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Transition and Induction

If you are considering sending your child to Shotton Primary School, please make an appointment to visit our school. Choosing the right school for your child is an extremely important decision. We want to  make sure that you feel confident that you have made the right decision in sending your child to our school.


At Shotton Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. We appreciate that children are individuals and although some children settle quickly into routines and full time education, some children may need individual induction programmes suited to their individual needs. Staff will work with parents and carers to ensure that transition into school is as settled as possible. Induction programmes particularly upon entry into Nursery and Reception will be managed and reviewed and monitored by our Foundation Stage Manager (Miss Donoghue).


New starters for Reception children are provided with the following opportunities:   

  • Parent Information Meetings (during and after school) 
  • Parent/Carer and child visits to Reception class in the Summer Term
  • Pupils and Parents invited for School Lunch

We have a flexible and partnership approach. Additional visit opportunities or multi-agency meetings can be organised if required.


Transition to KS3

It is important that we work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. Additional visits for pupils, small group work and peer mentoring are approaches that we successfully draw upon in collaboration with external agencies, parents/carers, pupils and secondary school.


The period of transition is dependant upon the individual needs of the pupil. If appropriate once a place is confirmed, secondary school colleagues will attend Annual Reviews to meeting current teaching staff and our SENCO, parents and most importantly the pupil, easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have. We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school. Any secondary school should welcome parents/carers to visit before placement applications need to be submitted to the Local Authority, so that informed decisions can be made.


Transition Year to Year

At Shotton Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. Transition from each year group is supported so that the children have met with their new teachers and become familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation. For those children who need a greater level of support in moving into a new year group we use Social Stories. This approach uses photographs of the new environment, staff and routines for children to look at and prepare themselves for the changes ahead.