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Schools set for Age of Transfer

In September, over 5,000 children will start a new school as part of a major reorganisation of the education system in Poole.

The “Age of Transfer” change for 2013 has been a major project that Poole schools and the Local Authority have been planning for many years. Teachers have been working together to ensure a smooth transition for all pupils. This has included preparing exciting resources for the pupils to use in both their current and new school.

A major building programme has been underway since 2005, to create the space needed for the extra year group (year 7) in secondary schools. Over the last five years, a total of £52million has been invested in Poole's secondary schools to accommodate extra children as Poole's population increases, and improve facilities as part of the Age of Transfer. 

Fan Heafield, Headteacher, Poole High School, said: "The school is ready, the classrooms and grounds are completed, the staff are prepared, and we are all really excited about welcoming Year 7 students to Poole High School. We have taken this opportunity to create lots of new resources and activities for the students which we are sure will challenge and enthuse them in their learning. This is a big step for these students and we are sure they will feel both at home and stretched by their new school."

The name of many schools in Poole will also change from September. First schools will become infant schools, middle schools will become junior schools and combined schools will become primary schools. 

Some schools in Poole are changing their name completely from 1 September 2013: St Aldhelm’s Combined School will become Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary School. Hamworthy First School and Nursery will become Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery following a vote by parents, pupils and governors. Hamworthy Middle School will become Hamworthy Park Junior School and Heatherlands First School will retain children to the age of 11 and so become Heatherlands Primary School.

Cllr Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Borough of Poole, said: "In most of Poole, children will now transfer to junior school at the end of Year 2 and to secondary school at the end of Year 6. It’s been a long time in the planning but we know that all the hard work will be worth it and all children will have a smooth transition to their next school in September.

"A key benefit of the change is that schools will be more in line with the key stages of the national curriculum. The reorganisation will also support the continued improvements to educational outcomes for children in Poole."

For more information visit boroughofpoole.com/ageoftransfer or call the Family Information Service on 01202 261999.