Year 6 – Year 7 Transition
Transition from primary to secondary school can be an exhilarating time for many children. The opportunity to experience new subjects, new activities and make new friends at a bigger school is often met with great excitement. At The Deanery CE Academy we understand that whilst most students feel this way, some may experience nervousness at the thought of starting at a new, larger school. The Deanery CE Academy strives to ensure all students feel supported in their transition process and that it goes as smoothly as possible.
The Deanery CE Academy has a team of experienced staff who are here to help you and your child. We have a designated Transition team whose job it is to ensure that, at every step of the way, your child is made to feel welcome and secure.
We will begin to get to know your child as soon as his/her place is confirmed. An information pack will be sent out to you during May. Our team of staff will contact all Primary schools during May/June and our Transition Team will also be available to discuss any individuals who may be seen as needing extra support during transition.
We also have a induction day for students to experience lessons, meet the teachers, sample food from The Deanery Kitchen and of course get to know their way around The Deanery CE Academy. This process has proved extremely beneficial for the students in settling them in, and also allows the teachers to get to know the students. During the day your child will meet his/her form tutor, and form group. With few exceptions, students remain in the same form throughout their time at The Deanery CE Academy.
Tutors play a key role in our relationship with you and your child so we hold a ‘Tutor Evening', so you can also get to know your child’s tutor. As we understand that queries or concerns may surface at any time, you will be provided with the tutor’s direct email address.
We have had fantastic feedback from parents and students and believe this gives them a solid grounding in ensuring they are as comfortable and confident as possible as they embark on this new phase of their education. We are extremely proud of how well our new year 7s settle in to The Deanery CE Academy's community. A confident and happy student is more likely to achieve his or her full potential, which is our aim as much as yours.
For students who are identified as needing extra support, our SENDCO Ms Luckman contacts each Primary school early on in the process and will arrange meetings with students and relevant teams. This ensures that we have relevant knowledge of all students’ additional needs before we begin to engage with them on visits and can start preparing our provision for their arrival in September. We take a very personalised approach to planning our provision for SEND students and want each student to feel fully supported in their needs through the transition process and once they start The Deanery CE Academy.
Please let us know if you have any further questions about this process so we can help support children and parents as they join us at The Deanery CE Academy.
SENDCO - Ms Luckman - Naomi.Luckman@dcea.org.uk
Head of Talbot House - Mrs Champan - Natalie.Chapman@dcea.org.uk