Moving up from Primary
|What needs to be done?||When?||How does this happen?|
|1. Parents investigate which secondary schools they wish to apply to||Year 5 – all year
Year 6 – September – October
|Consult published information – OFSTED Reports, school performance tables, school prospectuses, school websites etc. Discuss with friends and neighbours with experience of local secondary schools. Attend talks, Open Evenings and Open Days organised by local secondary schools:
Eg Wilmslow High School hold two question and answer evenings at Wilmslow primary schools in SeptemberEg Wilmslow High School holds an Open Evening and an Open Day during late-September / early October.
If you missed these events you might want to view the presentation used:Presentation to Year 6 parents – October 2014 – The journey from primary to secondary school – what do you want to know
|2. Parents apply for secondary school place||Year 6 – September – October||Make sure that the relevant admissions arrangements are known and understood – consult admissions booklets published by local councils and ask if anything is not clear.
For example, information about the admissions process for Cheshire East residents can be found at: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/education_and_learning/schools/admissions.aspx
Submit completed application form to the relevant admissions team by the deadline.
|3. Admissions team apply published criteria to allocate secondary school places||Year 6 – November – February
Year 6 – March
|Admissions team process applications received by deadline dateand use published criteria to determine whether parental preferences can be met. Admissions team publish decisions about secondary school places.|
|4. Parents respond to decision about secondary school places||Year 6 – March onwards||If allocated to first preference – respond by deadline and start preparing for September. If not allocated first preference contact admissions team to investigate:
|5. Secondary schools begin transition process by working in primary schools||Year 6 – April – May||Secondary school Student Services staff visit primary schools. For example, Wilmslow High send a team of colleagues into every Wilmslow Education Partnership primary school to meet Year 6 teachers and gather information about
This team will also make a presentation to Year 6 pupils in order to:
|6. Specialist secondary school staff work with pupils with specific individuals needs and their families||Year 6 – April onwards||Although this process starts intensively from April onwards in Year 6, for many of these pupils transition work will have already begun much earlier in their primary years.|
|7. Secondary schools invite Year 6 pupils in for transition activities||Year 6 – June onwards||
Many primary pupils will have experience of their local secondary school through local education partnership activities (eg sport and the arts). Formal transition days are normally run by secondary schools during the second half of the Year 6 summer term.
For example, Wilmslow High School invites Year 6 pupils in groups of 70-80 pupils for two-days of curriculum experiences during June-July.
|8. Secondary schools invite parents of Year 6 pupils in for transition activities||
Many secondary schools organise an event of parents in the summer term prior to their children moving onto secondary school the following September. For example, at Wilmslow High School this event is called the Year 6 Family Interview Evening and takes the form of a timetabled one-to-one meeting between parents, child and their new Form Tutor. During the course of this evening there is also the opportunity to raise queries with relevant members of the Student Services Team. On arrival parents are provided with an Induction Pack which provides key information about the whole Year 7 experience and a range of activities from curriculum teams for pupils to complete over the summer and bring with them in September.Letter to incoming Year 7 parents re transition and residential – published June 2014
|9. Parents prepare children for the first day at secondary school||Year 6 -August||Making sure that the children feel well prepared for September:
|10. First day and first week at secondary school||Year 7 – September||Many secondary schools invite new students in to start on their own a day before the rest of the school students return. In addition, Wilmslow High School has a New Parents’ Evening during the first week of term involving presentations from the Headteacher, other senior staff and the Head Boy and Head Girl.|
|11. Settling in reviews||Year 7 – November||Many secondary schools hold an additional Parents’ Consultation Evening for Year 7 early in the academic year in order to provide early two-way feedback of how the students have settled in. At Wilmslow High School this takes the form of another timetabled one-to-one meeting between parents, child and their new Form Tutor.|