next few months, please let us know by emailing
2) What school uniform do we need to purchase and where do we buy it from?Up to date school uniform requirements with details of where to buy this may be found on the school website:
3) What are the timings of the school day?All students are expected to be waiting at their tutor room when the bell rings at 8:40 ready for a prompt start.  There is a warning bell at 8:30 which reminds students to start making their way to their tutor room.
There is also a bell five minutes before the end of break and lunch to help students with their time keeping.
The school day ends at 3:00pm.
4) What day do year 7 start in September?Year 7 will start on Wednesday 8th September.  All year 7 pupils should arrive to school no later than 8:40am on this day.  Only Year 7 & Year 12 pupils will be in school on this day as we have not been able to provide induction days in the Summer Term.
We have been visiting primary schools to talk to pupils about what it is like at Coombe Dean and answer their questions.
Pupils will be invited to attend a Team Building Day on Saturday, 11th September. These will take place on the school site and will involve students taking part in a range of activities designed to enable them to get to know each other better. As this is being held at the weekend, they are not mandatory, but we would recommend that all students who are able to attend do so.  Please complete the following registration form for this day:
Team Building Registration Link
We are continuing to add all new information to the Primary Transition area of our website so please have a look for a tour of the school, tutor videos and much more!
5) Will Year 7 be given any transition support as they are missing out on their induction day?Year 7 will have their Induction Days on Wednesday, 8th  and Thursday 9th September during the usual school hours of 8:40am – 3:00pm.  On these days only Year 7 & 12 will be on the school site to provide new students time to get used to the school without it being too busy. Students will not need their PE Kit on the 8th but will need it on the 9th .
6) What equipment do we need for September?Students will be provided with exercise books by their class teachers and there will mostly be kept in their classrooms.
All students must bring the following in a pencil case:
2 blue/black pens
1 purple pen
1 pencil
1 30cm ruler
1 pencil sharpener
1 rubber
1 Protractor
Casio FX83 scientific calculator
We would also recommend:
1 glue stick
1 pair of scissors (Rounded ends only)
1 set of basic colouring pencils
Students should keep all of their equipment in a bag. Backpacks are the most practical, which they will keep with them throughout the school day.  We would recommend a bag large enough to fit their PE kit in on days when this is needed, as this will help them to keep everything together.
7) What public transport is available to travel to school and what is the cost?PLYMOUTH
Plymouth City Bus operate a school service for Coombe Dean with the 806 / 807 / 808 / 809 / 810 buses
Please follow the link below for more information about this service.  Tickets are bought directly from Plymouth City Bus. All buses arrive to school for 8.30am.
To be eligible for a subsidised bus ticket your child must either receive Free School Meals or be in receipt of one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Low Income Benefits, Carers and Disability Benefits, or Housing Benefit.
School transport is organised through the admissions team who will advise you on how to apply for this once you have been allocated a school place. All Devon buses arrive to school by 8.30am.
8) What options are available at lunchtime? How do we pay and how much does it cost?There are many different food options available for students to buy at lunchtime.  The menu is available weekly here:
There is always a main meal option, and the September prices will be updated online soon.
They are also always a range of salads and sandwiches available along with drinks, cookies, cakes and doughnuts.
We can help and assist individual needs if required by making up a meal plan with you and your family, so that your dining experience is the best it can be. This could be such as having a bespoke Grab Bag made up for you and could include ‘a requested sandwich, cake and drink of your choice or a pasty, water, crisps or anything that would make you feel comfortable and enjoy being in the canteen’
Students will pay for this using “Parent Pay” which will require you to put money onto their account electronically which may be used to buy food.
If you are eligible for free school meals you will be given a daily allocation of money.  If this is not spent on one day any remaining balance will disappear and their account will be re-set the next day.  If a pupil goes over this limit, then this will need to be repaid before the full allowance for the day is available again.
9) What is Parent Pay and how does it work?Parent Pay is our electronic payment system. You will use this system to pay for everything at school including school dinners, trips and items from the school shop.
You will be able to add credit to your account online for your child to spend in school either using a finger print or a PIN number.  You will be sent forms via email to set up your account.
10) Will I be in a tutor group with my friends?We try to put students with at least one other person that they have requested to be with.  Students who have listed several friends that they would like to be with may find that they are not placed in a tutor group with all their friends.  If you are not with your friend in your tutor group, you may still find you are in other lessons with them as lessons are not always taught in tutor groups.
There are many students who come to us without knowing anyone and we will try to place several of these in tutor groups together.  We are very experienced in helping students connect with other like-minded people and are confident that every student will find the right friendship group for them.
11) What is the role of a tutor and when will I find out who this is.The tutor will be your first point of contact for parents/carers and their children.  Your tutor will be the person who will learn the most about your child as they will be with them throughout their time at Coombe Dean.  The best way to make contact with tutors is through email, which will be provided to you when you find out who your tutor is going to be in the summer term.  All staff emails follow the same pattern: Mr J Bloggs would be
12) What extra-curricular clubs are available for my child?The school runs a broad variety of clubs for all students. These are run at both break times and after school from 3.05pm – 4pm. The clubs finish at 4pm to allow students to access the late bus that leaves at 4.15pm. The full list of clubs is sent out at the start of each term. Students do not need to sign up they can simply attend the club at the right time on the right day with the right equipment.
13) What should I do if my child is too unwell to attend school?If your child is going to be absent due to illness, we request that you call the absence line on 01752 504152 before 9.00am, leaving your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence. We ask that you phone each day that your child will be absent from school. If no reason for absence has been provided by 9.00am, you will receive a telephone call/ text indicating that your child has not arrived for school.
14) What should I do if my child is unable to attend school for another reason?We are unable to authorise holiday requests except in exceptional circumstances.
Where possible we request that medical appointments are made outside of school hours. If appointments are unavoidable please provide us with a copy of any appointment cards or letters.
If your child requires a period of absence from school, please collect or ask your child to collect an Absence Request Form from Reception to complete and return.
15) What should I do if my child needs to take medicine during the school day?If your child needs to take medication during the school day you will need to complete a consent form for this medicine to be stored and administered by the school.  These can either be sent to you, upon request, or you can come into reception to complete the form.
If your child has an ongoing medical condition that requires additional support or medication we will ask you to assist in completing an Individual Health Play (IHP).  If your child requires this please complete the following Medical Information Form:
Medical Information Form Link


Below is a useful booklet that you can download and keep. The booklet provides most of the useful information that you might need; both before you join your new school, and whilst you’re here:

Important School Information – Year 7 – March 2021

Below is a letter outlining the plans for this year’s transition activities:

Year 7 Transition Activities Letter – May 2021

You should also receive this letter via email, but if you do not, this may indicate that we do not have a correct email address for you.  Please let us know if this is the case by emailing:

This section is for Year 7 transition children and parents to use as supporting reference in the run up to joining in September.

Do visit here occasionally for new information.

c/o Emily Weston @primaryteachew

It is a government requirement that all schools keep and maintain accurate information about every pupil on roll. Therefore, you will need to complete the form below in advance of your child starting Coombe Dean:

New Pupil Data Pack –


Should you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to help via:

Please keep an eye on this page as we will occasionally update it with new information.

We look forward to meeting you all over the coming months…


Mr Dyke, Headteacher

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