Transition within classes/key stages:

Effective transition at all stages is essential to ensure that children feel safe within the learning environment. At St Chad’s, we have systems in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible for all of our pupils.

Transition to EYFS:

Transition from Nursery to Reception Class is a big step for both our children and their parents. We aim to support our families through this important stage in a number of ways. Children who attend our nursery are also part of the Reception class as we operate an EYFS unit. The children will have the same teacher for nursery and reception.

For children who attend other Nursery or Pre-School provision we recommend that families come for a visit to our school and spend time with the staff and children. Following this our staff will visit children in their own nurseries and discuss any needs with staff. All children who are starting Reception in September will be invited to attend ‘Moving Up’ Day.

Transition between classes in our school

Staff communicate effectively to help ensure a smooth transition between classes and key stages. Time is allocated in staff meetings at the end of the school year to ensure support plans are shared and children’s needs are discussed. Children spend time in their next class on move up day and additional transition time can be arranged if needed.

Transition to Secondary settings:

Once Secondary School places have been allocated, a Transition Worker works between our cluster of schools throughout the Spring and Summer Terms in Year 6. The transition worker liaises with children and families in order to ensure they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. All our feeder schools have transition days where your child can meet staff and classmates. They will also have opportunities to participate in sample lessons.

For children with additional needs, as part of our transition package, the SENCO will ensure that all SEND information is passed onto the next school to ensure that they are fully aware of any additional needs your child may have. The SENCO will work closely with families to ensure that the needs of the individual are met to the best of her ability. For example, extra transition visits for both parents and pupils, involvement of SENDIASS or support around the social or emotional well-being of the pupil.