Our Transition Programme
Supporting the Move from Primary to Secondary
The transition from primary school to secondary school can be overwhelming. Working closely with our local primary schools we run a comprehensive programme of transition events designed to support children through this life-changing experience. Our transition days help build the confidence and self-belief pupils need to progress smoothly from a primary school environment to a new educational experience as part of the Our Lady’s school family.
Primary school pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 will be invited to their own specifically tailored transition days where they will be given the opportunity to experience a variety of high school ‘taster’ lessons. Parents/carers will be kept informed with the dates for each transition day. Miss Tkaczuk organises a range of interactive days working with companies like the Living History Hub and local colleges to get the children thinking about what they might like to do when they grow up. These days are also a great confidence booster for the children. Throughout the school year parents will also have the opportunity to attend events such as carol concerts and creative arts showcases, giving you the opportunity to see the wonderful work that takes place here at Our Lady’s and to have a look around the school.
A Varied Transition Programme
We now run an engaging range of interactive transition day experiences which have really helped to spark any interest the students have in science and the creative arts. Primary children are invited to Our Lady’s to take part in musical activities, craft competitions, technology classes, our popular SPI Days (forensic investigation), Bright Sparks Electricity workshops and Konflux Theatre in Education 'Play in a Day' workshops. These interactive days at Our Lady's familiarise the pupils with our high school setting so they feel comfortable with the environment when they join us in year 7.
Open Evening and Open Days
Our annual Open Evening provides an ideal opportunity to get a flavour of our school, speak to students and staff and raise any queries and concerns that you may have. The news section of our website is regularly updated with upcoming events so you can save the date. Each September we hold Open Days for parents/carers of children starting in their final year at primary school (Dates will be available on the website nearer to the time). These Open Days will enable you to drop in on a ‘typical’ school day, visiting lessons and getting a real sense of what your child can expect if they choose a high school education at Our Lady’s. If you follow Our Lady's on Facebook and Twitter you will see information about these events as soon as they are scheduled.
Working with Local Primary Schools
If you have any ideas for additional transition programmes that you feel would benefit your pupils/children then we are always open to feedback. If your primary school is interested in finding out more about our transition programme and you'd like to work with us then please email Miss Tkaczuk.
Visitors are Always Welcome
We are extremely proud of our school and are always willing to show parents/carers of prospective pupils around. If you are unable to attend one of our organised events and wish to take a tour of our school, please email Sally Royle (PA to Headteacher) or call her on 0161 507 9670.