Liaison with the associated primary schools is maintained by the Depute Head Teacher responsible for transition. This helps to ensure continuity of education for all pupils. As a result of several visits and discussions with the Primary Staff, information on the strengths, development needs and weaknesses of all intake pupils is obtained. Pupils are then allocated to mixed ability classes except in Maths and information given to all class teachers about the level of support required by pupils. Maths classes are set by taking account of information provided by the pupils’ primary school.
Pupils are normally transferred between the ages of 11 years 6 months and 12 years 6 months, so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least 4 years of secondary education. Parents will be informed of the arrangements no later than December of the year preceding the date of transfer at the start of the new session.
Information is also obtained about medical conditions and problems which might affect the day-to-day work of a pupil in any secondary department.