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Transition

At Woodlane we understand that changing schools can be a traumatic time in a child’s life and appreciate that for a child with special educational needs it can be even harder. We pride ourselves in providing a thorough transition package and will work with parents to ensure all pupils are ready for their transfer.

Please watch an introduction and video tour of our school below:

 

 

 

Primary to Secondary Transition Summary:

Year Group Structure

  • Transition Leader responsible for Primary to Secondary transfer.
  • Roughly half of Year 7 timetable taught by transition teacher, half taught by subject teachers.
  • 2 x Year 7 Tutors.
  • Teaching assistant in each class (to accompany pupils to all lessons).
  • 2 x classes set by ability level.

Organisation of Space

  • Transition rooms situated in far end of school, slightly separate.
  • Whole school integration at break and lunch times, with quiet areas available.
  • High staff:pupil ratio.
  • Lockers provided to all Year 7 pupils.

Breakfast Club/Lunch

  • Whole school.
  • Year 7 table at lunch times, transition teacher to eat with pupils.
  • Buddy system.

Information Exchange

  • Welcome letter sent to parents/carers, include transition plan (end of Spring Term).
  • Welcome letter sent to new pupil (end of Spring Term).
  • Primary information request, transition plans sent to primary schools (Summer Term).
  • Invite to Open Evening sent to parents/carers (Summer Term).
  • Pupils invited to spend an afternoon at Woodlane during the Summer Term.  Parents/carers invited to remain in class for part of the morning/afternoon.
  • Pupils invited to Year 6 transition lesson (Summer Term).
  • Some pupils to be visited at their primary school by the Transition Leader and Annual Reviews attended where possible.
  • Pupil visits to various Primary schools (Spring/Summer Term).

Open Evening (end of Summer Term)

  • Academic information provided.
  • Details on behaviour policy.
  • Meet Head/Deputy/Transition Teachers/Year 7 Teaching Assistants.
  • Receive induction pack (including timetable, transition booklet etc.)
  • Question and answer session.
  • Informal meetings over refreshments.
  • Current pupils to meet and greet (modelling correct uniform).
  • Chance to purchase school uniform.

Induction Day (first day of Autumn Term).

  • Year 7 pupils only.
  • Introduction assembly.
  • Tutor available.
  • Dairies provided and guidance on use.
  • Teaching assistant to guide pupils to lessons and encourage use of timetable.
  • Get to know you activities/subject lessons.

Transition Evening (start of Autumn Term, once pupils have started)

  • Pupils use PowerPoint to present their experiences to date, including a selection of their work.
  • Chance for parents to informally meet with transition teachers and teaching assistants.

+ Any pupil specific arrangements (if required)

Mid-Year Transition Summary:

  1. Introductory phone call to parents.
  2. Transition Leader to visit pupil at current school and/or home visit (if required).
  3. Teaching assistant to visit pupil at current school (if required).
  4. Initial planning meeting – form individual transition plan.
  5. Selected half and full days (individual plan to detail).
  6. Mid-year transition pack.

Should you require further details please contact the transition leader Bromwyn Kineavy.