Moving to a new school can be a daunting prospect, whether at the usual time of transition from primary to secondary school or later, as a mid-year transfer.
In education it is acknowledged that a thriving child may lose potential during transition periods between nursery, primary, secondary and further education.
We run a well-established transition programme for our future year 7 students, developed through strong links with our feeder primaries. Our deputy principal has carried out this role for more than 10 years and more recently we appointed a year 7 head of student services.
They visit every pupil at their primary school to learn something about them, their friendship groups and their likes and dislikes. They also take this opportunity to speak in detail with the class teacher about every student who has been allocated a place.
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