Ysgol Abersychan School

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Primary Transition: Gwaith Trosglwyddo

Web icon Secondary School Admission Form for September 2014

Our feeder Primary Schools are:

Web icon Blaenavon Heritage VC, Web icon Cwmffrwdoer, Web icon Garnteg and Web icon Penygarn. We also have pupils from other local Primary Schools in the area opting to come to Abersychan School, these include Web icon George StreetWeb icon New Inn and Web icon Griffithstown.

At Abersychan School, we strive to make the transition phase between Key Stage 2 and 3 as seamless as possible and in order to achieve this, our Transition Programme starts as early as Year 4.

In Year 4 & 5, primary school pupils visit us at Abersychan and participate in lessons and activities within the school grounds to help familiarise them with the school site, classrooms and teachers. We also do some activities in our Primary Schools so that they can meet some of the staff in their own environment.

For the Year 6 pupils, the transition programme intensifies in the final year of primary school and begins with a visit from Miss Hinchliffe in September. During this visit, pupils are given a presentation about Abersychan School and given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding their new school.

At the end of September we then have a Year 6 Transition Day at Abersychan School, where pupils undertake a timetabled day of lessons as if they were already a pupil of the school.

Pupils and Parents are then invited to our Open Evening which gives further opportunity for contact and questions to be answered.

Throughout Year 6, pupils visit as a school and undertake Art & Technology lessons on a weekly basis for 4 weeks, Pupils will also take part in various other ‘Tailored’ projects requested by their Primary School and organised by Abersychan School, these may take place in Abersychan School or within their Primary School. This may include: Maths workshops, Literacy projects, Science events, Dance or Drama lessons, ICT projects, Sports and fitness days, Some of these subject specific projects will also be done with year 5 pupils.

Pupils are also given Transition Booklets to work through within their Junior School class and these are then transferred to Abersychan School and completed within Learning to Learn lessons.

Primary Schools pupils from years 5 & 6 will also visit to watch our school show together at Christmas.

In April, Miss Hinchliffe will again visit each Junior School and collate information about each individual child to enable the process to begin of placing individuals into classes. This information gathering process allows us to ensure that friendship groups are respected and that classes are correctly composed and balanced for the start of September. Pupils and parents alike are made aware of form groups and classes in July and any necessary changes can then, if possible be accommodated.

Year Six pupils will once again visit us in July for the Torfaen Roll Over Day. This will provide an opportunity for pupils to meet their new form tutors and teachers, undertake a tour of the school and generally become more familiar with the site and procedures.

The Year 6 Parents Evening in July is the last point of contact parents and pupils have with the school before the transfer process is complete and Year 6 become Year 7!