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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. We aim to make this transition as stress free as possible for children and for parents.

By now, you should have received a letter inviting your child to come into our school for a transition session. To comply with the government guidelines on social distancing, we are meeting with students on a one to one basis. During their visit, your child will meet with year 7 staff. At this stage, we still do not know who your child’s teacher will be. You will be notified as soon as we have finalised our class lists. Your child will be given a tour of the school and be involved in some activities.

You should also have received a Pupil Registration Form – either emailed to you by your child’s school or received one in the post if you requested a paper copy. Please complete these forms as soon as possible and return them to our school. When you come in with your child for his transition session, you will be given additional paperwork to fill in. You are most welcome to sit in school hall and do it then. You will also be able to purchase your child’s school uniform.

If you have not received a letter informing you of your child’s transition session, need a paper copy of the Pupil Registration Form or have any questions, please contact the school or e mail me on: or phone the school office.

Please also let the school know if your child is able to attend his/her transition session.

A tour of the school by Year 7s for new pupils

Transition 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:

Welcome To Great Oaks College

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