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Newman Catholic School Transition

Starting any new school can always be a worrying time for some families. At Newman we offer a full support package for our new students. Every student is invited to an induction day where they can experience a full school day before they start. Students who may have particular concerns are also invited to an additional day at Newman in a smaller group so they are more prepared for transition. Further to this, we provide a third day where students are chosen at random to participate in team building activities with an outside provider. We also arrange individual tours and organise for students to meet with key staff prior to starting at Newman on request.

Liaising with primary schools is vital and Newman Staff visit all feeder schools so we are able to understand each child’s individual needs. A literacy assessment is carried out prior to students starting Newman and is then combined with SAT’s results so students can be placed in appropriate sets and begin to make excellent progress from the start.

Each child and their family are interviewed in June so we can learn a little more about them which enables us to place them in the correct form group.

Parents are invited to a ‘Welcome Evening’ in June and a ‘Settling in Evening’ in October.

We recognise that supporting all students through their transition is vital to success, but we always stress that this must be a strong partnership between primary schools, parents/carers and Newman Catholic School.

If you have any concerns regarding your child starting secondary school then please contact Mr S Forrester, Assistant Headteacher for an informal chat so we can address and alleviate any possible concerns.

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