• Sarah D. Young, Headteacher : telephone 01263 578144

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, 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.


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Sidestrand Hall School

Key Stage 4 and 5 embed careers education and employability skills within their curriculum. This includes developing skills in areas such as interview skills, writing a CV and making applications. Students have the opportunity to take part in individual or group work placements during year 11 and Sixth Form and have encounters with employers and other organisations offering employability support and workshops to enrich their studies of the world of work. Students have opportunities to visit work places or meet employers and educational providers as part of their studies and find out about skills needed to carry out different careers.

Students in Key Stage 3 are introduced to careers education through one to one support and guidance from year 9 and through careers themed events such as employer and college fairs in school and careers events where they have opportunities to interact with employers and/or colleges to find out about the different options available into work and training after they finish school.

All students from year 9 through to year 14 receive 1:1 information, advice and personal guidance on transition and future education, career and social care options.  This includes support to students and parents with transition plans and transition is a key part of the Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review process from year 9 onwards. 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.

For any questions or requests, please contact the Careers Leader:

Sarah Adams Telephone (01263) 578144