Starting school and transitions
We want each child’s time at school to be happy and secure. We therefore invite parents of new Reception children to a meeting in the summer term, to find out the practical details of starting school. Through June and July the children are given the opportunity to spend a couple of mornings in school with the Reception Team. We also welcome the children into school to borrow books from our library once a week. We have close links with the local playgroup, and playgroup children visit the school, accompanied by their helpers, for events such as the Christmas Play. Through these visits the children become familiar with the school environment and also get to know their teacher before they start school.
When children start school in September we phase their starting dates so that they can become used to people and routines without being overwhelmed. For older children we work directly with the parents and tailor a settling-in programme to meet each child’s needs. Children in Reception are given a ‘buddy’ from Year 6 who supports and helps them throughout the year.
Moving onto Secondary School
Most of our children choose to go to the local secondary school at Chailey. In recent years Mrs Young, the Headteacher at Chailey Secondary School , has worked closely with Plumpton Primary School creating an excellent programme of activities to prepare our children for secondary education. The staff and children visit Chailey School to experience their curriculum, and Chailey staff visit us to talk to children and teachers.