The transition from primary to high school can be a challenging time. At Franche we work very closely with our children and their families from the start of Year 5 to prepare them for the changes ahead. We have four aims:
To enthuse and excite our pupils about the next stage of their learning journey
To remove the “fear factor” about the transition
To ensure their next school has all the information they need about each of our unique pupils
To support families
Mrs Plant, our Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Year 6, leads our transition programme. We have strong links with neighbouring high schools in Wyre Forest, with most pupils choosing from Baxter College, Wolverley, King Charles I, Bewdley and Stourport high schools.
Visitors from our main high schools visit us regularly through the year to meet our Year 6 pupils and tell them what they can expect in Year 7. Recent ex pupils are among those who visit Franche to share their experiences.
In Years 5 & 6 our pupils visit neighbouring high schools, particularly Baxter College and Wolverley High, for educational and sporting events and activities, which helps familiarise them with the layout and facilities.
Staff in Years 5 & 6 also work with pupils to develop their independence and life skills in preparation for high school, including relationships education. E-safety and cyber bullying is also given high priority, in readiness for the social media opportunities that await.
We believe this effort is rewarded, with our children able to enjoy a smooth transition from primary pupils to high school students.
A small number of our pupils move to local fee-paying schools, some on scholarships. Franche has a strong tradition of supporting pupils to achieve scholarships. Any pupils or parents interested in pursuing these types of opportunities should contact the school office for advice and support.