Transition - Key Stage 2 to 3
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.
In the summer term there will be a Transition day (Thursday 7 July 2022). This is an excellent opportunity for your son/daughter to spend the day at St James’ school. On this day they will take part in some team building exercises, meet their form tutor and other key members of the transition team, sit some numeracy and literacy tasks, have an opportunity to make friends in their year group, and also become familiar with the school site through a tour of the school.
We will also hold a Parents/Carers’ session for our incoming Year 7 on Thursday 16 June at 5.45pm at the school, in St James’ Hall. This will be an opportunity for you to meet members of the senior team, the Head of Year 7, our Resilience lead teacher, together with our SENDCO and the Heads of English and Maths, will be available.
During the summer holidays, we hold a summer school (this year on 22 - 26 August) and your child will be invited to one day or for the full five days (for identified students who would benefit from further support and immersion). This day is important in helping your child to have a smooth transition from primary to secondary school and we do hope you will take steps to ensure they attend. The programme offers creatively devised sessions, delivered by teachers, 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 provide transition learning materials on a dedicated Google Classroom in all Core Subjects, History and Art. This work provides students with an opportunity to sample Key Stage 3 learning and also provides teachers with an insight into the pupils’ work before they arrive in September.
In July 2021 we also ran a KS2-3 transition curriculum in two of our larger feeder primaries where all of our Core departments and History delivered a series of six lessons in an agreed area of the curriculum to embed key skills and also give pupils an insight into the St James’ four-part lesson strategy. We will again be running this programme in the summer term 2022.
At St James’ we place great emphasis and value on our partnerships, especially on working with parents/carers and our primary school partners to ensure we give our new cohort of pupils the best possible start at secondary school. Parents have a ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening in the first half term of the new academic year 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 pupils also benefit from the on-going support of Mrs Faucher who is a dedicated Transition Mentor for Year 7.