Transition

Starting Willows 

Children will start Willows, providing there are places available, during the term after their second birthday. We will contact parents/carers in advance and notify you that there is a place available for your child. Usually, before the term starts we will visit you and your child at home to talk to you about your child and how you think we can best help them to feel happy when they begin to attend Willows. Due to Coronavirus, this year, we will contact parents over the phone and arrange a meet the teacher consultation. Here we will complete necessary paperwork and discuss a settling in session and a one hour stay and play session date and then a starting date. 

Once the term begins, we will admit children into Willows gradually to allow them to settle. In most cases start with a one hour visit and then build up time once your child is settled and confident. Most children settle into Willows quickly and happily. However, if your child does not settle when you leave, we will always ring parents to collect them sooner and for this reason please ensure that we have up to date phone numbers.  

Starting Nursery  

Children will start Willows, providing there are places available, during the term after their second birthday. We will contact parents/carers in advance and notify you that there is a place available for your child. Usually, before the term starts we will visit you and your child at home to talk to you about your child and how you think we can best help them to feel happy when they begin to attend Nursery. Due to Coronavirus, this year, we will contact parents over the phone and arrange a meet the teacher consultation. Here we will complete necessary paperwork and discuss a settling in session and a one and a half hour stay and play session date and then a starting date. 

Once the term begins, we will admit children into Nursery. In most cases start with a one and half hour visit and then if required your child would have a gradual start. Most children settle into Nursery quickly and happily. However, if your child does not settle when you leave, we will always ring parents to collect them sooner and for this reason please ensure that we have up to date phone numbers.  

Transition to Reception Class

We have high percentage of Nursery pupils that get allocated a place into our Reception class. The teacher for Reception class will keep dropping into Nursery and spend time with the pupils who will be going through to Reception. Opportunities are planned where pupil go and spend time in Reception class with staff on afternoons in Summer 2. 

The families who do not attend our Nursery will be contacted by the EYFS Leader and will be asked to share the name of Nursery that their child attends. The EYFS Leader will contact the nurseries and arrange to visit them. Parents are invited to a welcome presentation in July before their child starts. Children are encouraged to come and spend time in their new classroom during this time. At this meeting they will be handed information about preparing their child and themselves for starting school. Meet the teacher consultations are held in September in school for all Reception parents/pupils. They will each be given a time slot where necessary paperwork will be completed, and information shared about the year ahead.  

In September, pupils have staggered start dates with new to school pupils attending first. Staff dedicate their time to settling these pupils into school smoothly. We plan for pupils to start on the day of their friends to allow for an enjoyable process. Observations are taking by staff and placed on Tapestry for parents to see how they are getting on and settling at school. 

Transition to Secondary School

Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time of life, but for many children it can also be a daunting prospect. At Ryecroft we do everything we can to support children through this tricky time. 

High schools are invited to introduce themselves to children and special days are arranged in which our pupils can experience life in Year 7. They also have the opportunity to meet their teachers and even take part in lessons. We can signpost you to websites which will give you detailed information or put you in touch with leaders who can answer your questions. 

Parents are also helped with applications and if you have any concerns or problems with finding the best high school for your child, our Year 6 teachers Mr Lavery and Miss Kershaw are here to help you.

The most popular high schools with our parents are: