Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for Year 6 pupils. To help reduce the anxiety and maintain the achievements of primary school, The Marvell College has an extensive transition programme in place.
The programme begins before Year 6 with our staff working closely with our partner primary schools on a range of activities designed to help pupils get to know us and the College better. At the start of Year 6 in late September there is a Year 6 Open Evening held at the College to showcase our facilities and the work we do. Parents/Carers are welcome to come and ask questions and there will be current Year 7 students helping to show them round to talk about their experiences of moving to secondary education.
Once the College has been notified by the Local Authority of those students who have chosen us as their choice of secondary education we begin a detailed programme designed to gain as much information about the new pupils as possible.
- Talking with students’ current teachers and gaining from them detailed information about students.
- Receiving from the Local Authority detailed information on each student, including academic grades, attendance, SEN, etc.
- Meeting with students at their primary schools.
- Meeting with parents and students in June at a special Parents’ Evening where tutors get to meet their tutees for the first time. This meeting is an important one in developing the close working relationship between tutor and students and parents/carers.
- Inviting students into College in the Summer term to take part in an extensive programme of transition activities. These are planned to help students get to know their tutor; know other staff in the college; begin to understand what they will need for their daily life at the College; to be acquainted with other members of their Year Group. The dates for Transition Week will soon be confirmed.
- At the start of the September term we understand that children may take different times to settle into secondary school life. All children are different. For this reason there is a range of support given in the first months designed to help all students attain and then surpass the levels of achievement they had at primary school. For parents there is an opportunity in November to visit the school and talk with your child’s tutor about how they have settled in and the progress they are making.
- There are four data collections throughout the academic year held to help review a student’s progress. This is a useful tool in helping parents gauge if their child is settling in well and making progress.
- The Year Office is an important part of the transition process helping tutors achieve their tasks and supporting students where necessary in a variety of ways.
We believe that the transition programme we have at The Marvell College offers the student the right balance of support and the opportunity to develop their confidence in order that they become successful in their secondary school career.
Mr Owen - Assistant Headteacher/Head of Transition
If you would like to organise an additional visit to The Marvell College please contact Mr Owen on 01482 799132