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Transition Programme

Due to the current school closures, we know that you may be anxious and have questions about your child's transition from primary to secondary.

The Learning Partnership have this week announced that: “Following government guidance on transition from year 6 to year 7, there will be no face to face visits to Hull Learning Partnership secondary schools this year.” This means that there will be no Transition Week, Transition Visits or Induction Evening. Although this is not unexpected news, we appreciate families may feel concerned by this and we will continue to liaise with and update our Year 6 families regularly.

Please rest assured that the Year 6s who are joining us in September are extremely important to us, and we will do all we can to ensure that transition processes and experiences at the start of the new school year in September are as positive as possible. If you need to get in touch with us regarding transition information, please do not hesitate to contact us at

In the meantime, have a look at our Transition FAQs, guidance for parents and information for Year 6 pupils and the essential equipment list!

Transition at The Marvell College

Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for Year 6 pupils. To help reduce the anxiety and maintain the achievements of primary school, The Marvell College has an extensive transition programme in place.

The programme begins before Year 6 with our staff working closely with our partner primary schools on a range of activities designed to help pupils get to know us and the College better. At the start of Year 6 in late September there is a Year 6 Open Evening held at the College to showcase our facilities and the work we do. Parents/Carers are welcome to come and ask questions and there will be current Year 7 students helping to show them round to talk about their experiences of moving to secondary education.

Once the College has been notified by the Local Authority of those students who have chosen us as their choice of secondary education we begin a detailed programme designed to gain as much information about the new pupils as possible.

This involves:

  • Talking with students’ current teachers and gaining from them detailed information about students.
  • Receiving from the Local Authority detailed information on each student, including academic grades, attendance, SEN, etc.
  • Meeting with students at their primary schools.
  • Meeting with parents and students in June at a special Parents’ Evening where tutors get to meet their tutees for the first time. This meeting is an important one in developing the close working relationship between tutor and students and parents/carers.
  • Inviting students into College in the Summer term to take part in an extensive programme of transition activities. These are planned to help students get to know their tutor; know other staff in the college; begin to understand what they will need for their daily life at the College; to be acquainted with other members of their Year Group. The dates for Transition Week will soon be confirmed.
  • At the start of the September term we understand that children may take different times to settle into secondary school life. All children are different. For this reason there is a range of support given in the first months designed to help all students attain and then surpass the levels of achievement they had at primary school. For parents there is an opportunity in November to visit the school and talk with your child’s tutor about how they have settled in and the progress they are making.
  • There are four data collections throughout the academic year held to help review a student’s progress. This is a useful tool in helping parents gauge if their child is settling in well and making progress.
  • The Year Office is an important part of the transition process helping tutors achieve their tasks and supporting students where necessary in a variety of ways.

We believe that the transition programme we have at The Marvell College offers the student the right balance of support and the opportunity to develop their confidence in order that they become successful in their secondary school career.

Mrs Stead - Deputy Headteacher/Head of Transition

If you would like to organise an additional visit to The Marvell College please contact Mrs Stead on 01482 799132

Instrumental and singing lessons

Instrumental and singing lessons at The Marvell College are provided by the music teachers from St Mary's College. We currently offer lessons on:

Brass – cornet, euphonium, French horn, tenor horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba

Guitars – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar

Keyboards – keyboard, piano

Drum Kit

Strings – cello, double bass, viola, violin


Woodwind – bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone

The lessons are fully subsidised for those students who receive free school meals. Anyone who wishes to continue or begin instrumental or singing lessons at The Marvell College from September 2020 will need to complete an application form before their lessons commence. These will be available soon.

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