Welcoming students from Primary to Secondary Education
Our Headteacher and the Headteachers from local primary schools work collegiately to improve the educational provision for young people in the community. Due to these close links many local school children have visited Whittington Green during their early junior school years. Visiting the school and taking part in a range of activities marks the beginning of a smooth and nurturing transition programme.
Throughout the year Whittington Green also holds community events which allows younger children to visit in a social capacity which helps them to familiarise themselves with the surrounding so when they take part in formal visits from their own schools they are less daunted by the experience.
During the Summer term Year 4 students of local feeder primary schools are invited to Whittington Green to allow them to experience secondary school. They are initially welcomed to the School by the Headteacher, given a guided tour of the School site and all its facilities whilst Whittington Green students are learning, allowing them to see Whittington Green in action! They then take part in a full day of activities based on one of the British Values strands. This continues into Year 5 and students continue to visit us several times as we explore more of the British Values strands. Year 5 students produce resources which we then proudly display in school so that the Year 5’s can see their work each time they visit us.
These visits are recognised to ease the minds of Year 5 students about the pending secondary school move and initiate in them a ‘secondary ready’ mind set and answer burning questions they have about transition.
All Year 5 and 6 students in the local area are invited to attend Whittington Green’s annual Open Evening which showcases the School’s g facilities and allows both students and parents/carers to ask questions of current students, staff and the senior leadership team.
Once secondary school places have been allocated by the local authority the Year 6 to Year 7 transition begins. The Pastoral Leader for 7 and the SENCO visit every primary school in which a child is destined for Whittington Green. The staff speak to the class teacher to gain an in depth knowledge of the child so as to aid the transition process. The students themselves meet with their prospective teachers and are able to discuss any worries or concerns they have about moving to secondary school. Usually these discussion with the Year 6 student take place in a classroom setting with their peers so they are able to fully articulate their worries and concerns and we are then able to answer some of their queries and hopefully put their minds at ease!
Whittington Green holds two consecutive transition days in July. On these two days prospective students attend Whittington Green in the same way any current student would. They will meet their Pastoral Leader, tutor and some class teachers and experience two ‘days in the life’ of a Whittington Green student. Emphasis is placed on pastoral care, anti-bullying workshops and familiarising themselves with the School site. The majority of students do not wish to leave once these two days are over!
An additional transition visit is reserved for the parents/carers of Year 6 children who are welcomed to the School during an evening in which they are able to purchase uniform and meet the team charged with ensuring their son/daughter is safe, happy and achieving whilst at Whittington Green. This evening is exceptionally well attended and is reported to reassure parents/carers in the lead up to their son/daughters transition to secondary education.
Students joining Whittington Green once the academic year is under way are welcomed into the Whittington Green family. An initial visit is undertaken by the relevant Pastoral Leader and information from the previous school is gathered. In-year admission students are aided in their transition by being allocated tutor group ‘buddies’ who help them to settle quickly into School life.