Welcome to Transition
Transition: Supporting the Move from Primary to Secondary
Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting, but sometimes scary experience. Here at Regents Park, we aim to make this important transition as stress free as possible!
Firstly, we have a number of Open Events, from our formal Open Evening and Open Days to our very popular Saturday taster sessions. We open the whole site on Open Evening and children, with their parents, are encouraged to mix with staff and current students, see our facilities and take part in a number of activities. We are proud of our school and our students, so in the autumn term we host open mornings and afternoons where parents can see us in action. A guided tour by a member of the leadership team ensures that parents see all we have to offer!
Saturday Taster Sessions
In the autumn term, we offer Saturday taster sessions for Year 5 and 6 students who want to experience learning the Regents Park way. In October, over 60 children attended these sessions and were overwhelmingly positive about Regents Park.
In July, our new intake visits the school for the formal transition day. Students have the opportunity to meet tutors and teachers and sample some of the new subjects they will study at RPCC. Most importantly, students make new friends and this supports their transition to secondary school.
The schools in our Trust – and beyond – work together to support families through the transition process. Regents Park staff liaise with the teachers from the primary schools. The Head of Year and the Head of Year Support visit primary schools and meet all current Year 6 students who have chosen Regents Park.
For students with special educational needs, the move from primary to secondary can be more challenging. That is why our SENCO collaborates with the SENCOs in the primary schools. Information, provision maps and advice is shared. There are a number of ways more vulnerable students are supported. For example, last year in the summer term we hosted a tea party with a difference: with a Year 7 partner, selected primary students baked scones and cakes before hosting a tea party!
Yes, that’s right! For the first time last year we invited Year 6 students to attend school here at Regents Park during their summer holidays. Days were very well attended, with students following an ‘Out of this World’ themed curriculum. The highlight for many was the Swim Gala held in the school’s swimming pool.
First Day Nerves? No need!
On the first day of term, Year 7 students have the whole school to themselves. This allows them to get used to the site and routines before the other year groups join them. For at least the first week, Year 7 students also have an extended lunch. Their lunch begins earlier to allow them to get ahead of any queues. Likewise at the end of the day, for a fixed period of time, Year 7 also leave ten minutes early.
Parents Need Support Too!
Transition isn’t just about the students; parents often worry about the process too. At Regents Park, we want to make sure that mums and dads are kept informed and are just as supported during this important time. We hold a Year 6 Parents’ Evening where parents can meet senior leaders and the Head of Year 7, as well as learn more about routines and expectations. It is also the perfect time to ask any questions.
Contact with Parents
Other events that support Year 7 parents include the popular ‘Cheese and Wine Welcome Evening’, ‘Information and Guidance Days’ and Year 7 Subject Parents’ Evening.
Finally, as a school we think the relationship with parents is central to students’ well-being, academic progress and happiness. We welcome communication from parents, so do not hesitate to contact us with any queries or problems.