Our transitions programme is extensive to ensure students have a smooth and successful move from primary school. This process begins in Year 5, this is a chance for students to familiarise themselves with the school and gain an understanding of our school values. It is the first steps in building strong relationships with teachers and support staff. Students come to Buile Hill during Year 5 to experience lessons and workshops in; Circus Skills, Art, Catering, Bhangra Dance, Music and Science.
Our Head of Year 7 visits the Year 6 students regularly throughout the year supporting in all aspects of the curriculum, preparing them for their transition. Information is given out about our Open Evening, where parents are able to visit the school and discover what Buile Hill has to offer. The school is also open throughout the year for parents to visit during the school day at any time that suits them so they have a chance to see us ‘in action’.
Year 6 Students have three transitions days which take place in the July prior to their September start, these are linked with other Salford Schools to minimise disruption in primary schools. During the transitions days students further familiarise themselves with the school and participate in three full days of learning; students will meet their form tutors and be introduced to new and exciting subjects.
We have an early transition process for students who may find this time stressful and upsetting. This includes a contact member of staff in school, visits to Buile Hill with parents and or teachers from their primary school, our staff visiting the primary school to meet the child in their own location, special meetings and arrangements for starting secondary school.
To ensure our process is secure and that students do not slide backwards in their education they each complete a piece of written work during transition, supported by their KS2 teacher, and this is stuck into their books on arrival at Buile Hill. Our main feeder primaries visit 3 times throughout the academic year meeting with their previous students and discussing their work and progress.
Our transition process ensures that our Year 7 students start Buile Hill feeling cared for and ready to excel. From the minute they arrive students are supported by the Head of Year 7 and their form tutor. Our dedicated pastoral team work closely with parents and carers to make sure they feel involved and well informed about their child’s education. Parents and carers are invited in for a welcome meeting along with the students to build relationships with our staff at the start of the school year. Communication with parents and carers is strongly encouraged throughout the school year.
Last edited 21.11.2017 A.Collins