transition - primary/secondary
The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families, yet research has shown that transitions can be stressful for children, that continuity of curriculum between primary and secondary school may suffer during transition and that some vulnerable children need intervention prior to transition.
If your child has a Statement/EHC Plan, then secondary schools should be discussed at the Year 5 annual review (Transfer Review). You are entitled to attend and contribute to the discussion, as can any professionals who work with your child e.g. Class Teacher, Health or Social Care Workers, Therapists and Educational Psychologist, Parent Supporter etc.
By December of Year 5 you should receive a proposed statement. You should also receive a list of state mainstream and special schools; however, this list will not include any independent or out of county schools. You will need to do some research and we suggest making private appointments with schools/SENCO’s to ask questions and look around.
You will have an opportunity to decide on your preferred choice of school which the LA will consider alongside any other evidence. You should receive a final statement by February of Year 6 naming the LA’s final choice of school. You can discuss the statement and the named school with LB Bexley at any time. If you are unhappy with any decisions they will try to resolve the issues. You also have the right to appeal the decision.
If your child does not have a ‘Statement/EHC Plan’, you should apply for your place in the usual way (see www.bexley.gov.uk/admissions).
Make a list of possible schools, consider transport, travel and other siblings schools (if appropriate). Personal recommendation is a good way to whittle down to a shortlist. Ask around for feedback. You will need to do some research and we suggest making private appointments with schools/SENCO’s to ask questions and look around. When you’ve got your shortlist together, go to the open evenings/days. If possible take your child with you (or ask for an appointment when you can bring your child to see the school).
Click on the picture below to download our helpful information leaflet on Choosing a Secondary school for your SEND child:
Support is available if you have a child with SEN. Please use the following links for more information:
IASS (Formally known as Parent Partnership Service)
Department of Education
Bexley Council - Education Information