We understand that moving from primary to secondary school is a significant change in your child’s life, which is why we have a dedicated team, focusing on both pastoral and academic aspects of transition, to support your child during this time.
We have strong links with local primary schools, which means that many students have contact with Shuttleworth through curriculum links and most able support from year 5 onwards. In October of each year, we welcome year 6 students to join us for taster days. This enables students to familiarise themselves with secondary school, developing the students’ confidence in moving onwards. Throughout year 6 students are welcome to join us for after school enrichment sessions, run by our transition team, supporting them in making new friends, getting to know us and becoming part of the Shuttleworth community.
During the summer term, our transition team will visit each feeder primary to meet our new students officially, and build a pen portrait of each child; we get to know each student before they start in September, which enables us to support and enhance their Shuttleworth journey. All new entrants join us for a highly engaging and successful transition week, leading to a parent and career showcase, because we understand the importance of knowing that your child is happy and secure at their new school. Our transition week theme is continued to summer school, which runs in the first week of the holidays and is open to any new students.
The transition process does not end in September, as they will be supported throughout year 7 by the pastoral leader that has guided them through transition. Our new year 7 students are also grouped with year 11 prefects who act as mentors whilst the students settle in.
At Shuttleworth we’re proud of our transition process, and how quickly our year 7 students settle in.
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition process, please feel to contact firstname.lastname@example.org