We are very aware that the transition from Primary to Secondary school can be a very worrying time for both our pupils and parents. At St Andrew’s Secondary School, we endeavour to make the transition as seamless as possible. This starts at the beginning of each year when the process starts to see who will be attending. Once this information is given to the school we start the transition process. Each pupil has a designated staff member who will be dealing with their transition.
The transition will normally involve several visits from a member of staff to your child's primary school. This is to get to know your child and their learning styles. The P7's then visit the school so they can see where they will be coming next term and also meet as many teachers and pupils at the school as they can.
The school has run a very successful transition program over the last few years. This is to let the pupils who are entering S1 get to know each other as they work through team building exercises.
If you have any questions regarding the transition please send them to the school via the school web site and they will be directed to the appropriate member of staff for a response.
P7 Visit - Wednesday 16 June 2021
S1 First Day - Monday 16 August 2021
Message from Mr Scollin, Depute Head Teacher
Starting a new school can be quite daunting, but also very exciting. As your Year Group Head it is my honour to ensure that you settle quickly and successfully into St Andrew's and that I am there to support and guide you through your transition and the other key stages in your school career.
You will see a lot of me - through formal assemblies, which we will have on a weekly basis - and through my visits to your various classes. Assemblies provide us with the opportunity to communicate important information and to celebrate your successes as a year group and individually. Classroom visits allow me to see how well you participate in your learning and to monitor the standard of your work. I will also check your school iPads and jotters to ensure that you are making the best use of them.
Of course, I am also simply part of a team of outstanding professionals who will take care of your academic, pastoral, social and spiritual needs for the next six years. I will work closely with your Pupil Support Teachers - who look after your wellbeing needs and who will get to know you and your family/carers really well. I will also speak with your classroom teachers who will not only teach you, but also track and monitor your progress in your subjects - particularly your homework and effort, whilst providing you with support as required. We will also look closely at your standards of dress, attendance and timekeeping. We also know that when we work together - school staff, pupils and parents/carers - as a school community we will be brilliant together.
This is an exciting time for all of us - the beginning of your educational journey through St Andrew's. If l was to offer advice as to how to make the most of your time here, I would tell you to use your many talents, work hard to be the best you can be and take advantage of the many opportunities which will come your way. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you individually and I am committed to ensuring that your stay is St Andrew’s is both happy and successful.