Joining Secondary School
We are committed to ensuring that everyone who joins us in September has a happy and successful transition to secondary school. Information is shared with new students, parents and primary schools in the run-up to Induction and starting school in September 2023. The key dates are:
|w/c 28th August 2023||Transition Project|
|Monday 4th September 2023||Year 7 and Year 12 start school|
|Tuesday 5th September 2023||Whole school starts|
We run a Transition Project over a number of days in the summer to support any student who might find starting secondary school a bit tricky. This could be someone from a school where not many of their peers are coming to The Ashcombe, or someone who is worried or anxious about coming to a bigger school. The programme is run by Paul Marcus Media, and includes DJ-ing and radio presenting skills workshops run on the school site and students soon become familiar with the school buildings and staff as the days go by.
This project is followed up by meetings with either the SENCo or Head of Year 7, where students can ask any questions and talk about any concerns they may have. By walking round the school site with their timetable before term starts, gives them better understanding.
Anyone attending the project is also invited to a follow-up meeting once term begins, and then has further meetings in the first term, so any small issues can be addressed early.
During the early part of the Summer Term of Year 6, the Ashcombe SENCO will meet primary school SENCOs to discuss students on the SEN register and the type of support they may need.
At these meetings we would discuss what support a student may need in class to help them access learning and what interventions they may have had at primary school. All students on the SEN register are discussed at these meetings. The SENCO also attends the Year 6 annual reviews of any students with EHCPs who are planning on attending The Ashcombe, to ensure targets for these students are appropriate for the transition to secondary school and also any specific information about support for these students which can be transferred. This is also an opportunity for families and students to meet the SENCO in person.