Year 6/7 Transition – Welcome!

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 students work brilliantly together. 

September 7th will be my first official day as Headteacher. I will be a little nervous, but confident and proud as well because I trust and believe in the team of staff and students who are going to be working with me – and with you.

We are going to achieve great things together.

Connect and Communicate

We have created a super set of resources to help you connect and communicate with us.  You can find the links on this page using the tabs above.

  • Welcome to Your New School – Mrs Cooper, Year 7 Team Leader, provides lots of practical information about life at Coombe Dean: timetables; equipment; uniform – it’s all there
  • Meet your Tutor – find out how our tutor groups provide the support you need
  • Find your Way – take a tour with the students in Treasure Hunt HQ
  • Support when you Need it – hear how we can help if you are feeling worried
  • Learning at Coombe Dean – Ruby (Y7) tells us what makes learning at Coombe Dean so special.
  • Canteen Countdown – see what’s cooking in the Coombe Dean Canteen

I am looking forward to meeting you soon. Until then, I hope that you have a great summer and that you and your family stay safe and well.

Kevin Dyke
Headteacher, Coombe Dean School

Download my welcome letter: Headteachers Transition Welcome Letter – July 2020

Frequently Asked Questions:

Year 6-7 FAQs -July 2020

Our tutor groups are your home-from-home.

Having a Tutor is like having a parent in school whose job is to make sure you get all the help and support you need.

Start every day the right way with tutor time at 8.40am.

Meet Mrs Cooper, Your Year 7 Team Leader

Mrs Cooper will be leading the Year 7 team. You can find out about her on her profile tab below, and hear from her in our ‘Support When You Need It’ video via the main tab above.

All our Year 7 Tutors are hand-picked to give our new students the best possible start. Meet them in their Tutor profiles below. Find out how they will support you, locate your tutor base and get some clues about their personalities.

You can find out more about the Year 7 Team in our ‘Welcome to Your New School’ video at 1:18, also via the tab above.

Find Your Tutor Group

Unsure about your tutor group location? Find your group by using the handy maps found in the images of the Tutor profiles, tabbed below:

Welcome to all the new Year 7 students joining Coombe Dean this year.  I am really looking forward to meeting you all!

As Year 7 Team Leader, it will be my job to get to know all of you so that I am able to make sure school is an enjoyable experience for everyone.  I believe that the more you enjoy school, the more you are likely to do well.

I will be supporting your tutors to provide you with interesting tutor time activities and help solve any problems that you may have.

You will see from my photos that I am an active and social person and you will find that I am full of enthusiasm to try new things.  I love hearing new ideas and I have no doubt that all of you will bring plenty of those with you!

Top 3 Qualities

  • Excellent problem solver
  • Supportive
  • Great at motivating others

Hello and welcome to the Tutor page for 7BKD. This year I was a Year 11 Tutor, having had this tutor group since they joined in Year 7. It was an absolute pleasure working with them every day, helping them to grow as young people in all of the same ways I will hopefully help you all. I am really excited to be a Year 7 Tutor again and I am looking forward to meeting you all soon.

As your Tutor, it is my job to be your go to person for any problem or question that you may have. I will be there to greet you every morning, offering help and support in all aspects of Coombe Dean life to help you all have an excellent day!

During our tutor sessions, we will have fun getting to know each other and learning the best ways that I can support you to make the most of your time at Coombe Dean.

You will see from my photos that I love travelling and visiting new places – particularly if there is a good football team playing in that city! I am a very sociable person and I love going on long walks with my friends and family – these are the best times to hear new ideas, but also have some quiet time to reflect on things.

Top 3 Qualities

  • Patient
  • Supportive
  • Excellent Problem Solver

Welcome to the Year 7 students joining 7EPC tutor group. I am excited to welcome you and look forward to meeting you all soon.

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.

On my Tutor page are four pictures. Each tell you something about me. I can’t wait to get to know you all and find out about your hobbies and interests.

Tutor time is important to me as I am able to connect with my tutor group, hear about your achievements and successes, and find new ways in which I can support you. It also gives students time to inspire and encourage others. 

Top 3 Qualities

  • Kindness
  • Teamwork
  • Perseverance

Welcome to my 7GLM Tutor page.

I have been a teacher of food for 10 years, but I have only worked a few months at Coombe Dean, so I am pretty new here, too. 

My job as your Tutor is to make you feel safe, comfortable and welcome. We begin our school day with tutor time at 8.40am. I will be there to welcome you and help you get the best start to your day with lots of fun activities. 

I am looking forward to getting to know you individually.  In the meantime, have a look at the four pictures at the top of my tutor page; each tells you something about me.

I have two children, a husband and a pug, and I have been described as a floral person as I love floral prints everywhere – on my clothes and in my house

When I am not at work, I am usually baking at home with my children, gardening, cycling, doing yoga or tending to my beautiful cut flower garden.  I love making things, using all the skills I learnt during my design and technology degree, especially sewing and jewellery making. 

My door is always open should you need me, and I really look forward to supporting you throughout your time at Coombe Dean School. 

Top 3 Qualities

  • Kind
  • Compassionate
  • Organised

Welcome to 7VW. I cannot wait to meet you and get to know you all. I will be your Tutor when you join Coombe Dean School and my job will be to look after you all year.

