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Starting at Grange Park School

Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

Moving to secondary school is a huge step for young children and can cause anxiety and stress. For children on the Autism Spectrum, this anxiety is magnified. At Grange Park, we are particularly aware of these extra pressures and try to make the transition as stress-free as possible for children as well as parents/carers. This is what we do:

  • A Welcome Pack is sent to parents/carers. This contains all the forms that need to be completed.

  • A coffee morning for new parents/carers is held in May. This is a chance to meet school staff and ask any questions.

  • We gather information from the child’s primary school and ask them to help the child complete an “All about Me” questionnaire.

  • A tour of the school for parents and children.

  • A pupil handbook containing useful information about school. This is given to the children before the transition days.

  • Four transition days in June/July.

  • Baseline meetings with the Speech and Language Therapist and Year 7 Progress Leader in May. This is an opportunity for parents to tell us about their child and their autism and express any concerns. After all, parents know their child better than anyone else!

  • Attend Annual Reviews at the primary school where possible.


In-Year Transition

Where a child transfers to Grange Park during the school year, a personalised transition programme is put together in consultation with parents and the local authority.


Transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

When a pupil reaches the end of Key Stage 4, they have the option of moving into Key Stage 5 at Grange Park School either at Wrotham or one of partnership colleges. If they wish, they may also move to another suitable provision as an independent student. However the majority of our pupils stay on roll at Grange Park School.  

Transition for Grange Park Pupils

This begins in Year 9 when we discuss in a Transition Annual Review what parents and pupils would like to do in Key Stage 5.  Over the next two years, we then work with parents and the pupil ensuring that they makes a successful transition into Key Stage 5. This is what we do:

  • Year 9 Transition Review

  • Parents’ Visits to Grange Park School’s Key Stage 5 provisions (Mid Kent College Medway, Mid Kent College Maidstone and Hadlow College) – Year 11

  • Parents’ and Students’ Visits – Year 11

  • Taster Days in Year 11

  • Support with College applications and interviews (Year 11)

Students transferring to Grange Park School KS5 from other provisions

Students are also able to transfer to Grange Park School from other provisions at the end of Key Stage 4. For information regarding admissions, please see the Grange Park Admissions Policy and speak to your SEN Officer.

Once a student is accepted into Key Stage 5, we work with the student’s current school and parents to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. This is what we do:

  • A welcome pack is sent to parents/carers with all the forms that need to be completed.

  • Parents’ Visits

  • Two Taster Days

  • We gather information from your child’s secondary school.

  • Meetings are arranged with the Speech and Language Therapist in June/July if applicable.

No transition is worry free but hopefully this will make the process as smooth as possible!