The partnership and collaboration has been developed in the following ways to support children in their local schools:
- Transition between EYFS and Key Stage One is supported by ensuring that the younger children are taught with the older ones in the afternoon. Also, there are areas in the Key Stage One classroom that are conducive to early years teaching and learning methods. In addition, EYFS children are introduced to the routines and expectations of the older learners;
- Staff teach phonics highly effectively to pupils in Key Stage 1 and the early years, with peers supporting each other to learn to read;
- Children that enter the school mid-term are carefully assessed and gaps in previous learning are tackled to promote fast rates of progress. There is a planned intervention for those who need it to catch up;
- Staffing is collaborative and key skills are covered by staff that teach in both schools. A teacher from the high school, for example, teaches key skills in sports such as hockey, and the SENCo works across both schools, which supports effective transition. The school benefits greatly by sharing expertise in areas such as safeguarding and special educational needs;
- Pupils have easy and regular access to the high school and this has made transition from primary to secondary much smoother, especially for pupils with particular learning needs.