Ercall Wood Technology College, Wellington, is recognised as having one of the very best primary to secondary school transition programmes in the area.
Transition Co-ordinator Alison Warrington explains: “We are committed to supporting our children through the transition process right from year 5 through to year 7.
“Our in-school support helps children to overcome any anxieties they have during their transition.
We ensure parents, children and staff get the opportunity to meet each other during the early stages allowing a more positive, confident start to school.
Taster lessons provide opportunities to develop awareness of different surroundings, routines and equipment.
Our week’s transition is very successful as the children experience a full timetable.
We are also proud of our summer school which provides a further chance to alleviate any final anxieties instilling a positive view of their future here at Ercall Wood.”
Ercall Wood also has a nationally recognised peer mentoring programme – providing students in Year 10 who act as mentors and friends to year 7 pupils.
Staff and older students are also assigned to work with primary schools often attending lessons in those schools; such trips out make primary pupils feel part of the Ercall Wood family.
Headteacher Chay Davis commented: “We are proud of our achievements, Ercall Wood is an exceptional school and we continue to build upon our successes.
“There is no doubt the whole school community has the ability, ambition and drive to improve still further.
The progress made by all learners irrespective of their start points, the diversity of our extracurricular programme and community involvement make this school a fantastic place to learn and work.”
A recent OFSTED report (2016) commented: “Good leadership has successfully created a culture of ambition.
Leaders have an accurate understanding of the college’s performance because they have effective systems to monitor teaching and progress.
Pupils are polite, well mannered and respectful of each other and adults.
The college is a calm and orderly environment.”
OFSTED also identified the strengths of the Pastoral team, stating that “The behaviour of pupils is good.
“Pupils conduct themselves well around the college site at break times, and moving between lessons is orderly and calm, and they respond promptly to instructions from staff.
“Pupils have a sense of pride in their college environment and keep it free from damage and litter.
Pupils wear their college uniform with pride.
Inspection reports have highlighted the “strong leadership” of Headteacher Chay Davis, which has in turn led “a trend of steadily improving standards over time”.
The “commitment and determination of the Headteacher has earned him the respect of staff, parents and students”.
Ercall Wood Technology College
Golf Links Lane
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