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How will we support your children when they are joining this school, leaving this school, or moving on to another class?
We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child or young person with SEND, and we take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
If your child is joining us from another school during the year:
- A member of the leadership team will visit children at other schools when appropriate.
- Visits to the school are welcomed and can be arranged through the school office.
- If your child would be helped with transition resources (visual aids e.g. Photographs of classroom and adults) to support them in understanding and moving on, then one will be made for them.
- Your child will be able to visit our school and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.
If your child is moving to another school:
- We will contact the school and ensure they know about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child. Where possible, a planning meeting will take place with the new school.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
- If your child would be helped with transition resources (visual aids e.g. Photographs of classroom and adults) to support them in understanding moving on, then one will be made for them.
When moving classes in school:
- Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and in most cases a planning and target setting meeting will take place with the new teacher. Action plans will be shared with the new teacher.
- If your child would be helped by a transition book (visual aids e.g. Photographs of classroom and adults) to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.
- There will be opportunities towards the end of the summer term for your child to spend time with / in their new class.
Preparation for new academic year
- In addition to the above processes students and their families are invited to formal visits to the school. Families are invited to attend a coffee afternoon which includes a short welcome presentation, important form filling, opportunity to purchase uniform and a chance to meet the staff. Students are invited to attend part of the transition weeks (outlined below) to get to know their new classmates, the staff and the school.
- During the last 2 weeks of term students move into their new classes with new staff (as much as possible)
- Students new to the school are encouraged to join the transition – new year 7 students are invited to join for the first week and part of one of the other weeks and other new students are encouraged to join for as much as they can.
- Activities are planned in departments and classes with the focus on team building and preparing for the new year with learning activities delivered in class groups both on-site and off-site