Transferring to Secondary school will always be an exciting time for pupils looking forward to new activities, new friends and new teachers; yet having natural anxieties about settling in with so many new people. Your son/daughter shouldn’t worry. We enjoy excellent relationships with our primary schools; a lot of time and experience has already gone into transfer arrangements with our colleagues and the vast majority of pupils will make the change very smoothly.
The process begins early in primary 7 with teaching staff from Beeslack collecting information about the youngsters and, in particular, identifying those with any specific needs.
A programme is in place to further address the needs of “vulnerable” pupils. This includes contact with parents/carers.
In January/February a group of pupils in first year at Beeslack visit the primary schools to talk about life in the high school and to answer questions. During the spring term further information is also collected about the primary 7 classes in our associated schools and about those youngsters whose parents/carers have made a placing request.
During summer term, your son/daughter will meet the Pupil Support staff who will be responsible for First Year and be given the chance to raise questions about transfer. This includes those pupils who have requested the chance to transfer from “outwith” our catchment area. “Getting lost in moving between classes” is a typical concern. We are able to reassure pupils: for example, S6 pupils are allocated to S1 classes in the opening weeks to help them move about the building.
In May, in conjunction with our associated primary schools we have developed a transition programme which enables pupils from schools to work together and to get to know each other. P7 pupils then visit with us in the month of June when they meet senior pupils, see subject areas and get their first opportunities to experience life in high school.
At about the same time we hold the information evening for yourselves, the parents/carers of our new S1 intake, when there is also the opportunity for you to ask questions, see class lists and have a guided tour of the building. You will be given details of these arrangements in a Newsletter in the summer term.
If you have particular concerns which you wish to discuss please feel free to contact Pupil Support staff personally.
We understand your possible anxieties. Like you, we wish the very best for your son/daughter.