Croesyceiliog School Learning, Respect, Ambition

Primary Transition

Primary Transition

Key stage 2 to key stage 3 transition

Pupils join us in Year 7 from our feeder primary schools of Croesyceiliog, Llanyrafon, Maendy and Pontnewydd Junior Schools. Also, every year a significant number of parents from outside the school's immediate area choose to send their children to us. We welcome all pupils into the school and work hard on our transition programme to ensure pupils have the best possible start to secondary school life.

Our transition plan is based upon gaining knowledge. We spend a huge amount of time talking with our Year 6 colleagues and gathering as much information on each child. It is important to us that every child beginning school at Croesyceiliog is known and their individual strengths and needs are planned for.

We meet with Year 6 parents twice in the run up to the transition. The first meeting is based in our feeder primary schools (or on our site for others) and is a time when we can all get to know each other. We ask parents/carers to give us information about their children and we answer any questions about the school that parents/carers may have. The final parents evening is usually held on the first Thursday in July. At this busy event, we let parents/carers know which form class their child will be in and there is an opportunity to meet both the Head of Year and Form tutors. There is also an opportunity to sample food from the school canteen and the uniform suppliers attend the event.

For the most important people in this transition, the children themselves, there are opportunities to visit their new school. For those in our feeder schools, their first opportunity comes in the Spring of year 5 when they take part in a 5x60 sports event for a day. The open Evening, in September, is the next chance for the children and their parents/carers to look around the school and meet teachers. In May, we come to the children’s classes and spend a morning with them discussing all of their thoughts, excitements (and sometimes nerves) about joining their new school. The most important event is the Moving Up Day, usually taking place on the first Wednesday in July, where all of the new year group break spend the day in sample lessons and activities. Finally, when the first day of Year 7 finally arrives, the year group have the school all to themselves up until break time, giving them a further opportunity to explore the site and get to know their way around. Our year 7 pupils tell us that they were most worried about getting lost but in reality it only took a few days before they knew exactly where they were going.

We have a form supporter scheme to help our year 7 pupils settle in. The form supporters are a group of volunteers from Year 10 who spend time in the year 7 form classes and make sure they are available during break and lunchtimes. They help give directions, answer questions and befriend the year 7 pupils, helping them to feel welcome and safe in their school.

Finally, we recognise that as year 6 pupils, our youngest pupils are very used to having responsibilities such as being prefects and school council members. We make sure that we offer our Year 7 pupils leadership opportunities and the first time we see this in action is at the open evening where you will see year 7 pupils guiding guests around the school.

We welcome any enquiries regarding the new intake and we are very happy to show parents and pupils around the school at any time. Please see the contacts page to book an appointment.