Transition for new admissions to Sidestrand Hall School and Sixth Form
Transition is tailored to each child’s needs. Once a place is offered at Sidestrand Hall School, Sarah Adams our Transition Co-ordinator will make arrangements for transition according to the needs and views of the child, and following discussions with parents, carers, the current school or education provider, the EHCP Co-ordinator and other key professionals involved. This will involve opportunities for visits and transition days at Sidestrand Hall School and may include school staff visiting a child’s current school prior to them joining us and attending EHCP and transition meetings where required. We also hold an open day during Spring term for new students joining us in September and a Sixth Form information session in Autumn Term.
During the last two weeks of summer term, transition is held for the whole school where each year group will move into their new class and start their new timetable in preparation for September. Children joining us in September will be offered transition days during this period to help them to settle into school and get used to their new teachers and surroundings and meet other students.
Information, Advice and Guidance at Sidestrand Hall School
Sarah Adams is our Transition Co-ordinator at Sidestrand Hall School and supports all students from year 9 through to year 14 with information, advice and guidance on transition and future education, career and social care options.
This includes 1:1 advice and contributing to the Transition Plan as part of the Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review process. In addition to this, students will be offered visits to post 16 providers such as colleges and training providers in the Autumn Term of year 11 and will be given ongoing support with making choices and with the application and interview process for further education.
All students in their leaving year will have regular support to prepare for transition and arrangements made for taster days needed and transfer of information to their new provider. As well as Information, Advice and Guidance on course options, there are also other careers related visits and events throughout the year such as visits to local employers and careers themed events where colleges or employers are invited in to speak to students about further education, training and career pathways.