Important Dates

New intake parents evening (parents only) – 04.07.2019  6pm – 7.30pm

Year 6 Transition Day – Wednesday 10.07.2019

Year 6 Transition Day – Thursday 11.07.2019

At Kirkby College we realise that moving up to secondary school can be a very worrying time for both parents and children. To try to alleviate any concerns or worries we use a variety of practices which begin early in Year 4 & 5 and then aim to support students towards the end of Year 6. These include the sharing of information between schools; visits to schools by prospective teachers, children and their parents; the distribution of booklets; talks at schools; taster days and other joint events between schools. Students are usually invited to take part in sessions or projects beforehand; in English, Performing Arts, Maths, Languages, Science, Social Studies and Technology & Vocational Studies.

Such activities aim to achieve a good balance between academic and social concerns and promote five aspects of a successful transition for children:

Children who feel they have had a lot of help from their secondary school to settle in are more likely to have a successful, positive transition experience. Support of this kind at Kirkby College includes help with getting to know their way around the school, procedures to help students adapt, visits to schools either by whole classes from primary schools or for families where they can see examples of work and sample some lessons; induction/taster days. Personal interviews are also available upon request. These confidential interviews provide an ideal opportunity to discuss any appropriate personal or health issues with a member of staff that you feel may affect their wellbeing at school, or to ask any questions you may have about Kirkby College.

On arrival at Kirkby College we structure the first day of the Autumn term so that Year 7 children are the only students at the school and can experience the space and facilities without other students around.

Children need to understand what is expected of them in secondary school, be prepared for the level and style of work and realise that they will be challenged to build on progress at primary school. They will need to appreciate there could well be a rigorous homework policy and that they will be held more responsible for their learning, maybe having to devise strategies for learning independently, with a clear goal of academic achievement. They need to be aware that attendance at school at all times is vital (except, of course, in the case of illness).

It is important to address any mismatch of expectations of life and work in secondary school on the part of children, and the reality of it. We constantly review our transition provision and its usefulness by means of parent surveys and liaison with primary school teachers in order to continually improve the experience for students.

Top Tips for Parents to Ease Transition to Kirkby College

To help your child settle in at school you can:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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