Starting School and Transition to Secondary

Starting School
Starting school is a big step. We like to make it as easy and smooth a transition for parents/carers and children alike.
Learning Together
If your child is joining us at the start of their Reception year, it is likely that you will have already visited the school and met our staff and pupils during our bi-weekly Learning Together sessions. These sessions run on a Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer term, for prospective pupils who may be joining us in the September. Children and their parents and carers enjoy a range of crafts, games and activities in the school hall, before adults are invited to retire for a cup of tea and a biscuit whilst the children join Class 1 for afternoon storytime. We love Learning Together, as it allows us to really get to know the children before they join our school, and allows children to feel at home and get to know their surroundings. 
All children are welcome to join the Learning Together sessions in the summer term prior to them starting school, whether they ultimately decide to attend St Kew or not. 
2017 dates: Wednesdays - 10th & 24th May, 7 & 21st June, 5th & 19th July 2-3pm
Come for any or all of the sessions, as you are able
Home visits
All children that come to St Kew are also offered a home visit in the summer term prior to starting school. This is a great opportunity to see the children in their own setting, and learn a little more about their likes and dislikes, personality and strengths. Mrs Murray (Class 1 teacher and Head of School) and Mrs Burnard (Class 1 teaching assistant) usually make this visit. It is also a great opportunity for parents and carers to be able to ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have. 
Transition to Secondary School
St Kew School is part of the Wadebridge schools cluster, and is a feeder school for Wadebridge School. 
Transition to secondary school is closely managed, and children take part in a transition week run by their chosen secondary school. This involves them meeting their new classmates, and taking part in lots of fun ice breaking activities, as well as meeting teachers, class buddies and mentors. The school also receives visits from teachers and pupils from the secondary school, and obviously exchanges information regarding attainment and progress from their end of year data with the school to assist in setting of classes.
Throughout their time at St Kew, the staff and volunteers involved in the wider life of the school work hard to expand the children's horizons, and involve them in the wider life of the community. They regularly take part in cluster sports activities, competitions, maths challenges, gifted and talented days and other events that allow them to meet and mix with children from other local schools. We hope this ensures that they are ready for and able to deal with the challenges of moving to a bigger school by the end of their time with us.