Transition - Key Stage 2 to 3
Due to Covid restrictive practices our summer transition programme has been adapted over the past two years to comply with government guidance. We are committed to ensuring that students joining us in Year 7 have as smooth a transition as possible into secondary school and are well equipped for the next stage of their education.
Over the past two summers we have held two summer schools – one bespoke week for identified students who would benefit from smaller group integration and a second week for the whole cohort to offer pupils the support they need to have a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. The programme offers creatively devised sessions, delivered by teachers over the course of one week, to help pupils build valuable skills needed for successful learning in Maths, English, IT, Language and Learning skills and orienteering thus becoming familiar with the school layout and routines. This experience also helps allay any of their anxieties by spending some time in school and meeting other students who will be in their year group.
We also provided transition learning materials on a dedicated Google Classroom in all Core Subjects, History and Art. This work provided students with an opportunity to sample KS3 learning and also provided teachers with an insight into the students’ work before they arrived in September.
In July 2021 we also ran a KS2-3 transition curriculum in 2 of our larger feeder primaries where all of our Core departments and History delivered a series of 6 lessons in an agreed area of the curriculum to embed key skills and also give pupils an insight into the St James’ 4 part lesson strategy.
At St James’ we place great emphasis and value on our partnerships, especially on working with parents/carers and our primary partners to ensure we give our new cohort of students the best possible start at secondary school. Parents have a ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening in the first half term in which they are given an update on how their child has settled in at St James’ and we can flag any concerns early on. Year 7 students also benefit from the ongoing support of a dedicated Year 7 Transition Mentor, Mrs Faucher.