From Nursery to Primary School
Children joining our Academy all have the opportunity to build relationships with us and learn about the next stages of their education prior to starting with us in September.
Reception children and parents have a transition parents meeting in the summer term where parents and children spend time in the reception classrooms after a meeting to introduce the routines. It is our hope that the young people joining our home will feel comfortable and excited by their new surroundings in a controlled and personalised visit ahead of their first day of school. This allows for friendships to be developed and any questions or concerns to be answered in good time.
We also do home visits for new pupils joining us from Reception so that children may meet with their teachers first feel special in this vital transitory period.
Our academy sets up a buddy system. Each new child joining us in Reception will have a buddy in year 4 or 5 who will help them settle into the school and offer guidance and support. This is an exciting opportunity for all parties involved as our younger children feel safe and secure whilst our older pupils build confidence in their skills, knowing they are giving back to the Academy.
It is our priority to help with this change, therefore we welcome any feedback and support from parents and carers on making this process easier for their children.
Going into Secondary School
We work in partnerships with our local secondary schools to ensure that our young people feel confident about their next destination. Making that move into a new environment is challenging enough without knowing you'll be the youngest and newest ones there!
Through meetings with a teacher from your destination school happening at the Academy, we hope to help ease some of those nerves for our children. We therefore ensure that every child in our care gets the chance to meet with somebody from their chosen secondary school before the summer term is over of Year 6. We also encourage this to happen in groups so that pupils are aware that they are not going to be alone.
Visit days are arranged with the local secondary schools, where one of our teachers or support staff will accompany children to and from their new school. They will get the chance to explore their new learning environments and meet thier whole class, making friends before the start of September.
We strongly encourage parents with any concerns about the the transitional periods to come and speak to our Principal.