Induction Events at the Turner Free School
At Turner Free School (TFS), we have been concentrating on making sure every scholar who will start with us this September is happy and ready to learn from his or her very first day. We have run a series of induction events, which will continue throughout the coming weeks, to ensure that incoming scholars receive the highest quality of care throughout their transition to TFS.
As part of these events, Year 6 pupils go to lessons at our school, meet existing scholars and experience family dining at lunchtime; all the while learning a bit more about the systems and processes at the school.
We have even got together with the Folkestone Sports Centre, who have agreed to host four transition days over the summer holidays, offering a range of activities for all of our incoming pupils to help them make friends and stay in touch ahead of starting officially in September. We will continue this with two induction days on the 29th and 30th August, to make sure our incoming scholars have the best possible start to their time at Turner Free School.
We have also arranged four separate information meetings, set at different times to make it as easy as possible for parents or carers to attend. These are so important for us to establish that relationship before their child even starts at school, because their support is crucial to their child’s success.
Fortunately, our parents agree with us. In our recent surveys, 100% of parents and carers agreed or strongly agreed that their child was well looked after at school, and that their child was taught well at school. This is key to our philosophy as a school – we want to create an ethos of kindness while making sure we offer a powerful education.
We have 180 scholars starting with us in September – a full cohort – and we want to make sure they are ready to learn from their first day. Our transition work to date, and the induction events we have planned for the summer, will make sure that happens.
Kristina Yates, Principal at Turner Free School, said:
“Moving up to secondary school can be a hugely intimidating process, and it’s one we pride ourselves on managing as sensitively as we can. We ensure that a member of faculty from Turner Free School visits every single incoming pupil at their current primary school to start to build that relationship, and to show our scholars how much we value them.
“We will continue this personalised approach when our scholars start with us in September, and ensure it is at the heart of the education we offer.”