Preparing to Join Us
- Build your child’s confidence
Settling in well is all about self-esteem. Children with high self-esteem are less likely to be bullied, or to bully. They are more likely to gather a wide circle of friends. So tell them how great they are. When did you last pay them a compliment? They don't have to have done anything special to deserve one; a compliment on how well they look after a pet, or that they are kind or thoughtful, goes a long way.
- Talk to them and listen to their fears
Your child is possibly anxious and also afraid their concerns will appear trivial. For instance, if they become lost in the school, what should they do? They could make their way to the school office – they should have a map – or find a pupil or teacher to direct them. Talk through the options with them. Do this for every concern they may have so that they know you take it seriously.
- Show your confidence in the transition
If you are nervous (and it is completely normal for parents to feel as nervous as their children do) and you show it, your children will pick up on it. Be confident and remind them all of the good things you already know about the academy. If you have high expectations, these will be sensed by your child.
- Practise coming to school
Have a trial run of the route, especially if they walk or cycle. If they miss a bus home you need to talk through what they will do, especially if you are working and can't collect them up straight away. Make sure they know what your contact number is and make sure we have the most up to date also, in case we need to contact you.
- Get in to the routine early
Get up earlier during the last week of the holidays so that early starts for school aren't a shock to the system
- Conform to the uniform and equipment expectations
Avoid unnecessary problems by conforming to the uniform and equipment expectations. We all want your child to succeed and would rather not waste time on things that stop them from learning and progressing.
- Encourage them to get involved with clubs
They are a great way for children to make friends with others in their own year group and older year groups. They can help to build confidence and support the learning from inside lessons.
- Support them with their learning
Ensure they have a structure for when to complete their homework, when to pack their bag and begin by helping them to get in to their routine. Also include in your routine, looking through their 360 and signing it.
- Keep in contact with us
At primary school it is so easy to speak to teachers at the end of the day when you pick your child up from school. At secondary school it is not so easy. If circumstances change at home,