At Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, we are fully aware of the challenges that moving from primary to secondary school presents. We believe that the most effective way to ensure that children settle into secondary school life is through an effective and smooth transition programme.
Long before students attend Christ the King CVA for their first day in September of Year 7, much work has already been done to make this process as seamless as possible. As soon as we are made aware that a student will be joining us and that their place has been accepted, we will visit their school, if they attend one of our Academy Trust Primaries (The Good Shepherd, Woodthorpe; Holy Cross, Hucknall; Sacred Heart, Carlton or St Margaret Clitherow, Bestwood Park). In these 2 hour sessions, staff from Christ the King ‘take over’ the classroom, playing getting-to-know-you activities with the Year 6 students who will be joining us and conducting ‘mini-interviews’ where students talk to us about one of their favourite pieces of work.
Similar activities take place for our students who do not attend one of our Academy Trust Primary Schools, but students are invited into Christ the King for this to take place. Students in this situation should not be worried as we have many students who are the only pupil from their primary school, or will be joining us with only one or two friends. By the end of the session, they will be much more comfortable with making the move to secondary school.
Following these sessions, the Induction Days held at Christ the King in July are the most important days of all in helping students to settle into life at Christ the King. Over these two days, students are given two typical days in the life of a Christ the King student. They will take part in a range of lessons, they will experience an Act of Worship and they are also able to sample the delights of ‘Maggie’s Kitchen’ if they so wish. An evening for parents is also held in between the two days, where lots of information is available.
By the end of the induction process, the vast majority of students feel very excited about joining us in September and cannot wait to begin secondary school life!