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Pupils readily identify additional adult figures who provide counselling and pupils who can help them, such as 'buddies' and trained pupil mentors. ISI Report, January 2015

The College wants to ensure that transition from Year 6 is as smooth as possible. In the summer term of Year 6, all boys and parents are invited into school for orientation, fun activities and information, so that, by September, they already feel that they belong to St Columba’s. The boys transferring over from the Prep School will also have had four visits to different departments during Year 5 (Prep 5) and Year 6 (Prep 6).

Prior to the beginning of the year in September, any boy can participate in the sports training programme to become acquainted with his peers. Boys will also participate in a retreat within the first few weeks of Form 1, which consolidates those new friendships. The year concludes with a four-day summer camp in Devon.

The College has an 11+ Coordinator, who has oversight of the transition of boys during their first year to help them with the process of settling in. A Welfare Officer also eases transition by being a presence throughout the year. All boys in Form 1 are allocated a Lower Sixth House buddy, who meets with them on a regular basis. This relationship is continued until the end of Form 2. A 13+ Coordinator assists with the transition of entrants to Form 3.

Please click here for information for all new students and parents starting in September 2017.