We believe that a smooth, positive and exciting transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is crucial to the start of the students’ time at Catmose College.
- To reassure Year 6 pupils about the transfer to College and to prepare them for College life.
- To inform parents of their choices and to enable them to fully support their child through the transition process.
- To give primary school staff the opportunity to pass on key information about their Year 6 cohort.
- To enable the College to gather relevant information about each individual student.
The period for transition can be difficult for students and parents alike. If handled correctly, students can begin life at their new school confidently and in a position to develop socially, emotionally and academically. Parents can feel informed and confident that their child will move smoothly onto the next phase of their educational life.
Catmose College recognises four partners in the transition process and aims to support them as described below:
Prior to starting at Catmose College, students need reassurance about what the next phase in their education journey holds for them. This is done in a variety of ways:
- Due to current COVID restrictions we are unable to offer our usual on-site open evening. We have put together information and media to give you a flavour of life as a student at Catmose College. Our online prospectus is available to view by clicking here.
- A student booklet is provided to all students who gain a place at the College, providing key information at the point of transfer.
- A Transition Day, allowing for pupils to participate within lessons, meet key staff and ask any questions which they have before starting with us in August. It also allows them to become familiar with their new environment.
- Extended transition upon invitation is also provided for the most vulnerable students.
- Term 1 Transition Elective: During their first term all Year 7 students will spend Wednesday afternoons with their new form tutor and tutor group. Together they will complete tasks on: our Ethos, the Routines for Learning, the College layout, the House System and House Points, the Library, ICT and extra-curricular provision.
- We are also looking forward to inviting our new intake to a week of activities during the summer break. This will be held from Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August, between the hours of 9am – 3pm. The summer school aims to further support students’ transition and for them to get to know others in their tutor group. The week will include a range of sport, art and drama workshops which complements the work of preparing students for their English and maths lessons at the College. Further details regarding the summer school will be emailed to parents nearer the time.
Prior to starting at Catmose College parents need a variety of information concerning processes, meetings, equipment and standards. This is achieved through:
- Due to current COVID restrictions we are unable to offer our usual on-site open evening. We have put together information and media to give you a flavour of life as a student at Catmose College. Our online prospectus is available to view by clicking here where you can also book an appointment to speak with a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
- The student handbook that is sent out to all parents and provides a variety of information required prior to transfer.
- At the end of the induction day parents will have the opportunity to meet their child’s form tutor via Microsoft Teams; they be responsible for the care of your child for the following five years.
Primary partners are required to complete a transition document for each student. This document requests key information on a number of areas:
- Academic Attainment including any SEN information
- Aspects of social, emotional or medical concerns
- Any other information deemed to be of relevance to the transition process.
- Staff will visit or request information from the primary schools deemed to be of relevance to the transition process.
- Staff will use this information to select tutor groups that are mixed and balanced based on information gathered from primary colleagues through professional trust and partnership.
- Catmose College hold an Open Evening and Induction Day designed to reassure pupils and parents and enable them to begin the new phase of their education confidently.
KEY CONTACTS REGARDING TRANSITION
Senior Assistant Principal – Claire Sherlock – firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – Andrea Sharpe – email@example.com