Introduction

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. As a school, we recognise the importance of transition from first school to middle school and that it is a big step full of emotions; some sadness at leaving first school but also excitement at the opportunities that middle school brings, from making new friends to new clubs and experiences. We look forward to working with you to ensure your child thrives during their time at Valley Gardens. 

Although the two transition days have been cancelled, we are determined to make your child’s transition to Valley Gardens Middle School as informative and supportive as possible so that your child can meet their new teacher and answer any questions they may have so they can spend their summer having a well-deserved break and getting excited about their next step. 

We will hold is a “meet your teacher” online call on Tuesday 6th July at 3:45pm – 4:30pm. Your child’s new form teacher may ask your child to speak a little about themselves and can answer any questions they may have. Further information about this will be sent out via email on 2nd July.

When the school opens in September, we will be opening up just for our new Year 5 pupils for a full day so that we can acclimatise them to their new surroundings and do some welcome activities. This will take place on Thursday 2nd September 2021. The rest of the school will return on Friday 3rd September. We are awaiting further information from Public Health about how schools will be allowed to operate from September. Once we have this information, we will contact you with any updates.

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 :

Induction Pack

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

Induction forms to return by 7th Jun 2021

 

Letter to Year 4 pupils

 

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:

(Coming shortly)

 

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.

~A Message from Mr McIntosh: Head of Year 5

I am delighted to be welcoming you all to Valley Gardens and I am looking forward to working with you and supporting you in your first year at school. Middle school is an exciting time in your life, a time when you can make even more friends, some of whom may turn out to be your best friends for life! It is a time to join new clubs, try new experiences, learn something new. It is a time to ask yourself the question: what do you want to achieve? No matter what has gone before, starting middle school is a time to look to the future with excitement and a time to embrace new opportunities and try something new. I am delighted you are joining us and I am looking forward to supporting you through your first year at Valley Gardens.

If you have any queries please contact Mr McIntosh: [email protected]