Supporting students during Transition to and from the Academy
Freebrough Academy operates an Early Transition programme where Year 6 students who have chosen the Academy spend the last 3 weeks of Year 6 at the Academy following their Year 7 timetable, as well as being involved in a range of activities to promote their creative skills and develop their sense of self and emotional maturity. All students are invited to attend an Early Transition Meeting in March so that they meet key staff and understand the Early Transition process. Detailed information regarding the achievement, strengths, talents and any barriers to learning are discussed with primary colleagues and the information is used to identify the needs of individuals. The students attend a further Induction Evening just before Early Transition when they receive their personalised timetables, order uniform, register for the cashless catering systems as well as meet key members of staff.
Students are supported by our Heroes and Fab team (Freebrough against Bullying) when they first arrive for Early Transition. They assist with showing them around the building and they are also supported by the older students in their tutor groups and by the Small School system.
All the Early Transition students enjoy an early lunch so that they can become more familiar with the lunch routines and bond together as a group before the rest of the Academy joins them. They return to their primary schools at end of the day so they can share their successes and any concerns with staff.
Parents are contacted twice during Early Transition and their opinions as well of those of their children are recorded to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all the students and any issues are dealt with immediately.
Students moving onto college are supported by the Routes to Employment service. Students have individual interviews with Routes to Employment who identify strengths and interests and highlight possible pathways. We track their applications to ensure appropriate outcomes. Students are supported in making their applications by the Routes to Employment service and by the Academy and students are accompanied to Open Days and taster sessions, so that they are enabled to make informed choices. Colleges and employers also address students in assemblies to make students aware of the opportunities. Student expected outcomes are shared with the colleges in the reference process, which are completed by the Heads of School of the individual students. SEND information is also shared at this time as well as exam concessions and more detailed information is shared when students move onto their chosen college. Subjects also hold career events and showcase post 16 pathways and career options. Colleges also hold drop in sessions at the Academy so that students can ask questions and get further information. On Results Day, colleges and Routes to Employment come into the Academy and support students with next steps. We also hold a Careers Event in conjunction with the Options Evening where Routes to Employment, colleges and companies showcase their offer to students.
Measures we take to support individual students with SEND to ensure an effective transition to and from the Academy including, if appropriate, support for those moving into higher education
Detailed information is collected from primary teachers regarding achievement, teacher assessments, SEND information and work scrutiny by visiting and in some cases by observing the students in their primary schools. The schools are visited by our SENDCO and by our Assistant Principal responsible for Primary Transition; the SENDCO is also often invited to multi agency meetings to learn more about the needs of different students.
Meetings are held for SEND students where parents are invited and aspirations, interests, strengths and barriers are discussed with the SENDCO and Connexions. Students attend drop in sessions and open days to help inform their choices. A plan is then created and the students are supported through the application process. Our Post 16 Enterprise Centre also helps support some of those more vulnerable students who are not yet ready to move away from the familiarity of an environment they know and feel confident with.
For some students who have not attained expected progress at the end of KS2, we provide an enhanced transition package to facilitate their progress. These students access mainstream but also work in a small group with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy to address skill deficits. This is designed to enable them to access the secondary curriculum effectively and accelerate progress.