We know how important it is for Year 6 students to feel ready for the transition to secondary school because we recognise what a significant change this is for them and their families. To that end, we have a comprehensive programme in place that prepares them for this important next step in their development.

We have a dedicated team of staff including the Year 7 Team Lead, the Student Services Advisors, our Designated Safeguarding Lead, our SENDCos and a link member of the senior leadership team who work together to ensure a smooth transition between primary and secondary school.

Our team speaks to the Year 6 classroom teachers, SENDCos and pastoral staff at Primary schools to find out as much information as possible about individual students, so that when children join The Magna Carta School, our staff have the necessary knowledge to provide the best possible support for them as they start at our school.

We visit students in their primary schools so that they have an opportunity to ask questions about life at The Magna Carta School and to meet some of the staff they will see when they join us in September.

Our induction programme is carefully designed to give the Year 6 students an opportunity to start making new friends, meet some of the teachers, experience some lessons and find their way around the school. The induction programme ensures that when they join as Year 7s in the new school year, they have the confidence to fully engage with secondary school life and are familiar with the staff who are on hand to support them should they experience any worries or concerns as they settle in.

Where Primary schools identify children who are especially worried about the transition process from Year 6 to Year 7, we invite these children to visit our school to take part in our transition programme ‘Move Up to Magna’.  This has proved invaluable in making the transition process more manageable for these children.