Starting school is an important milestone for a child. The transition often marks a time of great excitement for families and children. We also recognise that transition occurs between year groups and key stages.
We want all of our children to feel happy, safe and secure. The quicker they settle into their new environment, the more confident they become in developing independence and the more they enjoy their learning. The transition to secondary school is also important to us and we strive to prepare our children and equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue their learning journey. Our aim is to ensure that all of our pupils have as seamless a transition as possible to ensure that they continue to enjoy and achieve in their new school environment.
We hold open days for new Nursery and Reception parents with the relevant Foundation Stage Lead, and all Nursery and/or Reception pupils who are allocated a place at the Academy attend introductory sessions. These sessions give pupils an opportunity to spend time with their class, make new friends and, most importantly, meet some of the staff with whom they will be spending the next 7-8 years, including their class teacher.
Pupils from Year 1-Year 5 engage in “class swaps,” where they have an opportunity to experience their new classrooms and become accustomed to working with their new teachers before they officially move up a year. We maintain close links with our local secondary schools/academies and all pupils will receive planned transition activities throughout Upper Key Stage 2. These include bespoke visits to their chosen secondary schools and “mock bus rides” where they have the opportunity to become familiar with their new school bus route and pick up/drop off points.
There is also a Parent Induction Evening for all new parents in the summer term to give them key information about the Academy. The Parent Induction Meetings are an opportunity for parents to come into school, meet their child’s new class teacher and find out more information about the curriculum. The Induction also gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s ethos, routines and expectations and meet the Principal and Senior Leadership Team.