Transition: Parent FAQ

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What events are there leading up to transition to Darton College?

Visits to larger primary schools by our Year 7 Progress Leader and Pastoral Link worker.
An afternoon visit to Darton College for learners from our smaller primary feeder schools.
A Welcome Evening where learners and parents have the opportunity to come into school to meet their child’s form tutor, try on and purchase uniform, receive locker keys, familiarise themselves with the facilities and ask any questions that they may have.

What equipment will my child need?

The basic items of equipment which your child will need are: pencil case, pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. Many learners also choose to bring coloured pens and pencils along with other items of stationery which they feel they may need.

What happens on my child’s first day?

All learners will gather in the main school Atrium until they are asked to go into the Lecture Theatre for a welcome assembly led by Head of Year, Mrs Fitzpatrick. Following this, learners go off to their forms for a period of time. This allows them to meet with their peers and collect their timetables. Later during the day, timetables commence and learners will take part in lessons.

Will my child be in a form with other children who they know?

Wherever possible, and appropriate, your child will be placed with at least one other learner from their primary school.

What happens if my child is ill when they are at school?

If your child is ill they will be sent to the sick bench where trained first aiders will assess how your child is. If required a member of staff will call home to discuss how your child is feeling with you.

What do I do if my child is ill and going to be absent from school?

Please contact school as early as you can to leave a message on the absence line.

How do we pay for school dinners?

Learners will be set up with an account on our cashless system. This uses your child’s fingerprint to load money onto their account and to pay for anything they purchase. You will also be sent a log-on for our School Comms system,which will allow you to top-up your child’s account online. Learners who receive Free School Meals will continue to do so. Their account will be pre-loaded with the allocated amount daily.

How will my child know where to go for the bus home?

The bus bays are located at the bottom of the drive near to the main entrance gates to school. Darton College staff on duty will support any learners who are unsure about which bus to catch to ensure that they are on the correct route. In the first instance Year 7 learners have priority access to the buses to ensure that they get home safely.

Who do I contact if I have any questions or if there are any problems?

You should contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. The most effective ways of doing this are either by putting a note in your child’s planner or sending an email direct to the relevant teacher who will then respond as soon as they can. For more significant questions or concerns please contact: Mrs Fitzpatrick, Year 7 Progress Leader or Mrs Ellis, SENCO.

How can I prepare my child for secondary school?

Moving to secondary school can be a daunting time for both children and their parents. One of the key ways to prepare your child for transition is to develop their independence skills. This includes encouraging them to gather and pack their own equipment ready for school or other activities, managing time and money, looking after their belongings and development of strategies to use if something goes wrong.