Transition opportunities provide a range of practices to ensure a positive bridging experience. Sharing of information between the schools, with regular visits from staff, parent tours and regular opportunities for students to visit James Hornsby. These provide opportunities to develop friendships, improve self-esteem and confidence and gain an understanding of the school routines, procedures and expectations allowing students to gain confidence and become comfortable in their new setting.
There have been multiple events running throughout the year as part of transition and liaison. These have been regular outreach sessions predominantly through PE, to Gifted and Talented classes in PE, Creative Arts, Maths and English as well as whole day events for individual primary schools.
Gifted and Talented PE and Science day at Wat Tyler Park, Laindon Consortium Schools Most Able Science Day, Rugby Coaching with an England Women’s player, individual school G&T sessions in subjects of their choice as well as whole day activities tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and weekly cross curricular outreach sessions.
There has been a fantastic response from the staff at JHS and over 25 staff have supported the activities and fully engaged. There has been regular engagement from the 9 local primaries (Phoenix, Janet Duke, Laindon Park, Millhouse, Merrylands, Noak Bridge, Lincewood, Great Berry and Lee Chapel) as well on going involvement from all 28 primaries across Basildon through the School Games Partnership.
Below are some comments from a few schools and attached is the timetable of activities for this term:
English: We loved it, an amazing opportunity for our students to be challenged to meet level 6+ Lee Chapel,2016
Science: Children had a fantastic day and full of science based discussion on how alien saliva turns red! We would like to book a date for next year already. Lincewood, 2016
PE: Amazing opportunities, our children are always excited to engage in activities run by JHS. Great Berry,2016