Transition from the Infants
Most of our children come to us from our Infant school. The preparation for this transition starts right from nursery! The highlight of Mr. Wilkinson's Christmas is the nursery nativity! We love to visit the infants to start to get to know the children and learn about their talents and foibles. We make sure we have very good links between the schools and communication about children and families is excellent. The two schools work closely together, supporting each other’s events and running the joint Literature & Arts Festival every year.
In year 2 the children have a number of opportunities to visit the junior school and begin to get to know the staff and the new environment. As part of the transition, the children will meet their year 3 teacher at the infants and also spend a day at the juniors being taught by their current year 2 & new year 3 teacher. We offer a number of opportunities for parents/carers to meet the staff at the juniors and ask questions to put their minds at ease.
Transition to Secondary School
The transition to secondary school is a very important time for children. The preparation for this starts in year 5, especially if your child plans to take grammar school tests. Year 5 is a good time to go and visit the local schools and there will be open evenings advertised on their websites. If your child plans to take grammar school tests, it is a good idea to do some practise to prepare and you need to be clear on the procedures for the test (again found out on the school’s website).
The Local Authority will communicate directly with parents about the process for application to secondary school. The information does not come through us, but if you require support with any part of the process, please make an appointment to see Mr Wilkinson. Once children have been allocated places, there will be opportunities for most children to visit their secondary school in the summer term. We will also meet with representatives from each school to pass on information about children to prepare for a good transition.