The move to and from our School
We understand that starting a new school is a significant experience for any child. We try to make sure that the transition both in and out of school is as smooth an experience as it can be.
Moving from a nursery or the home setting into school can be a very emotional step for your child. Whilst every child is very individual we have established a transition process that we believe all the children that start school benefit from.
The term before entry each child has a home visit from the class teacher so that they can meet in their home setting and become acquainted before they start school. For a lot of children this is a significant event and one that they remember and offen refer back to.
Teachers will also make a second visit to the child in their nursery setting should they be attending nursery. This helps build the bond with the teacher and ensures that familiarity is established.
Invitations To School
Invitations are sent out to families to all major school events in the summer term prior to entry e.g. the summer BBQ. This gives the children the opportunity to encounter the school in action in an informal and enjoyable capacity. If your child sees you enjoying yourself at school they will also feel that it is a place that they will enjoy. So it's very important that you keep a smile on your face throughout the whole event !!!
There is a reception link on the website that shows in detail our classroom setting, so that you can go online with your child and share with them the setting both inside and outside of the classroom. Please click on the word 'Reception' below:
Before joining us in September, your child will be invited to visit for a morning visit. This enables your child to familiarise him/herself with the classroom environment and make new friends. You are invited to join your child towards the end of the visit and enjoy a first school dinner with them.
Parents are invited to a parents evening meeting which will be an opportunity to receive information and ask questions. At the parents meeting the class teacher will go through the curriculum topics that your child will be learning and explain in a little more detail about what your child will be doing at school. There is always a brief introduction from the Friends and also from the Governors of the school. The friends encourage having a link parent for each class to compile and share a parents contact list. At St Cross Catholic School there is a very strong presence of a community and when you join the school you and your child become a part of our family. We all work hard together to support and facilitate the best all round education that our children can have. At St Cross School we welcome parents and extended family as helpers in school. We feel that the help you can provide as an extra adult in the classroom is beneficial to all of the children in that class. It will also give you a chance to understand how school works and hopefully enjoy it too. Please read our parents volunteer booklet.
We have also designed a welcome pack which includes all sorts of details and forms that need to be read and signed before your child starts school.
Most importantly we make your child feel as welcome and as special as possible so that whilst they are in school they have a happy and positive experience.
Each child in Reception has assigned to him or her a Year 6 buddy who will support and play with your child at lunch times and play times. This has been a very successful programme and the children build firm friendships with their buddies. The buddies may also help throughout the year with other things and they send each other cards etc.
We are always interested to hear feed back from parents and annually the Governors send out a questionnaire to parents. If you have any feedback, please take this opportunity to comment in the Governor questionnaire.
In order to prepare the children for the next big educational move in their lives we have established a number of programmes that are in place ready for that preparation.
We start thinking about the move as early as year 5 and during this year arrange a 1 day visit to our main feeder St Mary’s Catholic Secondary School for a familiarisation day.
In Year 6 we arrange visits to St Cross from the Year 7 tutors from feeder secondary schools for an informal meeting with the pupils and year 6 class teacher (and the SENCO if appropriate)
In the summer term the children also have the opportunity to attend a moving up day where the year 6 pupils will visit their their allocated secondary schools and meet the relevant staff.
Throughout the final year there are numerous lessons which are taken by secondary school teachers from the majority of our feeder secondary schools. These sessions include Modern Foreign languages, the Arts, Environment assemblies music and P.E.
Please find below a list of the establishments that our children come from and go to:
Nursery/ Pre school establishments:
St Augustine's Catholic Nursery
Rye Park Nursery School
St Paul's Catholic Nursery (Cheshunt)
Brookland Infant and Nursery
Broxbourne C of E Nursery
Cranbourne Nursery (Hoddesdon)
This list is not an exhaustive list for more details about pre school and nusery settings in the area please refer to the Herts website (http://www.hertsdirect.org/scholearn/schadd)
Our main feeder school is St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop Stortford. Other local schools include, The Broxbourne School, The John Warner School and Robert Barclay Academy (RBA) . Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
Click on the links below for school websites: