Transition between schools is difficult for pupils at the best of times, but we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation this year where few of the things that we would normally do to calm pupils’ nerves and get them really excited about their move to the “big school” can happen. Normally, the pupils would spend a couple of days in school with us to meet the staff, meet new friends, find their way around and ask any burning questions that they might have about Valley Gardens. We find that this helps the pupils leave for their summer break with less nerves and a sense of excitement about the next chapter in their school life.
Whilst we cannot do the physical transition as we normally would, we will do as much as we can over the coming half term to present on this page any information that we think will help you and your children prepare for September. We have created a virtual tour of our building so that the children can get a mental picture of the place, and for the parents, we will post all of our transition info on this page along with any forms that you will need to download and print off.
Please note – much of the videoing was done very recently whilst the school is only partially open to the children of Key Workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some classroom and corridors may have tables and chairs in them, and classrooms may well be arranged to enable social distancing. We look forward to a time when our school can get back to normal.
Please find below a downloadable copy of our transition booklet which you are able to print if you wish :
We ask that you return a completed Admission Form and Educational Visits Form (click on the link below) by the evening of Tuesday 2nd July :
School Admission Forms
A video introduction to Valley Gardens Middle School:
A video tour of our school:
Some of the people you will meet:
A message from some of our pupils:
A message from Mr Godfrey
Transition Activity for pupils:
Y4 to Y5 Transition – Download and print
To help us get a picture of who you are and what interests you have, we would like you to download this powerpoint and fill it in. When you have completed it, please send it back to us at [email protected]
We will share your powerpoint with your form tutor so that they can learn a little about you before meeting you.
Highly Anxious Children:
If your child is highly anxious about the move to Valley Gardens Middle School, please contact us. Mr Roys, Head of Year 5, will do whatever he can to alleviate any anxieties and for the most vulnerable pupil we will attempt to offer a short, socially distanced, tour of the school. This would only be for children in heightened states of anxiety and If demand for this is too high we will have to limit the number of tours we can offer.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr Roys : [email protected]