How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

The school feels that a strong transition programme is fundamental to supporting the child with their next steps in their learning journey.

All pupils joining the Nursery visit the school at the end of the summer term.  Both Nursery and Reception have phased introductions at the start of the school year: Nursery pupils start a few at a time and Reception pupils go home after lunch in the first week of term.

All Reception pupils have a Y6 buddy who sits with them at lunch during their first days in school and looks out for them in the playground. 

Pupils joining Bovingdon mid-term, are welcome to join their new class for a day prior to starting officially.

If a child is joining Bovingdon and has already been identified with a Special Educational Need and outside agencies are involved, the school will have a handover meeting and will arrange a transition programme for the child.

For pupils transferring to secondary school with Education Health and Care Plans, the receiving school is invited to attend the review meeting in Year 6 in which a bespoke transition plan will be drawn up.

For pupils, who do not have a Statement or Education Health and Care Plan, but who have complex needs or are vulnerable, the SENCo will speak to the SENCo of the receiving school, most commonly by arranging a transition/handover visit to the school.

Transition to the next year group within school is also carefully planned. There is a whole school transition session. Some pupils will be given extra ‘drop in sessions’ to the classroom or ‘drop by’ sessions by the teacher and/or teaching assistant of their new class. This may involve photographs of their new classroom and key staff members being sent home.

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