Transition from Primary to Secondary school is an important milestone in a child’s educational journey, but can also be a period of time that creates anxiety. At Chase Terrace we try to alleviate as many of those anxieties as possible, through regular contact with the Primary Schools and any agencies who may be working with students and families.
In September each year we hold an Open Evening where each department displays the work of the students. Many will have practical demonstrations including, and often run, by student volunteers. Year 6 students are offered a range of activities during the evening while parents have the opportunity to meet with the Leadership Team and the Year 7 Pastoral Staff.
Further opportunities are offered for parents to view the school during the working day and have time with Ms Wilson to ask any questions regarding the school.
During the year we do work with an increasing number of our local Primary schools engaging students in Technology projects, Science and PE activities, Modern Foreign Languages and Performing Arts. Some of these activities take place at the College so that students become familiar with the staff and facilities.
The Induction Process
Once decisions regarding admission to Chase Terrace have been made we work closely with the Primary schools to gain as much information regarding the students so that our Pastoral Support Team can meet any specific needs students may have. We also offer further opportunities for students to meet with staff through our Induction days, and additional visits, that run in June and July.
The Induction process for students is supported by our Peer mentors, student volunteers from the upper years at the College who have indicated that they want to support the younger students during their first year in school. The students are assigned to form groups and will assist with form group activities during the week.
Parents are also part of the process and evenings are set on the calendar for meeting with Pastoral Staff and the Leadership Team to receive more formal information regarding the school and its processes and expectation and for parents to be able address any outstanding concerns regarding Learning or pastoral issues.