Post 16 works closely with our KS4 staff to ensure that students have a smooth transition into Post 16. Year 11’s participate in Post 16 Activity Clubs and join their Post 16 peers in the dining hall at lunchtimes to encourage integration. We have well established links with local mainstream and other special high schools, attend the annual reviews for prospective Post 16 students, exchange information and arrange taster visits and meetings to introduce new students to Oakfield Park.
During their time in Post 16 all our students engage in a range of transition experiences including visiting colleges, discussing their interests and future options and lessons about moving on after school. Staff spend time helping students understand what Post 19 will mean to them on an individual basis and work with other professionals to prepare students and their families for the future and all those involved are invited to the students’ annual review meetings. Students and parents are a vital part of transition reviews and the Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) are designed to provide holistic, coherent support along with the information contained in the local offer website
Our Parent Support Adviser is able to address any issues and provide guidance around transition and other concerns.
The Connexions Service, through the Personal Advisor and Access Point provide students and their parents/carers with support during transition times. Students are encouraged to explore options to continue their development, participation and attainment through a range of local providers.
Our strong links with local Post 19 education providers means our curriculum is progressive and feeds into the education options available when students leave Oakfield Park.
Staff work with professionals from colleges and other Post 19 service providers to ensure smooth, calm and positive transition for our students. Information is passed on to relevant establishments through reports, observations, meetings, statements, assessments and transition and/or communication passports. Open Days and Taster Visits are arranged to introduce students (and families) to the new provision and staff come into school to get to know the students prior to the summer break.