The School has 5 feeder schools, however, no matter where your son / daughter joins us from, you can rest assured that we will do our best to fully support their move. As part of this, our process will typically include:
Primary School Visits – Students are visited at their own school by a member of The Long Eaton School staff. This gives the opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss any concerns before their transition days and for staff to meet with their primary teachers.
Two days of transition in June or July – Students will come to visit the school and experience two days of lessons in order to begin to familiarise themselves with the site, key staff and other students in their tutor group.
A ‘Welcome Meeting’ for all parents. We invite all parents to join us to learn more about how best to support their child’s immediate transition to us, deal with details around uniform and our high expectations of/for parents and children.
An extended opening to the year – Our Year 7 students begin the day before the rest of the school to help prepare them fully for the move in a quieter environment, with fewer children on site so that they feel fully confident in their surroundings. They will learn a lot about routines and expectations that will set them up to flourish across the next 5 or 7 years at The Long Eaton School.
A different curriculum with ‘Enrichment’. All of our Year 7 students work later on a Thursday than the rest of the school. This is very deliberate and our Enrichment Programme means that for 1 hour each week, students take part in a range of activities that they have selected, from sport, the arts, craft, study or STEM. We make sure that they have specialist staff, facilities and support to not just experience the tasks, but develop belief in themselves as learners and belief in the friendships that they make to support them on their way.
Further Support for the Process:
It is also worth noting again, that our students have a designated Year Leader. The Year Leader role is a non-teaching post, which means that any pastoral matters can be dealt with promptly. This is especially important in the transition process, where the Year Leader plays an important part in ensuring that all students have the best possible transition from their primary school, and that they quickly feel a part of the Archway family.