The transition cycle begins in September, with visits to our local feeder schools to deliver literature advertising our Open Evening. During our Open Evening there is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to visit the school to meet key staff, take a tour of the multi million pound new building and find out more about the curriculum and different subject areas at North Chadderton School. Each year parents make an application to the LA by the 31st October.
Students and parents are informed of their allocated secondary school in March. We then write to our new parents/carers to formally invite them to attend our Year 6 Welcome Evening, which is held every May. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome and get to know our new students and reassure them if they have any worries, questions or queries regarding the move to secondary school.
During the summer term the Raising Achievement team will start to visit students in their primary school setting. This is to give them further details regarding the move to secondary school as well as to answer any questions/ concerns the students may have. It also provides an opportunity for a useful dialogue to take place between the staff in the primary and secondary schools. At this time our SEND students begin familiarisation visits to the school. They will meet key staff and begin to understand the geography of the building and the demands of the timetable. Dialogue between all relevant parties is of prime importance. We aim to ensure that all students are 'secondary ready' and endeavour to put into place appropriate interventions for students for whom this may not be the case.
In the second half of the summer term all students visit the school for an activity day, where they meet students from different primary schools in a small group of 30 and take part in enterprise themed activities. They also attend the school for 2 New Intake Days where they experience 2 days as North Chadderton students, meet their academic tutor and new form group and take part in 'taster lessons' in the curriculum areas they will be studying the following September.
We also give parents another opportunity to visit the school on our New Intake Evening. Parents can meet their child's academic tutor and find out about how they can support their child at this important stage in their development. On this evening parents are also given information regarding the year 7 curriculum and how they can best support their child with their learning. A recurring theme throughout the transition process is 'Working in Partnership'.
A relatively new venture in recent years has been a Summer School for vulnerable students or students who may be struggling to cope with the transition process. The Summer School takes place in the first week of the summer holiday and has a strong academic focus, but also involves team building, creative and sporting activities. Students who have taken part in the summer school have been overwhelmingly positive when evaluating their experiences and have said that it has made them feel even more confident and enthused about starting the next chapter of their school careers at North Chadderton.
If there are any questions or queries regarding any aspect of the KS2-3 transition process at North Chadderton please contact Mrs Walker, Director of Training and Raising Achievement KS3.