Effective transition at all stages is essential to ensure that children feel safe within the learning environment. At St Mary’s, we have systems in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for all of our pupils.
Transition into Reception
Transition from Nursery to Reception Class (Robins) is a big step for both our children and their parents. We aim to support our families through this important stage in a number of ways. Having children enter school from various nurseries we make sure that the 2nd half of summer term is dedicated to ensure a smooth transition for all. An opportunity for a school visit, one afternoon per week for six weeks is given to all new starters to St Mary’s. This ensures a smooth transition and gives children the opportunity to become familiar with their classroom, get to know their new friends and teachers. We also have a buddy system where all new starters buddy up with a year 6 pupil to help welcome them into our school family.
Our Reception Class teacher Mr Logan will visit your child in their current setting. Following this, parents will be invited to visit school for an induction evening. During induction parents will meet the staff and listen to short presentations or displays by relevant parties such as Taylor Shaw (school catering), Emblematic (uniform suppliers) and other relevant school staff.
Transition between classes
At St Mary’s we work closely within each milestone so children become familiar with each staff team. During the summer term staff meet to share information and for those children who require provision that is additional to or different from quality first teaching we make additional arrangements to support these children through the transition. This can include spending additional time in their new classroom, visiting their new classroom with their current member of support staff, beginning transition arrangements earlier in the Summer Term or photographs of their new classroom to take home and talk about with Parents and Carers during the Summer holidays. The support provided is tailored to the needs of individual children and will be discussed with parents and carers and the child. Social stories are often used at home and at school to encourage a smoother transition for some pupils. As of June/July 2019 all pupils across school will take part in their ‘moving on up’ sessions whilst our new starters attend their taster sessions. This will give each pupil the opportunity to experience taster lessons in their new classroom and begin to build further relationships with their teacher and fellow class mates.
Transition into Key Stage Three
Once Secondary School places have been allocated, a Transition Worker works between our cluster of schools throughout the Spring and Summer Terms in Year 6. The transition worker liaises with children and families in order to ensure they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. All Durham Secondary schools have transition days where your child can meet their new class teacher and their classmates. They will also have opportunities to participate in sample lessons.
As part of our transition package, the SENCO (Mrs Box) will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have. The SENCO will work closely with families to ensure that the needs of the individual are met to the best of her ability. For example, extra transition visits for both parents and pupils, involvement of SENDIASS (formerly Durham Parent Partnerships) or support around the social or emotional well-being of the pupil.
Joining our school at other times
If your child joins our school during a Key Stage or mid-way through the academic year, systems are in place to aid their transition from their previous school. When you visit our school, the Head Teacher, Mrs Box, will give you a tour and your child will have opportunities to see their new classroom and meet their teacher. If your child has SEND, our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO from your child’s previous school to ensure that we have the required information to enable us to support your child fully. It would be beneficial if you could discuss your child’s needs with us and share any information you have when you visit.
Leaving our school
If your child leaves St Mary’s, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.