You will see me every morning during tutor time and you can find me in my room any time you need support with any issues that may arise. It will be my upmost priority to ensure that you are settled in and your transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible. If you ask my students, they will tell you I am very caring and kind and will look after you as a member of my tutor group.

You will see a few pictures here that will give you some information about me and things I like.

Top 3 Qualities

  • Kind and caring
  • Supportive
  • Good listener


I am Miss Miles, and I am an English teacher at Coombe Dean. I am really looking forward to meeting all my lovely new tutees.

The transition between primary and secondary school can be one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life, so many of you might be feeling nervous. However, I want you to know that I will be here every step of the way to help you feel comfortable and confident at Coombe Dean.

No question is a silly question, so come and talk to me about any worries you have, and I will do my best to put your mind at ease.

I like to think of my new tutor group as a team, and I will ensure that our tutor sessions will always be a safe place where you will feel supported and valued. I have loads of interests outside of teaching so don’t feel afraid to chat to me about any of your own hobbies!

Until then, have a look at my four pictures which tell you a little something about my life.

I look forward to meeting you!

Top 3 Qualities

  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Empathetic

Welcome to my 7LLB Tutor page. I am really looking forward to meeting every single one of you.  Just like you, this is my first year at Coombe Dean, so we will be going through the transition of joining a new school together. 

As your Tutor, I will see you every morning and be there to help start your day off in the best possible way.  I will be there for you throughout the day and for you to feel that I am your ‘go to’ trusted teacher if you feel the need and want to share a concern or a problem.

As you can see at the top of my Tutor page, there are four different pictures; each one of them represents a different part of my life. One of the main reasons why I love being a tutor is to get to know my tutees, for you to get to know me, for us all to have a great relationship and be our own 7LLB family.

I look forward to meeting you all and seeing you all develop as individuals in your secondary school journey.

Top 3 Qualities

  • Kind
  • Encouraging
  • Finding solutions to problems

Coombe Dean is super easy to find your way around.

There are maps and signs everywhere and staff and students are always happy to help point you in the right direction.

Treasure Hunt

At 13:00 hours on Wednesday 10th June, Miss Dennis (Deputy Headteacher) took the treasure hunt challenge with the help of Amber, Emmi and Sam in the Treasure Hunt HQ.

You can:

  • Solve the clues – each clue is a place in Coombe Dean – try them here before you watch the video
  • Watch the video – as Miss Dennis solves clues and finds her way around Coombe Dean, you’ll get to know the school layout
  • Treasure Hunt Map – download a copy of the treasure hunt map here
  • Find your tutor base – go to our tutor pages to find your tutor base
  • Our ‘Welcome to Your New School’ video has more information about finding your way around Coombe Dean at 5:40. This can be accessed via the main tab above.

When you know that something is special, you want other people to know about it, too, so that they can enjoy it. That’s the way we feel about Coombe Dean!

Teachers, parents and young people from all over Plymouth love our school. They feel safe and happy, and they build fantastic relationships with each other that help them to achieve success.

Ready for the  Challenge

This year, young people and their families have been dealing with extra pressures. Because of the COVID-19 virus, there have been lots of changes in the way we live, and we have missed going to school regularly.

That’s why we’re working extra hard to ensure you get the best start at Coombe Dean.

  • Talking to your teachers
  • Listening to your questions
  • Planning an exciting start in September

No question to small!

It’s good to talk!

If you have any questions, you can contact us at:

Ruby, Year 7:

Not so long ago, I was like you, wondering if I had tied my tie correctly, nervous and excited.

I discovered that Coombe Dean is a special school full of friendly, supportive teachers.
This year is incredibly different from other years.  Young people like you and me have been missing lessons – and missing their friends.

Whatever challenges we face, teachers at Coombe Dean are working very hard to ensure that school is a safe, happy place and that you enjoy learning.

See you in September, Year 7!


Learning at Coombe Dean

  • Year 7 Curriculum – find out what we mean by ‘curriculum’ and how it shapes learning in Year 7 Year 7 Curriculum Information
  • Use our ‘Welcome to Your New School video’ from the main tab above to find out about:
    • the timings of a typical day (3:08)
    • the equipment you need at (12:18)
    • rules for mobile Phones (16:10)
    • using Classcharts (18:42)

Our friendly kitchen crew love it when the Coombe Dean Canteen is buzzing with the sound of students and staff enjoying our food.

We have been hard at work, designing new menus, improving our recipes, seeking out the freshest, tastiest ingredients and packing even more value into our meal deals.

We’re counting down the days until we’re open for the best school food in Plymouth.

See you soon, Year 7!

Simon Lovell, Catering Manager and Head Chef

Canteen Countdown

  • Canteen Culture: Breaks & Lunch – want to find out what happens at break and lunchtime beyond the canteen? Go to 6:59 in the ‘Welcome to Your New School’ video for more information about what happens at these times. This video can be accessed from the main tab above.
  • Menu tasters – see some an example menu
  • Countdown Video – go behind the scenes in the canteen kitchen and see us at work
  • Favourite Foods – tell us what you like to eat when you join us in September – we’re listening!

If you do have any questions or concerns, be sure to email:

Other than that, there is nothing more you need to do now other than have a great summer!

We look forward to giving you all a big warm welcome in September…


Mr Dyke, Headteacher

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