‘Big’ school gets top marks for pupil transition initiative

MAKING the switch from junior to ‘big’ school can be exciting, daunting and even downright scary for some children.

But for hundreds of youngsters attending Saddleworth School the change is made as smooth as possible.

That’s why and unique to the Uppermill school in Oldham, Year 7 pupils enjoy a series of events throughout their first year to help make the transition as enjoyable as possible.

It starts-as part of a busy calendar-with a disco prior to finishing at primary school and continues with a successful liaison system to ensure a smooth and exciting pathway.

The latest was a ‘transition tea party’ held recently at the end of the school day.

Youngsters, aged 11 to 12, met-up with former primary school teachers over refreshments to update them on their progress and to reminisce about their time prior to moving to Saddleworth School which draws first year pupils from around 30 primary schools including eight members of the Dovestone Learning Group.

Year 7 Home School leader Gary Pollard said: “We are blessed to have so many feeder primary schools.

“And it’s wonderful all the children, parents and teachers can join in and celebrate the children’s first year of transitioning into secondary school.

“It is all about cohesion and children having that learning pathway and bringing forward that love of learning from primary into secondary school.”

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