The move from Primary to Secondary School is an important step in a child’s life. In order to make this step as easy and smooth as possible we at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School have an engaging, full transition programme which begins when pupils are in Year 5.
The transition programme starts when pupils are in Year 5. Pupils are invited to the school in the summer term to take part in our “Love where you live project” where they get their first opportunity to visit the school. It then follows with a Health and Well Being Day in September where all pupils from all primaries within the cluster are invited. Open Evening is then held in the October which is an invitation to all Year 5 & 6 pupils, parents’ carers and families. Open Evening brochures and other school information are given out inviting pupils to visit the school with their parents. This offers an opportunity to tour the school visiting the various departments, viewing pupil's work and observe the exciting resources available at our school. The Open Evening is particularly beneficial for those pupils transferring to secondary education the following September.
Two Transition days take place at the end of June/beginning of July. All Year 6 pupils who will be joining us in September are invited to spend two days at the school. They will meet their form tutor and Progress Manager and the other pupils who will be in their form/year group. They will follow a timetable for one day, again familiarising themselves with the school site, meeting staff and mixing within the Mountain Ash Community, the second day is a teambuilding exercise with pupils from other schools. We also offer a Year 6 Parents Evening after ‘Transition Day’, a chance for parents/pupils to ask any last minute questions they may have before the children start in September.
Throughout the year pupils will also be invited to Year 6/7 Discos which are held early evening once a term at our school. They are also invited to Musical and Drama productions which take place during the school year. There are also More Able & Talented after school sessions for pupils nominated by the primary schools and sporting events organised by our P.E. department.
Mountain Ash Comprehensive School has a Transition Plan which represents a joint agreement between the school and the feeder schools. This plan identifies priorities to drive standards forward across the cluster.
The Transition Programme has been developed to bridge the gap between pupil’s experiences in their Primary Schools and the experiences they face in their new environment at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School.
The Transition Plan allows staff to share information ensuring pupils have a safe and secure transfer to secondary school. The transition co-ordinator also makes several visits to your child primary school, these visits provide vital information which help plan tutor and teaching groups considering academic ability, social/emotional factors, friendship groups and individual needs.
The Programme generates considerable information and data regarding the transferring cohort of pupils. This is then used to plan and provide a smooth and positive beginning at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School.
Several Taster days will then take place during the year involving many subject areas, including:
- Numeracy – which also incorporates a Lego task
Pupils become familiar with the school and also meet several key staff.