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Transition - Year 6 to Year 7

Each year we develop a Transition Action Plan to guide us through the priorities each term. Early in the Autumn term we have an Open afternoon where Y6 parents are invited to a short presentation and guided tour of the school so they are better informed to make a decision about the next best move for their child.

We encourage parents and pupils to also have a personal, bespoke tour where we can guide them towards the most appropriate classes dependent on the pupil’s needs.

Blackfriars attends Annual Reviews and EHCP meetings of the Y6 pupils and this is a great start to the transition process and in gaining a good insight into the needs of the pupil and what provision is needed to meet those needs.

During Y6 pupils are invited in to events at Blackfriars to start to be more familiar with the building and staff. They are invited to concerts or pantomimes and to a special interactive, sensory story morning.

Blackfriars staff visit the pupils in their current settings and start to learn about the types of class they are in, the level of their work, need and the equipment they use in order to replicate that at Blackfriars to aid a smooth transition. We use a document that helps us to pull out information from a child’s EHCP and highlights what provision we need to offer and what reasonable adjustments we need to make.

Coffee mornings are held for the pupils and their parents in the Spring term to discuss practical issues relating to uniform and parent pay and how the school runs. It is also a wonderful opportunity for parents to sit with staff and discuss their child and what is going to help them to have a successful move. The physiotherapists, School Nurse and key staff attend. Blackfriars information pack is given to parents with relevant forms and information for them to complete.

Individual parent meetings with key staff are often organised.

Pupils then have transition visits to Blackfriars supported at first by the staff from their current school.   On their first visit they do a morning only and then build up to full day visits. There are usually three visits arranged but then any pupil that requires more will have a separate transition plan. On the visit days they will join other pupils that will hopefully be in their class in September – this is a time where staff are assessing need and making sure that the pupil is in the correct group for academic or social reasons. The pupils are given a transition booklet. Any pupil that needs a visual timetable or photographs to aid transition will be given these to share with their family over the Summer holidays.

Aviva Community FundAbout the competition - Play Equipment for SEN pupils at Blackfriars

The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers us the chance to get funding for a school project.

Open to everyone - Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public - Aviva want you to enter a project for your community and tell them what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

If we get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in our community the project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

Register and log in now to get your 10 votes - you can cast them for one project or spread your support across multiple projects.


We are looking to enable the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our community, the Special Needs pupils at Blackfriars to have fun and engage actively with the world and community around them.
The young people at Blackfriars are in desperate need of sensory and specialist play equipment so they can enjoy break times as any other child would. Some children have such profound difficulties, that specialised learning and play equipment is one of the few ways they can interact with the rest of the world!
An outdoor sensory space with specially adapted equipment for each learner could enable each child to discover their true potential and really thrive.


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