TRANSITIONS

Transitions are the moves children and young people make from home to nursery, from nursery to primary, from primary to secondary, from secondary to further education and beyond.

Starting Primary One

Your child will be placed automatically into a school in August if his or her fifth birthday falls between 1 March of that year and the last day of February of the following year.  You can, however, make a request for early entry to school for a child whose fifth birthday falls after the above period.

If your child is due to start primary school in the August, he or she should be registered in your local primary school before the end of January that year.

To help your child prepare for a good start you can:

  • Listen and talk to your child about this change in their lives
  • Involve your child in getting ready for school by helping choose the things they will need, e.g. their uniform, lunchbox, school bag
  • Keep in touch with the school about anything which may affect your child’s learning
  • Attend induction events or introductory sessions

Transfer to Secondary School

Primary school pupils normally transfer to their catchment area secondary school in August following completion of their P7 year.  Secondary staff visit P7 pupils to discuss aspects of their transfer with them and in June the pupils will spend an agreed length of time at their prospective secondary school.

The catchment area secondary school for Castlehill Primary School is:

Campbeltown Grammar

Hutcheon Road

Campbeltown

Argyll

PA28 6JS

Telephone:01586 553773

Website: Campbeltown Grammar School

You will be contacted by letter and offered a place for your child at Campbeltown Grammar School, which you may either accept or decline.  Secondary schools have their own arrangements for meetings with prospective parents/carers, and you will be given details of these meetings.

Should you prefer your child to attend a school other than the designated catchment area school then a Placing Request must be made.  Forms are available from the Head Teacher or School Support, Argyll & Bute Council, Argyll House, Alexandra Parade, Dunoon, PA23 8AJ - Tel: 01369 704000.

Moving from Stage to Stage

Your child will be involved in an induction programme every year in school. Prior to the summer holiday your child will meet their teacher/s for the following session and visit their new classroom/s.  Teachers work closely and share information about your child’s learning and achievements.  Staff will also share other information which will help the teacher support your child’s learning, e.g. friendship groups, preferred ways of working, etc.

Moving Between Schools

When a child moves to a new school their class teacher will normally telephone the new school to share information on academic achievement and personal likes/dislikes with their new teacher.  Parents/carers are encouraged to organise a visit to the new school (if possible) in advance to support the child feel secure in the move.

 It should be noted that opportunities for enhanced transitions are available for children as required.

Liaison with Local Schools

 Our school maintains close links with Campbeltown Grammar School and other primary schools within the local area.  Our teachers, and in some cases our pupils, visit other schools and establishments and other teachers and pupils visit us.  This process is important for the professional development of staff, reciprocal understanding and the establishment of curricular consistency.

Useful Links

Career Information, Advice and Guidance in Scotland - A Framework for Service Redesign and Improvement provides guidance on career information, advice and guidance strategy.

The Additional support for learning page provides links to relevant legislation and guidance, including the arrangements that should be in place to support pupils with additional support needs.

Supporting Children's Learning Code of Practice includes specific requirements on education authorities and others under the new legislation in relation to transition.

 Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.

Parenting Across Scotland offers support to children and families in Scotland.

GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.