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Key Stage 3 – Year 7

Transition from primary to secondary school is often described as ‘daunting.’

At Ashlyns, we have a carefully planned transition process, which supports parents and students and helps students to settle in quickly.

It is important that, before making any decisions about secondary schools, you visit the school and have the opportunity to discuss provision and opportunities with the staff and current students.

To facilitate this decision making, we hold an open evening in October, when students and parents/carers have the opportunity to view the school, talk to staff and current students as well as gain a flavour of the atmosphere and ethos of the school.

In addition, we run regular tours during the day by appointment so parents and students can see the school ‘in session’ and see a normal school day in action.

Once a place at Ashlyns has been awarded, our transition team works closely with students’ current primary schools, to aid a smooth transition and enable us to gain a good understanding of their individual needs. This helps us place students in the right groups and enables us to prepare any additional support they may need.

In July, an induction day is organised to help familiarise students with their new secondary school, form groups and key teachers. We also hold an induction evening, where parents/carers and students are able to meet form tutors and fellow students. This evening event offers parents/carers a chance to familiarise themselves with our expectations and protocols; there is ample time to ask questions so everyone feels confident for the start of term.

Year 7 students also have a dedicated induction day at the start of the Autumn term. This gives the newest members of our community time to orientate themselves prior to the arrival of students from other year groups.

TIMETABLE

1st September – Application process opens

First Thursday in October – Ashlyns’ Open Evening

31st October – Applications close

1st March – School place offer published

May – Transition team contacts feeder schools to obtain information about students’ academic ability and individual needs – parents/carers/students may be invited to meet our Inclusion Team if additional support is required

June – Uniform sale and collection

July – Induction day and parent/carer information evening

Detailed information including the interactive “Moving On booklet and schools directory can be found via:

www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/admissions/