Transition from year 6

MusicCarterton Community College works with schools throughout Carterton. Of course, pupils attending the primary schools within our designated area can be guaranteed of a place in Yr 7 however, we also work with all local schools to ensure that pupils and their parents have a free choice to attend CCC.

In order to help the process of transition from primary to secondary school two induction days are organised for the pupils, this academic year on the 4th and 5th July 2016. An information evening for parents proceeds this on the Tuesday evening. School leaders will visit Year 6 pupils in the primary schools to talk to them and answer their questions about the induction days. An information pack is given to each family about the Induction day and CCC in general. Information about pupils is gathered to help place them in appropriate tutor groups and for English, Maths and Science faculties to assign them into appropriate teaching groups.

The purpose of the Induction Day is to give pupils the opportunity to meet members of their new tutor and teaching groups, and to become acquainted with some of the college’s routines. All pupils attending transfer days meet together at the start of the day then attend a number of different lessons. They are guided about the school by older pupils. An important part of the day for many pupils comes at the end, when they are gathered together once more and then guided to buses (where appropriate) to ensure they know which transport they will be using to and from school.

There will be opportunities for vulnerable students to visit at other periods alongside Induction Day to aid the transition process. Please contact Rachel Morrison (SENDCo) for details. By the start of the new school year in September new pupils have met their tutor group and will know where to gather at the start of the first day. Their tutor will meet them and supply them with a planner, a timetable, a map and a lot of good advice. Mentors, pupils from Year 10 or 11, are assigned to help new pupils settle in and to give them support during their first year.

An opportunity is given in the first term, usually October, for parents to come and talk with the tutor and see how pupils have settled in so far.

We welcome visits from all prospective parents at any time throughout the academic year. Please contact us and arrange a visit.

The BBC school’s parents page has some good advice on what to think about when choosing a secondary school for your child.