Pre-school to Primary School
At Sgoil an Rubha we believe that creative collaboration between nursery and primary school makes first day nerves a thing of the past. We believe a transition shouldn’t be a sudden change but that it should flow from one situation to another.
The Primary One teacher has close links with the Nursery visiting regularly from Term 2 so that pupils will be familiar with her. The Nursery is part of the school and pupils regularly use areas of the school such as the library, gym hall and playground.
In Term 3 Active Schools have a number of active sessions with pre-school and primary one pupils. This also involves Primary Seven pupils who are working on their Young Leaders Awards. Formal consultation meetings between Primary One teacher and Pre-school staff occur before pupils attend induction mornings.
Nursery pupils attend P1 when Primary Seven pupils are on their induction to the Nicolson Institute. Pupils will spend the mornings in class and Active Schools will also be involved in the planned activities. Parents of the new Primary Ones will have the opportunity to come in to school to Sgoil an Rubha in term three and meet their child’s teacher, order school uniform and ask any questions. All P1 pupils have a P7 buddy who becomes a familiar face and usually a good friend. They are there at playtimes to support the transition process.
Click HERE to see some photos of recent transition events.
Primary to Secondary
Pupils from Sgoil an Rubha normally transfer to the Nicolson Institute – a six year comprehensive school.
Transition formalities are jointly organised by the Local Authority, Secondary and Primary school. Parents are provided with information and forms and there is a system for purchasing school uniform.
During their last term in primary school, a member of the senior management team from the Nicolson Institute visits Sgoil an Rubha to talk to the P7 pupils about the secondary school. P7 pupils will then visit the Nicolson Institute where they will spend three induction days following the secondary timetable. This means that when they join first year in August they will be familiar with the layout of the school and will know a number of the staff.
Children with additional educational Support needs are provided with more specific and detailed transition arrangements.
Class Teacher to Class Teacher
At Sgoil an Rubha, ongoing informal liaison takes place between staff and in the last term formal consultation meetings are timetabled where the Support for Learning teacher inputs into the meetings.
Staff also use e1 which tracks each pupil's performance and progress.