Making a successful and happy move from Primary to Secondary School.
It's important to us that Year 6 students feel confident about their move to Newall Green High School. We provide a wide range of transition activities which enable all pupils to get to know Newall Green High School staff and explore our exciting school facilities. Our transition activities also give staff from the high school and primary school an opportunity to discuss students individually to ensure all needs are fully met.
Student Induction Day
In June, all incoming students are invited to attend an Induction Day where they will enjoy lessons, be introduced to some of their teachers and make new friends.
Parent Induction Evening
Parents and carers are invited for an Induction Evening (also in June) to meet staff, to hear about how they can be involved with the school and to discuss any concerns.
During Key Stage 2, our specialist teachers from across the curriculum work alongside teachers in primary schools to provide a wide range of curriculum projects. This means that many of the children at our Partner Primary Schools already know their teachers and have visited our school prior to beginning Year 7 with us.
Wythenshawe gifted and talented
Specialist staff from Newall Green High School run regular ‘Gifted and Talented Masterclasses’ for Year 5 and 6 students from the local area. This enables students to develop higher ability skills and understanding. They become accustomed to developing independent learning skills which they will build on once they are in Year 7. We run classes in all key subjects. In addition we run Saturday morning art masterclasses.
Partnership with Parents
As a school, we maintain high levels of contact with parents. Members of staff will often write to parents, contact them by telephone or invite them in to discuss issues of importance about their child’s welfare and progress. Likewise, we encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns they would like to discuss. There are regular Parents’ Evenings throughout the school year where parents can speak to their child’s subject teachers and there is a thriving Parents’ Association, which meets regularly to discuss the development of the school.
Year 7 Groupings
Year 7 students are divided into tutor groups. These are mixed ability groups that reflect our comprehensive intake. Within each tutor group, we endeavour, where possible, to make sure that every child has at least one friend however, tutor groups are also an opportunity to make new friends with young people from different primary schools. Students spend academic review AR (1.30 – 1.55pm every day) in these groups.
Year 7 teaching groups are set in ability bands according to the assessment data received from primary schools. Ability banding allows us to target additional support or extension accurately to ensure all students go further faster. In the core subjects, English, Maths and Science, students are more finely set according to ability. The core subjects have all of their classes taught at once allowing movement, for example to a higher set, to be possible following half termly assessments. All teaching groups and ability bands are reviewed regularly to maintain effective intervention where necessary.