Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Transition

From Primary to Secondary School

Children joining our Academy all have the opportunity to build relationships with us and learn about the next stages of their education prior to starting with us in September.

At Oasis Academy Sholing the most important thing to us is that each new student starts Year 7 feeling safe, secure, happy and enthused to be part of their new school. This not only applies to students; we also want parents to be happy and well informed about the move their child will make from primary to secondary school.

Transition from primary to secondary school does not begin in Year 6 and end in Year 7. We ensure that our primary liaison and transition work begins as early as Year 5 and continues into Year 6 and beyond, the students are supported at every stage of their transition into secondary school, and beyond that with our trip to Avon Tyrrell during the first half Autumn term.

All Year 6 students are invited in to the Academy for number of transition days, where they will meet their form tutor and their peers for the next 5 years. We hope that this helps to settle some of the nerves that come with changing environments - especially since we understand how daunting it can be knowing you are the newest and youngest members of the family! After our transition programme, our prospective students go home safe in the knowledge that they have walked the corridors of the academy, met their teacher and most importantly made friends. We arrange bespoke transition programmes for students with special educational needs, emotional needs or attendance concerns.

Parents and families are invited into the academy in the summer term before students start to meet relevant staff and find out more about the transition, and we hold further parent sessions in the autumn term to support the transition.

Our transition team meet with the junior school teachers who know our new students well, and also seek information where appropriate from the SEND, safeguarding and attendance teams in the feeder schools to make the transition as smooth as possible.

It is our priority to help with this change, therefore we welcome any feedback and support from parents and carers on making this process easier for their children.