How will the school prepare and support my child when joining the school and transferring to a new school?
Early Years Staff make visits to all feeder Nurseries to meet the children who will be starting our school. They spend time working with the children, observing them in a familiar environment and talking to their key workers.
- We encourage all new children to visit the school prior to starting and this is done through a series of transition days. These are timetabled so that children can have an experience of either end of the school day including lunch. For children with SEND we would encourage further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings. We would also do more visits at current nurseries.
- We write social stories with children if transition is potentially going to be difficult. We also work closely with parents to help this be as smooth a transition as possible.
- When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to Secondary education, we arrange additional visits. St. John’s, our ‘feeder’ secondary school, run a programme specifically tailored to aid transition for the more vulnerable pupils.
- We liaise closely with staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.
- If your child has complex needs and has a Statement, or Education Health & Care Plan, then a review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend and any other relevant professionals
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.