At Emmanuel, we have a strong desire that all families are made to feel welcome and part of the Emmanuel ‘family’ from the outset.
Due to its popularity, the school has approximately 80 feeder schools in any one year group which means several students are welcomed as the only student from their primary school. However, no matter where your child joins us from, you can rest assured that we will work hard to fully support their transition. As part of this, our process will typically include:
A Parental Meeting– We will discuss with you and your child their interests / needs as well as exploring friendships from primary school. These take place during the first week of June and an appointment time will be sent in the post to you.
Primary School Visits– Our larger feeder schools are visited by a member of our Senior Team. This gives the opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss any concerns before their transition days and for staff to meet with their primary teachers to gather vital information.
‘Getting to Know You’ Sessions– We host this event after other students have left school for the day, where new students are welcome to join us and take part in taster lessons, enjoying new experiences such as science experiments and drama lessons.
A Parent Induction Evening- All parents are invited to join us to learn more about how best to support your child’s immediate transition, deal with details around uniform and our high expectations. During this evening, all parents will meet with key staff including your child’s Year Leader and Tutor.
Two days of transition in July. Students will come to visit the school and experience two days of being an Emmanuel student. These days enable students to familiarise themselves with the academy, key staff and those students in their tutor group. They will experience taster lessons and enrichment activities.
An extended opening to the year- Our Year 7 students begin the year before the rest of the school. We plan our start of term like this in order to help prepare Year 7 students fully in a quieter environment with fewer children on site so that they feel fully confident in their surroundings. They will learn a lot about routines and expectations that will set them up to flourish during the rest of their journey at Emmanuel.
Year 7 Welcome Event- A couple of weeks after their arrival, all Year 7 parents are invited to our Welcome Event, hosted by our Heads of House Team. This is a very relaxed evening where parents and students sit with others in their tutor groups so that parents meet their tutors, their new friends and the parents of those friends. This is such a popular event as it allows people to cement new friendships – and for parents to know who they are talking about when they go home!
Teambuilding activities– A ‘Drop Down Day’ is planned during their first term, allowing students to take part in team building activities, developing new skills and making new friendships.
Dates and further information regarding our transition events will be sent to parents after you have accepted the offer of a place at Emmanuel with the Local Authority.
Further support for the process:
It is also worth noting again that our students have a designated Year Leader. The Year Leader role at Emmanuel is a non-teaching post, which means that any pastoral matters can be dealt with promptly. This is especially important in the transition process, where the Year Leader plays an important part in ensuring that all students have best possible transition from their primary school, and that they quickly feel a part of the Emmanuel family.
Our students are also our biggest asset. Our Student Buddies help shadow the new students at the ‘Getting to Know You’ session, on their induction days and again for the first days of Year 7 to ensure that their experience is a smooth as possible and that they are well cared for. Our students really value and care about one another.