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Primary Transition arrangements for 2020
Our current plan for transition this year
Each of the following sections are key elements to the transition process. We are having to do them differently this year due to the unprecedented times we are experiencing. However, we will plan to make sure your start here in September includes some fun and exciting activities.
School visits and transition booklet
We normally visit every student in their primary school so they can meet Mr Hutchinson (Head of Year 7) and Mr Peattie (Assistant Vice Principal) and provide key information, then arrange transition visits where Year 6 pupils come to Graham School for two days to meet their new tutors, get to know the school buildings and experience typical Year 7 lessons. If schools reopen before the summer break, we will still try to visit each primary school so we can get to know your child.
At this point in time, transition visits are unlikely to take place due to social distancing measures; however this video (below), produced by our staff and key worker students, has some important messages and allows a virtual tour of the school, presented by Year 7 and 8 students.
Form groups and setting
During your first week at Graham School we expect that most activities will be completed within form groups to ensure strong relationships are created. We will also work with Year 6 teachers to identify who may need extra support and Mrs Atkinson, our SENDCO, will ensure the relevant support is in place for when pupils start with us in September. Mrs Atkinson has been in contact with your primary schools to gather valuable information that will allow us to meet the needs of all students who require additional support. We also appreciate that parents may be concerned due to the lack of Year 6 data this year. Again, your Year 6 teachers have been sending us progress data on every child to help us gauge their strengths and weaknesses. To form as accurate a picture as possible we will complete our own in-school assessments in September (as usual).
Friendships are a priority and your Year 6 teachers have informed us of which students in your primary school should be kept together and likewise who should be given a fresh start from each other in September.
Parent Transition Meetings 2020
We would normally have held a number of parent meetings, both in the primary schools and at Graham Sch ool to inform and support parents through the transition process. We are still aiming to run some small parent meetings, in school, towards the back end of July 2020. These meetings would be through invitation and would be conducted under social distancing guidelines. We really do hope that these meetings will be possible so that we can meet our new students and their parent/carers.
Welcome from your Head of Year, Mr Hutchinson
My role, along with the team of Year 7 form tutors, is to make sure your child is happy, settled and confident.
Personally, I aim to ensure that every child enjoys their first and all future years here at Graham School. It is an exciting time, but also an opportunity for a ‘fresh start’; an opportunity to create a positive impression; an opportunity to embark on a new adventure and to be a successful individual within our community. Form tutors will help your child feel secure and make friends within their tutor group and across the year. They will encourage your child to take advantage of the many clubs, activities and social events over the course of the year, whilst maintaining our Positive Discipline (PD) system and encouraging our students to become more independent and well rounded.
As a pastoral team, we will also be there to guide your child and solve any problems they may encounter. This is an important time in your child’s life and we will strive to ensure it is positive and memorable. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We want you to stay safe and well at this difficult time, if you need support try these amazing services:
Kooth: free online counselling and support kooth.com
Compass BUZZ confidential text messaging service on 07520 631168
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