Supporting Each Educational Transition - posted 7th Jan
So, a new decade is now underway and our students have settled back into school as though they have never been away! This is a positive thing and testament to the support and encouragement we provide our school community from before they even start with us in year 7 to beyond the time they leave us in year 11.
From primary school transition to post-16, we aim to provide the skills, experiences and motivation all our students require to thrive. At Our Lady’s we pride ourselves on the comprehensive transition programme we offer; the value of which should not be under-estimated.
We work closely with our local feeder primary schools that develop the children in their formative years and instil important values to stand them in good stead. Many primary schools run year 6 residential activity trips which help to increase confidence and a sense of adventure. The team-building and self-development that take place on trips like this are transferrable skills that make it easier to adapt to high school. It all helps make the unfamiliar territory a less daunting prospect as being away from home increases self-sufficiency, a sense of adventure and the ability to embrace new and unfamiliar activities. If children don't have the chance to enjoy this kind of trip at primary, our annual year 7 Langdale residential trip builds independence.
Our transition programme includes sessions that build on the skills children are already developing at primary school. For example, our Student Council have worked with Pupil Leadership Teams from local primaries to plan projects and discuss what is required to become a member of the Our Lady’s Student Council.
Once a child starts at Our Lady’s they embark on a five-year journey that we hope will equip them for life beyond school. Additional to the curriculum, they will enjoy a range of trips, workshops, assemblies and enterprise experiences designed to inform them and getting them thinking about their post-16 options.
Mrs Cooke, Our Careers Lead, organises various in-house workshops and out-of-school trips that highlight the range of post-16 options available to our students. Whether they want to pursue an apprenticeship, go on to college and further education or they have a specific industry or career in mind, the extensive careers programme is designed to offer the support and advice they need to make informed choices about their future. Work experience in year 10 is a great way for students to trial careers they may be considering so Mrs Eavers works with them to try to secure the most beneficial work placements.