Infants to Juniors

We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for any child, especially so for some children with SEND.

We take steps to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for all pupils by:

  • Organising pre-visits for the children to look around school, see where to line up, visit their new classroom, meet their new teacher and any other teaching support staff.
  • Having a designated swap over day when their whole class come and spend the day in their new classroom room with their new teacher.
  • Providing time for Year 2 and Year 3 staff to meet and discuss any particular needs.
  • Ensuring that our SENDCo, Mrs Woodall, attends the final transition review meeting the Infant School.
  • Inviting parents to attend a transition evening and arrange any further transition meetings with relevant staff at the Junior School.
  • Providing time for relevant Junior School staff to observe and work alongside children with SEN who will be joining the school in September.


Year 3—6 Transition

When moving up to a new year group, many of these strategies are repeated, such as opportunities to meet their new teacher and teaching support staff.

If your child finds transitions especially difficult, our SENDCo may speak to you about additional strategies such as:

  • More opportunities to visit their new classroom.
  • A booklet of photographs of their new teaching staff and classroom to take home.


Year 5

Many parents begin to think about secondary school in Year 5.

  • If you would like support in speaking to SEND departments or with visiting secondary schools, then please approach our SENDCo, Mrs Woodall, who would be happy to help.
  • In the Spring Term, children with an Education, Health and Care Plan will have a transition review of their progress, needs and provision, which will be an opportunity to discuss appropriate secondary school options.


Year 6—7

The transition to secondary school can be difficult for all pupils.

  • When possible, key staff from the secondary school will be invited to the final Education, Health and Care Plan review in Year 6.
  • Key staff from the secondary school will be invited to meet with our staff, including our SENDCo, for a transition meeting.
  • If appropriate, we will endeavour to arrange extra transition visits for your child to become familiar with their new school and some of the adults who may be working with them.


Moving Schools

If your child is moving to another school:

  • We can contact the new school’s SENDCo to pass on the details of any special arrangements or support your child requires.
  • We will make sure all records about your child are passed on to the receiving school.
  • In some cases, we will invite the SENDCo to meet with our SENDCo.
  • If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, if appropriate the SENDCo from your child’s new school will be invited to attend their final review at this school.