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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

10. How do you help new children and families settle in?

We always encourage parents to visit our Reception classes before they start. We plan carefully to help children to feel safe and settle in. We have visit days for all our new children and their parents in July each year. This is a great chance to get to know the class team and other families. In Reception the first week they start is mornings only to settle them in. Then Reception are in school full time.  


When a child moves up to the next class, we organise handover meetings where teachers and support staff make sure that the new teacher and teaching assistants (TAs) have a clear understanding of the needs of all children.


We also provide opportunity for children with SEND to visit their new classrooms and familiarise themselves with the environment. For children with specific needs e.g .autism, we create a photo book of all the new faces and classroom to take home over the summer.


Do you help children as they make the transition to secondary school?

We work closely with all our local Wokingham secondary schools. We always spend time doing full handover meetings about every child and in particular children with additional needs. I


We will support you in making the right choice by visiting secondary schools with you, setting up meetings with secondary staff and facilitating advice from independent organisations.


We invite parents and the Secondary school SENCO to take part in the Annual Review of the Statement/Education Health and Care plan in Year 6.


We encourage our parents to request a meeting with the secondary school’s SENCO as soon as possible after your child starts secondary school. The SENCO holds all the records on children with SEND new to the school and s/he will let you know who the key contact for you will be.