What exactly is "Transition"?
Transition is the name given to the move from one stage in education to the next. That could be Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. It could also mean Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5. But here it is about the process of students moving from their primary school, coming up to high school, Saint Aidan's.
Why is it so important?
It is a big step for any child leaving an establishment where they are very familiar with all the routines, expectations and teachers.
Friends may be going to different high schools and there is that understandable fear of being "on my own".
Going to a much bigger school that not only has a vast amount of students but also many more buildings and teachers can be daunting for even the most confident young person.
Children can often feel anxious about fitting in to a new environment and being able to cope with all the changes they encounter.
There is concern nationally about a "dip" in progress during transition. It is very important that we make sure this does not happen, ensuring our students make progress straight away.
What do we do to ensure transition is exciting, challenging and meaningful?
We have a whole range of strategies and initiatives in place that address the complex process of transition.
We regularly review our process and are constantly looking for ways in which it may be improved further.
To see what these are, please look at the information on the other transition sub-headings.
We believe that it is our responsibility and duty to develop and encourage in all our students:
- An enthusiasm for learning
- Confidence in themselves as learners
- A real sense of achievement and purpose
- A sense of being safe and valued by everyone else in the school
Events and Courses
From the very first day of Year 7, parents are fully involved. They are invited to come along with their child for a half day before the start of the September term. A programme, including sample lessons and meeting Form Tutors, is designed to familiarise parents with the school environment, staff and the expectations of students.
Various events are held throughout the year. The Family Challenge Evening has always been very popular and created intense competition between families as they work together to win challenges such as “The Great Egg Drop” or “Sand Yacht Racing.” It is activities such as these that contribute to the successful partnerships we all value greatly.
Parents’ Master Classes are organised in the evenings to support parents who feel their knowledge needs updating. Maths and English classes are regular features for new parents.