Our new starters programme begins with a coffee morning in school. This provides the opportunity for new parents and children to meet with the Reception staff and find out information about our school.
In the summer term before they begin school the children are invited to spend some sessions in school in their new classroom environment. They are also invited by a Year 5 'buddy' to a picnic.
Once term starts, the 'buddy's role is to support the younger child's integration into school life. Please find below feedback received from parents on the 'buddy' system:
"I am writing following the parent lunch, with reception children and their buddies, that has taken place today. The opportunity to share lunchtime and socialise around the table was slightly missed by N as he was too keen to get outside to the playground, however the experience from my point of view was great. N's buddy, J, was an exceptional host. He was a great conversationalist, explaining many things about the school, about his role as house team captain and about his classroom activities. He was very polite and well mannered and was paying great attention to both the needs of N and myself during lunchtime. He generously offered to sit with N whilst I left the table to collect my lunch, clearly prolonging his own lunch and demonstrating a very selfless attitude.
I can not state enough how thoroughly pleasant J was. It was a pleasure to meet him and he was truly excellent at representing the school and himself."
"We were also very impressed by J's buddy C last year- he was an exceptionally caring young man who took the trouble most days to find J & check if all was well! It's a great system that you use (& a credit to the school culture that it's so successful), and really supports the reception integration process."
After Year 6 our pupils move onto high school. Our children move onto several local high schools, Shavington High School, Brine Leas and Malbank High Schools in Nantwich; some choose to go onto independent schools.
Parents apply to Cheshire East Admissions Team for their chosen high school choices during the Autumn term of Year 6. High school places are then allocated later in the year.
Transition is arranged by the high schools, we try to ensure that the experience is consistent for every pupil, whichever school they are moving to. The children have their first contact with their high school at Wybunbury when staff from the high schools, and often pupils, come and visit us. This provides the opportunity for the children to find out about the high school and ask any questions before they visit. Each school then arrange Intake days for the children to spend at least a day in their new environment, parental information evenings and uniform sessions.
Occasionally pupils need more support with their move, so additional visits and meetings are arranged on an individual basis.