Parkside Academy has a comprehensive transition programme for both KS2-KS3 and KS4 to further education. At Parkside, we know how important a successful transition is to our students with additional Needs.
Parkside works collaboratively with local feeder primary schools to support pupils from year 5, through to arrival in year 7. As an Academy, we provide additional transition support for pupils who we feel would benefit from enhanced transition. To support the transition process we have a designated transition worker, Mrs Wade who works closely with our feeder primaries. During the spring and summer terms Mrs Wade organises regular primary school visits and visits to Parkside for identified children.
Alongside this the SENCO, Year Leader and Transition Worker will attend annual review meetings and meet the current class teacher, parents/carers and more importantly the pupils. This provides an excellent opportunity to ease any worries or concerns that pupils or parents may have during this transition period.
All pupils are invited to attend Induction Day which allows pupils to experience sample lessons and fun activities, designed to build self-confidence and familiarise themselves with Parkside Academy.
We value the importance of including parents and carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to Parkside. Parents/carers are invited into school in the summer term of Year 6 for the Induction evening. This gives parents/carers a further opportunity to look around the Academy, meet staff and discuss any concerns that they may have before their child starts in Year 7.
Individual transition plans are put in place where necessary to support a smooth transition to secondary school.
In the autumn term of Year 7, parents/carers are invited to attend our moving up sessions. This provides another opportunity for parents/carers to discuss the transition period and raise any concerns that they may have.
KS4 and Beyond.
We also provide enhanced transition for KS4 students moving onto their Post 16 choice.
If your child has a statement or EHCP, they will meet with a ‘Post 16 worker’ to create a plan for their Post 16 education.
If your child does not have a statement or EHCP, the plan will be created with parents/carers, the pastoral team and SEN staff.
The SENCO and “post 16 worker” will support your child in finding a new school or college.
If necessary, the SENCO will arrange visits to new schools/colleges for your child. The period of transition will depend on the individual needs of the student.