Transition from Primary School
The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families. At Acton High School we have a robust system to ensure all students will have a successful transition and to help students and parents minimise anxiety about the change.
We want all students who choose Acton High school to get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease; develop new friendships and improve their self-esteem and confidence. By providing a wider choice of subjects, we intend to extend their interest in school and school work. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience in secondary education by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident in fully accessing these post-transition. We will ensure that students will have the tools and emotional resilience to manage this transition. We will make sure all students will continue to make academic progress, to achieve and to enjoy learning. As a result, students’ motivation, positive attitudes and self-image as learners are maintained and developed.
Workshops for primary schools
To help prepare students in primary school for this transition, we offer all of our local feeder schools a range of workshops and special days. These free-of-charge events are specially designed to engage primary students’ imagination and provide the opportunity for them to come to Acton High to experience secondary school teaching while meeting and collaborating with current students. Sessions including Crime Scene Investigations, Drama and Reading workshops and our Eco-Warriors Day have proved popular so far this year. We also offer bespoke English workshops that deliver Key Stage 3 orientated lessons to those of a higher ability. Parents are often asked to be involved or invited to come along to the showcases at the end of event days. You can find out more about the programme in our brochure here.
A Welcome Evening for parents and carers of students who will be joining us as Year 7 students in September 2017 will be held on Thursday 29th June. A Welcome Pack, Medical and Dietary Form and Modern Foreign Languages Options Form will be made available to download below ahead of the event.
An Induction Day for incoming students will also be held the following day, Friday 30th June. There will be taster lessons throughout the day and students are advised to please remember to bring their PE kits. The Induction Day is an opportunity for students to make new friends and meet our staff. A senior member of staff and the Transition Co-ordinator will make arrangements with your primary school to visit and meet students in person before the Induction Day. Our learning support department will also work closely with your primary school to obtain relevant information to support your child's learning.
Documents for those joining us in Year 7 in 2017 are available below.
If you have any queries, please contact:
Mr D Summers, Assistant Headteacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms H. Taylor, Transition Co-ordinator: email@example.com