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From primary school to Ibstock Community College (key stage two to key stage three)
At Ibstock Community College we aim to ensure that transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3 is as smooth and stress free as possible.
Transitions from primary to secondary schools can be a scary prospect for some students. We want our students and parents to feel that in preparation for their induction days and the beginning of year 7, they are fully informed, assured and excited about the move.
We start making visits to our feeder primary schools in February when we speak to all year 6 students about life at Ibstock Community College. This includes information about uniform, transport, timetables, tutor groups, extra-curricular activities and induction day information. The students also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Several forms are left after this visit for the year 6 teacher, the parents / carers and the students to fill in. The information given is crucial in helping us to get to know the student, to place them in the right tutor group with a suitable group of friends and to prepare us for any additional educational, social or medical needs.
Students will receive a second visit at their primary schools in June when they will be spoken to individually so that they are able to ask questions or voice any concerns regarding the induction days and year 7.
Students transferring from smaller primary schools or those living out of catchment will have the opportunity to attend an after school event where they will be able to meet with other students in similar positions to themselves. They will have the chance to look around the school, meet some members of staff and do an activity while making new friends.
Any students requiring extra support with transition will also have the chance for separate visits prior to the induction days.
From Ibstock Community College to upper school (key stage three to key stage four)
As part of our strong partnership links with our upper schools, we work very closely with King Edward VII College and Ashby School to ensure that transition from key stage 3 to key stage 4 is as successful and efficient as possible.
After the 31 October, when the applications to upper schools must have been made, we begin the process of looking at student choices and options for the subjects and courses they will study in year 10.
All students study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, as well as a number of optional subjects for students to choose. The options are varied: some subjects they will already have studied, some may be new to them, some may choose GCSE qualifications, whilst others may choose to study a BTEC course.
To help students make the best possible choices, a number of option advice events are held at the upper schools and at ICC. Representatives from both King Edward VII and Ashby School attend these events to support students at every step of the transition. Students will also be able to have a tour around their new school and meet the staff who will be able to support them during this time. Staff can also be contacted directly to discuss any parental or student concerns and worries. This early transition process also allows students to become more confident with their future environment.
Leading up to the end of term in July, year 9 students will spend 3 days at their new upper school where they will meet their new teachers and form groups and enjoy a taste of the lessons and choices they have made. Additionally, students attending KEVII will attend a fourth ‘Art of Brilliance’ day which takes place away from the school – in the past this has been held at the Leicester City football stadium and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Stadium.