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Primary Secondary Transition

Most of us can recall some memory from our first day(s) at 'big school'. Some are filled with the joy of more independence and becoming a grown-up, others bring out chills and cold sweats. Either way, it was (and still is) an emotional time with a lot of upheaval and change which can have long lasting effects on a student's life at school. Here at Calday Grange Grammar School we acknowledge this fact and place great importance upon ensuring that a student's move here is as successful and positive as possible for all concerned.

As a parent, what do you really want to know about when your son starts school? I would say that he is happy, safe and making academic progress. These are the main foundations upon which everything else can then evolve and are our central focus throughout the process from the junior years in primary school to Year 8 (and beyond).

An important feature to highlight about the Pastoral System here at Calday is that we operate an open door policy for information sharing between all the key parties surrounding our students, with a drive for complete transparency. This system has lead to proven success allowing us all to have an input into the students wellbeing and deal with any concerns effectively. We value the whole support team and recognise that every student has differing individual needs and circumstances. Therefore, the transition process (outlined below) specifically incorporates individual private meetings between the key team members and senior teachers from Calday to discuss each student.

As you will no doubt be aware, the move to 'big school' will be here before you know it and we are here to work with you throughout the process and into Year 7. Therefore, should you have any queries please feel free to contact me here at school and I will assist you in whatever way I can.

Phil Douglass
Head of Year 7