Welcome to Charlton School
The term ‘transition’ can be used to describe many periods of time throughout a child’s development. Each day, week, month and year bring about new opportunities and new challenges which support every individual’s growth and development.
For most children and families, one of the most important transitions is the move from primary school to secondary school, with so many new people to meet and new things to learn.
At Charlton, we know that for many children they will already be very familiar with the school. Through a range of joint activities which take place throughout their primary education; where Charlton students and staff work in partnership with our primary teams, many will have either visited the school or worked alongside those who belong to the Charlton family within their current school setting. Many will have older brothers and sisters, or friends who attend the school and will therefore already have a sense of belonging.
For other children and families, this period of time may well mark their first real contact with the school.
Whatever journey children have followed to date, we are confident that our committed team of staff, caring student’s community and strong values and ethos will support all those students who will join us in the new academic year.
We look forward to continuing the journey with you.
Mr L Tristham
Senior Deputy Headteacher
We appreciate that parents are understandably concerned at this time and are confident that our experienced staff will be there to support everyone involved with the transition process. We also know that even with the most committed team and detailed planning, things can and do go wrong. Our message is clear; we promote a listen and respond culture. If you have any concerns, please let us know. It is only awareness of such issues that are raised by parents and students that the school can respond accordingly. Equally, remember that it is all of our responsibly to allow children to develop and become more independent through their experience, becoming responsible young people who are able to make good choices and decisions - our role is to support them with this.
Some comments from parents last year following the transition programme are shown below:
“Absolutely great idea to have a whole week – dispelled all (or most) of the fear of starting in September.”
“Brilliant idea, well worth it. Great for confidence.”
“Just wanted to say a massive congratulations and thank you for summer school. Our daughter had a thoroughly fabulous week and despite first day nerves, had a marvellous time.”
“It was great value for money (something that you can't say often these days) and has really helped K feel more confident about starting Charlton. I truly appreciate the time the staff put in during their summer break.”
“I think you do a great job, staff are entitled to some time off, they all seem so committed and happy to give their time to parents and children when needed. Keep up the good work.”
“Having had two older daughters go through the school many years ago, I found the whole process far more accessible and I consider that my child has certainly settled far quicker into the new school routine.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout the Transition process, staff gather together any key questions children or parents/carers have. As we work thorough the transition period we continually add to the list of those shown. We would encourage parents to regularly review the site or alternatively contact key staff in school for clarification on any points of concern.
Question: When will my child receive his/her bus pass? When will I receive details about pick up points and times?
Answer: We will forward you details from the Telford and Wrekin Transport Team before our Transition Days. All transport applications need to be completed online at the following link.
Please note that applications can take 20 working days to process so please apply as soon as you can.
Towards the end of the summer holidays, the Transport Department should send you your child’s bus pass, along with details of pick up points and times. If the passes are not sent out to you by the end of the holidays, they will be sent directly to us, and we will make sure that these passes are handed out on the first day of term.
Question: My child will be receiving free school meals. What is the spend limit for the free school meal?
Answer: £2.35, which can be spent at lunchtime only.
Question: Are parents able to access information about how groups are organised across the school?
Answer: This information is available on the school website. Subject areas do group in different ways, dependant on the nature of the course. If you need any confirmation following September, then Curriculum Leaders contact details are also available for further information. It should be noted that setting models may change, depending on the attainment profile of different cohorts of students.
Question: At primary we have provision for children from 8.00am to 5.00pm, is there any similar provision available at Charlton?
Answer: The school canteen is open from 8.00am every morning, prior to the formal start of the school day at 8.45am. Many students remain in school at the end of the day to attend clubs and activities, or work in the library area which is open until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday.
Question: Does the school offer any private transport arrangements (shared taxi etc) for students who may travel in from out of catchment area where the route into school may involve a transfer of bus enroute.
Answer: All transport is managed through Telford & Wrekin, any queries should go to Miss Smith at Charlton, who can respond accordingly. If such arrangements were appropriate and part of Telford and Wrekin provision, then we would do what we can to support.
Question: What is the start date in September for students, none of the paperwork highlights the return dates.
Answer: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 is first day in school for students.
We are committed to ensure the very best provision for all of our children and families. Parents should use the school website or contact key staff with any enquiries.
At the heart of the transition period this is the support to ensure that children are safe and well supported in school and able to thrive as they develop.
We look forward to working with you.