Cumberland Infant School

 Joining Us or Moving On

How will Cumberland Infant School prepare and support my child when joining or leaving the school?

Joining Us.

Prior to children joining us in Year R we meet with local nurseries to find out about the children and any issues that have already been identified. As part of the induction process we hold a parents/carers’ meeting and invite the children to come into school for play and story sessions. This gives parents/carers a chance to talk to their child’s Class Teacher to discuss any worries they may have about their child. Just before the children start school, our Year R staff carry out Home Visits, which provide another opportunity for us to get to know your child.

We are always happy to meet with parents/carers if they feel they would like to have a more formal meeting to discuss their child’s needs prior to them starting school.

If a child joins us mid year we contact the child’s previous school to discuss whether a child has any additional needs. We also encourage parents/carers and their child to visit us, as soon as possible, so that any concerns can be discussed before a child starts at Cumberland.

Moving On

We have well-tested, comprehensive transition arrangements for children who leave us at the end of Year 2 to move on to Portsmouth Junior Schools. This includes the children visiting their new school and where possible the Year 3 teachers visiting our school to meet the children and discuss with the Year 2 teachers any support already in place. If requested or if there is an Education, Health and Care Plan in place we will also arrange a joint meeting with us, the new junior school and the child’s parents/carers.

If a child leaves us before the end of Year 2 we will liaise with their new school to pass on any relevant information and if possible or appropriate meet with a member of staff of the new school and the child’s parents/carers.