This page has been set up to provide some transition information to parents of children who have had a place confirmed by SEN for their child to start at Maple Ridge. We have created this information page for new parents, and will update this with more information once we have it.
A confirmed place means that you have had a formal offer letter from Hampshire County Council and you have returned this offer letter to confirm your acceptance of the place. Hampshire County Council have then informed Maple Ridge School of your acceptance of the place and sent the school the final EHCP paperwork.
What usually happens once a place has been confirmed?
Closer to the time your child is due to start Maple Ridge, a member of staff will be in contact with both parents and your child’s current school/pre-school setting to discuss all the information we might need about your child and answer any questions you may have.
The majority of children starting Maple Ridge School will start at the beginning of the academic year (September). Usually, towards the end of June or beginning of July, a parent information meeting is held, which the parents of all children with a confirmed place receive an invitation for. We will try and provide you with any paperwork you need to fill out and information before this meeting, so that you have time to read it and can then ask questions.
All transition support can be adapted to meet your child’s need, we pride ourselves on supporting children and families and aim to make this as smooth a process as possible for everyone.
Transition for children who have already been to school
For children who have already been to school (usually those starting Maple Ridge in year 1 or above), a visit will be arranged to see your child in their current school. Sometimes pupils will be invited for some Stay and Play sessions, which is an opportunity for your child to come into school and play in our community room, meeting some other new children and some of the staff. Following this, you will be provided with information about start dates and times. Most children, who have already been to school, start full time.
Transition for children who have not yet started school
If your child is starting school for the first time (usually in the Reception year group) then most transition activities will take place from September. If possible, before the end of the summer term (which is usually towards the end July) a member of staff will be in contact to gather some information and may arrange a visit to your child’s pre-school to talk to staff and meet your child.
In September, staff may either arrange a home visit or you and your child will be invited for an individual stay and play session, where they will meet staff and play while you talk with the teacher about your child. Following this your child will be invited to come into school for some short sessions, starting with 1 hour and gradually building up to full time hours. Part time transition hours are always agreed in advance with families and we try our best to accommodate work, family and transport commitments parents may have. For some children a full time start is the best approach to meet needs and we are open to discussing this.
What if my child is transitioning mid-year?
For children transitioning into Maple Ridge part way through the school year, an individual transition programme will be agreed with parents.
When will we tell you what class your child is in and who the teacher will be?
We do not usually tell any pupils or parents what classes children are in until the last week of the school term. Due to a number of factors, including the intake of new children, we are often still finalising classes in June and early July and will only let people know what class groups will be once we are certain they are finalised to avoid any confusion or unnecessary changes.
*Transition for September 2020 – Covid-19*
For children starting Maple Ridge School in September 2020 for the first time, things will be a little different.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer a parents information meeting, make visits to see children in the current school or pre-school setting or host any Stay and Play sessions.
The information usually provided at the parents information meeting is provided for you in a Parents Information Booklet, which you can find a link to on this page below.
It is anticipated that we will need to dedicate some time to settling children back into the school routine before beginning the transition for new pupils. The start for new children is likely to be a little delayed, we will let you know as soon as we can what the plan will be, once your child’s place has been confirmed.