Moving from Primary to Secondary is an important milestone in the life of a young person and although quite an exciting time can also be a bit daunting. We try to alleviate any anxiety by organising a number of transition activities to familiarise the young person with his or her new surroundings, introduce them to the staff, visit the various classrooms and participate in some class activities. Our associated Primary Schools include:
Bun-sgoil Ghleann Dail (Glendale Gaelic Primary) and Bun-sgoil Baile Ghobhainn (Govan Gaelic Primary).
Over the school year our associated Primary School P7 classes are involved in a range of transition activities e.g. interdisciplinary projects, organised science workshops, financial education training, literacy and numeracy projects. These different experiences allow both staff and the young people the opportunity to build relationships, familiarise pupils with their new surroundings and ease the transition process.
We host an Open Day for prospective S1 parents towards the end of October/beginning of November. In May we have an Induction Evening for parents and pupils to discuss key issues and give an overview of the work of the school.
Pupils then spend two days in the Secondary School following a timetable and getting to know staff. Families living outwith Glasgow City should make a placing request to attend Àrd-sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu. Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school and should contact the school office.
Further information is available on www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8629
To support pupils and provide information to parents and carers re Transition from BGE to Senior Phase, an Information Session is held towards the end of S3 with presentations from Skills Development Scotland, representatives from colleges, the Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative, Vocational Education and senior pupils.
The Senior Phase provides opportunities for pupils to participate in Awards delivered within the school or to engage with Vocational courses at college. Pupils in S6 may also attend another secondary school for Highers (e.g. Psychology, Theatre Studies) or Advanced Highers (e.g. Chemistry, Biology) or the Hub at Glasgow Caledonian University for subjects not delivered in Àrd-sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu. These opportunities, in conjunction with Work Experience programmes, contribute to transition from school to post school learning, training or work as appropriate.