Support is given to parents to manage the transition of their children in to school via Stay and Play sessions, Two- Year Old and Pre-school provision.
We welcome children from our Widden Plus Nursery and also from other settings.
Parents are invited to information meetings and 'taster' sessions where you can come into school and take part in activities together.
Information meetings are also provided in Years 4, 5 and 6 to support parents as they think about which Secondary school their child will attend once they leave Widden. These are designed to highlight some important facts to enable parents and children to make realistic choices.
These processes involve a great deal of form filling, either on-line or by paper copy. Many of our families welcome the information we provide to support them to make informed decisions. Translation is also provided where necessary and is usually offered by members of Widden staff who speak the languages of many of our families. Support to complete all sorts of forms required by school or other agencies is also covered in our 'English for Parents' classes.
We have developed great partnerships with the Senior Leaders and Governors of many of the Secondary schools that our parents are interested in. Meetings are offered for parents to meet them at Widden to ask questions, prior to the visits to the Secondary schools.
Our In-Year admission arrangements also provide support to parents, when the Parental Engagement Coordinator will signpost them to the range of courses and classes that we offer to support their learning and their confidence to support the learning of their children. This enables the parents to settle as quickly and happily in to the life of our school as their children do.
We will be arranging a meeting for parents/carers of Year 4 and 5 children in April to share important information with you about starting to think about Secondary schools for your child at the end of Year 6.
We will let you know when schools invite you and your child to visit. Please take the opportunity to go along to get an idea of what the different schools are like and if they would suit your child.
Please let Widden know if you and your child are going to visit another school during the school day.
Below are some invitations that we have received for you...
Marling School Open Mornings
The parents of boys, currently in Year 5, who are looking at Marling School Y7 entry in September 2021 may like to know our Open Mornings are scheduled for Thursday 2 April and Thursday 25 June 2020, arrive for either 9.00 or 9.30am, no need to pre-book. We look forward to welcoming you and your son(s). The Entrance Test takes place on Saturday 12 September 2020 - if you would like an emailed reminder to register when the registration window opens in June 2020, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘reminder to register’ in the subject line.