SEND Transition

Transition from Primary to St Peter’s Catholic Academy:

  • There are on-going visits by our local primary schools to St Peter’s where students participate in fun events and activities such as ‘The Bridge’, ‘Enterprise Day’ and various sports events.
  • St Peter’s employees visit each primary school in the Autumn term of Y6 to provide information to assist students in making their choices for secondary education. There is an open evening in September for parents and students to find out more about the academy.
  • Parents/Carers of children already identified with SEND at primary school will have opportunities to share information about their child throughout the transition process. The SENDCO and key employees involved in the transition and induction process will visit the primary school and meet with students, teaching staff and parents to share information.
  • If a student has a Statement of Special Needs or Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), the SENDCO at St Peter’s may be invited to attend the Annual review in Y6.
  • Vulnerable students are offered additional structured visits to school prior to induction days and parents/carers are encouraged to accompany their child on these visits.
  • Some students may have a transition plan which is supported by the primary school, the Specialist Teaching Service or the Multicultural Service.
  • St Peter’s runs a Summer School which students joining us in Y7 are welcome to attend, details are available throughout the transition process.

Transition from Primary or from another secondary school to St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy:

  • Parents/Carers have the opportunity to discuss concerns, share information and be involved in the planning for the needs of their child at the open evenings when the SEN team and pastoral staff are always available, or by arrangement for students joining the academy mid-term.
  • The Learning & Support team allocate new students to Houses and tutor groups. Siblings will be in the same House wherever possible. The Learning and Support team take into account individual needs when allocating groups.
  • Transition from St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy to College or Training Provider:
  • We have close links with all of the college providers in the area.
  • The St Peter’s Careers and Guidance (Entitlement) officer works with all students in KS4 to put a plan in place for moving on to college or training.
  • All KS4 Students meet with a Careers Adviser who, along with the Careers and Guidance (Entitlement) officer and SENDCO ensures that students needs are matched up with appropriate colleges and providers and that applications and are completed and relevant information is shared.
  • All students in Y10 have work experience.
  • For students with a Statement of Special Needs or EHCP, a Careers Advisor will attend all annual reviews from Y9 to ensure a transition plan is in place and appropriate placements are explored for post 16 provisions.
  • College and training representatives regularly attend academy open evenings and events to talk to parents/carers and students.
  • Students from Y8 will have opportunities to attend various open days and taster events run by colleges and training providers, many visits take place toward the end of Y10.
  • Once a decision has been made, it is possible to develop an individual transition plan for vulnerable students with additional accompanied visits as needs arise.

Transition from St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy to another secondary or Special School:

  • If a student is leaving us to move on to a different secondary or special school, we will liaise closely with parents/carers and the future school to ensure a smooth transition for the student.
  • An individual transition plan will be put in place.
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