TRANSITION AT SOUTHMEAD
We delighted that your child will be starting school with us at Southmead Primary. We are very proud to be recognised by our children, parents and wider community including OFSTED as an exciting and vibrant school. We work as a team to promote life long learning with the children helping to shape the curriculum. Expectations are high, adults and children enjoy learning.
Reception children starting school
Starting School is a major step for you and your child and we endeavour to make that step as smooth as possible. To gain a place in the Reception Class you are required to apply to the County Admissions Team. All admissions to school are handled by County Officers and strict criteria are applied to determine entry. All schools are offered the option of full time admission into the Reception Class from the beginning of the September Term following a child’s fourth birthday. During the previous summer term Reception staff will liaise with your child’s pre-school or nursery to start building the picture of your child. In June, our staff visit as many pre-schools as possible to see the children in a learning environment and chat to their key workers. If people are new to the area or have information to discuss about their child’s particular needs or situation they can of course still make a special request for a home visit during the first half term, or book in to meet with us after school. Before your child is due to start full time education, parents and carers will be invited into school to meet the staff and to receive the most up to date information about starting school. You and your child will also be invited to come in for an open afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm to explore all our learning environments together. This is also an opportunity for parents to meet each other and chat with the staff. In the final week of term all children spend a morning independently with their new teacher.
Children starting in other year groups
Often children join the school when the term has started or later on in their school life. We make every effort to make sure that children feel welcomed, looked after and monitored carefully so that they can quickly make friends and find their way around the school. Teachers are responsible for making an assessment of academic ability and this together with records from the previous school will enable each child to have the very best start in our school.
Year 6 children moving on to Secondary Schools
Parents and carers of children in Year 6 at Southmead will receive information about transferring to Secondary School. Many schools hold open evenings and provide parents with the opportunity to visit schools and then they are asked to select their preferred school. Staff from our local secondary schools visit year 6 children formally at Southmead. Visits are arranged so children can see their new school and experience a day at the school, the term before they leave Southmead.