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Service Families

Approximately 24% of pupils transfer in and out of Hartsbourne at times other than Reception and Year 6.  This is due mostly to the postings of Service Families who live in close proximity to the school and move in and out of the area at short notice.

We believe the key to smooth transition for children is effective communication between child, parents and staff and the creation of a positive and supportive climate for both the parent and the child.  Current research suggests that effective transition can be represented by five different ‘bridges’ as follows:

  • Learning bridge (the connection between student learning and formative assessment)
  • Personal/social bridge (easing pupil anxiety and stress around transfer)
  • Curriculum bridge (promoting coherence and continuity of learning)
  • Pedagogic bridge (teaching strategies and learning styles – problem solving, questioning, thinking skills)
  • Managerial bridge (transfer of data/other information).

To read a copy of our Transition Policy please click on the link below:

Managing Parental Absence/Deployment

Helping a child feel safe and able to cope with their feelings about parental absence is important to us. Please let the class teacher know if a parent is absent for a significant length of time as this can impact on behaviour. We have a number of systems in school to support children with parental absence if needed.

Links to External Websites

Please click the links below for external websites with further information regarding service families.