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St. Cross Catholic Primary School

“Together we grow in God’s love”

Transition

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.
 
HOME VISITS
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 hold on to and refer back to.
 
NURSERY VISITS
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 term prior to entry e.g. the summer BBQ the Fireworks evening etc. 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 its very important that you keep a smile on your face throughout the whole event !!!
 
RECEPTION
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 setting both inside and outside of the classroom. Please click on the word reception below;
 
 
MORNING SESSIONS AT THE SCHOOL
Before the children start full time at the school they are received into the class in stages. The first session is a morning session, where the children will be dropped off and then collected before lunch. During this session the children will get to know each other and make new friends and also will be seeing the classroom teacher again, but this time in the classroom setting.
 
SESSION WITH LUNCH
The children will be invited back for a second morning session before they start at the school. At the end of this session the parents are invited to sit with the children and a have a school dinner with them. St Cross School have received the award for healthy school meals, so your meal will include one of our healthy meals, a delicious pudding and a drink provided by our longstanding friendly cooks. Don’t forget while your child is going through this transition to keep that smile on your face!!!
 
PARENT MEETING
Parents are invited to a parents meeting which will be an opportunity to 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. The link parent is normally in charge of the collection for the teacher at Christmas and the end of the year and will arrange to buy a gift and card with the parental donations. If you happy to help by being the link parent, please let the class teacher and the other parents know at parents meeting. The first meeting is the ideal opportunity to get a shared list going so that you can keep in touch. 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 team. 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.
 
WELCOME PACK
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. The complete pack is available electronically on the website should you require a paper copy please request it so that we can print a pack for you and present it to you at the welcome meeting.
 
WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
Most importantly we make your child feel as welcome and as special as possible so that whilst they are in school they have a pleasant and positive experience. The classroom displays are kept very visually bright and there is a reading tent in the corner of the classroom.
 
SCHOOL BUDDY
Each child in reception has assigned to him or her a year 6 buddy who will support and play with your child at lunch time until they become accustom to their peers. 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 Governors 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.
 
School List:
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)
 

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Our main feeder school is St Mary's some of the other local feeder schools are listed below,. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. For a more comprehensive list please see the Herts direct website on http://www.hertsdirect.org/scholearn/schadd)
 

St Mary's Catholic (Bishops Stortford)

 

Address:
Windhill
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2NQ
School Number:
205
Area:
East Area
Head Teacher:
Anthony Sharpe
Telephone:
01279 654901
Fax:
01279 653889
 
 
Web Address:
Correspondence Name:
St Mary's Catholic School
Email Admin:
admin@st-marys.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Broxbourne (The)

 

Address:
High Road
BROXBOURNE
EN10 7DD
School Number:
275
Area:
East Area
Head Teacher:
Martin Titchmarsh
Telephone:
01992 411060
Fax:
01992 411061
 
 
Web Address:
Correspondence Name:
The Broxbourne School
Email Admin:
admin@broxbourne.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Cheshunt

 

Address:
College Road
Cheshunt
WALTHAM CROSS
EN8 9LY
School Number:
340
Area:
East Area
Head Teacher:
Stephen Drake
Telephone:
01992 624375
Fax:
01992 643411
 
 
Web Address:

 

 

John Warner (The)

 

Address:
The John Warner School
Stanstead Road
HODDESDON
EN11 0QF
School Number:
277
Area:
East Area
Head Teacher:
David Kennedy
Telephone:
01992 462889
Fax:
01992 470679
 
 
Web Address:
Correspondence Name:
The John Warner School
Email Admin:
admin@johnwarner.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Sheredes

 

Address:
Cock Lane
Hoddesdon
EN11 8JY
School Number:
276
Area:
East Area
Head Teacher:
Ced De la Croix
Telephone:
01992 410800
Fax:
01992 410801
 
 
Web Address:
Correspondence Name:
Sheredes School
Email Admin:
admin@sheredes.herts.sch.uk
 
 
We also have a number of children that have either gained scholarships or have chosen to move into the private sector for their secondary education some of the main two schools are:
 

St Edmund's College
Old Hall Green
Ware
Herts
SG11 1DS

Main Switchboard: 01920 821504
Fax: 01920 823011
Email: enquiries@stedmundscollege.org

Admissions Office: 01920 824247
Email: admissions@stedmundscollege.org

 


Haileybury College
Haileybury & Imperial Service College, Hertford, SG13 7NU
01992 706200