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How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

Children joining the school are offered home visits to allow the child to become familiar with an adult within the school.  This also allows us to find out a little more about the child and their interests. Induction meetings for both parents/carers and children are held to prepare them to join the Nursery and Reception classes. 

We would always encourage children new to the school to make visits beforehand to enable them to become familiar with their new setting. Initially, the class teacher will set up a “buddy” to support the new pupil and make them feel welcomed.

As children progress through the school, they will all participate in a transition day, where they will have the opportunity of spending part of the day in their new classroom with their new teacher. The current class teacher will pass on important information about the child’s education and welfare to their new teacher. The SENCO may also become involved during this “handover”.

When transferring from one primary to another, all electronic and paper records will be sent to the receiving school within 15 days of the child leaving.

“Moving on” (transition) can be difficult for all children but especially those with SEND. To aid a smooth transition, it may be necessary to carefully plan a programme that supports the child. When transferring to secondary school, some children may be offered additional visits to help them feel more confident about their next setting. Meetings between parents/carers, key primary and secondary school staff and the pupil may be arranged to enable effective information-sharing and important questions to be addressed.

All Year Six pupils participate in Protective Behaviours Training (Crucial Crew) where they are supported in becoming more aware of how to stay safe.