We believe that a smooth, positive and exciting transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is crucial to the start of each student’s secondary education. The aim of our transition process is for every student to move to the Dearne ALC feeling excited, confident and cared for. We therefore organise a range of events across the year to help prepare our students for this important transition. During the final term of each year The Dearne ALC run a highly successful transitional program.
This allows Year 6 students who have recently completed their end of KS2 SATs to visit the school two days per week for the final six weeks of the summer term. Whilst these visits are taking place students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the broad range of academic subjects they will have the opportunity to study during key stage three. It also give staff from our partner primary schools and ourselves to discuss the academic and pastoral needs of each student.
We work closely with our partner primary schools to ensure that we have a good understanding of our learners’ areas for development and personal needs. Throughout the academic year regular meetings are held between primary link teachers and secondary teachers to ensure that all stakeholders are kept up to date with any issues that arise. This allows us to create a bespoke transition program tailored to the needs of our students.
Working with our partner primary schools and other links throughout the borough we have developed a curriculum that will stand up to the rigours of formal testing, challenge all of our children and engage them enough to develop a lifelong thirst for learning. Throughout Key Stage Two students have the opportunity to visit the school on a regular basis through immersive days in science, dance, drama and music.
We ensure that there is no overlap of learning between KS2 and 3. Learners will continue to be challenged and held to account for the progress they make in lessons and the attitude they have towards learning. Throughout the year joint training sessions are held between the Dearne ALC and local primary schools to ensure that our staff are completely up to date with recent changes to the Key Stage Two curriculum and primary colleagues are able to shape their Key Stage Two curriculum to fit the needs of learners in Key Stage Three.
“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016
“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”
68% of students make expected progress or better
“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016
of more able students achieved an A or A*
Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths