Through the school’s transition team we will provide a range of supportive events for our local primary schools to help key stage 2 students feel confident about their move to secondary school. During key stage 2, our teachers will work alongside teachers in primary schools to provide opportunities for students to visit Moor Park High School & Sixth Form and engage in a range of activities. This means that most of the children at our local primary schools will already know their teachers and will have experienced our school prior to beginning year 7 so they can make a confident start at Moor Park High School & 6th Form.
Moor Park Outreach Programme
Curriculum Experience Day
During year 5 students from our local main primary schools attend our curriculum experience day. Students will experience KS3 lessons delivered by subject specialist teachers in a variety of core and foundation subjects including Science, English, Maths, Design Technology, Music and Spanish. The day will also allow students to get a feel for what high school is like, experiencing moving around the school for their different activities and selecting their own meal at lunch. They will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to students from Moor Park High School & 6th Form so they can gain some understanding of what it is like to be in a high school environment.
Our Expressive Arts faculty work with local primary schools on a range of projects including performing concerts at primary schools, collaborating on art projects and inviting students into school to watch our annual Winter concert and school production.
In the Summer term of year 6, our transition team will visit students in their primary schools, listening to their teachers about their social, personal, curriculum and learning needs. The transition team will also talk to the students about what to expect and introduce a group of ‘buddies’ who will act as peer mentors to befriend and help support them in the following year. In June, all incoming students are invited to attend an induction day where they will enjoy lessons, be introduced to some of their teachers and make new friends.
Parents are also invited to a new intake information event. We understand that parents have busy schedules so we have introduced two information events which will take place on different days at different times-it is hoped that this will allow as many parents as possible to attend ONE of the events. The new intake information event will give parents the opportunity to;
- Meet key staff including the Deputy Headteacher for key stage 3, Head of Year 7 and Transition Coordinator
- Learn more about the school’s routines and expectations
- Learn how parents can be involved with the school
- Discuss any concerns about starting high school.
To support parents in completing our school admission pack a member of staff will be available during a range of ‘drop in’ sessions in the Summer term.
For students who may need additional support transitioning to high school, the school provides a personalised programme of additional support. This may include:
- Extra visits
- Meetings between parents and other agencies that work with the child
- SEND meetings
- Attending ‘The Bridge’ project
The Final Part of the Journey
The transition process continues into year 7 as the transition team will continue to work with all year 7 students throughout their first year at Moor Park.
In September, the students follow a transition curriculum. This encourages students to transfer valuable skills from year 6 to year 7 through their work. To ensure progression in learning, the year 7 curriculum builds on the curriculum covered at primary school. For more information on our curriculum please click here
For parents there is also a meeting in the first half term to enable them to speak to their child’s form tutor.
Partnership with Parents
As a school, we maintain high levels of contact with parents. We use INSIGHT which allows parents instant access to data relating to their child’s academic information such as attendance, behaviour, timetables, homework, reports and detentions. We also have Connect by Parentapps which is provides instant access to our term dates, events information, letters home, after school clubs and much more.
The app will also allow you as a parent to:
- report a student absence
- submit leave of absence requests for medical appointments
- make changes to contact details
- view and submit consent forms for trips and events
- recommend family members to be able to access the app
Likewise, we encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns they would like to discuss.
In the meantime, don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our school social media pages:
- Facebook: facebook.com/moorparkhs
- Twitter: @moorparktweets
Year 7 Groupings
Year 7 students are divided into four tutor groups M, P, H and S. These are mixed ability groups that reflect our comprehensive intake. Within each tutor group, we endeavour, where possible, to make sure that every child has at least one friend, however, tutor groups are also an opportunity to make new friends with young people from different primary schools.
In most faculty areas, year 7 teaching groups are based on form groups. In maths, students are set by the department areas who have autonomy on how they do this, dependent on the needs of the students in the year group. All core subjects have all of their classes taught at the same time, allowing movement between classes to be possible.
Below are some links that will help ensure that you have all the information you need for your child to be ready for their first day in September.