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Transition to Great Oaks School and College

 

We understand how crucial Transition is to young people starting a new school and particularly coming to a specialist school like Great Oaks. Due to the current circumstances we may not be able to do Transition in the same way as we have previously done it, however we will do all that we can to ensure that all pupils and students are as prepared as they can be for this transition.

We have created this page in order to

1. Post regular updates about Transition and provide you with key information

2. Give you an oppotunity to ask any questions about starting at a new school or College 

So please do keep checking back here as more information will be added regularly 

Transition in Year 6 /7 

My name is Ilda Ourique. I am the Year 7 Pathways Manager.

At Great Oaks School we understand and acknowledge that transitioning from primary to secondary school can be an anxious and difficult time for both students and parents and especially so, for students with additional needs.

At Great Oaks we have a vey comprehensive transition programme. Students and parents are invited to visit the school. I meet with the staff from the primary school to get as much information as possible to ensure that we are familiar with the young person and are able to place the student in an appropriate class. Where possible myself and some colleagues meet with the students in their primary school. Visits to the school are scheduled where students come into our school for short visits with a member of their primary school staff before the city wide transition day. Under the current circumstances, it is unlikely that our usual practices regarding transition will be taking place.

We are unable to say at this stage how we will be moving forward as all will depend on the government guidelines regarding social distancing and return to school. However, most importantly, we will be making the transition from primary school as stress free as possible for all students and parents and will be working with you and our feeder schools over the next few months to ensure that this is the case.

Please keep looking at our website for updates. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to email me: ildaourique@greatoaks.school.

Tranistion to Great Oaks College

My name is Jo Allen and I am the Deputy Head for Solent Special Education Trust, leading on the Post 16 provision.

Transition into College can be an anxious time for both students and families and especially so, for students with additional needs. It is also an exciting time and the next step in the journey towards adulthood. At Great Oaks we have a comprehensive transition programme. Students and families have already been visiting the Farm and the school based provision for coffee mornings and open events. We meet with the teachers and teams from the previous school to get as much information as possible to ensure that we are familiar with the young person and are able to place the student in an appropriate class and that they have everything they need to make their time with us successful. Visits to college are scheduled where students come in for short visits with a member of their current school staff. All students will receive a welcome booklet with photos of all of the team and the site.

Given the current circumstances, we may have to make some alterations to our Transition programme. However, we will aim to make the transition into Great Oaks College and Post 16 as stress free as possible for all students and families and will be working with you over the next few months to ensure that this is the case.

There is lots of information about the College on our Great Oaks College webpage

Please keep looking at our website for updates. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to e mail me: Jo.allen@sset.uk