Year 6 is a very important time for the children and one of our aims at Baldersby St James is to prepare them for the next stage in their school career. The move from Year 6 to Year 7 can be daunting but also very exciting and we work alongside the local secondary schools to make this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
The main secondary schools that we feed to are:
• Thirsk High School
• Boroughbridge High School
• Ripon Grammar School
The Year 6 teachers liaise closely with these schools to create a profile of assessment data and transition needs for each child. Each send a representative member of staff to meet the children and discuss with them what their new school will be like.
During the summer term all Year 6 children attend their prospective secondary schools for a Transition Day where they meet their form tutors and take part in lessons.
During Year 6, the children are also involved in different activities led by the schools, which help in the transition process e.g. drama, workshops and sports events.
When your child begins Year 6, you will automatically be sent the application forms for secondary school, which need to be returned by the 31st October. It is very important that the forms are completed and returned as soon as possible.
The schools normally hold an official Open Evening at the start of the autumn term. This is an opportunity for parents and children to have a good look around the school and see what is on offer.
If your child has special educational needs we strongly urge parents to consider secondary school transition when your child is in Year 5. It is vital that parents visit the school earlier than normal and meet with the special needs coordinator in order to judge the school’s ability to cater for their very special child. Staff at Baldersby St James School, including the Head Teacher, will offer support to parents.