Thorley Hill Primary School

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How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

The first day at school for all children can be both exciting and/or stressful. We would always encourage children new to the school to make visits beforehand to enable them to become familiar with their new setting. Initially, the class teacher will set up a “buddy” to support the new pupil and make them feel welcomed.

Prior to starting in Nursery, home visits will also be arranged to allow key school staff to meet parents/carers and children in their home environment first.

As children progress through the school, they will all participate in a transition day, where they will have the opportunity of spending part of the day in their new classroom with their new teacher. Prior to this, parents/carers are invited in to school to “Meet the Teacher”. The current class teacher will pass on important information about the child’s education and welfare to their new teacher. The InCo may also become involved during this “handover”.

When transferring from one primary to another, all electronic and paper records will be sent to the receiving school within 15 days of the child leaving.

“Moving on” (transition) can be difficult for all children but especially those with SEND. To aid a smooth transition, a carefully planned programme supports each child. When transferring to secondary school, additional visits can be organised to help the child feel more confident about their next setting. Meetings between parents/carers, key primary and secondary school staff and the pupil can be arranged to enable effective information-sharing and important questions to be addressed.

All Year Six pupils participate in Protective Behaviours Training (Crucial Crew) where they are supported in becoming more aware of how to stay safe.