We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child/young person with SEND as well as their family and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

From primary to secondary:

A transition protocol has been agreed with all of our feeder primary schools, to provide additional transition support for students who would benefit from enhanced transition.  The transition process is helped by the Assistant SENDCo, who liaises with our feeder primary schools from March each year, supporting and getting to know students. They help gather information about SEND students and also provide additional transition support for students who it is felt would benefit from enhanced transition.  

Alongside this, the SENDCo, Assistant SENDCo or Assistant Headteacher visit all of our primary feeder schools to gain as much information as possible about the students, including SEND information. 

The SENDCo will also attend year 5 and year 6 annual review meetings where invited for EHC Plans and complex SEN Support students. This provides an excellent opportunity to answer any questions and ease any worries or concerns that students and/or parents/carers may have during this transition period. 

All students are invited to attend Induction Day which allows students to experience sample lessons, designed to build self-confidence and familiarise themselves with Greenfield Community College.

Once a child is aware of their secondary school placement, parents/carers are invited to a ‘moving up’ coffee afternoon where the Assistant Headteacher, SEND executive team can be met.

From / to another school:

All students arriving at other times in their school career spend some time with Progress and Guidance, so we can best place them in their classes. Their support needs are identified following liaison with their previous school as well as parents and carers and an early assessment by subject teachers. Where a student transfers out from Greenfield to another secondary school we will support that school in its transition process. 

On entry to Year 7, all students undertake the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). The test is used to predict student success through the evaluation of verbal, non-verbal, mathematical and spatial reasoning. The test does not focus on curriculum knowledge, but instead evaluates the different aspects of a child’s learning ability through a series of puzzles.


From class to class or moving up:

Transitions from class to class, year to year or site to site are discussed and where necessary planned for by tutors, teachers, Progress and Guidance and the SENDCo. This would also be discussed as part of a young person’s SEND review/s. 

Educational Health Care Plan

Students with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) will have a transition review in year 9, guided options choices and further support through years 10 and 11 to ensure that their EHC Plan is in place to support their transition to post 16 provision, adulthood and independent living. 

SEND Support Plans

From year 9, students with a SEND Support Plan/Student Profile will also receive support with guided options choices and further support through years 10 and 11 to ensure that their plan/profile supports their transition to post 16 provision and into adulthood and independent living. 

From secondary to post 16 education

In preparation for transition at the end of Year 11, all SEND students are given priority in careers guidance support. Information will also be shared by school with the appropriate post 16 provider/employer.

In addition, key members of staff, including the SENDCo and Associate SENDCo also attend yearly ‘Post 16 Transition Information Sharing Meetings’ to meet with local post 16 providers to share information with them on all of our year 11 students who have applied for a place with them. This includes the sharing of information about our SEND young people.