Primary Transition - year 6-7

The move to secondary school can be an anxious time for both parents and children. At Maiden Erlegh School in Reading we have been working hard to make the transition as easy as possible.

CLOSE LIAISON WITH PRIMARY SCHOOLS

We work very closely with all our feeder primary schools to share information about each child.  This way, we can do our best to ensure that we start to “get to know” each individual before they arrive.  The main purpose of this is to make the transition as comfortable as possible, and to best place our support systems to try and meet the needs of each individual child.  This liaison and communication continues until September when your child officially starts at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading.

INDUCTION DAYS

This year, due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to hold our induction day in the usual way we would like.  On Wednesday 30 June we will be holding a virtual transition assembly which your child will be able to watch from their Primary school.   In addition to this, at the beginning of the new school year, we will be inviting our new year 7 students to a special induction day on Friday 3 September. Other year groups will now be starting the term on Monday 6 September. This will allow us to meet and get to know the new year 7 students, and for them to get to know the school before the other students arrive.  

REGULAR COMMUNICATION

We have been communicating regularly with you since April, when we first received notification that your child was joining Maiden Erlegh School in Reading.  Since then, we have endeavoured to ensure that you have as much information as possible about your child’s transition, and have made ourselves available for contact at every opportunity.  This is the way in which we feel it is important to work with you, and therefore wish to continue in the same vein.

YEAR 7 PARENTS' “MEET THE TEACHERS” EVENING

Early in the first term once your child has begun to settle into their new school, we will invite you in to 'Meet the Teachers'.  This event is designed for you to formally meet your child’s tutor and also to interact with other parents of students in the year group.  We find that this is a useful evening which supports the strong partnerships that we retain with our parents through the school.