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Transition

To ensure effective transition and induction both in and out of school, Shaftesbury High School has an extensive transition programme. Transition programmes are in place for every tutor group, not just for end of key stage, and take place throughout the year. We want every student to have a successful journey through school, from their first visit to their final day and far beyond. We plan and collaborate with all our feeder schools and 16-25 partners, including work providers. Information, advice and guidance are shared through reviews, parent-carer evenings, family forums and online. Destinations are fully monitored.

A member of the management team is responsible for arranging transition. A well-established transition programme is in place at Shaftesbury and supports students transferring into Year 7 and also from Shaftesbury onto college.

Late entries into school

  • Student to visit school with parents & carers individually to be shown around the school.
  • Individual visits to current school.
  • Depending on needs of individual student a reduced timetable may be introduced for a gradual introduction into the school, which is increased until students are on a full timetable.
  • EHCP information on incoming students are transferred from previous school.
  • Parent support from Shaftesbury’s Family Liaison Advisor is applicable.
  • Progress monitored through tracking systems in school.

Transition to Shaftesbury

As part of the Transition process for students coming to us from other schools we produce a Transition booklet that aims to explain to our new students, their parents and teachers all about Shaftesbury and what life is like here and our expectations of students in terms of behaviour, equipment and uniform.

Our Transition guide for new students joining Shaftesbury in Year 7 in September 2019 can be downloaded here.

Key elements of the transition process:

  • Where appropriate, Shaftesbury staff attend Year 6 annual reviews.
  • Transition meetings are held with other teachers from primary schools; both special and mainstream schools.
  • Visits to all students in primary setting, talking to students and teachers.
  • Opportunities for students to visit school with parents & carers individually to be shown around the school.
  • Information of transition timescales sent to primary schools.
  • Two visits for students, a morning and afternoon, to Shaftesbury High School prior to High School Day. During the visits, new students will have opportunity to see Year 7 classrooms, attend assembly and get to know the school and staff.
  • Some students may require individually tailored programs for transition. This is arranged on an individual need.
  • Annual reviews of Looked After Children and students with complex needs are attend where necessary.
  • High School Day, in July, where incoming Year 7 students spend a full day at Shaftesbury and participate in a number of activities.
  • Parents invited to meet with Senior Leadership Team prior to students starting.
  • Information on incoming students is transferred electronically, wherever possible through SIMS transfer files. In addition pen portrait information is gathered by Year 7 tutors and this information is then shared with all staff at the beginning of the new school year.
  • Transition booklets are available on school website for parents and students to download at any time.

Transition between Key Stages at Shaftesbury

We support our students as they move between Key Stages at Shaftesbury. 

To see how we support our students with transitions during their time at Shaftesbury please look at our In School Transition document by clicking here.

  • Support starts towards transitioning from school to college and/or 6th Form.
  • Reviews highlight the options and support that students will need for the future.
  • AQA units are introduced as small steps to Entry Level, and to flag up successes.
  • Taster lessons are provided through an enrichment carousel.
  • College taster days are provided at the end of Year 10.
  • Career and options support starts in year 9 and continues through careers lesson, interviews in Years 9 and 11.

Transitioning out of Shaftesbury - Year 11 & Sixth Form

  •  A senior member of staff is responsible for supporting transition out of school.
  • EHCP reviews in Years 10 & 11 highlight possible choices and support individual students will need.
  • Careers and Life Skills forms part of the KS4 curriculum and supports skills and information needed to make transition choices.
  • Students receive support from school staff for supporting their applications for either college or work.
  • All Year 11 students attend college tasters.
  • Support continues after students have left school by staff.
  • Sixth Formers know that they can leave Shaftesbury at the end of Year 12, 13 or 14 – they have a full say in their future.
  • There is renewed focus on building life skills to inform student informed choices.
  • Weekly transition lessons involve SALT and the Family Transition advisor.
  • The Family Transition advisor takes responsibility for supporting student’s applications for either college or work. They work closely with parents & carers and students to find the right placement.
  • The Family Liaison advisor provides support to students and their families, organising coffee mornings in school and liaising with all appropriate services. They facilitate many students’ steps beyond the working day and up to age 25.
  • Both advisors attend every parents evening. So do outside agencies, including local colleges, Mencap and residential providers, to preview and discuss next steps. Follow-up visits are frequently arranged. Students may also visit a range of potential destinations before their final transition.
  • Prior to annual reviews there is a leavers’ conference attended by all professionals who are involved in the
    transition from Child support to Adult support services.
  • Travel training, work placements and residentials are available to all potential leavers.
  • Leavers night formally celebrates each leaver; future leavers are also invited.
  • All students have support from two designated colleagues Transition can be to college and/or 6th Form.
  • School and college staff plan and review joint curriculum strands.
  • Students attend the Harrow college link course throughout the school year.