Transition and options

In the summer term, we prepare pupils and students across the age ranges for transition into the next academic year. There is particular care given to those transferring from the primary phase into secondary school where pupils from external schools are provided with opportunities to visit the school and meet classmates during sports day and the summer celebration. Routine events, including parents’ group and coffee mornings are available to families and help to establish familiarity ahead of full-time attendance. We accept children throughout the academic year and operate a ‘what works’ attitude to transition. This can mean detailed work with the therapy team ahead of entry to class or a simple buddy arrangement to ensure new arrivals do not become isolated or overwhelmed.


KS3 Transition

At the end of spring term in year 9 Key Stage 3 pupils begin the process of selecting KS4 options for level 2 study the following year. The boys choose from a selection of vocational qualifications that are supplemented by a core offer that includes English, mathematics, computing, science, citizenship & PE. They attend taster days with their parents and meet with subject leads who help them to make informed decisions about the next stage of their study. This is a critical time for the boys and they select from a menu of vocational subjects that, in many cases, will form the first steps of their pathway into work. Hospitality, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Animal Care, Land Based Studies, Vehicle Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Sport and Construction all feature on the list of choices.

KS4 Transition

Key Stage 4 pupils meet our level-6 qualified careers advisor 3 times a year to ensure that they have are clear about their pathways following terminal examinations. This can vary from college courses to traineeships and apprenticeships. The careers advisor supports applications to suitable courses or arranges placements. There is an opportunity in both year 10 and 11 to attend college and university open days that broaden understanding and reduce anxieties by tackling misconceptions. Once decisions are made EHCP reviews are completed in the autumn term of year 11, confirming the desired destination and identifying accreditation routes where necessary.


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