Secondary & Primary Transition
Moving to a new 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 for children moving into Year 7 at Grange Park and Year 4 at Stansted.
Baseline meetings with the Speech and Language Therapist and Year 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 feeder schools where possible.
For Key Stage 5 transition please see the Post 16 Transition link in the menu on the left
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.
Children who join us in year will also receive a welcome pack and parents will be invited to a baseline interview with the Progress Leader for the year group and a member of the Speech and Language Team.
No transition is worry free but hopefully this will make the process as smooth as possible!